The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh (TLC Tour) and Giveaway

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Today, Traveling With T is a stop on THE MOON SISTERS by Therese Walsh tour sponsored by TLC Book Tours. THE MOON SISTERS released last week till a good amount of book buzz (and it’s so deserved!) Read here for the other stops on the tour (and to see what they are saying about the wonderful THE MOON SISTERS.

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A Beautiful Heist by Kim Foster (TLC Book Tour 8)

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Kim Foster, author of A Beautiful Heist, leads a busy life! Being an author is not her full-time job- she’s also a doctor, a mother and a blogger! A Beautiful Heist is the first book in the Agency of Burglary and Theft series- look for the 2nd book summer 2014! To find out more about Kim- visit her website, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest pages.

A Beautiful Heist

Publisher: E-Kensington

Length: 289 pages

ASIN: B00B86NOF8

Purchase: Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Source: TLC Book Tours

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Cat Montgomery- beautiful lady, smart, and has a rewarding career. The only problem is that her career is something that could have her thrown in jail. She’s a jewelry thief! Cat works for Agency of Burglary and Theft- completing jobs for them that other thieves only dream of. Exciting job, dangerous situations, and the need for costumes and disguises- sounds like a good place of employment! Except, that for Cat, part of being a jewelry thief is related back to a childhood memory of her sister.

Cat finds herself in a sticky situation about a sideline- she’s asked to find and steal a Faberge egg from a family- and return it to another family that has been looking for it for many, many years. Cat, agrees for 2 reasons- she needs the money and she feels that doing this will be righting an old wrong. Unbeknownst to Cat, her FBI ex-boyfriend has also been asked to help track down this Faberge egg.

As Cat goes through days of planning for this heist- she enlists the help of Ethan, a smoking hot art thief who is eager to help- but is that all he is eager to help Cat with? Complicating matters further, Cat’s nemesis, Brooke Sinclair, is poking her nose around and determined to make Cat’s life complicated as possible.

Cat’s used to dangerous situations, but finding and stealing this Faberge egg may be the most dangerous she’s been in. Cat knows this: she’s got to be on her A-game and she has to be careful who to trust. Otherwise, this may be the last jewelry heist she attempts.

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

Thieves. Fashion. Romance. Action. Humor. What’s not to like? A Beautiful Heist is cute- it’s not a hard read- it’s a read that a reader picks up when they want to be entertained. It’s not a deep storyline, it’s not a book that requires a reader to think about deeper issues- it’s a book that is pure entertainment. And, for me, that’s a good thing. I like a book with some romance, some bad guys, some good guys- and some mystery as to who is who. Want to be entertained? Want a little eye-candy description to go with the entertainment? Pick up A Beautiful Heist!

*Want to win a copy of A Beautiful Heist? You’re in luck! As part of the A Beautiful Heist TLC Book Blog Tour, each blog is able to give away 1 e-book! To enter: Tell me your favorite “bad guy”! Please put your email in the comment section (you may write it with the AT and DOT). Comments without an email will not be counted. Giveaway ends Sunday night (June 30th) at 11:59pmEST. Winner will be notified on Monday, July1st.

Interview with Kim Foster- A Beautiful Heist Author

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Kim Foster was nice enough to find some time in her schedule to stop by, answer some questions about her debut book, A Beautiful Heist, her #literaryconfessions and #literarycrush- and many other things. Plus, we know she’s all cool and everything- because like most of us- she also has a bit of a Pinterest obsession!

Interview with Kim Foster:

1. What was the inspiration for A Beautiful Heist?

 I thought it would be fun to write a story about a woman who is basically a good person, but whose job happens to be entirely illegal. I personally love stories with criminal protagonists—heists and capers, with lots of action, and you find yourself rooting for the people who would traditionally be the villains. It’s a common setup for the big screen (Ocean’s Eleven, The Italian Job…) but I don’t see it in books very often. I thought it would be fascinating to explore what motivates people to either do good or do bad…and all the shades and nuances in between.

 2. From the beginning to end, how long did A Beautiful Heist take to write?

 I had the initial germ of the idea when my firstborn was about 1. He just turned 8. But the path to publication was long and convoluted (as I suspect it is for every writer) because over those years I had another baby, went through two literary agents, lived in the UK for a year, and wrote two entirely different versions of the story.

 3. Do you have a writing space? A writing routine?

 I’ve had to readjust my writing schedule many times—through various stages of motherhood, maternity leaves, and overseas moves. Currently my writing schedule starts at 5 am and I write until 7 am, when my day as a working mother begins (I’m a family doctor in my regular life). Recently I’ve been writing in the evening, too, after the kids are in bed…and then on the weekends, whenever I can sneak out to the nearest Starbucks.

