Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Excerpt: FINDING HAVEN by T.A. Foster @tafosterwriter

Power. Money. Control. Love.

He has all but one.

When movie star, Evan Carlson, discovers his girlfriend’s picture with another man splashed on the cover of gossip magazines, he decides he’s had enough of his fishbowl life and attempts to outrun the media frenzy his relationships have become. Driving until the road stops, he ends up on the remote and quaint Perry Island, where a heartthrob can blend in like the locals and be a beach bum as long as he wants. All that changes when Evan meets Haven Owen, aspiring songwriter and the girl he just can’t get enough of. A summer romance turns into something much deeper and Evan gets tangled in his own web of lies to keep Haven in his life. But when his ex tracks him down, Evan learns there are some things you just can’t outrun.

Is the cost of love, losing all control?

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It could have been two or three hours since he had drifted off. Sleep came a lot easier now. Evan didn’t bother with clocks anymore. His cheeks prickled with the first signs of sunburn. He swatted at a fly.

“Dammit,” he mumbled as he caught himself from tipping over onto the sand.

He looked over his left shoulder. Charlotte was gone. He was grateful for that. He flipped the lid on the cooler and reached into the container that was now more water than ice. He twisted the top off an icy bottle and chugged until it was empty.

The water was flat today and calmer than Evan remembered seeing it in the past two weeks. Usually surfers dotted the break line, but with quiet waves, he noticed a few kayaks floating close by.

Since he had moved into Silver Belle, he had managed to get an even brown tan, drink as much as he had in college, and remain completely anonymous as Jay, the writer from Georgia. Evan chuckled, knowing that so little had ever been accomplished in two weeks. It took real effort to do nothing, and of that, he was prouder than hell.

He rubbed the scruff that had grown on his face. He had never had this much facial hair before. There were always actors who had to grow beards for roles or dye their hair, but Evan’s bankability was in his face. It was never a request he had to fulfill. Maybe next film. As soon as the thought entered his mind, his chest tightened and it felt like shards of glass had slipped under his ribcage. He struggled to push them out. No, no more films. It’s not happening.

He fished in the cooler for another beer. A fiddler crab waved its large claw near Evan’s toe before scurrying sideways into an open hole in the sand.

There was something settling about the beach. The longer he watched each wave roll toward him, unfurling in a smooth flutter over the bank of broken shells, the longer he wanted to stay and do nothing more.

About the Author

T.A. Foster is a Southern girl whose heart and spirit are connected to the beach. She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children and two canine kiddos.

Her long love affair with books started at an early age, and as soon as she was able, she transformed imaginative stories into words on paper. Time Spell is T.A.’s debut novel, and the first in a series about a very adventurous, clever, and magical girl named Ivy.

T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing or planning her next beach trip.

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