Thank you for visiting my website. I write contemporary romance with humor, heart, and maybe a little suspense.
In my fictional Florida beach town of Gulf Shore, you'll meet appealing alpha men who aren't too macho to cuddle a rescued baby dolphin in their muscular arms and accomplished women seeking an equal partner who thinks that smart is sexy.
You’ll get up close and personal with sea life, join the “snipe and gripe” club for girls’ nights out, and fall in love with a talking parrot who acts like a little boy in a bird suit.
You’ll go behind-the-scenes at the local aquarium and out to the beach to rescue marine animals in distress. And once you visit Gulf Shore, you just may find yourself wishing you could stay.
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Shore to Please
Tara Langley is an animal rights activist protesting against Gulf Shore Aquarium keeping dolphins in captivity. Paul “Flipper” O’Riley is the aquarium’s head dolphin trainer. Fire and gasoline, right? So why are they itching to light the match?
Here's a short excerpt:
“We’re having a nice time. Or at least we were until you started overthinking things again,” Flipper said.
“Overthinking? I’m not so sure my brain’s been engaged at all,” Tara shot back. She ran a nervous hand through her hair.
“You say that like it’s a bad thing,” he countered.
“Isn’t it? There’s only one way this can end, and that’s badly. I’ve already endured one failed romance this year. I don’t think I could stand another one.”
Flipper took her busy hand and held it still. “Aren’t you getting a little ahead of yourself? You’re acting like we woke up in bed together after a night of scream-so-loud-you-piss-off-the-neighbors sex.”
The highlight reel in her mind made Tara’s girl parts leap up and shout, “Hallelujah!” Her tongue, on the other hand, seemed Super-Glued to the roof of her mouth. Staring at him was the best she could do at the moment.
“What? No snappy comeback?”
She shook her head.
“Well, that’s disappointing.”
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Shore Feels Right
GULF SHORE BOOK 2:
Will reformed mean girl Monica Sims overcome her past sins and find happiness? Will good guy Cosby Williams get his heart broken? What's next for Dani Davidson and Evan Sanders? Will the aquarium weather scrutiny from animal rights activists? And how is Trident, the rescued dolphin calf, faring without his mother? Your favorite characters from The Shore Thing return in Shore Feels Right, and you'll also meet new people to cheer and a new villain to boo.
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Shore Feels Right excerpt
They nodded at each other as Monica tried to remember his name.
“Cosby Williams,” he supplied.
“What?” Had he read her mind? She’d seen him in Barb’s before talking to Evan and two of the aquarium’s dolphin trainers, but they hadn’t been introduced.
“That’s my name. In case you were wondering.”
“What gave you that impression?”
He shrugged. “The way you looked at me implied it.”
“Yeah? And what way was that?”
“Like I’m not a total stranger but you don’t know me, either.”
“You’re pretty perceptive, aren’t you?” Sarcasm tinged her voice. She’d ruthlessly repressed that particular personality trait but still let it loose occasionally.
“I try to be.” If he noticed her flippant tone, he ignored it. “Right now, for instance, you’re deciding whether I’m worth talking to and if you should tell me your name.”
“Actually, I’m debating whether you’re charmingly candid or irritatingly blunt.”
The Shore Thing
Gulf Shore Book 1: Once bitten and twice shy about workplace romances, Florida aquarium employees Dani Davidson and Evan Sanders are determined to resist their mutual attraction. But a baby dolphin and a stingray encounter help bring them together. Will a bitter ex-lover, Dani’s inhibitions and Evan’s career aspirations tear them apart?
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The Shore Thing quote
"Nurse sharks usually aren't aggressive and are tolerant of people. Unless, of course, someone is careless enough to step on the shark or foolish enough to pull its tail. Our diver is anything but an inattentive imbecile."
-- Dani Davidson
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Meet Joanna "Jo" Tompkins
Jo is a hard-nosed detective with the Gulf Shore Police Department and the love of aquarium veterinarian Kelsey Kramer's life. Now that same-sex marriage is legal in Florida, will these two finally tie the knot?
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Love is in the ... water?
