Love Stories GIVEAWAY: Beach Haven

Posted February 23, 2020 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Love Stories 2020, romance, T.I. Lowe / 49 Comments

in this post: Beach Haven

Happy February – official (according to me) KissingBooks month! And welcome to another Love Stories giveaway post! This LOVE STORIES giveaway series is thusly named for two reasons – first, because I love stories and second, because I love Love Stories.

Throughout the entire month of February, I’ll be spotlighting swoony Christian fiction & ‘clean read’ romances. Three cheers for KissingBooks!!! So… grab a fan or two, your trusty fainting couch, and maybe a freezer just to be safe and start making your KissingBooks tbr list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)

Today’s first book is Beach Haven by T.I. Lowe plus a post from the author on finding romance in a turkey sandwich! (Intrigued? me too lol)

Carolina Coast #1
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Tyndale House
RELEASE DATE: April 7, 2020

Free-spirited Opal Gilbert seems to have everything she needs to keep living a happy life in Sunset Cove as she refurbishes vintage furniture to sell at her funky ocean-side boutique, Bless This Mess. Until Lincoln Cole, a new-to-town ex-Marine nursing deep wounds and harboring hurts he can’t seem to shake, wanders into her shop. Opal knows a person in need when she sees one and offers Lincoln a job in her workshop. But the brooding former soldier has no interest in Opal’s offer. Thanks but no thanks.

But then a hurricane strikes, damaging Bless This Mess. Feeling guilty for how he treated Opal, Lincoln decides to help her repair the store. And soon it becomes clear Opal wants to restore not only her business, but also help Lincoln find restoration. As much as Lincoln tries to keep her at arm’s length, Opal’s well-meaning meddling begins to heal his wounds . . . and capture his heart almost before he realizes it.


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Finding Romance in a Turkey Sandwich

by T.I. Lowe, author of Beach Haven

A well-crafted romance novel will make readers wait awhile for the highly anticipated first kiss, but where’s the romance until then? My computer defines romance as “a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love.” T. I.’s interpretation: romance ain’t all about the smooching and such. It’s more than a physical connection and can be found in the less intimate moments.

I’d like to share this idea with you through a few glimpses of Beach Haven. A quick character intro: Lincoln Cole is the handsome, brooding ex-soldier who moves to Sunset Cove for a new beginning. Opal Gilbert is the free-spirited hippie who talks Lincoln into working for her at her furniture boutique.

Here’s an excerpt from Beach Haven where I believe romance is subtly expressed:

Lincoln pulled on a half smile while handing Opal the sandwich he’d made her for lunch. Of course, she made too big a deal out of it, thanking him profusely for the boring turkey sandwich.

“This was so thoughtful of you.” Her face lit up as she unwrapped the sandwich.

Lincoln shrugged. “Gotta eat.” He placed a bottle of that weird raspberry tea she liked by her sandwich and slid an apple and banana over too. They ate in silence, him tearing into the food with gusto while Opal slowly nibbled.

Sharing the meal was pleasant enough, but once they got back to work, somehow Opal’s mute button had stopped working, and Lincoln couldn’t figure out for the life of him how to press it again. Her heartshaped mouth never took a break. For some odd reason, he wanted to be in the woman’s atmosphere but at a safe distance. Too close and she’d suck him into her zany orbit and a catastrophic collision would surely follow.

I don’t know about you, but I swoon just thinking about that big ole grouchy man making Opal a sandwich and packing his lunch with her in mind. Even paying close enough attention to know what brand of tea she liked. Thoughtful moments that occur unexpectedly can be quite romantic, if you ask me.

Another form of romance can be found in raw honesty, such as this next sneak peek:

“For what it’s worth, I truly hope my words have never cut you down.” He took an uneven inhale and pushed it back out before meeting her eyes. “I’m angry at myself. Not you. But I think I might have taken that out on you some since we’ve met . . .” Lincoln leaned into the open door and whispered a confession. “I moved here to find myself, but all I’ve managed to do so far is to become even more lost.”

