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.
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Thank you, Laurie, for featuring me today on Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews with my new sci-fi supernatural tale The Beach, a twin novella including the suspense thriller Short Time.
How many times have we heard an obliging parent tell a frustrated child, “you’re too young to understand” or “someday you’ll know what it means to . . .”? I suppose it was their way of explaining away the uncomfortable, awkward questions of youth, often done to protect a child’s innocence.
And while their intentions may have been in the right place, I’ve often wondered if those moments of inquiry, when the mind is most receptive, are times to be seized, to influence with wisdom as well as knowledge. To paraphrase Wayne Dyer, when the student is ready, the teacher will appear—even though the lesson to be learned is a hard one.
In the following excerpt from The Beach, the main character, Alan, is engaged in conversation with Efil, an unusual stranger who has offered Alan the opportunity to wield incredible power over life and death. As Alan evaluates the possibilities, his single-minded analysis focuses only on one selfish concern—the cost.
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 looking for love at sea, 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. Her next book, scheduled for a November release, is titled Love Travels Forever, a collection of poignant short stories and essays. 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 , sharing her home with one husband, six computers, four cameras, and several hundred pairs of shoes. For more information, visit Jaye’s website at www.jayefrances.com, or Jaye’s Blog at http://blog.jayefrances.com Florida
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