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Gone with the Waves

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The complete trilogy in one volume! From Romania with Love He found his one-and-only on land. But now that they’re at sea, will passion stay full steam ahead? Brian never thought a single conversation could steal his heart and expand his world. But when he strikes an instant connection with a Romanian beauty, he gets swept up in a hilarious, carefree, romantic escape to her native Transylvania. So, when she must leave to work on a cruise ship, he impulsively dons his sailing cap and follows her aboard. Though he was unprepared for the grueling onboard training of new hires, his determination to be with her surpasses his awkward American moments. But as the reality of long days and seasick nights sets in, dark secrets surface that threaten to pull their courtship under. Will Brian need a life jacket to keep his relationship afloat? From Romania with Love is the first book in the delightful Gone with the Waves romantic comedy series, entirely of true events in the author’s life. If you enjoy travelogue-like settings, witty banter, and reckless hearts, then you’ll adore Brian David Bruns’ continent-spanning adventure. Buy From Romania with Love to weather the storms of desire today!  Wet Orpheus He chose her over the company. He’s about to find out the real cost of romance… Brian’s love for Romina may be strong, but he’s sailing into troubled waters. And he’s even prepared to endure torturous months apart working like a dog on another ship, if it means he can get them back together. Though, he’s unprepared for the sadistic challenges his cruel new boss implements to break him body and soul. Enduring extreme anti-Americanism, food deprivation, and 100-hour-long work weeks, Brian’s only beacon of hope is the messages sent from his soulmate. With her emails to sustain him, he vows to stay the course and outsmart the higher-ups of the cruise-line giant. Can Brian survive the stormy conflict threatening to drown his hopes of reuniting with Romina? Wet Orpheus is the second book in the wild Gone with the Waves romantic comedy series, entirely of true events in the author’s life. If you like insider accounts of work below deck, heart-aching emotion, and passionate love stories, then you’ll adore Brian David Bruns’ tale of overcoming impossible odds. Buy Wet Orpheus to hoist the standard for valor today!  Gone with the Waves He’s emerged as a swanky, tuxedo-wearing, cruise ship rock star. But will it be enough to win his girlfriend’s heart? Brian would walk the plank if it plucked Romina from her awful bottom-of-the-boat job. But knowing that their only way out of the hellish working conditions is to beat ships at their own game, he bids her adieu to learn the competitive trade of art auctioneering. And though he takes his fair share of hard knocks, he’s finally hitting the big time. Becoming a master auctioneer, he lives like a cigar-smoking king aboard elite luxury liners with access to anything he wants. But when he returns victorious to whisk his love away to better things, Romina mysteriously refuses. And he worries that in chasing his ambitions, regardless of good intentions, he may have lost her forever. Can Brian persuade Romina that the world is their oyster, or will she push his grand vision overboard? Gone with the Waves is the dramatic conclusion to the Gone with the Waves romantic comedy series, entirely of real events in the author’s life.

©2020 Brian David Bruns (P)2020 Brian David Bruns

Length: 22 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Wet Orpheus (A True Global Romance)

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He chose her over the company. He’s about to find out the real cost of romance.... Brian’s love for Romina may be strong, but he’s sailing into troubled waters. And he’s even prepared to endure torturous months apart working like a dog on another ship, if it means he can get them back together. Though he’s unprepared for the sadistic challenges his cruel new boss implements to break him body and soul. Enduring extreme anti-Americanism, food deprivation, and 100-hour-long work weeks, Brian’s only beacon of hope is the messages sent from his soulmate. With her emails to sustain him, he vows to stay the course and outsmart the higher-ups of the cruise-line giant. Can Brian survive the stormy conflict threatening to drown his hopes of reuniting with Romina? Wet Orpheus is the second book in the wild Gone with the Waves romantic comedy series, entirely of true events in the author’s life. If you like insider accounts of work below deck, heart-aching emotion, and passionate love stories, then you’ll adore Brian David Bruns’s tale of overcoming impossible odds. Buy Wet Orpheus to hoist the standard for valor today!

