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Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Innocent Witness - Virtual Tour (Duplicate of Original)

Author Terri Reed
This was a duplicate post but the technical issue that caused its creation has been fixed!  Insert dance jig here!  Consider this the original even with the duplicate qualifier above -  I'm slightly afraid of messing with the title.   Ryshia


Today I'm welcoming author Terri Reed.  Terri is here as part of the tour for her new release "The Innocent Witness".

Terri will be giving away a $25 Visa gift card to one lucky commenter over the course of this tour.  So if you haven't commented yet, start now and follow the remainder of the tour and up your chances of winning!  I'll post the remaining tour sites and dates at the bottom of this post.  But now on to Terri.


"Thank you for hosting me on my Virtual Book Tour," Author Terri Reed.


"Happy to have you here Terri.  It's always fun to showcase an author and a new great read and "The Innocent Witness" looks like it will deliver just that."  Ryshia


Let's start things off with Terri's answer to this teaser - the only requirement I threw in was that her answer must be about a trip, of course, that trip could be as mundane as a trip to the local grocer.

Here's what Terri had to say in regards to:

Life Hasn't Been Quite the Same Since...
I was eighteen.  The summer after high school I went to live in Italy for three months as an exchange student.  I stayed with a lovely family in the town of Fabriano, in the province of Ancona, located in the Marche region of central Italy.  The town is famous for the art of paper production.  Of course at the time I had no idea what that meant.  Now, I realize the specialness of the town and the history of the area.

That summer was the first time I was away from home by myself without friends or family.  I remember stepping off the train in Fabriano and feeling utterly alone.  It was the strangest sensation and one I will never forget.  The beauty of the town and the countryside overwhelmed me.  It was nothing like the west coast of California where I was raised.  The Italian family I lived with welcomed me with open arms and I quickly felt comfortable as I acclimated to my new surroundings.

There was a daughter my age who spoke English and she taught me enough Italian to get by.  She and I and a couple of her friends took off and toured the country.  It was a summer of fun and adventure as we explored Italy from the Adriatic Coast to Venice to Florence.  It was exciting and scary all at once.  And it started in me a love of travel that has never ceased.


Blurb for The Innocent Witness:
Faith sustained Vivian Grant through her horrible childhood and loveless marriage, but how much more can she take?  Her husband has been killed.  Her autistic son is the only witness.  And someone is twisting the evidence to place the blame on her.  Viv has no one to trust--and danger is closing in.


A failed protection detail cost former Secret Service agent Anthony Carlucci his job--and his self-confidence.  He's not going to fail anyone under his care again.  Anthony will risk anything to keep Viv and her son safe...including his heart.


 Excerpt from the Innocent Witness:
      Probing, coffee-colored eyes assessed her from beneath lashes most women would give their eyeteeth for.  A roman nose and blunt jaw completed the face that could rival Michelangelo's David.  The stranger was dressed in a black custom-tailored suit, if she wasn't mistaken, with a crisp white dress shirt and a thin black tie.  Ray Ban sunglasses hung from the breast pocket of his suit jacket.

      He had broad shoulders and a trim waist.  His black slacks hung just right over his polished black dress shoes.  He looked like he'd stepped out of an advertisement from the pages of a GQ magazine or was the poster boy for the federal government.  Like Will Smith and Lee Jones in Men in Black.  The two agents who'd taken her for a ride last night had nothing on this guy.

      Viv narrowed her gaze as suspicion and wariness infiltrated her mind.  She didn't trust anyone right now.  "Dad, you called the feds?  After what they did?"

      "What?  Oh, no, no.  Not to worry, my girl.  You'll be in good hands.  Carlucci's no longer with the government."

      Carlucci arched a raven-colored eyebrow ever so slightly.  He held out his hand.  "Anthony Carlucci.  I'm with Trent Associates.  your father has apprised us of the situation."

       Her gaze flickered to his outstretched hand then back to his face.

      "The situation being that I found my husband murdered and then fake FBI agents drove me to a secluded place where they were going to do...who knew what?"

      "Exactly," her father said.  "Trent Associates specialized in personal security.  Mr. Carlucci has intimate knowledge of Washington politics and law enforcement."

      "Really."  She couldn't keep her doubts out of her tone.  Just how was this going to play out?


About Terri Reed:
      Award winning, multipublished author Terri Reed discovered the wonderful world of fiction at an early age and declared she would one day write a book.  Now she is fulfilling that dream and enjoys writing for Love Inspired.  She is an active member of both Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers.  She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her college-sweetheart husband, two wonderful children, and an array of critters.  When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening and playing tennis.

      You can write to Terri at P.O. Box 19555 Portland, OR 97280 or visit her online at www.loveinspired authors.com or email her at terrireed@sterling.net or leave comments on http://ladiesofsuspense.blogspot.com or http://craftieladiesofromance.blogspot.com.


Want to follow the remainder of Terri's tour?
  7/15/2001  Theresa Stillwagon

54 comments:

marybelle said...

marybelle said...

