Hard Bed Hotel

A head-over-heels cemetery caretaker tries to seduce a washed-up Latino rockstar who has set up digs in a forgotten mausoluem.

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 “Walking home the morning of the quake, she could see that the destruction had been random. There was no obvious pattern. It struck at the weakest points. That was all. There was no why or wherefore. It was not selective sabotage. No payback for miserable sinners; no sanction for saints. No justice in earthquakes.”
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“He squinted through the smoke. His last option lay inside those gates – specifically, in the family mausoleum. He tried to remember exactly where it was located. Patio number 46 came to mind, but who knew? It had been so long. He tossed the cigarette butt to the sidewalk just as the woman bustled around the gate and disappeared from his consciousness.”
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“When she opened her eyes a few seconds later (or several minutes, or maybe even hours later – she couldn’t be sure) she saw the unmistakeable figure of Jhonny Pretty rippling past her beyond the sheets of rain. He glided silently over the watery path only about three metres from where she lay and he disappeared around the corner.”

Print book 16.99 USD
Ebook 8.99 USD
(On-sale date: April 30, 2022)

Hard Bed Hotel

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A head-over-heels cemetery caretaker tries to seduce a washed-up Latino rockstar who has set up digs in a forgotten mausoluem.

See synopsis and book details below.

 “Walking home the morning of the quake, she could see that the destruction had been random. There was no obvious pattern. It struck at the weakest points. That was all. There was no why or wherefore. It was not selective sabotage. No payback for miserable sinners; no sanction for saints. No justice in earthquakes.”
………………………
“He squinted through the smoke. His last option lay inside those gates – specifically, in the family mausoleum. He tried to remember exactly where it was located. Patio number 46 came to mind, but who knew? It had been so long. He tossed the cigarette butt to the sidewalk just as the woman bustled around the gate and disappeared from his consciousness.”
………………………
“When she opened her eyes a few seconds later (or several minutes, or maybe even hours later – she couldn’t be sure) she saw the unmistakeable figure of Jhonny Pretty rippling past her beyond the sheets of rain. He glided silently over the watery path only about three metres from where she lay and he disappeared around the corner.”

Print book 16.99 USD
Ebook 8.99 USD
(On-sale date: April 30, 2022)

Hard Bed Hotel is a funny, twisted love story that trips through the patios and paths of Santiago’s General Cemetery, where, as it turns out, nothing is as it seems.

Astrid de las Nieves, of all people, should know better. How can she, an experienced cemetery caretaker mistake the very much alive Jhonny Pretty, for a ghost? Well, the story goes way back. But the important thing is that Jhonny Pretty – who is just what Astrid has always dreamed of – is now within reach. As for Jhonny, well, for years he’s been reduced to singing for pennies at Slaughterhouse Square, a plaza in the poor man’s district. After the quake renders him indigent he decides to set up digs at the family mausoleum, where he meets with Astrid’s increasing infatuation. It turns our that all he has to do is sing a few bars from one of his old hits and she’s eating out of his hand. Perspective is skewed through the lens of desire, and happiness is a question of perspective. The thin line between the living and the dead is blurred and nothing is as it seems – rockstar is ghostly indigent, pickpocket is tourism executive, shop owner is purveyor of saints, con artist is plastic surgeon and meddling ghost is guardian angel. Everything goes wrong but maybe it’s right, as heaven and earth settle into an unexpected juxtaposition in this twisted Latin tale that is doused with humor and magic realism.
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“Hard bed hotel” (hotel cama dura) is a Chilean slang for ‘cemetery.’

E-book ISBN 978-0-9880032-2-4

Print book ISBN 978-0-9880032-3-1
6” x 9” paper, 256 pages

FIC056000– FICTION / Hispanic & Latino
FIC061000 – FICTION / Magical Realism
FIC016000 – FICTION / Humorous / General

Publisher: Stories with Character
(First published June 2013, author name, Andrea Carter)

Booksellers: Please order through LightningSource

Print book 16.99 USD
Ebook 8.99 USD
(On-sale date: April 30, 2022)

Hard Bed Hotel is a funny, twisted love story that trips through the patios and paths of Santiago’s General Cemetery, where, as it turns out, nothing is as it seems.

Astrid de las Nieves, of all people, should know better. How can she, an experienced cemetery caretaker mistake the very much alive Jhonny Pretty, for a ghost? Well, the story goes way back. But the important thing is that Jhonny Pretty – who is just what Astrid has always dreamed of – is now within reach. As for Jhonny, well, for years he’s been reduced to singing for pennies at Slaughterhouse Square, a plaza in the poor man’s district. After the quake renders him indigent he decides to set up digs at the family mausoleum, where he meets with Astrid’s increasing infatuation. It turns our that all he has to do is sing a few bars from one of his old hits and she’s eating out of his hand. Perspective is skewed through the lens of desire, and happiness is a question of perspective. The thin line between the living and the dead is blurred and nothing is as it seems – rockstar is ghostly indigent, pickpocket is tourism executive, shop owner is purveyor of saints, con artist is plastic surgeon and meddling ghost is guardian angel. Everything goes wrong but maybe it’s right, as heaven and earth settle into an unexpected juxtaposition in this twisted Latin tale that is doused with humor and magic realism.
……………………………….
“Hard bed hotel” (hotel cama dura) is a Chilean slang for ‘cemetery.’

E-book ISBN 978-0-9880032-2-4

Print book ISBN 978-0-9880032-3-1
6” x 9” paper, 256 pages

FIC056000– FICTION / Hispanic & Latino
FIC061000 – FICTION / Magical Realism
FIC016000 – FICTION / Humorous / General

Publisher: Stories with Character
(First published June 2013 author name, Andrea Carter)

Booksellers: Please order through LightningSource

Print book 16.99 USD
Ebook 8.99 USD
(On-sale date: April 30, 2022)