Tuesday, February 25, 2014

'Bob at the Lake'

Today's Book Blast post is for Bob at the Lake by R. Murphy, a Contemporary Paranormal Humorous Romance available now from Soul Mate Publishing. There is no interview or guest post, but I will post a blurb, excerpt and a brief bio of the author, as well as links to the participating blogs on the tour. Please leave your e-mail when you comment, as the author will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Roz Murphy is the pseudonym of a shy, retiring writer who doesn’t want her neighbors to know how nutty she really is. Brooklyn-born and Jersey-bred, Roz now lives on the misty shore of one of New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes. Prior to that, her business writing career took her to many locations, including Manhattan, where she worked for a number of years. As a freelance and corporate writer, Roz won several national and international writing and communications awards.

Now Roz is pursuing her first love—fiction. She’s writing the ‘Bob’ books, the humorous chronicle of a crabby ‘woman of a certain age’ who moves to the wintry shores of a New York lake—and gets a ghost. And not just any ghost, mind you. Bob’s a plump, middle-aged ghost from 1920s Manhattan who swans around in a silk smoking jacket and drinks far too many martinis. Stir the good-looking grape grower who lives up the hill into this mix and you get a pretty potent screwball cocktail!

When she’s not reading, writing, hill-walking, staring mindlessly out the window at the lake or piling rocks onto her ever-diminishing lakefront, you can usually find Roz hanging out with her family, travelling, or exploring the amazing wines and wineries of the Finger Lakes.

‘Bob at the Lake’ is exclusively available as a Kindle download from Amazon. Please join Roz Murphy Author on FaceBook for updates on the many adventures of Roz, David—and Bob.

Blurb for Bob at the Lake

Take a crabby woman of a certain age, move her to the wintry shores of a New York lake, and then throw in a martini-loving ghost from 1920s Manhattan. Last, stir in the good-looking grape grower who lives up the hill. Now there’s a recipe for a potent screwball cocktail!

Excerpt from Bob at the Lake

“Trust me, it will hit you like a brick of gold.”

That’s Bob. He’s my ghost. Well, not my ghost since I’m sitting here writing, but the ghost who lives with me. Other women probably get muscleman ghosts who can fix plumbing and take out the garbage, or romantic ghosts who set their hearts a-flutter. Me, I get a ghost who’s middle-aged, plump, and who likes to lounge around the house in a silk smoking jacket from the nineteen-thirties. Not exactly the kind of ghost I’d ever imagined I’d get. I will admit, though, that Bob does make an amazing martini. A martini that, in fact, hits you like a brick of gold.

I found, unfortunately, the longer Bob lived at my place, the more I appreciated his skill with martinis. Which was probably not a great thing for my liver, or my relationships with my sisters, but what the heck.

Remember the Great Recession? According to the newspapers, some consumers seem to be wiping it from their memories, but it had a big impact on a lot of people, including me. That economy hurt. Lost jobs, lost houses, lost marriages, lost hopes—lives turned upside down in the flutter of a pink slip. People scrambling just to keep from drowning—couch surfing, penny pinching, living newly frugal lives.

Like millions of others, the economy sucked me into its undertow...

This one sounds like a lot of fun...I sense a shopping trip in my near future.

Participating Blogs


  1. Thanks for the excerpt - this does sound like an interesting book! Thanks for the spotlight and good luck to R. Murphy on her tour!

  2. Nancy, thank you so much for hosting me on your great blog, and I do hope there's a shopping trip in your future ;-) ! And Maria, thank you so much for your good wishes on my tour. Fingers crossed! I'll be back later to answer any questions... Best--Roz

  3. Nancy, I really enjoyed visiting with you and your readers today. Thanks so much for letting me hang out with you. I also wanted to mention... If you're a member of Amazon Prime, you can download my book from their library for free! Hope to see you again soon. Roz