RIDING THE WAVE takes place in Southern California, in a town called San Sebastian. It’s make believe, in case you were about to look it up on Google Maps, but I grew up all over California, with a big emphasis on SoCal. I miss California. It’s got a different feel, a different kind of atmosphere than anywhere else I’ve lived since being an adult. But you know what I miss, almost more than anything else?
It seems silly, but it’s a thing. The food in Southern California isn’t like anywhere else!
The most shocking adjustment I had after leaving California had to be the fish tacos. More than ten years ago, I was in North Carolina and spotted fish tacos on the menu. I was so excited! I had left home about three years earlier and hadn’t seen fish tacos anywhere since then, and they had been such a thing when I was growing up. So of course I ordered them without a second thought.
They were fish sticks wrapped in tortillas, with iceberg lettuce on top.
I was traumatized. What is this thing on my plate?? What am I supposed to do with this? A fish taco is supposed to be made with grilled fish and cabbage. Tomatoes, salsa, any kind of sauce—all that depends on the cook. But the grilled fish and the cabbage are a must. It’s a California thing! Luckily, proper fish tacos have been turning up in a few more places. Over the years, if I read menus very carefully, I’ve sometimes been able to find the good stuff.
But lately I’ve been craving a proper breakfast burrito. The ones the size of my head, where the tortilla would probably cover the average breakfast nook table if it were folded out flat. With both bacon and chorizo in it, and the eggs of course, plus guac and sour cream. They have to be wrapped up in aluminum foil because otherwise they’ll fall apart. And I know there are fast food breakfast burritos served all over, but…well, those ones are just wrong. I think it’s the lack of chorizo. And soul.
And while Tanner, my hero from Riding the Wave, loves a good burrito and taco, his first love is probably In and Out. When Riding the Wave starts, Tanner’s been away from his hometown for more than a decade because of family drama. This is something that doesn’t make it into the story, but in those first few hours between seeing to business and visiting his mom, he stops at In & Out and has a double-double with a vanilla milkshake. Yum! The burger’s wrapped in paper and served with hand-cut fries. The good stuff that Tanner has missed for years and years.
Little does Tanner know that he’s missed his sister’s best friend growing up, too. He’ll soon figure Avalon out though. And more than that, Avalon will make sure he never forgets her.
A little more information about Riding the Wave:
The gray-green swells of San Sebastian haven’t changed in ten years, but Tanner Wright has. The last thing he expects to find back on his home turf is the love of his life….
With a make-or-break world championship on the line, professional surfer Tanner Wright has come back to the coastal California hometown he left a decade ago, carrying only his board and the painful knowledge of his father’s infidelity. Now that Hank Wright is dead, Tanner intends to keep the secret buried to spare his mother and sister the burden.
The last time Avalon Knox saw her best friend’s brother, she was fourteen and he was a twenty-year-old surfer god. She’s never understood or respected the way Tanner distanced himself from the family that has embraced her. But now she has the professional chance of a lifetime: to photograph Tanner for the competition—if he’ll agree.
Out on the waves, they find in each other passion that’s impossible to resist. And Tanner’s not the only one trying to move forward from his past. As the competition heats up, secrets get spilled, and lust takes over. How close can Avalon get to this brooding surfer…without getting burned?
Ride The Waves is available at Amazon or Barnes & Noble
About The Author:
After a semi-nomadic childhood throughout California, Lorelie Brown spent high school in Orange County before joining the US Army. After traveling the world from South Korea to Italy, she’s returned home to California. But not the cool area. She can’t afford that yet.
Lorelie has three active sons and a tiny shih-tzu who thinks he’s son number three—not four, he’s too important to be the baby. Writing romance helps her escape a house full of testosterone.
In her immense free time (hah!) Lorelie co-writes contemporary erotic romance under the name Katie Porter. You can find out more about the “Vegas Top Guns” and “Club Devant” series at www.KatiePorterBooks.com or at @MsKatiePorter.