Book excerpt from Love in the RV Park: A Romance for Men by Jeffrey Ross

Today features a blurb and excerpt from the contemporary romance novel Love in the RV Park:
A Romance for Men
by Jeffrey Ross.

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This quirky and fast moving romance revolves around passionate
lovers in tangled and mostly unfulfilling relationships. The tale is complete
with hot housewives, rock musicians, exotic dancers, motorcycles, steamy nail
polish-melting love scenes,  hard
drinking college professors, hybrid alien children, a romantic bug
exterminator,  girl fights, a New Year’s
Eve brawl,  religious zealotry,
prophecies (The Temple of Just DOET) —and more. Ultimately, Love in the RV Park is about the male
perception [misperception?] of the female psyche.—and the novel attempts to
answer an age-old question: What do women want? Laugh or cry—you’ll come away
enlightened after reading this zany romance.
Shadows on the Sun
The RV Park Couple No One Has Met
Tennessee Williams knew distinctly
—No shadows dance upon the Sun
And now you know it, too
But the sun shines anyway…
Yes, the pair lives together in an
older single wide
A two-room palace smelling like ash
trays, old coffee, and ecumenical paint.
He might have looked like Elvis (the
50’s Elvis) three decades ago…
She is still a beauty, hardened
some. Though her tattoos have lost that etched
and sexy look, she still turns
heads… and has a poignant “way” any male or
female might recognize.
Yes, they still cut impressive
figures together—but anachronistic—
Sometime, long ago, they left Public
lives together
and rode a bus to Hamilton City, and
thought they’d stay a day or two—walking
hand-in-hand through the diesel
fumes, neither excited nor dismayed. some time went by—
Then they waited to see if spouses
were angry or perplexed—
They never heard a thing from the
Old World—now, in late middle age,
Still they live and love in a
rent-by-the-week mobile home,
Bathed in eerie and accusing pink
light each winter morning—
Haunted by frosty windows in the
dark sky December…
They wander to the Blue Caboose
Diner for most meals
Coupling down cracked and slippery
concrete sidewalks
Without cares but with many cares…
He listens to the world on an old AM
transistor radio
She reads newspapers someone left
and paints her nails and adjusts toe
rings each morning …
He shaves a weathered face
carefully, with a blade and mug of manly lather—
The modern age, the spiritus mundi,
well that means nothing to this dyad. They have each other…
Sure, they live and love in a rented
They love with the freshness of
just-cut Timothy Hay, of Morning Glories, and the late April Rain…
There are no shadows dancing on the
But the sun shines anyway …
Author bio
and links:
Ross, who resides in Arizona, is a writer, rockabilly musician, and former
full-time community college teacher. He has had four “Views” pieces
published on, has authored and co-authored several national
and international op-ed articles on community college identity, purpose, and
culture, and has recently published numerous parody poems and articles on the
Cronk Newshigher education satire website. Ross co-authored the comic and
critically acclaimed campus novel College Leadership Crisis: The Philip Dolly
Affair (Rogue Phoenix Press, 2011).
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22 thoughts on “Book excerpt from Love in the RV Park: A Romance for Men by Jeffrey Ross

  1. Anonymous says:

    Anyone who has read and has appreciation for Tennessee William's work can't be all bad. Dancing…dancing. Tennessee Williams may have been right. I'm very much looking forward to reading this interesting novel.

  2. Bryan says:

    Ahhh! " There are no shadows dancing on the Sun…
    But the sun shines anyway"
    Beautiful image and delightfully fetching idea.
    Thanks Mr. Ross

  3. Felicia says:

    The brief expo sounds like a description of many older couples I have known. Maybe they really did love one another.

    Can't wait to read more…

  4. Terry says:

    Question for the author: Does the novel get "hot n' heavy" with affection? Is it relatively clean? I may wish to purchase as a gift for my folks who winter in a retirement RV community in Arizona

  5. Corine says:

    WOW! is this about me? My husband rides a harley and plays guitar in a local rock band here in Austen. I wouldn't consider myself a hot housewife, but I hope my husband does. Sounds like maybe a book my husband should read.

  6. Harold says:

    I assume many characters in the novel are a reiteration of people you have met or been associated. Is it difficult to "fictionalize" real-life people in your novel and not have them immediately recognize themselves?

  7. Jeffrey Ross says:

    Hi folks. Thank you for all the comments. Yes this is a relatively "clean" book– comic in nature. Andra Lyn, I supposed I've been around trailer parks enough to be fascinated by the lives of those who live in the mobiles. And of course, romance doesn't stop at age 30, does it? Thanks again.

  8. Jeffrey Ross says:

    PS to Harold. Many people I know think I am writing about them directly– sometimes my "types" are too close to home, I think. Most of us have personality quirks that make us interesting to others– in this book I tried very hard to work on male/female perception attributes. Hopefully some of my female readers will have an "ahah" moment– like, "So that's what men think about!" Thanks for you note, Jeff.

  9. Harold says:

    Thanks Jeffrey! I have taken a creative writing class and have struggled with developing believable characters. My daughter thinks I just write stories about our family.

  10. Jeffrey Ross says:

    Thank you for all your comments. When you read the text, remember that it is comic– but contains "whispered truths." Love and romance, in reality, have so many angles, so many dimensions– and to me, the notion of "coupling," of being together– well, such strange equations and algorithms make us come together….

  11. Karen H says:

    Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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