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California Dreamers (Beach Reading Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Abramson
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Book Description

The sixth book in Mark Abramson’s Beach Reading series

— Romantic novels, set in romantic San Francisco — All with a taste of adventure, a touch of magic and lots of San Francisciana.

Tim Snow is recruited along with other HIV patients for an experiment with Neutriva, an AIDS drug with the peculiar side effect of enhancing dreams and expanding latent psychic abilities. The team enters a trance-like state ostensibly in order to predict and prevent suicides from the Golden Gate Bridge. But is something sinister going on with these trials? Warnings come from all directions, including from an elderly fortune teller named Malvina who has been plying her trade from a storefront in the Mission District for decades. And who is the mysterious young man who saves the life of Tim’s employer? In California Dreamers, the entire cast of characters whom readers have come to adore from the Beach Reading series finds themselves involved with strange and criminal affairs.


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About the Author

Mark Abramson is a proud native of San Francisco.

Product Details

  • File Size: 513 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lethe Press (May 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083X856M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,703 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Beach Read April 3, 2013
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A good light book to read at the beach - I was in St Martin reading it on my Kindle. I like the series and have come to enjoy seeing the characters evolve and reappear in each book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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In between his work as a waiter at a popular Castro-area restaurant in San Francisco, and being a good "pet parent" to his (and his boyfriend's) new puppy, Buck, Tim Snow decides he wants to volunteer to help others. He signs up for a research study to help prevent suicides, which will put him in a drug-induced trance to utilize his natural psychic abilities, which seem to have increased while on a controversial new HIV medication. But when Tim starts getting warnings, in the form of unexpected visions from people in his past, he bonds closely with the other volunteers to find out if there is indeed a sinister motive for the study,

In this sixth of his "Beach Reading" series of mysteries, Abramson goes much further into Tim's past, concentrating more on the evolution of his psychic abilities and how they affect those around him, to a degree you would not expect to happen. Might be a bit farfetched for some, but the story is crafted to be enjoyable to all, regardless of your personal beliefs on psychic phenomena. The story also provides great character development about Tim, Aunt Ruth, as well as Artie and Arturo, owners of the restaurant where Tim works. Well written, as is the entire series, which I recommend reading from the beginning for best enjoyment. Five stars out of five.

- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHAME!!! :) (Just kidding.) June 13, 2012
By Bartski
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I have to disagree with Bob that this was one of his best in the Beach Reading series. I think it WAS the best in the series. I also enjoyed his introduction of Buck into the series, However, My cat Bart, was terribly put out that Aunt Ruth's cat, Bartholomew, was nowhere to be seen. Did she... god forbid... turn him into Animal Control rather than take him to Hillsboro? I'm really not a big fan of these paranormal novels, but Abramson does a great job in this one. Maybe it's because living in San Francisco make it all so much more believable.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Savor each page June 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finish California Dreamers. Now I'm depressed that it's finished. Oh it was so good, I was surprised, touched, engrossed enough to miss a bus stop, I cried and laugh. In short by the time I finish, I was a mess.

The characters return like old friends. Tim, Nick, Ruth, and the whole gang. They are like a group of friends you haven't seen in ages but once reunited you pick up where you left off. Reading them in order helps a great deal so you get to know each character.

So is the next ready yet? Better head to the Beach Reading reader's support group.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings. May 30, 2012
By Tom
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I did not enjoy this book as much as the other books in this series. On the positive side, it did provide us more insight into the background of Tim and Aunt Ruth. I feel I know them both better after reading the book.
I admit that I do not understand or buy into the whole psychic thing, but the psychic back and forth was a bit distracting. The entire story did not seem well developed and parts of it were never completely explained.
With that said, I would recommend the book, if for no other reason, I feel it contains important information about the characters and most of it was still fun.
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More About the Author

Mark Abramson was a Midwestern farm boy who joined the great gay migration to San Francisco in the 1970s. His writing has appeared in the gay press as far back as Christopher Street, Fag Rag, Gay Sunshine, Mouth of the Dragon and more recently in Lethe Press' acclaimed anthology "Charmed Lives, gay spirit in storytelling."
Like his character Tim Snow, Mark Abramson grew up in Minnesota and once worked as a waiter in the Castro, but Mark is better known as a bartender and a co-producer with the late Jim Cvitanich of "MEN BEHIND BARS, the bartenders' folly" an annual AIDS benefit, as well as "PIER PRESSURE" and "HIGH TEA" both mega-dance parties on the piers of San Francisco.
Also like Tim, Mark had an Aunt Ruth Taylor, but Mark's late maternal grandmother wasn't a psychic. His other grandmother might have been, but she died before he was born. And his mother doesn't drink, unfortunately.
In addition to writing the Beach Reading series, he has also written a memoir called "For My Brothers" recounting the AIDS years in San Francisco.

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