Queen of a sandy kingdom

To keep my hand in while I wait with (oh yes – it’s the perfect cliché) bated breath for the first copy of The Calgary Chessman to come off the presses, I’m going to tell you about my protagonist.

Cassandra Longmore is a New Zealander who finds herself marooned on an island off the West Coast of Scotland, following her divorce. Feeling lost and unloved, she walks away loneliness on the beach at Calgary Bay, generally with no more company than the wind and a few oystercatchers. One day she stumbles across a mystery buried in the sand. Researching her find and discovering where it has come from will open the door to friendships and the promise of new beginnings.

There are three men in her life: Sam, the son she loves, Ewan, the good friend to whom she is attracted, and the new man in her life, archaeologist Niall. All of them introduce Cas to new ideas and feelings, and challenge her to take charge of her life and move into the future and, when she stumbles, her best friend Bernie is there to pick her back up and administer a much needed dose of tough love.

The Calgary Chessman is the first in a trilogy of novels about Cas, her family and friends. Crooked Cat Publishers will release it as an e-book and print-on-demand on 16 August 2014. You’re all invited to my online launch party at https://www.facebook.com/events/1445878739001649 or join the facebook group The Calgary Chessman if you’d like to get updates.

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