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For my post, I’m featuring my latest release, Seaside Seduction, which centers around a relationship between Nicholas Gallero and Selena Gomez. While Nicholas was born in the U.S. and became CEO of a defense systems company in southern Arizona, Selena grew up in Mexico and eventually immigrated to San Diego to teach school. The entire story is told in first person, from Nick’s point of view.
I live in Tucson, Arizona, which is a short hour’s drive to the Mexican border. For this reason, Mexican culture is also a big part of the southern Arizona culture. We have a high population of Hispanic people in our city, many of our streets have Spanish names, we have dozens of delicious Mexican restaurants to choose from, and many of us–me included– decorate our homes with Talavera pottery and other hand-painted Mexican tiles. I know it’s time to shop when the fridge lacks salsa and tortillas! I also lived in southern Peru (Arequipa) for two years during the 1990s and relished the opportunity to befriend some Peruvian families, which gave me a deeper understanding of the culture. Ever since my life-changing experience in Peru, I’ve been fascinated with different cultures and relish every opportunity I have to travel to new places and experience life lived differently. I think it’s made me a better-rounded and more tolerant and caring person as well.
During this era of increased discrimination and violence against people whose cultures, religions, skin colors, and other beliefs don’t match our own, I find it a blessing to write about two people from different countries and backgrounds coming together and recognizing their similarities instead of only their differences to the point that they create a happily ever after.
In the end, we are all human beings with families, hopes and dreams. We really aren’t all that different from others as we seem. May love and tolerance reign and discrimination and hate be left behind 🙂
Wealthy defense systems CEO Nicholas Gallero spots a mysterious woman in the Sea of Cortez while whale watching from the patio of his Cabo San Lucas mansion. When he realizes she’s in trouble, he rushes to save her. He’s instantly attracted to the voluptuous dark haired Selena Gomez. When Selena says she doesn’t remember how she ended up in Cabo, he invites her back to his house. Business as usual ends and his suspenseful romantic adventure begins.
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