Literary Friday ya’ll…..

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Hey ya’ll! Today is a gorgeous sunshine filled day. Miss A (aka the cutest niece ever) is coming to spend the night and I have been scheduling blog posts and finding books to read all week!

It’s time for my feet (with the coral-polished nails) to be put up on the ottoman and to grab a cool drink and let the weekend wash over me….. beginning now!


1. Deep South Magazine and their #literaryfriday: News about MS Book Festival (C-SPAN was there broadcasting live, folks!), a new festival is Milton, Georgia and much more….


2. Lots of giveaways happening at Traveling With T: SEASON OF SALT AND HONEY by Hannah Tunnicliffe, MY VERY BEST FRIEND by Cathy Lamb, and THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE by Sonja Yoerg. All, except for the SEASON SALT AND HONEY are US only. SSH is US/Canada only. Continue reading

The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon (She Reads Books of Fall)

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Hey darlings!

So you know that She Reads has changed the format and instead of choosing 1 book per month to read- they are doing 4 for 3 months! And calling it She Reads Books of Fall!

The good part of this is that we have much time to read, to get excited, to even fangirl over these books! Which is all happy dance and smiles all around in my book!

The 4 books for The Books of Fall are: THE HOUSE WE GREW UP IN by Lisa Jewell, THE DISTANCE by Helen Giltrow, THE SILENT SISTER by Diane Chamberlain, and THE WIFE, THE MAID, AND THE MISTRESS by Ariel Lawhon.

“But wait, T, wasn’t THE WIFE, THE MAID, and THE MISTRESS an earlier 2014 selection for She Reads?” That’s right, darling readers- you are so super-smart! It was! But, because it’s got a gorgeous new cover for it’s paperback release- it was an additional selection- to give the months a bit more bang for it’s buck! Continue reading

Literary Friday ya’ll……

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It’s Literary Friday- and I’m off to eat some fair food and ride the pirate ship a gajillion times! What else is happening on Literary Friday? Well, let’s check it out….. Continue reading

Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Julie @ Girls Just Reading

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It’s time for another edition of Bloggers Made of AWESOME! This time, it’s Julie from Girls Just Reading. Julie is a She Reads blogger, Days of Our Lives watcher (we used to spend way too much time tweeting back and forth and catching up with the plot lines) and avid lover of books. For that, and many other reasons- Julie is made of AWESOME.


Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Julie @ Girls Just Reading

Julie- when did you begin blogging?

I began blogging in August 2007 and had no clue what I was doing. J

Girls Just Reading is a group of bloggers. How did ya’ll come up with the name? Do you know each other in real life or only through social media?

Girls Just Reading was the brain child of Lisa, our founder. She was initially going to do this solo but then asked Jenn and I to join her on this adventure. We’ve been up and blogging since August 2007 and have pretty much learned how to do this blogging thing on the fly. In 2010, Alice came along for the ride and we’ve been fast reading buddies ever since, even though none of us live in the same city!

We actually all met because of the tv show ALIAS. We were all big fans and met on a message board. We did a book club on there but when the show finished and no more message boards, we took it here.

What are your thoughts on blogging today in an ever-changing book-ish world? Are blogs helping other readers connect with good books?

Blogging is a hobby for me. I do it to share my love of books and reading. It is easy to get caught up in getting ARCs but for 2014 I’m going to be reading a lot of books that have languished on my shelves. I try not to keep up with the Jones when it comes to blogging.  For me, we are obviously doing something right because we’ve been around for 6 years and still going strong.

As for other blogs, I tend to read those that I share common genres with for recommendations. I also love discovering new blogs via Twitter. It’s always fun to meet book lovers.

When you are not blogging (or reading!)- what do you like to do?

I have kids, so I’m running them somewhere or keeping them entertained. I do love to watch tv and I used to love movies but I find that these days I prefer books for my entertainment. I love to hang out with my friends and when a favorite band comes in to town I’m almost always there for a live show.

