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Billionaire Ian Shaw’s life has taken a rough turn. His fortune has recently been liquidated, his niece, Esme, is still missing, and the woman he loves is refusing to speak to him.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.

When the PEAK chopper is damaged, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a high-stakes survival when a wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Ian and Sierra scramble for survival as they find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore.

Sparks ignite as they wait for rescue, but will a secret keep them apart?

What part of the country do you consider home?

I am from Minnesota! A rabid Minnesota Vikings fan, I live in the Minneapolis area, but also have a writing cabin up north, in Grand Marais, MN, just a mile off beautiful Lake Superior. I love the four seasons, the SNOW (yes!) and my Minnesota heritage!

Currently, how big (or small) is your household?

We are empty nesters. And love it. But we also love the four times a year when our house is full. (most of our kids live out of town).

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Reading! I read at least a book a week. I am also crazy about football, so on any given weekend, I’m usually watching our son play his college game, then watching the MN Gophers (my alma mater), and ending the weekend with a day of Sunday football (go Vikes!) I also spend a lot of time researching story ideas (which has meant travelling or doing cool things like learning how to make wine, or snorkeling, or boating, or whatever my book calls for.) I think I probably need to write a book set in Italy.

Is there any habit or hobby you have that might surprise readers?

I’m (with hubs) a swing-dancer and a scuba diver, and we often fill our weekends and vacations with either dancing or diving. You’ve just turned in your manuscript, and your editor won’t return it with revisions for at least a week or two.

Where would you go for a vacation?

Diving off Hawaii’s big island. Beautiful, warm, crystal-clear water. Last time I was there I swam a foot away from a loggerhead turtle, just hanging out, dude.

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Caramel Cookie Crunch gelato

Are you a dog or a cat person?

DOG! I have a labradoodle named Mitty. Before that, we had a beloved lab-Doberman mix named Gracie.

What does that tell us about you?

I love the unconditional love a dog gives. I think I want that same kind of love.

What was your favorite childhood book? What made it so beloved?

I loved the Black Stallion series. But my favorite book was called Ghosts. It was actually about a couple kids who went back in time (not as ghosts, but sort of) to solve a mystery. I LOVE time travel stories.

How many unfinished book ideas or manuscripts do you currently have?

Unfinished? Oh boy…well, does that count the ones that are currently residing in my brain, that I haven’t written, or are these in process? One, in process. 12 in my brain, noodling.

What’s your favorite movie? Favorite TV show?

Currently, I’m watching The Good Doctor, Outlander, Madam Secretary, Seal Team and The Brave

If you were casting yourself in a movie, which actor or actress would you pick? Why?

Tia Leoni. I would like her willowy figure and her awesome hair, but mostly because I like her character on Madam Secretary. She is no-nonsense, practical, but loves her husband and kids and just tries her best to impact her world, one day at a time. (for me, it would be just one book at a time.)

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Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling author of over fifty novels with more than 1 million books sold, including Wild Montana Skies, Rescue Me, and A Matter of Trust. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Readers’ Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas.

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