I’d like to introduce author Ryan Summers and her latest release, Chasing the Painted Skies!
Excerpt: “In 1989 I discovered a photo in a calendar that captivated me. Just a nature shot of a tree over a lake’s rocky outcropping, wrapped in fog. But I loved it. I still have it today, matted and framed in my hallway. Now, I wrote the original storyline for this book in the 1990’s, spurred from the emotions evoked from that photo. It had none of the extra subplots it has today, it was very plain jane. In 2004, I ended up moving from my Great Lake home region to the mountains I now call home, but I still miss the water. So about two years ago, I decided to rewrite the book, thinking it therapy to feed my homesick yearnings. Seeing a plumber’s van at a stop light one day gave me the treasure idea so the heroine’s last name was changed to reflect that. Other elements were added as subplots and the story grew in scope. All from that one photo in 1989 and my homesickness.”
Part mystery, part treasure hunt,
part alternative paranormal,
a dash of ghost story, and all romance.
Raven Koynes is a woman in hiding. Years ago she escaped to remote Gull Island Light Station, nestled far away in Lake Superior. She has carved out a life of peace and solitude for herself. Until famed nature photographer Sebastian Knight arrives–in the height of a nor’easter storm–to document the beauty of Gull Island. Unsavory treasure hunters also blow in with the storm, determined to find missing cargo from a sunken ship. And they are positive Raven knows where it’s stashed. A power outage from the storm traps everyone at her keeper’s cottage, fellow prisoners of the storm.
Between her attraction to handsome Sebastian and the unwelcome advances and threats of the hunters, Raven is pushed to her limit. Help arrives in the form of a stray German Shepherd Dog, who takes an immediate protective interest in Raven. He becomes her constant shadow and listening ear as she sorts out her growing–and conflicting–feelings for Sebastian.
Meanwhile, Sebastian came to the island looking for treasure as well, in the form of photographs. While he isn’t so sure about missing cargo, he only needs to look at Raven Koynes to know he’s found his own valuable treasure. One he hopes he can hang on to if she learns about his mysterious secret.
Now that Madeline the resident ghost has found out, it’s probably just a matter of time until Raven does too. And with the storm and power outage, no one is going anywhere any time soon.
Ryan Jo Summers is a North Carolina author who specializes in writing romances with a twist. Love stories blended with inspirational, paranormal, suspense or time travel–or several at once. She also writes non-fiction for regional periodicals. Ryan’s dad is a songwriter and his aunt wrote poetry so she claims she came by her writing skill honestly. Apparently it’s in the genes.
Her hobbies include bird-watching, houseplants, poetry and yard work. She loves to gather with friends, hike in the forest with her dog, paint ceramics and canvas and work on wiggly word find puzzles. She lives in a 1920 cottage with a menagerie of pets. Living in the mountains, she dreams of the shore and frequently uses the water as scenes for her stories.