Toby Neal Launches New Series!

Today on the BEACH, we are happy to welcome one of our own authors, Toby Neal, who is writing a Romantic Pandemic series with Emily Kimelman that will stretch over many books. The first one, Scorch Road, available for pre-order now (Jan 31st launch).

This is a post pulled off Facebook on Toby and Emily's site, written by them:

Ok, just a little somethin' somethin about the WOMEN of the Scorch Series.Who could we dream up to match the awesome Luciano brothers? Each brother finds just the right woman in our stories...and some of the pairings surprise!
1) These women are all amazing. (like you and me and US!)
2) they all have flaws and challenges that get worked on during the journey and in the relationship (like us!)
3) Variety of careers: biologist, schoolteacher, virology expert, ER doctor, law student, actress (like us!)
4) All kinds of bodies! Waify and wiry, chubby and fulsome, muscular with big booty, slim with large boobs, Hollywood yoga, short and curvy (like us!)
5) Able to take a lickin' and keep on tickin (you can interpret that a number of ways!) but love their men enough to follow them through hell and lead the way, and enjoy being carried when the situation calls for it (like us!)
6) Variety of intelligences: supersmart to average.(like us!)
7) Variety of backgrounds and issues,minorities and economic classes from American aristocracy to trailer trash (like us!)
Yes, Emily Kimelman-Gilvey and I had so much fun creating these women. Unlike our other books, we developed all the characters, the world of the books,the plot of the pandemic and the outlines of each story ahead of time.
And we think its led to the creation of something truly special. Hope you all are enjoying Scorch Road and getting ready to find out what your awesome Launch Bonus is! We appreciate YOU, and YOU inspire us. ~Toby
P.S. thanks so much to all of you who posted reviews on Goodreads, they are thrilling to read, and we hope you won't mind reposting them on Amazon when the books go live! :)
What makes a heroine in a story someone you root for?

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Speaking at Barnes & Noble Maui

The Beach is happy to welcome one of our most faithful bloggers, Kim Hornsby, who is actually going to a beach soon! Read on...

This week I'm packing my sunscreen and string bikini (not!) and am heading to Maui. I 'm so excited I could spit.
I'll be flying Thursday at dawn, arriving shortly after (time difference) and heading to this beach below to run in the water with happy tears streaming down my face.

My girlfriend Eliza is coming with me and we are staying at Lynn's house where I wrote and staged THE DREAM JUMPER'S PROMISE.
Lynn has a big hammock on her porch overlooking Molokai, tea lights everywhere, a cute little dog, an open concept house filled with Hawaiian artifacts and my dive gear in her attic. Eliza, Lynn and I will talk about how growing older sucks and doesn't and will make breakfasts with home-grown papayas and bananas, will laugh about funny cat YouTube videos, will wear cotton sundresses over bathing suits, listen to the cockatiel next door squawk constantly, and will head off to Barnes & Noble on Saturday for my talk at 2 pm on writing a mystery novel that was set on Maui.
Yes, my friends, I am speaking at Maui's only bookstore on the Saturday and hoping against hope that someone besides Lynn and Eliza attend. Actually, I've heard from six other friends that they will come so I won't be standing at a table talking to the same two friends I've been talking to for days.

If you are on Maui on Saturday January 14th at 2 pm, I beg you to stop in and prove to Barnes & Noble that taking a chance on an Indie Author was a good thing. I'll even give you the cash to buy my book from them. Use the code words "Slip me cash, please." No questions.

See you there and if the talk goes long, let's head on over to Aloha Mixed Plate to drink Kona ale and eat traditional Hawaiian macaroni salad and grilled humuhumunukunukuapuaa. (kidding--it's the state fish!)

Kim Hornsby is a National Bestselling Author who lives in the Seattle area, overlooking a tree-lined lake. Once a Maui Scuba Instructor and Entertainer on Maui, Kim writes Suspense novels set in exotic, interesting locations.