I admit it. I have a weird obsession with sheep and I'm not entirely sure where it came from. 

   There is a long-standing tradition in Maine of summering sheep on islands. Think of it. It's a self-contained environment and, provided that you have picked the right island, the sheep spend their days grazing on high fields and bushes and living their best life. 

   Little Nash Island off the coast of Maine is well known for this. Little Nash is part of a grouping of islands including Big Nash and Flat Island. Little Nash was home to the Nash Island Lighthouse, an automated light that is controlled by the US Coast Guard in 1947. Not long after that, the US Coast Guard burned the old Keeper's cottage burned down due to deterioration, leaving only the tower. In 1982 it was replaced by an offshore lighted buoy.  

Photography courtesy US Coast Guard

   If you have read my last book ONLY YOU (published under the pseudonym Teagan Oliver) I touch briefly on the task of getting sheep to the islands off the coast. Most times it is up to the farmer to load his sheep up in a boat and tow them out. In ONLY YOU I chose for them to bring them out by the local ferry that services the islands. But as always, things do not always go smoothly. 

   I felt a bit bad for putting Nate in that position, but I just couldn't keep it out of the story. When my son was little I had a poster in his nursery of a boat towing a skiff filled with sheep out to an island for summer. The poster is long gone, but I still think of it. 

Will more sheep pop up in my upcoming stories? Well, I have it on good authority that the idea is out there. I love the Windsweeper Cove stories and I really want to introduce you all to more of the people who live there. 

In the meantime, if you would like to read ONLY YOU it is available from AMAZON either in ebook or print. I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did writing it! 



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