Monday, December 1, 2014

Trail Mix - Teaser Tuesday and First Chapter / First Paragraph

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If you enjoyed experiencing the Pacific Crest Trail in Cheryl Strayed's nonfiction book WILD, then you'll definitely have fun reading TRAIL MIX. In this fictional story two middle-aged suburban women tackle the Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. Right now I'm about 60% of the way into the story, experiencing the Smoky Mountains through the characters' eyes and having a great time... all without aching muscles or blisters on my toes. 

First Chapter / First Paragraph / Tuesday Intro:
      Raindrops trickled down Jess' nose. Her sodden boots plodded along, squooshing the mud with each step.
      "Why did I do this?" She threw her head back, her face raised in lament to the sky. The hood of her rain poncho slipped off. The empty forest around her offered no answer, just a steady rain. Then, far above the treetops, she glimpsed a bolt of lightning streaking toward a nearby mountain and heard an answering boom of thunder. She cringed and scuttled faster down the trail.

Teaser (from 21% on my Kindle):
      So much of her life she ran from point A to point B without noticing the journey in between. On this trip, as she traveled from Georgia to Maine, she vowed to live every moment. I will find awe, she promised herself.

Genre: Women's Fiction / Adventure (Fiction)
Book Length: 265 pages
Amazon Link: Trail Mix
Author's Website: Paulita Kincer

Synopsis:
In the tradition of Wild by Cheryl Strayed, comes a novel of two suburban women who decide to hike the Appalachian Trail, escaping their lives as moms and wives in search of nature, adventure, and the ultimate diet plan. How does a woman know what she wants after spending 20 years thinking about her husband and children? Sometimes it takes a distraction from everyday life, time to examine the forest before the trees become clear. With no previous camping experience, Andi and Jess begin the 2100-mile odyssey from Georgia to Maine. The friends figure life on the trail can't possibly be worse than dealing with disgruntled husbands, sullen teens home from college, and a general malaise that has crept up in their daily lives. At the very least, the women are bound to return home thin.


 
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40 comments:

  1. Well, I'm hooked! I'm so glad you're enjoying the journey with Andi and Jess. Thanks for featuring my novel on Teaser Tuesday and First Chapter.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Paulita. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I'm looking forward to reading more of your stories.

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  2. Lovely cover art and an inspiring teaser. My life could use an infusion of challenge and awe. Thanks for sharing this book.
    Here's my TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/12/02/teaser-tuesdays-90-come-along-with-me/

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    1. I enjoyed the characters because I could easily relate to them. I also loved the author's descriptions of the beauty of the Appalachian Trail, as well as the women's challenges. I think you'd enjoy this story.

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  3. I loved this one, too, Sandra, and the excerpts you selected are great! Enjoy...and thanks for sharing. Here's mine: “THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES”


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    1. I loved Wild and the author's spirit. Based on the intro and summary, I'd like to read this one too. The title is very clever. Thanks for introducing me to it.

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    2. Laurel-Rain: I have a feeling that I discovered this book through one of your blog posts--and I'm so glad I did. This is a really good story.
      Margot: I loved WILD too. However, I could more easily relate to the characters in this book than I could to WILD's main character/author.

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  4. Hooray, some middle-aged women! I can just hear the one asking, "Why did I do this?" lol.

    My TT this week is from The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly: http://wp.me/pZnGI-gb

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    1. I enjoyed the ups and downs of the friendship between the two women. They both discovered a lot about each other and themselves on the trail.

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  5. That's why we read. To get an experience we'd never have in real life. (Because no way would I voluntarily walk that far.)

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. I'd love to walk the Appalachian Trail! I just wish I'd done it ten years ago.

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  6. I'm not sure about this one. The friendship sounds good, but I'm not much for 'wilderness experiences'. But it does sound like a lot of readers enjoyed this one!

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    1. The book is as much about their internal journeys as their hike.

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  7. I love walking, but even I admit there's something to be said for "walking" this trail without threat of blisters or aching muscles, LOL. Enjoy the rest of the book! Mine: The Heart of Christmas

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    1. It's fun to live vicariously through this book.

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  8. ohhhh nice :D

    http://satinsbookishcorner.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/teaser-tuesday.html

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  9. Sounds like a great story...and perfect for armchair travel.

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  10. Well that's one way to diet I suppose, I'm not sure it would be my choice though. Thanks for visiting my TT https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/teaser-tuesday-december-2/

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    1. LOL. You're right. It's kind of extreme, isn't it?

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  11. Wow, that looks like a very humorous book! I think I'll get it from the library.
    Thanks for checking out my TT!

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    1. I don't know if the book is available in libraries or not. Unfortunately, some of us who are published by small publishers may not have our books available in libraries or brick-and-mortar bookstores.

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  12. I have this one on my Kindle too. I loved the other books that Paulita wrote, so I know I will like this one too.

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    1. I'm looking forward to reading Paulita's others books myself.

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  13. LOL. Great teaser. Gives me a sense of awe. :)

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  14. The introduction brings me such vivid memories of doing something similar, of all the times I got caught out in nasty weather and just wanted to be someplace warm and dry. And the teaser you chose is a sentiment that I've been trying to embrace more myself. To really feel like I've "lived." Excellent pick, and thanks for stopping by My Teasers!

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  15. I very much enjoyed the teaser! It sounds like a wonderful story of discovery and self-awareness; I need to read more of these novels ha ha! Have a lovely week Sandra :)

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  16. That's a great opener! And I love that teaser, great pick! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

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  17. Great teasers! Sounds peaceful! I hope your enjoying it!

    Thanks for for stopping by my TT @ Addicted Readers! :)

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  18. Ok, I think might adore these ladies!

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  19. Living every moment is excellent advice! Great teaser!

    ^_^

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  20. interesting teaser. I hope you'll like it, Sandra. Thanks for visiting my blog :)

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  21. Yes! The journey is very important, and it helps us to stay in the moment, rather than looking back or forwards all the time. Thanks for sharing, Sandra!
    Happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  22. Very good teaser. Really go me interested in her journey ahead. :)

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  23. I'd scuttle too. The mountains are no place to be in a lightening storm. Have a nice week. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

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  24. Your teaser really hits hard, because it's something that can totally happen to anyone in real life. This sounds like an interesting read (: Thank you for sharing and for stopping by!

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