 A coffee shop is my preferred writing space. The ambient sound, the comforting aroma, the endless supply of caffeine…but mostly I like to write in a café because there are no kids there. Well, that’s not strictly true–there are kids there, of course, but they don’t happen to be mine, and conveniently enough, nobody seems to need me to feed those kids or change their diapers or anything. It’s great.

 4. Are any of the characters based on people in real life? Or just figments of your imagination?


Some of the characters are inspired by people in real life—not wholesale, but little pieces of them, stitched together with other bits, like Frankenstein. My protagonist, Cat, has a rival in this story, Brooke—and she’s an amalgamation of all the mean girls I’ve encountered in my life. Most characters, though, are pure figments of my imagination.

5. Kim, do you enjoy hearing from fans about their thoughts of the book?

Yes, of course! If I wasn’t interested in hearing what people think, I might have been satisfied leaving this story on my hard drive, for my own entertainment alone.

 It’s especially fun to hear people’s feelings about the love triangle in A Beautiful Heist. I’ve heard from a few readers about this recently, and it’s so fascinating. A friend—someone I would have pegged as Team Jack—just told me she was totally Team Ethan, so we giggled about that.  

 6. Do you want A Beautiful Heist to be made into a movie one day? If so, who are the actors that would comprise your dream cast?

 That would be a dream come true. And to be honest, I’ve thought about it a lot, because my book is very visual and the scenes have plenty of action. I created Pinterest pages, in fact, for my dream cast for the major characters, and wrote a post on my blog about that when I was counting down to book launch.

 For Cat, my protagonist, I see Rachel McAdams, or maybe Emily Blunt. Jack (her FBI agent ex-boyfriend): Hugh Jackman or Eric Bana. Ethan (the charming art thief): Chris Pine, perhaps, or Bradley Cooper. 

7. Are you working on another book? If so, can you tell us what the book is about?

 A Beautiful Heist is the first book in the Agency of Burglary & Theft series, so I’m absolutely working on the next stories. I just sent the manuscript for the second book to my editor this week, actually.

 In book two (which is slated for publication in June 2014), you’ll see Cat’s adventures become even more international—the story is set, in large part, in Paris. The heists in the next stories get even bigger (she goes after a very famous target in book two—and it’s something everyone has heard of) and the personal stakes get deeper. She comes face to face with some of her deepest fears and has to struggle with those, while attempting to pull off an impossible job. As far as romance goes: sadly, I don’t make things easy for Cat. Let’s just say the love triangle that emerges in book one gets a lot more pointy in subsequent books.

 8. Could you tell us some of your favorite authors?

 I have eclectic tastes in fiction, and there are so many fabulous authors out there it’s hard to narrow it down. That said, I love Kate Morton and Diana Gabaldon and Ken Follett. Philip Pullman and JK Rowling are the masters when it comes to combining action and suspense with humor. I recently read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and that book rocked my world, to be honest, so I’d like to read more of her. Probably my all-time favorite author, though, is Jane Austen.

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

 Well, this is an ongoing problem, of course, because who has the room for all the wonderful books out there? Actually, I thought I’d solved this problem once, because my husband and I opened a secondhand bookstore in Vancouver several years ago—and for a little while I had the most kickass personal library. It was great fun running that store. But, alas, we had to sell it when life became crazy with the birth of our first son.

 Our house now has bookshelves covering pretty much every spare wall. Technology has provided the most recent answer to the bookshelf space conundrum, however, in the form of my beloved e-reader. Hundreds of books in my purse!

 10. Do you have any #literaryconfessions?

 My #literaryconfession is that I’m not a very fast reader. And it’s not for lack of trying; I’ve read tons of books throughout my life. But somehow I just didn’t get that gene. My dad and my sisters have the lightning fast reading gene—my baby sister can polish off a book standing in the bookstore (something I’ve scolded her for: give the author the sale, for crying out loud!).

11. Do you have a #literarycrush?

 Jamie Fraser, hands down. And both of the Darcy reincarnations (Mr. in Pride and Prejudice, and Mark  in Bridget Jones).  *Editor’s note: For those that have been living under a rock like me- Jamie Fraser is from Outlander.

12. What are some of the books that will be in your beach bag for 2013?
A Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling has been sitting on my TBR list for a few months, so I’m pretty excited to dive into that. Also, I’m curious to try A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. And I’ve been meaning to read something by Sarah Jio for a while; her stuff has piqued my interest. Maybe Blackberry Winter, or The Last Camellia. We’re taking our boys on a road trip to California this summer, so I’m positively salivating to do a little beach reading.

*Special thanks to Kim Foster for this interview.

