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Five Weeks to Jamaica by Doug Oudin

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Five Weeks to Jamaica is an adventure/romance (Literary Fiction) by Doug Oudin.

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Who in this wide and wonderful world has not wanted to say “Screw this!” and venture off to some exotic tropical destination?
Some years ago, four young adventurers from Southern California did just that—and this is their story.

Convinced that they were buying passage aboard a luxury cruise ship bound for Jamaica, Kurt Decker, his girlfriend Madison, his brother Larry, and their friend Marcos had high expectations. Those expectations were dashed the minute they saw the decidedly luxury-impaired motor vessel Explorer in Ensenada, Mexico. Despite numerous red flags, they boarded, and the bizarre odyssey that would forever change their lives began. The odd and eclectic group of passengers with whom they shared the dubious “comforts” of the stately ship of fools became family.

Their 5,780-nautical-mile journey took them along the coast of Mexico and Central America, through the Panama Canal, and across the Gulf of Mexico to Jamaica. The voyage inspired no shortage of laughter, tears, joy, and romance—or drama, excitement, and danger along the way too. But once in Jamaica, a new twist to the adventure developed. They agreed to set sail with a salty Englishman aboard a steel-hulled sailboat bound for Florida, where a vicious tropical storm en route threatened their very lives.

For those who love the sea, and for those who merely wonder about it, Five Weeks to Jamaica is a window into the capriciousness of the ocean and the tumultuous vagaries of human nature.




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author Doug Oudin pictureDoug Oudin is a man of the sea. For thirty-two years he served as harbormaster on Catalina Island, where he also wrote a weekly article for the Catalina Islander Newspaper. He also wrote for the Log Magazine for a few years, and published his memoir; ‘Between Two Harbors, Reflections of a Catalina Island Harbormaster’.

His experiences on the island, as well as numerous trips on boats cruising to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean prompted him to write his novel, ‘Five Weeks to Jamaica’.
Based very loosely on one of those trips that he took from San Diego to Jamaica in the mid-seventies, this adventure follows four young friends who purchase a five-week cruise upon a so-called 147 ft. ‘luxury yacht’ from San Diego to Jamaica, for a mere $500. From the beginning, it becomes obvious that the yacht is not all it is supposed to be, and the two main characters, Madison and Kurt, nearly abort the journey. But Kurt’s brother Larry persuades them to give it a go, and they somewhat reluctantly agree. They had no idea what might lie ahead.

For the thirty-five passengers that sign on aboard the ill-fated yacht, the cruise holds a multitude of surprises, pleasures, and disappointments. Several people do abort the trip, while the ones that stay share the joys, the troubles, and the misadventures that occur at sea, and in the various ports they visit and explore.

When the yacht does finally reach Jamaica, nearly a month behind schedule, another odd twist to the adventure develops. Madison, Kurt, and Larry elect to stay in Jamaica for a while, immersing themselves in the incredible lifestyle of the Jamaican culture. Eventually they are ‘forced’ to leave, and they agree to join a crusty Englishman on a 47′ sailboat bound for Florida. It soon becomes obvious that the sailing odyssey is rife with problems, and the violent storm that ensues is merely a prelude to the journey’s life-changing conclusion.

For those that love adventure, romance, and discovery, ‘Five Weeks to Jamaica’ will take you there, and beyond. The author’s experience aboard boats, visiting foreign lands, and his background in writing for two publications, help bring this tale to life.

(Doug Oudin, February 2017)

 

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The Polygamist by William Irvine

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The Polygamist by William Irvine

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One man, many wives

In The Polygamist, William Irvine explores love, sex, and marriage within the context of an unusual household. An exploration of sexual fantasy and desire, ultimately The Polygamist is a coming of age story with a strong spiritual theme.

Set at the end of the seventies, a time when experimentation with alternative lifestyles and sexual relationships was rife, The Polygamist follows the fortunes of Omar Al Ghamdi, Saudi-born but educated in the West; a man who is the product of two irreconcilable cultures.

After two decades he has come to experience philandering as increasingly superficial; but vehemently opposed to monogamous fidelity, turns to polygamy as the solution to his high turnover existence. His hope is that taking several wives will provide him with a more honest and satisfying alternative, allowing him to engage in deeper relationships whilst still giving a long enough leash to his sexuality.

Having pursued his goal without compromise by entering into serial arranged marriages, he lives with his household on a remote house on Colva Beach in Goa. Does the reality live up to the dream? And, what is it like for the women? How can one man possibly satisfy multiple female partners?

Written from an unashamedly male perspective, The Polygamist will appeal to those wishing to understand male sexuality and the desires that shape all of our lives and relationships.

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A Word from the Author

author-william-irvine-pictureLiving with a harem is a fairly common male fantasy. I’ve certainly held it myself for as long as I can remember. There have been periods when the idea came to me so often and so vividly that I actually contemplated making it a reality. How would I set about it? I would need arranged marriages, a large house somewhere in the world giving plenty of privacy, and so forth. The thinking I did provided me with the start point for the novel. In order to write The Polygamist I then enjoyed, even finding it cathartic, having to think through how the reality might actually take shape. What would it really be like to live with several wives?

Whilst the novel is erotic fiction, a sexual fantasy, I am also interested in sexual mysticism – which is explored in the novel – and in the nature of desire itself. What happens when we convert fantasy or desire into reality? What happens when the reality does not match what we wanted?

As far as possible I prefer to write from actual experience rather than imagination. The novel gave me a vehicle with which to relate a number of curious episodes from my early adult life in India. Fact – as the adage goes – is stranger than fiction; so much stranger that I sometimes worry if my readers will dismiss some of the real events described in the book as pure fiction.

(William Irvine, November2016)

 

 

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The Coach House and Daughters (Boxed Set) by Florence Osmund

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The Coach House and Daughters are  Literary/Historical Fiction novels by Florence Osmund

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THE COACH HOUSE: It’s 1940’s Chicago, and newlyweds Marie and Richard Marchetti have the perfect life together. Or at least it seems until Marie discovers his involvement in a corrupt underworld that compels her to run for her life. Fate draws her to Atchison, Kansas which she believes is a safe refuge and perfect place to start over. But Marie quickly learns that she has never been out of Richard’s purview, and while his threatening attempts to win her back cause turmoil in her life, it’s the discovery of her real father and his heritage that affect her more than Richard ever could.

DAUGHTERS: Marie prepares for the first visit with her father and his family. She worries about how her life is about to change and what she will learn about her own identity. A great deal happens during Marie’s visit, and in her search for peace and truth in her life, she quickly learns that disparate lives can converge and interact in profound and surprising ways.

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Author Florence Osmund

My first attempt at writing a novel resulted in a manuscript of over 180,000 words–twice the recommended length. I was told I had to do two things to make it marketable–turn it into two books, and provide enough detail in the scenes to allow the readers to feel as though they were actually there (apparently I had written the whole story from a bird’s eye view). I followed this excellent advice, and that’s when “The Coach House” and “Daughters” were born. The books I eventually published were definitely an improvement over the first draft, but still I had a lot more to learn about writing fiction. I’m happy to say that I have gained significant insight into the writing craft since then…and I hope that never stops.
(Florence Osmund, 19th May 2016)

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