Saturday 17 February 2018

A Dangerous Score by Michael Bearcroft @mikebearcroft1 #BlogTour @rararesources

Football hero Jason Clooney is riding high....until a date with a
beautiful woman lands him in trouble with the media, and into
battle with the criminal underworld.

Now against a backdrop of an uncertain professional future,
Jason has to confront disturbing revelations surrounding his
new girlfriend’s family.

From football action on the pitch to behind the scenes plotting. 
To battles with a criminal gang and constant media attention, all
adding to the toughest challenges he has ever faced in life, love,
as a player and as a man.

A Dangerous Score by Michael Bearcroft was published in September 2016. My thanks to Rachel from Rachel's Random Resources who invited me to take part in this Blog Tour.
I'm delighted to welcome the author here to Random Things today, he's talking to us about the books that are special to him in My Life In Books.

My Life in Books - Michael Bearcroft

My father was an avid reader and took me to the public library in Sheffield at an early age.

Although I loved Western films I rarely, if ever, read books about the West.

My first memory of books was those of Dennis Wheatley. I enjoyed the Black Magic books and the historical series featuring Rodger Brookes as the hero . Though I disliked the author’s right wing politics, I enjoyed his stories.

Historical fiction was may preferred reading and I particularly liked the novels of an aptly named, so I thought, American doctor called Frank G Slaughter. Also, the Nicholas Pym historical spy novels by John Sanders, set in the 17th century. His hero was a ‘James Bond style’ Spy for the King and the villains had strange secret weapons.

As I grew up I started to read books about football (soccer), thrillers that my father liked, by Alastair Maclean and Desmond Bagley, whilst trying other genres such as the novels by Nevil Shute, DH Lawrence, Anthony Horowitz, Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen King and Harold Robbins.

The Flashman books by George Macdonald Fraser amused me and hopefully with age I began to gain some wisdom, my taste in books becoming more diverse.

The politics of Anthony Wedgewood Benn, Wind in the Willows to Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom, the Wilbur Smith novels to Bill Bryson. My tastes are more varied now yet I still manage to consume around 12-20 books every year!

Now my reading changes from Mark Gimenez to CJ Sansom, Harlen Coben to Andrew Pepper, Gregg Isles to politics, history, football and life. I am a bibliophile. I cannot imagine life without books and I hope to continue reading for many more years to come.

With my own attempt at writing I have tried to encapsulate my interests, beliefs, ideas, purpose and enjoyment of life. Whether it works....who am I to say?

Michael Bearcroft - February 2018

Born Sheffield. Goalkeeper for Sheffield United Juniors. 
Career in Sales and Marketing
Chief Executive NPS Health Care
Chairman BHCA Services. 
Professional Actor. Director; created Back To Broadway Stage Show and Schools, Murderous Liasions murder mystery company and have been Chairman of Corby Town FC.
Director of The British Red Cross.
Chairman of Kettering Radio Station and work extensively now as a Professional Public Speaker. My novel Dangerous Score is a thriller but hopefully shows how football could and should be. 
I support the Cornish Charity Penhaligons Friends and love living in Cornwall the county that has everything.

Twitter @mikebearcroft1

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for telling people about my book.It certainly rekindled old memories, seeing those old book covers again.
    Very Best Wishes. MIKE