Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Trowchester Blues by Alex Beecroft ~ Blog Tour, Review, Interview and Giveaway

Banner 2

Alex is on tour with Riptide for the release of her book Trowchester Blues. Check out her interview with one of the characters, Michael May and enter the giveaway for your chance to win a copy of the book.


Trowchester Blues by Alex Beecroft


Title: Trowchester Blues

Author: Alex Beecroft

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Release: 9th February 2015

Genre: M/M (mystery / thriller)


grey stargrey stargrey stargrey stargrey star half

goodreads add to


Michael May is losing it. Long ago, he joined the Metropolitan Police to escape his father’s tyranny and protect people like himself. Now his father is dead, and he’s been fired for punching a suspect. Afraid of his own rage, he returns to Trowchester—and to his childhood home, with all its old fears and memories. When he meets a charming, bohemian bookshop owner who seems to like him, he clings tight.

Fintan Hulme is an honest man now. Five years ago, he retired from his work as a high class London fence and opened a bookshop. Then an old client brings him a stolen book too precious to turn away, and suddenly he’s dealing with arson and kidnapping, to say nothing of all the lies he has to tell his friends. Falling in love with an ex-cop with anger management issues is the last thing he should be doing.

Finn thinks Michael is incredibly sexy. Michael knows Finn is the only thing that still makes him smile. But in a relationship where cops and robbers are natural enemies, that might not be enough to save them.

An Interview with Michael May

He was meant to come to the house, but he doesn't. I find him in his boat building shed, planning long smooth curls of wood shavings from the keel of a new narrowboat by the light of a Tilley-lamp. He gives me an amiable nod as I walk in, but looks down again in silence.

I'm already gathering that this is going to be another awkward interview. Finn was borderline aggressive. Michael is blanking me. I wonder what I've done.

Actually, it's pretty clear. He's a private man, and I've seen him naked. And drunk. And sobbing. I know what goes through his head when he's making love. Looked at like that, it's no wonder he'd rather not have to deal with me face to face.

“Hi,” I try, feeling self-conscious myself now. “I shouldn't have done this. I'm sorry.”

He's a solid, burly bloke. Not my type – but then he wasn't designed for me. But I am partial to his sweet smile. “You created my whole world. You probably get to make the rules.”

“But I don't want to make you uncomfortable,” I say. “It always seems like a good idea, this interviewing your own characters business, until you do it and you end up mired in existential problems. Are you even real? How can I be talking to you if you're not?” I can already feel this chat threatening to unravel the fabric of space and time and tip me into the notional void.

“Am I even real? Or since I'm being written by myself, am I in fact only a fictional version of myself inserted into this universe as a proxy, and therefore no more your creator than you are?”

Michael sets the plane down and dusts shavings off his hands before smacking white dust from his black trousers. He grins. “I see where Finn gets it.”


“His ability to blather. You want a cup of tea?”

Something's eased. I'm guessing he finds me amusing and has decided to take pity on me. If so, I'm very grateful. “I prefer coffee if you've got it.”

His grin widens an increment. He's thinking Do you know me at all? Of course I've got coffee, but he's not going to bother saying so because it's so very unnecessary, and he's a man of few words.

It's good coffee, out of a thermos. I suspect it may have been made by Aidan at Idris's tea shop. It's got that velvety fresh brewed bean taste without any of the burnt undertones you get from most of the cafes around here. We sit quietly to savour it, while the lambent gas of the tilley lamp hisses against its mantel.

“I'm sorry,” I say again, “I saddled you with a lot of baggage.”

He looks amused. “You also saddled me with Finn, so we can call it even.”

“He said a similar thing about you,” I admit, pleased, because they're such opposites, but at times they're so very in tune it even surprises me.

“Besides, it's not like baggage you don't understand. I felt... safe... in your hands.”

That's the sweetest thing one of my characters has ever said to me. It figures that it would be Michael who is such a scary guy that he doesn't need to pretend not to have a softer side.

