Congratulations to my agency mate on the upcoming release of her book, SKIN.
With a name like Ocean, you’d think moving to Prince Edward Island would be simple. But since seventeen year old Ocean crossed that huge bridge to the land of red sand, her life has been far from normal—it’s been downright dangerous.
Trouble seems to follow her everywhere, and she’s got the bruises to prove it. And then there’s her mysterious neighbour, Sam...who seems to know more about her history than she does herself.
When Ocean finally steps into the salty waves with Sam, she realizes that her life has been based on a lie, and that she is missing something...something she never knew existed.
Want a sneak peek?
The moon is so bright outside it’s casting shadows in my room, bathing everything in grey, dim light. I walk to the window, touch the photo still pinned to the wall, and look out at the beach. My hand falls, and my thumb slides to Dad’s ring, twisting it around and around and around.
It’s as if there’s a huge, lunar spotlight in the night sky, shining on the waves and blowing grasses. I have an urge to go out and walk in the waves. I can almost hear voices in the crash of the water—comforting voices—but Mom would have a hissy-fit if she found out I’d gone to the ocean alone. I sit down and sip my water, watching.
There’s someone walking along the beach, and I’m sure it’s Sam. His hair and the smooth way he walks—that lithe, almost animal stalk could only be him. Whether it’s real or a trick of the light, I think he might be naked. He’s carrying something in his arms— maybe it’s his clothes—but he walks into the waves with whatever it is like he’s going for a moonlight swim. He goes deeper and deeper until I only see the blink of his head. That too disappears beneath the waves.
I don’t see him resurface.
BRENDA COREY DUNNE
Brenda Corey Dunne grew up in rural New Brunswick, Canada. She originally trained as a physiotherapist and worked several years as an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force before meeting her Air Force pilot husband and taking her release.
She has two other published novels, DEPENDENT (2014) and TREASURE IN THE FLAME (2012).
Brenda is represented by Frances Black of Literary Counsel. She currently resides on the Pacific Coast of Canada, but home is wherever the RCAF sends her hubby, and she’ll be moving to the Washington, DC area in the summer of 2016.
When not writing, working or taxiing her three children she can be found either in the garden or on the beach with a book in one hand and a very, very large coffee in the other.
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If you didn't get that the title is a play on Edward Scissor Hands because you don't know who that is...you are clearly a LOT younger than me. And that hurts.
If you did get it, don't worry, I have not attached scissors to my hands, nor does my hair look as freaky as Johnny Depp's in that role. But, I have been cutting like crazy...words that is.
I've realized this week that it is a lot harder for me to cut words than add them. Between working on something that I hope to share soon and all of the other things that make up a busy life, I have not been blogging much but I wanted to say hello. I'm thinking it's time for a giveaway soon. Maybe to celebrate the start of summer.
I'll come up with something but it means you have to come back and visit my blog. Which would you rather I gave away...an ecopy of DAMAGED, FALLING FOR HOME, ALWAYS TIME FOR CHRISTMAS, FOREVER CHRISTMAS...or...a book from someone else. (It's okay, you can say it...or type it. I won't be sad ;) I'll see what people are most interested in and run a giveaway at the end of next week.
See you soon.
In honor of Mother's Day, I wanted to say thank you to the many women who make my life better, support me endlessly, and make me smile.
I feel very grateful to have so many kind people in my life. The two little women I'm most grateful for are my daughters. Every single day they remind me of what matters in life and show me how to be a better person. They make me laugh and smile and think.
Ten things having daughters has taught me
1. There is never a wrong time to sing.
2. You can never have too many barbies. Or stuffed animals.
3. Hugs and cuddles cure everything.
4. It's not all about me.
5. My most annoying traits will be parroted.
6. Someone is always listening. Usually when I don't want them to be.
7. At the end of the day, if everyone is safe and smiling, nothing else matters.
8. My mom wasn't as mean as I thought.
9. I'm not always right.
10. If I have a treat, I'm going to have to share.