Title: ETERNAL SEAS
Author: N. Christine Samuelson
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Supernatural Elements
“A journey of love and life through time and tragedy that few have the courage to take, fewer live to remember & readers will never forget…”
Eternal bonds of love and tragedy surrounding the sea have been fulfilled and broken through generations of life. They haunt Ella Rowe, a reporter from Tampa, FL with secrets, lies, spirits, and memories of living in other times with similar fates. Ella’s fear makes her run from love—until the sea brings a man perfect for her—Navy fighter pilot Daniel Ellsworth. Facing life and death issues in a timeless odyssey of mystery and peril from Key West to Europe to Maine, the plot twists keep readers fascinated from the first chapter to the end. Will their destiny be fulfilled, or will tragedy be repeated as Ella and Daniel endure heartbreak to find love, and face death to find life?
“I promise, when I leave on a ship to fly jets, I will always come back to you. In one way or another, I will come back. In time, all ships must return to port. Ella, you are my home port.”
In that moment, his words were truer than any she’d ever heard. But with eyes closed, her spirit lifted into another realm and through the potent energy passing between them, she detected a whisper. As had happened before, it did not emanate from her brain like a thought; it came from outside herself and drifted in. Just as she knew the light from a star took a thousand years to reach her eyes, she sensed this message was spoken long ago in some ancient time and had just reached her ear on this day. It was the familiar voice of a man who had loved her, and when he’d held her, he smelled of the salt air and the sea, and he had said, I promise I will come back to you.
She heard the words now, but her lover in that ancient time had never returned. And now the loss of him drifted back through time as well—it still had a home in her heart, a grief so deep and pervasive it would never leave. The pain was not just felt; it’d been imprinted on her, like a brand on the soul, marking her for life and obviously beyond it. There was no getting over that kind of pain.
Soaring through a world of infinite blue, of sky and sea with no horizons, no beginning or end, was like flying off the earth into the arms of God. It was as close to heaven as Daniel Ellsworth imagined it to be. There was no greater thrill than catapulting off a carrier flight deck in a Navy fighter jet with engines roaring, cutting through the air at insane speeds. He entered the zone, as he called it—defying nature, commanding the space above the Atlantic Ocean and loving every minute with his senses tuned in razor-sharp to every sight and sound in the cockpit.
But today there was something wrong. An odd sensation tugged in his gut.
Approaching cruising altitude, he did another flight check: no problems; the sea was calm, the sky was clear and welcoming in this routine flight. His rational mind knew there was no basis for concern, but Daniel’s trusted inner voice said, Something is coming, and this is fair warning. He knew he’d have no control over whatever it was, like going in for a landing into destiny.
* * *
With a death grip on the steering wheel after an hour’s drive from the tip of south Florida heading toward Key West, Ella Rowe saw a bridge in the distance. It was seven miles long and suspended over open water with not a speck of land in sight. It was Ella’s idea of hell—driving over ocean and sky through an endless blue nightmare, trapped in a car with no way to get off but over the side. Even worse was an hour and a half more of driving through the Florida Keys mostly over water, over forty-two islands connected by forty-two bridges. As much as she had tried to suppress it, the war inside her between the fear, love, and hate of the sea raged. The longer she drove, the stronger it got, and the fear was taking over. But there was no place to escape as she approached the Seven Mile Bridge with no exits, just road and sea. An accident here would send you to a watery death, she thought. I’ve heard Key West is a paradise, like heaven on earth, but driving through hell to get there doesn’t seem worth the trip.
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Share a holiday family tradition:
When I lived in Florida (Gulf Coast), a big change from living in the west was that everyone decorated their houses and yards with thousands of lights. I had never seen people go so all out for elaborate lights and decorations, neighbors competing and having contests for best displays. I was told the reason for this was with Florida being so warm, never having snow or even a chill in the air at Christmas, decorating profusely was a way to bring a traditional feeling of Christmas, the festive look and feel of the holidays without having the wintry weather.
So, we started a tradition then and have continued through the years to our current coastal SC location (also a warm winter place) that on Christmas Eve night we drive through neighborhoods all over town ‘ooing’ & ‘aahing’ at the most amazing residential light displays I’ve ever seen. Then we come home, drink champagne and sit by our outdoor fire pit, look at the stars & the lights from our neighbors’ homes reflecting off the lake, and share memories of holidays past.
Why is your featured book perfect to get readers in the holiday mood:
Eternal Seas is set primarily in Key West, FL with several scenes set at Christmas. The town of Key West celebrates the holiday season with thousands of lights and decorations all through the historic district, lending a festive, traditional Christmas spirit even in this tropical, island location.
The reader gets a good idea for how the town takes on a different feel during the holidays, and how the spirit of the season prevails even with palm trees (decorated with lights of course), the ocean, and homes adorned with greens and big bows on doors & windows, and all kinds of classic and ‘beachy’ Christmas themes. It will surely put you in a holiday mood, especially for those of you who dream of getting away someplace warm and tropical for the holidays without giving up the spirit of the season!
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Christine Samuelson has been a lifelong writer in many professional and personal capacities, but now writes the kinds of stories she loves—about life and love’s challenges, tragedies and victories. Her overall themes deal with the eternal bonds of love that transform lives and transcend time. Her characters and plotlines are grounded in reality but have a touch of mysticism and mystery. Writing is the way she shares the tragic, the magic, the joys and triumphs of everyday life. She hopes readers of her books will be inspired to look at life and love through a different lens and realize that no matter your circumstances, we all share similar stories in our lives and our hearts.
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