ARANSAS MORNING by JEFF HAMPTON * PLAYLIST* Lone Star Book Blog Tour

























ARANSAS MORNING
by
JEFF HAMPTON
 Genre: Literary Fiction / Family Life
Date of Publication: September 22, 2017
Number of Pages: 304

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When Sam Barnes’ high-flying life in Dallas falls apart, he flees to the coastal town of Port Aransas, Texas and fades into the life of a reclusive beach bum. But things start to change when he meets Dave, a young widower working through his own loss; Shelly, owner of the Dream Bean coffee shop; Bo, a crusty old shrimper; and Allie, Bo’s free-spirited daughter. Together they are tested and forced to confront their own issues. In doing so they discover family and community.
PRAISE FOR ARANSAS MORNING:
“Engrossing characters that keep doing unexpected things. Strong sense of place along the Texas coast and deep knowledge of the culture. This book is about relationships and how ‘family’ and ‘community’ might be redefined.”
“In this heartwarming book, Jeff Hampton took me to a place I’ve never been and captured me with his delightful characters, seaside landscape, and deft use of words to portray a small group of people who came together to create and run the Dream Bean cafe. Great summer reading.”
“I loved the characters, with their flaws and their graces. It is an honest and heart-warming story of redemption coming through community. I’m really glad I read it.”
“Really nice character development, articulating in a very comfortable and readable style the messy, complex, joyous and hopeful ways we build, break and nurture ‘community.’”

“Very quickly in the story, the characters became like friends. The book is engaging and held my interest.”
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 Author Jeff Hampton’s Playlist to Aransas Morning



Music has the magical power to take me to specific places — both physical and emotional — and these are some of the tunes that kept me anchored in Port Aransas as I wrote Aransas Morning. First, there are songs and artists that Sam is fond of clings to for solace. And then there are songs that helped keep my feet in the sand as I wrote about people and places far from my home in North Texas.

Specific Songs and Artists Mentioned in the Book:
Clarinet Concerto in A Major – Mozart
Take 5 – Dave Brubeck Quartet
Miles Davis
Pete Fountain
Ray Charles

Inspiration While Writing:
“South Coast of Texas” – Guy Clark
“My Kind of Day on Padre” – Gary P. Nunn
“My Ship” – Miles Davis
“Clair de Lune” – Claude Debussy
“Harbor Lights” – Boz Skaggs
“Concierto De Aranjuz” – Jim Hall, Paul Desmond, Chet Baker, et al
“On an Island” / “The Blue” / “Then I Close My Eyes” – David Gilmour





During a 35-year career in journalism and communications, Jeff Hampton has covered and written about topics ranging from business and finance to history and faith. His bylines have appeared in publications ranging from The Dallas Morning News to The New York Times.
He attended Baylor University where he majored in journalism and was editor of the Baylor Lariat campus newspaper. He began his professional career at the Waco Tribune-Herald and has written for newspapers, magazines, businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies.
Hampton has based his life and career in Texas where his interest in observing the people around him has led him to write essays, short stories, and novels that explore relationships and communities in their many forms.
Aransas Morning is his fifth book, following Grandpa Jack, When the Light Returned to Main Street, Jonah Prophet and The Snowman Uprising on Hickory Lane.

Watch for Aransas Evening, a sequel to Aransas Morning, in 2018. 


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Comments

Kristine said…
What a variety of music on the playlist -- but I can see how it works! Thanks for the post & giveaway opportunity!
Sydney Young said…
Yes it’s quite a list! Inspired me to check out the excerpts, boy does that dialogue pop!

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