Thank you for visiting my Web site. I write smart contemporary romance with heart and humor, and sometimes 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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Find out who's who in Gulf Shore, Florida here.
Meet author Annette Mardis here.
See Annette's dolphin photos here.
Check out Fred and Barney here.
Shore is Magical
GULF SHORE BOOK 4: After suffering losses that would’ve wrecked a lesser man, Kenshin Hamasaki has resigned himself to a life without true love. His perpetual grumpiness has damaged the few friendships he’s managed to forge, and his dalliances with women are superficial at best.
And then comes a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger named Marina, whose mere existence defies logic. She’s led what many would consider an idyllic life, but one that’s shrouded in secrecy. Marina longs to explore the limitless possibilities of Kenshin’s world. Yet, sharing the truth about herself could place her entire species in peril.
These two searching souls are drawn to each other by an animal attraction with the potential to change them in ways they never could’ve imagined.
Lurking in the background, however, is a dark presence from Marina’s past, who threatens to end this unlikely pairing before she and Kenshin can fully explore whether they’re destined to be together.
Gulf Shore book trailers
Gulf Shore series : You oughta be in pictures
One of the pleasures of reading is forming a picture in your mind of how people and places look. Want to see how your imagination matches up with mine? Check out my boards for all my novels and other book- and nature-related topics on Pinterest by clicking on the icon. And if you enjoy eating, and who doesn't, you'll find two food-related boards: Taste of Gulf Shore and Rico's Romantic Meals.
Man candy corner
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.
Tillie and Tully are Gulf Shore Aquarium's rescued West Indian manatees. They were so severely injured in a boat strike that they were unable to be released back to the wild. But now they live like queens in their Manatee Haven habitat.
I'm participating with some terrific romance authors in a Facebook promotion that starts at 9 a.m. EDT Monday, March 20. For information on the prizes you can win, head over to my Facebook author page by clicking HERE.
Writing what you know: Two of the most asked questions from readers are, "How do you come up with your ideas?" and "How much of yourself do you put in your books?" I've drawn on many personal experiences while writing my Gulf Shore novels. For instance, the leading lady of Shore is Scrumptious, Helen Holt, is a newspaper reporter. I spent more than 30 years in that field. As the book opens, Helen is heading out with Gulf Shore Aquarium's rescue team to help save a manatee, an experience I've been lucky enough to have as a member of the rescue team from Clearwater Marine Aquarium. None of the characters I write are based on a particular person. But some of their life experiences are rooted in real things that have happened to me or to someone I know. And of course current events also contribute to my story lines. You never know what could end up as fodder for a book. That's the beauty of being a writer.