Title: ETERNAL SEAS
Author: N. Christine Samuelson
Genre: Contemporary Romance with a supernatural theme
Eternal Seas is a journey of life and love spanning time and place that few have the courage to take and fewer live to remember.
Ella Rowe’s lifelong fear of the sea and tragedies surrounding loved ones cause a soul-deep fear of love and relationships—until the sea brings a man perfect for her—Navy fighter pilot Daniel Ellsworth.
A powerful attraction draws them together in Key West, but undermining it is Ella’s sense of being cursed and haunted by deaths, family secrets, lies, spirits, and vivid memories of living in other times with similar fates – all caused by the sea. She believes loving Daniel will make him the next victim. Daniel questions pursuing her, knowing death could be a consequence.
They begin an odyssey spanning generations of time filled with mystery, otherworldly events, and peril leading back to Ella’s ancestral home in Maine. Will their destiny be fulfilled, or will tragedy be repeated as they endure heartbreak to find love, and face death to find life?
Daniel found himself on edge emotionally, waiting, watching, in a constant state of vigilance. It wore him down even as he embarked on what was supposed to be a relaxing vacation. Daniel knew whatever waited for him, good or bad, would be life changing.
And here he sat with this woman, relaxed and comfortable, and wondered, Is this it? Could this be what was coming at me? But he questioned his intuition: This meeting seems to be a good thing, though, nothing to be warned about. He lifted his glass to toast. “Here’s to knowing you, Ella, maybe for a long time, longer than just this night.” But a small doubt made him think twice about pursuing her, especially if karma was involved — karma he’d suspected caused him to die at sea many times before, karma he refused to obsess on or let control his life.
With his pilot training, he had great focus and willpower to cancel out all negative or intrusive thoughts, and his own karma was one of them, especially since revealing it had abruptly ended a relationship in his early twenties. He’d learned his lesson and wouldn’t make that mistake again. If a woman came along whom he felt strongly connected to and knew intuitively was meant for him and they fell in love, then karma wouldn’t deter him from pursuing her. Besides, the karma he recalled couldn’t be proved for sure, and it wasn’t anybody’s business but his own.
Ella tapped her glass gently against his. “I’d rather toast to the start of an interesting evening, probably just until midnight. That’s as much as I can commit to.”
Daniel’s gaze grew endearing as he spoke. “Okay, Cinder-Ella. At midnight, you go back to your BMW pumpkin and ride away, huh?” He took a long swallow of his drink and winked at her. “But I’ll be coming around with that glass slipper until I find you.”
Ella didn’t expect such an answer. He certainly had a quick wit and a creative comeback. “Really? Well, good luck with that, Prince Daniel. I’m no princess, and this is no fairy tale. This is an enjoyable conversation so far. Let’s leave it at that with no talk of stalking me with a glass shoe.” She sent him a coy smile while she sipped her drink, hoping he’d get the message that she appreciated his inventiveness, but he better not dare try to find her.
Ella and Daniel talked the night away. She couldn’t remember the last time she’d been so charmed by a man. She was usually too smart for that. This was refreshing and challenging, and he sure was easy on the eyes. At the very least, she was flattered by his attention. After all, he could obviously pick up any woman he wanted. She resolved to give it a go for the evening because under the good looks, the obvious intelligence, and unusual life, there was something about him that was captivating and familiar. The feel of him was like opening a seldom-used closet and finding a beautiful coat buried in the back, waiting for you to remember it was there, waiting to be wrapped around your body again to warm you and keep you safe.
They talked about their childhoods and worked up to the present, how they’d gotten through life and chosen the paths they had. Daniel Ellsworth was born in San Francisco, but starting at five, grew up moving around every few years all over the southeast, mostly to towns near the coast. His love of the ocean and traveling came from that experience. Living near a small airport and making friends with the owner and then working for him found him catching free rides, and so grew his love of flying; hence, his career combined both his passions as a Navy pilot.
Ella shared only the basics with him, the necessary information to piece together her history. She’d have to know him much better to share more than that. But she could envision being frank and honest with him because he was so genuine and open-minded, and so non-judgmental. Just not now, some other time, if there ever was another time with him.
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Explain why your featured book is a treat to read:
The plot spans hundreds of years’ time with stories of past lives that shed light on the characters’ current lives and relationships. After exploring mainstream solutions, Ella Rowe uses mystical and spiritual means to help unravel her life’s mysteries and losses. Spirits connect with her, past life regressions, dreams, karma, psychics, tarot readings, and a near-death experience all unearth the worst fears of her life. A Victorian haunted house holds secrets to Ella’s familial heritage and her inability to live and love fully. All of these elements, plus a magical love story, make Eternal Seas a perfect October, supernatural treat to read!
Praise for Eternal Seas:
“…a great read if you believe in love, romance, fate, spirituality or any of the above. There is nothing ho-hum about this beautifully written book - you'll be guessing from the first page to the last!” – Amazon review
“…Ella’s memories…were written with such beauty. . . the book is an interesting look at the concepts of fate, destiny, and beliefs.” – BookBub review
“…N. Christine Samuelson has a wonderful talent of connecting you to the characters, their emotions and the settings so you feel part of the story. …. I loved the book and did not want it to end.” – Amazon review
“Wow, what a beautiful story…lyrical narration set in Key West. ……kept me turning the pages…mystery and romance added to the depth of the plot.” – N.N. Light’s Book Heaven
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Christine Samuelson has been a lifelong writer in various professional and personal capacities, but now she writes the kinds of stories she loves—about life and love’s challenges, tragedies and victories. Her themes deal with the 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.
Christine lives in coastal South Carolina where the people, land and sea are constant sources of inspiration. 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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