A Day In The Life With Samantha Reynolds by Beth Prentice

deadly-wipeout“My name is Samantha Reynolds. Samantha Jane Reynolds,” I explained to the bored looking lady in front of me. “I’ve just flown into Aloha Lagoon from Sydney, Australia. Well, not directly from Sydney. It was supposed to be direct but I think the travel agent who booked my flight made a mistake. I wasn’t supposed to go to Seoul, just Sydney to Honolulu and then onto Aloha Lagoon. My luggage was tagged to come all the way through so that I didn’t need to worry about it, so I hadn’t. Until now, that is.” I stopped babbling and rubbed my eyes. It had been a long flight. I left Sydney at 10.30am yesterday morning. It was now exactly 11.15 am Hawaiian time and I’d been travelling or sitting in airports for 29 and a half hours.

I handed the lady my flight details. I’m sure it was just a small misunderstanding. Someone must have picked up my suitcase by mistake. I mean, why else couldn’t I find it on the conveyor belt? Maybe I was just too tired and didn’t see it and it was still going around and around all on its lonesome.

I caught my refection in a nearby window. My brown eyes were blood shot, my blond hair was frizzing, my clothes were crinkled, and I was hot. They really needed to turn up the air conditioning.

The bored looking woman slowly tapped her chubby fingers on her keyboard. I’d been warned that Aloha Lagoon worked on island time, so I took a deep breath and looked around me.

The airport was lovely, but what I could see of the outside, the scenery was breathtaking. The ocean was aqua blue and sparkling in the sun, and the gardens were green and lush. I took another deep calming breath as fatigue settled itself into my bones.

The bored lady looked up from her screen. “You may have made that journey, but your luggage didn’t.”

I stared at her, opened mouthed. “But. . .what. . .what do you mean?”

“Your luggage,” she repeated, even slower. “It’s not here. It was never put on your plane.”

“How? How does that happen?” I asked, my voice getting higher by the second. I thought of the contents of that suitcase and how pretty much all of my life’s possessions were in it. When I’d made the decision to leave Sydney it had been a permanent one.

“Well,” the lady said scratching her neck and looking back at the screen, “I guess someone put it on the wrong plane.” Her attitude was pretty casual and I wondered if she’d be this relaxed if it was her luggage that had been lost. “Don’t worry, I’ve emailed a request so it’ll be sent here on the next flight. Maybe. It could be the flight after that one. It really all depends on the load that they have onboard at the time.”

My heart missed a beat.

“Where exactly is it at the moment?”

“Right at this moment?”

I nodded.

“Helsinki.”

“How did it get to Helsinki?” I asked, incredulous.

“Well, it went to Singapore, then to London and then to Helsinki.”

Geez, my luggage was better travelled than I was.

She shrugged, her dark brown bob bouncing off her shoulders as she moved.

“These things happen,” she said.

“They will send it won’t they?”

She nodded. “Sure.”

Okay that didn’t sound as reassuring as I’d hoped, but I’d take what I could get.

“In the meantime,” she continued, “I’d suggest you visit Coconut Closet Convenience Co-op. It’s in the main street. They’re having a two for one sale on underwear.”

I took a slow calming breath and stepped away from the counter, feeling slightly shell shocked and numb. My mum had told me to pack a spare set of underwear in my handbag, but did I listen? No. I was too embarrassed that the people x-raying my carry-on luggage would see them. And what would have happened if they’d made me pull everything out of it? I’d seen too many airport security shows to take that risk.

Now I really wished I’d done as I was told and listened to my mother. Just wait until I told her that I needed to stop at the shop before going home. I’d never hear the end of it.

The upside of losing my luggage was I didn’t need to declare anything as I made my way through Customs, and stepped out of the airport into the hot Hawaiian sun, my soul relaxing as the salt air filled my lungs.

Mum was standing on the sidewalk waving frantically. Smiling, I fell into her arms and held on tight. I’d never been to Kauai before today, but I felt like I was home.

I guess if losing my luggage was the worst thing that was going to happen in Aloha Lagoon, I couldn’t really complain.


Deadly Wipeout is the third book in the Aloha Lagoon mystery series, published by Gemma Halliday Publishing, September 2016.

From bestselling cozy mystery author Beth Prentice comes an Aloha Lagoon mystery that will leave you gasping for more. . .

Samantha Reynolds had hoped that moving to the resort town of Aloha Lagoon would be the start of an exciting new life. Sure it may not be everything she had hoped for—she’s living with her mom, has no job, no income, and absolutely no idea what to do next. But it’s a start! Out of options, Samantha decides to take a job she’s just a little under-qualified for—a children’s surfing instructor at the Aloha Lagoon Resort. She can surf. . .she just doesn’t know how to teach surfing. But that soon becomes the least of her worries.

