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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Just Outside of Hope by Ron Kearse - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Ron Kearse and his new book, “Just Outside of Hope”!  For other stops on his Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Ron and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Just Outside of Hope
by Ron Kearse





Just Outside of Hope, the sequel to Road Without End, moves through the early years of the 1980s. It takes us from the Canadian Prairies to the pubs, bath houses and nude beaches of Vancouver, British Columbia.

It is now September 1980 and ex-Lieutenant Jim Whitelaw is dealing with the guilt he feels from the fall out of a military tribunal, and lingering family issues which make things worse. But just as he feels he's getting his life together, cracks appear once more and he has to make some serious decisions.

Meanwhile, in a matter of a moment, Jim's friend and sometimes lover Bert Gilhuis, finds himself trapped in a serious situation that eventually sees him set off on new adventures in Vancouver.

These are two more stories in the continuing series of the lives of gay men who lived through the most exhilarating and terrifying of times.




Is this what it feels like when you wake up after sleeping for what seems like twenty years? It’s been four months since I’ve finished my prison sentence, and it still feels like the time I’ve spent inside has been some kind of bad dream.

When I went into prison in September 1981, Calgary was a boomtown where there were good jobs to be had everywhere. Now here it is May 1983, and as I walk around town, I see apartment buildings that are almost empty, for sale signs on the front lawns of houses, and I’m hearing too many stories of people leaving to get jobs in Toronto. What happened? This drastic change occurred, and I feel like I was asleep. To top it off, it’s been another frustrating morning at the Canada Manpower Centre because I’m limited in the jobs I can apply for due to the criminal record I now possess.

In spite of all that, it’s late spring, the sun is shining, and I feel okay. After being confined for eighteen months, I appreciate what a great feeling it is just to walk down a city side street and enjoy the sun whenever I want to.



Some of My Favorite Items in My Office:

As an author, I get asked all kinds of questions about pretty much every facet of the writing and publishing process. I get asked things like, where do I get my inspiration? How do I come up with the characters? Or even, how do I cope with writer’s block? But sometimes people will ask me things like: what kind of items do you like to have in your office when you write?

Well, I don’t have an office, more like a small corner in our living room.  Even though my writing space is compact, I manage to cram, (and I do mean cram), a lot of things in that corner. Things like: A small pile of copies of my first novel Road Without End, some small electronic equipment, a small box of memory sticks, and a large tile on my desk on which to set my morning coffee. There are some things that I like to have around me while I write. For example, Yoda and a Dalek!

As far as I’m concerned, Yoda and the Dalek are the personifications of Yin and Yang, Black and White, Good and Evil, and it’s just fun to be able to look up and see them both there in front of me. Yoda looks like he’s rolling his eyes because the Dalek won’t shut up. (For those who aren’t familiar with them, The Daleks are the bad guys in the Dr. Who TV series).

My partner and I always like to have music playing. Sometimes I like to go to other places to write, especially when the weather is nice. I have my little speakers sitting within easy reach so I can take them with me anywhere I’d like to write. Generally, Jazz music, or Brian Eno-type of atmospheric music both seem to really agree with me as I write. But sometimes when I’m writing something about a specific time or place, I’ll listen to the music that was popular at the time the stories were set, or music from the area where the action takes place. For example, my novel Just Outside of Hope is set in the years 1980 and 1983, so while I was writing it I was listening to the top 100 songs of both of those years. The music helps me to get a feel for the times that I write about, and of course, many of those songs take me back to when I was in my early/mid-twenties. Inspiration and memory trips all at the same time, gotta love it.

I love art and I like lots of art on the walls. In my writing corner, I have this big, beautiful painting of a town here in British Columbia called Crescent Beach, painted by my friend Gord Snyder.

Now we come to the crowning glory! The next photo is Monsieur Goat. He is the overlord of my creative space. He oversees the creative process from his perch high atop a leather, steampunk top hat of mine. He will nod his head and smile when I’ve written something profound, or something just perfect for the scene I’m describing.

On the other hand, if I make a mistake or get lazy, he’ll give me a blast with that confounded horn he has in his hand. He’s the one that reminds me that I should be doing some kind of writing every day. Even if it’s just rough notes, I should be getting something down on paper every day.

I feel blessed and grateful to be able to do what I love in my retirement years, and that is to tell stories. I’ll be telling many more stories yet, especially if Monsieur Goat has anything to do with it.

Ron Kearse

Oh yes, and here is the hat that M. Goat sits on everyday…world’s coolest steampunk hat!



Ron Kearse lists travelling, photography, art, reading and history as his main sources of inspiration.

An artist, broadcaster, actor and writer, Ron has a colourful and varied work resumé.

Having lived a nomadic life, Ron has finally settled in Victoria, BC where he lives with his partner James Howard.

Just Outside of Hope is the second installment in the Road Without End Trilogy, he has also published a photo book of Vancouver Street Art in the mid-1980s called Lost History.





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Ron will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Ron ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

  2. Thanks so much for both the book description and giveaway as well. I enjoy hearing about another good book.

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  4. Great post and I love the cover! Thanks for sharing.