Thursday, October 5, 2023

Cape Avalon Series Tour and Giveaway


Angsty but sweet Women's Friendship Fiction stories.

Return to Sandpiper Cottage

Cape Avalon Book 1

by W.M. Andrews

Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction, Clean Romance 

She had to lose everything to figure out what truly mattered…

Rachel Whitney is lost. Alone. She needs a place to heal and figure out where her life went wrong. Where 
she went wrong. But the emotional—and financial—scars her late husband inflicted on her complicate everything. Now, her only sanctuary is the last place she ever wanted to see again.

Sandpiper Cottage.

She’s not surprised to find the house her aunt left her in disrepair. It’s also just her luck that the only available handyman was once the boy who let his friends torment her in high school.

She can now confidently say her misery is complete.

But the good thing about rock bottom is that there’s only one place left to go. And it’s not long before she realizes it 
is possible to build a beautiful life for herself—maybe even a life that includes a second chance at love.

The only real question now is if that life will be at Sandpiper Cottage, or somewhere else?

Return to Sandpiper Cottage is an angsty but wholesome and enchanting Contemporary Women’s Fiction novel. Readers of all ages and backgrounds will love the empowering message at its heart.
This women’s friendship fiction book will bring you all the feels. If you love women’s fiction with a side of clean romance, this is a great fit for you.

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“You didn’t come this far to only come this far.” Big breath in, slow breath out. “Things don’t happen to me; they happen for me.” Big breath in, slow breath out. “Tough times don’t last; tough people do.” Big breath in, slow breath out. “I am capable. I am strong. I believe in myself.” Big breath in.

The slow breath out stuttered on a small laugh stretching Rachel’s lips. She wasn’t sure there were enough motivational mantras she could possibly murmur to get her through this moment.

The brief bit of humor helped her not throw up as the ferry chugged closer to the island she had sworn never to return to. Her nerves steadied slightly, but her stomach still churned. It wouldn’t be so bad if Aunt Eileen was going to be there to greet her. Of course, if Aunt Eileen was still there, this would be an entirely different situation. Her dear aunt would have come to her in Rachel’s time of need, rather than Rachel coming to the island.

Dear Aunt Eileen would never again be there to greet her, though. The deep tide of grief threatened to suck her back into its grip, but Rachel had cried enough in the last weeks to last her a lifetime, and she refused to do so now.

Despite her previous vow to never return to the Cape, Rachel was now seeing it as almost a refuge after the terrible debacle that was the last six months of her life. She could rebuild a new life for herself in the safe cocoon of her childhood home.

Or maybe not her childhood home. Was teenhood a word? She’d have to Google it.

In either case, despite her misgivings about returning to Cape Avalon, it had really been the only decision open to her. And it solved at least a couple of her problems, even if it created a few more. But that didn’t change the tightness in her neck and shoulders and the queasy pit in her stomach at the thought of returning.

“Return to your vehicles. We will be disembarking momentarily.” It was the third time the announcement had sounded. She really ought to follow the directions.

Digging deep, Rachel tried hard to be positive. Really, no sane person would consider it a bad thing to be inheriting a free house on an island not that far from civilization. Of course, inheritance meant someone had died. In her case, her last living relative. The aunt who had taken her in when her parents had been killed in a car crash when she was thirteen. So once again, she was on her way to Sandpiper Cottage after losing someone in tragic circumstances. In this case, again, it was two tragic losses. Back-to-back.

And Todd’s death was a tragedy, she insisted to herself. Anyone’s death was. The fact that his death had confirmed to her that she had never really known him, and he wasn’t the man she had thought he would be when they married didn’t change the fact that dying at the age of thirty-five is beyond tragic. No one, not even a man who lies to his wife about his spending habits, should die so young. She needed to ignore the relief that pulsed through her whenever she realized she would never again have to hear his insults that were couched in seeming concern for her feelings. The so-called endearment “Honey” was forever ruined for her. She needed to ignore the relief because guilt always quickly followed.

Surely it couldn’t be right to be relieved by one’s husband’s death. Of course, the fact that she hadn’t been implicated in his accident that didn’t seem to be an accident was a huge relief. The police were still investigating but they had ruled her out as a suspect. Rachel might never know what really happened to him, and she didn’t feel she needed to know. He probably had owed money to the wrong people. She was just lucky they hadn’t come after her.

The fact that Aunt Eileen’s cancer took her before she could see that Rachel was finally free to move on with her life brought on the threat of more tears, so Rachel turned her face into the wind and let it brush away her worries at least for the moment.

A deep, cleansing breath reminded her that it was always a surprise that the ocean air didn’t smell salty. Despite her complicated feelings about the island, she had always loved the freshness of the air. Even if it did unmentionable things to her hair, she added to herself as she reached a hand up to grab the locks that were threatening to obscure her view of the rapidly approaching island.

The ferry would be docking soon. It was well past time for her to go down to her car. But she hadn’t prepared for the sense of anticipation that flooded through her and never would have expected. She thought she was dreading her return and she was, she insisted to herself. But clearly a part of her was excited about it, too.

