Hunted by Elizabeth Heiter

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This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

Hunted

Evelyn Baine is criminal profiler with the FBI. Evelyn has wanted to work with the FBI for many years- and her star is rising and she’s making quite a reputation for herself. When called in to profile the Bakersville Burier, Evelyn knows she must work hard to create a profile before too many innocent people are killed. What Evelyn does not count on is how the Bakersville Burier will change her life- and how deeply it will affect her. Continue reading

Starter House by Sonja Condit

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This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

Starter House

Lacey and Eric, a young married couple, are looking for a house. Their 2 will becoming 3 in a short few months and both Lacey and Eric desire a place of their own to raise their child, in a neighborhood that has good schools and a nice look.  Lacey, though, wants a house with character- not a square cookie-cutter house- a house with character. When Lacey sees this 1 house and finds out that it is for sale- she falls in love with the house. Eric is happy because it’s in the neighborhood they want, is in their price range, and makes Lacey happy. Too bad neither of them really listened to the real estate agent when she tried to discourage them from buying the house.

Shortly after moving in, Lacey begins having difficulty with her pregnancy- and is concerned. She and Eric begin making alternative arrangements- Lacey sleeping downstairs, her mother moving in temporarily and Lacey trying to keep stress to a minimum. Still, Lacey feels uneasy. The house, at times, has a different feel to it- not warm and welcoming; but dark and mysterious. There is a little boy  who Lacey keeps seeing… in her house. This boy, Drew, appeals to Lacey and her teacher/maternal instincts. But, slowly, she begins to pick up on things- that Drew is not what he seems.  That Drew is a jealous child and quick to anger- which Lacey finds out the hard way.

Determined to get to the bottom of what has happened in this house and the story of Drew- Lacey begins to look for clues. What she finds is dark and chilling.  Will Lacey be able to put an end to evil in the house- before she and her baby pay the ultimate price?

 

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

This is Sonja Condit’s first book and while I enjoyed it- I was a bit conflicted at times. Sonja’s characters- Lacey and Eric, I did not completely connect with either. Lacey, at times, seemed like she was cracking up and Eric, was an obsessive workaholic.

The story is compared to The Thirteenth Tale and since I have not read that book, I can’t accurately say if Starter House is like that book. I was a bit worried that it would be too scary- similar to the movie, The Conjuring, but it was not super-scary. Starter House has more of a creepy vibe- and Sonja Condit does that very well.

Would I recommend? Yes. Was it perfect? No. But, Starter House kept me flipping pages because I had to know what happened in that house- and if or when it would ever end.

 

*Thanks to William-Morrow for sending Traveling With T STARTER HOUSE. Above thoughts and opinions are mine alone.

 

 

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Killer Image (An Allison Campbell Mystery) by Wendy Tyson

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Image is everything. Especially in the ritzy section of Philadelphia. Was a divorce lawyer killed because someone wanted to protect their image?

Allison Campbell is the image consultant in Philadelphia. Allison  knows about rising above a difficult past and how important image is in society. When a political mover and shaker tries to obtain her services for his 15 year old daughter, Allison is reluctant. She does not work with teenagers usually as Allison generally works with adults wanting to reinvent themselves after a divorce. Allison decides to at least consider taking on the 15 year old as a client. When she meets Maggie, Allison decides to help her- even though Maggie made it abundantly clear she does not want, nor need Allison’s help.

Slowly, Maggie and Allison become friendly- and the friendship may cost Allison everything she has worked hard for. When Allison refuses to play by Congressman McBride’s rules- he threatens to reveal Allison’s past scandal involving a teenage girl who needed help. Allison worries- but knows that she can’t let the Congressman McBride get the best of her. When a lawyer is found killed with ritualistic symbols- the police begin to question many people. They question Allison’s former mother in law (as well as mentor). But, they zero in on Maggie because of her connection the deceased and her Goth appearance. Allison knows this girl did not kill the lawyer- but who did?

With her detective hat on, Allison searches for clues to clear Maggie and to make sure that her former mother-in-law is not considered as a suspect. Between running her business, following the clues, and dealing with the Congressman- Allison’s hands are full. She, though, does find time for some romance and for learning about a secret or two!

Can Allison find out who killed the lawyer? Will the Congressman succeed in putting Allison out of business? Is the killer right in front of Allison’s face? Read Killer Image to find out!