Opal reached over and smoothed her palm down his cheek and considered his confession, knowing exactly what he needed when he leaned into her touch. It was the same thing she needed right then, too. “I think maybe we need to head down south about a mile and grow a little more lost for a while. Whaddya say?”

The remorse and anxiety ebbed away from his face and a sad smile lifted his lips. “I’d like that.”

There’s something considerably attractive about an alpha male humbling himself to show his heroine a vulnerable side, don’t you think? And in the midst of that vulnerability, Opal offers him comfort by caressing his cheek. Doesn’t that just make you wanna go “Aww!”

There’s plenty more romantic moments Lincoln and Opal share before their first kiss. I’ll leave those and that kiss for you to discover on your own in Beach Haven. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Tonya “T.I.” Lowe is a native of coastal South Carolina. She attended Coastal Carolina University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she majored in Psychology but excelled in Creative Writing. In 2014, Tonya independently published her first novel, Lulu’s Café, which quickly became a bestseller. Now the author of 12 published novels with hundreds of thousands of copies sold, she knows she’s just getting started and has many more stories to tell. She resides near Myrtle Beach with her family.

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What about you? What interests you most about Beach Haven? What are some of your fave subtle expressions of romance – in books or in real life?

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49 responses to “Love Stories GIVEAWAY: Beach Haven

  1. What interests me most about Beach Haven is that it’s a sweet romance that takes place in a beach town (since I live in one, too!). Some of my fave subtle expressions of romance are just the simple touches, like when he puts his hand on her back or holds her hand. That gentleness wins me over every time.

  2. Anne

    This setting is wonderful as beach towns are special and perfect for summer vacations. They remind me of yesteryear.

  3. Melissa Andres

    I am SO incredibly excited about this book/series! I love T.I.’s books, and I cannot wait to read this one!

  4. Alicia Haney

    This book sounds like a great read! Makes me feel like summer, which I am ready for ! I love the cover , it is beautiful! Thank you for sharing about this book. I would love to read it.

  5. Winnie Thomas

    I haven’t read any of T.I. Lowe’s books yet, but I’ve heard great things about them. I live in the mountains, so it’s fun to visit the beach occasionally even if it’s vicariously!

  6. Arletta

    I like the small things, maybe ordinary things but just show that the male MC is paying attention to the subtle things that the female MC is interested in.

  7. Merry

    I love beach settings in books since I live about 25 minutes from the beach. Subtle little romantic things just like a smile, being a good listener and remembering my favorite candy bar win me over!

  8. Michelle Conell

    I’m very interested in beach stories right now. After visiting Myrtle Beach two years in a row and again this May, we are thinking about moving there!

    • Michelle, I am just down the road from Myrtle Beach! The setting for this book series is actually the Grand Strand. We would be neighbors if you moved!

  9. Julie Jobe

    What interests me about Beach Haven is that TI Lowe wrote it! She hooked me a few years ago with Lulu’s Cafe the first time it came out and I’ve been a diehard fan ever since!

  10. Debra Branigan

    I am interested because the story sounds so lovely. I also love the cover. I think there is a reason some of Austen’s work, Edith Wharton’s work and others still resonates. They aren’t explicit like so much writing today, but they have so much unspoken romantic moments through gestures and thoughts that as a reader you adore the images and feelings portrayed.

  11. Linda May

    The book looks like a definite read for me. I love the cover and I can’t wait to dig my hands in to the story. Thanks for your great generosity.

  12. Judy

    Beach Haven sounds like a very romantic story that I would like to read. I like a good beach read and I also like the slow romances. I think sometimes just the subtle look at each other builds the romance.

  13. Dana Michael

    I love T.I. Lowe! Her books are the best. Since I read Lulus Cafe years ago I knew she was an amazing author. I can’t wait to read this book. I too, love an alpha male who shows his soft side.

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