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For more information on Kim, visit her Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest, and website.

Want to win a copy of  A Beautiful Heist? Sure you do! Visit Traveling With T’s review of A Beautiful Heist– leave a comment and an email address- and you are entered to win! *Note this is book is in e-book format only.

The Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo (TLC Book Tour 6)

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Courtney Miller Santo, author of The Roots of the Olive Tree confesses that she knows too much about Saved by the Bell, has read Gone With the Wind 12 times and that Anna Karenina is her favorite book. To find out more about Courtney Miller Santo, visit her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages. To read an excerpt of The Roots of the Olive Tree, visit here. Courtney’s most prized possession is a picture of the 5 generations of women in her own family.

The Roots of the Olive Tree

ISBN:978-0062130525

Paperback: 336 pages

Publisher: William Morrow

Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound, Barnes and Noble

Source: TLC Books

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The Roots of the Olive Tree is a tale of 5 generations of women in the Keller family- Anna, Bets, Callie, Deb, and Erin. Anna is the 2nd oldest person in the world- and she longs to be the oldest person in the world.

Callie is interested in finding out if the Keller family has a special gene or something of that nature that leads to a longevity of life. When she finds out about Dr.Hashmi and his study with genetics- she contacts him and he agrees to come study the Keller women. While Callie is excited about this, some of the other Keller women do not share her enthusiasm.

The Keller women, like many generational families, have secrets. Some of the secrets are a deep as the roots of a tree- anchored in the ground, and not willing to be revealed without a lot of work.

Each chapter in the book is titled with a name, the town or a word that relates to the tone of the chapter.  Courtney Miller Santo weaves together family secrets, interesting characters, love, generational stories, and much more to create The Roots of the Olive Tree.

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

The description of The Roots of the Olive Tree sounds like a book that is the kind of book I like to lose myself in. Family drama, secrets, a tale of generational women and a beautiful setting in California- what is there not to like? The Roots of the Olive Tree is good- it’s interesting, the characters are characters you want to know more about- although at times, the characters can be unlikeable- but like any family, that is true. Overall, from beginning to end- the good outweighs any negative- and I think The Roots of the Olive Tree  will satisfy most readers.

The Original 1982 by Lori Carson (TLC Tour 5)

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Lori Carson Lori Carson, author of The Original 1982, writes a book that is daring- yes, I say daring. The Original 1982 based on book cover and synopsis has the potential to sound like a perfect beach read- but this book is a book that is more. It’s daring, and has these sections of honesty, real life feel. To find out more about Lisa, her music and other things, please visit her website or connect with her on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

The Original 1982

ISBN:978-0062245298

Paperback:240 pages

Publisher: William Morrow

Purchase: Amazon, Indiebound, Barnes and Noble

Source: TLC Books

 

 

The Original 1982The Original 1982 is a story of a choice- a choice that was made to appease a lover; not because it is what Lisa wants. Lisa is pregnant and her lover, Gabriel, does not want to a father. The story that follows is a 2-sided look at life- what really happens in Lisa’s life after the choice and what could have happened if she had not made that particular choice.

The story is written in almost a diary format- a diary to Lisa’s unborn child. Lisa writes about life- her daughter being born, daily struggles and more. As Lisa tells the story, she sometimes begins speaking of how things really happened instead of how she dreams life to be.

However, Lisa does not make the life she did not choose easier. Lisa writes a realistic life for a single mother in the 80’s in New York City. Later, the book allows the reader to see, in part, what made Lisa consider what would have happened if that crucial choice had not been made.

Lisa’s story, the story to the daughter, the re-writing of life- is partly bittersweet, but mostly daring.  With The Original 1982– readers are exposed to 2 worlds- and the differences, yet similarities in how life could have played out.

 

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

From the cover and the description, I thought of this book as more “chick lit” and was curious about the book. Then I opened the book and began reading- this is not “chick lit”- it’s not a fluffy beach read. The Original 1982 is more serious- alternating between the 2 lives, with each life being a viable and fulfilling option- and shows how life happened for Lisa. The topics introduced in The Original 1982 are serious and the ending is fitting for the type of story that Lori Carson wrote.

Did I like this book? Yes, yes, I did. I have no regrets about reading The Original 1982. Do I wish that it was the fluffy beach book I envisioned? No, not really. I think Lori Carson did a terrific job with the writing- and had it been any other way- it would not have been meaningful. This book is a book to add to the TBR list.

