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Tom Winton is the new Ernest Hemingway–From the 1/8/2014

A Second Chance in Paradise is similar to Earnest Hemmingway's "Old Man and the Sea".

A Second Chance in Paradise by Tom Winton

Tom Winton must be channeling the spirit of Ernest Hemingway. If you liked “The Old Man and the Sea”, you’ll love “A Second Chance in Paradise”. Like Winton’s previous book, “Four Days With Hemingway’s Ghost” this novel has a lot in common with old Papa’s titles. It’s about a “wounded warrior”. It takes place in the Florida Keys. There’s a lot of fishing, ocean storms, and battles of several kinds that pit man against nature. When the hero, Sonny, lands a 165 pound fish, the description is so vivid that you’ll swear you’ve suffered line cuts on your own hands, and you’ll wonder why your back hurts.

Sonny Raines is a furniture salesman in New York. After telling his boss off, and quitting his job, he comes home to find out his wife, Wendy, is having an affair. He packs his bags into his old van and heads for Florida to start a new life. He settles into a small town just outside Key West where he meets good common people who also have battle scars like his own. He finds a new job, makes a new life, and falls in love again. But while he is at it, he gets pulled into a dispute about a real estate developer, protected mango trees, and a threat to the new life he’s learned to love.

If you’re a fan of Hemingway’s scarred heroes, and you want to read a six-star future best seller, here you go. If you are a budding author who wants to study the work of a master, well, this is how it’s done, son.

Agents and editors will blog and write articles about the “rules” of writing, and point to techniques that no author should even think of sending in. It is a rare and talented writer who can get away with breaking those rules. One of those rules is that a writer should never say “little did he know”. Another rule is that background information should be delivered in small doses. Too much background at one time is known as an “information dump.” As a rule, background should not exceed more than a page at a time.

In this story, Winton successfully uses the “I didn’t know this at the time, but…” ploy, and follows it with pages of background that cover Julie’s engagement to her former fiancée, a car accident, and a resulting handicap. It’s done so smoothly that the reader doesn’t even notice the rules are being broken. After reading that chapter, I had to stop and consider the feat this author pulled off. I read the chapter again, just to admire the beauty and skill of the way it was written.

The love scene is also excellently portrayed. While written from a man’s point of view, using tasteful language and descriptions, the scene comes off the way a woman wants it. It’s not just climactic, but tender and loving at the same time, giving, not taking, passionate, yet tender. Wendy was a complete fool to ever let Sonny go.

The action scenes are also tastefully described, yet make you gouge the edges of your Kindle and squirm in your seat. These scenes prove that, with skill, a writer doesn’t need to resort to guts to make a book gut wrenching.

The only thing that could possibly improve the story would be if Sonny realized that being sterile is a sort of handicap, too. That would have motivated the ending better, but even without that insight, the ending will make you say “aaaaaaaah” and you’ll be tempted to read it again and again.



When darkness falls the Florida Keys come alive with romance and high-powered suspense.  Best Seller, A SECOND CHANCE IN PARADISE, will take you to that land of swaying palms and warm, gentle breezes.

Long Island salesman Sonny Raines has had it. He’s sick and tired of living in a world where wrong always wins over right. Then, on his thirty-ninth birthday, when he loses his job and comes home to the most devastating shock of his life, that’s it. He’s dropping out.

With nothing left to lose, and little in his pocket, Sonny chucks it all and drives his aging van fifteen-hundred miles to the lower reaches of the Florida Keys. All he wants is to get over his recent losses and simplify his hectic life, and that’s exactly what he thinks he’s doing when he settles on a paradisiacal speck of an island known as Wrecker’s Key. While surrounded by the warm aquamarine waters of two tropical oceans, he not only falls in love with the key but also establishes a close bond with the free-spirited locals who call it home.

But all isn’t blue skies, swaying palms, and coconut oil on Wrecker’s Key. There’s trouble wafting in the warm breezes that caress the island. Although Sonny certainly isn’t looking for romance, he finds himself falling for his next door neighbor. Ex-model Julie Albright just may be the kindest, most beautiful woman to ever grace his eyes, but there’s a snag. She has a small physical flaw that, no matter how hard he tries, Sonny can’t overlook. And his feelings are no secret to Julie. She can read them, and they weigh as heavy on her heart as they do on his. Then things get even worse. One night, under the cover of darkness, danger drifts up the deep, silent currents from the lower keys—serious danger—life and death danger. And Sonny Raines finds himself right in the middle of it.

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Just Released–Four Days with Hemingway’s Ghost

6/27/12–Tom Winton’s new book, Four Days with Hemingway’s Ghost for sale at Amazon.

