Welcome to the book tour for Lucky Chance by R.C. Welch. It’s a story of coming back from the brink of destruction and contemplating those lucky chances that life has to offer. Today, R.C. Welch gives us some more insights into the story behind the story and the book itself. He also gives us an exclusive excerpt from the book. Enjoy all he has to say and then be sure to visit other stops along the tour for more background. Let him know what you think. And as always, there’s a great giveaway at the end!
Describe your book in one sentence or fewer than 25 words.
Do the chance opportunities and odd vicissitudes of life, hold the power to reconfigure our identities, our values, and the fulfillment of loving partnership?
What was the inspiration behind this book?
The dedicated partnership of my marriage.
What kind of research did you have to do for it?
60 years of living.
Which character was your favorite to write?
My female protagonist. I wrote her through male mind, always cognizant of the fact that my female readers may be tempted to judge her as my ideal woman. I wanted her to seem seductive, but mostly real, such that she, Samantha, my female protagonist and me, as the author, might successfully escape that judgment of feminine idealism. I like Samantha. I think that she does her job well.
To which character did you relate the most?
The male protagonist, of course. Jack Weatherlow and I share similar experiences in life. And, we both play golf as a rather passionate hobby.
What was one of your favorite scenes?
I gathered her from the waves as she returned from her swim. I supported her in a suspended float position. After a time, I attempted to convince myself that we were in deep water, and I was aiding her efforts in turbulent seas. However, the fact was that I could not seem to keep from touching her in that sparkly suit, in that salty sudsy ocean tide. I honestly sought a clue or a sign, which might indicate her desire to alter our posture, but I detected nothing of the sort, and we remained as we were, partially fused in the surf. Bobbing with the rolling water, Sam said, “Mon Chéri, I am ready to trade secrets now.” “I thought you already knew everything.” “I do, but you do not.” “So, you are aware of everyone who has had a hand in this deal?” “Peut-être.” “Perhaps! I don’t think you know as much as you think. Quid pro quo, my love, tell me your secret, and I’ll tell more of mine.” “Ça va... something very special happened during our first evening at the club.” “That’s not a confession.” “… But that is my secret.”
Will we see these characters again?
I have another idea in the works for my primary characters, and if I can manage, I will revise my first book (unpublished) which gave birth to these characters. Lucky Chance is similar to seeing Star Wars episode four, before seeing Star Wars episode one.
Which of your book worlds would you like to visit?
I loved the voice of Frank Muller, who we all lost tragically in 2008. I have actually thought before I ever wrote, about having his voice reading my words.
Why should we read your book?
For this book I have written in a way that my reader can engage at various levels. One might skim across a simple love story, or one my attempt to see themselves in similar situations or one might consider whether the plot contains a deeper message applicable to ordinary living. A simple story, but bold and comprehensive in scope.
What do you hope people will get out of your book?
Frederick Nietzsche wrote of his book, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, ‘A book for everyone and no one.’ I do not intend to claim peerage or subject with Nietzsche. My book is a fictional love story. However, while everyone might like to read my book, many may find that it reveals some aspects of love that are uncomfortable and perhaps, disagreeable. My statement captures the meaning of his remark.
Golf, love, life—Jack Weatherlow is more than familiar with all three. Is life a series of coincidences or is it linked by a greater thread? Returning from the brink of destruction, Jack lets his participation in recovery, his work at the hotel, and his close relationship with his wife, Samantha, guide him through some of life’s most important questions and lessons. What do we do when opportunity knocks at our door? Is it fate that brings us together with those we love most? What constitutes a family and what obligations do we have to those around us? Through his relationships and experiences on and off the green, Jack discovers many of life’s lucky chances.
Read an excerpt:
I often wondered about the finer details which shaped my mother’s journey in life. I imagine that she began her role as a parent as one person, possibly a reluctant person, but still more whole than not and rightly directed for the most part. At some point in time, I presume that she met with an irresolvable division in her conception of that original role or her identity in general. I suspect that the horrific accident that killed my dad’s parents inspired the initial separation. However, I wonder if the imports of that tragedy were simply the last drops of a sinister reagent which had long been burning away the reigns that held her in the middle of the road. Regardless of the cause, my mother salved her injuries with an anesthetic rather than an antiseptic. She chose relief rather than cure. I don’t suppose that she ever realized there was a difference. Nevertheless, the relief became the food or fuel which energized and promoted the process of her separation. She grew ever closer and more identified with her torment, and she grew evermore distant from her peace. I watched the transformation occur across my young life, such that I found myself more often despised and attacked by the tortured and tormented monster of trauma and tragedy, and less and less nurtured or treasured by the compassionate and caring mother of my imagination.
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Summer is in full swing – folks are hitting the golf course by day, and reflecting on life as the sunsets go later into the evening. In the spirit of golf and life, Charlotte-based Warren Publishing has released Lucky Chance, a thoughtful and moving novel by businessman, golfer and public speaker, R.C. Welch.
Lucky Chance is a 346-page soft cover book that addresses some of life’s most thought-provoking and insightful dilemmas and lessons through the lens of Jack Weatherlow. A golfer, husband, and alcoholic in recovery, Jack returns from the brink of destruction, and through his recovery, work, and relationship with his wife, Samantha, he attempts to find the answers to some of life’s most important questions. What do we do when opportunity knocks at our door? Is it fate that brings us together with those we love most? What constitutes a family and what obligations do we have to those around us? Through his relationships and experiences on and off the green, Jack discovers many of life’s lucky chances.
Inspired by his love of golf, business, and storytelling, Welch wrote Lucky Chance to give readers insight into a character he loves, and connect certain apparent similarities in life between obviously different circumstances.
“Lucky Chance is a wonderfully crafted novel, rich with narrative originality, and emotional and philosophical depth,” added Mindy Kuhn, President of Warren Publishing. “It’s a fantastic, unique read for anyone who enjoys reading about sports or love, but also for those looking to delve into the truly intricate and complicated questions of life.”
R.C. Welch holds graduate and post graduate degrees from two universities, and is honorably recognized in various circles of the business world. He is also an accomplished golfer, storyteller and public speaker. Lucky Chance is an expression of his innate and unique gifts. He currently resides in Winston Salem, NC.
RC Welch will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.a Rafflecopter giveaway