It Comes In Waves by Erika Marks

It Comes in Waves by Erika Marks

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

It Comes In Waves

For Claire “Pepper” Patton, life has changed drastically since she was in her 20’s. When she was in her 20’s- she was in love with Foster, a fantastic surfer and thought life could get no better than living on Folly Beach- surfing as much as she could, drinking and loving with Foster, and hanging out with Jill and Shep. Continue reading

Favorite Literary/Film Romantic Couples

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Romance is in the air- today is Valentine’s Day! Whether you are celebrating romance by reading or watching a good movie- we all have some fav romantic couples from film or literature!

Here’s a few of mine:


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Scarlett and Rhett: Gone With The Wind- I LOVE Scarlett and Rhett- the looks between them, the bantering back and forth!

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Captain Von Trapp and Maria: The Sound of Music- from when she asks “what his whistle sound to call him is” to the meeting in the garden (oh my stars, I love that scene- basically the movie is over after that scene!).  Continue reading

Gift Ideas for the Book Lover In Your Life

The holidays are fast approaching.  I’ve got visions of a white Christmas dancing in my head (even though that is not santalikely), craving cups of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and marshmallows while listening to Christmas music and decorating the tree.

Before the stockings are hung by the tree with care, before the cookies are left out for Santa, before the joyous rush of family members hanging out at the house, before I celebrate another successful holiday by enjoying a glass or 2 of wine- presents will have to be purchased. And this is where my list of book-ish delights comes in handy. Have a reader in your life? Perhaps you’ll find a book that you will like to buy!

Mystery and Suspense

The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillipi Ryan

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My first Hank Phillipi Ryan book- and I’m so glad I read it! As a fan of Sue Grafton (and seriously Sue- nothing but love for you- but I NEED you to write faster- yet I dread as we come closer to the end of the alphabet.) That little side topic is my way of saying that Hank helped me in quest for a Sue fix. Jane Ryland won’t knock Kinsey Millhone out of my heart for the #1 spot- but Jane is almost as good. And that’s saying a lot. The Wrong Girl was twisty and turny- with a great mystery and some potential steamy romance. Here is my review of The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan- an excellent consideration for someone looking for mystery and suspense!

Never Tell by Alafair Burke

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This was my first Alafair Burke- and after reading it- I’m all “Alafair-where have you been all my reading life?” Each time I thought I had the story figured out- Alafair zigged. Then she zagged. Then she twisted and turned. And kept me captivated.  Highly recommend Never Tell by Alafair Burke! Here is my review of Never Tell.

W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton

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As witnessed above, I LOVE Sue Grafton. I LOVE Kinsey (Sue’s Character). If you have enjoyed A-V- then W is another great book.  Seriously. Just go get it. W is for Wasted is worth it.

If You Were Here by Alafair Burke

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Another Alafair Burke book- and again- twist, turns, zig and zags! While I prefer Alafair’s Ellie Hatcher a bit more to McKenna- that’s just a personal preference. Both mysteries are top-notch and great reads! Put If You Were Here on your wish list! Here is my review of If You Were Here- intriguing and enjoyable.

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

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Oh. My. Gosh. I LOVED this book. Edge of my seat. Great storyline. How well do you know your child? Read this and prepare to wonder. This book will lead to a wonderful discussion amongst friends and book clubs. Reconstructing Amelia may very well be this year’s Gone Girl.  Here is my review of Reconstructing Amelia.

Cozy Mystery

I adore Cozy Mysteries. They are quick, fun and easy reads. They make me feel warm and fuzzy. The characters are fun and interesting. The settings are enjoyable- and the mystery is good.

Murder of a Stacked Librarian by Denise Swanson

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Denise Swanson’s latest has Skye getting married- if the groom can get away from the police station long enough to exchange vows! If you’ve read Denise’s other books- you’ll enjoy this one. If not, start with Murder of a Small Town Honey. While each story stands on it’s own- there are some things that build along the series of the books- and to fully enjoy, you might want to be invested in the characters. Murder of a Small Town Librarian is a must have for cozy mystery fans! Here is my review of Murder of a Small Town Librarian.

Topped Chef (Key West Food Critic Mystery #3) by Lucy Burdette

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I have fallen in love with Lucy Burdette’s main character, Hayley Snow. Cute, fun, gets her tarot cards read- how adorable she is! She’s a foodie- but not pretentious. Hayley is struggling a bit in the romance department (but aren’t we all?!) Topped Chef is a book to put on your list! Here is my review of Topped Chef.

