Jan Smolders paints true-to-life portrait of immigration in new novel

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‘Alone in Boca Raton’ follows exploits of Mexican immigrant creating new life in U.S., protecting family

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A young Mexican immigrant builds a new life in the United States with the help of a local business owner, only to have that life disrupted by chaotic and dangerous events in the new novel by Jan Smolders, “Alone in Boca Raton” (published by iUniverse).

Mario Osorio, a young Mexican textile engineer, travels to the U.S. on a temporary work permit. When an attractive, middle-aged Floridian business owner named Erin Brown takes a strong personal interest in Mario and proposes to sponsor him for a green card and make him a manager in her textile business, the two enter a deal that allows Mario to legally stay in the U.S.

But matters complicate for Mario when he hears news of his mother, Gloria, escaping from her husband, José Mario, in Mexico and immigrating illegally to New Mexico with her two children, Anita and Roberto. Mario selflessly lends a helping hand to his mother and step-siblings by agreeing to temporarily hide them in a location close to his home, risking his citizenship in the process.

But their safe haven may not last long; Mario finds himself faced with drug traders, shady deals with a Mexican contractor and crooked lawyer, and the possible deportation of his family – all while romance blossoms between him and Jenny, Erin’s daughter.

In “Alone in Boca Raton,” Mario must face his demons while attempting to reunite his family and preserve the life he built for himself in Florida.

Alone in Boca Raton
By Jan Smolders
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 316 pages | ISBN 9781491748275
E-Book | 316 pages | ISBN 9781491748268
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Jan Smolders, a Belgian and United States citizen, has lived in Belgium, Japan, Singapore and, since 1987, the U.S. He has run industrial corporations worldwide and led Clinton foundation activities in Latin America. His previous novels include “Viral Games,” “The Bridge of Whispers,” “The Convenient Fund,” “Ripping the Veil” and “Tennessee Tremors.”    

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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