Four Days with Hemingway’s Ghost is not a story of spooks and spirits.  It is an entertaining weave of heartrending emotion, humor, and a sprinkling of little known facts.  The novel also examines the lives of two very different men.  One is mortal, the other immortal.  One is painfully ordinary, the other world famous.  But despite their
differences, they both learn some invaluable lessons from one another during
their few days together.

Jack Phelan is a forty-two-year-old underachiever.  He lives in South Florida, and though he mows lawns for a living, he’s not what you might think.  He’s got an exceptionally sharp mind and is a self-educated Hemingway aficionado.  After Jack gets into a highly unlikely accident, he’s flown by helicopter to the nearest hospital in West Palm Beach where he remains in a coma for four days.  But minutes after he blacks out, he finds himself in Key West, lorida.  He’s leaning on the brick wall in front of the Hemingway Home now turned museum.  As he admires the house and grounds, he suddenly realizes someone is standing right next to him.  Thinking it’s a tourist crowding him, he turns to confront the man.  But he doesn’t.  Instead his eyes spring wide open and he is absolutely stupefied.  Standing alongside him is an aged Papa Hemingway, and he’s staring straight into Jack’s buggy eyes.

Hem has been sent from above to help determine whether or not Jack has what it takes to write a book for “The Main Man above the clouds.”  But what Ernest doesn’t know is that the book is going to be about him.  And that its purpose is to change the world’s perception of the swaggering, hard-knuckled, macho myth he has become.  Over the next four days,
Jack Phelan and Ernest Hemingway travel to some of the legendary author’s old haunts and rub shoulders with many of his long gone friends.  But wait. Once their time together ends, the story is still not over.  That’s when things really get interesting.

A Recent Interview with Tom Winton

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Bio:  Tom Winton was born and raised in New York City. During his working career he has done everything from working on a railroad gang in the Colorado Rockies to driving a taxicab in Manhattan. Now retired, he has also been a mailman, a salesman, an entrepreneur and more. He lives in Hobe Sound, Florida, with his wife
Blanche and their ill-tempered but loveable Jack Russell terrier, Ginger. They spend part of their time in Carmel, Maine.
Product Description:  It doesn’t happen often, but every now and then one
small soul rises from the crowded depths of obscurity and causes the earth to
wobble on its axis. This last happened in 2008 when an unemployed doorman, in a
secondhand Goodwill suit, stepped onto the worldwide stage in Stockholm and accepted The Nobel
Prize for Literature.
In this me-me twenty-first century, Thomas Soles may very well be the last American martyr. This self-described “simple man” writes a simple book that resuscitates the all-but-dead international labor
movement. The response to his thoughts and perceptions are astounding. All around the globe, from pole to pole, from America to Zimbabwe, the marching footsteps of workers, young and old, tremor the earth. But not everyone is pleased. There’s a tight-knit, elitist clique that is absolutely livid over the thoughts and ideals that fill the pages of his book. And the moment Tom and his wife, Elaina, return home from Sweden, they realize just how angry this profit-hungry mob really is.
Q—What will readers like about your book?
Firstly, it’s a very timely book!  With struggling people and economies all over the world, most readers will in one way or another easily relate to the subject matter.  Also, The Last American Martyr is a suspenseful novel sandwiched between two heartrending romances.  Already it seems to be garnering a very wide reading audience.
Q—Why did you go indie?
After ten agents asked for all or part of my debut novel, Beyond Nostalgia, last July (yes TEN
agents–four in one day) I allowed myself some hope.  But I did not have one taker.  Several said they were “sure” I’d find the right agent “soon”, but it didn’t happen.  I was then approached by a small indie publisher, and Beyond Nostalgia came out this past February.  By the way, this book that ten agents nixed…it has been on
four Amazon Bestseller lists at one time and three “Top Rated” charts.
Q—Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Odd as this is going to sound, I don’t read a whole lot of suspense.  Though, like I said, The Last American Martyr is suspense in the middle of two romances, it somehow evolved into that.  I had a rough idea of what the story was going to be, but I let the MC, Thomas Soles, take me wherever he wanted.  My favorite authors are Pat Conroy, Steinbeck, and Jim Harrison, just to name a few.
The Last American Martyr link:

The Last American Martyr

The Last American Martyr

Newly Released

Just released last month, Tom’s new novel, The Last American Martyr, has already been on two of  Amazon’s “Hot New Releases” lists.   It is also a finalist for the “2012 Book of the Year Award” on Random House’s Youwriteon website.
Full of suspense, mystery, drama, and romance, it is available for $.99 Kindle and $9.99 paperback.