Meet Orly Konig and Shelley Noble, authors of Carousel Beach and Lighthouse Beach, on July 5th from 6:30pm-8:30pm.
A cryptic letter on her grandmother’s grave and a mysterious inscription on a carousel horse leads artist Maya Brice to Hank Hauser, the ninety-year-old carver of the beloved carousel she has been hired to restore in time for its Fourth of July reopening in her Delaware beach town. Hank suffers from Alzheimer’s, but on his “better” days, Maya is enthralled by the stories of his career. On his “off” days, he mistakes her for her grandmother—his secret first love.
While stripping chipped layers of paint from the old horse and peeling layers of fragmented memories from the old man, Maya untangles the intertwined secrets of the woman she thought she knew and, maybe, her own heart.
From Orly's website
"Like many only kids, I had imaginary friends (one year I even went so far as making my mum go with me to buy a birthday gift and walk for blocks upon blocks around our London neighborhood looking for my friend’s house before conceding to reality). And when things went bump and crash, I would blame it on the Ghost of Scotland.
That creative flare hit a shy patch at some point and stories were relegated to the books piling up around the house. I wish I could say that I always knew I wanted to be an author. I can say that I always fantasized about becoming one. I became a writer. I wrote magazine articles and marketing brochures, web content, and ad copy. And yes, at times, it was even “creative.”
But the real creative flare-up didn’t bubble over until after my son was born. I guess it’s true that kids give you a new perspective. Mine helped peel back the dust covers on my story telling.
When I told my husband I needed a new challenge and was considering going back for my PhD, he "gently" suggested I take a writing workshop instead. Several manuscripts later, I’ve packed away those dust covers for good. And I’m back to hanging out with imaginary friends. But this time, I’m having coffee with them in Maryland while they tell me their stories."
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Noble comes a heartrending and uplifting novel about friendship, love, and what we’re willing to sacrifice for our dreams
What was supposed to be an idyllic wedding leads to an unexpected journey of self-discovery…
When Lillo Gray pulls up to Kennebunkport’s most exclusive hotel wearing a borrowed dress and driving a borrowed VW van, she knows she’s made a big mistake. She’s not even sure why Jessica Parker invited her to her posh wedding. They haven’t seen each other since they were unhappy fourteen-year-old girls at fat camp. And now they’re from two completely different worlds. There’s no way Lillo fits in the rarefied circles Jessica travels in.
Jess isn’t sure she’s ready to go through with this wedding, but she’s been too busy making everyone else happy to think about what she wants. But when she and her two closest friends, Allie and Diana, along with Lillo, discover her fiancé with his pants down in the hotel parking lot, she’s humiliated…and slightly relieved. In a rush to escape her crumbling life, Jess, Allie, and Diana pile into Lillo’s beat-up old van and head up the coast to Lighthouse Island. Once there, she hopes to figure out the next chapter in her life.
Nursing broken hearts and broken dreams, four lost women embark on a journey to find their way back into happiness with new love, friendship, and the healing power of Lighthouse Beach.
"Shelley Noble is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Whisper Beach and Beach Colors. Other titles include Stargazey Point, Breakwater Bay, Forever Beach, a story of foster adoption in New Jersey, and four spin off novellas. A former professional dancer and choreographer, she lives at the Jersey shore and loves to discover new beaches and indulge in her passion for lighthouses and vintage carousels. Shelley is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association. "