Thursday, July 19, 2012

Blog Tour: On the Island by Tracy Garvis Graves Character Spotlight


I am thrilled to be taking part in this tour for On the Island by Tracy Garvis Graves. I was on the tour for it back in March and I loved the book. You can see my 5 star review here. Today I have T.J. answering a question about how his like may have been different had he not been stranded on the island . There is also a tour wide giveaway. You will find the rafflecopter at the end of this post. For the full tour schedule click on the banner above.

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  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012

Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Book description:

When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He's almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn't bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family - and a stack of overdue assignments - instead of his friends.

Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter. Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.'s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.




Question to T.J.: You basically grew up and became a man while on the island not to mention the cancer beforehand. What do you think may be different about your character/personality had you not been stranded and lived the life you did?

TJ: I might have taken things for granted. Even though I’m a cancer survivor and grateful for my health, I don’t think my will to live would have been as strong at home as it was on the island.


Thank you for participating in the ON THE ISLAND Event! This week in addition to reviews and posts, select blogs are hosting a word from the author's favorite quotes in the book as a Scavenger Hunt! There is one quote from Anna and one from T.J. Visit each stop this week to find the hidden words (they will be numbered for order) and after July 22nd, submit your answer to the quotes here! Random winners for books and swag will be chosen and notified by July 29th.

Also, next week July 23-27, there will be even more events and chances to win the book and swag!

  • Monday, July 23 at 8:00 pm CST - Chat with the author Tracey Garvis Graves! We will be chatting with the author on Savor Chat: http://www.savorchat.com/chat/on-the-island-chat Come join us! (You can sign in with twitter or facebook)
  • Each day look at #ontheisland on twitter for random shout outs to win books and swag! @Tale_of_Reviews
  • ON THE ISLAND released in bookstores Tuesday, July 10th! If you see the book in stores or 'in the wild' take a picture. Please tweet it and use hashtag #ontheisland. Or you can post it to facebook! Please submit twitter and facebook links of your post/tweet here!  All entries need to be submitted by July 29th.








Author’s website: http://www.traceygarvisgraves.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tgarvisgraves
Twitter: @tgarvisgraves, https://twitter.com/tgarvisgraves

 
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20 comments:

  1. Awww, I love that TJ. I'm so excited to see On the Island receive the attention it deserves.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I know!! Just taking part in this tour makes me want to read it again.

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  2. Oh this guy is yummy! I've been seeing really great reviews for this one I'm super interested in it it sounds so good! At first from the cover I thought it was just a romance which I don't really have interest in so I'm glad I read a few review (I could read the synopsis too I guess but... nah! haha)

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    1. I think you would love this!! It really is a fantastic book.

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  3. I keep hearing excellent things about this book, but I'm still not sure if I would like to read it or not. To be honest, the age gap and the fact that Anna is T.J's tutor would make me uncomfortable. I know it's narrow-minded on my part to think so, but I've never come across books with such age gaps. :/
    Maybe, I'll read it when I'm a little older and wiser ! :)
    I'm very interested in the cancer survivor aspect though. It's very intriguing.

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    1. If you are uncomfortable with the subject matter it's tough, but honestly there is nothing in this book that is inappropriate. Maybe some day you will get to it. I was a little put off at first, but so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone.

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  4. Great pic for TJ. Thinking I really should read this one.

    Valerie

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    1. Don't let the whole tutor/student thing turn you off. Seriously, I think you would really love this book Val!!

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  5. Thank you for the giveaway!! I've heard such great things about this book! Yay! :)

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    1. Good luck! The giveaway is tour wide so don't forget to follow along. :)

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  6. This is so awesome! I've heard such great things about this book, and I'm so excited for the chance to win a signed copy!! How awesome is that?! Thanks so much for this amazing opportunity!! :)

    Lisa @ Lost in Literature

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    1. This is an amazing book. Good luck on the giveaway!!

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  7. TJ is the biggest sweetheart. I love him!

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    1. He was such an awesome character!

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  8. YUM! Taylor Kitsch! Love him, I just finished On The Island yesterday and I loved it so very much! T.J. was suck a sweetheart and I loved that even though he was so much younger than Anna, once they were stranded he wasn't someone she had to take care of, he was a partner through and through!

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    1. This is one of my favorite books. I think it was so beautiful.

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  9. Okay... admission time. I'm a guy and I loved this book.

    If anyone is considering reading "On The Island", don't resist the urge. It's a brilliant read.

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    1. So glad that you loved it. I think it's a book that anyone can fall in love with.

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