Welcome to the World of Pearl Island

Step into the Pearl Island Inn and meet the feisty and fun St. Claire siblings who manage the bed and breakfast located on a private island just off the cost of Galveston Island, Texas. A hint of ghosts adds a touch of history to these thrilling contemporary romances that are as sunny as their Texas setting.

The Legend

The gothic mansion, built as a wedding gift for Marguerite by a notorious shipping baron saw many a pirate in its early days. Sadly, the house became a gilded cage for the beautiful opera singer known as The Pearl of New Orleans, until a dashing privateer, Captain Jack Kingsley, entered her lonely life. The two star-crossed lovers met a tragic death, but their spirits remain on the island, much to the delight of the St. Claires and guests of the inn.

Follow the stories of Aurora, Allison, and Adrian St. Claire, direct descendants of Marguerite, as they restore the old mansion, build a thriving bed and breakfast, and even go after sunken treasure. All while falling in love, of course.

The Inspiration

As a native Texan, I grew up on stories about pirates, since Texas had so many pirates who made Galveston Island their home base. I’m also a sucker for ghost stories and love staying at bed and breakfasts. So, what could be better than combining all these interests to create my imaginary world of Pearl Island?

Writing the series became a journey of discovery. I got to visit Galveston, where I toured the old sailing vessel the Ellisa, a tall ship docked at the Texas Seaport Museum, stroll the Strand, and eat fabulous seafood along the pier. To learn the ins and outs of running a bed and breakfast, I stayed at several across the country, visiting with inn keepers. The final book in the trilogy, Don’t Tempt Me, was the most fun to research, however, since I cruised about the Caribbean aboard the Star Clipper to get the feel for sailing a tall ship. (That trip also led to my choosing the island of St. Bart’s as the setting for Too Perfect, book 3 in the Perfect trilogy.)

Thank you for visiting me here at Pearl Island. Please feel free to email me. I love to hear from readers!


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