“Thank you. I gave you a lot more than I had to handle, though.”

He smiles. “I'm tougher than you.”

Huh. Well, I can't really deny that.

“How do you put up with Finn bossing you around?” I ask, looking out on the swans swimming by on the canal at the bottom of the garden. I'm curious about this. I wrote the relationship but I'm not sure how much I understand it.

“I like it,” he says quietly, looking down at the blade and the tar stains in his hands. “He's clever and, uh, energetic, and I get tired, you know? I get angry, and when I'm angry I don't trust myself to know what to do. I trust him. It's just easier to let him decide.”

“It really doesn't annoy you?” I'm glad. I want him to be happy, and I like Finn, I know Finn loves him. Just, is that enough?

“I like it,” Michael repeats, with a simplicity that says that's all that needs to be said. “It makes me feel like I've finally got someone to look after me.”

I finish my coffee in a much better frame of mind. I don't know why I feel so protective of him, he's an ex-Metropolitan police officer and he's built like a tank. I just happen to know that inside he's something of a lost puppy.


Teaser 3



About the Author

Alex Beecroft is an English author best known for historical fiction, notably Age of Sail, featuring gay characters and romantic storylines. Her novels and shorter works include paranormal, fantasy, and contemporary fiction.

Beecroft won Linden Bay Romance’s (nowSamhain Publishing) Starlight Writing Competition in 2007 with her first novel,Captain’s Surrender, making it her first published book. On the subject of writing gay romance, Beecroft has appeared in theCharleston City Paper, LA Weekly, the New Haven Advocate, theBaltimore City Paper, and The Other Paper.

She is represented by Louise Fury of the L. Perkins Literary Agency

Connect with the Author




Purchase Links





Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for an e-book from Alex Beecroft's backlist (excepting Trowchester Blues). Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on February 15. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

Please leave your email address in your comment so should you be chosen as a winner we are able to notify you.

Good Luck X



  1. I'm really looking forward to reading this book. I love Alex's stories. The Reluctant Berserker was one of the best books I read last year. Thank you for the excerpt and the giveaway!.

  2. I just started this last night (was lucky enough to get an ARC), glad to see your 4 1/2 star review. Only up to Chapter 3 I think.


    1. Glad you're liking it so far, Anne. Thank you!

  3. I really like Alex's writing so I sure hope I win. Thanks for the giveaway.


  4. That was a lovely interview. I've never read one quite like it, but it was perfect!

  5. New author to me and really looking forward to this read!!

  6. I always enjoy character interviews, but this one was particularly entertaining.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. Thanks for the lovely character interview. Makes me want to read the book even more!

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com

  8. great interview

  9. Interesting interview and premise. Thanks for sharing and much success!
    taina1959 @ yahoo.com

  10. I love the character interview!

    Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(dot)com

  11. Congratulations on the new release! I love character interviews and this was a god one!


  12. Great character interview. Congrats on your new release! It sounds fantastic.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  13. Each post I read makes this book more appealing.

  14. This is the first time I have read a character interview and I loved it! It COMPELLED me look though all your books and add many to my To Be Read List! Thank you so much.

  15. I love the pics you've included. Does this mean Benedict Cumberbatch was an inspiration for one of the heroes? Character interviews are always such fun, and this is one of the best and most creative interviews I've seen. Honestly, it sold me on the book far more than the blurb did. Also, I feel a bit less crazy about talking to the people in my own head, after reading this - so thank you for that, Alex. ;-)

    1. Oh, right, email address. Sheesh.

      kshugrue at gmail dot com

  16. Love finding new to me authors!

  17. What a wonderful interview! I like the picture as well. aahickmanathotmaildotcom

  18. love the sound of this book and the cover looks real good ty for the chance jeaninebeaulieu@hotmail.ca

  19. I enjoyed the interview and look forward to reading the book.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  20. Congrats on the new release! Really looking forward to reading this book!