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Sand, Salt, and Spirits by Kathryn Hills is a Trick or Treat Bonanza pick #99c #romance #giveaway



Title: Sand, Salt, and Spirits – A Last Chance Beach Romance


Author: Kathryn Hills


Genre: Halloween Romance / Contemporary Romance / RomCom / Fake Relationship / Beach Read


Book Blurb:


Can a weekend visit to Last Chance Beach undo decades of brokenhearted memories? Conjuring up some island magic might just be their trick. Or treat!


Kyle Worthington hasn’t returned to Last Chance Beach in years. He’s worked hard to prove himself to his overbearing father and the rest of the world. Now it’s October, and the vacation island paradise is celebrating the season with an island-wide Fall Festival. Family obligation demands he participate. Everyone will be there, including the ghost that haunts his grandparents’ B&B.


The running joke that Kyle never sticks with anything—not a career or a woman—will continue to plague him. Unless he brings a knockout of a date to the weekend-long event. Cassandra Corwin fits the bill perfectly. Kyle’s had his eye on his brilliant, beautiful coworker since day one. But Cassie is an enigma, a loner. There’s no room in her life for anyone except Odin, her goofball of a Great Dane.


Will this woman of mystery agree to Kyle’s scheme to impress his family? Can two near strangers from opposite worlds survive family gatherings and back-to-back Halloween events while pretending to be a couple? Kyle’s father seems hell-bent on derailing everything before they even shout “Boo!”


Or will the island’s magic prove too powerful for them to resist?


Excerpt:


Kyle held his breath, as he pushed through the back door and went around to meet her by her car. Game on, buddy. Pull yourself together.


Yet a shockwave rippled through him at the sight of her. Black hair piled on her head in a messy, windblown bun. Short, sexy, red sundress. Her legs were bare. Pale yet gorgeous and toned. On her feet? High-top red sneakers with white laces.


Cassie dropped big, round sunglasses into place on her nose, and she grinned at him. “I made it.”


The huge dog—about the size of a pony—glanced his way but didn’t move. As if to say, “I am unimpressed by your appearance, human.”


“Yes, you made it.” He forced a pleasant smile though inside he was in full, freak out mode.


“This is Odin,” Cassie explained, still smiling. “Odin…say hello to Kyle.”


The Great Dane bared big white teeth on command in a ridiculous smile-esque maneuver. Yet still he didn’t budge from his seat.


“That’s his only trick,” Cassie offered with a chuckle. “We don’t ask much of each other.”


Kyle’s brain screamed, okay…time to fess up. “Cassie…before we go any further, there’s something I must confess. Please don’t get mad.”


Her smile evaporated. “Oh, that’s never good.”


“Hang on…it’s not good, but it’s not terrible, either.”


“Yet to be determined.” She crossed her arms and leveled a hard stare on him. “Spill it.”


“I may have…Okay, I definitely said…you’re my girlfriend.” Kyle cringed in anticipation of her reaction.


“You said what?” Her voice spiked.


“I’m sorry. I don’t know what came over me.”


“A death wish?” she accused with a scowl. “Who did you say this to?”


“Not many. Just my sister, Kat.” He swallowed hard and took a step back. “She told my grandmother.”


“No?” Her tone went dangerously low.


“…who then told my mother when she called to say she wasn’t sure if she was coming. Who, in turn, told Kendall, my younger sister. Who really isn’t coming, by the way. So, that part’s good.”


“Is it now, Kyle? Really?” Cassie demanded with an infuriated huff.


“Yeah…except Kat told her boyfriend, Ben. Now I’m done. I think. Maybe not. News travels fast on Last Chance Beach.”


Her dark eyes pinned him in place. “So…basically…you’re telling me everyone in your family and on this island thinks we’re a couple?”


Kyle gave her a small, shrugging wince. “Yeah…pretty much.”


Cassie glared at him. Lips pinched together. The tiny muscle alongside one eye quivering. “I cannot believe this.” She started pacing alongside her car. “Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve had a vacation? A little time off? A day, even, just for me? This was a gift to me. A chance to unwind after all the work I’ve been drowning in.”


“I’m sorry. Again. I didn’t mean to screw up your vacation. I don’t know what came over me. It just happened. Kat was bragging about all the great things in her life. She literally walked in with an engagement ring the size of a bus on her finger. Gran was gushing. Ben had just proposed. She got a promotion. Ben is expanding his business, yada, yada…My brain blew a gasket.”


“So? Who cares, Kyle? It’s family. Not like you’re competing with anyone.”


Kyle dropped his head in shame. “You don’t know my family,” he admitted.


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Please note… This book is ON SALE for just 99 cents for spooky season!






If you could dress up as anything or anyone this Halloween, what or who would it be and why?


Funny you should ask… I’ll be a scarecrow this Halloween for a super-fun author/reader event I’m attending – Fall In Love New England! The costume is adorable. You’ll have to check out my author’s Facebook page for pictures. Hmm…I hope I don’t get straw in my wineglass at the big Halloween party. 😊


Explain why your featured book is a treat to read:


I took a chance with this book to blend two of my favorite things… Halloween and the beach! Spooky things find me everywhere I go, so why not let my characters experience something similar, even on Last Chance Beach! Did I mention there’s a charming B&B? And an antique shop with a haunted history? How about a ghost, which is based on a spirit I met years ago? I always knew “she” would end up in one of my books because she’s just so special!


Giveaway –


One lucky reader will win a $75 Amazon gift card



Open internationally.


Runs October 1 – 31


Drawing will be held on November 1.



Author Biography:


KATHRYN HILLS...Best-selling romance author, ghost hunter, dog lover, and iced coffee addict. She’s hauntingly romantic unless she’s writing sweet. From graveyards to country inns, get ready to explore spooky mysteries and have some sexy fun!





4 Comments


andreadrake1
andreadrake1
Oct 20, 2023

I’m not sure I’ll dress up this year maybe a witch or something!

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kathrynhills.author
kathrynhills.author
Oct 25, 2023
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I love a good witchy costume! I actually have a few versions, an oldly-wordly one being my favorite. Enjoy your Halloween no matter what you choose to dress up as, Andrea. Thanks for stopping by!

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kathrynhills.author
kathrynhills.author
Oct 13, 2023

Thanks so much for this great spotlight of one of my favorite books! It was a fun challenge to combine two of my favorite things...Halloween and the beach. I hope your readers enjoy the result, plus my spooky season sale. Happy Halloween, EVERYONE! 👻

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N. N. Light
N. N. Light
Oct 13, 2023

Thank you, Kathryn, for sharing your book sale in our Trick or Treat Book Bonanza!

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