Philosophy is defined as a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought. Well, my theory is if I can add at least 10 new books to my Wishlist and move at least 5 older Wishlist selections to my TBR list every month, then life is a ice cream sundae. And if I can find those 10 books from at least 5 new blogs each month then that's the cherry on top.


Well, I've made it almost 5 years now, so for better or worse, I continue on. I tend to blog in spurts as the urge to be creative erupts. As I don't have an artistic bone in my body, you will see very few changes in the layouts. Hey, I'm a reader not an artist like so many of the awesome bloggers I follow. I know you don't always have the time but if you stopped and looked, take a half a minute and say your piece. Recommend a book that you have enjoyed or hated for that matter. Thank you to all who visit.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Book Blitz & Giveaway For I STOP SOMEWHERE By T.E. Carter

Hello Readers!
We are so excited to introduce you to a new title 
coming February 2018 from Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan!

I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter is described as THE LOVELY BONES
 meets ALL THE RAGE. Got your attention yet?

Here's what readers have to say:

“an unputdownable mystery. Don't miss it.” - Hayley Chewins – Author

“Visceral with both rage and tenderness and impossible to put down.” – Amelinda – Goodreads Reviewer

“unapologetic and gorgeous and raw”Rachel Solomon – Author

“powerful and profound and makes you think” – Amanda Searcy - Author

Pre-order your copy today, and don't miss out on this upcoming title from Macmillan!

Feed your curiosity and check out the excerpt below.
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THE LOVELY BONES meets ALL THE RAGE in a searing, heartbreaking contemporary story of a lost teenager, and the town she leaves behind.
Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished.
Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn’t need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper.
But then the unthinkable happens and Ellie is trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn't the first victim and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her.
The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.
TE Carter’s stirring and visceral debut not only discusses and dismantles rape culture but also makes you slow down and think about what it is to be human.
I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter
Publication Date: February 27, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Nobody noticed me as I cut through the room. I made my way outside, into the cold. Spring was playing games with us. Weeks earlier, it had snuck in overnight, erasing our memory of winter in a matter of hours. When we’d gone to bed, winter had lingered in the snowbanks and in the way the trees still hunched over from the weight of it. And then suddenly, spring. We woke to birds singing, birds who appeared to have been shipped overnight on a secret train, and we remembered music.
But now, winter was trying to force a comeback. Everyone outside stood looking at the pool, wondering what happened. I was shivering, wearing a skirt and thin shirt I’d borrowed from Kate when spring was still a promise.
I saw him from the periphery. From the in-between where the people inside faded into the background, but the people outside were only figures in the night. It made sense; I was a periphery girl.
“Hey,” I said to his back.
When he turned to look at me, I swear the light from the porch surrounded him. But I think I made that up. I think I want to remember him that way. I want to believe there was something that made him special. I want to believe that loneliness doesn’t just mess with our hearts.
“Ellie! You came,” Caleb said.
“I said I would.”
“I know. I wasn’t sure, though. I worried. You’re late.”
I’d walked to the party, after telling my dad I was going to a friend’s. He wouldn’t have stopped me from going to Gina Lynn’s. I didn’t have other friends, so it wouldn’t have made a difference if I’d said her name. But, for some reason, I lied. I lied and I don’t know why I did.
“Yeah, well, I was doing things.”
He laughed. “Mysterious things. Of course. I’d expect nothing less from my Elusive Ellie.”
My. I heard it. The claim he laid on me. I smiled at the word.
He moved closer and I stepped back. It was automatic. Since earlier in the week, by my locker, I hadn’t stopped thinking about the possibility. But now that he was close again, I was scared. I was afraid of the way I knew I’d hurt if he waited months to talk to me again. I didn’t want to fall for a guy just because he’d smiled at me and said my name a few times. I was afraid of what would happen if there was more to it than that, but I was also afraid of how I’d feel if there wasn’t.
“I don’t think I’m supposed to be here,” I said.
I’d always imagined being wanted. Of someone loving me. Choosing me. But here was this boy and if he kissed me, I knew I’d always worry about going back to not being wanted.

The Setting of I Stop Somewhere
 When asked about how I choose a setting, it’s hard to answer that exactly. For me, setting is as much a character as the characters themselves. Every story is affected by place and my favorite books include an immersive sense of place within them. When people talk about world building, they’re often thinking fantasy and science fiction, but writers in every genre do a great deal of world building. Whether it’s pulling from an actual place or taking features from real places and turning them into somewhere new, there’s still a process to creating the where and when of a story.
For STOP SOMEWHERE, place was a major part of the story. It’s set in a fictional town in New York called Hollow Oaks. A town in that strange area caught between Upstate and Western NY. I chose that area because the story is also about economic depression and sadly, New York is one of the states in the Northeast that has been affected by the mortgage crisis and recession the worst.
I also knew, as a native New Englander, that my story had to be in a place with seasons. Some people say they don’t care about weather in a story, but when you live in a place like New England, the weather is a story. Seasons create mood and they change people. This is so true in the Northeast. In mid-July, when the sun’s up and the day lasts forever and you can smell someone’s grill going and the ice cream truck is filling the air with its innocent medley, life feels like an opportunity. But come January, as you trek through 14 inches of snow and it’s dark when you leave and when you get home and all you hear and see is silence and darkness, it’s hard to think spring is ever going to happen again. This plays a significant role in my stories, because when you live in this kind of emotionally charged and ever changing place, you start to feel like people mimic seasons themselves.
Hollow Oaks could be any town in theory, but it’s also its unique place and by being so, it has all the elements I needed for the story to work as I wanted it to work. There used to be factories, but over time, they stopped making things at prices people want to pay, and now they’re abandoned. The people who worked there couldn’t afford their homes anymore and now the town is full of empty houses – zombie houses, as they’re called in the news. Abandoned properties where people couldn’t pay the mortgage, but the banks determined weren’t worth the investment in the foreclosure process.
This sets up a power dynamic that allows some people to get away with things they normally couldn’t. Because for the average person, it’s easier to look away if the houses on both sides of yours aren’t rotting. You don’t ask too many questions about the person or people who keep your neighborhood looking pleasant.
Plus there’s winter. The endless despair of long winters that people who live in places with long winters know so well. All of these things culminate in a town that is so burdened that it is destined to break.
My second novel, ALL WE COULD HAVE BEEN (Winter 2019) also deals with poverty and seasons, but differently and therefore, the setting changes. I think when you live somewhere your whole life, it becomes a part of who you are. New England and the Northeast provide so much inspiration – from the beautiful and historic villages to the natural wonders to the sad and broken parts that we don’t know how to keep whole. It’s a treasure for contemporary authors, because we are surrounded by so many stories in the people who live here, too.

TE Carter was born in New England and has lived in New England for pretty much her entire life. Throughout her career, she’s done a lot of things, although her passion has always been writing. When she’s not writing, she can generally be found reading classic literature, obsessing over Game of Thrones (she’s one hundred percent Team Lannister), playing Xbox, organizing her comic collection, or binge watching baking competitions. She continues to live in New England with her husband and their two cats.

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