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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Day In Charleston


I had the chance to visit Charleston, SC recently. For those who have never been there, it's a colorful port city with a tiny taste of New Orleans about it. It was a quick trip because I was on a tight deadline to complete BENEATH. But sometimes looming deadlines crush the inner muse. The pressure to write has a reverse effect and you find yourself penning such useful lines as, "She ate a piece of cake."



My day away started with a little seafood at Fleet Landing. Just traveling a few hours south and I was blessed with 80 degree weather on a winter day. 



The architecture was beautiful. The ambiance relaxing. It was a shame that the book I was working on was a young adult adventure under the ocean. None of what I was seeing in Charleston could make its way into the book. Well, except for the seafood. :)

So this refreshed writer went home and ended up being early on her deadline!


How about you, whether you're under a deadline for a book, or a deadline in everyday tasks...do you find stepping back for a few moments clears the brain?


Here is the end result of my little vacation...

BENEATH

From USA TODAY bestselling author Maureen A. Miller comes this young adult adventure that will plunge you deep into the Atlantic Ocean.   

It was Stella Gullaksen’s final break before starting her freshman year at college. Joining her best friend, Jill, and Jill's family aboard the STARKISSED, Stella wakes to a violent storm that capsizes the boat over a hundred miles off the New Jersey shore.

As the waves haul her under Stella knows that she is going to die. Instead, an unusual current drags her deep into the underwater canyons of the Atlantic Ocean. Powerless against the raging waters, she is suddenly sucked into a ventilated cave. One by one, Jill and her family also emerge in the sunken cavern.

With only a faulty diving flashlight to keep oblivion at bay Stella and her best friend's brother, Colin, search the cave in hope of finding a way back to the surface. What they discover, however, is that they are not alone. There are other survivors in this subterranean grotto–survivors spanning decades of maritime disasters.
 
Will this discovery prove salvation, or have they all been condemned to the same fate? A grim finale at the bottom of the sea?

On an alliance forged by friendship and attraction, Stella and Colin battle to escape the danger that lies beneath.












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