Friday, June 19, 2015

Scene Spotlight for Defying Reason by Elizabeth Seckman



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Today I am happy to host Elizabeth Seckman for a scene spotlight of her latest, Defying Reason. I hope you enjoy it!

Genre: Women’s Lit/Romance
Publisher: World Castle Publishing
Release Date: February 2015

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Scene Spotlight:

Taking my hand, he led me through a thicket of dense woods that smelled so sweet and warm, I couldn't breathe in deeply enough to capture the smell. It was fresh and clean, heavy with the sweet scent of flowers.

At the end of the path, it opened up to the quiet ocean. White sand covered the little cove, not the usual brown like on the upper island. Stripping off my sandals, I let my toes sink into the warm, soft sand. It was so soft, it felt fake. I couldn't stop my toes from curling into it.

Tanner sat under one of the bigger trees, which was hardly what I'd have called a tree. It was more like an overgrown bush with a trunk. Once settled, he took my hand and pulled me down, settling me between his legs with my back against his chest and his arms wrapped around my waist. Resting his chin on my shoulder, he said, “Some say this was Blackbeard's cove. You never know, we could be sitting on a pot of gold.”


Questions:

1. Where does this scene take place?

Springer’s Cove, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

2. What inspired this scene?

A visit to the area. The Outer Banks has so much history, beauty, and serenity, it’s impossible not to ignite the imagination.

3. Did you have to do something unique to get yourself in the frame of mind to tackle this scene?

No, I just pretend I’m there!

Ocracoke Cove
Image from Elizabeth

4. Was this scene difficult or easy to write?

It was pretty easy. I outlined the story while on vacation at the beach, so as I visited places, I imagined Tanner and Jo were there.

5. Can you tell us a secret about this scene?

At the end of the scene, Tanner and Jo were interrupted by an elderly couple celebrating their anniversary. They ask Tanner to take their picture. When my family was visiting the spot, a couple who were on a second honeymoon did stop and ask us to take their picture, so I wrote them into the scene.




BIO:

Elizabeth is a multi-published author of books for people who are believers in happily-ever- after, true love, and stories with a bit of fun and twists with their plots. The mother of four young men, she tackles laundry daily and is the keeper of the kitchen. She lives along the shores of the Ohio River in West Virginia, but dreams daily of the beach.

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Thank you, Elizabeth, for being a great guest. I’d welcome you back anytime. J

Please leave a comment for Elizabeth.


42 comments:

  1. I've been to the Outer Banks, but not that island. Funny you wrote that couple into your book.

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    1. I thought it was sweet. A reminder of real true love!

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  2. I have spent a lot of time on the outer banks, after all I lived at the coast for 12 years. Love it there. Used to swim, wouldn't now. Jo was such a nice character LOL.

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    1. I'm so jealous. I want to live there. But I also like WV, so I need two homes. That's not too much to ask, is it?

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  3. I've imagined my characters at my vacation spots. It does make me eager to write.

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    1. Then they become tax write-offs, so it's a win-win!

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  4. I picture my characters in places I visit too. I can just feel that sand between my toes. I wish I was on that beach right now :-)

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    1. I love the beach. And that sand there is better than the average sand. It's very soft on Ocracoke.

      Let's go, Annalisa. We'll head to the beach together!

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  5. love when i read a scene and feel like I'm there! great job, Elizabeth, this sounds awesome :) I always imagine my characters in places I want to go or have gone

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    1. Thanks Beth Ellyn! It must just be natural to daydream on vacation!

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  6. Wonderful to see the delightful Elizabeth featured here, Chrys. I saw this movie recently where a bunch of sea creatures came out of the sea at the Outer Banks and caused havoc with the locals :)

    Gary

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    1. I have been wanting to host her for a LONG time. I was always booked up for months, but when she was doing her last blog tour I asked if I could host her when my blog opens up more because I couldn't pass up the chance. :)

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    2. Gary, it may have been made after my creatures, oops, I mean men.

      Thanks for having me over, Chrys! It was totally worth the wait :)

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    3. You're so welcome, Elizabeth! I'd love to have back anytime. My guest spots will be wide open next year. ;)

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  7. Wonderful interview. I love Elizabeth's books! Real life does make for great fiction. :) Have a terrific weekend.

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    1. Real life is the best inspiration for a story.

      Have a great weekend, Christine! :)

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    2. Thanks Christine! I'm flattered to have a talented lady like yourself say that :)

      Hugs!

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  8. I love scenes, chapters, and books set on the beach. It's such a peaceful, beautiful place.

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    1. The beach is my happy place. It's just so perfect for daydreaming and fun!

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  9. Great setting! Beaches can be romantic places.

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    1. I couldn't agree more. I love it there.

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  10. Nice to meet you, Elizabeth! This sounds like such a romantic story. The beach is my favorite place too and that sand sounds---ahhhhhhhh. I will follow you on GR and add some of your books to my TBR shelf. I love discovering new authors. Thanks Chrys, for sharing her with us.
    p.s. there's a double (repeat) of the last question, you might want to delete.

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    1. Thanks for letting me know that. I don't know how that passed me.

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    2. Ah thanks, Lisa!! That's the sweetest. (And trust me, meeting new readers is totally awesome for writers!)

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  11. Just pretending your there sure is a great way to do it, works for me haha

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    1. Yep, writing is pretty much just putting daydreams to words.

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  12. Most enjoyable post to read.
    Yvonne.

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  13. There was a time in my life that I tried to figure out how to make a living on Ocracoke--one of my favorite islands

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    1. Isn't it the most beautiful places? Don't even get me started on how unfair Hyde County is to Ocracokers. They know they have a gem and make it nearly impossible for average folks to live there. It's sad to see how many people whose families have called that island home for centuries get run out because of tax rates.
      Rant over. :)

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  14. Sounds interesting,love the cover of the book, a perfect read ...I would think for a summer vacation or sitting pool side. Been a good number of years since I've vacationed in NC, but really enjoy the history around Hilton Head, SC.

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    1. I need to visit Hilton Head. I've been to Charleston and the Isle of Palms. South Carolina is a beautiful state.

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  15. I love Ocracoke Island! You captured the scene and setting perfectly, Elizabeth! Now I wish I was there again... :)

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    1. We should go together, Kristin. For research...

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  16. The beach is a nice spot to hang out at. Well, except for that pesky sand...

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    1. I don't mind sand, as long as it doesn't get in my food. I never eat at the beach. Bleh.

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  17. what a sweet scene and i love that you used the couple from your vacay and the picture for inspiration! real life comes in handy =)
    congrats elizabeth!

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  18. We all picture a different place for each plot in the stories we write and even read I think. We're all directors of our own movies.

    This scene is beautiful though. So romantic.

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  19. That is beautiful country. It's neat that you used a real life event too.

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