Title: Upon the Tide
Author: Ryan Jo Summers
Genre: Romantic Suspense
New York Fashion designer Piper Kincaid just wanted a pleasant visit with her cousin down in Florida. That was before she and handsome beach bum Kade Wyatt become the targets of a gang of robbers and killers. Kade simply wanted some fish for his pet seagull. Now he and the lovely exec from New York are caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Soon he’s busy concentrating on Piper when he should be focusing on keeping them alive. Fleeing for their lives aboard Kade’s houseboat, The Hightide , they experience risk, surprises, mystery, and romance during the Great Caribbean Boat Chase. However, the biggest surprises are waiting for them back at port.
The Hightide bobbed gently on the tide, the waves lapping softly against her hull. The moon shone through the portals and the big windows of the saloon. Mild breezes stirred through the open screens, bringing warm air inside. Down below, Kade and Piper slept, across the hall from each other, relaxed from their shared wine and one final parting kiss. Peace hung heavy as the moonlight outside.
A loud bump jarred Kade awake. Lying in the stillness, he felt the gentle rocking of the water and saw the moon’s glow through the portal. Despite the calm, his pulse quickened, and his senses alerted, making the hairs on the back of his neck stand up. Something was wrong. Another thump topside had him out of bed, gun in hand, reaching for the door.
Piper met him in the hall, silhouetted in the light of her cabin. Of course, she had turned her light on. Dismay filled him. Well, it was too late now.
“What is it?” she asked.
“Shh,” he moved his finger to his lips, still looking topside. Another thud Someone was aboard. Then he smelled it. Kerosene.
Raw anger raced through him. “Stay here.” He blocked her path with one arm while bringing the revolver up in front. This time it was shoot to kill. He padded softly forward, every sense alert. Piper stayed one step behind. Damn.
Up to the galley they stole, moving silently toward the muffled thumps and whispers. At the bottom of the steps, he spotted them, bathed in the moonlight streaming through the glass. Two of them, a man and a woman, and the heavy smell of kerosene.
“Are you trying to burn my house, doll?”
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“Upon the Tide” is the perfect beach read! We have an ultra-chic career girl, caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, and now she’s running for her life. Helping her is a hunky beach bum who is more than he appears. They criss-cross the Caribbean on his cabin cruiser, the Hightide, and visit exotic ports of call, and manage to fall in love despite their clear differences, all while trying to stay one step ahead of the killers. But what happens when they return to port is beyond what anyone can imagine.
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I was born in Michigan and grew up surrounded by books, pretty much all piled and stacked in my room. I had bookshelves to hold them since I could remember. Christmas and birthdays were easy, just buy me books.
My tastes in subject matter and genres grew as I matured.
It seemed only natural to write as well as read. The first book I wrote was at age ten and was about a twelve-page story that I also illustrated and stapled together into book format. I was so proud! If only I still had that about somewhere.
Since then, I never stopped writing. Some articles made it into magazines, some stories made honorable mention in contests, my journal has grown thicker. Writing poetry also serves as therapy to life's hurts, a trait apparently inherited from my dad's aunt. Writers, poets and songwriters run through my lineage. I guess you could say I come from a line of wordsmiths.
In 2012, selling my first novel for publication has been not only a dream come true of becoming a novelist, but also a pinnacle of thirty odd years of writing. With each new story, novel or novella that comes out, I grow as a writer and take another step on this incredible journey called life.
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