‘Breakwater Beach’ - part one of the ‘Unfinished Business’ series by Carole Ann Moleti.
Liz Levine is convinced her recently deceased husband is engineering the
sequence of events that propels her into a new life. But it’s sea captain Edward
Barrett, the husband that died over a century ago, who has returned to complete
their unfinished business. Edward’s lingering presence complicates all her plans
and jeopardizes a new relationship that reawakens her passion for life and love.
What are Captain Barrett’s plans for his wife, and for the man who is the new
object of her affections?
Widow’s Walk,’ the second in the series. Having read ‘The Widow’s Walk,’ I
was delighted to be asked to preview ‘Breakwater Beach’. This prequel gives the
main characters’ earlier story, and I was looking forward to finding more about
people who left a mark on me in ‘The Widow’s Walk’.
The premise is an interesting one, with Liz Levine haunted by Edward, a ghost
who married her in a previous life. She meets neighbours who also have previous
lives that were entwined with those of Liz and Edward.
This story is a more fulfilling read than other paranormal romances I’ve read
because it is more rounded than a simple romance. The characters have convincing
backstories and current trials and tribulations which all play an important part
in the novel rather than being ‘bolted on’. That kept me reading; until the end
the story could take Liz more than one way, so it maintained my interest until
the last page.
However, as so often with Moleti’s work, the real standout is in the
characters. The author has a clear picture of what makes people tick, and a
knack for characterisation that many authors will envy. The people in this story
are largely ordinary, everyday folk on the surface, but each have depths and
uniqueness – like most ‘ordinary’ folk – that the writing brings out. This depth
of characterisation is a real highlight of the story and had me rooting for
‘Breakwater Beach’ will be available on 13 April. Details are at: http://www.caroleannmoleti.com/the-unfinished-business-series/
link for Breakwater Beach is Live at: http://www.amazon.com/Breakwater-Beach-Carole-Ann-Moleti-ebook/dp/B01DS59GA8
If you pre-order and send Carole a copy of your receipt via her website contact page, Carole will
send you a free ebook gift. You can choose from The Widow’s Walk, Bites: Ten
Tales of Vampires, Seers: Ten Tales of Clairvoyance, or Beltane: Ten Tales of
Carole Ann Moleti lives and works as a
nurse-midwife in New York City, thus explaining her fascination with all things
paranormal, urban fantasy, and space opera. Her nonfiction focuses on health
care, politics, and women's issues. But her first love is writing science
fiction and fantasy because walking through walls is less painful than running
The first book in Carole's Cape Cod paranormal romance novel series, The
Widow's Walk, was published by Soulmate and is now out as an e book and in
print. The prequel, Breakwater Beach, will be released in April 2016.
Urban fantasies set in the world of Carole's novels have been featured in
Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, Seers: Ten Tales of Clairvoyance,
Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft, and Bites: Ten Tales of
Carole also writes non fiction that ranges from sweet and sentimental in
This Path and Thanksgiving to Christmas to edgy and irreverent in the
Not Your Mother's Books: On Being a Mother and On Being a Parent.
Carole is at:
Sunday, 3 April 2016
A couple of nights ago I watched a television programme about England’s stunning Lake District. The programme explained how the region inspires writers, artists and poets. That’s led me to ask myself – possibly for the first time - what inspires me to write? I’ve come up with the following:
- Snowdonia in North Wales. It’s an area I love, with its peaks and valleys and natural beauty. I also have a soft spot for the Scottish Highlands, but because Snowdonia’s towns and villages are closer together and the place has a unique culture I’ve always thought it has an intimacy and atmosphere lacking elsewhere.
- Ancient stories. I’ve always loved myths and legends, particularly Celtic stories which I think are more gentle and subtle than the more ‘in yer face’ tales from elsewhere. Given my taste for both Wales and ancient stories, I suppose it’s not a surprise that I’ve rewritten some stories based on Welsh tales – ‘The Footholder’s Tale’ and ‘The Doe and the Dragon’ are a couple that made it into print, and there are a few more in the pipeline.
- Richard Laymon. My all time favourite writer. His subject matter isn’t always to my taste but his tight style and brilliant characterisation are the best I’ve ever come across and are a lesson to any aspiring writer. It’s a shame his talent was taken from us before his time.