Spring Has Sprung: But if you still can’t play golf, you can read about it

Spring Has Sprung: But if you still can’t play golf, you can read about it

At the risk of jinxing it, I am happy to report that signs of the long awaited transition from winter to spring have begun to surface in the Scottish Borders. The mercury is rising, even if it’s a two-degrees-up-one-degree-down progression. Our garden, like a celebrity in rehab, has begun to dry out. And the daffodils, even those that have taken root randomly along the side of the road, are in full bloom.

Oh, and the Masters will be here in two weeks. That ought to cinch it.

However, if the weather where you live is preventing you from playing the game you love, please allow me to suggest an alternative: You can read about. And if you’d like to read about making the journey to Scotland to experience golf at its birthplace, have I got the book for you!

Did I mention that my debut novel, Machrihanish, is now on sale? Yeah, well, probably so. But from where I sit, it’s a fact that bears repeating.

Plus, I have a bit of news to share. Ben Kline, program manager of the Shivas Irons Society, read it and very graciously uploaded this mini review on my Amazon page:

5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Story for Golf Lovers
By Ben Kline on March 7, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition

In some ways, "Machrihanish" is a twist on and a more modern version of the classic "Golf In the Kingdom" (1972) by Michael Murphy. It is teeming with love for the spirit of golf and it vividly takes the reader to Scotland. Each character provides an insight into how the game is different and magical for them. Well written and very entertaining, with a charming plot, I recommend this book to any golfer who wants to be reminded of how special the game is, the friendships that are forged with those with whom they play and the potential transformation the game can offer.

All I can say is, “Wow!”

OK, perhaps, I can say a bit more that that. The Shivas Irons Society, you see, was formed by readers and fans of Murphy’s book—one of the best-selling golf novels of all time. So to have one of their own compare my humble offering to his is kind of a dream scenario.

Anyway, enough with the self-promotion. If you’d like to claim your copy, just click here and choose your preferred format (eBook, paperback or hardcover). Though I must warn you: Read this book and the odds that you’ll feel compelled to make the trip yourself will go up exponentially.

And when you do, tell ‘em Shivas sent you.

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