If there is anything I’ve learned as an author, it’s this: if you write with the sole intent of selling books, chances are you won’t achieve your desired level of success. Rather, a book should be written from the heart so that the reader will invest their time in its story.
I believe that readers will find my novella Dusk and Summer a unique experience. I lost my father to pancreatic cancer on June 28, 2007, and in the months that followed, I honored his life the only way I knew how – I wrote for him. My father loved the ocean and had once been an avid scuba diver, exploring many shipwrecks along the bottom of the New Jersey shoreline. I took this element of his life and crafted it into a fantasy tale. In the process, I realized I had done much more. The pages before me spoke of the incredible pain over losing a loved one, the anguish of one’s inability to alter fate. But they also spoke of something far greater; hope, and the realization that sometimes a goodbye is not as final as it may seem.
Dusk and Summer shares the tale of a dying father who whispers a cryptic message to his son: “Must find me…she…come back from Tolten.” A race against time immediately commences. How does the Tolten, a freighter sunk off the New Jersey coast by German torpedoes in 1942, factor into the realization of the father’s wish? Who, exactly, claims the identity of the mysterious she?
I’m extremely proud that my story has allowed me to keep an eternal connection with my father even as I’ve managed to help others deal with the grief of losing a loved one. It’s a role I never would’ve expected, but one I now relish.
Continuing to honor my father, I’ll be donating a portion of all proceeds from my book to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. I hope that through Dusk and Summer, as well my own awareness campaign, I can play a small part in finding a cure for this horrible disease.
Does Heaven await beneath the waves? One man needs to know.
When his dying father whispers a cryptic message to him, he has no choice but to summon his courage and begin the quest of a lifetime. It’s a race against time to realize his father’s wish and fulfill his own destiny; it’s a discovery of the unbreakable bond between father and son. It’s a journey of the heart that unfolds where only the Chosen exist – in the moments between Dusk and Summer.
“A poignant, metaphoric conversation between son and father. A story that will warm your heart.” –Yvonne S. Thornton, M.D., bestselling author of The Ditchdigger’s Daughters
The author will be donating a portion of the proceeds from this book to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
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