Summer Fun at the Beach
Though my novella Calla’s Summer Fantasy takes place in Wilmington, North Carolina (which I’ve visited a few times), my favorite vacation destination is St. Augustine, Florida. Back in 2015, my husband and I drove there for our 5th wedding anniversary. I’ve been there a few times before when I was a child, and I’ve talked about the little coastal tourist town so often Greg wanted to see it for himself.
We toured several historical hotspots, including the Castillo de San Marcos (the oldest existing fort in the US), another fort known as Fort Matanzas, the lighthouse and maritime museum, Ripley’s Believe it Or Not, Potter’s Wax Museum, The Mission Nombre de Dios (a gorgeous historical Catholic church with a walking park), and so many other places. We also toured Old Town, the historical downtown area, and learned a lot of sordid town history, hiked in Washington Oaks Garden State Park where a spider bit me on the head (the wound burned for days after), and of course we swam in the Atlantic.
The best part of the vacation, at least for me, was swimming and playing in the ocean during a storm. Yes, that was pretty foolish, but Greg and I didn’t travel too far into the water. As you can see in the picture, the sky is dark with storm clouds and the waves were really choppy. The wind blasted the beach, and we finally hightailed our butts to the car once the rain started.
One of the worst parts was the bad parking in Old Town. It’s all paid parking with limited spots and hours. Granted, I understand space is limited and a historical building shouldn’t be razed to provide more parking, but for someone on a budget, it was a little difficult finding good accommodations for the car. Luckily, Greg and I got a hotel nearby and walked almost everywhere in Old Town.
The week prior to our arrival, a tropical storm had hit the area, so there was still residual rain and clouds throughout most of our trip. We were often soaked after walking around, and the hot shower in the hotel room felt soooooo good.
The best restaurant we found was Burger Buckets, a colorful eatery in Old Town. The nachos and hamburgers were huge and affordable for the size. I can honestly say I haven’t had a plate of nachos that good since the trip.
All in all, we enjoyed our vacation to St. Augustine, and I definitely recommend going if you love anything to do with history, pirates, great food, and the beach.
Calla’s Summer Fantasy
Publisher: Daulton Publishing
Release Date: March 18, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Cover Artist: Michele Paulin
Word Count: 13k
Heat Level: 5 Flames
Calla Lansky needed help at playing the field.
She scheduled two dates for the same night at her favorite seafood restaurant, and she owed her shocked boyfriends an explanation. To her surprise, Nathan Risley and Sam Tomlin handled the awkward situation like pros and happily agreed to her ultimate fantasy: a ménage à trois.
After the hottest night of her life, Calla faced the ultimate decision.
Should she commit to the one man who secretly loved her all along, or keep her options open and indulge in her summer fantasy again and again?
Calla laughed, almost strangling on a bite of grilled salmon as a dirty thought crossed her mind. She forced the food down her throat and chased it with her drink.
“You okay? What’s so funny?” Nathan forked a popcorn shrimp into his mouth. “You only giggle like that when your mind is in the gutter.”
“She crinkles her nose too.” Sam chuckled as Calla covered her twitching nose with her palm. “C’mon, babe. There’s no need to act shy after everything that already happened.” He tugged on her forearm until she dropped her hand.
“Okay, just hear me out.” Calla tapped her feet, drumming her hands on her knees to gather her courage. Then she leaned forward and braced her elbows on the tabletop. The neckline of her dress dipped, revealing a generous amount of cleavage. “I have a silly little fantasy. I’ve always wanted to have a threesome with two hot men who would tease and play with me for hours. Are you interested?” Hope filled her chest, but then Nathan’s mouth dropped open and Sam’s eyes bugged out as though she stood up and stripped naked in the restaurant. She swished her hand in the air. “It’s crazy, I know, and you aren’t into it. I understand. Never mind.”
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Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.
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