Throw in two dead bodies, two unexpected inheritances, and one hot bartender, and the heat in Aloha Lagoon has quickly turned up! Samantha just needs to figure out why her family is involved, control a group of preadolescent kids, keep her mom and brother out of jail, and get the hot bartender to notice her. It couldn’t be that hard, could it? With the help of her new friend Alani and some of the quirky residents of Aloha Lagoon, she just may be able to pull it all off. . .and still keep everybody alive!

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About the author
Beth was born in Manchester, England, but after moving backwards and forwards across the world 13 times in 14 years she decided that at the age of 18 that Australia was to be her home. She now lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia where every day is a good one. To date, she has three self-published titles as well as two novels published by Gemma Halliday Publishing.

Her main wish is to write books you can sit back, relax with, and escape from your everyday life…and ones that you walk away from with a smile! When she’s not writing you will usually find her at the beach with a coffee in hand, pursuing her favorite pastime—people watching!

Connect with Beth at www.bethprentice.com

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a signed print copy of Deadly Wipeout. US entries only, please. The giveaway ends October 26, 2016 at 11:59 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

30 responses to “A Day In The Life With Samantha Reynolds by Beth Prentice

  1. I have not read the first two books in this series, but now I am excited to read all three 🙂

  2. I haven’t read any of these books but the series sounds very humorous along the lines of Laura Levine her books always makes me laugh.
    What a great cover, title and I look forward to reading this book and the series.

  3. I’d love to read this series which is new to me. Lost luggage is some thing all of us fear and considering that airlines now charge $25 per bag, they should be more concerned with getting the luggage to its proper destination.

  4. What a fun destination. I have read one other in this series and enjoyed it and this one sounds just as fun. Will have to put on my tbr.

  5. I’m going to look for the first and second book in the series, but I could start with this one…

  6. Lost luggage is no fun, but throw in a Hawaii and a hot bartender, and it might be survivable.

  7. The first two sentences sounded like I could be talking. I like your style and I got to find out what happens. Hope I win! Thank you for the contest!
    Roxie

  8. Barbara Hackel

    Fun series-I am enjoying the basic overlap of the main characters around the resort. Clever idea and terrific writers are making this a hit series! Kudos to all!

  9. A captivating and delightful feature and giveaway. Thanks.

  10. The airlines lost my luggage once. It was gone for months. I was on my way to visit a chum and then on to a bank auditors conference in Chicago. I was calling the airport daily to see if it showed up. About 4 or 5 days in I was a little irrational. In a rising voice I asked the poor man in charge of luggage if he was wearing his own underwear. He said yes in a perplexed way. I’m yelling by now. Well, I’m not!! And hung up.
    The plus side was at the conference with everyone else in blue and gray suits, I sort of stuck out in my borrowed jeans. Since I’m a little shy in large crowds, everyone else came up to me and asked if I was the one who had lost my luggage. It was a real ice breaker.

  11. Oh, the dreaded lost luggage!! I get a headache just thinking about it. I don’t fly very often, but when I do, I always pack extra clothes in my carry-on, especially if I’m changing planes. You know, just in case. LOL! It doesn’t hurt to be prepared. Thanks so much for the chance to win a signed print copy of Deadly Wipeout.

  12. It sounds like a winner. I like to watch surfing but can’t surf or swim.

  13. what a fun series! Would love to win a copy of the newest installment!!

  14. elainehroberson

    I like the cover and the book sounds great. Count me in.

  15. Sounds like a fun read.

  16. I wonder if Samantha ever gets her luggage!

  17. I’ve experienced lost luggage. It’s not pretty. I was “lucky” and got my bags in 3 days.

  18. This looks like a fun read. Thanks for the chance to win it!!

  19. Doward Wilson

    Looks like a laugh out loud fun mystery read.

  20. I haven’t read this series yet, but book sounds like a fascinating read. Can’t wait to read. Thanks for the chance.

  21. Sounds like a book I’d like to read.

  22. Vicki Highley

    Want an awesome sounding book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  23. Pauline Barlow

    Aloha Lagoon sound like a great place to be right now. I wonder how to get there from the cold damp mid-west.

  24. This sounds like an amazing book to escape with….i cant wait to read more!

  25. Would love to begin this series. Thanks for the giveaway. I’m looking forward to searching for the first two books. Looks like one I would really enjoy. 😀

  26. Della Williamson

    That does look like a wonderful read. Great post!! New author, new read is always so exciting and refreshing. Hope to read this sooner, rather than later

  27. I want this one for sure.

  28. Dru I think I want this one. I mean my connection to the Aloha state might be visceral but it’s there. My cousin has “Tiny Bubbles” written for his company and then got Don Ho to record it. Don didn’t want to but Micky talked him into it… That song made him. LOL

    Please toss my name into the magic hat.

  29. I love Hawaii, this sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance.
    JenniferAnne74 @ aol.com