Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Lucky Chance by R.C. Welch

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Lucky Chance by R.C. Welch. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt as well as a guest post about luck. There's also a tour wide giveaway to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card! Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the tour for more excerpts, guest posts, interviews, reviews, and more. Enjoy!
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Title: Lucky Chance
Author: R.C. Welch
Publisher: Warren Publishing, Inc
Publication Date: March 14th 2019
Genre: Literary Fiction
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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.

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EXCERPT:
I believe that my mother saw me as an offensive predator. That depiction is also a product of natural, but highly convoluted, logic. Inside my childhood home, typically accepted roles tended to become wildly skewed from commonly accepted norms. Such a thing seems to follow, when the rules of engagement are based on upon illusion, rather than truth and honesty. I had a legitimate mother, who was an adult, but she was, in equal measure, an unpredictable and unmerciful tyrant and fiend. I thought I saw my mom enter my bedroom at night, but I always engaged with a monster, instead.

Reconciling this sinister conundrum installed a type of internal courtroom scene in my heart, mind and soul. I visit that court of inquisition quite regularly, and I have done so, throughout all remembered life. I stand trial for crimes relating to common actions and simple decisions. The charges I face are modest. I am accused of being less than I might have been. The verdict is, always, guilty. The sentence is humble. I don’t think very highly of myself. That courtroom is the second distinction which hails from childhood days with my alcoholic mother.

Nevertheless, I learned to defend myself inside my home. I developed a dependable set of tactical engagement routines. Most of the time, they are stored away like cleaned guns, quiet and harmless, but they are also ready for loading, and aiming, and firing when needed. Sam is attempting to discourage the practice of opening my arsenal. I actually love her for that, and quite fittingly, I feel the scorch of shame whenever I begin to jingle the keys to my heirloom gun cabinet.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.

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GUEST POST:
Do you believe in luck?
People are always saying, “Good Luck!” That expression is a timeless piece of simple human compassion, offered through various degrees of actual concern. I say it myself quite often. I hear other people say, “You make your own luck.” Those two statements emerge from opposing world views or philosophies of life. Underneath the first salutation or blessing, the hope is that I just happen to move beneath an ethereal shower of good fortune. The other remark suggests that I have some personal responsibility, or ‘skin-in-the-game,’ regarding my upcoming performance. However, each well-wishing statement suggests that I am, indeed, doing something.

Perhaps, Nike captured the best statement of well-wishing compassion in their famous advertising slogan, “Just Do It!”

Personally, I think that ‘Luck’ is a matter of perception. By perception, I mean awareness and preferred language. What do I see and how do I prefer to describe the phenomenon. In my book, Lucky Chance, I place my characters together in situations where readers might discern pure lucky chances or perhaps, readers might see how the characters made their own luck, or good fortune, by taking certain risks, or simply by taking certain steps along the course of their lives. These possibilities probably do not matter, one way or the other. I am simply aware of the difference in perception that might exist.

To add a little depth to my observation I offer the following: Absolutely everything in this universe exists in perpetual motion, regardless of the fact that that motion is in many cases impossible to detect. Whirling atoms make up every stationary and every moving thing in our lives. Electrons and particles are spinning inside minuscule orbits. The Earth spins around the Sun, daily and yearly. The Moon spins and whirls around the Earth. All the cosmos, no matter how distant, is whirling and revolving in that matching and active dance. I could go on and on... the plants grow and recede, the rivers flow, the weather changes, the winds blow, the rain falls, my hair grows and falls out. On and on in every conceivable way, everything that is, is moving. My point is that within all this movement there exists the possibility for intersection and interaction. The combinations for collisions and detours are unfathomably innumerable. Hundreds of millions of ‘lucky chances’ are poised to occur within every second of every day.

“Wow! I had such a lucky day!”

I believe that the key to understanding or interpreting ‘Luck’ is participation. By simply living, we are always participating in the bigger game that is underway in our universe, but we must also decide upon that smaller games, in which, we wish, or might, or should, or could, be participating. You must participate within your own personally preferred game before any ‘lucky chance’ might appear or transact.

On the other hand, my grandmother was convinced that I was an ‘Accident Prone’ child. She labelled me that way without the slightest doubt. Why? I did things. Many times I failed in my doing of whatever. The result was termed, an accident. Many times I was hurt. Perhaps, I may have chosen better occupations, but I participated and I was an active player inside my personal game. I might say that I do similar things in the present day, but I think I am far wiser and in some cases, well-practiced. Today, my record would show that I am no longer ‘Accident Prone’ unless you refuse to accept the bigger picture and prefer to remain frozen and satisfied inside an image that has long passed. While my grandmother had her view, her daughter, and my Mom, would say, ‘There but for the grace of God.’ Both statements involve a precise type of language concerning a ‘chance’ event; ‘Accident Prone’ for the negative ‘unlucky’ connotation and ‘Grace of God’ for the more positive or ‘lucky’ outlook. I allow my readers to decide for themselves.
I use the game of golf as a background element for my fictional love story. I chose that game because every stroke of the ball and swing of the club might be identified within some measure of luck. “You can’t hit that shot! It’s remarkable. You’re so lucky….” But, the more I play and the more I practice that game, the luckier and unluckier I appear to become. Did I actually do it, or was I simply lucky? In addition, golf also reveals the very finest way to understand all so-called luck. Perhaps, the oldest saying in all of golf is: “Play the ball as it lies.” Everything is in motion and susceptible to swipes and caroms and bounces and rolls. In my mind, that ancient command translates to acceptance. Accept your immediate outcome, but get on with the game at hand.

So, do I believe in ‘luck?’

At a passing glance my appearance or voice would suggest that I do indeed believe in ‘luck.’ I have been programmed that way throughout all life. However, one reason that I play the game of golf, or write books, for that matter, is to witness what my participation in the world has to offer. I try to accept the results of good luck, good fortune or practiced skill with humility, and I also attempt to persevere and prevail against the episodes of bad luck, or bad strokes or distractions that will inevitably descend upon my life. In other words, and underneath an appearance, I’m trying to live as fully as possible within each passing moment. That too, takes practice.
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GIVEAWAY:
R.C. Welch will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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35 comments:

  1. I really appreciate getting to read about your book since I have so man in my family who are huge readers. Thanks for sharing  and for the giveaway.

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  2. The cover is beautiful! Thanks for the chance!

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  3. Great excerpt, I look forward to reading this.

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  4. What do you want readers to take away from this story?

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  5. This sounds great, thanks for sharing

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  6. Can't wait to read this. Thanks for the giveaway...and letting me know about an author that is new to me!

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  7. I always find good reads on this blog

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  8. Intriguing story premise. Looking forward to reading.

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  9. thanks sounds like an interesting book

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  10. I enjoyed the excerpt, looking forward to reading the entire book.

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  11. Thank you for sharing an excerpt, this sounds great

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  12. The book sounds interesting, thanks.

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  13. This sounds like an interesting story.

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  14. What did you have for breakfast this morning?

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  15. When was the last time you truly laughed?

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  16. I love the idea of luck and chance! I am also very interested in the character of Jack!

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  17. When have you been the most pissed off?

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  18. Have you ever had a prison penpal?

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  19. Thanks for hosting. The book sounds quite interesting and full of life's truths. Best wishes on your novel.

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  20. What are your plans for this weekend?

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  21. sounds like a fun one

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  22. Happy Friday, my fellow readers!

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  23. The cover is great and enjoyed the excerpts. Thank you.

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