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Cape May – Lewes Ferry Hosts Award-Winning Author, Hal Alpiar -Author to Sign his Novel, HIGH TIDE, on Ferry Crossings

By Cape May-Lewes Ferry | Aug 28, 2013
Photo by: Cindy Elliott

(North Cape May, NJ) Today, Cape May – Lewes Ferry officials announced that Hal Alpiar, award-winning author of HIGH TIDE, will travel across the Delaware Bay on Thursday, August 29 for what is believed to be the first-ever book signing aboard the Cape May – Lewes Ferry.  “It’s high tide somewhere, don’t you know?” grins Amazon’s five-star and national book award-winning author Hal Alpiar. 

“HIGH TIDE has garnered national recognition and the Cape May – Lewes Ferry is pleased to host award-winning author, Hal Alpiar,” said Michael Porch, marketing manager for the Cape May – Lewes Ferry.  “It’ll be a great opportunity for our customers to meet the man behind the best-selling boat and beach book buzz.”

The book signing will take place on the 11:15 a.m. departure from Lewes, Delaware and the 1:00 p.m. vessel leaving Cape May, New Jersey. 

The fictionalized story “rushes readers,” says publisher Valerie Connelly, “through a flood of mystery, intrigue, romantic suspense, violence on the high seas and a barrage of humor that has readers grinning between gasps. I wish I had written it,” she adds.

Based on true events that occurred just north of Cape May during a nor’easter that involved the author’s boat in America’s biggest offshore drug deal, HIGH TIDE tracks Business Professor Rick Maddigan and girlfriend JP from busy campus lives to their life aboard a boat. When their boat is commandeered by gangster threats, the pair oversteps boundaries and gets caught between the drug-runners, the Coastguard and DEA Agents.

Alpiar reports his greatest recurring comment about the book is that “it’s ruining sleep!” At least thirty people, he says, “have complained that they couldn’t put it down at bedtime. It’s my first experience having complaints be compliments!”

Published by Nightengale Press, all HIGH TIDE editing, design, photography, publishing, printing, website and distribution costs were paid for with “crowd-sourcing” donations from over 150 New York, New Jersey and Delaware patrons of the arts backers.

About the Author, Hal Alpiar

HIGH TIDE is Hal Alpiar’s first novel. An Amazon five-star author, Hal won a national book award for DOCTOR SHOPPING… How to Choose the Right Doctor for You and Your Family (HIP, 1996). He is also the author of DOCTOR BUSINESS…How to Boost Practice Growth and Strengthen Long-Term Relationships (PMIC, 1995–for physicians). Both books were the products of his years of personal, professional, and business development consulting. Hal earned major small business and teaching honors along with national marketing awards. His short story “Dirt Floor Visit” was published in THE ART OF GRANDPARENTING (Nightengale Press, 2009). A commissioned memoir, Hal wrote GOOD LUCK! Wisdom from a Life of Leadership in Turbulent Times, published in 2010, and a second, HIGHWAY TO A HIGHER AUTHORITY...Driving Faith-Based Business through America’s Trucking Industry, is slated to be published in 2013. A native New Yorker and thirty-year resident of the Jersey Shore, Alpiar has lived in Delaware since 2006.

About the Cape May-Lewes Ferry

The Cape May – Lewes Ferry is owned and operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962.  The Ferry is open year-round and has carried more than forty million passengers since its inception on July 1, 1964.  In 2012, the ferry service, which connects Victorian Cape May, New Jersey, and historic Lewes, Delaware, transported approximately 275,000 vehicles and nearly 1 million passengers. 

 

 

 

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