Looking for a dreamy romance to escape into, check out Summer Thunder by A.B. Gibson!
All week, we’ll be sharing reviews, excerpts, and guest posts from the author himself. There’s also a fantastic giveaway — a $20 Amazon Gift Card and a print copy of the book!
Publication Date: October 15th, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
A Modern-Day Fairy Tale 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 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?
“Summer Thunder is one of the most anticipated romance novel debuts this year.” — Kendra Goldsborough, Four Seasons Books
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“The wind and water are perfect,” he announced. “Come out here, and I’ll help you on.”
Lily waded in, experiencing the weird first-time feeling of water against a wetsuit. A wave broke and splashed in her face. While she was wiping her eyes, a larger wave crashed on top of her, throwing her into the surf. She staggered to her feet, but a third wave pounded her under water again. “I’m done!” She pushed her matted hair from her eyes and spit out sand. “I told you I couldn’t do it.”
“Don’t be silly. It’s impossible to stay dry in this sport, even for me. Be glad you got that part over. Here, grab my arm.”
The way his hands glided over the rigging gave her confidence, and she was glad not to have to worry which clips attached to what pieces of hardware.
“Ready?” He gave her that mischievous look again.
“Are you insane? What am I supposed to do now? I’m terrified!”
“Ha-ha. Nothing. You didn’t think I’d let you go up alone, did you? You’ll be with me the whole time. We’re going tandem.”
He held the bar with one hand as he leaned her back against his chest and positioned her feet on the board. His slick wetsuit felt strangely soft against hers, and she pressed closer to him. Then he wrapped his other arm around her and grabbed the bar for lift off. In seconds, they were up and speeding over the waves. He squeezed her slightly before he made the board make its first jump. She screamed in delight, and they jumped again. When he suddenly whipped the board around and reversed their direction, her body rolled into his strong arms, and she felt safe.
“Put your arms on top of mine.” She gripped each of his hands, and when she lowered her arms over his, it was as though a circuit had been closed. A massive jolt of energy raced through her body, and from that moment she registered every twitch of his muscles as he pushed and pulled on the bar making subtle changes in direction and speed.
He put his mouth close to her ear, and she could feel his breath when he shouted, “Get ready to pop!”
They lifted off the surface, and Lily watched their magic carpet fly higher and higher into the sky and farther from the shoreline. So, this is what they mean by hang time, she thought and wondered how long they could float. His left hand released its grip, and she felt his arm tighten around her waist.
“Here we go!” The double somersault on the return down was more thrilling than any amusement park ride, and she held him tight long after they landed back on the water.
“Want to go back in?”
She was having the time of her life. “No. Keep going. I love this!”
They were far from the shore when he took the bar again with both hands, turned the board around and screamed toward shore.
He pulled the board up to jump, and when he brought it down, she looked back to see they were speeding across a giant wave like the ones she’d seen in videos. In his fitted suit, hair spraying straight behind him, Theos looked every bit a god. They rode the crest all the way in, and the board came to a stop at precisely where they started.
He let her drop into the water. It was over her head, and she bounced on her toes. He let her cling to him, and she couldn’t stop laughing from relief and joy all at once. He leaned into the sway of the ocean and intuitively adjusted his weight to suit the jerking made by the crosscurrents. Suddenly, he wrapped his arms around her middle and pulled her into a quick embrace.
She pressed her hands against his chest to maintain some space, but she found the rapid thump of her heart entirely pleasant.
“What are you doing?”
“I’m trying to kiss you, silly. Isn’t it obvious?”
Then it came to her. Theos had just helped her overcome one of her greatest fears. Helping her with another made perfect sense, and she had no problem reciprocating.
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About the Author
With over four decades in the advertising business, Alan has written and produced television, radio, print and digital commercials and built his reputation as one of the most creative players in entertainment advertising. Not content with writing in thirty and sixty-second formats, he took to novel writing in 2015 and published three best-selling mystery/thrillers, under the pen name of A.B. Gibson. High Voltage is published by Story Merchant Books.
Alan’s first book, The Dead of Winter, is the inspiration for The Seeding, a feature film he is producing with Ken Atchity Productions. Gibson also is an Executive Producer of The Book of Leah, a feature film due for release in 2020.
He serves as Co-founder and Chairman of OneClick.chat, a video social engagement platform startup that often competes for time with his writing.
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