Do you have any #literaryconfessions? 

I have tried to read several Jane Austen books and I just can’t do it. They bore me. I know, I know I’ll be ridiculed for it. I have no desire to read any of the books that are coming  out about supporting characters of her novels either. Now, I will watch the movies based on her novels though.


Do you have a #literarycrush? 

I don’t think I really have a literary crush. When I was reading the Stone Barrington series by Stuart Woods, I will admit to finding him sexy but there’s no character out there that instantly pops into my head.

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2014?

Answer: All of them. LOL Here are a couple that are on my radar:

Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck (quickly becoming a go-to author for me)

The Wife, the Maid and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon

I’m sure there are tons I don’t know about. I try not to look in advance because then I freak out. I’m also looking forward to taking on my huge pile(s) of books that I’ve bought but not read.

In your opinion, what book was the best book you  read  in 2013?

Book, 1 book?!! That’s like asking me if I have a favorite child.  😉

I’m going to say The Fault in Our Stars by John Green because I don’t read YA (seriously I don’t) and this book was just pure gold. It might have had a teen protagonist but the themes were very universal.

You have a beach vacation planned. What are the 3 books that you must bring?

The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner – I love her and it’s been sitting in my pile for too long

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – LOVED Gone Girl and keep wanting to read this one

Perfectly Matched by Heather Webber – It’s the 4th in the Lucy Valentine series and I miss her.

Also, it would probably be more like 5 for me on a beach vacation.  🙂

Are you an e-book or tree book lover? Or does it not matter?

I literally just used my e-reader for the first time a week ago. I liked it and I think it’ll be great for some galleys and chunksters, but I will always prefer tree books. My thought is though, as long as people are reading, does it matter the vehicle?

You are a member of She Reads- an organization that helps women find great books. What is the experience like- helping authors get the word out about books and connecting women with great books?

It’s wonderful to be part of an organization that is trying to get the word out on writers, period. There are so many debut authors that no one would hear of if not for word of mouth. We all know that they don’t get the same mainstream media time as others. I love the community as well. We all get pretty excited for the books and the authors are so open with us as well.

In your opinion, what do you think is more important- a good opening line or an ending that leaves you wanting to discuss the book with everyone?

All of it.  🙂  The opening line of a novel can set it up brilliantly but if the ending doesn’t live up to the opening line then it was all for naught.

If you could go on a literary road trip- where would you go?

I honestly don’t know. Seriously, you stumped me.   🙂


Did you enjoy learning a bit more about Julie? Wasn’t her reviews of THE WIFE, THE MAID and THE MISTRESS  and FALLEN BEAUTY fab? If you need more Julie, check out her blog, Kids Just Reading, or follow her on Twitter.


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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

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Today, Ariel is back- revealing her #literarycrush and the character she would most like to be. Plus tons of other 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

Literary Friday, ya’ll…….

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Friday, Friday, Friday… Someone play the song “Friday, I’m In Love” by The Cure 🙂  (I love that song!)

Ok, back to the bookish things now that I’ve chair-danced for a bit….

1. Deep South Magazine and their #literaryfriday- Faulkner and Flannery, Wiley Cash, Gone With The Wind, and much more… Plus… 8 Books To Fall In Love With in February– including THE WIFE, THE MAID and THE MISTRESS by Ariel Lawhon (one of the creative geniuses behind She Reads!) Read here for more info about book and the details on the upcoming Twitter chat- where you could win a copy!

2. In case you missed the good news– Me, Traveling With T, got the very good news the other day (I totally felt like Charlie when he got the last golden ticket!) Confused? Curious? Here it is: I’m going to be a World Book Night Giver! So excited! Myself and several bloggy friends got the great news the other day- and let me inform you: Waiting all day on the news because your mom married someone with basically the last letter of the alphabet kind of sucks. (Right? Anyone feel my pain on this?)

3. It’s been cold. No, this is not news. I know. It’s February. But, seeing this picture the other day has made my heart long for Spring and the first flowers and the butterflies and all the goodness of Spring!

