We traveled to the part of North Carolina, that rests in the foothills of the Appalachian, Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, last weekend for a family reunion.


Isn’t life all about family? I think so. Warmly greeting old friends, celebrating new life, renewing friendships with family we hadn’t seen in a while. Pausing for a quiet moment to celebrate our loved ones we were gifted to love and share their journey, who are no longer with us. We are blessed God loaned them to us. I can’t imagine not ever having them in my life.

Being in the mountains where the air is cleaner, cooler and stimulating, renews my spirit like no other. Okay, maybe the beach! So it’s a toss-up between the two. There’s such a different reaction though between the mountains and a beach, at least for me. Mountains restore that sensation of relaxation and oneness with nature. Enormous trees that whisper as the movement of breezes flow through them. Babbling brooks, and that child in you when you find a hidden trail you simply have to sneak away and follow, and then seek its ending.

The beach is invigorating. The moment I see the shimmer of the sun’s rays dance across the waves, my heart swells.


I can’t wait to dig my toes in the sand, breath in the salty air, take an early morning walk and search out seashells. Children to build sand castles with. A long walk on the beach with a loved one.


Waiting for the guys to come back from their fishing trip, catch in hand. We know there will be a huge fish fry in the future. Ahhh…there isn’t anything like the beach.

My newest book due out sometime in August or September 2015, LOVING LEXI, set in a small fishing Texas town, is a Contemporary Romance.

Here’s a short excerpt:

Tyler did his best to reject thoughts of the blonde haired, Lexi from his mind, but the push hadn’t helped. She lingered still. Her scent and beauty was still wrapped inside his head.

The fishing charter Tyler had taken out this morning had caught their limit before noon. He was thankful because the heat that bore down on them, even with the breezes, was unbearable. One young boy had gotten sick not long after they’d shoved off, but there was nothing he could do but make him comfortable. Later, he’d found out the boy had forgotten to take anything for motion sickness. It wasn’t a pretty sight, but one Tyler was accustomed to dealing with.

After he’d showered and changed, Tyler went in search of Lexi. She couldn’t be too hard to find in this town. He knew which car Ted had loaned her, so if she were still in town, that would make the search easier. Why he should care, hadn’t made any sense, because Lexi was none of his business, but he wanted to make sure she was doing okay. Why he sensed the need to protect her was none of his business either. But he did.

Tyler cranked the car, and flipped the air conditioner on high. Out of habit, he slid an Anne Murray CD in the player, and then adjusted the volume. Wouldn’t you know the first song would be his late wife’s favorite song, “Could I Have This Dance?” That old queasy plunge inside his stomach kicked in, and prompted him to tap off the CD.

It wasn’t bad enough that every waking moment filled him with her memories, but certain events sparked an unbearable state of mind. Her death had been over a year ago. So far nothing had eased the pain or helped him find some closure with her death. It was time he came to grips with her death. If only he didn’t feel so guilty that he’d taken her out on the boat that fateful day. The storm had come up so suddenly, the waves so high and ravaging, his wife was gone in an instant. Tyler sucked in a deep breath and let out slowly.

How he would accomplish ridding himself of the nightmares of that day, was beyond him. But he would. He prayed he could, for his own peace of mind. At times, the grief was unbearable. He wasn’t sure if he could endure a lifetime of merciless grief.

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About Carol

Carol’s roots are sown in the South. Her writings are Southern, small town based and include romantic comedies, contemporary romance, and romantic suspense. She believes in falling in love, family values, and happy endings. When time allows, she dabbles in art, and always has popcorn, pickles, and hot chocolate on hand. While a dose of humor sprinkles throughout her stories, they may or not, be based on real life characters. Some are convinced they are, but only she knows for certain, and she won’t gossip. Carol currently resides in Georgia with her husband and family. A multi-published eBook author since 2011, Carol's won numerous awards, and previously published in poetry, short stories and novels. Novels available in ebook: (A Short Story) A MATTER of TASTE, PERFECT MATCH, A SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS (also available in print), CHRISTMAS at the GRANGER INN, CHRISTMAS at APPLE LAKE, THE CHRISTMAS STOCKING. Coming December 2019: A Smoky Mountain Christmas Wedding Coming December 2020: A Smoky Mountain Christmas Baby Where to find Carol DeVaney online:
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20 Responses to PRIORITIES

  1. Carol says:

    Reblogged this on My Weblog.

