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DEEP SOUTH. Traveling with a fellow booklover: Paul Theroux covers it all, from God to guns to poverty.


“Reading made me a traveler; travel sent me back to books.” DEEP SOUTH is the tenth travel book by Paul Theroux. He has been around the world; this is his first travel expedition into the deepest parts of the United States’ rural south. He carefully, and often colorfully, describes such events as driving by the Family Dollar, noticing the “support coal” signs, stopping in to craft shops and budget hotels. His stops are disparate: often covering common themes, yet wide-ranged in their stories.

This book is much more than just about travel.

Theroux captures the events shaping a country, from the Indian doctors in Appalachia on H-1B visas, the voter ID bill, the waving the confederate flag, and the burning of churches. Keep in mind, he wrote this before Obama won his second election. Theroux’s observations and predictions continue to reverberate throughout the land today.

His travel log includes four separate trips to the south, in four different seasons of the year. Spaced between his trips are three interludes of his reflections, covering everything from the “n” word to Faulkner and the misnomer of Southern Fiction (include “gothic”). He’s both a well-read and a well-traveled man. We as readers are benefited from both.

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“And even in the poorest places in America, where there are shacks and rotting house trailers, the roads are wonderful.” One of the major themes of Theroux is the paradox of the South. The people are friendly, yet cautious. The churches are burnt, yet come back stronger. Colleges abound, yet racism is far from gone.

Theroux is timely poignant. He carries these paradoxes and waves them as flags of mystery. In one meeting, he talks about a lady whose daughter just earned her law degree. That ladies church in Greensboro was burnt down by the Ku Klux Klan. Yes, was around 2012, not the mid-1900s. Harvard Magazine states that there are “several dozen church-burnings per year”.

Not only is Theroux observant, he presents everything with documentation and examples from either literature or studies.


While most of Charleston’s tourists make their way to plantations or Fort Sumter, Paul Theroux goes to the Gun and Knife Expo. “No one on earth—none I had ever seen—is more polite than a person at a gun show…more eager to smile, more accommodating, less likely to step on your toe.” Here, though he is a stranger from out-of-state, he can buy an AK-47 for $1,500. A private sale.

Along with guns, God is prevalent. He is a driving force, a local passion. “What made a Sunday in the South complete was a church service, a gun show, or a football game.” Right up there with the passion for church was the passion for the pigskin. “Tuscalooga was in the grip of something more intense than a carnival.” “A riotous hooting tribal rite possessed the whole town…”



Theroux writes there is a Gullah expression, “Nu man, yanna weep-dee we dan-ya!” Meaning, “No man, you’re up there and I’m down here.” What is the most disheartening of his travels is the disparity of the land. He writes that there are 1 in 4 children in Arkansas considered “food deprived”. He points out that while groups like the Clinton Foundation sends hundreds of millions to Africa, Latin America, and India, not much gets funneled to help those in need in the South.

“When I checked, the figure for food insecurity in Arkansas was exactly the same as that for Sri Lanka, an island that was struggling to overcome the effects of a recent and long-lasting ethnic war.”

There’s a lot of overlooked history of the South. Such as Denmark Vesey, a slave who won the lottery and bought his own freedom in 1822. He led a slave revolt in South Carolina, larger than that of Nat Turner’s. Or that of the police shooting three black students dead as they ran away from their peaceful protest—just three years prior to Kent State. Orangeburg’s South Carolina State University’s protest was of racial discrimination (still persistent after the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act); Kent State’s protest was against the war.



“Want some deep-fried pie?”
“Never had it.”
“You’ll love it. Chocolate pie. We wrap it in pastry and deep-fry it crispy. Why are you smiling sir?”

I really appreciated my time with Paul Theroux. Though I grew up near parts of the South and lived and taken trips there, I have not ventured nearly into the depths of Theroux. In retrospect, I would have loved an index. His stories are so disparate, including times where he would revisit locales. An index would have helped me go back and find what I was curious about. Footnotes would have been sweet, too. He often quotes from incredible sources, including many books I want to follow-up and read.

Books are for our adventure and fascination. Theroux fulfills their greatest promises in DEEP SOUTH.

