About the Book
Book: Hooper Safe Haven
Author: Rachel Skatvold
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release date: October 26, 2021
Harbors should be safe havens, but what if you’re harboring secrets?
When Alicia Roberts accepts a job with mobile veterinarian, Kendall Mulligan, she hopes the Independence Islands will give her a safe place to start over. And as much as she appreciates the Mulligan girls’ offer to stay with them while she gets settled, Alicia knows she needs her own place. ASAP.
Hooper Ear Cove Apartments on Hooper Island offers a beautiful ocean view as well as one of the landlord’s hunky son—all at an affordable price. Just what she needs to start a new life. Isn’t it?
When life knocked Jace Young in the head with a literal curveball that ruined his major league chances, he was forced to return to Hooper Island and a job as the maintenance guy at his father’s apartment complex. On the side, he leads the contemporary song service at church as his heart heals.
When Alicia moves to Hooper Island, Jace is drawn in by her sweet personality. However, something hides deep beneath the surface, and Alicia resists any discussion of God. What will it take to convince her to anchor her heart to God and to confide the secrets she harbors?
Hooper Safe Haven continues the Hooper Island stories of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.
The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.
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About the Author
Rachel Skatvold is a Christian author and stay-at-home mom from the Midwest. She enjoys writing inspirational romance and encouraging blogs. Rachel completed her first series, the Riley Family Legacy Novellas in 2014 and is now working on the Hart Ranch Series, set in the Montana wilderness and the Ladies of Ardena Series, set in medieval times. She is also a contributing author in the Whispers in Wyoming, Brides of Pelican Rapids and Independence Island Series. Other than writing, some of her hobbies include singing, reading and camping in the great outdoors with her husband and two young sons. You can find more information about Rachel and her books on her website: www.rachelskatvold.com.
Interview with Rachel
- When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve enjoyed creating stories since early childhood. Even before I learned how to spell, I would ask my mom or older siblings to write down stories that I would think up. When I got a little older, I would write my own little books with illustrations and staple them together. They would mostly be stories about cats. Although, I’ve always enjoyed writing, I never really thought of making it a career until a few years after my first son was born. In 2012 while attending college to become a teacher, I had a dream which inspired idea for a Christian romance novel. My first story has yet to be published, but it ended up inspiring me to self-publish a set of novellas. After this, I felt God leading me to change my college major to English to pursue a career in writing. Since 2014 I have written and published over twenty books. So far, three of them have been published by Celebrate Lit.
- Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I get ideas for my books in several different ways. Sometimes a dream or Bible verse inspires a book or series. I might also have a writing prompt, or join a multi-author group who already has an outline for a series set. Some of my characters are inspired by family members or friends, but they will not be exactly like the person that inspired the character. They will only have little bits and pieces of their personality that is included in the story. For example, in my first published book, Beauty Within, my main character’s uncle was inspired by the way my own uncle used to give big bear hugs and lift me way up in the air. He is a very tall and muscular man—over six feet tall and I have very vivid and fond memories of him doing this. This characteristic was included in my story, but other aspects of the character were completely fictional.
- What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I spend most of the day homeschooling my two sons. We started homeschooling five years ago when my oldest son was in the first grade and have found it to be a very rewarding experience. We have many adventures and fun field trips, and we are able to include lessons from the Bible into our weekly lessons. I believe the experience brings us closer as a family and I learn new things every day while teaching. Besides homeschooling, we enjoy camping at state parks and raising backyard chickens. I also enjoy making pottery, singing and, quilting.
- What’s your favorite part about being a writer? Research? First Draft? Editing?
I would have to say my favorite part about being a writer is creating the first draft. The thrill of watching the story come to life on the page is an adventure I look forward to. Since I write in several different genres, writing is like having the opportunity to time travel to different points in history. My characters become very real to me as I am writing their story, so every book is like making new friends and sharing an adventure with them.
- What project are you working on now and how do we find your books?
Right now, I am working on a few different projects. I’m writing my last two books in the Independence Island Series. These beach stories are so much fun, and I’ve enjoyed working with all the other authors in the series. I am also working on book five in my Christian medieval series, Ladies of Ardena. All of my books are available on Amazon, or links to my books and other information about my social media and blog can be found on my website: www.rachelskatvold.com
Read an Excerpt of Hooper Safe Haven
Alicia Roberts leaned against the railing, watching the seagulls hovering above the ferry as it prepared to dock at the Merriweather slip. They were always waiting for something—tiny fish in the surf or tiny scraps the passengers left behind. In a way, she knew how they felt. Until now, she’d been waiting, too—although it was for something entirely different. She closed her eyes, enjoying the feeling of the wind whipping through her long brown hair. In deciding to work on the Independence Islands, had she finally found what she was waiting for? A new purpose? There was no turning back now. After graduating and moving out of her college dorm she had nowhere else to go.
The sound of the apron dropping to allow the cars and people off the ferry drew Alicia out of her ponderings. She approached her blue compact car, packed to the gills with all the belongings she owned and slipped into the driver’s seat as quickly as possible to avoid holding up the other passengers parked behind her. Within a few minutes, she drove up Captains Walk, spying a large RV parked in one of the lots. Kendall Mulligan greeted her the moment she parked and stepped out.
“Welcome back!” her auburn-haired friend exclaimed, pulling her into a tight embrace. “I’m so glad you decided to take the job.”
Alicia pulled back and offered a shy smile. “Me too. How could I turn down such a great opportunity right out of vet school?”
Kendall took her hand, pulling her along. “Here, come inside. There are breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and coffee from Granny’s inside. If we hurry, we’ll have a few minutes to enjoy them before patients start arriving.”
Her stomach rumbled as she followed Kendall up the steps to the mobile clinic. “That sounds wonderful. I forgot to eat this morning.”
“Now you sound like Carly. I always have to remind her to eat breakfast. She calls me a nag, but she’s hypoglycemic, so if I don’t keep on her, she can’t function very well in the morning.”
Alicia chuckled. “No one usually has to remind me. I can’t function without a bowl of oatmeal or some kind of protein first thing in the morning. I think my routine is just off with this new job and all, but I’ll adjust soon enough.” She paused, remembering something. “Speaking of Carly, I heard about her engagement to that billionaire. When’s the big day?”
Kendall shook her head with a slight roll of her blue eyes. “Next month, believe it or not.”
“Well, that was quick!”
“Yeah, tell me about it.” Her redheaded friend shrugged with a sigh. “I suppose when money is no object, a wedding can be whipped up pretty quickly, though. I never thought my little sister would get married before me. She’s always been so opposed to that kind of thing, but I guess when you meet the right one, why wait? I’m happy for them.”
“Me too. So, is that why she’s gone today? Wedding planning stuff?”
“Yeah, it’s going to be pretty crazy around here for the next month. She’ll be in and out of here a lot, but after the wedding she’s going to launch her new mobile art business with Luc. That’s why I’m so glad you could come and work with us.”
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