Blog Tour excerpt +giveaway WRITTEN IN THE SAND by T.A. Foster and Mary-Kathryn Craft

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Two love affairs. One hot summer.


Blair is determined to stay on course. Her reporting career is waiting for her if she can just make it through summer on the island.
Justyn knows not to get attached to tourist girls breezing through town for only a season.
Maggie wants to cherish her last few months of summer freedom. So what if she has to keep a tiny secret to make sure everyone around her stays happy?
Reid doesn’t have time for romance. His new business must succeed, no matter the cost.
This summer everything is about to change. All those carefully laid plans might shift faster than the tides. When these four start spending time together, the island nights get hotter than the sun-drenched days. Trying to stay untangled and unattached is easier said than done when the one thing you want is standing right in front of you.

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Justyn listened to the waves lap the side of the boat. The water was calm tonight. Blair’s head was nestled against his chest and the softness of his T-shirt. Every time the boat rocked, she exhaled and he thought he could feel her heartbeat pulse against him. His hand was tucked in by her hip, giving him the feeling that everything between them was familiar. He always knew where to move so that their bodies fit together like smooth puzzle pieces. He caught the tail of a shooting star as the wisps of its light sliced through the coal-black sky.
She pushed against Justyn and sat up. “Maybe it’s time we get back to the marina.”
Justyn’s eyes were half-closed. He was stretched across the bow of his nameless boat and almost lulled into sleep by the low rocking. After painting all day with Reid, he was tired. But Maggie was still out of town, and there was no way he was going to turn down a night alone with Blair when they had the house to themselves.
“What time is it? I might have drifted off. Sorry.” He looked for his phone and then at his date. “You mad?”
“No. I’m not mad. It’s just late and maybe we should get back. You’re tired.”  Blair sounded ticked to him.
Justyn eyed the pretty blonde. Something was off with her all of a sudden, but he had learned that part of being with Blair was accepting that the tide could change quickly.
“All right. Let me pull anchor and I’ll take you back.” He shoved his beer into the cup holder, and leaned over the bow to haul the rope and anchor onto the boat. He maneuvered around Blair, careful not to splash her. The stern anchor was much smaller and only took a few seconds to retrieve.
Justyn gave the cove one last look before turning the key and starting the engine. This was by far his favorite place on the sound, and it had become his special place to take Blair. It wasn’t just because it was the first place they had sex. There were moments when they were alone, and he could feel her shed all of the stress and tightness that she kept bottled up. He had discovered the softer side, the cute side that not everyone else saw.
Like tonight, he had planned on cruising to the Dock House to hear the Fin Notes, but Blair had another idea. 
“Can’t we just go to the cove, drop anchor, and float?” She had asked so sweetly that he knew then he would pretty much do anything she ever asked of him. Her eyes were full of mischief, but she kissed him on the cheek before letting him answer. They had spent the night listening to music and floating under the stars. She continued to surprise him with her unexpected ideas.
It was hard to believe that in two weeks she would be gone. They didn’t talk about it. She never brought it up, and he definitely wasn’t going to mention the fact that the summer was almost over. They had an understanding.
The wind whipped through Blair’s hair as Justyn steered the watercraft along the shoreline. He couldn’t stop wondering what had made her request that he take her home. Before he had drifted off to an in-between sleep, he had felt her entire body relax into his, as if she belonged against him. It was harder to fight the feeling that he wanted her there next to him all the time. He had never known any girl the way he knew Blair. It had only been one summer, but everything was already completely different.
He took a swig of his beer as the engine slowed into the marina entrance. None of that mattered. Whatever his feelings were, they weren’t going to change the plans Blair had for her future, and he wasn’t about to change his.
“Let me help you. Hold on a second.” Justyn cut the engine and reached for the dock rope to secure the boat, but Blair was already five paces down the pier. “Blair, wait up!”
She spun around once, before taking off in a full sprint.
Her figure blended into the shadows as she ran farther from the marina.
“Dammit. What did I do now?” Justyn watched as Blair turned the corner of the island road and disappeared in the dark.

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T.A. Foster is Southern girl whose heart and spirit are connected to the beach. She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children, and two canine kiddos.
She has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University.
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Mary-Kathryn Craft spent her childhood summers vacationing on Harkers Island, North Carolina. There she fell in love with the Cape Lookout beaches and learned about the power of a good story from the island old-timers.
With degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of South Carolina, she now works in public relations in Columbia, South Carolina with her husband, daughter, and shiba inu.

Written in the Sand is more than fifteen years in the making. Tucked away in boxes and buried deep on hard drives, pieces of Maggie and Blair’s story sat untouched for years before the authors rediscovered the work in progress. They knew it was time to revisit the island and give Maggie, Blair, Justyn, and Reid a summer to remember.

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