Women’s Fiction

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski

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Magical- realism. If you were like me- and those words kind of make you feel nervous about a book- put aside your worries. The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow is wonderful. The story, the setting- the amazing Bonaventure Arrow. Forgiveness and love are major themes of this story. Read. You won’t be sorry. The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow is a book that some readers might overlook- don’t do that! Here is my review of The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow.

The Guest House by Erika Marks

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Love. Secrets. Family drama. Being true to yourself. The Guest House is a book that you must read. Here is my review of The Guest House.

A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

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Love. Intrigue. Friendships. Family secrets. And a Aunt Julie that provides a humorous aspect to the story. This story is fantastic. A Hundred Summers is a book to read- no matter the time of the year. Here is my review of A Hundred Summers.

I’ll be posting a few more recommendations next week as well! Hopefully, you, my darling readers of Traveling With T, will find a book to buy for your book-ish friends and loved ones!

Literary Friday ya’ll….

It’s the first Friday of August. Kids are headed back to school and summer is winding down. PS: Have you already started to see the Halloween stuff in stores? Ugh, I wanted to stomp my foot the other day and scream “It’s July, for Pete’s Sake! JULY!” I held back, tho, because I’m nice 😉


1. Deep South Magazine– chock full with good news this week for #literaryfriday: DBF news (Decatur Book Festival), giveaway for Beth Albright’s The Sassy Belles, 2013’s most talked about books, and Hemingway look alike’s!


2. Interviews this week on Traveling With T include: Amy Shearn where she talks about who make a perfect rusalka if The Mermaid of Brooklyn is made into a movie and Randy Susan Meyers where she tells about “the butter in the cookies” and a special surprise for book clubs that have selected The Comfort of Lies to read!


3. Author Spotlights this week on Traveling With T include: Amy Shearn where she confesses something that may get her Author Card revoked, her Pinterest obsession and her #literarycrush. Randy Susan Meyers tells her #literaryconfession- her confession is likely to cause raised eyes in the literary world!


4. Have you been seeing the #ctbs posts and wondering what that’s all about? #ctbs = Conquering the Book Stacks. Here is the info and here is my goals (which may get revised as I update weekly!)


5. Book Lovers Unite Online Book Club is back at Traveling With T- August’s Book Club Selection is: The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers. Here is the reading schedule and here is the opening thoughts. Discussion questions will be posted Aug 9th- so plenty of time to get the book!


6. Two reviews were posted on Traveling With T this week: Finding Colin Firth by Mia March and The Recipe Box by Sandra Lee.


7. Missed out on my Bloggers Made of AWESOME post? Here it is!


8. I haven’t picked my #fridayreads yet- need to look at my #ctbs list!


9. Want to win a copy of The Mermaid Collector by Erika Marks? Visit Goodreads!


Happy Reading!

Interview with Cindy Wolfe Boynton- Literary New England

A few weeks ago, She Reads– a group of smart women who review books, picked Orphan Train as their monthly read. At She Reads, I wear several hats- I post my reviews- but I also wear the hat of She Reads Online Book Club Discussion Leader and I host Twitter chats with the authors that She Reads features. One day, I noticed in my Twitter mentions, Lit New England, asking about when a Twitter chat would be. Not being familiar with them- I made a point to start checking their page out- and wow! I had been missing out- but luckily got a clue!

In case you, my faithful readers, have been missing out on Literary New England, this interview is just for you!


Interview with Cindy Wolfe Boynton-Literary New England

Cindy- can you tell a little about Literary New England and the radio show?

The Literary New England Radio Show, which airs on Monday nights at 8 EST on BlogTalk Radio, has been in existence since December 2011, when our first episode aired to just six listeners. I’m proud to say that we now attract as many as 10,000 listeners an episode and continue to grow! Equally exciting is these listeners’ diverse geographic locations, which include not just New England and throughout the U.S., but Japan, the United Kingdom and other countries.

The show features both established and emerging authors and writers and is designed to celebrate all things related to literary New England. I started it in part because I’m a crazy bibliophile. I’m a huge reader who passionately believes in the transformative power that books and stories can have on reader and writer alike. I’m also a long-time journalist and, at some point in 2011, got the idea to combine my personal and professional passions to create this Literary New England venture, which in many ways has taken on a life of its own!

