You Can’t Drive to Martha’s Vineyard

by Stephanie Queen

BIiPad-RevYou can’t drive to Martha’s Vineyard…

That’s exactly why world-weary ex-special ops legend Dane Blaise settled on The Vineyard when he thought he was finished with the soul-wrenching missions and mind-crushing danger. But he wasn’t finished yet. Not when he owed the governor and the governor insisted on partnering him with her…

Shana George.

They came together like magnets, attracted and repelled by turns, and ended up partners in Beachcomber Investigations, a private detective agency. They work from their world-wide headquarters on the tiny island of Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts.

Remote and solitary in the winter, yet the island is a stone’s throw from Boston and bustling with vacationers all summer. Populated with an array of characters from edgy to comic, It’s the perfect spot for a couple who has no idea what they want.

Marthas_Vineyard_Massachusetts51It’s also a perfect getaway spot for a vacation at the beach. (Even if the movie Jaws was filmed at Martha’s Vineyard on State Beach–don’t worry–the shark was a prop.) My favorite beach is Gayhead Beach, also known as Aquinnah Beach, with the cliffs and boulder-strewn sand. It’s away from the hustle and bustle of the islands towns, giving it a remote feel.

 

Here’s an excerpt from Beachcomber Investigations –Book One by Stephanie Queen:

Chapter 1

Shana darted a glance at Dane. He was leaning on the doorjamb, oozing his ridiculous brand of sensuality, all casual and strong. Visits to the hospital had always been nausea-inducing events in her life experience, but this visit had a whole different vibe.

With all her might, Shana resisted crediting Dane with the reality-defying mood she felt standing in the middle of this room, immune to the scent of antiseptics wafting around her.

Instead, she tried ignoring Dane and refocused on Cap—Captain Colin Lynch—lounging againsthis pillows.

Cap wasbandaged and sporting a sling and a grin as if the bullet in his shoulder had been a movie propand he was playing the role of the injured State Police Chief of Martha’s Vineyard—andplaying that role poorly.

“You’re not taking your injuryvery seriously,” she said.

Cap grinned wider. She squelched a long-suffering sigh, because Cap was not one ofher younger brothers. Far from it. He was a hunk of a grown man if she was in the mood for admitting things.

Her gaze slid back to Dane as he moved into the room. He eyed her, giving her that sizzling stare. The wave of desire nearly unbalanced her until her survival instincts kicked in.

Without thinking, her chin rose and she stepped closer to Cap as if he would protect her.

As if Dane Blaise were a monster. But he wasonly a monsterif she considered legendary war heroes who routinely saved lives—including her own—as monsters.

No. Dane was no monster, but he wasa threat to her well-being. Maybe she was being overly dramatic, but she felt as if he were wielding a knife, with the ability to cut her heart out and shred it to pieces if she were to let him.

She needed to get a grip.

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8 Responses to You Can’t Drive to Martha’s Vineyard

  1. Diane Culver says:

    Boy, you made it hard to choose——“across the pond” as the Brits say—London, hands down. But, I’m most truly at home (and leaving the 160 inches of snow behind) in the Hamptons where I grew up. There’s just something about returning to the beach and squishing my toes in the sand, having the water run over my feet. It’s as if I’m healed in some way from the troubles that plague my mind. i gravitate to any book set in a beach town. I, too, am in the process of writing a series of books set in the Hamptons. The best advice I ever received was “write what you know” and when I put fingers to the keypad, the settings and characters flow out of my fingertips and onto the keyboard when I look up and see the beach photos on the wall. The series is mystery romance/romantic suspense………..hey, as much as I love a good mystery to read, I “Love, Hamptons’ Style”. Diane

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  2. StephanieQueen says:

    Diane, thank you so much for your comment – the Hamptons would make a great escape!
    Let me know when your romantic suspense series is out- sounds like my kind of story!
    SQ

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  3. This story looks like a lot of fun, Steph! Looking forward to it!
    xx
    Lizzi

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  4. Carol says:

    Great opening, Stephanie! can’t wait to read.

    Like

  5. Jill James says:

    I love Bodega Bay, even if The Birds was shot there. It is beautiful and peaceful a lot of the time. It can be tourist-filled, but not like the beaches in Southern California.

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  6. StephanieQueen says:

    The Birds and Jaws – I don’t know which is worse! Is Hollywood out to ruin our beaches?? LOL!
    Sounds good if the tourists like it. I don’t know of ay beach in New England that isn’t crowded in the summer.

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  7. Jude Knight says:

    Rotorua or Rarotonga. And no way can I choose between them. Rarotonga is the best Pacific Island ever. Rotorua has so many wonderful walks and a huge selection of indoor activities for those wet days. And both are filled with friendly people who enjoy visitors.

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  8. StephanieQueen says:

    Wow – very exotic! I hope to get to a pacific island some day!

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