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  • Writer's pictureLilac Mills

Blog Tour - Tow Away Zone by Chris Towndrow


When a travelling salesman finds a town that’s not on the map, he must choose between romance and a long-held promise of untold riches.

Beckman Spiers is a grey man in a grey world—and he’s happy with that.

After 12 years of routine and grind, he’s again fighting to become Number One Salesman of the Year. Legend has it, Number Ones get so rich, they never work again. With a week to go, Beckman is gaining on his nemesis, smooth-talking Tyler Quittle.

When a chance blowout on a deserted Arizona highway leaves Beckman stranded, the mysterious Saul arrives, and tows him to the strange neon-lit town of Sunrise. Here, he meets the glamorous Lolita Milan and his fortunes change.

Yet, Sunrise’s small-town charms conceal secrets, and his world becomes one of private investigators and backstabbing business deals.

What will he have to do to reach Number One? And what will he do if he wins the race?

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Although not my usual read - I was expecting something along the lines of a manlit romance - it was a romance, but possibly veering more towards romantic suspense.

I found it intriguing and odd, and it left me with more questions than answers, so I'm probably not this book's target audience. This story could fit into any number of genres, and one of the most surprising for me was the paranormal aspect of the story.

However, it did keep me turning the page and I found I was rooting for the main character, who was definitely an Okay Guy. The likeability and the quirkiness of the main character kept me focused.

The writing style had nods to both Stephen King and Dean Koontz, so I didn't get the uplifting vibes that have from the genre I typically read. Saying that though, it kept me entertained and isn't that what fiction is all about?

About the Author

I've been a multi-genre author since 1991.

My favourite work to date is 2019's Tow Away Zone, a quirky American small-town romantic black comedy. It’s been well-received by readers, with 5* reviews on Amazon.

In 2020 I published the sequel - Go Away Zone. In 2021 I'm completing the trilogy.

My sci-fi journey started with space opera “Scared Ground” being available on Kindle in 2012.

In 2018 I published my 2nd sci-fi novel - Imperfect Isolation - which embraces robotics, asteroid mining and a snowy drive in an 80-year-old Porsche 911.

The sequel, Reprisals, followed in 2019. In early 2021 I released the 3rd instalment, Trip Hazard.

I'm currently editing a reflective Western. It explores prejudice against the deaf community and the Native Americans, as a man struggles to reconnect with his lost son and come to terms with his own failings.

I've written a collection of offbeat humorous stories and vignettes in the style of early Woody Allen prose. The Real Jamie Oliver and Other Stories is basically a window into my nonsensical side.

I also write pantomime & stage drama scripts. I’ve had 8 works performed and reached a total audience of over 5000 to date.

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