©2020 Brian David Bruns (P)2020 Brian David Bruns

Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
Available on Audible
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Unsinkable Mister Brown

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"The series shines a harsh light on the ugly realities of working in the cruise ship industry, but in this latest book, these hardships are secondary to the woman Bruns endures them for. With a candid, no-muss style, Bruns shows just how smitten he and Bianca are with one another, though they're not without their jokes and stubborn streaks. Beneath the playful jabs and willful tempers is a force of gravity that binds them, even when the waves get rough. Humorous and heartfelt, this book explores the depths one man will dive to for the woman he loves. This daring spirit resonates throughout the narrative, ringing true for anyone who's ever defied his circumstances and demanded something more." (Foreword Magazine) Silver — Paris Book Festival Bronze — London Book Festival Bronze — Hollywood Book Festival Winner — USA Best Book Awards Book of the Year, Humor finalist — Foreword Magazine Book of the Year, Travel/Essay finalist — Foreword Magazine In the Cruise Confidential series, Brian David Bruns spills the dirt — or in this case, the dirty water — on those romantic, fun-filled vacations at sea. His hilarious chronicle of the years he spent working on cruise ships takes listeners down into the areas where the crew works and lives, leaving listeners gasping with laughter as they’re assaulted nonstop with events that range from the absurd to the utterly bizarre.  “This man has seen it all!” (Deborah Roberts, ABC 20/20) “Bruns' prose…proves his steady and deliberate writing voice.” (Writer’s Digest) “This is a very funny, behind-the-scenes exploration of a cruise ship.” (Booklist) “The real party is going on in the crew’s quarters.” (USA Today) “I found it absolutely hysterical!” (Peter Greenberg, Today Show) “Part Love Boat, part Mutiny on the Bounty, Cruise Confidential does for cruising what Animal House did for higher education.” (J. Maarten Troost, New York Times best seller) “Cruise Confidential is a deliciously addictive read, a blistering kiss-and-tell about the dysfunctional life working on cruise ships.” (Doug Lansky, Travel Channel) “These hilarious misadventures at sea will shock and delight any buffet-ready cruise traveler.” (Jen Leo, author of Sand in my Bra) “The funniest travel book I’ve read in years.” (Peter Mandel, author of My Ocean Liner) “This is a really entertaining true tale by a guy who struggles through the bizarre world of cruise ship employment. Bruns paints a clear picture of ‘how the sausage is made’.” (San Francisco Chronicle) “I couldn’t put it down.” (Chicago Sun-Times) “Cruise Confidential is a juicy tell-all. The crew deals with the ‘sweatshop’ conditions by indulging in massive amounts of alcohol and sex.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) “Bruns doesn’t hold back when it comes to discussing his experience of working on cruise ships.” (Thomas Cook Magazine, UK) “Witty and self-deprecating [Bruns] has a flair for dialogue, and his book is chock full of wacky characters…” (Blogcritics Magazine) “The people you see on cruises and the attraction of high-class luxury makes Unsinkable Mister Brown a read that shouldn’t be missed.” (Midwest Book Review)

©2012 Brian David Bruns (P)2020 Brian David Bruns

Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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From Romania with Love

Summary

He found his one-and-only on land. But now that they’re at sea, will passion stay full steam ahead? Brian never thought a single conversation could steal his heart and expand his world. But when he strikes an instant connection with a Romanian beauty, he gets swept up in a hilarious, carefree, romantic escape to her native Transylvania. So when she must leave to work on a cruise ship, he impulsively dons his sailing cap and follows her aboard. Though he was unprepared for the grueling on-board training of new hires, his determination to be with her surpasses his awkward American moments. But as the reality of long days and seasick nights sets in, dark secrets surface that threaten to pull their courtship under... Will Brian need a lifejacket to keep his relationship afloat? From Romania with Love is the first book in the delightful Gone with the Waves romantic comedy series, entirely of true events in the author’s life. If you enjoy travelogue-like settings, witty banter, and reckless hearts, then you’ll adore Brian David Bruns’s continent-spanning adventure. Buy From Romania with Love to weather the storms of desire today!

©2020 Brian David Bruns (P)2020 Brian David Bruns

Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Gone with the Waves

Summary

He’s emerged as a swanky, tuxedo-wearing, cruise-ship rock star. But will it be enough to win his girlfriend’s heart? Brian would walk the plank if it plucked Romina from her awful bottom-of-the-boat job. But knowing that their only way out of the hellish working conditions is to beat ships at their own game, he bids her adieu to learn the competitive trade of art auctioneering. And though he takes his fair share of hard knocks, he’s finally hitting the big time. Becoming a master auctioneer, he lives like a cigar-smoking king aboard elite luxury liners with access to anything he wants. But when he returns victorious to whisk his love away to better things, Romina mysteriously refuses. And he worries that in chasing his ambitions, regardless of good intentions, he may have lost her forever.... Can Brian persuade Romina that the world is their oyster, or will she push his grand vision overboard? Gone with the Waves is the dramatic conclusion to the Gone with the Waves romantic comedy series, entirely of real events in the author’s life. If you like charming humor, conflicted hearts, and more twists than a whirlpool, then you’ll adore Brian David Bruns’s sweeping odyssey. Buy Gone with the Waves to join a most improbable - but true - yacht story today!

©2020 Brian David Bruns (P)2020 Brian David Bruns

Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
Available on Audible