Book Spotlight/Guest Post/Giveaway: The Beach by: Jaye Frances

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Publish Date: August 14, 2012

Order From:  Amazon

Guest Post: Thank you, Star, for hosting me today on Bibliophilic Book Blog with my new sci-fi fantasy release, The Beach, a duella including the suspense thriller Short Time.

We all have one. For some of us, it’s a memory. For others, it’s a particular destination. And for a lucky few, it’s that special person—someone who is always there for us, providing an anchor from the problems and difficulties of life.  Regardless of its form, a private refuge provides us with peace, respite, and rejuvenation in a way that nothing else can.

But what happens when our personal sanctuary is somehow threatened? How far would we go to prevent anything or anyone from destroying the very source of our serenity—and maybe our sanity?

In the following excerpt, the main character, Alan, is walking the shoreline of the beach, enjoying the last few remaining days of solitude before the crowds arrive. Although he tries to keep from thinking about the inevitable intrusion, his mind wanders to memories of past seasons, and the thoughtless acts that left his cherished sanctuary distressed and damaged. Hoping to clear his head, he begins walking toward his favorite vantage point—a rocky projection at the far end of the sand.

Here’s an excerpt:

The breeze was too warm for a sweater and the water too cold for swimming.

Useless weather, he thought. Good for nothing.

The mild transition between spring and summer didn’t appeal to Alan. He was already missing the winter seas and the raw, wet air that hurt your lungs if you drew it in too fast. In spite of his disfavor with the calendar, he still had the beach and today it was just the way he liked it—empty, not another soul for as far as he could see. The beach was his church, and he worshiped best alone.

He walked at a slower gait than usual, taking it all in, knowing that within a few weeks the crowds would return, littering the sand with their ice cream wrappers and cigarette butts, and contaminating the clean, salty air with the ear-stench from a hundred black and silver boom-boxes bought on sale from the local drug and notions.

Several summers ago he had tried to teach them, to show them how their seasonal invasion—their thoughtlessness and stupidity—was damaging the beach and the wildlife that lived there. They had responded with blank expressions and glassy-eyed indifference, some arrogantly turning up their radios to drown him out, to push him out of earshot.

As bad as the tourist-filled days were—so bad he never ventured outside in the afternoon—the evenings were far worse. That’s when he found his precious beach wounded and bleeding, the sand punctured with empty beer cans and still-glowing cigar stubs. Even more vulnerable, the higher dunes were frequently left suffocating in tons of grease paper, used Kleenex, and the occasional disposable diaper—damning evidence that raging human scum had f*cked his beach.

One night, after trying to diffuse his anger with a fifth of Johnnie Walker Red, he had admitted the truth—if only to himself: He would kill them if he could. Club them with the very same shovel he used to pile up their wretched trash, and then let the birds pick their bones.

He pushed the thought from his mind. They would be here soon enough. Right now, he had the beach to himself, and he would savor the solitude for a couple more days, maybe a week, depending on this useless weather.

Alan was taking his usual late afternoon walk along the shoreline. As he inhaled the salt-laden mist and felt the tightly-packed sand crunch under his feet, he easily imagined the light breeze at his back gently urging him toward a large outcropping of exposed granite at the south end of the strand.

As he covered the final hundred yards separating him from the rocky projection, he slowed his pace. No matter how many times he saw it, he couldn’t help but appreciate the enduring strength of the weather-worn monolith. Dark and craggy, it was an unremarkable monument. But for Alan, its stubborn and defiant stand against the elements gave it character and personality, and he always approached it with a kind of pantheistic reverence.

Brief Synopsis:

Alan loves the beach. More than a weekend respite, it is his home, his refuge, his sanctuary. And for most of the year, he strolls the sand in blissful solitude, letting nature—and no one else—touch him. But spring has given way to summer, and soon, the annual invasion of vacationers and tourists will subdivide the beach with blankets, umbrellas, and chairs, depriving Alan of his privacy and seclusion—the fundamental touchstones of his life.

Resigned to endure another seasonal onslaught of beach-goers, Alan believes there is nothing he can do but prepare for the worst.

But fate has other plans.

Delivered to him on the crest of a rogue wave, the strange object appears to have no purpose, no practical use—until Alan accidentally discovers what waits inside. Now he must attempt to unravel an ageless mystery, unaware that the final outcome will change his life, and the beach, forever.

In the companion novella Short Time, you’ll meet a respectable but bored middle-class executive, who exchanges his future for six months of excess and extravagance, only to find out the price he must pay for his hedonistic indulgence is beyond anything he could have imagined.

Author Bio:  Jaye Frances is the author of The Kure, a paranormal-occult romance novel, The Possibilities of Amy, a coming-of-age romance novella, The Cruise-All That Glitters, a humorous adult satire about love on the high seas, and The Beach, a sci-fi fantasy about a man who is given the opportunity to receive his ultimate wish and lives to regret it. She is also a featured columnist for the NUSA SUN magazine. Born in the Midwest, Jaye readily admits that her life’s destination has been the result of an open mind and a curiosity about all things irreverent. When she’s not consumed by her writing, Jaye enjoys cooking, traveling to all places tropical and “beachy” and taking pictures—lots of pictures—many of which find their way to her website. Jaye lives on the central gulf coast of Florida, sharing her home with one husband, six computers, four cameras, and several hundred pairs of shoes. For more information, visit Jaye’s website at, or Jaye’s Blog at

The Beach  is available now in kindle eBook on Amazon
 at a special Introductory Release Price of $0.99
until September 15, 2012

**Giveaway Information: There is one (1) KINDLE copy of The Beach available for giveaway! To enter: please leave a comment with your email address. The winner will be chosen at random once the giveaway ends September 21, 2012.  You can earn additional entries by doing any or all of the following: twitter about the giveaway, like the author's Facebook page, become a new subscriber to the author's blog, like the book and author page on Amazon, or add the book to your Goodreads to-read list. Thanks and good luck!

Books by this Author: The KURE, The Possibilities of Amy, The Cruise - All That Glitters


  1. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest.

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  3. Thank you for stopping by and good luck!

  4. A new author for me I look forward to finding how your beach compares to mine.

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  5. Great giveaway - this sounds like a very interesting book. I have also "Liked" the author's fan page on Facebook.
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    Thanks! And thanks to Jaye for letting me know about this.

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