The Eyes of Summer follows a young woman on a summer trip that turns deadly when her curiosity lands her in the middle of a crime ring. How did the idea for this story start and change as you wrote?
I love to read detective novels. The idea was a second Adventure with the characters from my first book Blow Out Summer. The first draft was too ordinary. I wanted something with shock value as well as mystery. As I began to rewrite it Catalina Island was mentioned. I love the island and I decided to incorporate it into the story.
The story takes place around Catalina Island and it felt very authentic. What is your experience with the island?
I have visited Catalina many many times. My husbands family had a mooring in Cat Harbor. We spent weekends enjoying the beautiful Island.
Are there any pieces of your characters that are based on real people?
Yes, remembering the wonderful people I met there in the past helped create other boaters for the setting, they weren’t criminals.
Do you have other stories planned for Dee?
Book 3 was released in February of this year.
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The Eyes of Summer is a fun-filled tale of adventure, mystery, and danger aboard a luxury yacht.
Ian Conner, a medical student interning at the University of California, Irvine, and his surfer girlfriend Dee live in Huntington Beach. The two are spending their summer on a 70-foot yacht moored at Catalina Island.
Naturally curious, Dee is a journalist for a local newspaper, leading the couple to soon suspect that some illegal activity is going on at another yacht. The situation turns sinister when they discover what they believe to be drugs and money laundering taking place.
In the blink of an eye, the couple’s summer jaunt turns from pleasurable to deadly.
A beach lover, Denise Ann Stock grew up in Huntington Beach, California, and currently resides in Florida. This is the sequel to her novel Blow Out Summer.
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Random Summer Storms follows the Conners family to Florida where they weather the storm of life together. What were some sources that informed this books development?
I looked up the history of the city of Jacksonville before I started to write this story. I also talked with different people and asked them to share some of the pivotal moments in their lives that made them strong or broke them down. Listening to people and sharing heartbreaks and successes inspired this book.
The relationship between Dee and Ian is an interesting one. What were some obstacles you felt were important to their development?
It is important to me that people relate to my characters, that they believe the character as real. I wanted them to seem perfect but not at the same time.
This was an interesting book that felt more like a memoir. Was there anything from your own life that you used in the novel?
My husband and I have kids and we did move from California to Florida. My style of writing is to narrate as if I am the character. People often ask me if I am Dee. We have had family drama over the years as most families do. Fortunately not at this level. I dedicated the book to my nephew who died of a drug overdose. I incorporated a fictional family to bring awareness to this crisis in America.
This is book three in your series. What can readers expect in book four?
Action and Adventure. I think the Connors need to Travel…
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Dee is a surfer who has lived an eventful youth. Managing to survive one dangerous scenario after another, she has pretty much experienced it all. From swimming with Orcas to experimenting with drugs and trying to outwit known criminals, Dee and her friends knew no boundaries. Her summers were filled with one breathtaking encounter after another. She recalls these times fondly and describes the thrill associated with each of their close-calls with an unmatched level of nostalgia. As the years passed, Dee’s family grew and her family meets with their own challenges and successes. Theirs is a life many would look upon with amazement.
Random Summer Storms, by Denise Ann Stock, is the third book in contemporary fiction a series. Main characters, Dee and Ian, have a past rooted in turmoil. They have known nothing but drama since their youth on the coast of California. Wishing to leave their past behind and begin a new life, Dee and Ian set their sights on Florida for their fresh start.
Stock’s third book in a series is, by and large, a narrative. With few exchanges between characters, Random Summer Storms reads more like a memoir than a story with a clearly-defined sequence of events. Dee, the narrator, relates a detailed description of every family member’s activities and challenges. From her own husband and children to her extended family members, she paints a clear picture of each one’s celebrations as well as their business dealings, legal or otherwise.
Random Summer Storms is written in a unique style. While I prefer more dialogue in my realistic fiction, I enjoyed the feel of the memoir. I would have appreciated a little more organization to the story as I felt like it was a bit aimless at times, which left me with questions. This family fiction story felt as though it contained a little bit of everything, there was a motley collection of striking dilemmas and curious conflicts.
Random Summer Storms has the potential to be a truly engaging story, but I felt like the characters are not given an opportunity to flourish in a well-developed plot. Had Random Summer Storms been touted as memoir-esque and edited to read in a more diary-type narration, it could have been quite a fascinating piece of literature.
Pages: 252 | ISBN: 1952269474
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Surf, party, and romance take center stage in the breezy novel Blow Out Summer, as a group of local surfers in Huntington Beach, California, enjoy a summertime of hanging out and having fun.
Their story takes place in the mid 1970s, when no one was paying much attention to the drugs being brought into California at an alarming rate. But Dee Dee’s eyes are about to be opened.
Dee Dee lives in a very well-to-do area and is introduced to social drug experimentation and drug trafficking while maintaining a normal family life. She and her friends enjoy the surf up and down the coast of California.
Her friends run the gamut from the very wealthy to beach bums she met at the pier. Dee Dee’s lazy summer is spent under beautiful sunny days with slow drifting clouds and perfect barrel waves. But the ups and downs in her relationships and the dangers of dabbling in drugs ultimately force her a decision that will change her life.
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