Hey everyone! I'm super excited to be a part of this tour today. I have some pretty awesome stuff for you. The lovely Tracy is here with a guest post. She's also giving away an e-copy of On The Island. I will post that below the guest post and my review.
My Fan Girly review~
My writing cave
Like many authors, I have several places where I’m most comfortable – and productive – when I’m writing. All of them are in my home. I’m definitely not one of those people who can go to a coffee shop and expect to get any work done. The Internet is distracting enough; the last thing I need is the added temptation of people watching!
This is my all-time favorite place to write, and 90% of On the Island was written here (mostly between the hours of 5:30-7:00 a.m., before I went to my day job). It’s in the family room and I especially love turning on the gas fireplace when it’s cold out. This used to be a perfectly nice chair/ottoman combo from Crate and Barrel, but I’ve managed to practically destroy it. See that brown blanket draped over the arm? That’s covering the big rip caused by constant friction from the edge of my laptop tray. I’ve also spilled a ton of diet Coke and coffee on this chair. Since I also sit here in the evening when I’m on Facebook or Twitter, there’s been a fair amount of wine dumped on it, too. I’ve been joking with my husband about replacing the chair with something different, but I don’t think I actually will. A new slipcover, maybe, but “Mom’s chair” has sentimental value and every time I look at it, I smile.
If I want to get any writing done when my husband and kids are home/awake, I sometimes retreat to the loveseat in the master bedroom. It’s comfortable and there’s the added bonus of a lock on the door. Unfortunately, both kids can pick it in under 7 seconds. Sigh.
This is my last resort. It’s my least favorite place to write for two reasons: one, it’s in the basement so it’s quite cold in the winter. I have been known to wear the pink Snuggie I received as a gag gift and my husband often has to set up a space heater so I don’t turn blue and die of hypothermia. And two, since our basement is a walk-out, you never know how many neighbor kids are going to come charging through the sliding glass door at any given moment. Shouting, “Go away, I’m trying to write!” does not portray me in the most favorable light. Apparently.
While I definitely prefer my comfy chair in the family room, all of these “writing cave” locations will work just fine (as long as it’s quiet).
A while back, Andrea from The Bookish Babes said, “ Hey April, you should do this tour with me.” I cannot even begin to tell you how thankful I am that she told me about it.
On The Island, I honestly don’t even know what to say people. This is one of those books that could easily be spoiled by saying too much. So I'm going to tread lightly. I expected to like it, I did not expect to love it as much as I did.
Obviously you know from the description, Anna and T.J. Are stranded on a tropical Island. Being a long time fan of the reality show Survivor, I loved watching them learn how to make it on their own.
On The Island took over my life for the time that I was reading it. I could not put this sucker down. There were a few breath catching moments that got me a few strange looks from the hubby.
But really, what I loved about this book the most, was how emotional it was. I connected with Anna immediately. I also connected deeply with T.J. If you have read my blog, you know I'm about a hair away from being a teenage boy myself. LoL. It's told from both point of views, which is awesome. Especially here, because you get to see their feelings for each other grow from both sides.
The love aspect of On The Island was done just right, in my opinion. I'm not expert, but for me, it was perfect. It wasn't fast, it was slow. It was real, and it took my breath away.
Ha! I was about to say, I can't imagine what it would be like if this were to happen to me, but I already know. I shed tears over this story, lots of them. Happy, Sad, Angry. I'm not a book crier usually, so huge props to Tracey. This will go down as one of my favorite reads this year, and I'm dying to read whatever she has planned for us next.
Ending note, never leave home without baby oil. For realz!
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|Tracy Garvis Graves|
Now for the Giveaway. One E-copy of On The Island. Format of your choice. All you need to do is comment below. Make sure you leave your name and email address. Giveaway runs until midnight March 13th. I'll use Random Org to choose the winner the next morning! For More chances to win a copy, check out the other stops on the Tour!
Last of all, I made something special for this tour. I always try to put something together for books I truly deeply love, so here is a little something I made. I hope you all enjoy it!