Fresh starts had always excited her. Even the ones that had been forced upon her. She’d had plenty of those. This one was no different. The fact that it involved Aunt Eileen, even though she had already passed, seemed fitting. Her aunt would be thrilled if she knew how much of a load the bequest of Sandpiper Cottage was taking off her mind.

Even though Rachel had promised herself she would never return to the island, it suddenly felt like a hiding place from all that had gone wrong in her life in the last decade. If it didn’t turn out to be the sanctuary she hoped it would be, it would at least allow her to catch her breath for a moment without having to worry about having a roof over her head.

The thought of living in a box under the overpass did not appeal to her in the least, especially not with winter approaching. A slight shudder made its way through her in the company of a fierce gust of wind as the ferry made its way out of the more protected channel onto the open waters where it was to dock at the very end of the island. Rachel had never properly understood why they didn’t make a straight run from mainland to island instead of going to the end as they do, but she wasn’t really a city planner so what did she know?

Shaking her head with a sigh, Rachel finally turned away from the rapidly approaching dock and started on her way down to her car, surprised to note she was the last left on deck. Since it wasn’t tourist season, she supposed everyone else was tired of or immune to the view. Since she hadn’t come to visit since she had left for college the day after her high school graduation just before her seventeenth birthday, she supposed she had an excuse for not being immune to the beautiful view.

Avalon Cape was beautiful in any season. And even if one had their reasons for hating their experience on the island, it was undeniable that the island itself was a gem.

She only hoped she wouldn’t have to see a single person she had previously known.

That was a ridiculous and futile wish, she was well aware. With the way the land leases were set up, they rarely passed out of families. That was the only reason she was actually there at that time. If she didn’t take up residency that week, she would lose Sandpiper Cottage within the next couple of weeks, since Aunt Eileen had died six months ago, almost to the day. Rachel would have to live there for at least six months in order to keep the lease. If she couldn’t fulfill the lease requirements, she’d have to sell the house her aunt had loved so much. Most people spread out their six months throughout the year if they weren’t year-round residents. But since Aunt Eileen had died six months ago, Rachel would have to stay a full six months in a row in order to have the lease transferred into her name as her aunt had stipulated in her will. Aunt Eileen wanted Rachel to have all that she had possessed. And Rachel wanted to fulfill that wish for her aunt.

Shelter at Sugar Beach

Cape Avalon Book 2

She’s determined to avoid romance and happily ever after. Life has other plans…

Veterinarian Tina Archer is grumpy and proud. Being widowed young from a terrible marriage can do that to a person. But she’s been living life to the fullest and isn’t a bit sorry.

Until a routine medical exam reveals the toll her freedom-loving lifestyle—and the stress that comes with being a single mom—has taken on her health.

She knows it’s time for a life makeover and she’ll do what needs to be done.

But when her son’s Big Brother program matches him with the annoyingly charming Clark, everything gets 
really complicated. Because how is she supposed to handle a man who seems so eager to knock down all the walls she’s built around her heart?

All Tina knows for sure is that it’ll take a lot of soul searching—and help from her friends—to figure out if a second chance at love is worth the potential cost.

She can only hope Clark will still be around when she sorts it (and herself) out…

Shelter at Sugar Beach
 is an angsty but wholesome and delightful Contemporary Women’s Fiction novel. Readers of all ages and backgrounds will love the empowering message at its heart.

This women’s friendship fiction book will bring you all the feels. If you love women’s fiction with a side of clean romance, this is a great fit for you.

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Harbor by the Sea

Cape Avalon Book 3

No one talks about what happens when happily ever after goes wrong…

Fall in love, get married, have babies. It was a simple dream.

Evelyn accomplished the first two easily. She almost had it all.


But after three years of aggressive fertility treatments, all she had to show for her efforts was a broken heart and a painful rift in her marriage. She’d hoped that a dream vacation to the south of France would heal her 
and her relationship with her husband.

Then Eric suggested she go alone, and she started to question 

Did he want a divorce? Or did he just need a break from their shared grief? Evelyn wasn’t sure. All she knew was that if she wanted to find a way to reconnect with Eric, she had to learn to love 
herself again.

And what better place to do that than a harbor by the sea?

Harbor by the Sea is a sweet, angsty, romantic, contemporary women’s fiction read about hope, the importance of finding one’s own joy, and the enduring power of love. Download today and get ready to root for Evelyn and Eric’s second chance romance.

This women’s friendship fiction book will bring you all the feels. If you love women’s fiction with a side of clean romance, this is a great fit for you.

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I learned to read when I was four or five, listening to my mother read to me when I was lonely after my brother started school. Ever since, I’ve had my head buried in books. I love words – historical plaques, signs, the cereal box – but my first love has always been novels.

A little over ten years ago my husband dared me to write a book instead of always reading them. I didn’t think I’d be able to do it, but to my surprise I love writing. Those early efforts eventually became my first published book – Tempting the Earl (published by Avalon Books in 2010). It has been a thrilling adventure as I learned to navigate the world of publishing.

I believe firmly that everyone deserves a happily ever after. I want my readers to be able to escape from the everyday for a little while and feel upbeat and refreshed when they get to the end of my books.

When not reading or writing, I can be found traipsing around my neighborhood or travelling the world with my favorite companion.

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