#Guest Post from RJ Gould #author of The bench by Cromer beach #RomanticFiction @rjgould_author @rararesources

Today I’m pleased to welcome Richard Gould with a guest post for the blog blitz organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Firstly, here’s the book info…

Five people in a sleepy English coastal town. One year that changes everything. 

They seem to have it all. They’re in good health and are financially secure. They live in a pleasant and comfortable town. But as their lives intertwine, cracks emerge and restlessness grows.  

For Clive, is retirement the beginning of the end? Can fun-loving Saskia break free from her adulterous husband? Will Andy marry his childhood sweetheart? Is Jamie prepared to change his dishonest ways? Might Ellie’s happy marriage be shattered by temptation?

Heart-warming and heart-breaking collide in this novel about aspirations, expectations and the realities of everyday life.

Purchase Links ~ http://myBook.to/thebench

https://www.feedaread.com/books/The-bench-by-Cromer-beach.aspx

Now over to Richard…

Although I didn’t set out to be a romantic fiction author, I got placed there by my publisher because I write about relationships. On joining the Romantic Novelists’ Association, I was soon to discover that only one percent of members are male. I think it’s a pity more men don’t write in this genre because a male take can provide interesting new insights on relationships for the predominantly female readership. Mind you, it’s also a pity that more men don’t read Romance because this broad genre can provide thought-provoking takes on life and top-rate humour for both genders to enjoy.

I think one barrier to enticing men to read Romance is the typical covers which are unlikely to appeal – a glance at top sellers on Amazon makes this all too clear. I’ve gone through several versions of covers in an attempt to end up with ones that depict the genre in a way that I’m comfortable with. I think I’m finally there thanks to my work with a great cover designer. (Feedback welcome). To broaden appeal beyond my largely female readership, I’ve written articles and spoken at conferences about The MAN in RoMANce and I use #mencanwriteromance on social media.

Do I actually write Romance? To an extent, yes, with my novels featuring the tragi-comic struggles of my protagonists as they try to find and hold onto relationships while loaded with baggage – stroppy children, problematic ex-husbands and wives, faltering careers. Although I use humour to describe my characters’ life journeys, equally I include thought-provoking home truths.

My new novel The bench by Cromer beach is set in this beautiful, largely unspoilt, town on the North Norfolk coast. During my first visit there I noticed a line of benches overlooking the sea along the clifftop, all occupied by elderly citizens. One man peering down onto the beach particularly caught my attention and a fictional version of him is featured in this novel. What he thinks he is seeing is wildly removed from the reality – this is the starting point for a novel featuring five lead protagonists including the man on the bench. As their lives intertwine, cracks emerge and restlessness grows. If only they hadn’t jumped to conclusions. If only they had expressed their thoughts to their partners. So many if onlys – just like the real world.

Thanks so much, Richard.

R J Gould is published by Lume Books and Headline Accent and is the author of five novels: A Street Café Named Desire, The Engagement Party, Jack and Jill Went Downhill, Mid-life follies and The bench by Cromer beach. He is a (rare male) member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Having been selected for the organisation’s New Writers Programme, his first novel was short-listed for the Joan Hessayon Award. ​​Ahead of writing full time, R J Gould led a national educational charity. He has published in a wide range of educational journals, national newspapers and magazines and is the co-author of a major work on educating able young people. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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The Seventh Victim by Michael Wood #AudibleOriginal #Mystery #Suspense

Author: Michael Wood

Performed by Joanne Froggatt, Mathew Horne

Released: March 2020

Category: Crime, Suspense, Audiobook, Review

Imagine receiving a letter from your son’s murderer. Imagine starting to trust him.

What if the only person who can help you find your son is the man in prison for killing him?

A child taken. A mother on the hunt for the truth.

Twenty five years ago Diane Marshall’s son Zachery disappeared. No trace of him had ever been found. Thought to have been a victim of serial killer Jonathan Egan Walsh, who was convicted of killing the thirteen boys whose remains were discovered, Diane has held on to the hope that Jonathan would disclose where he buried Zachery.

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#Spotlight #Extract ~ The Medina Device by T.J. Champitto #DebutNovel @tjcauthor #Espionage #NewRelease

Today I’m delighted to host T.J. Champitto as his debut novel, The Medina Device, is published today.

About the Book

Former Navy SEAL Cameron Lyle is transitioning to life as a husband, father and government contractor. But his thirst for adventure has driven him to a secret life of high-stakes crime that has gained the attention of the FBI. When a mysterious device is unearthed in the mountains of Bolivia, an ancient brotherhood emerges to offer Cameron the opportunity of a lifetime–to steal the greatest discovery in human history from a rogue cell of U.S. intelligence officers. As a beleaguered FBI agent closes in, and a team of deadly assassins hunt him down, Cameron leads his pursuers on a worldwide manhunt as he sets off to find the scientist who can explain it all. Secret societies, ancient technology and international espionage all converge in a journey that will ultimately test the bounds of reality.

Book links ~ Amazon UK \ Amazon US

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Never Look Back by A.L. Gaylin @alisongaylin #Thriller #Suspense

Author: A.L. Gaylin

Performed by Jorjeana Marie, James Fouhey

Released: July 2019 on Audible

Category: Thriller, Suspense, Audiobook, Review

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She was the most brutal killer of our time. And she may have been my mother…

When website columnist Robin Diamond is contacted by true crime podcast producer Quentin Garrison, she assumes it’s a business matter. It’s not. Quentin’s podcast, Closure, focuses on a series of murders in the 1970s, committed by teen couple April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy. It seems that Quentin has reason to believe Robin’s own mother may be intimately connected with the killings.

