Thursday, April 24, 2014

TVBT: THE WIDOW'S WALK by Robert Barclay #giveaway #guestpost @avonbooks @tastybooktours

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by Robert Barclay


His name was Garrett Richmond and he had always wanted to live by the ocean. So when the opportunity to buy-and renovate-the old home known as Seaside arrived, he leapt at the chance. Never mind that his friends and family thought he was crazy, he knew he could return this lonely mansion, worn by time, wind, and neglect, to its former beauty. But Seaside was more than just a project; it was spot that had called to him his entire life.

And then one night he saw her…

Her name is Constance Elizabeth Canfield and she tells him Seaside has been her home for over 150 years. But Constance is no ghost; rather, she claims that she has been somehow magically trapped between this life and the next. At first, Garrett can’t believe her crazy story-the woman had to be lying! And yet, there was something about Constance that was from another time...

Soon this mysterious woman, and flesh and blood man share a closeness they cannot deny. But just as their love begins to bloom, Constance’s presence starts mysteriously fading away, soon to be gone forever. Is their love doomed--or is it strong enough to transcend time, and even death itself?

What My Office Looks Like

I have often wondered what other authors’ offices look like, and sometimes I even took pains to try and view them on the Internet or on YouTube, to see if I could find out. I was able to do this in a few cases, most notably Ian Fleming's office at his retreat in Jamaica, where he wrote all of the James Bond novels. As such, I thought it might be interesting for the reader to hear a little bit about mine.

My office is fairly small, and located on the second story of our home in Florida. There's a double window with plantation shutters to the left of my desk, which looks out onto a palm tree-lined street. The window is just high enough for me to watch the palm tops sway back and forth gently whenever there is a nice breeze. Sometimes I enjoy looking out that window for inspiration when trying to find my next thought, or when organizing a new paragraph. Most people seem to think, (especially those who live up north), that when one lives in Florida, one is sort of obligated to furnish his or her home with light woods, pastel colors, bamboo and rattan, etc. But that really isn't the case. In many of the homes I've visited here, people are just as likely to decorate their houses with dark, heavy woods, such as I enjoy. 
My desk and all the associated furniture in my office are of that type. And my overall office, I must admit, is a very eclectic place. One might even call it my "man cave". On the wall behind my chair there are several famous autographs; two from the actor Errol Flynn who was my boyhood hero, and another from Bruce Lee, whom I met personally at a karate tournament when I was a teenager. There are also antiques here: a poster advertising a barnstorming pilot for a county fair in 1920, an old neon Pepsi-Cola clock that hangs on one wall and still burns brightly 24/7, and an old, refurbished Underwood typewriter from the 1930s which rests on the credenza just below my window. Every time my wife Joyce walks into my office she just sort of shakes her head, trying to understand the whys and the wherefores of it all. But if any of you ladies reading this are married to a man whose pride and joy is his man cave, then I don't really need to explain that they’re places where good taste goes die.

In any event, now when you read "The Widow's Walk", you will have at least some idea from whence it came, and I hope that you will approve. 
Best personal regards and happy reading, --Robert Barclay

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After graduating from Colgate University with a B.A. in Economics and a minor Art History, Robert J. Barclay enjoyed a successful career in business, and served as chairman of his industry-related consulting group. After selling his business and moving from upstate New York to Florida (and with some rather successful prodding by his wife), he was able to finally devote his full attention to something he had always wanted to do: write a book. Rob lives in sunny south Florida. When he isn’t writing, he enjoys weightlifting, Shotokan Karate, and going to the beach to do absolutely nothing. 

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