Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday Share: Barbary Point, by Alan Nayes + Giveaway!

Today I welcome Alan Nayes with his book Barbary Point. I met Alan on the Facebook page Indie Writer's Unite and discovered he also writes thrillers and horror.  You can find his other titles at: (I definitely recommend checking them out!)

Alan has graciously offered to share a free copy of his book with 3 make sure to leave him a comment after reading the excerpt. And please leave your contact information so he can reach you if you're a winner.

BARBARY POINT, by Alan Nayes

Heat level: sweet

When Kelly English flies back to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to close out her father’s estate, the last thing on her mind is
falling in love. Again. Kelly is twenty-eight and engaged to an older man who is quite wealthy. She’s happy, and only desires to make the trip back brief, sell her deceased father’s place, and return to her stable life in Los Angeles. However, while taking care of business in Oshkosh, Kelly meets a fishing guide, launching her on an emotional journey she never could have predicted or foreseen. BARBARY POINT is Kelly’s story of what happened that one magical week in May on the shores of Lake Winnebago when the ducklings hatch and the walleye run.


Chapter 19

                                                            ROCKAWAY ISLAND

     Mitch cancelled his clients for Monday. He would later tell me he would have willingly cancelled his clients for the entire summer just to spend time together. He that much had fallen for me. And I for him.

      I called my office as soon as I thought Gwen would be in, adjusting for the two-hour time difference.

     “Kelly, where the hell have you been? That Seagram account executive's been buzzing all morning,” Gwen ripped off immediately.

     “I'm still in Oshkosh,” I said, picturing the company man with hair just a little too much in place, and a smile a little too phony. Last week I would have flown to Nepal, if that's what it took to nail down the liquor conglomerate's ad business. Today, all that seemed to matter was getting out on the water with Mitch and Sam. What had changed?

     “Kelly?” Gwen's tone had softened considerably. “What's going on?”

     “Don't worry.”

     “Now I am worried,” Gwen said. “Seagram's not the only one's been calling.”


     “Only say, five times.”

     “I'll call him,” I said.



     “Take care of yourself.”

     “I will. See you soon,” I said, and disconnected. For a long moment, I stood in front of the bay window and looked out over the lake. The chop was less than yesterday, definitely no whitecaps, but the water's blue shade had been replaced by a gray undertone, reflecting the overcast of the sky. Mitch had listened to the weather before breakfast. The forecast called for a forty percent chance of rain, with intermittent local thundershowers. The Mako had a top we could put up so the rain would be no problem.

      I didn't relish calling Thomas, he would be angry, yet I knew it was the right, the only thing to do. Watching Mitch and Sam loading the boat, I supposed I should have felt at least a modicum of guilt about the last couple of days. I didn't, and this bothered me more than feeling any remorse at all.

     As time passed forward, I would come to justify these feeling as an acceptance of a decision I hadn't really made, but had been made for me by circumstances beyond my control. An emotion as strong and powerful as love had divided thrones and started wars. What chance did a young woman have? None. I would never, could never, tell Thomas this, though. At least, not today.

     “Hi, Thomas,” I said as soon as he answered.

     “Kelly.” No Kell-bee this time. “I tried calling you all afternoon yesterday. I've been worried sick. When's your flight?”

     “Oh, Thomas...”

     “Are you in some kind of trouble?”

     I'm in trouble all right. “No, hon. It's just taking me longer than I thought to close out Daddy's estate. How's the magazine? Gwen said Seagram's up in arms.”

     “To hell with Seagram's.” His exasperation was clearly evident. “I'm flying out there today. We'll—“

     “No, Thomas.”

     “What do you mean, no?”

     “I'm handling it. Thomas, you have to...” I caught myself wanting to say trust, but chose believe instead, “believe me. I'll be home... soon.”


     I was caught. I had to say something. “Thursday,” I said, calculating that would give me at least tomorrow and Wednesday for... what? I'd gone insane, that was it. Emotionally insane.

     “We'll talk when I get home,” I finished.

     When I hung up, I knew the engagement was on the ropes. I just couldn't come out and say it. Not yet. I gazed at the huge rock adorning my finger. How could events change so rapidly? Why can't I just pack up now and leave? Take the rental straight to Appleton, catch the next flight out, and get the hell on with my life. Just do it. Save yourself a ton of heartaches, girl.

     Mitch and Sam were walking off the dock. Mitch saw me in the window and gave a little salute. Ship's set for sailing, ma'am. I smiled and saluted back, my effort not near as crisp or sharp. Maybe because this is my life. The here and now.

     The ice chest was loaded with beer, sandwich meat, cheese sticks for snacking, a couple of apples, and candy bars. I brought along the bread and a bag of chips I'd found stashed in a cabinet above the dishwasher. We also took along the net, two fishing poles, and Gene's tackle box, just in case, Mitch said.

