Friday, October 7, 2016

Resthaven by Erik Therme - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway


Book Review


Review by Anniek

After her parents decided to get divorced Kaylee and her mother moved to another town. She had to leave her safe world and her friends behind. Kaylee has a hard time accepting her parents' divorce and prefers to stay inside as much as she can. Kaylee's mother makes sure Kaylee is invited to Jamie's sleepover, but Kaylee doesn't want to go. Unfortunately Kaylee's mother won't take no for an answer, so Kaylee ends up at Jamie's house anyway.

Jamie has invited three more girls to her party. She has other plans than watching movies and giving each other make-overs, Jamie decides it would be great to do a scavenger hunt. Close to Jamie's home, on the same land, there's a building called Resthaven. Resthaven was once a retirement home, but is now abandoned. All of the eldery people who lived there moved away. Jamie already has everything in place for the scavenger hunt, but the other girls are not really into it. After an argument between Jamie and Kaylee the girls find themselves locked up inside of Resthaven. Now they have to discover a way out. While searching for an exit the girls learn that they are not the only ones in the building.

Kaylee is a typical teenager. She has a strong opinion and will speak up for herself if she needs to. The interaction between her and the other girls is convincing, it felt like I was reading about real teenage girls. Kaylee steps up when she finds a young deaf boy inside of Resthaven, she feels responsible for getting him out of the building. She will do anything to get him to safety. She can't do everything alone though and I liked it a lot that all of the girls, while they were different in character, found a way to work together as a team.

Resthaven is a creepy place. Some of the eldery people who moved away left furniture and other items behind because they couldn't take it with them. Due to this mismatch of abandoned and unloved items Resthaven gave me the chills. I certainly wouldn't dare to go inside and have a scavenger hunt, but I loved the adrenaline rush I got through reading about it. Erik Therme has written a fast-paced story full of action and with unexpected twists and turns. Resthaven is a story that's overflowing with suspense and this kept me on the edge of my seat. I enjoyed the spooky feeling that Resthaven gave me a lot. Resthaven is a quick and easy read that made my blood pressure rise. This is the first time I read a book written by Erik Therme, but it will definitely not be my last.

Interview

1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I was born and raised in Iowa, and I can't imagine living anywhere else. In addition to housing the Writer's Workshop, Iowa City is one of only twenty places in the world UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature. I would love to say I’m a proud graduate of the workshop, but—as I learned after a few semesters—college wasn’t for me. I spent the next few years managing a video store, and when our first daughter came along, I knew it was time for a grown-up job. And that point I went to work for Johnson County, where I’ve been employed for more than a decade.

2. I read in another interview that your favorite book of all times is 'The Stand' from Stephen King. (I am a big Stephen King fan myself). What was the first book you've ever read by him?

In junior high I discovered the book Misery, which inspired me to start writing my own stories. They weren’t very good, but I kept at it, worked hard to hone my skills, and eventually developed my own voice and writing style.

3. If you could play a character in a horror movie who would you play and why?

Ash (Bruce Campbell): star of the original Evil Dead series. Chiseled features, razor sharp sense of humor, chainsaw in lieu of a right hand . . . what guy wouldn't want to be him?

4. What kind of horror movies do you like to watch with your daughter?

I'm game for anything, but the 17-year-old prefers “non-supernatural-it-could-MAYBE-happen-in-real-life” movies like Saw, Scream, and The Silence of the Lambs. She's not a big fan of anything with aliens, mutations, or monsters, but “mild supernatural” movies like Final Destination or Halloween are always welcome.

5. Halloween is coming up. Are you planning to go all out with decorating and costumes?

I would love to say I'm fun like that . . . but I simply don't have the time or energy. That said, I do love Halloween, and I always try to think of some good pranks to play on the kids.

6. If you could be on a trip with the Ghosthunters team. Which place would you love to investigate?

Truth be told, I prefer my “paranormal activities” on a movie screen or trapped within the pages of a book. A real life brush with the supernatural would probably traumatize me for life.

7. How did you come up with the storyline for Resthaven?

I wanted to write something my teenage daughters would enjoy, and I've always wanted to tell a story that unfolds in a creepy, old building. Locking a group of 15-year-old girls inside an abandoned retirement home seemed like a perfect way to kill two birds with one stone.

