Sunday, February 1, 2015

REVIEW & BOOK BLITZ: The Traveling Man (The Traveling Duet #1) by Jane Harvey-Berrick **GIVEAWAY**

Title: The Traveling Man (Traveling, #1)
Author: Jane Harvey – Berrick
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance

I was ordinary. Nice. He was extraordinary. And he wasn’t always nice. Moody and difficult, brilliant and beautiful, Kes scared me and he protected me. He could be incredibly hurtful and incredibly thoughtful. He wasn’t perfect, but he was perfect for me. He challenged me, he took me out of my safe little box and showed me the world could be magnificent. He was everything I wasn’t. Aimee Anderson is ten when the traveling carnival first comes to her nice little town. She doesn’t expect her world to change so completely. But meeting Kestrel Donohue puts her life on a different path. Even though she only sees him for the two weeks of the year when he passes through her home town, his friendship is the most important of her life. As a child’s friendship grows to adult love, the choices become harder, and both Kes and Aimee realize that two weeks a year will never be enough.    

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5***** Beautiful Sensual and Magical Stars!!!

I Loved this story what a ride I have yet to read The Education of Caroline and Sebastian so when I went into this it was an unknown territory but I heard nothing but good ratings on Janes writing so therefore I went in, I'm a choosy reader so you will see anything between 3.5-6 stars that's because I have minimal time so I pick the books that take me to a place where I can getaway from my real life, this most definitely was a read that 1~captured my heart and 2~ took me to a place where I wouldn't go in real life, for that alone it is an undoubtedly AMAZING RAW AND BEAUTIFUL BOOK

The first part is where Kes is part of the Carnie life he's the grandson of a lovable well know man who is a big part of the Carnival life they travel throughout the year where they travel from town to town doing their act, Kes is 10 years of age nearly 11 when this he meets Aimee, he's a hard worker and loves the life he's born a traveller its who he is, its in his bones and he's not going to change anytime soon.

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Aimee is part of a family where she's not loved and is lonely, her father is an angry man he doesn't talk to her he just tolerates her and her mum doesn't stand up to him she does have a relationship with her sister that I suppose grows as they get older so all in all she doesn't think she's all that, she doesn't think she's attractive and pretty but just normal and therefore as time goes on she just see's herself as average and simple. yet on her 10th birthday she gets to choose what she wants to do for her birthday and that treat is to go to the carnival she's so excited as this is the one thing she wants to do she loves the shining lights and has been excited to go all week but when she goes her father in particular isn't very warm to the idea and holds her down making it a little difficult to cherish the time she has there until she bumps into a boy the same age who introduces her to his life, his world and the colours of the carnival and becomes her only friend who overtime truly begins to UNDERSTAND her but Kes travels so they have two weeks together once a year to be friends to be children, to play and to LIVE. They embark on an untraditional friendship and you would think this is a disaster waiting to happen, two different backgrounds two different lives but these two children need each other and over the years you get to live with them , you get to see for yourselves the true essence of being young and carefree to be happy enjoy the carnival life this is until they get to 18 and life has a way of turning the tables and changing the path they're on.......

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What I loved about this half was the innocence and vulnerability of them as individuals as children and together we see over time a friendship forming to more.

6 Years later they meet again....
This is where they are adults and is a very different read it had (for me) a different feel to it. A more of a sensual feel to it more angsty will they be happy? will they succeed? Aimee is now a elementary school teacher and loves the job she does she works hard to be a good teacher and maybe doesn't earn ALOT of money but she's studied to do something she enjoys and doesn't want to destroy all her hard work. Kes is now more of a stunt man with bikes he's still part of the travelling life but he is a successful entertainer/stuntman. Opposites attract and they have something special something that not everybody gets a chance to have so they choose to spend the summer holidays together and see where it takes them .

"You want it easy? You want everything served up to you on a silver platter?" he shook his head. "Kes will never be easy, and the person who loves him won't have it easy. But if he loves you back, it'll be worth it, because he'll love you with every part of him." He looked down. "You're lucky."

Love isn't easy though
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Love is not safe, its hard, and you put your heart on the line in the hope that it doesn't get broken. There is so much on the line, so much we take for granted yet the heart wants what the heart wants and we are left with lot of unanswered questions a pretty mahoosive Cliffhanger and anyone would say hell no but I am sooo happy that I took the chance to experience this journey with them, there is nothing that I have read quite like it I felt like I was right there with them on a journey of survival of life opposites attract we don't always get what we want and sometimes the hardest of journeys are the most valuable and most special, it's a risk but a beautiful risk in my book.

This is a journey where you see what its like to be outside the norm and take risks live and enjoy the moments the touches and enjoy the times they had, I was gripped to the story and when it grabbed hold of me I couldn't think of much else.

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Jane's writing was truly like magic and yes I would recommend this one for the message that it gives you LIVE a journey of many colours.

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I would describe Kes as Angry, moody, lovable, protective, a family man, sexy, sensual and a man that took many risks.

I would describe Aimee as always putting others first and always there for Kes every step of the way and although she made some choices that wasn't what I exactly wanted she always always wanted the best for Kes.

Until Spring... READ IT!!!

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  1. In 5 words, please describe your ‘Romance Writing Style’
Characters, details, learning to love

  1. Do your leading men come from any place in particular? Dreams? Movie stars? Your partner? Past partners?
Real life guys plus a large dollop of imagination.

