Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer

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Five Days Left

We all know that we are going to die one day- but for Mara- she has decided the when and how. Mara has been diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease- and wishes to pass away before the disease progresses to a point that she has no control over her body. With five days left before her deadline, Mara begins to consider things. Continue reading

Author Interview: Ariel Lawhon author of THE WIFE, THE MAID & THE MISTRESS

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Today, I have the lovely Ariel Lawhon stopping by to talk a bit at Traveling With T. Ever look at someone and think “How does she do it all?” Ariel is one of those people. She writes, she is one the creative geniuses behind She Reads, she has 4 kids and she’s a force to be reckoned with on social media. Ariel inspires me daily.

Ariel’s debut novel, THE WIFE, THE MAID and THE MISTRESS (read my review here) has book lovers all a-twitter! Political corruption, scandal, showgirls, and a missing judge- plus 3 women who all have their own reasons for keeping what they know about the judge secret- book clubs, you have met your next book (you’re welcome!)  Continue reading

The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon

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

The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress

When Judge Crater, a man who has risen to power with the help of the shadiest connections, leaves Club Abbey one night- no one knows how life will change. Or do they?

Judge Crater, after the last night at Club Abbey, after a night of drinks and talk of political corruption, is never seen again. What happened? Did he take a long drive and decide to never return? Or is he being prevented to return by other means? Continue reading

Author Spotlight: Adria J. Cimino, author of Paris, Rue des Martyrs

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Today, Adria J. Cimino stops by and we learn a bit more about her- as the woman behind the book. You might remember Adria first appearing on Traveling With T as part of the cover reveal for Paris, Rue des Martyrs.

In today’s author spotlight- we’ll learn about Adria’s favorite books & her #literarycrush. Be sure and check back Thursday for the Author Interview- where Adria tells us all about Paris, Rue des Martyrs!

Author Spotlight: Adria J. Cimino

Adria, what are your Top 3 Favorite Books of all time?

Such a difficult question, but these three are always quite near the top…

The Great Gatsby

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Master and Margarita

 

If you could be best friends with a character in a book, who would you pick? And why?

Idgie of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café because she is loyal, compassionate and strong.

 

Do you have any #literaryconfessions?

As a journalist, I interviewed John Updike — but I hadn’t read his books. Oops! To make it a little bit less embarrassing, it was a very last-minute assignment.

 

Do you have a #literarycrush?

Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights

 

What is your favorite color?

Purple, just like my mom. And now my little girl loves purple too. I think it’s hereditary!

 

What is your favorite opening line to a book?

It’s actually an opening paragraph so I hope this counts. From The Lover by Marguerite Duras:

One day, I was already old, in the entrance of a public place a man came up to me. He introduced himself and said, “I’ve known you for years. Everyone says you were beautiful when you were young, but I want to tell you I think you’re more beautiful now than then. Rather than your face as a young woman, I prefer your face as it is now. Ravaged.”

What is your favorite food?

Home-made pasta (made by my grandma years ago and my husband today)

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*Thank you Adria for answering these questions and letting us know a bit more about you!

 

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Adria J. Cimino lives in Paris and enjoys sharing her adventures in the city and thoughts about the writing life in her blog “Adria in Paris.”

http://adriainparis.blogspot.com/

 

Previously, she worked as a journalist for more than a decade at news organizations including the Associated Press and Bloomberg News.

 

Adria, who grew up in the sunshine, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida.

 

“Paris, Rue des Martyrs” is her first novel.

 

Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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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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Cover Reveal: Paris, Rue des Martyrs by Adria J. Cimino

 

Today, today, TODAY…. It’s a Cover Reveal day! Yes, readers of Traveling With T- we are the first to see the cover of Paris, Rue des Martyrs by Adria J. Cimino!

How did we get so lucky?

The details: Adria contacted me a few weeks ago after hearing about my love of cover reveals (seriously- cover reveals are like the sweetest candy to me- nothing but love for a cover reveal!) I’ve taken part in them in a group effort- but this was a first to be asked to be the blogger who gets to reveal the cover. I wasted no time in telling Adria I was in- and we started the process of emailing and working out logistics.  Continue reading

Announcing December Book Lovers Unite selection: The Lake House by Marci Nault

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Yes folks it’s time to announce the #bookloversunite selection for December- and I’m pleased to report that it will be:

 

The Lake House by Marci Nault!

 

Join in the fun as we read along and discuss Marci Nault’s debut novel. Who knows- Marci might pop in to chime in on the discussion 😉

 

The reading schedule will be posted ASAP- but if you are interested in reading the book- go buy, borrow from the library or steal (no- don’t really steal!)

 

A couple of notes:

1. December is going to be busy- I KNOW this. Between holidays, decorating, making memories with family and more- December is going to be BUSY. However, you readers of Traveling With T, need some time to relax- and there is not much better than relaxing with a book! Hope to see you around!

 

2. To add to the BUSY-ness of the first reason- I will also have some personal things happening in December. My niece, Little Baby Owl (seriously, that’s not her name- but for the internets it’s her name) will be arriving (hopefully the 2nd week of December). What does this mean for you? Not too much- as the bloggy-blog will keep on running even while I’m giving hugs and kisses to Little Baby Owl- however, my reply time might be a little slow. Fear not- I will answer- I’m just alerting to not send out a rescue party for T if you haven’t heard from me in a day or 2.

 

3. I NEVER do this- but if anyone has suggestions for January’s read- send them on! Just comment on this post!

 

4. Please tell your book loving friends to join in- the discussion is super-fun!