Monday, October 19, 2015

Blog Tour: Summer Seasons by Rebecca Cohen #Excerpt Giveaway

Summer Season by Rebecca Cohen

Blurb: A Treading the Boards Novella

A trip down to Cornwall is just what Ryan Penniford needs to recover from the daily grind of London life. Ryan and his amateur dramatics society, the Sarky Players, are traveling to Porthcurno to perform at the stunning Minack Theatre.

Stuart Box has returned to Cornwall after earning his PhD, and is killing time as he looks for a job back in London. Spending time with Ryan from the Sarky Players is a great way to take his mind off things.

During their first meeting, sparks fly, but not in a good way, and they must work to get past their initial hostilities to discover they have great off-stage chemistry. Stuart soon learns Ryan is not the superficial man people assume he is, and Stuart likes what he sees. The feeling is entirely mutual.

Pity Ryan is only visiting for two weeks, but both men want to see where this holiday romance might take them.

The Sarky Players began to slowly organize themselves. By the way Owen was giving out orders, Stuart suspected that he was the director, but the others didn’t seem to mind being told what to do and began carrying items from the back of the van into the top level of the theater. He wasn’t at all surprised when everything came to a halt as those who’d never been to the Minack before got their first view of the theater.
 “Oh my God, look at it!” cried Penny.
 The rest of the Sarky Players murmured in agreement at the sight of the amphitheater built into the cliff face and the endless sea behind.
 Ryan gasped in awe, and Stuart watched him take a few steps away from the other players, drinking in the theater. Stuart couldn’t blame him.
 He knew of nowhere else like it.
 Perhaps Ryan wasn’t quite as shallow as he’d assumed.
 Owen chivvied his troops, using exaggerated arm movements to herd them back into action. “I know it’s beautiful, but you’ll have all week to stare at it, and just think how amazing it will be to be on the stage.”
 The words seemed to do the trick as the players formed a line to pass everything down the steps to the next level. Several more people arrived, making Stuart more hopeful they’d be through with the get-in and stage setup by late afternoon.
 Piece by piece was passed down the chain, and having seen other productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Stuart wasn’t surprised at the collection they’d brought with them. Fake trees and rolls of green fabric would be used to dress the stage as a forest. On first glance, the costumes of the fairies were gaudier than he’d seen before, but then every troupe that came down here had to fight to hold the audience’s attention. Picking Shakespeare was always a popular choice, but competing with the elements and the Atlantic Ocean were not battles most plays had to face.
A ripple of laughter made Stuart turn around while carrying a selection of fairy wings. He ground his teeth as he spotted Ryan pretending to balance on an edge of a step and wobbling about.
 “Oi!” Stuart shouted, covering the short distance between them in a few long strides. “Be careful.”
 Ryan turned to stare at him. “I am being careful. I was just having a giggle to break up the monotony of lugging all this stuff.”
 “It won’t be a giggle if you slip and crack your head open on the way to the bottom.”
 “Oh please.”
 “Look, I know you think it’s a bit of fun, but no one will be laughing if we have to lift you out of here by air ambulance.”
 Ryan put his hands on his hips and puffed out his cheeks. “You’re overreacting. I’m not doing anything sillier than anyone else in this line, so why are you picking on me?”
 “Because you’re the one acting like an idiot.”
 “Who died and made you King Joykiller?” 

Bio and Links:
Rebecca Cohen is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she has left London behind and now lives with her husband and baby son in Basel, Switzerland. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cup of Darjeeling in the other.

Blog Tour:
Rebecca Cohen – Summer Season Blog Tour

7th: Dawn’s Reading Nook – unique excerpt
8th: Hearts on Fire – guest post
9th: Love Bytes – guest post | MM good book reviews – unique excerpt
10th: Zipper Rippers – guest post
11th: UK Gay Romance – promo post
12th: Novel Approach – guest post
13th: Because Two Men – unique excerpt
14th: RJ Scott – promo post
15th: Bookwinked – unique excerpt
16th: Prism Alliance – guest post
17th: Creative Ink Romance - review
18th: Sue Brown – promo post
19th: Diverse Reader – unique excerpt 

$20 gift card for Amazon or Are, 2 ebooks from back catalogue (excluding Summer Season). Giveaway closes 21st October 2015.

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  1. Oh, good question. I don't think I have a favourite location as such but the places I like to travel to are those where I'm guaranteed good weather and can do both the lazing on the beach and the cultural enrichment.

  2. I really don't have a favorite destination. I haven't been on a vacation in a long time. When my kids were small we spent almost every summer down in Williamsburg, VA. Loved those days. Would love to take a tropical vacation one day.