Shannon here: Hope Dougherty takes us on a tour of Hatteras Island, the setting for her novella, A Hatteras Surprise, included in the Candy Cane Wishes and Saltwater Dreams collection. Comment or answer the question in any post dated Sept 28th – Oct 12th to enter the drawing for a copy. Deadline: Oct 23rd, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Hope:
My Christmas novella, “A Hatteras Surprise,” is included in the Candy Cane Wishes and Salt Water Dreams collection. It’s set on Hatteras Island, part of the Outer Banks in North Carolina.
Located thirty miles off the mainland in the Atlantic Ocean, Hatteras is a unique place. You can hear the Hoi Toide language spoken by some of the old timers if you listen carefully. You can tour the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, walk the beautiful beaches—two of which have been named in the top five of America’s best beaches (Lighthouse Beach and Ocracoke Beach) for 2021 by Dr. Beach. You can enjoy sport fishing, look for remnants of shipwrecks, and dine in delicious seafood restaurants among many other pastimes.
If you want a boardwalk or a theme park, visit another beach. The Outer Banks shine with a natural, quiet beauty instead. When you plan a vacation there, be sure to include at least a week. You won’t be disappointed.
The Outer Banks are also known for hang gliding. One of the places to learn the sport is in Jockey’s Ridge State Park near Nags Head, north of Hatteras. Jockey’s Ridge is home to the tallest active sand dune system in the eastern United States, perfect for floating on the ocean breezes and landing in the soft sand.
As a North Carolina native, I’ve been to Hatteras several times, but until last fall, my husband had never visited. Knowing I needed more island research time for the novella, he reserved a bed and breakfast for us in Manteo, home of the Lost Colony, and scheduled a morning hang gliding at Jockey’s Ridge. I’ve always wanted to experience the sport and included a hang gliding scene in my story.
Unfortunately, the company had only one opening left for lessons on the Saturday of our visit. My husband gallantly booked the slot for me for my research and spent the morning, instead, watching me and the rest of the group learn to manage the kites and waft off the dunes. Putting my interests ahead of his, he assured me repeatedly he was glad to let me experience it.
In the novella, both Ben and Ginny get to hang glide, but one struggles to keep the kite afloat while the other flies no problems. Read about their adventures in “A Hatteras Surprise.”
About Hope: Hope Toler Dougherty holds a Master’s degree in English and taught at East Carolina University and York Technical College. Her novels include Irish Encounter, Mars…With Venus Rising, Rescued Hearts, and Forever Music. Her recent novella, “A Hatteras Surprise,” appears in Candy Cane Wishes and Saltwater Dreams. She and her husband delight in visits with their daughters and twin sons. Learn more & connect:
About the novella collection – Candy Cane Wishes and Saltwater Dreams by Amy Anguish, Hope Toler Dougherty, Linda Fulkerson, Regina Rudd Merrick and Shannon Taylor Vannatter
Mistletoe Make-believe by Amy Anguish – Charlie Hill’s family thinks his daughter Hailey needs a mom–to the point they won’t get off his back until he finds her one. Desperate to be free from their nagging, he asks a stranger to pretend she’s his girlfriend during the holidays. When romance author Samantha Arwine takes a working vacation to St. Simons Island over Christmas, she never dreamed she’d be involved in a real-life romance. Are the sparks between her and Charlie real? Or is her imagination over-acting … again?
A Hatteras Surprise by Hope Toler Dougherty – Ginny Stowe spent years tending a childhood hurt that dictated her college study and work. Can time with an island visitor with ties to her past heal lingering wounds and lead her toward a happy Christmas … and more? Ben Daniels intends to hire a new branch manager for a Hatteras Island bank, then hurry back to his promotion and Christmas in Charlotte. Spending time with a beautiful local, however, might force him to adjust his sails.
A Pennie for Your Thoughts by Linda Fulkerson – When the Lakeshore Homeowner’s Association threatens to condemn the cabin Pennie Vaughn inherited from her foster mother, her only hope of funding the needed repairs lies in winning a travel blog contest. Trouble is, Pennie never goes anywhere. Should she use the all-expenses paid Hawaiian vacation offered to her by her ex-fiancé? The trip that would have been their honeymoon?
Mr. Sandman by Regina Rudd Merrick – Events manager Taylor Fordham’s happily-ever-after was snatched from her, and she’s saying no to romance and Christmas. When she meets two new friends—the cute new chef at Pilot Oaks and a contributor on a sci-fi fan fiction website who enjoys debate—her resolve begins to waver. Just when she thinks she can loosen her grip on thoughts of love, a crisis pulls her back. There’s no way she’s going to risk her heart again.
Coastal Christmas Charade by Shannon Taylor Vannatter – Lark Pendleton is banking on a high-society wedding to make her grandparent’s inn at Surfside Beach, Texas the venue to attract buyers. Tasked with sprucing up the inn, she hires Jace Wilder, whose heart she once broke. When the bride and groom turn out to be Lark’s high school nemesis and ex-boyfriend, she and Jace embark on a pretend romance to save the wedding. But when real feelings emerge, can they overcome past hurts?
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