Meadows Shore Series
by Eva Charles
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Prepare to fall in love with the Claytons and Harringtons and their rich Portuguese heritage. A Wedding at Meadows Shore is the first book in the series. In it, you’ll meet the family and visit their beloved Meadows Shore nestled along the moody Atlantic in the charming seaside town of Fair Harbor.
It all begins with Sophie’s story, where she discards the past and learns to trust herself and others. The series follows the lives of her sisters and cousins while they, too, sort through their baggage and fall in love. Travel with them on their romantic journeys, stopping in rural Minnesota, New Orleans, and other enchanted places along the way.
They are wealthy and powerful, but suffer pain and loss much like the rest of us. Even great privilege can’t shield them from those experiences. But despite their wealth and power, I think you’ll find them approachable and down-to-earth—or as Cole Harrington would say: “We put our pants on one leg at a time, same as everybody else.”
There’s an old Portuguese adage, “the rooster crows loudly, but it’s the hen who’s in charge.” And so it is with the Claytons and Harringtons: strong women, alpha males, and of course, Avó Angelina, the family matriarch who keeps them all on their best behavior.
Bem vindo à família, Welcome to the family!
The waitress brought a dish of plump dumplings with golden, crispy skins. “These little suckers are amazing. Close your eyes,” he said carefully lifting the plumpest dumpling off the plate with chopsticks, and giving it a quick dunk in the sauce.
“Close my eyes?”
“Yeah. Everything’s better with your eyes closed. Your sense of smell, and all the sensations on your tongue, will be heightened.”
She leaned toward him, resting a hand on his thigh. “Are we talking about dumplings? Because I remember that you liked me to keep my eyes open.”
His groan sent a shudder, a powerful surge through him that nearly dislodged the dumpling from the chopsticks and sent it toppling into her lap.
His Adam’s apple bobbed, and he leaned closer to her. “We’ll try it both ways, first with your eyes open so I can watch you come apart, and then you’ll close them, and I’ll use my imagination when you begin to tumble…” He leaned in even closer. “But I’m not sure if I can trust you not to peek, we may need a blindfold to keep you honest.”
She gulped softly, and a small moan escaped from her lips.
He smiled. “Just remember, I’m not the one who keeps steering the conversation in that direction. Now close ‘em,” he commanded, bringing the succulent morsel to her mouth.
Eva Charles: Why I Write the Kind of Books I Do: Celebrating the Women of Romance
Even before putting the first word on paper, I knew that writing a novel and self-publishing would be a hard, daunting task, especially the self-publishing part. What I didn’t know was how many wonderful, kind and generous readers, bloggers and authors I’d meet on my journey who were more than happy to lend a hand. They’re mainly women, fabulous supportive women who brighten each day with constructive feedback, tried and true advice, and unending support. In the age of the Indies, it’s their courage, hard work and collective wisdom that have completely transformed the romance industry.
Through the years, the romance genre has been vilified as trashy, light and fluffy, and anti-feminist. After spending the last eighteen months immersed in the genre, I couldn’t disagree more. Romance celebrates and empowers women in a variety ways, giving them a safe place to explore their sexuality, establish their consumer clout, and hone their entrepreneurial skills. Yes, there’s plenty of unrealistic fantasy, offering an escape from our dull predictable lives, but isn’t that what every good novel does?
Labeling an entire genre or even one book, trashy, is sure to raise hackles, for what is one person’s trash is another’s treasure. I’ve always believed that what goes on between consenting adults in the privacy of their bedroom, kitchen, shower, stable, etc., is really none of my business. And so long as I’m not forced to read, write, promote or purchase, anything that makes me uncomfortable, you go girl.
Anyone who believes that romance is written for women who don’t want to worry their pretty little heads about serious matters, hasn’t perused the extensive array of offerings. Themes like domestic violence, rape, child abuse and drug addiction are explored, sometimes fully explored, by authors writing in the genre. These are hardly light and fluffy topics, but responsibly illuminating these issues can allow survivors to come out of the shadows and heal.
The new romance industry, specifically Indie publishing, exemplifies many feminist ideals: Write what you like, publish when you’d like, make your own decisions, and take all the responsibility for your successes and failures. Could there be anything more empowering than that?
It is with great humility, and in awe, that I raise my glass to the women of romance, readers, writers, bloggers, formatters, editors, proofreaders, and cover designers who are the heroines of their own stories. It’s an honor to be among you. Cheers!
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Eva Charles is the author of the multi-titled Meadows Shore Series chronicling the lives and loves of the Clayton-Harrington family. She invites you to visit their beloved Meadows Shore, nestled in the charming seaside town of Fair Harbor, where you’ll enjoy love, laughter, loyalty, and an abundance of mouth-watering food, Portuguese style.
After being a confirmed city-girl for more than thirty-five years, Eva moved to beautiful western Massachusetts in 2014. There, she found herself living in the woods with no job, no friends (unless you count the turkeys, deer, and coyotes roaming the backyard), and no children underfoot, wondering what on earth she’d been thinking. But as it turned out, it was the perfect setting to take all those yarns spinning in her head and weave them into a romantic tale.
When she’s not writing, trying to squeeze information out of her tight-lipped sons or playing with the two cutest dogs you’ve ever seen, Eva’s creating chapters in her own love story.
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Eva-Charles/e/B0140FZ442
Eva Charles will be awarding a $75 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.