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  2. MRS N, the Author says:

    I love nature, especially water. There is something so soothing about water, whether it is a river, lake, stream or the ocean. It sounds like you had a terrific time, Carol. I agree, it’s all about family (whether through genetics or bonds of friendship). Reconnecting with loved ones is hard to do when you’re so busy but it’s worth it for all the hugs. 🙂

    Loving Lexi sounds like a really great story and Tyler’s pain broke my heart. Poor thing. 😦 There’s something so alluring about a tragic hero. Can’t wait to read it.

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  3. susanrhughes says:

    I can’t wait to see the ocean in a couple of weeks on our trip to Nova Scotia.

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  4. leighmorgan1 says:

    Thanks for the excerpt, Carol. Can’t wait to read:Loving Lexi. The mountain picture is beautiful. Mountains have a way of healing that nowhere else I’ve visited has. Wonderful post. Happy you got to spend time with your family.

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  5. Carol says:

    Hey thanks, Leigh. For some reason I love giving the hero a tragic past. I think you’ll enjoy Lexi and Tyler’s story. Mountains draw me in. Still love the beach though. Good being with family.

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  6. E. Ayers says:

    I’m so lucky to live where I do. I’m less than 3 hours from the mountains of Virginia and I’m only minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. I’m not sure which one I love more, they are both so special and I think you captured that essence.

    Love the excerpt!

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    • Carol says:

      E, you do live in the perfect location. I’d have to toss a coin if going on a trip from your area. We’re about 2 or 3 hours from the mountains, depends which one we choose and 5 or 6 hours from 2 different beaches. It’s worth every mile to get there. 🙂 Thanks on the excerpt!


  7. carolynrae1 says:

    Your blog reminded me of childhood rides along the Blue Ridge Mountains when I lived in Washingon, D.C. I live near Fort Worth, Texas, and it’s a day’s drive to any mountains from here, but I finally talked my husband into going there to see stars at the McDonald Observatory. I like the way you showed your hero in Loving Lexi. Carolyn Rae, Romancing the Gold.

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    • Carol says:

      Isn’t the Blue Ridge Parkway awesome, Carolyn? The Smoky Mountains are an inspiration for me personally and in my writing. I know you enjoyed McDonald Observatory! I’d love to visit there ne day. Thank you for the nice compliment on my hero, Tyler, in Loving Lexi. I’m having a great time writing the story. Please don’t be a stranger!


  8. Joan Reeves says:

    What inspired you to set Loving Lexi in Texas? Is this the first one set outside your favored Great Smoky Mountains?

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  9. Carol says:

    Joan, I’ve been to Texas several times and fell in love with the state. The wide open spaces, the history, the music, the food and the people! But, a friend inspired the setting and a few characters for the town of Mystic Bay, Texas. Loving Lexi is my story though. A Smoky Mountain Christmas, of course, was set in the Smokies and Perfect Match was set in middle Tennessee. I love, love the South. 🙂 My newest Christmas story, due out in October, 2015, Christmas at Apple Lake, is set in the North Georgia Mountains. Mountains are part of my soul. Can you tell? 🙂


  10. jdfaver says:

    Lovely images you painted in my head, Miz Carol. And I enjoyed the excerpt. Can’t wait to read more. *hugs*

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    • Carol says:

      Thank you, JD! I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Writing Tyler and Lexi’s story was such fun to write. Loved getting them in trouble and discovering ways to bring them out and dealing with their issues. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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  11. jdfaver says:

    You always create uniquely layered characters that are easy to love. Little flaws to make them human and deep emotions to give us a glimpse of their souls. *hugs*


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