by Paige Bleu
The Ameryn Chronicles, Book One
After his brothers recent disappearance Wesley Rochester wished he could just fade into obscurity. Searching for closure, he’s haunted by visions Consumed with decoding the messages, he begins turning dangerously deeper inward. Enter an intriguing, ‘not quite’ human stranger, who mysteriously arrives just as he feels all hope is lost. Together they begin to realize that their destinies are intricately tangled in a drama reaching far beyond the realms of the wold they know. Discovering the secrets plaguing Wesley since childhood are no coincidence, and everything he believes is shattered. Captivated by her, he must decide between the life he has and the one he’d forgotten.
‘Finding Summerland’ is like ‘Twilight’ in the sense that it is a supernatural, coming of age romance—but has a genre bending, metaphysical element and a much deeper rabbit hole. Follow the journey of two star crossed souls as they explore who they are and the ties that bind them. Enter a world intentionally forgotten. A place buried by history, where only the chosen are aware of its existence. A place covenants are made and broken, where myth leads to truth and forbidden love threatens to destroy or be destroyed, becoming just another casualty in their shadow war.
The introductory novel in a series of five, called ‘The Ameryn Chronicles’—but compelling enough to stand alone—’Finding Summerland’ is sure to be savored by anyone craving to stretch the bounds of ordinary imagination, edgy enough to engage readers who enjoy unraveling a mystery, and sweet enough to grab onto the hearts of the romance lovers! Where legends breathe and dreams are alive. A ‘trippy’ journey to a new reality.
Meet the Characters
Born into privilege, Wesley Rochester is misunderstood and never quite fit in. He struggles with what is expected of him, from his high society family, while secretly seeking out the truth of what makes him different. Under constant public scrutiny, Wesley tries playing the role he was intended to play. A misfit in school, both socially and academically, he is overshadowed by his popular, older brother Channing. He spends most of his time alone with his guitar, or hanging out with his outgoing, playboy, buddy Wyatt. When Channing disappears mysteriously, attention is thrust upon Wesley that he isn’t prepared for. He’s all but given up, when a strange girl, named Olivia, enters his life. Falling for her almost instantly, Wesley’s never cared for anyone like he cares for Olivia. Together they embark on a journey of self discovery that neither planned, or could have ever imagined.
High school football star, popular, handsome, and rich, it seemed Channing Rochester had it all. Girls fantasized about being with him, and every guy wanted to be him, or at least in his circle. The oldest of the Rochester children, he is poised to walk in his father’s footsteps. Close to his brother Wesley, who is only a grade behind him, he does his best to help Wes ‘fit in’ and has always been loyal to him. A media darling and savvy speaker, Channing has no trouble assimilating in the affluent company his family keeps. Considered highly eligible, everyone wants a piece of him and Channing loves the attention. Then, on his graduation trip, everything changes. Channing mysteriously vanishes, immortalizing him, as questions and rumors swirl in the high brow ‘River Grove’.
Wesley’s best friend since kindergarten, the two could not be more different. Everyone at the high school is his friend. A social magnet, who’s dated most of the girl’s in town, especially his twin Katie’s cheerleader friends, causing him some bad blood with her. The class clown, Wyatt is also deceptively smart and cunning. Offered an opportunity to skip a grade in school, he refused in order to stay with Wesley, choosing instead to breeze through his classes. Obsessed with his appearance and partying reputation, Wyatt is more like Channing than Wesley. But despite their obvious differences, Wyatt and Wesley are closer than brothers. Secretly Wyatt has always idolized Wesley and wished he could be him. While Wyatt works for his attention, it comes natural to Wesley. In their own way they balance each other.
Twin sister to Wesley’s best friend Wyatt, Katie has always been in Wesley’s life. The two were friends, but since Channing’s disappearance they’ve become closer. Katie’s the most popular girl in school, captain of the cheer squad, and sometimes a bit pretentious. But at her core, the side Wesley knows better than most, she’s sweet and insecure. The friendship she shares with Wesley has been a point of contention for Wesley a long time. The girls in her circle are enamored with him, the more they see him with her, and the guys who want Katie, flock to Wesley as a way to get to her. Planning on leaving town to become a celebrity after graduation, Katie’s ideas are thrown up in the air after Channing comes up missing, and she wants to comfort Wesley. In the process she begins blurring the lines between her affections for Channing, and her brotherly love for Wesley, clinging to him as a substitute.
Olivia is searching for answers of her own when she bumps into Wesley one night on the beach. Shy and mysterious, she’s clearly different from most other girls in town. Beautiful, but unaware of it, Olivia is refreshing and intriguing. People gravitate to her wherever she goes, including the stuffy socialites Wesley has to impress for his family’s sake. Home schooled, she’s traveled the world and is well versed, cultured, but also very organic. Wesley feels he’s never met anyone more real than Olivia and pulls her into his family fold, fiercely protective of her, wanting to be as close to her as possible. She soon shares, all is not what it seems, and the demons of her own she’s trying to bury. The two have an unexplainable connection, drawn to one another almost insatiably, as they get closer and closer to each other, and answers. But there’s a hidden force threatening to pull Olivia back, and the pedestal Wesley’s put her on, may come crumbling down.
Best friend to Olivia, Mateo is athletic, strong, and clearly in love with her. She has known him all his life and frequently stays with his family when she’s in town. Described as Olivia’s ‘friend Matti’, Wesley is stunned when he realizes this friend wasn’t a girl. Even more unhappy when he discovers he’s an up and coming surfer, probably on his way to becoming ‘the next big thing’. The two become bitter rivals as they compete for Olivia’s attention. The animosity between them growing with each encounter as Olivia does her best to subdue their egos. Assuring Wesley that she loves him in a different way, and that her staying with him doesn’t threaten what they have. Jealous of him, Wesley feels insecure over the closeness they share and hopes for the day when he’ll be out of the picture completely. Unfortunately, when their worlds collide over a strange twist of fate, they may have no choice but to become allies. At least for a while.
About the Author
I’m a Sagittarius born in the wrong era….I would have fit better in the 50’s I think. I’m hard to peg…a somewhat eclectic mixed breed. I love to read a good book…preferably in hardback. I’ve never been a tweeter, facebooker, etc….despite the fact I’m on the internet everyday, for hours at a time. Coincidentally, I just set up a Facebook for the first time yesterday. I prefer phone calls to texts, and in person, to phone calls. I hate pictures and attention, but did some modeling. I don’t drink, but bar tended I made it to the top of the mountain and fell off. When people tell me I can’t is when I go from timid to tenacious. I’m writing a book series. Someday I want to go to Tibet and own an Alpaca. I like people, but I’m not ‘in love’ with them….I’m outgoing, but secretly terrified. Yellow is my favorite color.
I love that you gave pictures and descriptions of all the characters, I think that did a better job of getting me interested than the book description alone 🙂
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