The response from fellow book lovers, authors, publishers and so many others has been amazing! It’s really a gift, and it’s because of this enthusiasm that I decided to add regular Tweet chats, a Tumblr blog, create the Literary New England Travel Guide that will be released in September 2013 and create two short story collections that will be published in 2014, Scarlet Lit: Stories of Romance, Revenge & Redemption—New England Style and Moby Lit: Short Stories with a Splash of New England Sea & Shore

It’s all beyond exciting!

Over the past few weeks, Literary New England has had some great Twitter chats- Beatriz Williams, author of A Hundred Summers, Caroline Leavitt, author of Is This Tomorrow are the two that comes to mind. How do you choose who to ask for Twitter chats with so many great authors? Must their books  have a New England setting?

I love Tweet chats! They’re fast-paced, you get to meet and interact with lots of different people, and they are just so much fun! We’ve been fortunate to have some amazing authors agree to chat with us and are excited about the ones coming up. They include Erika Marks on The Guest House July 10, Erin Bowman on Taken July 31, MJ Rose on Seduction Aug. 7 and Mia March on Finding Colin Firth Sept. 10, which also happens to be Colin Firth’s birthday. All our chats take place from 8-9 pm EST.

Like the radio show, our Tweet chats feature authors with some kind of tie to New England, whether it’s that their book is set there, the author lived or lives there, a book’s character has New England ties, etc.  I have a ball hosting the chats and hope that everyone who participates does, too.

What authors can we expect to see at Literary New England in the next few weeks?

I try very hard to keep up to date with who’s going to be on the show the following Monday. Guests coming up in July and August so far include Christina Baker Kline, Stephen Kiernan, Lauren Beukes, Mia March, J. Courtney Sullivan, Liza Klaussman, Royce Prouty, Anton DiSclafani and more! Each show also features lots of book giveaways.

Literary New England Travel guide (written by you-how exciting!) will be out in September 2013. Do you have a favorite spot that will be featured? Or do you like all literary hot spots?

The guide will take actual and armchair travelers to more than 500 New England locations featured in contemporary and classic books and related to popular authors, as well as provide a list of the best NE bookstores, book fests, writing workshops, retreats, and more. It will also include maps, suggested itineraries and author interviews. For me, it’s not just a fun project, but a labor of love. My favorite lit spot changes all the time, but today I’ll say the old Greenwich High School, which Truman Capote attended from 1939-42.

What is the best book of 2013 (in your opinion)?

I think it’s still too early to call. I have a stack of must-reads that are all 2013 titles and really don’t want to pick a best one until I’ve gotten through many more. What I can tell you, though, is my favorite book from 2012 is Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. Carol lives in the UK now, but for several years she lived in Amherst, Mass., which is where she started writing.  I discovered her and Wolves while I was looking for authors and books with New England connections, and since then have told everyone I know to listen to her on the show and, most importantly, to read Tell the Wolves I’m Home! It’s a wonderfully rich and powerful coming-of-age story about love, family, acceptance and forgiveness, which focuses on the relationship between an awkward yet insightful teen named June and her gay uncle Finn, who’s dying of AIDS, and Finn’s lover Toby. What I will say about 2013, however, is that there seems to be an extraordinary number of outstanding titles recently—and about to be —released. Choosing what to read next is difficult, because so many books look so great.

When you are not hosting the Literary New England Radio Show or Twitter chats- how do you like to spend your time?

I’m a self-employed freelance writer and editor, as well as an English and journalism adjunct at two Connecticut colleges, so I work a lot. I’m also a playwright and spending a lot of time right now getting my next play—a one-woman show called Dear Prudence—ready to make its world debut in October at the Off-Broadway United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City. I’m really excited about that! I’m also a mom of two sons 18 and 15 and working on several creative writing projects, including a middle-grade novel and a poetry collection.

What books have you added to your to be read (TBR) list for the 2013 year?

My TBR pile is so high it’s teetering! At the top of the pile right now are Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed, Royce Prouty’s Stoker’s Manuscript and Stephen Kiernan’s The Curiosity. I’m super excited about all of them.


Literary Friday ya’ll……

It’s Friday! Yay!

1. Deep South Mag and their #literaryfridayhas been posted. In this week’s #literaryfriday, there is #giveaways, Paula Deen news, William Faulkner, book signings and a peek into Mary Kay Andrew’s beach house!

