Thursday, 23 January 2014

Tick to the Tock by Matthew Turner Blog Tour - Guest Post + Giveaway

Tick to the Tock

Tick to the Tock by Matthew Turner
NA Contemporary
Published: 8th January 2014

Dante King is a young twenty something who discovers he’s dying. He won’t live to see his next birthday and time is ticking away to live life before it’s taken from him. With the help of his eccentric and wild-free friend, Wilbur Day, and stubbornly rational cousin, Ethan Knight, the three friends embark on a trip that takes them across Europe, Asia, Australia and beyond.

Dante clings to his past though and the many regrets he has, yearning for acceptance and finally understanding faith. He’s only loved once, and when Daniella Adams comes back in to his life, the pair realise how in love they are – but must battle what they previously did to one another.

This is a heart pulling journey of amazing scenery and adventurous ways, but built on a life that is soon to end. It follows the love of Danii and Dante, finally realising how much they mean to each other but having it ripped away before their eyes. It’s about love and hardship between friends, family, and a dying son’s regret of not being better.

It’s a roller coaster ride of laughs and tears and making the most of life before it’s too late.

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Guest Post by Matthew Turner

Travelling Australia: The Good, The Bad, & The Downright Weird

Ten years ago I was in Brisbane, Australia, as a naive nineteen-year-old travelling the country’s East Coast. I did what young minds do: eat badly, flirt, experiment, and always had one drink too many. Fast forward to now, and I’m a father who does yoga, barely drinks at all, and I seem to have digressed in the flirting department to a level my young self would no doubt be disgusted by.

Still, it didn’t stop me writing TICK to the TOCK: a novel where several of Australia’s lovely cities are adventured.

So far my two novels have included a great deal of travelling, and people often ask me if I’ve been to all of the locations I write about. The answer is simple: NO! It’s a fairly even split between those I’ve been to and those I one day wish to visit. I love imagining myself in a place I’ve never been to, and although this may result in a few wayward details, I find empathy and imagination is more than enough to provide an exciting tale.

The Australian Chapters in TICK to the TOCK very much toyed with past experiences however, and it lead me to re-live my crazy adventure in Australia an entire decade ago. What a wonderful experience it was too, as I delved into my collection of photographs and shook my head at my fashion choices, greasy hair, and how I thought I was all that.

Jesus, how wonderful and disturbing naivety is…

For instance, I got to think about my New Years Eve at Sydney Harbour, and recall how amazing and awful it was. This was a dream come true (a wish from a young go-getting teenager), but I would never want to spend another New Years there. The chapter talks about the shoulder-to-shoulder chaos, the drunken bodies in all directions, and how the journey back to Coggee Beach took an age due to one passing bus after another.

I also got to reminisce about the streets of Cairns, which are among my favourite streets in the world. I fell in love with the old wooden buildings and how everything looked like a cool vintage movie set. You forget so much as time whooshes past, but I got to conjure up old memories and recall the sensation I felt when first seeing the white beaches of The Whitsundays - which let me tell you are beyond incredible.

Had I never written TICK to the TOCK these memories may have remained dormant forever. And this, my dear reader, would be a sad thing indeed.

So, although TICK to the TOCK takes you on a worldwide adventure that far supposes my own experiences, it does provide a few real tales along the way. There’s a lot to love about being a writer, but the means of digging up old stories and crafting them anew for people you’ve never met to love or hate is among the most special.

Ten years ago. Wow. How time flies. Australia, we shall meet again, this I’m sure. Only next time I won’t drink quite as much, and my flirting ways may fall short of your expectations. Age takes us all I suppose, but through my writing I at least get to revisit some of my favourite periods in life.

Matthew Turner - Author of TICK to the TOCK

Author Bio - Matthew Turner

What would you do if you had three months to live? That’s what Dante King faces, the indecisive twenty-two-year-old who must finally learn to embrace life and love.

Tick to the Tock is a Contemporary New Adult Novel about Dante coming-of-age during turbulent times. A story inspired by love, but with the gritty realities of regret, missed opportunity, and understanding life’s meaning under dire circumstance. But a single mind isn’t affected on this journey, as an eclectic group comes to terms with the past, present, and what lies ahead.

Dante must confront and accept his fate, but can he let go of Danni: his lost love and kindred dreamer? With his rationally stubborn cousin, and eccentric best friend, Dante witnesses a life of dream and wonder: embarking across Europe, tackling Tibet, travelling Australia, and defeating each lifelong wish one-by-one.

Follow this coming-of-age roller coaster as four lives change forever. We’re only given one, but it’s never too late to understand faith, discover acceptance, and uncover the true meaning of love and happiness. Dante will die, but not before Danii, Ethan, Wilbur and he undertake an intense and heartfelt journey.

Smile… Cry… Ask yourself what you would do with three months left… Because Love & Living Begins Now.

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