DEEP SOUTH is already generating some great coverage:

NOTE:  Steve McCurry took many pictures of Theroux’s trip that are in high-quality glossy pages in the back of this book. The reverend’s Bible and the home with no plumbing or running water are both McCurry’s pictures from this book.

Finally, here’s a quote from the book. Theroux about his travels to the South:

“What inspired my trip through the Deep South was the notion that as a traveler the people I had been meeting in Africa and India and elsewhere were more and more familiar to me. I am not speaking about the common humanity but their circumstances. Many Americans were just as poor as many Africans, or as confined in rural communities as many Indians; they were as remote from anyone caring about them, too, without access to decent housing or medical care; and there were portions of America, especially in the rural South, that resembled what is often thought of as the Third World.”

**Yes, those are MY FEET in the first photo.

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Why is Margaret Atwood one of our most relevant authors? A book review of THE HEART GOES LAST

When death’s poison courses through its victim: the body twitches, the breathing stops, the brain shuts down…the heart goes last. Margaret Atwood is the master of poignant tales. The foolhardy believes this just a story; the wise take note of her warnings.

THE HEART GOES LAST is not driven by characters; it is driven by simple twists of fate. A few screws tightened differently. Atwood’s machine looks real—the scariest version of dystopian literature.


Stan and Charmaine were the perfect newlywed couple with stable jobs and a beautiful house. A few bumps in the internet-driven economy turned their life around. Stan now felt his life was “pursued by bad luck, as if bad luck is a feral dog, lurking along behind him, following his scent” His wife, comforted by her grandmother’s nostalgic advice tried to hold onto the belief that “most people are good underneath if they have a chance to show their goodness”.

Those beliefs are hard to hold onto after “another midnight, another parking lot.” Fearful of having their last possessions stolen and their own bodies vandalized, the stressed couple sought refuge in the Positron Project. Together they could live in the Town of Consilience, where there’s a restaurant called Together, just down the street from Harmony Hotel.

Of course they longed for Happy Days.


“It’s a long time since Stan has encountered that muffling layer of smiling and nodding.” For an exchange of prison living, which was more like a work camp, Stan could usher his bride into a 1950s style neighborhood. Bright, cheerful, uncompromised.

“The main deal is the prison. Prisons used to be about punishment, and then reform and penitence…” National debts overflow, school loans go unbound, and prisons are run for profit. Keep in mind: this is the book. Sound familiar? Atwood even addresses our—I mean, her world’s—healthcare system, “Grandma Win refused to go to the hospital…She said it would cost too much.”

The future seemed so bright and full of potential. How could it get much worse? The project had a plan. Oh yeah, and “full production has begun on the new and improved sexbots.”


“They wanted her to use her head and discard her heart; but it wasn’t so easy, because the heart goes last.” In typical Atwood fashion, relationships are tested and the future goes awry. “Everyone has a shadow side, even fluffpots like her.”

The keys to Atwood’s kingdom is to realize the potential and the power, both in marriage and relationships as well as society and governments. Her advocacy on Twitter is evidence to her passion for being on guard, but if anything else: aware. Like HANDMAID’S TALE, Atwood shows in THE HEART GOES LAST the relevance of current issues and what lies beneath.

Margaret’s notes:

Be sure to check out LitHub’s selection from THE HEART GOES LAST, where Atwood annotates many parts, including about the rich affording police and the poor not having access to healthcare.

Also, Open Culture has a cartoon version of Atwood talking about how technology is shaping the modern writer.

And thanks to Bloomsbury UK for sharing the percentiles of elements in this book:


Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Reasons I Love the Fall Season

I’ve fallen accustomed to these Top Ten Tuesday posts. There’s a lot more bumping around in my head than book reviews. It’s still mostly books, though. Here’s my 10 reasons to love the Fall season.

1: New Book Discoveries

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have already come across these excellent lists of Fall books:

Amazon’s Fall Review Preview
Goodreads Picks Fall’s Biggest Books
Vulture’s 46 Books to Read This Fall

For me, some of the new authors & books I’ll be discovering are THE SECRET CHORD, AND WEST IS WEST, ALL THE STARS IN HEAVEN, and THE WITCHES. And that’s just some of the books I’ll be reading is just October! (If you haven’t already, check out Lisa See’s review of THE WITCHES on Traveling with T’s site as part of #30Authors.)

2: Books With Diversity!

