Victoria at Sea
by M. Kate Quinn
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Why has no place in what the heart knows for sure.
On the eve of their wedding Victoria Gliden and fiancé Owen Walker call it quits. He accuses her of not being able to get over her deadbeat father’s vanishing act when she was a child and she and her cold feet run and don’t look back.
An interior designer, Victoria, has an important meeting on Cancun that could garner her a promotion and the plan was to incorporate her presentation with the honeymoon cruise that’s journeying to the island. Since she’s sure Owen is on his way to Portland to escape the aftermath of their ruined wedding, Victoria takes the honeymoon cruise anyway. Only Owen has the same idea and they’re stuck with each other for six days, five nights.
Tony Gliden, Victoria’s father, dies in a freak accident and is sent back to earth disguised as a crotchety old man with the mission to convince his daughter to believe in love. So, he, too boards the ship.
At sea, destiny takes a detour when Victoria befriends the quirky old man with kind eyes and together they join forces with a quartet of unabashed women in their fifties who drink pink martinis and flirt with the wait staff but are wiser than they look. While trying to dodge Owen, Victoria’s new acquaintances help her face old wounds and confront new fears.
Most of all, Victoria and Owen both realize it all boils down to one word—why?
By journey’s end will two broken hearts get their answer?
Words spilled from Owen’s lips before he had the chance to think. “I don’t know, Vic, maybe on some level I was meant to be here on this ship.”
She didn’t respond, kept her tooth locked down on that lip. But, her eyes were windows to some distant place he longed for. So, he and his glass of vodka let more words tumble free. “Sometimes I still can’t believe you really did this.” He gulped his drink in an effort to shut himself up, but it was fuel to his fire. “That you did this to us.”
“Don’t.” Victoria grabbed the fancy clutch that she’d squeezed into a misshapen blob of sparkly fabric.
“You know what?” He couldn’t stop and suddenly he didn’t want to. “It’s just too bad you’re so ridiculously afraid of veering off that rigid path you’ve carved out for yourself. That’s got to be a tough trek, Victoria. You must be exhausted.”
She stood up from the bar stool, chin held high, eyes swimming.
“You’re leaving.” It wasn’t a question. Owen knew the answer too well.
“Um, yes, I uh, promised my friends that I’d meet them.”
“Well, I guess I’ll see you back at the suite then, huh?” Pent-up energy raced around in him banishing every urge he had to stroke her hair, pull her to him, make them right again. His tone was caustic and it felt good and lousy both.
For each millisecond that he held her gaze, Victoria squirmed, her hands wringing that now pretty ugly evening bag, that tooth all but drawing blood as it pressed the pink flesh of her lower lip. She broke the stare and darted away as though she were being chased.
Owen’s heart squeezed like a fist had wrapped itself around the muscle. A tear pricked his eye. Victoria could run all she wanted, but for the first time in almost two days something finally made sense. She loves me.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Born to a feisty Italian mother and a gentle blue-eyed Irishman, I was given the name “Marykate,” inspired by Maureen O’Hara’s character in the movie, The Quiet Man, an old-time favorite love story that co-starred John Wayne. With a grandmother Catherine and an Aunt Mary the name was an obvious choice.
I’ve been writing stories all my life. There’s an old Macy’s box in my attic filled with my writings from childhood, now smudgy-looking pages produced on my portable Olivetti Underwood typewriter, an eighth-grade gift from my Grandmother Catherine.
I am a recent First Place winner of a short story contest sponsored by Reader’s Digest Magazine and write a column entitled “Boomer Humor” that appears monthly in my neighborhood newspaper.
My husband and I are our own love story. We have a slap-happy middle-aged second marriage with a combined total of six grown children, one delightful granddaughter, another precious little baby on the way and one ridiculously spoiled, amazingly handsome cat named Sammy.
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Get to Know the Author:
Have you ever had an imaginary friend?
No, I didn’t but my younger sister, Beth, did. I used to think she was crazy when she’d talk about how this imaginary friend said this or that. But, when you come to think of it, it’s definitely a sign of intelligence to create and persona and then imagine things that person would do or say. It’s kind of like storytelling. What I used to do was give situations to my dolls. I would create their back story and their current situation. Oh, when it got time for Barbie and Ken, I made up all kinds of boyfriend/girlfriend drama. Cousin Midge (I think she was phased out a long time ago, I’m dating myself.) was always after Ken in my scenarios, ha ha.
Do you have any phobias?
I am not a fan of bridges. One time my husband and I were driving from Miami to Key West and between each key there, of course, is a bridge. When we got the biggest of the bridges, during a wicked thunderstorm no less, I was dismayed to learn the bridge was named something like “Six Mile Bridge,” and I knew it would be a long six miles for me with my hands over my eyes.
Do you listen to music when you’re writing?
Often I listen to music, but mostly when I’m writing a sad scene or a love scene with the choice of song specific to the mood I’m evoking.
Do you ever read your stories out loud?
Always. You can get the cadence of someone’s speech as realistic as possible when you do that, at least I can, anyway. Also, I want to hear if the prose reads clear and interesting.
Tell us about your main character and who inspired him/her.
All my books begin for me with the main character. I’ll get an idea for a character and then my mind takes over in fleshing out her deal. I ask a lot of why’s when I’m doing that. Why is she happy, or unfulfilled, or sad, or mad, or anxious? In my latest release, Victoria at Sea, which is a contemporary romance with a light paranormal twist, I was inspired by the times in my life when I needed to dig deep and find strength. The name “Victoria” popped into my head and I knew that was who I could write about. I started to see Victoria in my head, started to see her, know her.
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