I am Rick Bettencourt, author of Tim on Broadway, Painting with Wine, and Not Sure Boys.
I give permission for any and all of the information below to be used to promote my books. I enjoy helping others find their place in this world, and working to promote causes related to the LGBT community, as well as the environment. I’m available for interviews and guest posts—just email me at rick (DOT) bettencourt (AT) gmail (DOT) com or use the contact page here.
Rick Bettencourt is just an ordinary guy who happens to be gay, and writes really compelling stories.
He currently lives in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, but hails from Boston’s North Shore—where all of his stories are either set, or have some connection. He loves New England, animals, walking the beach, spending time with his husband and, of course, reading and writing.
His first book, Not Sure Boys, was nominated for five awards, including Best Book of the Year for 2013 by the M/M Romance Group on Goodreads. Not Sure Boys ranked as high as #65 and #75 in Amazon’s bestselling categories of Gay Fiction and Coming of Age, respectively. One reviewer called Bettencourt, “a staggering talent…in the ranks of Jamie O’Neill, K.M. Soehnlein, André Aciman, David Leavitt, Michael Cunningham, Edmund White, Alan Hollingsworth, Paul Russell, Jim Grimsley, Andrew Holleran to list some – those writers of great intelligence and masters of the English language who have taken up where EM Forster and Christopher Isherwood left off.”
In late 2013, Rick released Painting with Wine, a dark, angst-ridden story about a gay marriage gone wrong. The story takes place in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts, inside a mansion overlooking the ocean. Painting with Wine is raw, emotional and thought-provoking—a mystery filled with plot twists and a surprise ending. One reader couldn’t put it down, and said that it, “glued my Kindle to my hand.”
In April of 2014, Rick was honored to be a part of Dreamspinner Press’ Juicy Bits anthology. For it, he wrote a short story called Never Kiss, an erotic piece about a man who turns to porn to survive the Great Recession.
Bettencourt’s first novel, Tim on Broadway, was released in weekly episodes throughout June and July of 2014. Now, all five episodes are available in one volume. Tim on Broadway is a hilarious tale about Timothy Benton, an overweight gay man who is obsessed with theater about as much as he is with the bag boy at the grocery store, from which he got fired. One reviewer described it as, “a heart-warming tale, peppered with humour, with occasional moments of real emotional Bam!” Within the first week of its release, Tim on Broadway hit #1 on Amazon’s gay fiction short reads best-sellers list!
Rick is passionate about helping people better themselves. He knows, from experience, that with the right mindset—and having a belief in yourself and your abilities—you can do most anything. His favorite book is non-fiction and is called You’ll See It When You Believe It by Dr. Wayne Dyer. “The title speaks for itself,” says Bettencourt. “You have to see yourself being and doing what you want to be in order to get there. I’m living proof. I turned my life around, in college, once I realized the power of telling yourself that you can be, basically, whatever the hell you want it to be.” Life hasn’t been all rosy for Rick, but “you learn from your experiences,” he says. “I now know twenty-two ways of how not to write a novel. That’s how many drafts my first book went through…and it’s still not done!”
Rick is currently working on the next season to Tim on Broadway, as well as its prequel—the story of Carolyn Sohier, the diva Tim admires most.
RICK BETTENCOURT’S BIO AND PHOTO
Rick Bettencourt is the author of Tim on Broadway, Painting with Wine and Not Sure Boys. He lives with his husband and their little dog, Bandit, in the Sarasota area of Florida. Rick originally hails from Boston’s North Shore where he learned to speak without pronouncing the letter “r”— and say things like “tonic” when he wanted a Coke, or “bubbler” when getting a drink from the park’s water fountain. A few years ago, Rick was adopted by a Cairn Terrier named Bandit. Recently, Bandit moved Rick, and his husband of several years, to Florida to escape the New England winters and avoid being engulfed by snow drifts when going about their business. When Rick is not being walked around the block by Bandit, he might be found working on a story about an underdog character triumphing over adversity. Or you might catch Rick watching The Walking Dead or Once Upon a Time, reading something like Running with Scissors or some personal development book, or writing to a group of folks on his mailing list. In addition, Rick enjoys theater, art, old postcards, and amusement parks. He also loves to hear from his readers. You can follow Rick on Twitter @rbettenc or subscribe to his mailing list at rickbettencourt.com.
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Not Sure Boys
Synopsis: Not Sure Boys is a collection of three gay coming of age shorts that read as either individual narratives or as one story. Bettencourt’s debut is a funny yet tender read about coming to terms with love under some not-so accepting circumstances—every reader will find something familiar.
Length: 66 pages
Publisher:Bettencourt Concepts LLC
Released: August 20, 2013 (eBook) | December 31, 2013 (paperback)
Painting with Wine
Synopsis: Have you ever thought of getting back with your ex? Why do we do things we know are not good for us? In Painting with Wine you’ll meet two men who just can’t live without each other. Despite the intensity of their love, Jon’s and Richard’s relationship was a volatile one, so much so that domestic violence and other criminal behavior sent Richard to jail. Painting with Wine is a gay-thriller romance set in the cold, dark winter of New England. Let the intensity of this story warm you. It’s a love story gone wrong—and a discovery gone right.
Length: 60 pages
Publisher: Bettencourt Concepts LLC
Released: December 14, 2013
Never Kiss (Juicy Bits Anthology)
Synopsis: Tony—out of work from the Great Recession—films straight guys getting off and sells the footage on the Internet to make a living. One day, bothered by the clatter of a jackhammer outside, he goes to investigate and finds a Clark Kent lookalike digging a ditch in front of his complex. Superman needs a break, and Tony invites him in.
Length: 20/290 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Released: April 27, 2014
Tim on Broadway
Synopsis: Broadway fanatic Tim falls hard for Javier, a troubled rebel who’s dangerously sexy — and apparently straight. As they search for prized show tickets, Tim and Javier embark on an adventure filled with tension, humor, a touch of magic, and a heavy dose of drama!
Length: ~75,000 words
Publisher: Bettencourt Concepts LLC
Released: June 19, 2014 (Episode 1) | June 24, 2014 (Episode 2) | July 3, 2014 (Episode 3) | July 9, 2014 (Episode 4) | July 16, 2014 (Episode 5) | July 24, 2014 (Full Season)
ISBN/ASIN: B00L5AYW3A (Episode 1) | B00LAL81UE (Episode 2) | B00LIC5K5Y (Episode 3) | B00LNIW6HS (Episode 4) | B00LVCL7GW (Episode 5) | B00M4N1L9K (Full Season)
Purchase (Full Season) : Amazon