Quentin Garrison, the young co-host of Closure, a true crime podcast, had personal reasons for researching the murder spree in the latter half of the 1970s, carried out by the notorious teenage duo, April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy who were known as the Inland Empire Killers.

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#Extract from Virtue by @JohnMoot1 #PubDay #ContemporaryFiction #Debut @mindbuckmedia #TuesdayBookBlog

Today I’m sharing an extract from Virtue, a novel by John Moot, on publication day. Here’s what the book is about…

The Holder family is in crisis. Hannah is sick of being a stay-at-home mom marooned in a rural college town, her teenage daughter, Madison, is the subject of anti-LBGTQ bullying, and her teenage son, Dillon, is failing at school and having run-ins with the law. Hannah wants out of a life that has grown toxic to her family and to reclaim the person she once was–a confident, professional woman. Her husband Tom, a philosophy professor, once supported her plea for change–a return to Boston that would give their kids a fresh start and her the chance to get her law degree–but now his life is unravelling as he struggles to fend off attacks on his career from the college president, reconcile with his estranged, cancer-stricken father and confront a dark, hidden past. Virtue exposes, through the Holder’s journey that fateful year, the vulnerability and randomness of human existence, but also the power of redemption.

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US

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#BlogTour #Extract from The Borrowed Boy by @DeborahKlee #DebutNovel @rararesources

Today I have an extract from The Borrowed Boy as part of the blog tour, courtesy of Deborah Klee and Rachel’s Random Resources.

About the Book

A borrowed boy, a borrowed name and living on borrowed time.

What do you put on a bucket list when you haven’t done anything with your life? No interesting job, no lovers, no family, no friends. Believing she has only weeks left to live, Angie Winkle vows to make the most of every minute.

Going back to Jaywick Sands, is top of her bucket list. Experiencing life as a grandmother is not, but the universe has other plans and when four-year-old Danny is separated from his mum on the tube, Angie goes to his rescue. She tries to return him to his mum but things do not go exactly as planned and the two of them embark on a life-changing journey.

Set in Jaywick Sands, once an idyllic Essex holiday village in the 70s, but now a shantytown of displaced Londoners, this is a story about hidden communities and our need to belong.

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#Spotlight Feature ~ Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby #Mystery #Thriller @blacklionking73 @Flatironbooks

About the Book

Beauregard “Bug” Montage is an honest mechanic, a loving husband, and a hard-working dad. Bug knows there’s no future in the man he used to be: known from the hills of North Carolina to the beaches of Florida as the best wheelman on the East Coast.

He thought he’d left all that behind him, but as his carefully built new life begins to crumble, he finds himself drawn inexorably back into a world of blood and bullets. When a smooth-talking former associate comes calling with a can’t-miss jewelry store heist, Bug feels he has no choice but to get back in the driver’s seat. And Bug is at his best where the scent of gasoline mixes with the smell of fear.

Haunted by the ghost of who he used to be and the father who disappeared when he needed him most, Bug must find a way to navigate this blacktop wasteland…or die trying.

Like Ocean’s Eleven meets Drive, with a Southern noir twist, S. A. Cosby’s Blacktop Wasteland is a searing, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime.

Book links ~ Amazon US | Amazon UK 

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The Lost Letter: A Victorian Romance by @MimiMatthewsEsq #HistoricalFiction #BookReview

Author: Mimi Matthews

Published: November 2017 by Perfectly Proper Press

Category: Victorian Romance, Historical Fiction, Book Review

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Society beauty Sylvia Stafford is far too pragmatic to pine. When the tragic death of her gamester father leaves her destitute and alone, she finds work as a governess in a merchant’s household in Cheapside. Isolated from the fashionable acquaintance of her youth, she resigns herself to lonely spinsterhood until a mysterious visitor convinces her to temporarily return to her former life–and her former love.

Sylvia Stafford had made a life for herself although it wasn’t at all what she had expected. In her previous existence as a baron’s daughter, warm hearted society beauty Sylvia was sought after and didn’t lack friends or suitors. Her heart was won by Colonel Sebastian Conrad, before he returned to the Sepoy Rebellion in India, and the attraction was most definitely mutual.

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#Promo ~ Wedding Bells in Merriment Bay (Merriment Bay #3) by @emilyharvale @rararesources #TuesdayBookBlog

Today I have details on a recent release by Emily Harvale, Wedding Bells in Merriment Bay, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

About the Book

Change is in the air as wedding bells ring out in Merriment Bay

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Death by Windmill: A Mother’s day Murder in Amsterdam by Jennifer S. Alderson #BookReview for #RBRT #CosyMystery

Author: Jennifer S. Alderson

Published: May 2020 by Travelling Life Press

Category: Cosy Murder/Mystery, Book Review

A Mother’s Day trip to the Netherlands turns deadly when a guest plummets from a windmill. Was it an accident or a murder? For Lana Hansen, the answer will mean freedom or imprisonment for someone close to her…

Lana Hansen is scheduled to lead the Mother’s Day tour of the Netherlands despite her boss Dotty Thompson’s reservations. Lana and her estranged mother, Gillian, haven’t been close for the past ten years, since Lana was sacked from her job as an investigative reporter for the Seattle Chronicle. Dotty is determined to bring them closer together and has a plan.

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