THE INNOCENT WITNESS first came to my attention yesterday. Totally on my list.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Sojourne said...

Sojourne said...

I'm putting this on my bookshelf. I'm jealous of your travel bug. I love traveling and Italy is a country high on my list since my grandparents are from there! I hope you all took a lot of photos on those trips. Best Wishes,
Christie

Margaret said...

Margaret said...

The book sounds very good I will add it to my summer reading list. I also traveled a lot (before kids lol) and it is such an amazing experience. Your traveling and relocating to Italy sounds really interesting. I think you should write a book about that experience! Thanks for the giveaway! And much future success!

Margaret
singitm@hotmail.com

Nancy said...

Nancy said...

I'd love to step out of my historical fiction rut with this book. Thanks.

nan
nanze55 at hotmail dot com

Diana said...

Diana said...

I would love to read this book. Sounds so great. On my list.
goldiez at hotmail dot com

Ashlet said...
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Ashley said...

Ashley said...

This sounds great! Can't wait to read it

hewella1 at gmail dot com

LuAnn said...

LuAnn said...

I wonder if you're still in touch with the family in Italy, particularly the daughter who helped you with learning some Italian.

reading_frenzy at yahoo dot com

Ryshia Kennie said...

Ryshia Kennie said...

Welcome Terri! It's a beautiful summer day out here on the prairies - hope weather is holding in your part of the world.

The Innocent Witness - I love the premise. I imagine it must have been a difficult book to write with both a wounded hero, a troubled heroine and an autistic child. Of course, difficult to write often transposes into a great read! Can you share how you came up with the idea for this story?

Darko said...

Darko said...

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Terri Reed said...

Terri Reed said...

Marybelle, so glad to hear you heard about my book. I hope you'll enjoy.

Terri Reed said...

Terri Reed said...

Sojoroune, traveling does get in the blood. In fact I'm in Chicago right now. Visiting colleges with my daughter and nephew. How fun to know where your grandparents are from.

Terri Reed said...

Terri Reed said...

Margaret, traveling definitely is easier before children. I actually set part of a book in Fabriano--Strickly Confidential a 2007 Love Inspired Suspense. Thank you for stopping by.

Terri Reed said...

Blogger Terri Reed said...

Nancy, that's so sweet. I hope you'll enjoy.

Terri Reed said...

Terri Reed said...

Diane, thanks for putting it on your list. That's so sweet.

Terri Reed said...

Terri Reed said...

Ashley, I hope you enjoy the book.

LuAnn, I kept in touch for several years after but then as life got more complicated and I moved around the country I lost touch. In one of my many moves I lost a box that bad all the contact info. I was bummed.

hotcha12 said...

hotcha12 said...

HI RHY AND TERRY! I'M EXCITED TO LEARN ABOUT A NEW AUTHOR'S BOOKS! I CAN NOT WAIT TO GET THIS.

Terri Reed said...

Terri Reed said...

Ryshia, thank you for having me. Sorry it took so long today to get on here. I'm traveling right now. Sitting in Panera in Evanston, on our way to Northwestern U. When we left Oregon it was cold and rainy. The weather in Chicago is wonderful.
The idea for this came from a news article dated from 2002 about a US Senator who died in a plane crash. There was some question whether it was truly an accident or murder. That got me wondering and playing with scenarios until the plot gelled. I like to have lots of inner turmoil for my characters. Makes them easier to relate to. And oh so fun to work with!

Shawn said...

Blogger Shawn said...

The Innocent Witness sounds like a book that I would totally enjoy reading. I will be putting it on my reading list. Thank you also for the wonderful giveaway!

shawn113(at)hotmail(dot)com

SiNn said...

your a new to me author but the book sounds awesome deff adding to my wish list!

Ryshia Kennie said...

Glad to have you Terri. Hope the tech problems haven't been too much of an issue for you. Some folks weren't seeing half the original post - depending on their browser. So I posted again and that seems to have solved most of the prob. The original comments are now in the new duplicate post so everyone can follow along.

Re story ideas - isn't it amazing what the news can provide. A lot of truth in that old cliche - truth is stranger than fiction.

BTW I hear there's some good food spots to check out in Chicago. Happy travels!

Jackie S. said...

The Innocent Witness is definitely on my "want" list!!! I can't wait to find it in a store.
jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

Na said...

Hi Terri,
I would love to visit Italy one and pretty much all of Europe. I can imagine that it would be both scary and exciting. I don't know if I would be brave alone to travel alone but I am glad you found a friend to help you find your way around and that the experience fostered a love of travelling for you.

When it comes to your stories do you do a lot of research of the settings? Set your stories in places you have personally visited?

Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

Pamela E Giles said...

This sounds like a great book. I used to read Love Inspired, but haven't in a while. I will be reading this one! Thanks for the interview Ms. Reed.

SherryGLoag said...

