For those of you who don’t know me, which is likely most of you, I’m Terri Osburn and I write small town contemporary romance and my debut novel, MEANT TO BE, was released last month. (Book 2: UP TO THE CHALLENGE comes out in January.) This is the first in my Anchor Island Series, so today I’d like to introduce you to the lovely little island my characters call home.
Situated at the base of the Outer Banks in North Carolina, Anchor Island is a prime tourist destination. These are just a few of the fun features offered on this little speck of sand.
1) Remote location – When we think vacation, we think “A place to get away.” On Anchor, you really get away. The island is accessible by ferry only. Since my heroine, Beth, has an intense fear of riding on boats, you can imagine what this does to her. Thankfully, a hunky islander and his lovable mutt help her through the ferry-induced panic attack.
2) A Chance to Disconnect – On Anchor, there are no cell towers, and that means no cell service. This is one of the reasons Beth’s fiancé, a native of the island, prefers to live elsewhere. But her fiancé’s brother Joe, who happens to be that hunky guy from the ferry, makes Beth see all the reasons the island would be a great place to live.
3) Good Food – This is so important for a vacation spot. Dempsey’s Bar & Grill, owned by Beth’s future in-laws, is the heart and soul of the island, with its warm atmosphere and friendly staff. Not to mention the best seafood in the mid-Atlantic. When this establishment is threatened, along with the rest of the island, Beth joins the cause to save them all.
5) The Natives – The people might be the best thing about Anchor Island. There’s Lola, the dark-skinned island elder who runs the arts and crafts store. Sid, the pint-sized boat mechanic with the centerfold body and mouth of a sailor. And Will, the mysterious gypsy who serves up the shots of tequila that loosen Beth’s inhibitions, leading to one hot kiss with the absolute wrong man.
As you can probably guess, Beth would highly recommend this island. In fact, she’d give just about anything to live on Anchor happily ever after. Well, almost anything.
What do you think? Could you vacation on a remote island with no cell service? Do you have a favorite vacation spot you return to year after year? Mountains, sea, or big city? One lucky commenter will receive a Kindle version of MEANT TO BE. (Open internationally until midnight tonight.) Good luck and thanks again to the Jaunty Quills!
PS: Anchor Island is completely based on Ocracoke Island, NC. If you’re still looking for a vacation destination this summer, I highly recommend checking out this area.