It doesn’t snow in San Diego. The weather cools down enough for sweaters and light jackets, but it doesn’t get cold. Beaches are busy with strollers, rather than sunbathers, and the surfers wear their winter wetsuits.
Well, most of them do. Even on the chilliest day of the year, some crazy guy is out there in his swim trunks, braving the waves.
Considering that this site is called Yankee Romance Reviewers, I’m assuming most of you know what real weather is like! I’m from Kansas originally, so I remember ice storms and below-zero temps. At this time of year, when it’s cold outside, are you in the mood for a fantasy beach vacation?
Crash Into Me, my debut romantic suspense novel for Bantam Dell, is set in La Jolla, California. This elite community is like the Malibu of San Diego. Breathtaking coastline and multimillion-dollar estates. Big money. My hero, a world-class pro surfer (and murder suspect), was born here, in the lap of luxury.
I live in a different part of San Diego, about twenty miles inland. My neighborhood is an hour’s drive (and a world apart) from La Jolla.
Before I started Crash Into Me, I visited Windansea Beach, a famous surfing spot in La Jolla. I’d been kicking around the idea of writing a romance with a surfer hero, and I adore San Diego. I’ve often been inspired by California’s vibrant culture and spectacular scenery. And, for whatever reason, I always begin a new project by choosing the setting. I need to know where my characters are before I can figure out who there are.
After watching surfers in action for quite some time (not a bad day of research!), I went home and penned the first chapter of Crash Into Me.
Now, more than three years later, Crash is in stores. I couldn’t be more proud of this book, which celebrates my hometown, San Diego, and surfing, a revered local sport. All throughout February, I’ll be posting photos of Windansea Beach and La Jolla Cove on my blog (http://jillsorenson.com/blog). Please stop by and check it out.
Here’s a quick introduction to my characters:
Ben Fortune. A tortured widower and dedicated athlete, he’s struggling to raise his teenaged daughter on his own. Ben hasn’t looked twice at a woman since his wife was killed, but he feels an instant connection to…
Special Agent Sonora Vasquez. Sonny goes undercover in La Jolla to investigate the
SoCal Strangler, and Ben is the prime suspect. She’s had some bad experiences with men, causing her to be guarded, physically and emotionally. Ben is supposed to be off-limits, but he’s the first man she’s wanted to get close to in a long time.
Carly. Ben’s beautiful, troubled teenaged daughter. Although it’s been three years, she’s still mourning the death of her mother, and acting out in dangerous ways. Her latest form of rebellion is…
James. A poor kid from the wrong side of the tracks, he’s been in love with Carly since junior high. He wants to protect her, and prevent her from discovering the terrible truth about his abusive father.
Would you like a copy of Crash Into Me? Leave a comment below, answering one or more of the following questions, and you’ll be entered to win:
1. Have you ever read a book with a surfer hero? Would you like to? Why or why not?
2. Does setting matter, when you’re making reading selections? Do you prefer U.S. cities or international locations? East coast or west?
3. What about weather? Are you looking for a steamy beach read in the middle of winter, or would you rather get “snowed in”?