Two books came out today featuring LBGTQ protagonists: UNDER THE UDALA TREES and AFTER THE PARADE. One is set in 1968 Nigeria where the punishment for having a same sex partner is punishable by stoning–or worse! The other is set in modern day, where a man who has never been alone in 40 years of life sets off on a journey of self discovery, leaving his longtime partner.

3: Stephen King

His writing kicked-off my voracious reading habit; he also celebrated a birthday yesterday. He’s been pumping out two books a year lately, too. The Spring book series is part of a crime phase he’s in; the Fall books brings back classic King. 11/22/63 is my favorite of his latest batch of books. This Fall, we’ll see a new collection of short stories.

4: Halloween

You can’t think of Stephen King and the Fall without thinking of Halloween! My kids have already drawn maps of the neighborhood, strategizing the best routes for candy collection. It’s no wonder this holiday is the second highest spending holiday outside of Christmas. People love the crunching leaves, the spookiness, the dark nights, the scary movies and books.

5: Margaret Atwood

Last year was my first Atwood novel! It was a collection of short stories. This year, her new book THE HEART GOES LAST is about to release (expect a review this week). I’m also listening to Claire Danes narrate A HANDMAID’S TALE. On my shelf is a copy of THE BLIND ASSASSIN. All good!

6: Anthony Marra

One of the best books I read last year is Anthony Marra’s A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA. I’ve read part of his next book THE TSAR OF LOVE AND TECHNO and so far it is incredible! Starting in Stalin’s Soviet Union, a man is tasked to erase any history of art or media that conflicts with the regime. The stories build from there in typical Marra style. Like I said, incredible!

7: Fall Fairs

I grew up in Ohio and enjoyed the county fairs. Anywhere I’ve moved in the United States, I’m enjoying the fairs: from Washington State to Connecticut. This year: the Big E! They have everything from 2-foot-long corn dogs to fried butter. Yes, butter that is fried. There’s animals and crafts and rides, too, but lots and lots of food. Don’t worry, no fried butter for me.

8: The Fall Weather

Halloween and the fairs wouldn’t be the same without the cool, sometimes windy, weather. There’s just something about the crispness of the air that adds to the season. Pumpkin-flavor everything and warm spice seasonings add to the traditional Fall foods. The kids’ activities are in full swing: Scouting to ballet.

9: Thanksgiving

There’s plenty to be thankful for this year. Here in the states, it is a special day to connect with family and remember the great year.

10: David Mitchell

Last, but certainly not least, is David Mitchell. No stranger to the Man Booker list, his novels span from CLOUD ATLAS to THE BONE CLOCKS. He has even translated a book from Japanese about autism. This Fall, SLADE HOUSE is due to arrive: spooky house, mysterious timeline. Looks like an excellent addition to the Mitchell lineup.


Note: Don’t forget to enter my contest giving away UNDERMAJORDOMO MINOR!

My review is here.
The contest details are here.

AFTER THE PARADE by Lori Ostlund – A Celebration of Life’s Lonely Misfits – A Book Review

The dwarf with the tusks tells Aaron, “I have little interest in the unbullied masses.” AFTER THE PARADE is a celebration of the bullied minority. It is a celebration of those whose stories are sometimes painful to tell. It is a story of beauty. It is a story of truth. That’s precisely why I love Lori Ostlund’s AFTER THE PARADE.


This book is a celebration of life’s misfits: the foreign, the overweight, the gay. This book is a love letter of understanding for those that have been misunderstood, bullied, or cast aside. This book is for those that understand that “fear…is nothing but a stand-in for prejudice.” Some of the most endearing characters come from the stories of such people like the rapture-obsessed Aunt and the morbidly obese misanthrope (a word that Aaron loves).

What Ostlund writes makes my heart swell with pride and emotion. For the lonely, she understands. “He felt oddly liberated by his loneliness.” Aaron, the book’s protagonist, had never been alone in his 40 years of life. Raised in a small Minnesota town, “Mortonville had existed in a racial vacuum, its citizens not just white but primarily northern European.” At 5, his dad died. At 17, his mom vanished along with the town’s minister. Aaron had spent all of his adult life with his partner in Albuquerque. At page 1 of the novel, Aaron leaves alone for San Francisco.


