Please welcome Forbes Arnone with her DEBUT PUBLICATION today. She is the author of In My Mother's Footsteps, which is one of three novellas in the Beach Reads Volume 1 anthology: Summer Heat.
Anela Alborn’s life is a lie. After growing up without the love of a father, her mother reveals his identity. Tragedy strikes and she sets off on an adventure that leads to more than she could ever imagine. Bumping into Christian Sivers distracts her from the real man of her dreams, her father. Will he live up to her dreams? And does she follow in her mother’s footsteps?
My brown, wooden, antiquated cottage sat on top of a hill in Sausalito. The shingles were bleached out from exposure to the sun’s rays. A beautiful, naturally-worn deck wound around the small chalet and gave me one of the best views in town. The bold, red peaks of the Golden Gate Bridge were visible through the light haze of fog over the ocean. With the hot sun working overtime to clear the sky, the fog always seemed to linger around the tops of the bridge. To my left, I could look down and see the rocky shore that the tourists often frequented. The slick brown and black seals liked to sunbathe on the boulders at the water’s edge. People would gather to take pictures or have lunch in one of the quaint restaurants that overlooked the choppy, aqua-blue ocean.
I had grown up in Sausalito my entire life. With the exception of when I went to Berkley, I hadn’t adventured into the city much. Sometimes, I'd take the ferry to Angel Island with my mountain bike and take leisurely rides or run the hills. I hadn't done that since I ran out of my mother's house, either.
Now that I had packed up all of her belongings — with the exception a few things I wanted to keep — I was exhausted. As I sat on the deck of my small cottage and stared out into the vast ocean, I felt anxious about the file that sat on my lap. Lennie had given it to me at his office three days before and I had yet to open it. The fear at what I'd find seeped in and turned my stomach.
Focusing my attention, I looked down at the folder and decided the time had come to face whatever was inside. My hands trembled as I lifted the two metal prongs and opened the flap. I tipped the folder upside down to empty the contents, finding the usual white sheets of paper that were full of legal jargon. How I wished I didn't know what they meant. Sifting through it all, I found a copy of the deed to the house, which stated that it had been transferred to my name. Also, there was the pink slip to my mother's car to be filled out and mailed to the Department of Motor Vehicles, and a small envelope with my mother's messy, artsy script on the front. One word had been written on it: Anela.
I asked Ms. Arnone to tell us what she wanted to be when she grew up. Here's what she had to say . . .
Depended on what day it was. I changed careers every week and the great thing about that is my dad completely supported me with every idea. I wanted to be an actress; he was going to put me in acting classes. When I wanted to be a clothing designer; he found me a designing school. It kept going until I had no idea what I wanted to do. All I knew then was I needed to be my own boss. I worked for a major corporation for almost ten years and left to run the family business. I have been my own boss ever since. I don’t think I ever wished to be an author when I grew up. However, I am so glad I decided to give it a shot, because I have been so happy ever since. I now have two books releasing this summer: My first novella, In My Mother’s Footsteps releases July 2nd and my first novel, My Mr. Manny releases August 26th and I don’t plan on stopping there.
About the Author:
Jennifer Garcia’s (aka Forbes Arnone) love of travel began when she traveled to the West Coast to visit her father at the age of three. Her home until she was sixteen was a small coastal town near Boston. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.
Her lifelong love for reading and writing was put aside for many years while she made her way in the world and nurtured her young family. Even though she is older, and life never seems to settle, she’s finding her way while attending college full-time in pursuit of a B.A. in English Literature. She also runs a business, and is still caring for her family. Believing she can do it all, with the help of her family, she worked on her first novel during the late hours of the night while balancing the rest of her life during the day. Her hard work paid off, as her first novel, My Mr. Manny, will be published August 2013.
Where to find Ms. Arnone:
Forbes Arnone’s Tour Schedule:
7/1-Guest Post: Annamaria
7/1-Promo/excerpt: Emily Birch
7/1-Interview: Tilly Currer
7/1-Review: Wyndy Dee
7/2-Review: Sarah Aisling
7/3-Review: Sandi Layne
7/3-Review: N. Isabelle Blanco
7/4-Promo/Excerpt: Jude Ouvrard
7/4-Review: Rose Caceres
7/5-Review: Nat Wood
7/5-Review: For the Love of The Writer
7/5-Guest Post: Fandom Fanatic
7/7-Review Susanne Ziegelhofer
7/7-Guest Post: Anna Crosswell
7/8-Promo/Excerpt: Lorenz Font
7/8-Promo/Excerpt: Cremona Cotovelea
7/10-Guest Post: R. E. Hargrave
7/11-Guest Post: Katya Armock
7/12-Promo/excerpt: Shannon Patel
7/13-Interview: Steve K. Smy
7/14-Review: Sydney Logan7/14-Guest Post: Pearls