The Beach Reads Romance Series (Book 1)
by Toya Richardson
A woman running from her past.
A man with a broken heart.
A new future could give them a second chance at love.
Faith Morgan’s lifelong dream comes true when she signs a book deal with a major romance publisher. For the first time in years, she feels the confidence she needs to cut ties with her nightmare of a boyfriend. But when he demands a piece of Faith's newfound success, she has no choice but to put distance between them. She figures about 11,000 miles ought to do the trick. Faith lands in New Zealand and swears off all men for good… until she meets the one who's destined to change her life.
Local businessman Dean Jameson always saw himself as a father in the making. He's ecstatic when he becomes a dad, but his heart shatters when his twisted ex reveals he's not the child's father. Meeting the captivating Faith renews his hope in the future, though he's unsure if he can leave his double heartbreak in the past where it belongs.
As Faith navigates her fear of being controlled and Dean dreads another betrayal, the two slowly but surely fall for each other. When their vindictive exes do everything they can to crush this second chance at romance, Faith and Dean must shed the past to rebuild a future based on true love…
Destination Love is a stirring contemporary romance set in New Zealand. If you like exotic locales, steamy relationships, and happily ever afters, then you’ll love Toya Richardson’s inspiring novel.
This series will be at least 5 books long with novellas in between the books in some cases.
Toya travels to all the destinations she's written about and if you join her Facebook reader's group you'll get pictures of her destination places!
Imagine sitting in a lounge chair, surrounded by a beautiful beach, reading about love and romance that's on a beautiful beach.
The beautiful sunsets.
The lovely story that entertains you as you listen to the surf, the seagulls all while sipping on your favorite beverage on a chaise lounge.
This is the book you want to read to either calm a stressful day and bring you to that atmosphere or read while at your beach resort.
Toya Richardson's Beach Reads Romances are just as prescribed. Love happens on beautiful vacation spots where playful tourists hang out. While there are some deep moments they don't spoil the fun in this book. Light, easy reading perfect for a time when you just want to relax.
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A very important moment for her was giving a reader closure after surviving domestic abuse. It was after reading her Romance/Thriller, Flame, about a domestic abuse survivor, who sent her a thank you message and she’s never forgotten it. “If it means I have helped one person, then I’m blessed.”
Writing has been Toya’s passion since a very early age. Sadly, it wasn’t until the death of her mum, who was also her best friend, in 2009 that she started to take it seriously. Her mother’s wish was to see her published, which didn’t occur until 2014. And now, each book she publishes is dedicated to her.
Always a shy person, becoming an author has helped to broaden her horizons and grow in confidence. Toya still laughs when she reflects on her dislike of social media. One by one, she began to use different platforms and is now very active on FB, Twitter and Instagram – not forgetting her brand new website. Now she is quite vocal about how important these platforms are for networking, an huge aspect of an indie author’s life. If not for social media, she would never have connected with two of her three publishers.
Social media to her is a wonderful way to connect with fellow authors and readers. So many friends have been made by her in this way, she loves nothing more than helping others. It still amazes her how wonderful and supportive the indie author community is. Everyone, without exception, is always willing to give others a hand. She always says she may not be an expert but is always willing to share anything she does know.
Whilst attending a workshop many years ago she learned a very valuable lesson from another author. He said, “Write because you love to write. If you’re doing it for the money, you may as well forget it now.” This is so true and is her mantra.
It still amazes her how much she’s grown when it comes to “putting herself out there”. She loves to read live from her work when she partakes in numerous FB takeover events. She’s given talks about her writing journey to Women’s Institute groups, and one at the assisted living facility where she works. She also enjoys open mic events. These still fill her with nerves, but that’s normal. And starting this year, she is about to embark on several big author signings, which she’s very excited about. Finally getting to meet so many people she’s connected with via social media.
Apart from working on her Destination Contemporary Romance series, she’s currently planning a Paranormal Romance series called Nature’s Warriors. A series of fantasy romances, notes in books at present, which she’s very excited about. And as if that isn’t enough to keep her occupied, she’s attempting to push herself even further. Toya’s written a standalone Rock Star Romance, which she is attempting to self-publish. This is to prove to herself she can push her boundaries, even though it terrifies her. Always happy to learn new skills and take advice from others is helping her to grow as an author, and person.
When not writing, or reading her main hobbies are; cinema, theatre, gardening, keeping fit, travelling, watching live bands, Formula One racing, watching darts and spending time with friends. She lives in Suffolk, UK with her husband, grown up son and Masai the cat.
Faith took a deep breath and stared at her phone for long moments. This was going to be one of the most difficult calls of her life. She dialled the number and waited for a response.
“Hi, it’s me.”
“Nice of you to call me, Faith, where have you been?”
The sarcasm in his tone irritated her, she glanced at the clock and shook her head. “We only spoke a short while ago.”
“That’s too long. You should want to speak to me all the time.”
“My editor called…”
He cut her off in mid flow. “Oh, I get it. Now your books are doing well you think you don’t need me.”
“No, Faith, now you listen to me…”
Not anymore she wouldn’t. The time had come to tell him how she felt, she steadied herself.
“Sorry, Alan, I can’t do this any longer.”
“What do you mean? Have you finally realised you can’t write? It’s about time you saw sense.”
“No, Alan, we’re finished.” Faith jostled the phone to her other ear.
“What the hell do you mean by that? Why?”
Faith sighed and closed her eyes. “You know why.”
“Oh, please enlighten me!”
“You’ve never once supported my dream to be a published author.”
“Yes I damn well have.”
“Don’t lie,” she responded with frustration. “You’re only interested now because I’ve been signed.”
“That’s not true and you know it. Marry me, Faith, you need me.”
She gasped with surprise at his response. “I don’t need you and I’m certainly not marrying you.”
“Who the hell do you think is going to pick up the pieces when your book deal turns to crap, huh?”
“Just stop it. I can look after myself.”
“Yeah, sure you can. Where the hell will you get the money to support yourself, answer me that?”
She ran a hand across her forehead.
“Deny it all you want, but you can’t cope without me.”
She gritted her teeth. “You’ve proved how shallow you are. We are over. End of story.”
“This is crazy, listen to me.”
“No, Alan, not anymore. I’ll leave your stuff on the porch. I want it gone as soon as possible.”
She ended the call before she heard anymore and threw her mobile phone on the sofa with exasperation. When the phone rang again, she picked it up, cancelled the call and blocked his number.
Faith walked into the kitchen, grabbed a bottle of water from the fridge and drank deeply. She ambled back into the living room, flopped onto a chair and closed her eyes, rubbing the cold bottle along her forehead. Now she’d made the dreaded phone call, she needed some company. Picking up her mobile once more, she rang Leah, her best friend.
“Hey, Leah, it’s me. I’ve told Alan it’s over.”
Leah asked her loads of questions about her conversation with Alan.
“Yes, I’ve blocked his number. No, he can’t get in here. I had the foresight to change the locks before I called him. I’ve also packed up all his stuff and left it on the front porch for him to collect.”
She held the phone away from her ear while Leah hooted and cheered loudly.
“What I need right now though, is some time with my best friend. Can I stay at yours tonight? I don’t want to be here when Alan comes to retrieve his things. He’ll only start with the begging and pleading routine and I really don’t want to see him or hear his whiny voice.”
“Come whenever you’re ready, honey,” Leah responded.
“Great. I’ll be there just as soon as I’ve chucked some things in my bag.”
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