Sunday, 23 March 2014

The Beach

The Beach by Jaye Frances

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.


Amazon link for The Beach:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008X76CD6

Guest Post

Daydreams, fantasies, and wishful thinking. We’re all guilty of occasionally imagining how much better our lives—our world—would be if we had an unlimited supply of money or the popularity of a famous celebrity.

In the process of gathering research prior to writing The Beach, I was told by a psychologist that it’s a natural desire to want what we don’t have. Maybe it’s just the way we’re wired or a fluke of genetic happenstance, but either way, magically manifesting a new destiny is a common fantasy.

Ever wonder which of life’s treasures is most coveted by those who admit to being tempted by the whimsy of make-believe? It’s life itself—immortality. I suppose it makes sense—there’s little point in acquiring fame and fortune without having the time to enjoy it. But in truth, all the wishing in the world isn’t going to substantially lengthen our personal timeline. And in the case of Alan, the main character in The Beach, it has just the opposite effect.

In the following excerpt, Alan has just met an unusual stranger named Efil. Reluctantly convincing himself that Efil has the ability to fulfill his innermost desire, Alan overcomes his suspicion and attempts to negotiate the deal of a lifetime.

Excerpt

“I want to control this stretch of shoreline,” Alan announced. “Keep others off. And I want them to know it’s mewho’s doing it.”
“Shall I place a high fence around it?”
“No, I want it open and inviting. I want them to smell the salt air and see how beautiful the water is, and then right before they can set foot on the sand, I want them stopped.”
“How?” Efil asked. “How do you want them stopped?”
“I’ll leave that up to you. You figure it out.”
Efil shook his head. “Sorry, it’s all about the specifics. Perhaps if we explore the different options and their consequences, you would be in a better position to—”
“You’re making this complicated,” Alan interrupted. “What if I make that part of my wish—for you to take care of the details after I give you the big picture?”
“If only I could accommodate you.” Efil turned surprisingly serious. “But for a negotiation of this complexity, you’ll have to provide me with precise instructions and the order of occurrence. Otherwise these things can, how do you say, blow up in your face.”
“But you said you would help me work through the process.” Alan’s protest was charged with suspicion.
Efil shot Alan a reassuring wink. “Indeed I did. And if it’s help you want, then it is help you shall receive.” He paused, as if gathering his thoughts. “Let’s examine your objective in its component parts. You want to keep others off the beach. Yes, yes, a good start.” Efil’s eyes rolled up until his pupils completely disappeared. Seconds later, they dropped back to their usual position. “Perhaps I could do away with it, eliminate it entirely, so no one could use it.”
“No, you don’t understand.” Alan was becoming frustrated, not only with the increasing difficulty of trying to explain what he wanted, but also with Efil’s nonchalant and seemingly procedural way of evaluating his request. “If you eliminate it then I can’t use it.” Alan tempered his voice, extending his patience to uncommon extremes. “I still want the beach for myself. I just want to keep everyone else off.”
“I see.” Efil squinted, shooting a spray of electric glitter from the outside corners of his eyes. “You want to make it private. Exclusively for you.”
“Yes! Now you’ve got it.” Alan took a deep breath.
“Efil brought a hand to his chin, momentarily suspending his smile. “Hmmmm. Ownership is tricky. Lots of paperwork. Lots of records to change.”
“So you’re telling me you can’t do it?”
“Didn’t say that. I was merely reviewing the procedure, to make you aware of what’s involved.”
“I don’t care what’s involved. If I owned the beach I could prevent others from using it, right?”
“You certainly could.”
“And they would know it’s me who’s keeping them away?”
“If that is what you desire. Perhaps you would like a large sign with your picture on it, so all would see who was—”
“A picture! I like that. A big sign with my picture on it.” Alan easily visualized a fifty-foot-tall lighted billboard withNO TRESSPASSING in big red letters across the top. And underneath his photograph, By Order Of The Owner.

Review

Rating: 3/5

I tend to love unlikable characters and Alan is the one I can somehow relate. Wanting some peace in a piece of heaven - a beautiful beach where no one can disturb you - is a very tempting prospect. But wishes are a tricky business. You need to spell it out and even then they can go grievously wrong.

The book is very vivid and the author beautiful projects the details to make us not only see but also feel what Alan was feeling. The fact that a female author accurately presented a male's point of view is commendable. The end is definitely creepy and gave me goosebumps but what I loved the most was once the story was finished the Jaye Frances discusses the references and the meaning of the story. It's a mesmerizing wackadoodle story.

XOXO
Arushi Raj

About the Author: 

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, The Beach, a sci-fi supernatural tale about a man who is given the opportunity to receive his ultimate wish, and Love Travels Forever, a collection of poignant short stories and essays. 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.





Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/www.jayefrances.com

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