I loved your story about your student exchange adventure to Italy, thanks for sharing. The Innocent Witness sounds intriguing and is going on my tbr list -now- LOL

sherrygloag at gmail dot com

Chelsea B. said...

I enjoyed the post!! I'm having fun following along on the tour!
:-)

justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

Terri Reed said...

Shawn, so glad you’ll put my book on your reading list. I hope you’ll enjoy it.
SiNn, so sweet of you to add me to wish list. Doing this blog tour has introduced me to so many new people.
Ryshia, there definitely is great food in Chicago.
Jackie S., The book should have hit the shelves on Tuesday.
Na, if you ever have a chance, seeing Europe is a wonderful experience. As for research, the internet is such a great resource. If I can visit a place I do but sometimes that not feasible.
Pamela, so glad you’ll give Love Inspired another try. Hope you’ll enjoy.
SherryGLoag, you’re welcome. It was a fun adventure. So sweet that you’ll add The Innocent Witness to your tbr list.
Chelsea, thanks for following along!

Chrisbails said...

You are a new author for me and would love to win. Always looking for new authors and books to check out. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win. Please choose me.

Chrisbails said...

oops forgot email.
christinebails@yahoo.com

campfirestars said...

Wonderful to hear that your dream of writing a book came true in multi-fold!!! I think it's important to have dreams and even more important to work hard to achieve them! Congrats on your accomplishments!

erin m. said...

Blogger erin m. said...

Now that Summer has offered me some more free time, I'm excited to get my hands on the new release!
panicxduh[at]yahoo[dot]com

daniel thornton said...

daniel thornton said...

The innocent sounds like it might be an interesting read.

Dawn said...

Love meeting new authors..thanks for sharing...your book sounds like a must read!

staniszeski3824@comcast.net

Diane Pollock said...

Wow, sounds great!!

catslady said...

Enjoyed the excerpt and blurb and sounds like a great read. Italy is on my bucket list (actually Sicily too) because all my ancestors came from there. Sounds like such an exciting 3 months!

catslady5(at)aol.com

(thanks for the help in getting to blog)

Pcbdolphins15 said...

After reading excerpt I can't wait to read "The Innocent Witness" I want to be entered for a chance to win a $25 Visa Gift Card

Pcbdolphins15@aol.com

Angel Jacklyn said...

I love the way the words are phrased. Keep up the good work! kytah00@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

MY DAUGHTER REFERRED ME HERE! I MYSELF AM AN AVID BOOK READER!

gmissycat {AT} yahoo {DOT} com

Ryshia Kennie said...

catslady - you're welcome - glad you made it!

Teresa said...

Thanks Terri for popping by Ryshia's blog!

Just wondering...have you ever carried a character over to another book, or do you finish with each one as the book comes to an end?

Donna B said...

Wow! Sounds like my kind of story (wish I could write 'em like that)! LOL

Angel Jacklyn said...

Angel Jacklyn said...

I love the way the words are phrased. Keep up the good work! kytah00@yahoo.com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book. This sounds like a terrific story.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Robin said...

I would love to visit Italy. Your story looks great!

robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

mandala said...

I love mystery/suspense stories. The Innocent Witness sounds very interesting and would add this to my reading list for summer. Thanks!
mandalarctic at gmail dot com

Teresa K. said...

Wow,

I love the excerpt. I love suspense romance books. I love how the mom thinks. I wouldn't trust anyone either especially when it comes to my baby.

I wish you much success with this book and I think you were one lucky girl, getting to spend time in Italy. I spent time in Paris and loved every minute of it.

Teresa K.
tcwgrlup41(at)yahoo(dot)com

orelukjp0 said...

I love the sound of this story. Thank you for sharing so much with us.

And thank you for the fantastic contest.

orelukjp0 at gmail dot com

Ryshia Kennie said...

Thanks so much Terri for taking the time to be here. I enjoyed meeting you. Good luck on your new release!

Thanks everyone for showing up and making it a fun day! Don't forget you can still follow along on the two remaining days of Terri's tour and find out more about The Innocent Witness or even the process it took to write it.

7/15/2011:
Theresa Stillwagon(http://tstillwagon.wordpress.com)
7/18/2011:
The Cottage Bookshelf (http://thecottagebookshelf.blogspot.com)

hotcha12 said...

IS IT OVER AND WHO WON?

Ryshia Kennie said...

Hi Hotcha - yes it is over. Who won - good question. The winner was picked from over Terri's entire tour. I'll see what I can find out and post a comment here...
Stay tuned.

Ryshia Kennie said...

Hotcha12 - can you send me your e-mail to ryshia@ryshiakennie.com. Have some news for you.

hotcha12 said...

I SENT YOU AN EMAIL.

Ryshia Kennie said...

Hotcha - Got it and fired one back :)

Lunavadw said...

Thanks Terri for popping by Ryshia's blog! Just wondering...have you ever carried a character over to another book, or do you finish with each one as the book comes to an end?