Dani Davidson and Evan Sanders plan to get married along the cove behind the aquarium. What dress will she wear? Who will she choose as her bridesmaids? What will they serve at the reception? Click on the photo above to visit the Beach Weddings board on Pinterest, where I'm posting ideas for Dani and Evan's big day.
Gulf Shore is a place where a lot of other couples are falling in love, too. Monica and Cosby. Jo and Kelsey. Flipper and Tara. Who's next? Will Kenshin Hamasaki set aside years of heartbreak and find a new lady love? Stay tuned.
Top 10 things about Gulf Shore and its aquarium
10. Sharks and stingrays and snakes, oh my!
9. Gulf Shore has a small-town feel despite being a popular tourist destination.
8. Gulf Shore police Detective Joanna Tompkins has a gun and knows how to use it.
7. The Florida-style food and drinks will make your mouth water.
6. The pets are precious.
5. Two words: Bikini Barb's.
4. The sun, the sand and the surf, year-round.
3. It's the city of second chances. Manatees, turtles, dolphins (including Trident, an adorable calf), river otters and three pilot whales owe their lives to the aquarium's Stranding Team and rehab unit. Monica Sims knows a thing or two about second chances as well.
2. The scenery is first class if you like hunky guys and hot women. Think wet suits and swimsuits.
1. Gulf Shore is the home of happily ever afters.
About Gulf Shore: The town's tourist district is home not only to Gulf Shore Aquarium and its marine animal hospital, but also to Bikini Barb's Bar & Grill, a favorite hangout of the aquarium crowd; Nauti-Toys watercraft rentals; atch of the Day seafood restaurant; a municipal fishing pier and marina; the Family Fun Center; Angler and Divers Paradise superstore; a giant inflatable water slide behind one of the waterfront resorts; Gulfview Village gift shops and clothing boutiques; an ocean-themed art gallery; and the community's signature “Dancing Waters” fountain.
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Among Gulf Shore Aquarium's resident animals are Fins, Flukes, Neptune, Aquarius, Calypso, Echo and Trident, all Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Fins and Flukes were rescued and deemed unreleasable because of their age, Trident was orphaned, and the other four were purchased at auction from a defunct facility that gave its animals less than stellar care. Gulf Shore's aquarium also has sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, shorebirds, manatees and marine invertebrates, plus alligators and other freshwater species.
Fred and Barney, nicknamed "the boys," are nurse sharks that live in GSA's Florida Fishes tank. The aquarium keeps other shark species at its Shark Pier habitat. There, visitors can see sand tiger, bonnethead, sandbar, snaggletooth, lemon, and blacktip and whitetip reef sharks. Shark Pier features a plexiglass walkway over the pools and an underwater tunnel, too.
Pets of Gulf Shore
Annette loves her furry and feathered friends so much, she's created supporting roles for them in her Gulf Shore novels.
Meet Ozzie. He's an African gray parrot who is featured prominently in The Shore Thing as Dani Davidson's beloved pet. In the book and in real life, Ozzie is known for his almost spooky ability to speak in context. One of his favorite things to do in the Mardis household is to hang upside down in his cage and drive his Maltese buddy Shelby to distraction. Ozzie also enjoys eating peanuts, grapes, cantaloupe, and sunflower seeds, and throwing food to the bottomless pit also known as Cocoa the long-haired Chihuahua.
This is Shelby, Annette's chief writing assistant. He's not really much help, but he's awfully cute. He barks, snores, begs for treats, and generally disrupts her concentration. But he also makes her laugh, and he's a real mama's boy. His nickname is "Mr. Happy," which fits his personality. He's always up for fun or mischief. Shore to Please introduces Kelsey and Jo's Maltese, Kirby, who actually is Shelby in disguise.
Meet Cocoa. She's sweet and shy, unless she thinks Shelby's getting all the attention. Then she doesn't hesitate to knock him out of the way and grab the spotlight. Her favorite pastimes are cuddling, sleeping, eating, barking, doing "army crawls" in the grass and chewing on her toys. Cocoa inspired the rescued dog Taco in Shore to Please.
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