Blog Tour: Christmas in the Cove by Carol Ross – Guest Post + $50 Giveaway

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Christmas in the CoveChristmas in the Cove
by Carol Ross
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
December 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Nobody is going to hurt her—not on his watch

A DEA stealth mission has brought coast guard Lt. Commander Eli Pelletier home. But when he ends up aiding rescue swimmer Aubrey Wynn during her own harrowing mission, powerful emotions reignite between them. Except Aubrey doesn’t want Eli’s protection. She wants answers.

Twelve years ago, Eli broke up with Aubrey without telling her the real reason he was leaving Pacific Cove. How can he try for a second chance if he’s forced to deceive her again? Amid suspected drug trafficking and a sabotaged Christmas contest, Eli must find a way to regain Aubrey’s trust without compromising his career or endangering the woman he loves.

 

Carol Ross lives with her husband and one loveable miscreant of a dachshund in a small town in Washington close to both the ocean and the mountains. She adores the Pacific Northwest because it provides her with endless opportunities for the activities she loves—hiking, running, skiing, and spending time outdoors. Although she enjoys reading in many genres, she writes what she loves the most—romance, especially light-hearted stories about the fun, flirty, and often-tumultuous path toward a happily ever after.

 

Merry Pacific Cove Christmas

 

“My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Who doesn’t love the beach? But often, I think, when people imagine the West Coast, California’s sunny and sandy beaches come to mind. And they are gorgeous. Heading north, as you reach the coast of Oregon and Washington it’s a bit different. Shorelines here are more rugged, rockier, and often difficult to access. The surf can be brutally powerful, often dangerous for swimming. The weather is unpredictable on the best of days and can barely be considered mild even in the warmer summer months. Our beaches aren’t exactly the place for a sun-worshiper or body surfer.

 

All of this might sound off-putting to a would-be beach goer. But residents of the Pacific Northwest know differently. This is the most stunningly picturesque and thrilling places on the entire planet. Even though Pacific Cove is a fictional place, it’s a combination of some of my favorite little beach towns along the Pacific Coast. Here are a few of the ways residents of Pacific Cove might take advantage of a beachside Christmas.

 

Storm watching – This is a serious pastime on the Oregon coast. And for good reason. Waves as tall as houses, wind that steals your breath, and pelting, horizontal rainfall are all hallmarks of a huge coastal storm. While “hurricane force” winds have people taking cover in other parts of the world, they are common here. Residents refer to these conditions as “breezy.” The power of a storm on the Pacific Northwest Coast is truly awesome. If you’re fortunate enough to experience one, you’ll never forget it. And there are worse things than getting trapped in a cabin in the middle of storm – just ask Eli and Aubrey. (;

 

Crab feeds – Pacific Coast residents know that for all of the East Coaster’s bragging about blue crab, Dungeness is actually the superior culinary crustacean. (Check out the other stops on my tour for my favorite crab dip recipe.) There’s a crab feed in the book that includes one of my favorite scenes where Eli volunteers to fill in for the regular chef who is down with the flu.

 

Hiking – Oregon’s rugged coastline of hills, cliffs, and thick forests offer some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.  A hike here is an adventure any time of the year. And when you find a nice ocean lookout along the way it can set you up perfectly for the next item on the list.

 

Whale watching – Gray whales migrate south from Alaska from mid-December through January. They winter in the warmer waters off Baja, Mexico where moms have their babies. They travel back again between March and June. With something like 18,000 whales passing by, all you need is a little patience and a watchful eye and you have a good chance of seeing some. Or, you can take a whale watching tour for an up close and personal view. Companies offer tours by both boat and plane. Once you see one of these gentle giants up close, you’ll forever view the ocean differently.

 

Beach combing – It’s a thrill for people of all ages to stroll along the beach and discover a sand dollar, shell, colorful agate, old bottle, fishing float, or other treasure that the ocean has washed ashore. In Christmas in the Cove there’s an organized “treasure hunt” for hand-blown glass Christmas balls that are deposited in the surf to wash ashore for participants to find. This activity is based on a real-life, much-anticipated event held every year on the Oregon coast. So exciting!

 

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Is there anything special or different about the Holidays where you live? Or maybe you’re lucky enough to always enjoy a white Christmas? Or a sunny, sandy, beach-y Christmas?

 

— Carol

Other Books by the Author

Mountains Apart (Seasons of Alaska #1) A Case for Forgiveness (Seasons of Alaska #2) If Not for a Bee (Seasons of Alaska #3) A Family Like Hannah's (Seasons of Alaska #4)

Tour Giveaway

1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card and a copy of Christmas in the Cove (signed copy if US, ebook if international)
– Ends December 24th

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the giveaway; this book sounds good and I like the cover.

    • You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by. I love the cover, too. I wish I could take credit, but Harlequin’s art department designs them for us. I’m so grateful for that!

  2. I love beach combing, but I rarely find anything more than broken shells. One day I’ll find a sand dollar!

    denise

    • Hi, Denise! I love it, too. I’ll admit, it’s an absolute thrill to find a whole sand dollar. Whenever I find one I feel like a kid again( : You should come to the Oregon Coast (if you haven’t already) to look for them. There are some beaches where I know you would have really good luck( ;

  3. Sand dollars were referred to in the last book I read ‘Carrying Albert Home’ and living in Ireland, I’d never heard of them so had to head to Google. They’re fascinating creatures, as is the legend that has grown regarding their Christian message. In the last place I lived I was ten minutes walk from the Irish Sea & loved walking the dog on the beach early in the mornings before driving into Dublin for my daily slog in the rat race.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by all the way from Ireland( ; Living near the Irish Sea sounds lovely! I’m not sure there’s a better way to spend a morning than walking a dog on the beach. Sand dollars really are interesting and so beautiful. Occasionally, we’ll find them washed up on the shore and still alive. You can tell because they have these fine little hairs all over their shell. (We always carry them back to the ocean if they’re still alive.)

  4. I would love to find the treasures on a beach 🙂 I’d love to do all the activities mentioned! I think I need to read this book! 🙂

    • Beach combing is a blast, Jan! I will admit that it can get a little addicting, too. When you find something cool, you just want to find something else and something else…

  5. Love this post. Oregon Coast is on my bucket list of places to visit

  6. I love the beach, but not at Christmas. Christmas just doesn’t feel right if it isn’t cold. Of course, Christmas is in your heart, so it doesn’t really matter where you are.

    • Cheryl, I understand what you mean! It is cold here on the Oregon Coast – cold, stormy, windy and rainy. It doesn’t snow, though, so it definitely doesn’t “look” like a traditional Christmas. And yes, I think you’re spot on about Christmas being in your heart( :

  7. Thank you so much for hosting me today, I Am A Reader! I’m a huge fan of your site and honored to be here. Merry Christmas!

  8. This book sounds like something I’d really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing!

  9. Thanks for the review!

  10. This sounds like a really wonderful book! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  11. The books sounds great!

  12. This sounds so great! I will read it.

  13. I really like books about the holidays.. Going to read this one for sure.. The cover is just lovely also.

  14. I’ve never experienced a white christmas. Where i live its usually hot for christmas and we have bbqs lots of salads and a game of family backyard cricket. 🙂 Happy holidays

  15. Stacey Roberson says:

    I love the cover! Christmas is my favorite time of year, so it’s definitely a book I would pick up to read.