COASTAL CHRONICLES

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julianneby Rebekah Lyn

Book 1: Julianne

Julianne Finnegan lives in the shadow of her adored but wildly successful brother, Michael.  Her professional life is a disaster, she has no sense of herself outside her family, and she can’t face another Monday.  A chance encounter with Oliver, a handsome young actor, gives her the courage to leave her job and prove her real potential.  Julianne’s confidence soars as she meets the challenges of revitalizing the failing community theater.  The time she spends with Oliver opens her eyes to a certainty she’s never known before.

But as she starts to open her heart to Oliver, an old crush returns.  Gavin, a famous movie director, has been  Michael’s best friend for years and loved her as a little sister.  The excitement and passion Julianne has developed for the theater shocks him into realizing she is a child no longer, but a beautiful, talented woman who has captured his heart.

Will Julianne choose glitz, or a steadfast love?

“It is a great book for any young woman searching for the next step in her life.”

 

“An excellent exploration of the conflict that young professionals experience in contemporary society.”

 

“This is a wonderful romantic tale about a young woman finding herself. It is a clean read without scenes that make readers blush and contains insight into faith.”

 

 

 

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Book 2: Jessie

 

The four Cole boys suffer abuse at the hands of an alcoholic father, while largely being left to their own devices by a heartbroken and overworked mother. Their adventures on their island home have become a welcome escape, and one of the only things in life the boys can truly rely on. Jessie, the youngest and a dreamer, becomes enamored with US plans for manned space flight and its race to the moon, stirring his own dreams of one day becoming an astronaut. In a strange twist of fate, it is the space program and the momentum it gains that abruptly brings their beloved island life to an end. The family is forced to move to the city and start anew.

Life in town creates new challenges, financial pressures, news of the Vietnam war and the impending threat of the military draft for Max, the eldest of the Cole brothers

“I admire how well the author conveyed the details of the space race with its failures and successes in its various stages, as NASA broke orbit, spent time in space, and finally reached the moon. Learning from the epic fails and accidents were valuable lessons of the consequences of our ambitions and the need to weigh the merits against the drawbacks. Jessie too realized these same factors in his own life. Seriously good writing here.”

“Rarely does a book capture my very essence and draw me in, not as a spectator, but as a participant. It took me back to a time when we all prayed our space program would outshine the Russians. Rebekah Lyn provided an historically correct depiction of life in the 60’s.”

“More than a simple coming-of-age story, this is a poignant reminder of a time our nation was both united and fractured.”

 
CIR: What inspired this series?LYN: The Coastal Chronicles are stand-alone stories tied together by the special vibe found in coastal communities. I grew up in a small Florida coastal town and some of the places I have visited that left a lasting impression on me are coastal towns. Julianne is set in coastal North Carolina and Jessie takes place in Florida. Because Jessie also follows the growth of the space program, which spanned more than fifty years, there will be a second book, probably in late 2016 or 2017. I also have plans for a book set in Charleston, SC and another in Jacksonville, FL/ Venice, Italy, but can think of several other locations I would consider for future books.CIR: What is unique about these books?
LYN: We are seeing a new genre emerging called New Adult targeting late teens to mid-twenties. So many of those books deal with the paranormal. By offering books for this age range that have strong Christian values, I hope to give readers the encouragement they so desperately need.CIR: What would you compare this book to?
LYN: I’ve seen several people compare Jessie to Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn books. I think the Twain comparison captures the adventure and innocence of Jessie.CIR: What is your writing process?
LYN: With Julianne, the writing was stop-and-go. It took seven years to truly complete it, and another two years to publish it. There were times when I was driving to work and I would nearly miss my highway exit because I was so deep in thought about Julianne and what was happening in her world. Jessie, being historical fiction, took several months of research before I wrote the first word, and then I spent almost a year writing and editing it. The research made me look at my hometown with a fresh perspective and gave me a deeper appreciation for those who pioneered our space program.CIR: Is there any content that some readers might find questionable despite the overall “clean” feel of the book?
LYN: In Julianne there is a character with a dark back story, a struggle with alcohol and wild lifestyle. In Jessie there are some fights with some school bullies, and the father in the story is an alcoholic. There are allusions to past abuse but there is also a change in the father and his desire for forgiveness for his actions.

Learn more about Rebekah Lyn and her books rebekahlynbooks.com.