 

Traveling With T’s Thoughts

Wendy Tyson’s debut, Killer Image, is part mystery, part psychological thriller with a dash of romance. Entertaining and enjoyable. The characters are fleshed out, the storyline twists and turns (but ties together nicely). Allison is not a push-over- she’s a strong character with a big heart. Recommended.

 

*This book was provided by Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.

Author Spotlight: Kelly Harms

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Today, Kelly Harms is back to reveal her #literaryconfessions and #literarycrush!

 

Author Spotlight: Kelly Harms

 

What are some of your favorite books, Kelly?

All the usual suspects in the dead girl canon, and a list as long as my arm amongst the living. It’s nearly all fiction that trips my trigger, with an exception made for the dear departed Laurie Colwin’s Home Cooking.

If you could choose to be a character in a book- who would you choose?

Jane Bennett. I’ve always wondered if it would be possible to be both completely beautiful and completely good. Also: Bingley’s my type, and I’ve already mentioned my interest in owning a big house.

If you were not an author, what would you like to be?

A financial planner. I like telling people what to do with their money. I’m also a fiscal voyeur.

Do you have any #literaryconfessions?

Of course I do! I couldn’t finish Ulysses. I just had to lie down and quit it. I think back on that day as a moment where I chose life.

Do you have a #literarycrush?

Walt Longmire—both on the screen and in the books. Oh my, my, my in his duster coat and clink, clink, clink cowboy boots. Whew.

What is your favorite song?

The Water is Wide. I can play it pretty well on my ukulele.

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Hot dogs. Baked inside a pretzel. Sold at the mall by surly teens. Dipped in ranch dressing.

 

*Thanks Kelly Harms for agreeing to the Author Spotlight!

 

Want to contact Kelly Harms? Find her on Twitter and Facebook or at her website!

 

 

Author Spotlight: Suzanne Redfearn

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Earlier this week, I interviewed Suzanne Redfearn, author of Hush Little Baby. Today she is back to reveal her #literarycrush and what literary character she would be!

Author Spotlight: Suzanne Redfearn

What are some of your favorite books, Suzanne?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Power of One by Bryce Courtney, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

If you could choose to be a character in a book, who would you choose?

Okay, I thought about the obvious amazing literary protagonists like Jane Eyre and Katniss, but let’s be real here.  If I could choose to be anyone?  Wonder Woman of course.  I mean let’s face it, the woman looks great, she hasn’t aged a bit since 1941.  She has bullet-deflecting bracelets, a deathly tiara, and the amazing lasso of truth.  She kicks butt on injustice and looks great doing it, every woman’s dream.

Do you have any #literaryconfessions?

I am not well read in the classics.  Always on my to do list, but they never quite make it to the bedside table.

Do you have a #literarycrush?

I’m in love with Jean Valjean from Les Miserables, a quiet beaten hero like no other.

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

My secret guilty pleasure it watching cheesy reality television with my kids!  I especially love Survivor and Love in the Wild  (it’s so bad, it’s irresistibly good).

Are you a hardback, paperback, or e-book kind of reader?

When I’m writing and doing research, I use my iPad because I need to access a lot of books quickly, but for pleasure, there is nothing better than a real book.  Hardback is a rare treat, mostly I read paperback.

What are some of the books in your TBR (To Be Read) list?

At least a dozen including The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and The Circle by Dave Eggers.

 

*Thank you Suzanne Redfearn for agreeing to this author spotlight!

 

If you would like to read the interview with Suzanne I posted earlier, please click here.

Interview with Kelly Harms, author The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane

the good luck girls of shipwreck laneKelly Harms, author of The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane, stopped by Traveling With T for an interview today. She will be back later this week to reveal her #literarycrush and #literaryconfessions!

Interview with Kelly Harms, author of The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane

Kelly, how did the idea of The Good  Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane happen?

The premise of the book came through obsessive and certainly excessive viewing of the HGTV network, where they give away a Dream Home every year. I wanted that house, and I knew someone had to win. Alas, it was not me. So I gave it to my imaginary friends. That’s healthy, right?

Is any of the characters in The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane like you, Kelly ?

Hah! They all are, I imagine. They are all seeds of the secret selves of me, grown into full blown people. We all have a shy side, a careless side, a daring side. These three women are expressions of mine—but by page six they had taken off running on their own, and I let them.

How long did it take to write The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane?

It took me six months to write it. And two years to edit it. I liked the writing part much, much better.

Kelly, is there a writing room or a writing space that you use when working?

