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Summer Thunder by @ABGibson1
by A.B. Gibson
A Modern-Day Fairytale That Will Have Readers Swooning
Lily is headstrong, independent, and stuck in a loop of bad luck. She makes fairy figurines that customers buy to bring them good luck, but her merchandise doesn’t seem to do the same for her. Maybe it’s because she doesn’t believe in them.
Theos is handsome and charismatic, a kite-surfing superstar who travels the world. So why is he drawn to Lily and the store on a California beach she struggles to keep afloat? And could she be the one to trigger the awakening of his unusual destiny?
Myers Beach was small compared to other beaches along the California coast. A natural rock jetty crossed the sand and jutted out into the sea marking the southern end. Even during mild wind, waves crashed and pounded the rocks, and each year people injured themselves climbing the slippery sur‐ face, despite the posted warnings. Less threatening was the picturesque working lighthouse that marked the beach’s northern boundary. Families favored the site for bonfires and cookouts, while singles preferred the cluster of surrounding dunes that provided cover for late night trysts. Thanks to a fortunate marine phenomenon that kept that small section of the Pacific Ocean spotless, 8 A. B. GIBSON the sand was exquisite and the water ideal for beach sports. Generous gusty summer winds attracted serious kite and wind surfers, guaranteeing the popularity of beach bars and other businesses that lined the Boardwalk. The townspeople knew the value of their natural assets and fought fiercely to preserve its beauty. Afraid the smallest parcel could end up in the hands of a developer, they long ago resolved only to sell their property to other residents. The unspoken pact wasn’t legal, but no one had ever broken it. The town was smart to understand that a brisk local economy required the right mix of businesses, and that concept was the motivation to build the Boardwalk, an eight-block strip of small shops, bars, and restaurants interspersed with weathered guest houses and hotels. To minimize store turnover, the town insisted property owners offer shopkeepers cheap rents and reward tenants who consistently paid on time with renewed leases.
About the Author
Following an exciting life-long career in advertising, Alan Gibson co-founded a video chat technology startup that now often competes for time with his novel writing.
For many years hikers from the Appalachian Trail worked odd jobs at an apple orchard he and his partner owned in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and that farm continues to be a source of inspiration. Gibson also is an Executive Producer of The Book of Leah, a feature length film to be released in the fall of 2018. He is also the Producer of “The Seeding,” a feature film based on his book, The Dead of Winter, currently in development and to be released in 2019.