This is a book that gives you permission to explore who you are and to move and to change. Forgetting the past, finding the future. “It was all a matter of perspective: whether one was focused on leaving or arriving, on the past or the future.”

Aaron’s father died during the town’s parade. His mother was confined to the parts of town no longer crossing the intersection of her husband’s death. Even in the symbolism of a story about a house cat, not allowed to go outside, there is talk of confinement and familiarity: ”There’s no opportunity for how to get lost…You know, there’s something to be said for the security of the familiar, in all its confining glory.”

“Why were they scared?”
“Because people feel scared sometimes when they have to think about the world.”

What happens after the parade? In this book, Aaron’s trip of discovery takes him to San Francisco. For you, Author Lori Ostlund invites you to reach out of your confinements and seek your own discovery.



Ostlund draws upon her own experience as an ESL teacher, making her character Aaron the same. She loves to play with the various meanings of words from Draft Dodgers to the permanence of death–or, more specially, the word “hope”. Hope is a word meant for the future that can often act as a past tense verb. We hope that certain things didn’t happen; we hope that certain things were not true. We hope for a better future.

Aaron loved grammar “the way one loved the uglier child because it required more effort to do so.” Even from childhood, he had an Amelia Bedelia level of fascination with words. Certain words play into different meanings, have different effects. There’s a power in language, both native and foreign, both spoken and non. Ostlund takes every advantage of such.


The Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo says, “Lori Ostlund’s wonderful novel AFTER THE PARADE should come with a set of instructions: Be perfectly still. Listen carefully. Peer beneath every placid surface. Be alive to the possibility of wonder.”

I couldn’t agree more! I love to write down quotes as I read books, but I had to force myself to stop. There are so many layered meanings, so many rich qualities to each story. Don’t expect a point A to point B travel: expect to explore alongside Aaron as he visits his past and moves into his future. There’s so much to love and adore about Aaron and all of his acquaintances. There’s so much to apply to everyday life.


What’s a good story if it doesn’t talk about love? Ostlund explores beyond just parental and marital love: she wants us to examine love of self. You are worthy. You have permission. This is your life. What tragic thing happened during your parade and what are you going to do now that it is over?

“Perhaps that was the nature of love: either a person was not in it enough to care or was in it too deeply to make anything but mistakes.” No matter your situation, I encourage you to read AFTER THE PARADE and discover all of its caveated and deepest of meanings.


If your bookish appetite has yet to be whetted, be sure to check Dead Darlings’s interview with Lori Ostlund. I’m sure you’ll be unable to resist this book after reading through the author’s perspectives.

5 Ways UNDER THE UDALA TREES Tore Apart My Heart—A Book Review


“E’li, E’li, la’ma sab ach tha’ni? My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” is the question Ijeoma asks in the novel UNDER THE UDALA TREES by Chinelo Okparanta. The year was 1968. Her father was killed in Nigeria’s violent assimilation of Biafra, her mother—at the end of her wits. Tears will fall from your eyes as Ijeoma prays, “Dear God, I want to be happy. Please help me to be happy.”


Not knowing what to do, Ijeoma’s mother sent her away, to be properly cared for and taught. During this separation, Ijeoma fell in love with another girl. This girl: a Hausa girl, someone Ijeoma’s Igbo people would never associate. This girl: a reader of the Koran. All things: an anathema.

We witness Ijeoma’s struggle in finding love, eventually succumbing to the heart-wrenching persuasion of man-woman marriage. The pages are near-impossible to read as the husband struggles to find his love; the pages even more difficult once Ijeoma’s child Chidinma is born.


Punishable by death—stoning—still today in the northern states of Nigeria: loving someone of the same sex. “There’s nothing more important now than for us to begin working on cleansing your soul,” says Ijeoma’s mother. “Nwoke na nwunye. Adam na Eve. Man and wife.” Ijeoma feels of her mother: “In this moment, she felt more like another warden than my own mother, more like a husk—more an emblem of motherhood than motherhood itself.”

It’s not just about a love between two girls: it is about love. “Maybe love was some combination of friendship and infatuation. A deeply felt affection accompanied by a certain sort of awe. And by gratitude. And by a desire for a lifetime of togetherness.”

Two men found naked: beaten to death. A woman: burned alive. “If you set off on a witch-hunt, you will find a witch.”


