Liz Flaherty,  Writer's moments

Let’s Head to Last Chance Beach

Come to Last Chance Beach…

“Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.” – Sarah Kay


My writing bestie, Liz Flaherty is part of a fun summer anthology that releases on August 4 and I got to read her short story in advance. If all the others are as great as Something New, then I’m all in! Welcome to the blog, Liz. Please tell us all about Last Chance Beach and your story, Something New

Although I left my “beach body” behind me many years and pounds and saggy inches a long time ago, my heart is still there. I still spend a week on a blanket on Pensacola or Topsail soaking up unhealthy rays and drinking coffee all day long and then finishing up with seafood somewhere like Peg Leg Pete’s and a couple of bushwhackers at Flounders.

Nan prefers the beaches of Lake Michigan, and I like them, too. We have so much fun chasing lighthouses and wineries when we spend time on Michigan’s West Coast.

But this strange summer of 2020, all my sand-and-surf time has been spent at the computer working, at the Kindle reading, or at the sewing machine making masks. What a time it’s been—a refresher course on gratitude, on caring for others, and on how much I like being with the guy I’ve been sharing beaches with for nearly 50 years.

It’s been, in a word, bittersweet. But having the opportunity to write Something New, one of the short stories in LAST CHANCE BEACH: Summer’s End, has been refreshing and fun—like a bushwhacker on steroids. Working with the other writers who are sharing the beach with me has been so much fun. (Admittedly, I’ve missed the salt, sand, and sun, but I have had the endless cup of coffee.)

In Something New, some of my favorite things in the world have come together to help tell Hass and Zeke’s story. A library, high school football, and a cat named Susie all play parts in showing the best friends that the only way to find something new is to re-visit something old.


Throw a log on the beach bonfire tonight and celebrate LAST CHANCE BEACH: Summer’s End, a special romance collection of 14 all-new short stories from bestselling and award-winning authors. These summer stories—created especially for this collection—will thrill the hopeful romantic in you. Some are sweet: some are sizzling! Some are humorous; some are serious. All the stories will make you sigh!

Hot August Night by Joan Reeves, NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

When they met, it was hate at first sight. Now they’re stuck in the same overbooked beach cottage and horrified to discover they have the hots for each other!

Something New by Liz Flaherty, USA Today Bestselling Author

Their lives are planned out…until they’re not! Are they in love or just stuck in a habit?

I Do…Again by Nancy Fraser, Top 100 Bestselling Author

At a high school reunion; old flames meet again. Can they re-ignite what they once had and take a last chance on love?

The Man in Gull Cottage by Caroline Clemmons, Top 100 Bestselling Author

She faces a hard decision; he encourages her to choose with her heart. Will the solution drive them apart or into one another’s arms?

That One Summer by Maddie James, Top 100 Bestselling Author

It’s the typical annual week on the beach with the girls—until her summer fling from 20 years back shows up. He’s the one who got away. She’s the one who couldn’t commit.

Romancing the Spouse by Jan Scarbrough, National Bestselling Author

The kids are grown; her husband has an important career, and she wonders if she still loves him, and if he loves her. Can she turn back the clock to save her marriage?

Blue Sky Summer by Kathleen Lawless, National Bestselling Author

Of all the beaches on the coast, who shows up on her beach? Him! A former competitive surfer runs into her former love, and revisits all the reasons things didn’t work out for them before.

Hangover Husband by Bonnie Edwards, National Bestselling Author

She wants divorce—he doesn’t. What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas!

One More Shot by Marcia King-Gamble, National Bestselling Author

She’s hiding from the paparazzi. He’s the guy next door, an amateur photographer. Will he accept tabloid money for pictures of her? Or will he choose love over jumpstarting his career?

Secondhand Hearts by Kathryn Hills, Award Winning Author

Kat must convince her Gran to move to the mainland, but Gran—and hunky neighbor Ben—want Kat to take over the B&B and antique shop. What will it take for Kat to stay? Some of Gran’s special island magic?

Paradise Perfume by Connie Vines, Award Winning Author

She returns to Last Chance Beach to begin a new life. He’s a single dad on vacation with his pre-teen daughter. He’s worried  his daughter may become too attached to her, but maybe he’s the one whose heart is at risk.

Dreams of the Past by Laura Hunsaker, Award Winning Author

Can dreams of the future erase her nightmares of the past? She’s looking for a fresh start, but he’s rented the same beach cottage. One bed, two people? Whatever will they do?

Beach Kisses & Sunset Wishes by Nora LeDuc

He’s handsome and in town for only 2 weeks. She wants someone interested in a fling. He wants someone interested in a ring.

Can’t Buy Me Love by Hannah Rowan

She won the big lottery, but doesn’t want anyone to know. He’s a fixer-upper specialist who’s also keeping a secret.


Retired from the post office and married to Duane for…a really long time, USA Today bestselling author Liz Flaherty has had a heart-shaped adult life, populated with kids and grands and wonderful friends. She admits she can be boring, but hopes her curiosity about everyone and everything around her keeps her from it. She likes traveling and quilting and reading. And she loves writing.

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