If you’ve followed my blog for awhile, you may be shaking your head thinking, haven’t I already seen this book before? Well, the answer is yes, you have. But it was so good, I decided that it needed to be in the spotlight again. I am so pleased to welcome Teresa back to the blog today. Let’s show her some love!!
About the Book
Book Title: Someplace Familiar
Author: Teresa Tysinger
Release date: May, 2017
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The story of Livy and Jack is beautiful, wonderful, and had an element of surprise/suspense that I was not at all expecting. I was drawn to the storyline, and found myself cheering them on right from the start. This story was also about new beginnings and forgiveness. Livy’s journey of self worth and becoming her own person was well written. It was on her terms, in her timeline, and balanced well with the romantic storyline.
Here’s what I liked about the romantic storyline – it wasn’t fast paced and purely physical. Instead, I found it to be sweet, starting out more like a friendship than anything (yes there was definitely chemistry, but the characters were smart in their approach). They took their time to get reacquainted with each other, learning about each other, and giving each other the space they needed when necessary. I also enjoyed how the author brought in some friends to the mix. There were several scenes where the friends had get togethers, or just talking with one another. This added more depth to the storyline, my connection to it and the town. Just made the story feel that more real to me. Not only did Livy start to feel welcomed to Laurel Cove, I did too!
My favorite line in the entire book was “when you feel peaceful about something you would usually fear or doubt, it is God giving you a nudge to walk along the path he has set for you.” I could see this as the theme of the book for both Livy and Jack. They both needed a little nudge, and to understand the reasoning behind it. We could all connect to that in the real world if we stop and think about it.
If you’re looking for a little romance, you’ll certainly find it here. More importantly, those readers who are looking for inspiration on your own personal journey, I think you may find it here. Join Livy and Jack on their journeys. You just might take a little journey of your own. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Teresa Tysinger is a wife and mother transplanted from North Carolina to North Texas. When not working as the Director of Communications for a large downtown church, she writes charming southern romances inspired by grace. Her debut novel, Someplace Familiar, released this summer. She also is a contributing writer for the Fort Worth Moms Blog (part of the national City Moms Blog Network). A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Religious Communicators’ Council, and the Association for Women in Communications, Teresa has spent over a decade committed to telling stories of faith through written word. She loves coffee, caramel, and stories with happy endings.
Guest Post from Teresa Tysinger
Someplace Familiar began way back in 2014 when I participated in National Novel Writer’s Month, a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. It was an exhilarating, albeit exhausting, experience! Since then, the book was workshopped with a critique group, had large portions rewritten countless times, pitched at workshops, edited by two editors, and even renamed (original title was Good Graces). After a lot of prayer, I decided that self-publishing would give me the greatest flexibility and control while being able to maintain my responsibilities as a wife, mother, and full-time communications director. It’s been a wonderful ride!
About the Inspiration for Someplace Familiar One thing I’ve learned about myself through writing Someplace Familiar is how much I am personally drawn to setting and place. The idea for the book was born out of my desire to introduce readers to the charming small-town life found in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina where I went to college. Laurel Cove, the fictional town where the story is set, is directly based on my best friend’s hometown of Burnsville, NC. The other source of inspiration comes from my great-grandmother’s tiny bungalow home in West Palm Beach, Florida. Long weekends and summer vacations spent there were full of imagination, adventure, and sweet memories. The scents of her garden, feel of the damp earth beneath my feet, slow pace matching gauzy curtains dancing in the breeze—it all is mirrored in the cottage home of Livy’s Gram in the book. The rest of the story formed around my desire to capture my childhood memories of this home that was so magical and safe for me.
About My Writing Style Here are a few ways I would describe my writing style: Sensory—I aim to provide readers with an experience that enlivens all of their senses. Relatable—It’s my hope that readers see themselves in realistic, flawed characters trying to make their way to discovering grace in a less than perfect world. Charming—Like any good southern fiction, there’s a good dose of charm in these pages.
My prayer is that Someplace Familiar will touch readers with an awareness of God’s grace even during circumstances and within relationships that feel hopeless. Restoration is possible!
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To celebrate her tour, Teresa is giving away a grand prize of a gift basket that includes a signed copy of the book, an Original Painting by Author’s Sister (artist Cyndi Browning), and a $10 Amazon Gift Card!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/ca5b