Author Chinelo Okparanta expertly mixes in her vast knowledge of the Bible, verses all included, as she tells the story of struggle and of love. The mother, Ijeoma, the people all around, each coming to a realization of who God is, where He abides, and the trueness of their hearts.


This is the third book I’ve read that is based in Nigeria. The latest being the multi-award-nominated THE FISHERMEN. I am honored and humbled to be back in Nigeria. Okparanta’s pictures are clear and beautiful. She has a way of relaying the old folk tales that make you a witness to the grandness and simplicity of Nigeria’s finest and scariest elements. It’s mesmerizing.

“The saying goes that wood already touched by fire isn’t hard to set alight.” Aside from the tales are the sayings, each with special, driven-deep meaning. One after another, they sink into your soul.


Okparanta is another gifted author to arise out of the Iowa’s Writing Workshop. Her craftsmanship is evident in her spare and lyrical prose. The short chapters tempt you to flip from one page to the next. The story and the elements all play together, scratching your mind and tearing your heart.

“Sometimes it is hard to know to whom the tragedy really belongs.” UNDER THE UDALA TREES will cause me to ponder this question a long, long time.

Friendship Friday: How to get the biggest books from the best publishers–for free!

New segment! On Fridays, when I’m able, I would like to give back to the awesome book community. I’ll share any knowledge I’ve gained, or spotlight other fabulous book bloggers/social media users who are ROCKING it!

Today: How to get the biggest books from the best publishers–for free!


There are a TON of books out there. Publicists these days are going crazy trying to get your interest. It’s tough. Between cute kitten videos and Friends marathons on Netflix, trying to get public interest in a particular book, let alone a stack of books, is enough to make anyone go bonkers.

They need YOUR help. Before the books come rolling in, you need to build a publicity vehicle. For me, I started getting books at the library (free!) and posting my reviews on Amazon (free!). Warning: that’s a humbling experience. Folks can vote your reviews up–and down! I suggest going with a free blog like wordpress, blogger, or tumblr.

Next, take your vehicle for a drive around social media: Twitter, Instagram, YouTube (you don’t want to see my face on YouTube). Most importantly: INTERACT. You’ll find people and they’ll find you. Make a game out of it; keep track of your social standings with Klout.

Another tip: if your goal is free books, make sure your vehicle is painted bumper-to-bumper in books. When publishers start looking at you, they want to see you talking about books. Cats and wine are totally acceptable, but make sure you let them know you love talking about and promoting books!


Now that you’ve built a platform for yourself and have connected with some other bookish friends, find new books to review. Key word: NEW. Find what the publishers are promoting and help them promote it. I like to go to the “coming soon” sections on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Both have some neat sorting features. If you’re in with your librarian or local book sellers, they’ll have some great catalogs and newsletters as well.

Here’s the ultimate first stop for free books: Netgalley, Edelweiss, and Blogging for Books. The two former ones require that you have an e-reader or computer, the latter one sends out physical copies of books. Go there! Netgalley especially has tools to sort through publishers and books to see what is coming out and what types of people the publishers are interested in giving books.


Okay, so digital ARCs aren’t your thing? You want something in the mail? You want to hold the new books? You want to hug the new books? You want to SMELL the new books?

First, you have to know who publishes the new books. In the tools above, you’ll find the books and most often see who is publishing the new books. Goodreads is also a great source. Once you know the publisher, you’ll need to know where to contact them. It’s uncouth to ask in public forums like Facebook and Twitter.

Go to the publisher’s website and look for “contact us” or “publicity contact information”. If that fails, Google the publishers name along with the words “publicity contact”. I’m going to make it easy for you. Here are some of the biggest publishing houses in America and their publicity contact pages:

Hachette Book Group (Little, Brown, Grand Central, Center Street, etc.)
HarperCollins (Harper, Ecco, Dey Street, William Morrow, etc.)
Macmillan (St. Martin’s Press, Tor/Forge, Holt, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, etc.)
Penguin  (Dutton, Penguin Press, Riverhead, Viking, etc.)
Random House (Crown, Doubleday, Dutton, Knopf, etc.) This page has merged Pengiun contacts.
Simon & Schuster (Atria, Scribner, Simon & Schuster, etc.)

That should keep you busy.


