Guest Post & Giveaway: Tess, Terrorists and the Tiara by Terry Baldwin

Welcome to Author Terry Baldwin

Terry Baldwin lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Megan, and his dog, Rasputin. His is a technical writer for a national trade journal. In his spare time, he volunteers for an organization which provides social work opportunities to young people of various faiths.


Guest Post:
First I’d like to thank Megan for working so hard to put together my first blog tour. For someone who other people consider to be an introvert (of course, that’s their opinion), I’m really enjoying visiting blogs in all these place around the world. Plus, I get a chance to write about things I’m interested in.

I don’t think any of us who ever took an literature course in school didn’t have to study “settings.”It was one of those things I remember having to know about when we were tested on a book. F’rinstance, one of those annoying questions would be, “How does the novel’s setting impact on the sub-text of the protagonist’s character development?”
Well, that’s enough to put anyone off his or her love of literature.
But I think it’s equally important to think about the setting of the reader as it is about the setting of the story.
“Huh?” you’re asking.
What I’m thinking about are all my favorite places to read. Most of them, but not all, are outside. I was lucky enough to have a big maple tree in the backyard of the house where I grew up. It was so big that I could climb up to the first huge branch and be (almost) comfortable in the nook where it met the tree trunk. In the summertime, the sunlight coming through the green leaves made a perfect light. It was also much easier to escape into the world of the book from a place like that–removed from everyday existence.(I suppose a lawyer would tell me I have to add something about being careful if you “try this at home.”)
But, for most of us, it’s just not possible to read outside all the time. In the wintertime, I used to like to hunker down and read next to the heat vent in my bedroom. It meant having to move a table lamp to my dresser to have enough light to read, something my parents didn’t like me doing. (The lawyer would probably want me to say that you should have a licensed electrician to help.) I can promise you that on a snowy day, getting comfortable in a warm corner with a book about a trip to outer space, is one of the best ways to pass an afternoon.
Of course it I was being advised by a doctor as well as a lawyer, the doctor would tell me to say something about the importance of physical exercise and going out to play in the snow. I think that doctor would be right, but the best part of going outside to play in the snow for me was coming back inside to get warm.
“Aprés ski,” I think the French say.
I have a poll posted on the Middleton Books website, asking readers where they most like to read. It’s at
I promise it doesn’t ask anything about the impact on the sub-text of your character development.

Tess, Terrorists and the Tiara

Thirteen-year old Tess has never been able to compete with her “perfect” older sister, but now she must—if she wants to inherit her grandmother’s priceless tiara. The two girls have been invited to their grandparent’s lake house for the summer to help take care of Grandma who’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The sister who earns the most “helpful points” wins the former beauty queen’s crown.
“It’s not easy for Tess, who seems to always get things wrong despite best intentions. And who is that mysterious stranger who’s just moved next door to their grandparents’ summer cottage? Does he know that Tess’ grandmother was once the winner of a famous patriotic beauty contest? Or that she keeps her tiara where anyone can steal it? And why doesn’t he have a face?

Giveaway Details
1 copy of Tess, Terrorists and the Tiara
Open Internationally
Ends 8/28/12

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