8. What is your favorite quote and why?

“Worry does nothing but steal your joy and keep you very busy doing nothing.” It's such a wise saying, and one that I continually aspire to follow.

9. You have thrashed in garage bands. What kind of music did you play and what is your (current) favorite band?

The band began as punk rock and eventually morphed into heavy metal. I still listen to metal, but I'll also happily listen to Eminem, Neil Young, or even Broadway musicals. As long as the music inspires me in some way, I'm not too particular about the genre.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

My third novel, Roam, is going through the editing process and will hopefully see publication by early next year. I’m also knee-deep into a fourth book about a father searching for his missing daughter, who might—or might not—have been kidnapped.

About Erik Therme


Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering for his oldest daughter’s volleyball team, or chilling on the PlayStation 4 with his thirteen-year-old. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only seven places in the world UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature.

Find out more at

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/7831573.Erik_Therme

Blurb

The last thing Kaylee wants to do is participate in a childish scavenger hunt—especially inside the abandoned retirement home on the edge of town. When she finds a bruised, deaf boy hiding inside one of the rooms, she vows to lead him to safety . . . only to discover the front doors are now padlocked, and her friends are nowhere to be found. Kaylee is about to learn that not everything that goes ‘bump in the night’ is imaginary, and sometimes there are worse things to fear than ghosts.
 
Giveaway

Erik Therme will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner after the tour.
 

79 comments:

  1. Do you have a specific writing style?

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    1. Most of my books are fairly short, so I try to keep my writing brisk and simple. Description is definitely one of my weak points, and I feel I thrive when writing dialogue, so there's always lots of talking in my books. Ha!

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  2. Very interesting interview, enjoyed reading it! I love Stephen King too, quite scary stories!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer. My wife and I were lucky enough to hear Stephen King speak a few months back. He was amazing! :)

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    2. OOhhh WOW it must have been AWESOME to hear Stephen King speak!!! This has to be placed on my bucket list as well!

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  3. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  4. Thanks for the giveaway, the book sounds great.

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  5. I love suspense, and this sounds very interesting, great review!

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    1. Thanks, Karen. If you're an Amazon Prime member, you can read the book for free through Amazon's newly launched PRIME READING: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/prime-pr

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  6. congratulations on the tour and thank for the giveaway x

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  7. A great cover always goes a long way to produce user satisfaction.

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    1. I had a great cover designer on this book! :)

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  8. What is the best book taht you have read recently? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    1. I'm currently reading ROTTERS by Daniel Kraus, and it's excellent! About a father and son "grave-robbing" team. :)

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  9. What is the best book taht you have read recently? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  10. Thanks so much for hosting, Anniek!

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    1. Loved having you! I also really liked the answers you gave on the interview questions. I hope we'll meet again in the future! Good luck with the rest of the tour :)

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    2. Thanks again for having me. :)

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  11. After reading the review I am already obsessed with Resthaven

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, Katie. If you're an Amazon Prime member, you can read the book for free through Amazon's newly launched PRIME READING: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/prime-pr

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  12. I enjoyed the interview, sounds like a great read, Thanks for sharing the review

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  13. I enjoyed your interview. Your favorite quote is great. I am a worrier, so I understand it all too well.

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  14. Thank you for your candid and honest review, and also for the great interview! By the way, My mother is OBSESSED with the Saw movies, we have to watch them every Halloween now... *groans* lol. Have a happy and safe weekend, everyone! :)

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  15. The book review sounds good. Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed the interview too. I too am a big Stephen King fan. Never heard it before but I love this quote: "Worry does nothing but steal your joy and keep you very busy doing nothing."

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  16. Really great review, thanks for sharing it! I'm looking forward to checking this one out myself :)

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  17. Great review this books looks really interesting

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    1. Thanks! If you're an Amazon Prime member, you can read the book for free through Amazon's newly launched PRIME READING: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/prime-pr

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  18. Have you ever been in a haunted house or seen a ghost?:)

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    1. Never been in a haunted house (yet) and most of the "ghosts" I come across in my imagination!

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  19. Do you ever have author's blanks when you don't know what to write next?

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    1. Many authors have multiple book ideas in their head (so I'm told), but I'm the opposite. As of right now, I have no have idea what my next book will be about. But something eventually always comes to me. It usually starts with an idea that continues to grow. I'm not much a multi-tasker. :)

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  20. Do you use any specific writing exercises to keep your mind in focus?

