by Susan Fox
Known for its rugged beauty and eccentric residents, tiny Blue Moon Harbor is big on love...
Blue Moon Harbor is on Destiny Island, set among the Gulf Islands near Victoria, British Columbia. The tiny island is blessed with craggy bluffs, forested hills, secret coves with stunning beaches, and meadows dotted with wildflowers. The population reflects the island’s history: indigenous people; African-American, Japanese, and every other kind of immigrant; fishers, entrepreneurs, hippies, artists, and escapees from the city.
The locals are . . . well, I’ll let Aaron Gabriel, the hero of Fly Away With Me, describe them. “Independent, often bloody-minded. They’ll bicker fiercely among themselves, then close ranks against outsiders. Tourists are tolerated more than appreciated. Even though they’re responsible for a sizable chunk of the island’s economy.” (Fly Away With Me is the first book in the Blue Moon Harbor series from Kensington Zebra.)
Destiny is fictional, but it should ring true to residents of the Pacific Northwest, which is my part of the world. I’ve lived in Victoria and Vancouver all my life, and often visited the Gulf Islands. I spend happy summers boating among the islands on our lovely old 36' wooden Shepherd.
After finishing the Caribou Crossing series, set in a ranching community in the interior of B.C., it’s been great fun to write an island setting. Small communities can be quirky—and a small island can be even quirkier! After all, an island is, well, an island. You’re semi-isolated and weather-dependent.
“If you live on an island, you can only get on and off by boat or plane.” She gave a snort. “Duh, that’s so obvious. It’s just not something I’d really thought about. Don’t you start feeling claustrophobic?”
“Not if you can fly a plane.”
That’s Eden Blaine talking to Aaron. Yes, he’s a pilot, and owns his own seaplane company. That’s how he and Eden meet, when he flies her to Blue Moon Harbor.
Why would an Ottawa lawyer visit a dot-on-the-map island she’s never even heard of? To search for her ailing mom’s long-lost sister. A just-discovered letter suggests she may have joined a commune there, back in 1969.
After breaking up with her long-time boyfriend, Eden’s priorities are her family and her job—definitely not romance. But when her sexy pilot offers to not only help with her quest but show her a fun time, a holiday fling sounds irresistible.
A dysfunctional childhood taught Aaron that hoping for love led to disappointment and pain, so all he ever offers is “casual.”
Besides, both Eden and Aaron are totally committed to their jobs, and he’s as devoted to his younger sister and niece as Eden is to her family. With demanding, rewarding lives 2,000 miles apart, they can’t possibly have a future together. Can they?
Let me just say this. When you meet your love on Destiny, life will never be the same!
I’d love to hear your thoughts about island communities, their residents, and their romance potential!
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International bestselling author Susan Fox, who also writes as Susan Lyons and Savanna Fox, “knows what women want in a contemporary romance” (Publishers Weekly). Her books have won numerous awards and Love Somebody Like You was a RITA® finalist.
Susan is a Pacific Northwester with homes in Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. She has degrees in law and psychology, and has had a variety of careers, including perennial student, computer consultant, and legal editor. Fiction writer is by far her favorite, giving her an outlet to demonstrate her belief in the power of love, friendship, and a sense of humor.