Never Tell by Alafair Burke (TLC Tour 4)

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Alafair Burke, author of Never Tell, has 2 series featuring women leads- one is Ellie Hatcher and the other is Samantha Kincaid.  Alafair Burke writes her characters and stories based on her experience as a former prosecutor. Alafair’s interest in crime stories could be directly related to the fact that when she was a child- she lived in the area that the criminal known as BTK used as his stalking ground. To find out more about Alafair Burke- her reading interests, future books and more- please visit her website, like her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

Never Tell

ISBN: 978-0061999161

Hardcover: 368 pages

Publisher: Harper

Purchase: Amazon, Indiebound, Barnes and Noble

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Ellie Hatcher is called on the scene of a posh New York townhome and finds a young teenage girl, in a bathtub with wrists slit and a suicide note- it’s hard to not state the obvious fact- that this girl, Julia Whitmire, no matter how much she appeared to have- must have been deeply unhappy and wanted to end her life. Ellie feels “if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck- then it’s a duck”. However, Julia’s parents do not believe their daughter would kill herself and they call in favors and connections to make sure the NYPD is doing their job. As Ellie and her partner go back to scene- a discovery is made that makes the NYPD detectives want to question this case a bit further.

As Ellie attempts to get to the bottom of this case- was it a homicide or suicide- she crosses paths and rubs elbows with all different kinds of people- the prep school that Julia attended that has quite a distinguished alumni group, the homeless kids that Julia and a friend of hers liked to hang out with, and many others.  Ellie is still fairly convinced that it’s a suicide until the computer tech at NYPD turns up some interesting findings that show Julia may have been engaging in cyber-bullying.

With each day that passes Ellie wonders if her and her partner will unravel the strings that are tying this case. With a little luck and a lot of persistence- they find the clues that are needed to solve this case. But by the time the case is over, Ellie is left to ponder that sometimes there are no answers to the questions- and asking the questions can sometimes do more harm than good.

Traveling With T’s thoughts:

A story that starts off with the question of a suicide or a homicide would have the reader thinking that this was the major crime of the story. Not in Never Tell, though. While Julia Whitemire’s death is what sets this story in motion- it’s the way the death happens and the deep, dark secrets behind it that make this a compulsively readable book. Each time, I thought I had this storyline figured out, Alafair Burke added another twist. Enjoyable, suspenseful, and Ellie Hatcher is a great character. I look forward to reading other Ellie Hatcher books- just to see how her mind works!

The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri (TLC Book Tour 3)

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Heather Barbieri, author The Cottage At Glass Beach, was a child who loved to stay up reading all night long various books- Judy Blume among others. The Cottage At Glass Beach is Heather’s 3rd book- and she is currently at work on her 4th book. To find out more about Heather, please visit her website or Facebook page.

The Cottage at Glass Beach

ISBN: 978-0062107961

Hardcover: 320 pages

Publisher: Harper

Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound, Barnes and Noble

Source: TLC Books

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The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri is a book that from the cover takes me to a beach state of mind- the water, the blue sky, the lady walking holding a seashell. It’s a gorgeous cover and quite eye-catching.

Nora, mother to Annie and Ella, wife to Malcom- leaves Boston for refuge at Burke’s Island after finding out her husband is having an affair. The girls and Nora are staying for the summer- although teenage Ella is not happy about being away from Boston, her dad and friends. Annie, young and full of fun is entraced with Burke’s Island- although misses her father.

Nora, as child, lived at Burke’s Island-until her mother disappears one day. So the island provides Nora a space to stay away from prying eyes of the public- and yet stirs up memories and feelings of worry.  Burke’s Island not only holds the secret of Nora’s mother, Maeve, disappearance- it holds many other secrets. When a man is found by Nora washed up on the beach, Nora is not quite sure what to make of him. Owen proves helpful- but after Malcom’s betrayal- Nora finds trusting a man’s kindness harder than it once was.

Marie, aunt to Nora, welcomes Nora and the girls to the island but as the story unfolds, the reader finds that Marie has a story of her own. It seems that many of the islanders have their own story- either a connection to Maeve, or a reaction to Nora.  Island life is different for Nora and the girls- and it proves to be both soothing, yet stirring memories of past times.

The Cottage At Glass Beach takes a premise of mother taking her daughters for some time away from husband’s scandal, adds some beach fun, some island memories (secrets and good times),  tales of island folklore and turns into a story that is good, interesting and enjoyable. Perfect for a beach read (even if you are nowhere near the beach!)- The Cottage at Glass Beach is a story that readers will want to share with friends and other fellow readers.

Traveling With T’s thoughts:

This is my first Heather Barbieri novel- and I enjoyed it. The cover of the book gave me a warm and good feeling- and the writing did not disappoint. Heather made Nora a character that the reader could root for. The daughters, Ella and Annie and their interactions with Nora- believable and understandable. Heather Barbieri teased readers with island secrets and made me want to keep turning pages.