For now I live on a small island called Last Chance Beach. I only arrived here recently after a three month journey cross country from my former home in New Jersey, searching for a place that called out to me. Last Chance Beach called loud and clear. I don’t know what the future may hold but for now I’m happy renovating a little cottage with the help of a very hunky handyman named Noah Ramsey.
What is your profession and do you enjoy it?
Before I left New Jersey I was a licensed practical nurse specializing in geriatrics. I worked in an assisted living facility where I loved working with the residents and enjoyed socializing with most of my colleagues. I’ve temporarily set aside my scrubs to learn the entirely new skill of home-renovation, but that doesn’t mean I won’t go back to it someday.
How would others describe you? Are they accurate?
When people first see me they tend to think I’m delicate because I’m rather small. They’re often surprised by how strong I really am. I hope people see me as independent, adventurous, and capable, but honestly, I don’t care what other people think of me!
When you met Noah Ramsey was it love at first sight?
My first glimpse of Noah wasn’t love at first sight, but it awakened some wonderful tingly feelings I hadn’t experienced in a long time. Would you think I was shallow if I said the first thing that impressed me about Noah was the sight of him, shirtless, doing carpentry?
Was it love at first sight for Noah?
I don’t think Noah was very happy to see me when I first arrived at the cottage he was renovating, and I wanted to rent the cottage next door. He wasn’t quick to open up to me at all. In fact I had the sense he was guarding secrets of his own. It took many weeks of working together before Noah grew to trust me, and love seemed to sneak up on both of us.
What do you like most about Noah?
Although it turned out Noah grew up in a very wealthy family, he’s a down to earth type of guy. He’s patient with me and also not afraid to admit he doesn’t know something, and will set about learning it.
What does Noah like most about you?
Noah is happy that I like a simple life and simple pleasures. He spent most of his life surrounded by people who judged their worth by material things, the latest fashion, etc. I believe Noah is impressed that I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I’ve already done quite the journey, which is how I ended up on Last Chance Beach, and I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be at the moment.
What's one thing you learned from your personal love story?
I’ve learned that many people dream of winning the lottery, believing the windfall will make all their worries disappear. I quickly learned that having a fortune brings with it it’s own set of problems, and that my happiness came not from what I have, but from what I do.
That's beautiful, Moira. And it's awesome that you're trying something new and renovating homes. Wow! That's impressive.
Last Chance Beach - Summer's End - Anthology
For the first time in her life, lottery winner Moira Campbell doesn't have to worry about money, except for her concern about people wanting to take advantage of her generosity. Noah Ramsey grew up with privilege and is absolutely certain people are attracted to his wealth. Both happen upon Last Chance Beach, where they are able to fashion new lives away from prying eyes and greedy outstretched hands. When sparks ignite between the two, both must decide whether to risk revealing their true identities to trust in love.
One minute he was standing in the newly remodeled kitchen. The next he was nearly knocked off his feet, enveloped in a happy, squealing female body as she threw her arms around him, and improbably jumped up and down at the same time.
“Thank you so much,” she said. “You put in a good word for me, didn’t you?”
“I might have.”
She fit so nicely in his arms. He hugged her tighter, savoring the mix of feminine curves and finely toned muscles. He drew in the now-familiar scent of suntan lotion and some sort of citrusy shampoo, and finally gave in to what he’d been fantasizing about since his first glimpse of her stretching outside her car.
With her arms still looped around his shoulders, she leaned back, grinning up at him. “This is just the best news,” she said.
As he watched, her grin slowly faded. He felt the moment she grew aware of his body pressing into hers. Her eyes widened, blinked, and she licked her bottom lip. And that was that.
He threaded his fingers through her hair, drew her head closer, leaned in to taste those lips himself. She hesitated just for a moment, but then her arms tightened around him and she gave herself over to the kiss.
Seconds, minutes, long undetermined stretches of time passed while he lost himself in the sensation of soft lips, silky hair, seductive scent. His body responded with an insistence he hadn’t felt in ages, with a wonder he hadn’t felt maybe even since his first few romantic encounters as a young man. She made no move to pull away, and her soft sighs had his head spinning.
Finally, they pulled apart, but continued to look into each other’s eyes. Both breathing hard. Was she as affected by the intensity of that kiss as he was? He certainly hoped so.
Hannah Rowan wrote her first book at the age of seven, with blonde, brunette, red-headed, and black haired heroines whose names began with the letters A, B, C, and D. Oddly enough, it was never published. But Hannah has since been a local reporter, confession author, book reviewer, humor columnist, and magazine writer. She has a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is a certified hypnotist. She published romantic comedy with Kensington Precious Gems, and published one of the first e-books back when people thought e-books would never catch on. She is currently at work on a romantic comedy series and a women’s fiction novel.
A life-long Jersey girl, Hannah lives in northern New Jersey with her hunky husband and two frogs named Fred and Ethel. When she’s not writing, Hannah enjoys her work at an assisted living facility, going to water aerobics and swimming, and taking long hikes in a new-to-her park with the Hunk as often as possible. And of course, she often stays up far too late, reading.