  1. What do you do in your down time?
What’s down time? Um, I write, a lot. I walk my dog on the beach and hope to ogle hot surfers.

  1. When you walk into a book store, where do you head first?

  1. Why did you decide to write romance novels?
I started writing FSOG fanfic. People kept telling me to write my own stories. So I tried it, and fell in love with writing all over again.

  1. Who, if anyone, has influenced your writing?
Well, EL James, I guess, because her story unlocked something inside me, making me want to write contemporary romance, too. But for writing style, I admire the way Jane Austen could put across a character’s personality with a few, well chosen phrases. Masterful.

  1. What research did you have to perform to back up your story? Any research which really opened your eyes or gave you new respect for a topic or profession?
I read a lot of blogs about people working in carnivals – what life on the road is really like. I also downloaded lists of carnie-speak, but I didn’t use much of that as I would have spent forever explaining it all.

I’m doing a lot of research on stuntmen, too, for the sequel.

  1. What is your method for writing a book? A certain amount of hours every day? A certain routine? Are you character/story builder or an outliner or some other method?
The ideas come from different places, so sometimes I have just one scene in mind, and have to work out a plot from that; sometimes the whole story comes to me in one go.

But in terms of writing discipline, I’ll do a minimum of four hours a day, forcing the words out, but if it’s really flowing, I’ll be at the computer from 7am to 10pm with breaks to eat and walk my dog. I can be very single-minded – it drives my husband to distraction.

  1. How do you get past writers block or distractions like Facebook?
Nothing distracts me when the writing is flowing. If I feel blocked, I got for a walk with my dog – that helps incredibly.

  1. Favorite book from childhood.
I used to love to read Westerns, but one single book? Tricky … ‘The Red Badge of Courage’ had a huge effect on me. I was about 9 when I read it.

  1. What’s on your desk? Can you see your desk? Describe what you see when you look around.
I keep it pretty tidy. I have my diary, a dictionary, to-do list, phone, handcream and throat sweets (I’m getting over a cold).

  1. What's the weirdest thing you've Googled?
I worry about that. I imagine the CIA keeping tags on me because of my schizophrenic googling, but really it’s all for characters in books – honest! Okay, um, here goes: how to rob a bank, how to make lead look like gold bullion, boys talk in locker rooms, how to get rid of a boner during a sports massage (for guys, obviously)

  1. What is your favorite line from any of your books?
“I love you, I have always loved you, and wherever I go after this world, I will always love you. Sempre e per sempre” Sebastian in ‘The Education of Caroline’

  1. Do you believe in love at first sight?

  1. What do you do when you are not writing?
Read, walk, swim, surf.

  1. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
I was told I was a child abuser. Isn’t that horrible? Because in ‘The Education of Sebastian’ the relationship is between a 17 year old who’s nearly 18, and a 30 year old woman. What you don’t get until you read it is that emotionally, it’s the teenaged Sebastian who teaches Caro about love. That comment made me feel ill, then I decided to ignore it.

The best compliment – someone had a quote from my book ‘Lifers’ tattooed on them. That will be with them for the rest of their life. Wow!

And another was that a woman decided to call her son ‘Sebastian’ because she loved the character in my books. That moved me to tears.

  1. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Jane Austen. Always. Still does.

  1. Is there a certain type of scene that's harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?
I work hard to make sure that love scenes don’t sound repetitive, but I don’t find them hard to write. I thought I would, but I don’t!

  1. How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?
Really important. I can change them several times before they sound right. Usually not the main characters, it’s usually minor characters.

  1. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Not having enough time to write everything that I want to write.

  1. What did you want to be when you grow up?
A journalist, but I found out I preferred making things up!

  1. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I like to learn new things when I’m researching a book – that’s part of what makes it interesting for me. I loved reading about life as a carnie, and I read up all the details of how to breathe fire and eat fire – that’s a real science to it, which isn’t very unsurprising!

  1. What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
Well, I started writing fanfiction because I wanted to rewrite FSOG from Jason Taylor’s pov. Ever since then, stories won’t leave me alone. I have a list of 30 or 40 stories that I could start writing tomorrow if I had the time.

  1. Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
An unknown. I want to be immersed in the story, not the actor playing them.

  1. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
99% I have the outline nailed down before I start. I often write the ending first.

  1. For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Ebooks. Love LOVE my Kindle.

  1. What book/s are you reading at present?
‘Sempre’ by JM Darhower

  1. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
‘Persuasion’ by Jane Austen, because it’s the perfect story of love second time around. But she never got to polish the way she usually did because she became ill and died before she was truly happy with it. All the more reason to treasure it.

  1. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Relax, it’ll happen. And that hot surfer guy who flirted with you and told you about building his dream home, don’t let him leave without your phone number!

  1. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I’m still evolving. I don’t ever want to stop learning.


I lived in London for over 10 years and have a love affair with New York. It's only since I have moved to the countryside, that the words have really begun to flow.

I live in a small village by the ocean and walk my little dog, Pip, every day. It’s on those beachside walks that I have all my best ideas.

Writing has become a way of life – and one that I love to share.

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  1. Thank you for that amaZing review and beautiful graphics! Love it! THANK YOU ! jx

    1. Your very welcome, I loved Kes and Amiee! Bring on book II