Welcome to Cottage Bay
Weaving historical places and people from the late prohibition era in Puget Sound with fictional characters in ways that bring this pivotal time alive. Those needing encouragement in real life are Welcome to Cottage Bay, to again find hope in the future.
I've written three other books nestled in and around Cottage Bay. When I finished each of them, they didn't feel quite right, so I set them aside and listened to my heart. A few months later, I dreamt of Rose Nicovich, delicately stepping over the line from where her cement basement turned into dirt floor and I could see whiskey barrels stacked to the far wall-- lots of them. I saw this from the perspective of a strong man, deeply in love, transfixed by her beautiful legs. The next image was of her tending his bloodied ear as two other men, who looked strikingly similar to each other, stood by.
I woke the next morning and could think of little else. Over the next few weeks, the story emerged for me. We have our own distillery here in Gig Harbor and the staff were so helpful whenever I had questions. They offered essential technical input on the distillation process. A former volunteer from Seattle's Smith Tower helped me piece together the rest. There are both fiction and non-fiction characters from this era that help tell the story of how this group of first-generation Cottage Bay residents found their family and settled into their new, beautiful country.
This story represents the start of The Cottage Bay Series, First Generation. Welcome to Cottage Bay begins on a Black Tuesday after Thanksgiving by introducing us to Rose Nicovich, her father, her uncle and her mother, all sampling Rose's bootleg whiskey. What happens next plunges the family into a dark season. It's understandable.
These real-life and fictional characters offer compelling inspiration by bringing together friends, family, and community to foster both legal and bootleg enterprise so this little fishing village is buoyant through difficult times.
Seattle, Prohibition, the Great Depression and the Smith Tower
The more I thought of Rose Nicovich and her hundreds of whisky barrels, the more I wondered what life in Puget Sound was like during the waning days of Prohibition just as the Great Depression got underway. I’d never written a historical fiction and romance before, so I figured I better figure it out. Historical […]
Chapter 1 - Never Judge a Book By its Cover
The gravel made a companionable, earthy crunch as Rose walked from Cottage Bay’s library in the early spring twilight. Just before a secluded forest area along her homeward route, she passed the row of small rental cottages. For the past two weeks, there stood the big man from Chicago. What was his name? Tommy, Toby, […]
The Second Black Tuesday of the Year "Set it down wherever Rose says it should go," Sanja Nicovich called down the stairs. Sanja deemed the red velvet sofa too out of place for their front room. Her husband, Sebastijan, usually called "Seb", and her brother-in-law, Tomo, were pressed into service to stow it in the […]