Also- today! Chat with Erika Marks about The Guest House, her #literarycrush and other things! Plus, there will be a copy of The Guest House given away- you do not want to miss out! Use #southernlit to join in!

2. A Utah Mom’s Life is hosting a #giveaway of The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio!

3. Luxury Reading is hosting a #giveaway of Elizabeth the First Wife by Lian Dolan.

4. Bookmagnet interviewed Karen Brown- look for her book, The Longings of Wayward Girls to be in stores July 2nd.

5. Liz and Lisa of Chick Lit Is Not Dead are having a #giveaway of Wendy Francis’s Three Good Things!

6. The Relentless Reader is having her 1 year blog-versary! A great #giveaway!

7. I had the pleasure of getting to ask Kimberly McCreight, author of Reconstructing Amelia, some questions this week. Read the Author Spotlight on Kimberly McCreight to find out her #literaryconfessions!

8. I reviewed A Beautiful Heist by Kim Foster (and interviewed Kim, as well!)

9. My #fridayreads: Lie Still by Julia Heaberlin and The Firebird by Susanna Kearsely!

10. Next week, look for interviews with Karen Brown, author spotlights and more on Traveling With T!

Happy Reading!

Thursday Mashup

#giveaways, reviews, another place to buy books, and interviews.  Plus news for Book Lovers Unite Online Book Club.


My blog (Traveling With T) is giving away The Guest House by Erika Marks. Ends Thursday night 11:59PMEST.

Book-alicious Mama is giving away A Hundred Summers.

Great New Books is giving away Sarah Jio’s latest The Last Camellia and Sarah Jio talks about Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Joshilyn Jackson is giving away Susan Rebecca White’s latest, A Place at the Table.

Bermudaonion is giving away an autographed copy of Mary Kay Andrews Ladies’ Night.

Anita Loves Books is giving away THE YONAHLOSEE RIDING CAMP FOR GIRLS by Anton DiScalafani.

Read Alongs

Can’t find anyone to read and discuss A Hundred Summer by Beatriz Williams with? Let Literate Housewife save you. During month of July she’s leading a discussion. Check her blog out (all the details you need to know are there!)

Have you been reading with Book Lovers Unite Online Book Club? Our inaugural pick, Reconstructing Amelia, has been a blast. It’s not too late to join in- we still have 2 weeks left & I have a super-duper surprise lined up! So grab those copies of Reconstructing Amelia and join in!

Jen, my co-host, at Book-alicious Mama has picked the July book for Book Lovers United- The Painted Girls! Reading schedule and other info to be announced later.

Other Places To Buy Books

Crossroads Press! – You can purchase e-books (for multiple devices) and paperback books have a discount automatically applied. Right now, there are several e-books for 99 cents. Consider giving them a look- you might find something you like at a good price.


Interview with Marybeth Whalen

Interview with Beth Albright


Island Girls by Nancy Thayer

The Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow



Literary Friday ya’ll…

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Deep South Magazine and their #literaryfriday goodness: Carl Hiassen’s Most Memorable Characters, Wiley Cash news, and more. Plus, the Author Spotlight that was featured yesterday on Erika Marks on my blog, Traveling With T, made the #literaryfriday news!


Literary New England is getting “chatty” during the month of July- 2 author chats lined up: Nichole Bernier, The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D, chats with @litnewengland July 2nd from 8-9PM EST. There will be a #giveaway! Then July 10, Erika Marks chats from 8-9pmEST- there will be a #giveaway for her chat as well. Use #LNEchat to participate.


Anita Loves Books is giving away a copy of Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman. #giveaway ends June 16th.


She Reads as part of their Books of  Summer series features Meg Donohue. Read her Tell Me Something True: A Visit with Meg Donohue to find out some about All The Summer Girls.


Today, I reviewed Steamed to Death by Peg Cochran for Cozy Mystery Reviews!


The #giveaway is still going on for Erika Marks The Guest House. Comment on Erika Marks: Author Spotlight for a chance to win!


What are you reading for #fridayreads? I’m reading The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan, The Wishing Tree by Marybeth Whalen, Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight and hoping to get in Time Flies by Claire Cook.


Speaking of The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan- it is mentioned in OBSESSED- The 20 Next Big Things in Glamour’s July 2013 magazine.


Happy reading!




