In the Shadow of the Lighthouse
Tanners Book 1
Clever Ink LLC
July 26, 2016
Available in: e-Book, Trade Size (reprint)
The search for true love is universal. Many come close to finding it, and for them, close enough is good enough.
But not for Olivia Bentley. She grew up with parents who shared a once-in-a-lifetime love—and it’s been her lifelong desire to have the same. Her parents had served as a constant inspiration for what a fulfilling life looks like: a meaningful marriage and a big, loving family. But along with this inspiration, Olivia carries the burden of responsibility for her family’s untimely death.
Olivia marries and remarries, moves and reinvents herself, and picks up many wonderful memories and experiences along the way. But at every stage, tragedy seems to follow.
In the Shadow of the Lighthouse is the story of Olivia’s journey toward forgiving herself for her past and finding what she so desperately needs. It’s a tale layered with mystery and suspense, anchored in an old captain’s residence sitting in the shadow of an Ohio lighthouse.
This is where Olivia will start fresh—and it’s also where a dangerous figure from the past will resurface and put her life in jeopardy.
Will she find the love she desires? And if she does, will it be too late?
Originally published December 2015 in eBook format.
I’ve always had stories in my head. They were there just waiting to be pulled out when I needed to keep my three rowdy younger brothers quiet. There was a story for long trips in the car or bad weather days. If need be, I could read them something from my vast library of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Those books were the fuel that fed my love of mysteries that years later would lead me to Agatha Christie, Mary Stewart, and Phyllis Whitney.
My teachers complained to my mother that I often daydreamed in class. I didn’t pay attention. When class got boring, I just flipped the switch in my head, and a wonderful story began to play. I tried my best to look attentive, which wasn’t easy. I struggled through school — then I struggled through life.
After a failed marriage, my young daughter and I left the comfort of northeastern Ohio for Toronto, Ontario. It was love at first sight, and each year was more exciting and glamorous than the last. I became an active member of the American business community with ties to the American Consulate. It was a fantasy life, just like in the books that kept my mind occupied each day riding the subway trains. But just six years later, and at the height of my social life, my second husband was transferred back to Cleveland. I cried all the way to Buffalo. Then, before I had time to plan my next move, I had a devastating accident, which left me unable to walk without assistance for almost a year. I read over three hundred books that year. I expanded my interests into the genres of Romance and often read two Harlequins in a single day. I found myself rewriting some of the endings or continuing on with a sequel if the story ended too soon.
One day, I told my mother that the stories in my head were often better than the ones I read. I guess I’d never explained to anyone about those stories that came out of nowhere. Her answer was that I should write them down. Gee, I’d never thought of that. And so in the summer of 1982, I began my first book — a paranormal set outside of London. I wrote it out longhand and then typed the completed pages on my portable typewriter. My world was perfect and I was going to become a writer. But not then.
Fast-forward twenty-three years. I was sitting at my computer at work and suddenly there was a story in my head. It wouldn’t go away, and it wouldn’t let me think about anything else. So I started writing and finally finished at 160,000 words. But then the sequel was in my head, and I was in trouble because I didn’t know what to do next. I joined a writer’s group, and now I’m finally ready to tell my stories.
I’ll be telling those stories from the rolling hills of northeastern Ohio. That is, when I’m not telling them from our home in the lower Florida Keys. I’m also the Executive Director of CANTER Ohio (The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses). But that’s another story.