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Read an Excerpt: Seeking Tranquility: Chincoteague Sunsets Trilogy Book 1 by Amy Schisler #bookexcerpt #SeekingTranquility @amyschislerauth


Author: Amy Schisler

Publisher: Chesapeake Sunrise Publishing

Pages: 345

Genre: Romantic Suspense


Amy Schisler “creates a tapestry of emotional reactions, strength, and faith from her loved ones that brought me to tears at times.” Writer’s Digest on Island of Promise

Christy McLane and her child prodigy sister, Molly, are alone in the world. Alone, until they arrive on the island of Chincoteague, Virginia. Like the famous ponies that roam the area, Christy and Molly flee to the island to take refuge after a tragedy leaves them marooned and unanchored. To stay afloat, Christy will need to make unforeseen sacrifices as she navigates the waters of life. 

Against the beautiful backdrop of the Virginia shoreline, caring islanders and shy, aerospace scientist, Jared Stevenson, help Christy find the faith and tranquility she seeks. However, just when everything seems perfect, Jared’s hidden past disrupts their peaceful existence, plunging the entire island into a sea of lies and danger that will change their lives forever. 

Book Information

Release Date: June 16, 2022

Publisher:  Chesapeake Sunrise Publishing

Soft Cover: ISBN: 979-8985223217; 345 pages; $15.95; eBook $7.99


Book Excerpt:

The bell on the front door jingled. “I’ll go out,” Christy said. 

“Yell if you need me,” Diane called, reaching for a potholder to pull the trays from the oven. She heard a male’s voice and the sound of surprise in Christy’s cheerful response. Setting the pan on the cooling rack, she peeked into the storeroom. 

“Yes, please. Assorted would be great.” 

The young man pushed his glasses up onto the bridge of his nose and looked around the shop.

“How do you like it here so far?” Christy asked as she added doughnuts to a box.

“I don’t know yet. This is actually my first trip onto the island. I’ve only been here for a week.”

“Where are you staying?”

They clearly knew each other, which Diane found interesting. Christy didn’t seem to know anyone except the few people she worked with and Molly’s teacher.

“They’ve got a few cottages on-site for interns. I share one with another guy. He’s from Lancaster. In Pennsylvania.”

Christy’s hand stopped mid-air, and she smiled at the man. “Yes, I know where Lancaster is.”

“Oh, sorry.” His face reddened as he pushed up his glasses again. A nervous habit, then, rather than a poor fit. “I didn’t know if you were from this area.”

Christy resumed packing the box. “From the Western side of the Chesapeake Bay originally, but yeah, the Mid-Atlantic area. What about you? Where are you from?”

“A few different places. I’ve lived in Massachusetts for a while now, college and grad school.” He looked away, seemingly embarrassed, and Diane wondered why.

“Boston?” Christy asked as she closed the pastry case.

The man shook his head. “Cambridge.” He looked away again, and Christy’s mouth hung open for a moment before she closed it.

“Oh,” she said before tucking the wax paper neatly into the box. “The big H. Fred went there, too.”

“Yeah, I know. He was one of the reasons I applied. I always hoped maybe he’d do a guest professor gig there or something.”

Christy smiled. “Actually, he would have liked that. He was a fantastic teacher as far as Molly was concerned. Wait until you meet her. She’s going to blow you away.”

Diane watched as Christy walked to the cash register and rang up the order. The man—he really was quite cute with that curly hair, those big, blue eyes, and his adorable shyness—reached into his pocket and produced a credit card.

“Can I use this? It belongs to NASA.”

“No problem. Any coffee? We really do make the best around.”

“We’ve got one of those Keurig things, but thanks.”

Diane smiled at that.

“But maybe…”

Christy looked up. 

“Maybe I could get one to go. Since you said it’s the best.”

He gave what almost passed for a smile, his cheeks flooding with color, and Diane’s own heart pitter-pattered. Yes, he really was adorable. And just about Christy's age…

“Okay,” Christy said. “Let me get that.”

“Um, can we go ahead and run these through first? I don’t want to charge the coffee on this card.”

Christy stopped and nodded. “Oh, yeah, sure. That makes sense.”


The young man watched Christy’s hands gracefully run the card, but when she looked up to hand him his receipt, he quickly looked away and took it with a nervous but polite motion. 

“Cream or sugar in your coffee?”

“No, thanks.”

When Christy stepped away to make his coffee, his eyes followed her every movement, from picking up his to-go cup, to filling the cup from the spout, to carefully sealing the lid. Only, Diane realized, his eyes weren’t on her hands but on the hair that streamed down from her ponytail and the bit of her face that he could see when she turned to reach for the lid. As she turned around, he blushed again and looked directly at the cup she was carrying rather than her face.

It was a beautiful dance they orchestrated as Christy made the coffee, glided to the register, and finished the sale while his eyes followed her back and forth behind the counter as though mesmerized by the sway of a honeybee in flight. She was completely unaware of the effect she had on him, and Diane smiled at his attempt to keep it that way.


About the Author


Amy Schisler is a novelist, poet, children’s book author, spiritual writer, blogger, reader, and avid traveler with years of professional experience in all manner of writing-related endeavors. Whether she’s writing novels filled with faith and inspiration, books that children will love, or her weekly blog devoted to family life and faith, she loves connecting and resonating with her readers. Amy’s first novel, A Place to Call Home, a romantic suspense, debuted in 2014, and her much-loved Chincoteague Island Trilogy has won numerous literary awards. Amy lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her husband, Ken, their daughters, Katie and Morgan (and sometimes their daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Anthony), and their dogs, Rosie and Luna. When she’s not writing, Amy can usually be found on a boat in the Chesapeake Bay or hiking in the Rocky Mountains, most often with a good book in her hand.

Her latest book is Seeking Tranquility: Chincoteague Sunsets Trilogy Book 1.

You can visit her website at  and connect with her at TwitterFacebookGoodreads and Instagram

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