Character Spotlight: Gayle Roper’s Nan & Rog with a giveaway

Seaside GiftsMeet a shop owner and a police officer in

Gayle Roper’s

contemporary romance

Seaside Gifts

Redbud Press


The Story

From award-winning author Gayle Roper comes a new contemporary romance in the beloved town of Seaside…

Nan Patterson has finally found her niche: operating a boardwalk gift shop in the quaint beachfront town of Seaside. Everything is perfect–until valuable items start just…showing up. At worst, they’ve been stolen and abandoned in her shop. At best, someone doesn’t realize they’ve lost them. Either way, Nan knows she’s out of her depth. Time to call in the local police.

Officer Rog Eastman has bigger worries than a bunch of misplaced treasures—but it is his job to help local shop owners. The fact that she’s adorable doesn’t even come into the equation. Especially since he’s sworn off women for the foreseeable future.

But there’s an imp at work in the background. Someone who knows exactly what these two people need: each other!

Introducing Nan & Rog

Brief physical description

Nan has long dark hair and big brown eyes. She’s finding her hair a challenge in the humid air of Seaside. She’s just over five feet and slim. No one takes her for the owner of Present Perfect. She’s in her late twenties.AbbieGR

Rog is tall, brown hair and eyes. In his uniform he looks very authoritative. In his regular clothes, Nan thinks his descriptor is adorable. He’s thirty.


Nan resembles my granddaughter Abbie.

Rog looks like a young version of my husband (most of my heroes do).

Strengths and weaknesses

Nan has always been the cooperative daughter, agreeing with her parents’ wishes because she saw no reason to disagree.  Leaving her job in publishing to run a boardwalk gift shop is her great rebellion. She loves her new job and longs for her parents’ blessing. Rog’s support in the mini-war with her mother seals Rog’ place in Nan’s heart.

Rog chose to become a cop after graduating from law school, and he does not regret his decision even though it cost him his fiancée. He is strong in character, takes his ex’s younger brother under his wing, and falls hard and fast for Nan in spite of his determination to remain single.

Your inspiration for the character

I think Nan is a lot like me, a strong woman who is generally cooperative. When she chooses to rebel, she chooses a cause worth the stress. Present Perfect is the perfect reason to stand up to her parents and prove to herself that she can find grace and peace in abundance (I Peter 1:3) as she trusts the Lord.

Rog appeared in Shadows on the Sand, the fifth of the Seaside books. I liked him then and thought he deserved his own story. Rog is a strong Christian and lives his faith on the job. His partner, Maureen Trevelyan, appeared in Winter Winds.

Background to the story 

My fictitious town of Seaside is based on the real town of Ocean City, New Jersey, a town I have been visiting since I was a child. My grandparents had a summer boarding house there, my parents met there in the 30’s and I met my husband there a generation later. I love the town and all that goes with it. The boardwalk was and is part and parcel of a trip to Ocean City. Setting a book in a boardwalk shop at the edge of the beach mere yards from the ocean seemed inevitable.

Thank you Gayle!

Gayle RoperGayle Roper has been in love with story for as long as she can remember whether reading one or writing one. She began her writing career when she wanted to be a SAHM for her two sons. She sold her first short story to a teen magazine for $10. The road to fame and glory awaited. Since then she’s written some 50 books both fiction and non-fiction, adult and children’s. All have been written from a strong Christian world view. She considers herself a novelist and teacher of writing.

A three-time Christy Award finalist, Gayle has also won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award twice, the Carol Award, the RITA Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and 3 Holt Medallions.

Relz Reviewz Extras
Reviews of Shadows on the SandFatal Deduction, Allah’s Fire and See No Evil
Interview with Gayle
Visit Gayle’s website
Buy from Amazon: Seaside Gifts or Koorong

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12 Responses to Character Spotlight: Gayle Roper’s Nan & Rog with a giveaway

  1. Hearing the water as it laps onto the beach. So soothing!!

  2. If there aren’t a lot of people around I love the seagulls sounds, the water hitting the dock or shore, the smells, and the emotional uplift to the soul and mind by just being in that atmosphere.

  3. The beauty of the sky reflected in the water is always such a pleasing sight! Thank you for this wonderful review and giveaway

  4. Watching the ocean, it’s different all the time! I live on the Oregon coast & I never tire of seeing it. I especially love watching it when our winter storms approach, seeing the power of the sea & the rolling high waves….so invigorating! :-) And the smell of the salt air is like heaven to me. That may sound odd to some people, but it says home to me.

  5. At a beach near us on the Puget Sound, we like to plan on getting there as the tide goes out and follow it. We bring our dog, lawn chairs and various water play paraphernalia for the kids. Later as the tide starts coming in, we retreat with it.

    I have to say, I am really enjoying the new publishing co., Redbud Press. They are publishing some great books with amazing authors.

  6. I love walking by the water and exploring the tide pools.

  7. Being near the water makes me feel so peaceful!

  8. By the sea is my favorite place to spend a vacation. Spent part of our honeymoon by the ocean–in December–so it brings back good memories. The sound of the waves and feel of warm sand on my feet are very soothing. Thanks for doing a giveaway–love Gayle Roper’s books!

  9. If I’m at the seaside that means I’m on vacation since I don’t live seaside. When I am seaside I love to hear the waves lapping as I drift off to sleep . It’s so soothing and relaxing. I love to feel the ocean mist on my face and you really can’t beat the smell !

  10. Everything! The sand. The ocean. The peaceful feeling I get when sitting on the shore.

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