4. Traveling With T has a copy of DAYS OF WINE AND ROQUEFORT to give away! Go enter. Now. I’ll wait. Seriously.

5. Valentine’s Day is 1 week away- read about Traveling With T likes and dislikes Valentine’s Day.

6. What are your #fridayreads? I’m reading THE WIFE, THE MAID, and THE MISTRESS by Ariel Lawhon.


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T


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February She Reads Book Club Selection: The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon

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It’s here! It’s time! The February She Reads Book Club Selection is………. THE WIFE, THE MAID, and THE MISTRESS by Ariel Lawhon (one of the geniuses behind She Reads). Recently released and already generating tons of buzz in the book world- this book should be a popular pick with book clubs around the world. Want more proof? Read the summary:

A tantalizing reimagining of a scandalous mystery that rocked the nation in 1930-Justice Joseph Crater’s infamous disappearance-as seen through the eyes of the three women who knew him best.

They say behind every great man, there’s a woman. In this case, there are three. Stella Crater, the judge’s wife, is the picture of propriety draped in long pearls and the latest Chanel. Ritzi, a leggy showgirl with Broadway aspirations, thinks moonlighting in the judge’s bed is the quickest way off the chorus line. Maria Simon, the dutiful maid, has the judge to thank for her husband’s recent promotion to detective in the NYPD. Meanwhile, Crater is equally indebted to Tammany Hall leaders and the city’s most notorious gangster, Owney “The Killer” Madden.

On a sultry summer night, as rumors circulate about the judge’s involvement in wide-scale political corruption, the Honorable Joseph Crater steps into a cab and disappears without a trace. Or does he?

After 39 years of necessary duplicity, Stella Crater is finally ready to reveal what she knows. Sliding into a plush leather banquette at Club Abbey, the site of many absinthe-soaked affairs and the judge’s favorite watering hole back in the day, Stella orders two whiskeys on the rocks-one for her and one in honor of her missing husband. Stirring the ice cubes in the lowball glass, Stella begins to tell a tale-of greed, lust, and deceit. As the novel unfolds and the women slyly break out of their prescribed roles, it becomes clear that each knows more than she has initially let on.

With a layered intensity and prose as effervescent as the bubbly that flows every night, The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress is a wickedly entertaining historical mystery that will transport readers to a bygone era with tipsy spins through subterranean jazz clubs and backstage dressing rooms. But beneath the Art Deco skyline and amid the intoxicating smell of smoke and whiskey, the question of why Judge Crater disappeared lingers seductively until a twist in the very last pages.

Want to read this book? You are in luck! Traveling With T just happens to know of several giveaways! She Reads is giving away 5 copies (plus shot glasses- super cute!), Goodreads is giving away 30 copies, and because Doubleday Publishing is the cat’s pajamas- for the She Reads Twitter chat where we chat with Ariel Lawhon (hosted by me!)- 10 copies of the book will be given away that night! The Twitter chat is February 27th- 8pmEST. #srbkchat is the hashtag (while all are welcome to join in the fun of the Twitter chat- the giveaway portion is limited to US only (sorry!)

Want to read what others are saying about The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress? You are in luck! Check out She Reads Blog Network and see what they are saying!

Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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Literary Friday, ya’ll….

literary friday

Today is Literary Friday- the best day of the week!

I’ve got much to talk about- so let’s get to it!

1. First, before I get into the fun of #literaryfriday- Traveling With T has had a “face lift”- yes, a new theme has been applied! While Matala ( my paisely print theme had been a very good theme to me- I did love the bright colors!), the new theme, Sorbet, looks to be a winner. It’s a bit more customizable- even without having to buy all the upgrades, etc- so I hope Sorbet and I are happy for quite some time.

2. Deep South Magazine and their #literaryfriday- Wiley Cash interview (and giveaway of A DARK ROAD TO MERCY), 50 Books by Women Authors and much more!  Continue reading