Back in 2014, I saw a call for submissions for a 1950s-themed anthology. The idea appealed to me, so I wrote a novella and sent it in. The editor liked it, but they'd scrapped the idea for the anthology.
I'd had positive feedback from my beta readers, so rather than give up, I expanded the story to novel-length. And sent it out again. And got several more "the editor liked it, but..." type responses. Selling a story set in 1955 seemed to be a bigger roadblock than I thought it would be.
Maybe I'm nuts, but I still believe in this story. (And so does my agent, which is pretty awesome.) So rather than let it gather dust on my hard drive, I've decided to self-publish. And so, Aqua Follies should be in readers' hands sometime in mid-June.
(*cue the happy dancing*)
To give you a little taste of what this story's about, here's the blurb and a widget that'll take you to the Pinterest inspiration board for the story...
Sometimes one smile changes everything.
The 1950s. Postwar exuberance. Conformity. Rock and roll.
Russell tells himself he’ll marry Susie because it’s the right thing to do. His summer job coaching her water ballet team will give him plenty of opportunity to give her a ring. But on the team’s trip to the annual Aqua Follies, the joyful glide of a trumpet player’s solo hits Russell like a torpedo, blowing apart his carefully constructed plans.
From the orchestra pit, Skip watches Poseidon’s younger brother stalk along the pool deck. It never hurts to smile at a man, because good things might happen, but the timing has to be right. Once the last note has been played, Skip gives it a shot.
The tenuous connection forged by a simple smile leads to events that dismantle both their lives. Has the damage been done, or can they pick up the pieces together?
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