Hello Suzy! Thanks for having me over. I know you are a lady who enjoys travel, so I thought I’d share with a place so special it inspired the story, Swept Away.
Ocracoke Island is a tiny island off the coast of North Carolina, USA. Only accessible via ferry ride, this island treasure maintains much of its unique charm, though it is becoming more “on the map”. Listed as one of America’s best beaches, traffic to this little Hamlet has grown over the years.
But here's one of my favorite spots on the island that hasn't yet gotten a lot of attention of us damned tourists.
|Springer's Point Beach|
Hidden among the residences of the tiny town of Ocracoke is a quiet little nature preserve with a nature walk through twisted ancient oaks and red cedars. Once called “Teach’s Plantation”, this area was a favorite haunt of the notorious pirate, Edward Teach AKA, Black Beard.
|Blackbeard picture from Wikipedia|
Down a long, winding shady path—past a small cemetery where a local man is buried next to his beloved horse—the forest opens up to a sandy beach overlooking the blue waters of the Ocracoke Inlet. The only drawback to this visit is the lack of parking. It’s nestled in a quiet residential area without any nearby parking lots, but it’s well worth the walk in.
|A one time land owner of the area is buried here with his horse.|
Tucker Boone is a war-hardened Marine on a ghost hunt. Fresh out of the corps, Tucker learns he has a missing half-sister, Maddy. The only clue to her whereabouts is a cryptic note…I’ve gone Mad, Mags. Tucker agrees to search for her and heads to Ocracoke, North Carolina where a ghost named Mad Mags is said to haunt the ancient graveyards dotting the island.
The note doesn’t bring him any closer to finding Maddy, but it does offer him a diversion to the doldrums of civilian life— his new island neighbor, Josie McCoy. Tucker is drawn to her quiet spirit. There’s something special about Josie…a connection he can’t quite explain.
By summer’s end, he’s mixed up in deception, murder, and the love of a lifetime. Logic tells him to head home and forget the truths he found on the island. But can he walk away? Josie offers him more than love; she offers him hope. When the clues pile up and it looks like she can never be the girl for him, he has to make a choice- play it safe and break her heart, or risk everything for a chance at being swept away.
|Elizabeth's boys at Springer's Point|
Elizabeth is a multi-published author and family laundry wench. She is the mother of four boys, who are quickly all becoming men! Her life is filled with stinky size-twelve shoes and beard clippings in the sink. Is it any wonder she enjoys days spent writing women's fiction of stories of romance and happily ever after?