Blog Tour: The South Winds by Allison Mullinax
The South Winds
by Allison Mullinax
Fiery Seas Everlasting
August 7, 2018
Cassie Ray, manager of her family’s successful oyster house, has never asked for much out of life. The sun, surf, and sand are her companions. The regulars and tourists that flock to The Slippery Oyster are her livelihood. But when the Atlantic kicks up a hurricane, sending waves of black water threatening the coast, Cassie quickly learns that the south winds have blown in a lot more than debris and saltwater.
Dean Alexander left Turquoise Isle eight years ago and never looked back. With his sister’s wedding approaching, and a hurricane churning in the Gulf, Dean returns home, where he’s welcomed with a riptide of memories determined to pull him under.
Will Cassie and Dean make it through the crashing waves of the past? Will they get a second chance before it's too late or will the storm ahead be too much for them to handle?
20 Questions with: Allison Mullinax
1. What do you love most about writing?
I love the escape of writing, of creating a world and characters that my readers can lose themselves in. Honestly, it’s just fun.
2. What is your favorite movie?
Practical Magic. Sister witches with a love story? Gimme!
3. What’s one thing you’ve always wished for?
Since becoming a parent, I’ve wished for all my girls to be happy and healthy. As for just myself, my wish/dream is to reach as many readers as possible with my stories and hope they like them.
4. What mythical creature do you wish actually existed?
Dragons…because, Game of Thrones.
5. What is one place you’ve always wanted to go to?
Italy. I love the idea of walking around sipping wine, eating bread all day, and exploring.
6. If you could go back in time, what year would you go back to?
Either to the Sumerian civilization or Ancient Egypt. I’m fascinated by the unanswered questions the two left behind.
7. What’s your favorite thing to do during the summer?
Every summer my entire family takes a beach trip together. I literally look forward to it all year.
8. What one thing do you really want but can’t afford?
Traveling! Really, it’s the time that I can’t afford, but I would love to explore more of the world.
9. What job would you absolutely be terrible at?
There is absolutely no way I could be a school teacher with the amount of patience it must take. Every time I go into one of my daughter’s classrooms, I leave in awe of the teacher. Seriously, teachers don’t get paid enough. You people are saints.
10. What are you absolutely determined to do?
Make a living writing books.
11. Would you rather live for a week in the past or the future?
Oh goodness, this is a hard question. I feel like there is so much we don’t know about our universe, and I don’t think I could pass up the opportunity to be around when some of those questions are answered. So, one week in the future.
12. What weird food combinations do you really enjoy?
As a kid, I liked to dip my potato chips in milk. As an adult…I like to dip my potato chips in milk when no one is looking.
13. Does fate exist? If so, do we have free will?
I believe there are gentle nudges from the universe. I do not think, as humans, we are powerful enough to disrupt fate entirely. I do, however, think we are stubborn enough to make it as difficult as possible.
14. Could you survive in the wilderness for a month?
Hell no, and if by some miracle I did, then bless the poor person who found me and had to listen to me whine and complain.
15. What’s the funniest word in the English language?
Pumpernickel, squirt, doodle
16. What is your biggest pet peeve?
CLOSE YOUR MOUTH WHEN YOU CHEW!
17. If you were challenged to a duel, what weapons would you choose?
18. If someone narrated your life, who would you want to narrate it?
Ellen! She makes everything funny.
19. What song is stuck in your head today?
Youngblood by Five Seconds of Summer. I’d like to pretend it’s my pre-teen daughter’s fault, but it isn’t.
20. If you could change your name, what would you choose?
I adore old-timey, elegant girl names, or unique unheard of names, but I think I’ll stick with Allison.
About the Author:
North Alabama native, Allison Mullinax, grew up in the small lake town of Guntersville, AL. She discovered the escapism and addiction of writing at an early age. Today she remains a lover of reading, all things outdoors, and spending time with her husband and three daughters.