Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tour Event and Giveaway ~ ON THE ISLAND by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Welcome to The Bookish Babe's stop on the ON THE ISLAND Blog Tour!This tour is being hosted by the awesome ladies at AToMR Blog Tours.  Some of you may know that I am a huge fan of the book (my review) and of author Tracey Garvis-Graves. So it's an understatement to say that I am thrilled to be participating in this tour. Visit the tour homepage for a complete schedule of stops. This stop includes an excerpt from the book, a Scavenger Hunt word, and a giveaway. But first, a look at the phenomenal ON THE ISLAND.
On the IslandWhen 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. ~From GoodReads

Purchase ON THE ISLAND at:
Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Book Depository

Connect with Tracey at:

her website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter

Anna and I swam back and forth in the lagoon, waiting for the dolphins. “I’m bored,” I said.
Me too,” she said, floating on her back. “Hey, let’s see if we can do that lift like Johnny and Baby.”
“I seriously have no clue what you’re talking about.”
“You’ve never seen Dirty Dancing?”
“No.” The title didn’t sound half-bad, though.
“It’s a great movie. I saw it in high school. 1987, I think.
“I was two years old.”
T.J. shook his head. “I’m not that young.”
“Well anyway, Patrick Swayze played this dance instructor named Johnny Castle at a resort in the Catskills. Jennifer Grey played Baby Houseman, and she was there with her family.” Anna paused for a second and then said, “Hey, I just thought of something. Baby and her family were spending their whole summer vacation away from home, just like you.”
“Was she pissed about it, too?” I asked.
Anna shook her head and laughed. “I don’t think so. She got together with Johnny and they spent a lot of time in bed.”
Why have I never seen this movie? It sounds awesome.
”But then Penny, Johnny’s dance partner got pregnant, and Baby had to fill in. There was this tricky lift, and Baby couldn’t do it at first, so they practiced in the water.”
“And that’s what you want to do?” If it meant touching her, I was all for it.
“I’ve always wanted to try it. It can’t be that hard.”
She stood in front of me and said, “Okay, I’m going to run toward you, and when I jump, put your hands here.” She took my hands and put them on her hips. “Then lift me straight up over your head. Do you think you can lift me?”
I rolled my eyes at her. “Of course I can lift you.”
“For some reason, Baby wore pants in the water when she did this, which I never understood. Okay, are you ready?”
I said yes, and Anna ran toward me and jumped. The minute my hands touched her hips, she collapsed on me because she said it tickled. My face ended up in her crotch.
We untangled ourselves and she said, “Don’t tickle me next time.”
I laughed. “I didn’t tickle you. I put my hands where you told me to.”
“Okay, let’s do it again.” She backed up to get a running start. “Here I come.”

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.

SCAVENGER HUNT WORD: my ~ This is Anna's quote, word #5

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: 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 releases 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!

Plume Books will be giving TEN lucky winners signed print copies of ON THE ISLAND.


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  1. I read the back of the book and it sounds really interesting. I really can not wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. I loved this book and wrote a review for it myself which is posted on Amazon. Best wishes to Tracey!

  3. I loved this book! I'm still conflicted over the new cover even though it looks a lot like the old one lol

  4. I read this book weeks ago and absolutely loved it.

  5. I remember your review of this book! Sounds like a good one!

  6. How fun was that? Think I'm changing my mind about reading this book.


  7. Sounds like this is a good book! Thank you for the giveaway!

  8. Great excerpt! Makes me want to watch Dirty Dancing again :-)

    I know how much you love this book and I really hope to read it soon. So glad it's in PB now! :-)

  9. I am so glad that this book is on tour again. It was such a great book and really deserves the spotlight.

  10. I'm such an asshole. I meant to sign up to participate in this and I totally forgot. which sucks, but you know I adore this book like crazy. I need to plan a re read soon. It's just that amazing.

    I love the new covers of this. :)

  11. This looks like a really good book! Thank you for the giveaway!


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