     I sat on a cushion seat in front of the console, facing the bow, as the Mako sped north along the shoreline. The air whisking my hair off my face was cool and moist, and left me feeling clean and pure, as if I'd just been baptized. Mitch stood behind the wheel, a Packer's cap turned backward on his head. He looks like a merchant marine, I thought, strong and handsome. I felt his finger tap the top of my head, and saw him pointing. Not thirty yards off the starboard side, a flock of at least a dozen ducks were streaking parallel to the boat in perfect linear formation.

     “Mallards?” I shouted.

     Mitch grinned. “See, you're a waterfowl expert now.”

     The mallards veered away after the Mako zipped past Roe Point for more open water. The hull bounced some, but not enough to make me or Sam, curled just behind the bow, uncomfortable.

     I pulled a light jacket I'd borrowed from my father's closet tighter across my front. I heard Mitch rev the engine and felt a surge in acceleration.

     Off my left shoulder I watched us pass the Pioneer Resort Marina, and then the mouth of the Fox River.

     Mitch named off landmarks—Bray's Point, Miller Bay, Doemel Point, Menomenee Park,—as we sped north.

     I saw boats fishing, sailboats, and several water skiers in wet suits.

     I heard Mitch say, “You want to ski?”

     “What's the water temperature?”


     “I'll pass.”

     “Wanna pilot?”

     I waved. “I'm fine here. I just like watching the lake.”

     “You sound like your dad.”

     His words touched me somewhere deep in my chest, and I turned and leaned up on my knees and kissed Mitch. The choppiness of the water made my first attempt fall short, landing on his chin, but my next effort was right on the money. The kiss was brief, yet warmed me inside out.

     “You're beautiful,” he said.

     I didn't think I looked beautiful, with my hair all over the place, yet felt like a princess when Mitch told me.


Again, you can find Barbary Point at:

Alan Nayes was born in Houston and grew up on the Texas gulf coast. He lives in Southern California. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed biomedical thrillers, GARGOYLES and THE UNNATURAL. His most recent releases are BARBARY POINT, a love story, and SMILODON, a science thriller. GIRL BLUE, an erotic horror story will be released by Samhain Publishing in 2012.
         An avid outdoorsman and fitness enthusiast, he is one of only a few individuals to  ever swim across Wisconsin’s chilly Lake Winnebago. When not working on his next project, he enjoys relaxing and fishing at the family vacation home in Wisconsin.

Thank you for being here today, Alan!  Lake Impressive.  I, too, have swam across a lake, but it was the much smaller Little Newton Lake in Crivitz, WI, where I grew up. 

Love the cover for Barbary Point, and after checking out your website, I think I'm going to have to purchase myself a copy of Smilodon. Not a genre I normally read, but that's what I absolutely love about Indie Writer's Unite--I'm discovering a bunch of new authors and their great books!

Don't forget to comment with your contact information for your chance to win a copy of Barbary Point.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Stacey Joy Netzel


  1. I love reading Alan's works. Gargoyles was awesome. I can't wait for part two of that book.

    Alan I love the cover of Barbary Point. It's beautiful. I wish you much success with this book the excerpt was great thank you and Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Chanukah. I hope I covered all politically correct aspects of Christmas, lol.

    Teresa K.
    tcwgrlup41(at)yahoo dot com

  2. Stacey, so you're familiar with Lake Winnebago. I'll never do that again! Congrats on your lake swim. And thx for hosting me.

  3. Teresa, thx for the comments. PLAGUE is "coming along." Hope to release in January. And have a great holidays as well.

  4. Barbary Point is going to be a great story to read, if that chapter was any indication.


  5. Will just add my hearty recommendation for the novel! It is wonderful!


  6. thx, glenda and jacki, for your comments.

  7. A friend of mine just told me about this book through Goodreads and said I had to read it that Barbary Point was beautiful romance novel. Thanks for the great giveaway and Congrats Alan on such a great book!!!!!


  8. Alan, I just know where Lake Winnebago is and how big it is. I'd do Little Newton again, but it's only about a 30-45 min swim each way. Maybe with the kids one of these summers.

    And you're welcome--glad to have you here. :)

  9. There is no feeling in the world like skimming across the surface of a small lake in a boat, with the wind in your hair. I spent many happy hours on the water with my dad. Reading about Kelly's experience brings back a lot of memories.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at

  10. thx kimmyl and kathryn for your comments. it is fun being on the water in a boat. stacey, for me now, a 45 minute swim is too long a swim. great exercise, though.

  11. Alan, Hemlock Pond sounds awesome, so please finish it. LOL Barbary Point sounds great, too. Loved the excerpt.

    Never swam across a lake, but I've ridden across many lakes. :-) The husband has been dragging me along fishing for more years than I care to admit to...LOL

  12. Donna, thx for the comment. fishing is relaxing for me, though i don't catch much. Drink plenty of beer, though.

  13. And the winners are--everyone who commented and hasn't read the book yet. that includes you, too, Stacey. Teresa, Jacki, Kimmyl, Kathryn, and Donna. i will email the free SW coupon. Donna, i don't have your email so if you would like a copy, you can email me at thx, everyone for participating.

  14. Thank you, Alan. That's very generous! I look forward to checking out the book. :) And thanks again for guesting!

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