No! I’m on my sofa right now, looking out over a sea of brightly colored toy construction trucks. My beloved little toddler calls the room in which I write “my living room.” As in, his. I’m just lucky he lets me use it after he goes to bed.

The cover of The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane is really pretty and eye-catching. How did the cover get chosen?

Thank you, on behalf of Thomas Dunne Books. It’s beautiful and I had very little to do with it. Years in publishing have taught me, at the very least, how to stay out of my own way when it comes to all things visual. Left to my own devices the cover would have been an actual shipwreck.

Do you think The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane would make a good movie? Have you ever wondered who could make up the dream cast?

Well, I do love romantic comedies. So would I like to see mine on the screen? Naturally. The dream cast would be any actor who cared for the story. Janey and Nean are very visually amorphous in my mind. They could be anyone who brought their hearts to life. Though, I would tell the director, if she asked, not to make a mockery of Aunt Midge. Old broads deserve respect.

What are you working on next, Kelly? Are you still gathering ideas or do you have a book in mind?

I have been tapping away at something I feel pretty passionately about. But I’m wildly superstitious. I’ve gotten it into my head that if I tell anyone the plot, the story will leak out of me and into the air and I will never be able to pin it back down to the page.

I say things like this and think, my God, what an author I’ve become. Still, there we are. I’m writing, but I can’t tell you what.

*Special thanks to Kelly Harms for agreeing to be interviewed!

kelly harmsWhen Kelly is not writing in her son’s living room, or watching HGTV- she can be found on Twitter, Facebook and her website.  Kelly is currently working on her second novel.

Interview with Angela Correll, author of Grounded

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Angela Correll is a debut author- her first book is GROUNDED. One of the best things about blogging is finding debut authors (or having people assist you in the finding of new authors!) Angela graciously allowed me to interview her at Traveling With T- so here is the interview. Check back later this week- because even the debut authors have to answer the #literarycrush and #literaryconfessions questions at Traveling With T!

 

Interview with Angela Correll, author of Grounded

What was the inspiration for the book Grounded?

Fifteen years ago, I left Lexington to marry and move to a farm outside of a small town. This was like coming home for me since I grew up in a neighboring town and most of my family members farmed. However, I hadn’t lived on a farm since I was five years old, so this was a new experience for me as an adult. My recent city mindset made me see the differences in rural and urban environments, city vs. small town, and the value of both. That experience was the original inspiration for Grounded.

 

Angela– Grounded is your first book. As a debut author, is social media playing a role in promoting your book?

Facebook has been huge for getting the word out to friends from different seasons of my life. I can’t imagine doing this without it. I am blogging and tweeting, so yes, it is important. Part of me wants to retreat to a time when there is no technology and I am pecking away on an aged typewriter, but in order to be relevant in today’s age, it’s important to do.

 

What is the best advice you have received in regards to writing?

It’s a little talent, but mostly perseverance. Stay with it day after day, learn, grow, improve, and always be willing to revise.  In the beginning writers want to know if they have enough talent to invest a huge chunk of time writing.  That’s not the question as much as do you want to put the time and effort that it will take to do this? Can you persevere?

 

Do you have a writing space? Or a writing routine?

The early morning is my favorite writing time. I sit in my den with my feet propped up on an ottoman, a laptop in front of me, a lapdog beside me, and a steady stream of coffee.

 

Will you be going on a book signing tours for Grounded?

Yes! I have lots of dates lined up in Kentucky and friends in Texas, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, and North Carolina are working on dates there.  You can check out the events page on the website for updates (www.angelacorrell.com).

 

The characters in Grounded– are any based on people you know or are they created from your imagination?

They are all based on parts of people I know or have known in my lifetime. Each character is like stained glass, a melding of this piece and that piece, to make something unique.

 

Do you have a favorite character in Grounded?

I have always been partial to Beulah. She was the easiest to write.

 

If Grounded was made into a movie- do you, Angela, have a dream cast in mind?

I don’t watch enough of TV or movies to know the possibilities, but I hope whoever is picked will come to Kentucky and soak up the culture and the accents before taking on the job.

 

Can you give any hints about what you are working on next, Angela?

My hope is to continue to write about different characters from Somerville so that when readers invest in the place, they will get to visit it over and over through the eyes of different characters.  Next up is a sequel for Grounded.

 

*Special thanks to Angela Correll for agreeing to be interviewed!

 

 

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Angela Correll is working on her second novel- which is a sequel to Grounded. When not writing or reading- Angela can be found on Facebook, Twitter and her website.