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It Started With a Whisper


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Five simple words: That’s all it takes to change the course of 18-year-old Josie Graham’s life in the summer of 1989.

Josie is a musical prodigy: She can sing, play guitar and is a natural on the piano. Instead of spending her last summer before college traveling the country with her rock star father, she’s made a last minute decision to spend it working at her Aunt Bernie’s inn, in Ambler’s Fork, North Carolina. But what could have turned her life-long passion for music into a hatred for an industry she’s worked so hard to get into?

Her aunt’s inn seems like the perfect place to escape, to clear her head and figure things out, but on her first day there, she almost drowns before Chic Hobbs saves her.

Chic wants nothing more in life than to leave Ambler’s Fork and his sordid past behind—at least not until that day Josie Graham swims into his life. The problem is, Chic’s got a secret. It’s a secret he’s keeping from Josie, and he’s worried if it gets out, it’ll ruin everything, and she’ll judge him for his past mistakes the way everyone else in town has.

Josie is carrying a burden of her own. One that made her run to Ambler’s Fork – away from her family and everything she’s ever known.

Chic saved Josie once. Can he save her again? Or will Josie rescue him this time?

Kiss Me Hard Before You Go  (Hearts of Haines Book 1)


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Every summer, Gray Barnes and his eighteen-year-old daughter, Evie, open up their farm in the foothills of South Carolina to Kip Kierkin’s Carnival of Wonder.

The carnival attracts hordes of locals and out-of-towners, and it brings in the extra cash that Gray and his daughter need to keep the family estate running. Evie decided long ago that she wants nothing to do with the carnival or the farm that her dad so desperately works to keep afloat. She doesn’t understand her father’s appreciation for the land or the work that it takes to maintain it, but that’s all about to change when she meets Finch Mills. Finch is a lifer – a carny since birth. He’s spent all of his twenty-two years on the circuit and longs for a different path. He’s never paid much attention to Evie, not until this eventful summer of 1978.

Like All Things Beautiful  (Hearts of Haines Book 2)


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In this sequel to Kiss Me Hard Before You Go, Evie Barnes is living day-to-day, trying to keep her father’s land and his cattle business afloat. She is adjusting to his absence and to living with Finch and the rest of the carnies, which is creating quite a stir amongst the locals in Haines.

As Finch and the others learn a new way of life that doesn’t involve the carnival, they’re dealing with prejudice from almost everyone in town. A string of suspicious incidents occur, prompting all fingers to point the blame at them.

Just when Evie and Finch learn to deal with the mountain of obstacles facing them, the unexpected happens, causing them to question if their relationship can survive it all.

This is Where We Begin  (Hearts of Haines Book 3)


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In this sequel to Kiss Me Hard Before You Go, Evie Barnes is living day-to-day, trying to keep her father’s land and his cattle business afloat. She is adjusting to his absence and to living with Finch and the rest of the carnies, which is creating quite a stir amongst the locals in Haines.

As Finch and the others learn a new way of life that doesn’t involve the carnival, they’re dealing with prejudice from almost everyone in town. A string of suspicious incidents occur, prompting all fingers to point the blame at them.

Just when Evie and Finch learn to deal with the mountain of obstacles facing them, the unexpected happens, causing them to question if their relationship can survive it all.

The Days Lost


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On the heels of her high school graduation, Ellie Morales is spending her summer vacation in the mountains of Western North Carolina with her dad and brother, Jonah. Having lost their mother only months earlier, all of them are trying to cope with the loss in their own way.

Part routine, part escape, running is Ellie’s way of dealing with her grief. Shortly after sunrise each morning, Ellie and her dog, Bosco, set out for a lengthy run on the path that passes by her house and leads deep into the woods of the Blue Ridge Mountains. One fateful morning, Ellie is lead off of the trail and discovers a secret that will change her life, as well as the lives of the family she meets, forever. One member of this mysterious family is Sam Gantry, who seems unlike any guy she’s ever known.

This meeting sparks a series of events, causing Ellie to question everything she’s ever known and believed. The more she learns about Sam and his family, the more she wants to help him find the missing puzzle pieces.

The Year I Almost Drowned


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In this continuation of The Summer I Learned to Dive, nineteen-year old Finley “Finn” Hemmings is living in Graceville, South Carolina with her grandparents. She’s getting to know the family that she was separated from for the last sixteen years.

Finn and Jesse’s relationship seems to be going strong until they’re forced to deal with obstacles that throw them off-track. As Finn prepares to leave for college, she has to say goodbye to the town, her friends and family, and the way of life that she has grown to love. At college, Finn tries to acclimate to a new setting, but quickly falls into an old pattern.

Just as things start to become normal and Finn begins to fit in, something unexpected happens that takes her back to Graceville where she is forced to deal with one challenge after another. Her world nearly collapses, and she finds herself struggling to keep from drowning. Through it all, Finn discovers the power of love and friendship. She learns what it means to follow her heart and to stay true to what she wants, even if what she wants isn’t what she originally planned.

The Summer I Learned to Dive


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Since the time she was a little girl, eighteen-year-old Finley “Finn” Hemmings has always lived her life according to a plan, focused and driven with no time for the average young adult’s carefree experiences.

On the night of her high school graduation, things take a dramatic turn when she discovers that her mother has been keeping a secret from her—a secret that causes Finn to do something she had never done before—veer off her plan. In the middle of the night, Finn packs her bags and travels by bus to Graceville, SC seeking the truth.

In Graceville, Finn has experiences that change her life forever; a summer of love, forgiveness and revelations. She learns to take chances, to take the plunge and to dive right in to what life has to offer.

Reviews

“The Year I Almost Drowned –  McCrimmon writes a beautiful, heart wrenching story. It was the perfect read and I will recommend this to anyone…young or old. It is a definite must read and I think anyone who gives it a chance will fall hard for it as I have.

 

Mandy from I Read Indie

“The Year I Almost Drowned – If you like coming of age stories that have a romance element to the story, check this one out.

 

Autumn from Autumn Review

“THE SUMMER I LEARNED TO DIVE”, NOMINATED FOR INDIE FIRST BOOK BY THE
INDIE ROMANCE CONVENTION READERS CHOICE AWARDS

 

“The Summer I Learned to Dive” is a fast read that made me laugh one minute and then wipe my eyes the next. McCrimmon also did a great job in creating a realistic romance between Finn and Jesse.

 

Candace from Endless Days of Literary Ecstasy

In the wee hours of night I started reading “The Summer I Learned to Dive” just to get a feel of the book. Not really expecting to read much of it until the next day. Before I knew it I was half way done. I was seriously hooked just pages in and was seeking the same answers Finn was.

 

Mandy from I Read Indie

RATED AS A TOP BEACH READ

“The Summer I Learned to Dive by Shannon McCrimmon. This is a really great read. It is about a young girl who spends the summer with her grandparents she has never truly met. She learns that life doesn’t always need a plan.

 

Melissa from Readingitall

“The Summer I Learned to Dive” is a wonderful book.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The story is sweet, heartwarming, and inspiring.  I loved all the characters in the book, especially Finn.

 

Ellen from Always YA at Heart

“The Summer I Learned to Dive” is one of those great summer reads. The kind you want to have when your sitting by the pool, soaking up the sun, and in need of a cute romance…

 

Tess from My Pathway to Books