Erika Marks: Author Spotlight

Today, I’m pleased to announce that Erika Marks is back with an Author Spotlight. In this, she confesses her #literaryconfessions and  #literarycrush! Come see what else she revealed today!

Author Spotlight:

Erika, when you are not writing- what are some of your favorite things to do?

Being outside, for one! My husband is a biologist so we are big hikers and campers and gardeners. We are also a family of cooks and bakers, and are always looking to try new recipes.

Could you tell us some of your favorite authors?

There are so many! I would definitely include Alice Hoffman, Annie Proulx, Louise Erdrich, Karen White, Andre Dubus, Wendy Wax, Jo-Ann Mapson, Ann Hite, Stephen King, Elizabeth Berg, Anne Rivers Siddons.

What book (or books!) will you always make room for on your shelf?


Do you have any #literaryconfessions? (Mine is: Last summer I confessed that I’d never read Pride and Prejudice (although now I have!)

I’ve never read PRIDE AND PREJUDICE either! In fact, I’ve been slowing chipping away at a list of classics that I always wanted to read but never did, so my #literaryconfessions could take a while!

Do you have a #literarycrush?

Oh, I absolutely do! I remember all of my earliest literary crushes. Ben Mears from Stephen King’s ‘SALEM’S LOT, I always loved him for the way he swoops in and takes matters into his hands and ultimately saves young Mark, becoming like a father to him. Atticus Finch, definitely. Finny, from A SEPARATE PEACE.  Pretty much all the Curtis boys in THE OUTSIDERS. And of course, Gilbert Blythe!

What are some of the books that will be in your beach bag for 2013?

There are so many I’m excited about! For starters, Susan Tekulve’s IN THE GARDEN OF STONE, Karen White’s THE TIME BETWEEN, Louise Erdrich’s THE ROUND HOUSE, Beth Hoffman’s LOOKING FOR ME.

What was your favorite childhood book?

I loved John Christopher’s Tripods trilogy (Will was definitely one of my early #literarycrushes!)

Was there a person or a book series that helped start your love of reading?

My sixth grade English teacher, Mr. McKee. He gathered a group of us—outside of class—and we read the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy with his guidance and support. It was extraordinary. There’s no question his encouragement and passion for books and story made a huge impact on me.

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

If I weren’t such a lightweight when it comes to blood, I would want to be a doctor or a vet.

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

Oh wow—what a great question! I’d have to say Claudia from FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER. I mean, spend the night in the Met?! What could be cooler?

Now that you’ve read through the author spotlight- I have more to announce! Today begins the #giveaway for a copy of The Guest House, Erika’s latest book. It’s a lovely story- and one that should be read with a glass of sweet tea.

To enter the giveaway (sorry US only!) please comment on this post. Include your email (you may use the (AT) and (DOT)).   The giveaway ends Thursday, June 20th at 11:59pmEST. While liking Traveling With T’s Facebook page or following the blog will not earn extra entries- it’s always appreciated. 🙂

ICYMI: Interview with Erika Marks

Traveling With T’s Review of The Guest House

Tuesday Mashup

LOTS to announce!

Rebecca @ Love at First Book is featured in Bloggers who WIN, a feature created by BookStore-BookBlogger Connection. She talks all about the magic of a book store in this feature!

Want to get to chat with Beatriz Williams- author of A HUNDRED SUMMERS? Yes, yes, you do! So join in Thursday night with Literary New England from 8-9pmEST and chat! You might even get lucky and win a book 🙂 Use #LNEchat to join in!

She Reads revealed their The Books of Summer list last week. 6 books that you need to read this summer! As part of their The Books of Summer, they will also be having author interviews and others fun news- here is a catch-up of what has been posted:

Grab It While You Can (Marybeth Whalen’s new book, The Wishing Tree, $3.99 in e-book!)

The Wishing Tree Soundtrack

Tell Me Something True: A Visit with Beatriz Williams

Tell Me Something True: A Visit with Amy Sue Nathan

Today I interviewed Erika Marks, author of The Guest House, on my blog. Here’s the interview- and Thursday- check back to see  Erika’s #literaryconfessions and #literarycrush  (PLUS a GIVEAWAY!)

ICYMI: My review of A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams!

Deep South Mag has posted their Twitter Chat Schedule, Summer Reading List 2013, and Summer Book Signing Calendar 2013 ( when you look at the summer book signing- you *may* see a familiar face 😉

Happy Reading 🙂