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    1. No specific exercises, but I try to write every single day--whether it be a paragraph or a page--and I feel that helps keep my writing fresh. I also try to read everyday, which I consider a form of exercise as it allows me to learn what others are doing.

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  21. I like the sound of the idea for your fourth book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thanks, Midu. My oldest daughter is gearing up for college, and I'm already worried about her "leaving the nest." So naturally I assuaged my fears by turning them into my next book! :)

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  22. I hadn't realised there were such things as UNESCO certified Cities of Literature - does living there create a rich & creative environment for you to work? Weirdly Norwich made the list but not my city, Oxford! Wonder what the criteria is!?

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Not sure what the criteria is for UNESCO, but having the Iowa Writers' Workshop here (I'm sure) was a big part of it. :) It's definitely cool being surrounded by so many other authors, and I'm grateful for all the opportunities it brings.

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  23. Wow that sounds spooky. I believe in ghosts and things but wouldn't fancy this.

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  24. I love the fact that you have met Darth Vader! That is on my bucket list :)

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    1. It was pretty awesome. Here's a link to the signed photo if you'd like to take a look: https://eriktherme.com/randomness/darth-is-a-cool-dude-1980/

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  25. Random question, but what do you like to do for exercise?

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    1. Cardio/weights three times a week. And since I work out in my basement, it's a great way to also watch movies (and kill two birds with one stone). :)

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  26. Hey, I like Erik's favorite quote. It's a GOOD motto for life!

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  27. great review and a great giveaway, congratulations to you on your tour <3 Was Darth Vader as menacing in person as he is on the big screen? :D

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    1. Darth was absolutely menacing. Here's the link to the photo on my website if you'd like to take a look: https://eriktherme.com/randomness/darth-is-a-cool-dude-1980/

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  28. Sounds so interesting. Definitely need to read this series.

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    1. Thanks so stopping by. If you're an Amazon Prime member, you can read the book for free through Amazon's newly launched PRIME READING: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/prime-pr

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  29. would you consider writing for children?

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Tracy. If I felt I had a great story idea--and it would work best as a children's book--I think I'd be up for the challenge! :)

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  30. Oooh, creepy! Perfect Halloween read.

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    1. Cynthia, ff you're an Amazon Prime member, you can read the book for free through Amazon's newly launched PRIME READING: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/prime-pr :)

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  31. Sounds like an interesting read, maybe you should ditch the garage band and revive Iguana's (I've been to Iowa City a few times when I was younger).

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  32. Did you enjoy writing this? What was the hardest thing about it?

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  33. Did you enjoy writing this? What was the hardest thing about it?

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Ruth. The hardest thing was to put myself in the mindset of 15-year-olds, as they don't have the wisdom to know how to handle every situation they come across. If it was a group of adults that had been trapped, it would have taken them all of 5 minutes to escape! :)

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie. If you're an Amazon Prime member, you can read the book for free through Amazon's newly launched PRIME READING: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/prime-pr

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  35. I love your favorite quote. Its so true. If something makes me worry Id rather figure out an action plan, and if its not something I can do anything about there isn't ay point thinking about it.

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  36. This book sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Thanks, Kelly. :) Good luck in the giveaway!

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  37. Resthaven looks great. Supercreepy. Perfect for this time of year.

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  38. I love how the title is the complete opposite of what is inside :)

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  39. Oh I love Erik's favorite quote! “Worry does nothing but steal your joy and keep you very busy doing nothing.”
    I tend to overthink things and worry a lot over simple things and that prevent me from doing things that I want to do. I should really take this quote as a new motto in life.

    Anyway, this seems like a great book and thank you for the chance to enter the giveaway :)

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  40. I always wonder how authors get the names for the places and people in their books. Obviously if the names of the places are real places that makes sense, but if you are making up a name for a house etc, I wondered how you decided what to call the place and characters in the book.

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  41. Do you get writers block and if you do what is the silliest thing you've tried to get over the hump? :)

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  42. How did you get started as a writer?

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  43. Loved reading your bio. Quite colorful.

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  44. I really love the sound of this book :) Definitely one for my "to read" list!

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  45. What was the best Halloween costume you have ever seen?

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