Release day: Sadie’s Surrender
Today is the official release of Sadie’s Surrender by Afton Locke (ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:
After her husband leaves her for another woman, Sadie Johnson feels unattractive. Unable to face a dreary future of shucking oysters and living with her critical mother, she dreams of being a businesswoman. But in 1936, opportunities for women of color in Oyster Island are limited.
An oysterman at heart, Henry Rockfield would rather sail than run the local branch of his brother’s oyster company. He’s not happy about belonging to the town Klan either, but he’ll do anything to keep the peace and help his family.
When sassy Sadie proves she can run the plant, he can’t resist putting her secretly in charge so he can return to the sea. But when desire resurrects a tragic mistake from his past, he learns business and pleasure are a dangerous mix. When racial conflict hits home, forcing them to choose between love and duty, will Sadie surrender?
Afton dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
Sadie’s Surrender is book 3 in the Oyster Harbor series. I’m from Maryland and, while visiting there one summer, I got inspired to write an interracial romance set in the 1930s. Plucking the Pearl, book 1, centred around an oyster house and the love affair an oyster shucker had with her white boss. Rose, Exposed, the sequel, explored the relationship between the heroine’s cousin and a biracial artist. Finally, the heroine’s other cousin finds love with the hero’s brother. Oyster Harbor is a small town where love often crosses the color line with sparkling results.