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Cruel Summer

  • Bernard Jan

Cruel Summer eBook Launch Day on Amazon!

All I wanted to do is to publish this book. But I had other books plans before that one.

After many years of preparations, testing, trial and error, waiting and burning excitement, Cruel Summer launch day is here, and the eBook is available at Amazon marketplaces!

Cruel Summer is a gripping, unexpected, strong, and emotional YA cross-genre story about an abused teenage boy and a poet in New Manhattan, Michael Daniels, who only wants to skate and enter skateboarding contests, and the loyalty of friendship that stands as the shield between those with power and his freedom. Michael’s skateboarding friends, Alien and Victor, are his only hope when things go wrong and mysteries and secrets start to unfold, threatening to turn their society into an authoritarian dystopia. Because when there is no hope left, friendship is what remains.

All he wants to do is skate. By they have other plans for him.

Cruel Summer has elements of family and social issues, extreme sports, conspiracy, murder, mystery, teen romance as a subplot, and even sci-fi and dystopia as a touch of alternative history. It carries a strong message of friendship.

Although the main protagonists are three friends, skateboarders from New York City at the end of the millennium, Cruel Summer is not just a novel about extreme sports. It is a deep story of a family and sexual abuse, and the exploitation of power by those who have the means to use it over the individuals and the population in general. Having a strong human rights and environmental message, it will also appeal to those who love reading these books.

Originally published as Okrutno ljeto in Croatian in 2014, Cruel Summer is still a hot topic today.

Please click on the links below to get your copy where you can also leave your honest review. Thank you for that!

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Cruel Summer is enrolled in KDP Select, where you can read it for free. Through most of March, it will be at the discounted price of $0.99 before it goes up to its regular place. A perfect time to download your eBook!

Thank you all who helped me bring this book to life. There are too many of you to mention you here, but you have my eternal thanks in the Acknowledgements in the book.

If you are a representative of the media, please click here for the press release.

Cruel Summer and I are available for reviews, book tours, interviews.

Cover design by Dean Cole.


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Cruel Summer by Bernard Jan eBook, design by Dean Cole

Cruel Summer by Bernard Jan eBook, design by Dean Cole

Cruel Summer by Bernard Jan eBook, design by Dean Cole

Cruel Summer by Bernard Jan eBook, cover design by Dean Cole

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