Books, Beach and Booze!
Everyone in the beach town of Turtle Point comes to Ghostwriters, the craziest Bookbar on the Atlantic coast, where the party doesn’t end until sunrise as people read their favorite books while sipping their favorite adult beverages.
The owner, an effervescent Redhead named Sienna McCaslin, loves two things: her Bookbar and her best friend, Pulitzer Prize winning author, Jasper George, who lost his passion for writing after a personal tragedy. The only thing Jasper writes these days is his name on a bar tab since he lives life at the bottom of a bourbon bottle.
Sienna is desperate to bring him back to the living, and her prayers are answered when a young woman comes to town looking for help with her manuscript.
However, Sienna’s plan backfires when Jasper’s mentoring of the aspiring author takes him further away from her, and when the manuscript is finished, Jasper is offered a job at the top literary agency in New York.
Sienna knows her love is in vain, so she is the one who leaves Turtle Point first by selling Ghostwriters and starting a new life in wine country. Unfortunately, Jasper realizes he loves her, but is it too late to bring her home before he loses his Redheaded girl and Ghostwriters forever?
Jasper shook his head. “Why me?”
“In, The Many Days of the Heart, you wrote, ‘Capturing words from a fleeting thought coming from the cosmic tumblers of the universe is nothing short of magic. Then to arrange them in the correct order so they will live forever in the hearts and minds of the reader is the ultimate victory. After that, you’ll live forever.’”
“You have a helluva memory. I can’t even remember how I ended up here this morning.”
Piper ignored his attempt at humor. “There are some things you never forget.”
She looked off to the distance, then down to her lap, and continued. “My mom was a big fan of yours. A few years ago, she got sick, real sick, and our ritual every night was for us to read your book. After she lost her eyesight, I would read to her. I remember our last night together, she was in bed listening, then drifted off to sleep and never woke up.”
Jasper’s brown eyes grew soft. “I’m sorry, Piper.”
“It’s all right. She wasn’t hurting any longer, so it was okay. I tried to will my mother to live, but all the willpower in the world couldn’t save her. All I had were your words, and they gave her a beautiful farewell. I will always appreciate you for that.”
“She sounds like a wonderful woman.”
Piper slipped into the abyss of the past. “Yes, she was. I remember, she reached for my hand, but couldn’t see it, so I found hers. She gripped it, then told me to follow my dreams, no matter the odds or consequences, because one day I would be in a hospital bed and time will have run out on me. That’s why I came to Turtle Point.”
Jasper looked at his lap.
Piper told him, “Since we can’t change the past, all we can do is try to make the present wonderful, and the future something to look forward to.”
She paused, then added, “You’re a writer. A Nobel Prize winner. Help me find my words.”
Jasper thought about her request, then shook his head. “Yeah. Some writer. I can’t string four words together and you want my help?”
She looked at him, wondering why he would say that. “We all have a destiny to create something that will last forever. Yours is to be a writer. You already performed a miracle.”
Jasper smiled. “Oh, Pipper. Don’t romanticize me.”
“Why don’t you write any longer?”
Jasper’s eyes darted around the deck as he wrung his hands. When he didn’t answer, she asked, “I’m curious. What was the last thing you cared about?”
About the Author
Ivan Scott’s road to being a published author is sometimes as crazy as the stories he writes.
Scott has written every since he was in elementary school, and finally was able to put together three books, all romantic fiction, that look at the romance we have for each other as well as for life.
He has Dyslexia, so that is a struggle at times with his writing, but as he tells his two children, who both have Dyslexia too, “Never use your challenges as an excuse. Use them to achieve greatness.”
His first book was rejected 303 times, but he didn’t take no for an answer and decided to self-publish and has never looked back. Writing the story, formatting it, creating the cover, and doing all the marketing seemed like a daunting task, but as he says, “When you have passion and persistence, nothing is impossible.”
He lives with his beautifully saucy Redheaded wife, two troublemaking kids and a Rat Terrier named Beesley in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs.
To learn more about Ivan, please visit www.ivanscottbooks.com
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