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"The Ring on the Sill"
Book three - The Soundtrack To My Life trilogy
Every summer has a story…
From mix tapes to heartbreaks ~ from friends coming and going ~ to the elusive pursuit of finding “it” ~The Soundtrack to My Life trilogy continues to be a creative blend of fact and fiction, drawn from my many memories growing up in York Beach, Maine.
The final book takes place between 2003 & 2004, which were quite possibly the most emotional and impactful summers yet; not just for Josh, but for ALL three of our main characters.
"Between Hello and Goodbye"
Book two - The Soundtrack To My Life trilogy
The Soundtrack to my Life trilogy is a creative blend of fact and fiction, drawn from my many memories of growing up in York Beach, Maine. The small seaside town continues to be the perfect backdrop for this lighthearted trilogy. Four years removed from "The Empty Beach," this book takes place in the summer of 1999, where music continues to provide a nostalgic soundtrack to my life, my moods, & my constant pursuit of finding “it."
By the time 1999 rolled around, many of my friends had moved on from the beach life.
Most were married – some with kids – almost all with successful careers. For me, all of those boxes still remained unchecked, and to make matters worse, I was on the verge of turning the dreaded 30. I was depressed, jaded, and beaten down by the black cloud known as my life. It is said that 1999 was my “woe is me” summer. This was more or less true, with the exception of two weeks and the arrival of Anna Jensen from Iowa. It would be two amazing weeks that would change my life forever.
"The Empty Beach"
Book one - The Soundtrack To My Life trilogy
Every summer has a story…
The Soundtrack To My Life trilogy is a blend of fact and fiction and is drawn from my many memories growing up in York Beach, Maine. The trilogy spans the course of three separate summers beginning in 1995 with book one - “The Empty Beach.” Although a lot of the characters, conversations, and scenes really existed, this trilogy is definitely a work of fiction… steeped in truth.
The small seaside town of York, Maine is the perfect backdrop for this lighthearted novel. Like most people, music has always been a huge influence on my life, on my moods, and on my attempt at finding love. From my close friends - to my summer romances - and all the crazy shenanigans in between, music not only highlights these memories, but provides a nostalgic soundtrack for the highs and lows of growing up and growing apart. It’s been said, there hasn’t been a girl who I’ve had a crush on that I haven’t made a mix tape for… the guarded Elise Carlile in the summer of ’95 was no exception.
The Wild Irish Rose
Sometimes you have to get completely lost to find your way back home. After being kicked out at 17, Emily McLoughlin moved to Boston and never looked back. She learned to survive by adopting a sarcastic and aloof demeanor. Sex, drugs, and rock & roll, quickly became her lifestyle. It wasn’t until Emily found out that her little sister was in the hospital for her second go-around with cancer that she knew she needed to change her ways and find her way home. By now, her mother and sister had moved from Massachusetts to the backwoods of Maine.
With its cast of eclectic characters, the nearly forgotten town of Pine Ridge provides the perfect backdrop for Emily’s journey of forgiveness and healing., The old adage -Don’t judge a book by its cover was never more true than when the jaded, dressed-all-in-black-girl from Boston arrived in moose and Moxie country. This simple, heartfelt, and at times humorous story, is not only an ode to small-town Maine, but to small-town America as well.
Livin' on a Prayer - The Untold Tommy & Gina Story
Ah, the 80’s anthem by Bon Jovi. The story of Tommy and Gina; two kids fighting the odds as they just try to give it a shot. In this story, however, Tommy doesn’t work on a dock, and Gina doesn’t work the diner all day. Every town has their own Tommy and Gina story, and this unique tale takes place in the seaside town of York, Maine and hilariously flows from the 80s to the present day.
This is not a Chicken Soup for the soul type story. But, like soup, it contains many ingredients. Start with a ½ pot of Tommy: a Bon Jovi, hairband-loving burnout. Add a ½ pot of Gina: a dressed-in-black, Cure-loving alterna-chick. Mix in plenty of 80’s references then bring to a boil and stir. Add a splash of tragedy with a hint of that could never happen, could it? Sprinkle in a doctor who resembles Christopher Walken and who may or may not be in the mafia. Next, season with a little Mexican sidekick, a tablespoon of tenderness, and a splash of a naughty Zumba instructor. At this point the mixture will stiffen. Finally, add 3 full cups of redemption, true love, and happily ever after! Garnish with yoga pants.
In all seriousness, this book is a super-silly comedy, but with a big heart, and although it might be slightly more appreciated if you’re from the 80’s, it’s definitely not a requirement. It’s a fun, easy read that will keep you smiling the whole way though.