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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Trapped in Room 217 by Thomas Kingsley Troupe - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

The father of Jayla and Dion takes on an assignment in Colorado. The roads there have been flooded and he is requested to help them to restore it. Together with a complete crew they'll be working restoring the roads for at least a week. The company has booked a room for them at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. The hotel is luxurious and looks amazing. Jayla and Dion will be spending a lot of time on their own together in the fabulous hotel, but for Jayla something about the hotel feels weird. They stay in room 217. What has the hotel in store for them?

The Stanley Hotel has a rich history of being haunted. Late Elizabeth Wilsonis is one of the frequent visitors. She was a maid at the Stanley Hotel in the early 1900's. After passing away she held on to her job and is somehow trapped in room 217. Several stories are circulating about how she died and she's not the only spirit who wanders around the hallways. What would you do if you got a chance to stay the night in room 217?

Jayla and Dion are young children who love adventures. Instead of being scared, they're searching for a way to help Elizabeth. Just like real paranormal investigators they look for answers in order to understand the strange things they're experiencing. I loved to read about the strong connection they have with their dad and how he believed their stories straight away. I couldn't wait to find out if they'd be able to free Elizabeth.

Trapped in Room 217 is a ghost story based on reported sightings and
the hotel exists in reality. I'm a big fan of Ghost Hunters TV series and I've watched all series I could get my hands on. I've also watched the episodes about the Stanley Hotel and have been fascinated ever since about the stories. Thomas Kingsley Troupe stayed in the Stanley Hotel himself and I love the fact that he actually has spend the night in the hotel he wrote about. Trapped in Room 217 is part of Thomas Kingsley Troupe's Haunted States of America series and I can't wait to read another book in this series. I couldn't put down this thrilling story and read it in one sitting.


If you like to read ghost stories about an existing haunted hotel, then Trapped in Room 217 will definitely creep you out.

About Thomas Kingsley Troupe

Thomas Kingsley Troupe likes writin’. He is the author of the fiction series HAUNTIQUES, FURRY & FLO and the upcoming STAR BELCHERS. Other than that, he’s written a whole bunch of titles for kids from non-fiction picture books, to a few installments in the JAKE MADDOX sports series.

Thomas has been writing books and stories in one form or another ever since he can remember. When asked, he’ll tell you about the time he entered a book into his school’s book fair in 2nd grade. His super hero story lost to a series of books about puppies, rainbows, and some kid’s new baby brother. It just wasn’t his time.

Raised in “Nordeast” Minneapolis, Thomas now lives with his family in Woodbury, Minnesota. When he’s not writing stuff in his basement office “The Nerdery,” he’s taking naps, watching campy movies, powering up and going on the occasional ghost hunt.

FUN FACT: He believes pineapple is easily the best fruit out there and still thinks zombies are cool. Even after all these years.



1) Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

Hi, I'm Thomas. I'm a children's author with over 100 titles published. I'm one of those people who can't sit still. I've always got to be doing something, so I've had my hands into a lot of things! I was a firefighter for 12 years, and I'm a paranormal investigator with the Twin Cities Paranormal Society. I have 2 boys and we live in Minnesota.

2) What does a typical day look like for you?

A typical day for me goes like this: I wake up, get my kids ready for school and head to my day job. Yes, yes... I still work a full-time job in addition to everything else I do. In the evenings, I hang out with my sons. We try and do some creative stuff together. My oldest likes to create music and my youngest makes comic strips. When they're in bed, I get behind the keyboard and write until my fingers won't type anymore. Thankfully, I'm a night owl who only needs around 5 hours of sleep!

3) Could you describe the main characters of Trapped in Room 217 in 7 words each?

Jayla - Dreamer, Adventurous, Determined, Helpful, Brave, Thoughtful, Protective

Dion - Sassy, Stubborn, Funny, Cautious, Excitable, Outgoing, Smart

4) You go on ghost hunts occasionally. Is there a specific location you'd love to investigate?

There are so many "haunted" places I'd love to investigate. If I had to choose just one I think I'd like to explore and spend the night in Alcatraz. I've seen some pretty explainable images come from others who have visited that reportedly haunted prison. I need to see it for myself! 

5) What would you do to survive if the zombie apocalypse happens today?

If the zombie apocalypse happened today, I'd grab my family and head for a cruise ship. I figure we could survive in style for a while, visiting warm climates, swimming, playing shuffleboard and avoiding the zombies altogether. Word on the street has it that they can't swim all that well. Hopefully they'll all die (again) by the time we need to replenish the ship with supplies.

6) Which monster do you fear the most?

Which monster do I fear? Hmmm...the cool answer would be to say: I FEAR NO MONSTERS! But, if I had to choose, I'd probably pick a vampire, the type of vampires from the old days. Not these supermodel ones that sparkle in the sun. I'm talking about those nasty ones that are constantly out for blood with super strength and have a real bad stink to them.

7) The Stanley is a well known haunted hotel. How did you came up with the idea to spend the night there?

I'd always been curious about The Stanley Hotel ever since hearing Stephen King used it as inspiration for his book The Shining. So, when I saw there was a deal to stay there through Groupon, my friend and I jumped at the chance. We ended up turning the trip to Colorado into a long-weekend ghost hunt by staying in 3 different haunted hotels over 3 days. We started with The Stanley in Estes Park, The Armstrong in Fort Collins and The Brown Hotel in Denver. We saw some things we couldn't explain...

8) What are your hobbies besides writing and reading?

Besides writing and reading? Is there anything else? I like to ride my mountain bike, I'm a movie junkie and I love video games. I've been playing them since I was 5 when my dad brought home the original PONG. That should give you an idea of how old I am!

9) What makes your heart beat faster?

My heart beats fast when I come up with a new and exciting idea for a book. It beats even faster when my editors love the idea just as much as I do. And my heart is ready to burst when I hear from readers that they loved something I've written.

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

In the future, I'm hoping to continue writing the kinds of books I loved to read as a kid. My hope is to branch out into young adult and even books for grown-ups. With any luck, I'll be able to make writing my full-time job!


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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback copy of one of the books from the Haunted States of America series by Thomas Kingsley Troupe (winner’s choice).

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. Wow, Trapped in Room 217 sounds like an intriguing ghost story. Those children are braver than I am - nothing would induce me to sleep in room 217!

  2. Trapped in Room 217 sounds like a perfect story for children and adults who want a gentle ghost story with an atmospheric feel.

  3. They sound like awesome stories! I can't wait to read all of them.

  4. looks like a very interesting and absorbing read! xx

  5. Sounds interesting can't wait to read it.

  6. A very timely read. Sounds intriguing.

  7. I think my students would enjoy these books.

  8. Oooh yes please. Can't beat a good old-fashioned ghost story.

  9. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!