Helgi feels trapped. And like any good prisoner, he thinks about escape. Every day. While dutifully working for his parents in the Florida Motel, he desperately craves a normal life. But there is nothing normal about the motel biz. It's more akin to a state of insanity!
Attending college at the local university is his path to normalcy, where scantily clad coeds, a raucous Halloween Ball and the hidden "Stacks" of the old stone library provide much-needed distractions, if not peace of mind, from crazy events and characters at the motel.
When he meets a girl--the girl--on campus, Helgi bumbles his way through his first real love. Threatened by a frat boy with GQ looks and money, he seeks sage advice from a surprising source.
From prostitutes to creepy professors, Helgi faces threats to him, his family, and his relationship with the love of his life. Will he get the girl and find normalcy or remain a prisoner of the Florida Motel?
BIOGRAPHY Jay Gilbert was born and raised on a farm in Duluth, MN. One of five boys, his father kept them out of trouble (mostly) with a host of daily chores caring for their many horses, cows, chickens, and ducks. If it mooed, clucked, or quacked, they had it. If they weren’t feeding animals at the front end, they were shoveling what came out the backend. His family owned and operated a variety of small business including a ship chandlery, vacuum shop, electronics store, and a motel. Their business ventures took them on an adventure from Minnesota to Illinois, and finally to Florida. Between farm life and the family businesses, Jay has collected an eclectic inventory of experiences that are the inspiration of his stories. Jay holds both a BSBA in Business Administration from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of Saint Francis. Jay lives and writes by the lessons of his parents taught him.
Dad always said, “Life is not a dress rehearsal. There are no do-overs.”
Mom taught us how to say, “Please” and “Thank you,” and mean it.
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