Thanks, Dani and company, for hosting the cover reveal of my upcoming release, Forgotten Paradise! This is my second Dreamspun Desires title, and I’m really excited to share it with you. Be sure to comment on this post. You could win a copy of my first Dreamspun Desires title, First Comes Marriage, in the ebook format of your choice.
I love writing Dreamspun Desires stories. Probably not a big surprise, since I grew up reading Harlequin romances by box full. I love the tropes, the over the top romance, and the way they make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Forgotten Paradise was no exception. I absolutely adore the amnesia trope, and what better place for a scuba diver and sail boater like me to set the story than an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic. In fact, the resort is patterned on one I stayed in back in 2015 with my family.
Forgotten Paradise is now available for preorder at Dreamspinner Press. If you love sweet, tropey, romance-forward books with a perfect HEA, I think you’ll really enjoy the Dreamspun Desires line and Forgotten Paradise. Want to snag a copy of my first Dreamspun title? Just comment on this post and you’re entered to win an ebook copy in the format of your choice. Happy reading! -Shira
Cover art by: Bree Archer (www.breearcher.com)
Blurb: It’s dangerous diving for secrets.
When a mega company threatens to take over his family-owned business, programming prodigy Adam Preston escapes the stress with a much-needed vacation in the Dominican Republic. There he meets attractive, intelligent, insightful Jonah James, a scuba dive instructor, and what starts as a holiday fling soon blossoms into much more.
But Jonah has a secret: ten years ago he woke up on an island beach with no idea how he got there… or even who he is. Their paradise may not be as perfect as it seems. When Jonah’s memories come crashing back like waves on the sand, will it be Adam clinging to the proverbial life raft, or will the two men find a safe harbor to ride out the storm?
“Jonah, if you don’t want to talk about it because you used to be in the tech business, I get that. But it really wouldn’t—”
“It has nothing to do with that.” Jonah’s voice vibrated with frustration. “I….” He shot to his feet and walked to the edge of the water.
Crap. Adam felt terrible. He’d poked at something Jonah clearly didn’t care to revisit. And much as he wanted to know more about Jonah, spoiling their day was the last thing he intended. He got up and put a tentative hand on Jonah’s shoulder. He half expected Jonah to snap at him, but instead Jonah’s entire body relaxed with the touch.
“I’m sorry,” Jonah said.
“You? No. My mistake. I should have realized you didn’t want to share that with me.”
Jonah let out a long breath and shook his head. “It’s not what you think.”
“I don’t understand.”
“It’s not that I don’t want to tell you about myself,” Jonah said, his voice calm, though Adam sensed an undercurrent of tension beneath. “It’s just that I don’t remember. I don’t remember anything.”
Shira Anthony was a professional opera singer in her last incarnation, performing roles in such operas as Tosca, i Pagliacci, and La Traviata, among others. She’s given up TV for evenings spent with her laptop, and she never goes anywhere without a pile of unread M/M romance on her Kindle. You can hear Shira singing “Vissi d’arte” from Puccini’s Tosca by clicking here: Shira’s Singing
Shira loves a great happily-ever-after and never writes a story without one. She’s happy to write what her muse tells her, whether it’s fantasy, sci fi, paranormal, or contemporary romance. She particularly loves writing series, because she thinks of her characters as old friends and she wants to visit them even after their stories are told.
In real life, Shira sang professionally for 14 years, and she currently works as a public sector attorney advocating for children. She’s happy to have made writing her second full-time job, even if it means she rarely has time to watch TV or go to the movies. Shira writes about the things she knows and loves, whether it’s music and musicians, the ocean, or the places she’s lived or traveled to. She spent her middle school years living in France, and tries to visit as often as she can.
Shira and her husband spend as many weekends as they can aboard their 36′ catamaran sailboat, Land’s Zen, at the Carolina Coast. Not only has sailing inspired Shira to write about pirates and mermen, her sailboat is her favorite place to write. And although the only mermen she’s found to date are in her own imagination, she keeps a sharp lookout for them when she’s on the water.
Shira can be found on:
Comment on the cover reveal post and Shira will choose a winner for a copy of her first Dreamspun Desires title, “First Comes Marriage” in the ebook format of your choice.