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On sabbatical from his life of creating superheroes, Michael Sullivan goes to California and meets a real one. Now Michael needs to find a way to help his real life heroine, Lucretia, face the dark shadows that keep her running in circles, kicking sideways at anyone who gets too close.
“Do you have any more sex wax left?”
Behind the counter, Mike whirled around at the female voice, his first customer at his new job at Carmen’s Surf Shack, and froze.
The woman’s gray eyes were like a November day in New England, reminding him of wild waves and wilder rain. Somewhere in the steel orbs flecks of warm light called him home. A deep ache tugged at his heart, and he knew, without a doubt, that she was the one to--
“Mr. Zog’s. There aren’t any more on the shelves.”
Her words split his trance and he swooped down and grabbed a can from the open carton near his feet, the shipment he’d planned to stock after lunch. “Here you go,” he said, handing her the round tin as he studied the setting of those rocky coastline eyes. She was a typical surfer girl, all blond and gold in frayed cut-offs and hot pink tank top. He breathed a sigh of relief. Pure California. No danger of being bewitched here. There was nothing magical about California, which is why he came here, far from his haunts in Northampton. Still, those eyes...
She rested her forearms on the counter as she squinted at the shelves of surfing supplies behind it. She straightened and reached into her knapsack for her wallet. “No, nothing else. Just the wax, thanks.”
Mike rang up the sale and tried to ignore the quake in his heart as he sensed those hurricane eyes focusing on him.
Author Dina Keratsis graduated from Wheaton College with a BA in English Literature and has earned her EdM at Boston University. A member of Romance Writers of America, she has three published novels and is working on her fourth, a romantic fantasy. Dina lives in Boston with her husband, son, and comic muses, her two English Pointers.
"Charlesgate is a fun read. Intricately woven with historical fact and colorful fiction, Dina Keratsis's story is written with an intelligent eye, respect for her readers, and offers up a tale one needs to read curled up in front of the fire with a throw over your toes." -- Melanie, NovelSpot Romance Reviews
Charlesgate: "Dina Keratsis gives us history, folklore, mystery, fantasy and romance all in one story. The speed at which all the mysteries are unfolded is not too fast or slow. Just enough to keep page after page turning. I found myself mesmerized by the history, and intrigued by the love story between Zylla and Jabe. Both unsure of love, yet still knowing somewhere inside that they should be together." -- Kathy, Fallen Angels Reviews
Charlesgate: “Ms. Keratsis integrates the past and present successfully, making the reader believe in ghost stories. Page after page, she draws the reader in as the tale unfolds and the connections are made. I am hooked.” -- Kelly Ross, Romance Readers Connection
“Zylla and Jabe are wonderful characters with interesting quirks and believable personality traits…Ms. Keratsis has done a wonderful job of entertaining readers with a creative story based on a real building…Charlesgate is most definitely a keeper.” -- Susan White, Coffee Time Romance
5 Beacons - “Ms. Keratsis places her heart in the center of these young people and gives them life to reach out and touch the reader… Believability stirs within Kicking Sideways and blankets the reader with every turn of the page. Sweet, poignant, and well-crafted, this is one story that shouldn’t be missed.”--(Linda, Lighthouse Literary Reviews)
Kicking Sideways: 4 Cups - "Ms. Keratsis has written a sweet love story full of angst over the past, neglect of self, and the walls of protection we all build to protect our hearts. Cree is a determined young woman, saddled with too much responsibility too soon; while Mike is trying to be that soft place to fall when Cree needs to rest, but of course she resists the offer. Ms Keratsis’s ability to craft and express the emotions of a woman on the edge had me crying and fussing at Cree for being so stubborn. This book will tug at many a reader’s heart. Thanks, Ms. Keratsis, for this journey." - (Kathy, Coffee Cup Reviews)
Cake; A Fairy Tale: Starting with one of the best opening lines I’ve ever read, Cake, A Fairy Tale by Dina Keratsis transports the reader to a fantastic world. From laugh out loud funny to the bitter sting of tears, this tale mixes old legends with new, while imaginative twists carry you on a wild ride of emotions, never letting you go. And, you’ll never look at buttered toast the same again. A keeper! -- *lizzie starr, author of Romance with a Sparkling Twist
“Kicking Sideways is a tale of love enduring everything…This is definitely a recommended read for this is truly one of those books that is worth keeping.” – Lena C., Fallen Angels Reviews, September 2006
“Kicking Sideways is a charming story that captivates the reader…Ms. Keratsis places her heart in the center of these young people and gives them life to reach out and touch the reader. Believability stirs within Kicking Sideways and blankets the reader with every turn of the page. Sweet, poignant, and well-crafted, this is one story that shouldn’t be missed.” – Linda, Lighthouse Literary Reviews, September 2006
Charlesgate: "Whether or not you believe in ghosts, will enthrall you as you become enmeshed in the lives of two young people who just may be doomed. Will they be able to break this curse and find happiness? It is well worth the read to find out. Kudos to Dina Keratsis. I’ve got a new favorite author. Give me more!" -- Alice Klein, Sime~Gen Reviews, 2005
Charlesgate:“ Ms. Keratsis integrates the past and present successfully, making the reader believe in ghost stories. Page after page, she draws the reader in as Charlesgate unfolds and the connections are made. I am hooked.”-- Kelly R
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 332
Paper Weight (lb): 14.0
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