There are two types of books that you may see ahead of publishing date:

Advanced Review Copies (ARCs) that are bound copies sent out months in advance that may still be edited before the…

Final Copies, which are the finished deal. These are the books that the public will see and buy in droves.

You’ll want to write a nice note to the publisher telling them how awesome you are (publicity vehicle) and which book(s) you would like to receive. Generally plan to write your letter 3-4 months in advance for ARCs and about a month in advance for a finished copy. Each publisher is a bit different, but those are pretty good averages based on mine and other bloggers’ findings.

Make it easy for them! Connect the dots. Tell them who you are, why you want the book, and how you can promote the book. Include links to your sites and profiles. Perhaps give examples of how you’ve helped them in the past. And–very important–give them your address.

One of four things will happen: they’ll respond and tell you they are sending the book!; they won’t respond and still send the book; they’ll say “no”; or, instead of saying “no” they’ll usually opt to ignore you. Remember: they are super busy. It’s nothing personal. Don’t feel bad if they ignore you.

If you send your request far enough in advance, and you haven’t heard anything in a couple of weeks, don’t be afraid to send a follow-up request (or two). I like to tell them that I already sent a request and I’m following up with another request. I know they’re busy. Again: make it easy for them.

The more you drive your vehicle, the more books you’ll get.


Another crucial point. If you say you’ll post a review, make sure you post a review. If you say you’ll take a picture of their book with a pack of elephants, make sure you have the elephants ready. Whatever it is that got their attention, follow through.

This is golden: send them a follow-up email. Give them the links to your coverage. They may not respond, but they’ll definitely appreciate the email. It makes a world of difference for them. And, chances are, they’ll remember you next time!

There are some other great articles about getting free books. You’ll definitely want to check out this from ReadWriteLove. She includes a TON of helpful links with plenty of her own helpful advice. Be sure to follow her blog, too!

Do you have any tips or personal advice for getting books?
What has your experience been?

Review: In a Dark, Dark Wood

In a Dark, Dark Wood
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Leonora is a writer who is used to living alone. She’s got some issues with a dude named James who supposedly did something terrible ten years ago. This was so terrible that most of her friends went by the wayside. Fast-forward to today: a hen party invite arrives. (For my fellow American readers, a hen party is a bachelorette party—this one requiring an overnight stay.) So, lots of questions for the reader: who is this “James” and why is Leonora being invited to a hen party?

Enter the dark, dark woods. This environment is creepy as [choose your own adjective/explicative]. The hen party’s arranger has an aunt with a glass house in the middle of woods, located in an extremely remote environment. Let’s paint that picture a little better: dark woods, see-through house. Folks on the outside can see you; you can’t see potential people/creatures/bigfoot/murderers on the outside.


IN A DARK, DARK WOOD by Ruth Ware is an expertly crafted thriller in the likes of GONE GIRL and GIRL ON THE TRAIN, with one caveat: there are not alternating perspectives. Time flips from present to past, slowly unwinding the clues to what the heck are these folks doing in the middle of the woods, and—MURDER!!

The book is quickly paced, really winding things tight toward the end. By the time Leonora discovers footprints in the snow, you won’t be able to stop reading. The conclusion is, well, conclusive. Much better than that story about the girl that Ben Affleck went looking to find. I would even say the pacing is better than that story about the drunken girl solving crimes from her window seat. In other words, IN A DARK, DARK WOOD stands alone as a must-read title.

Being a debut book, I do have some nitpicks. First, the “big secret”. Don’t worry, no spoilers. Leonora’s secret with James is kind of hard to hide. We don’t find out about it until near the end, but I’m thinking most of her friends, not just one, would have known about it. Second, drinking tea with the murderer. Huh? Read the book and then we’ll talk about it.

Here’s the kicker: I purchased this book to take with me on a trip into the deep, deep woods (somewhere along the border of New Hampshire, Maine, and Canada). Needless to say, I had to keep the fire burning bright. And, yes, I’m a bit crazy.


P.S. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!! The link is in the above paragraph about the trip into the deep, deep woods.

And, if you are looking for more reviews of IN A DARK, DARK WOOD, Cleopatra Loves Books really liked this one! She said, “it raised a few hairs on my neck means that this book fully deserves all the accolades it has received”.

UPDATE: Tea talk with author Ruth Ware