Feb 4, 2015

Blog Tour & Review--Caching In by Tracy Krimmer

Title: Caching In
Author: Tracy Krimmer
Release Date: December 11, 2014
Genre: Chick Lit / Rom Com
Print Pages: 267


Can a compass lead you to love?

Broken-hearted Ally Couper has had enough with her ridiculous life. Her job at the bank is going nowhere, and her love life might as well be non-existent.

Determined to try something new, Ally becomes absorbed in the world of geocaching. The high-tech driven scavenger hunt introduces her to Seth, and she realizes the game isnt the only thrilling part.

Allys bad luck may finally be changing, until the past threatens to halt her future with Seth. Can they find happiness together, or is love the one cache Ally cant find?

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Tiffany's 5-Star Review

"The day I saw him, I thought my world came crashing down. It didn't, though, and life continued on."

This book wasn't just a great read, but an informative one. I had no clue this hobby existed!! Hide and seek, treasue hunting, compass reading, and add in thrill and adventure, and you've got geocaching! Just reading about it made me want to look it up for myself! No joke! :)

Ally Couper just went through an awful break-up, and she needed something to keep her mind off of it. Not to mention, she was having issues getting the promotion she deserved at work. With a chance meeting after hiking one day, she was introduced to the interesting hobby of geocaching. 

"I needed to win. Not a Charlie Sheen win. An Ally Couper win."

I loved Ally!! Like, I think we are kindred spirits. hehe:) She's funny and quirky. She has a smart mouth, but doesn't have a great filter. Best of all...She's a HUGE One Direction fan!!! Like, seriously...I love her!!!

She never thought that on her first day seeking caches that she would find the greatest cach of all...Seth Hayes. Fellow geocacher himself, Seth was drawn to her instantly. He, himself, had something to prove. He had a past that haunted him, and he never has moved forward. Not until Ally. 

The romance between these two was so sweet and romantic, but also complicated. Seth's past won't let him live in the present. I actually loved the struggle between these characters. It's relatable and you are compassionate for them. 

"Do you know what else I am?"
"Head over heels for you."

This story also tells a separate story about Ally and her best friend, Chelsea. Oh my gee, that girl is insane! Not literlly, but what she puts herself through is crazy. Chelsea has gotten herself in a sticky situation, and because of that, their friendship falters. At first I wanted to dislike Chelsea, but she grew on me and I kinda wanted to hug her by the end. :)

All in all, this book was great! It was a light-hearted, romantic comedy. Yes, there were some emotional parts that left me tearing up a bit, but it was a wonderful story. It teaches you that taking chances sometimes can be more rewarding that you ever imagined--That maybe your hidden treasure was right there in the open.

Oh! And One Direction rules all!! :) (I had to do it!) Tracy, you rocked my 1D socks off with this one!

"We all got through life with injuries. It's a matter of how we nurse them if we survive."

Author Interview

1. What made you decide to write a book about the world of geocaching? Have you always been a fan, or was it a new discovery?  

I can’t recall the very first time I went geocaching. It was years ago with my friend Rebecca. Geocaching always intrigued me, and I thought it would make an interesting story. Most geocaching stories I see are mysteries. What about romance? 

2. When writing a story, do you have a muse or person you see as the character? 

When writing my main characters, I need someone to picture in my head. I have a Pinterest board for Caching In (find it here: http://www.pinterest.com/tkrimms/caching-in/I used Jennifer Lawrence for my inspiration for Ally, and Jake Gyllenhaal for Seth. 

3. In Caching In, Ally is a huge One Direction fan (as am I, hehe). Are you a fan yourself, or did you become one while writing this book? 

I enjoy their songs. I don’t get to listen to a lot of music that isn’t The Fresh Beat Band or The Wiggles, but I wanted Ally to be a boy band fan. I will admit to having The Fresh Beat Band on my own playlist, and I love Tommy Hobson. Shout out! But, I grew up on New Edition and New Kids on the Block. I wanted Ally to have a fresh, younger band to obsess over! She loves Harry Styles the way I loved Joey McIntyre.

4. In the book there involves a heartbreaking loss. Is it difficult to write these type of scenes? 

It is. I think it’s most difficult to capture the emotion. So many stages accompany loss, and people deal with it in different ways.

5. Chelsea (Ally's best friend) is an interesting character, and you love to hate her. Will she be getting her own story? 

You stinker! Yes, she will be. Hopefully you will see that this year. The story will focus on her life two years later. I hope to give people a chance to really get to know her and understand her decisions better.

6. When developing your storyline, how do you go through the process of naming charcters, cities, places, etc.? 

Naming characters – Seth and Ally just came to me. I loved the names and that was it. Usually, though, I sift through Facebook for names! I model a lot of the places after places I have lived, but don’t like to use their actual names. I despise coming up with a town name, and have no rhyme or reason to how I do it. Some places in the book are real, such as Wisconsin Dells and the town in Nevada where Ally’s brother Perry lives.

7. Who popped into your head first Seth or Ally? 

Ally. I wanted to write a character similar to me in personality. She’s very sarcastic like I am. She’s much more athletic, though. 

8. Have you tried geocaching yourself? 

I have been geocaching! Sometimes if I’m out, I pull out my app and see if there are any quick grabs where I’m at. I am by no means good at it. I probably am as good at it as Ally is!

9. Did you have a certain website you went to for research, you know, in case someone would like to go on a treasure hunt:)?

I used the official website, www.geocaching.com, for help with terminology if I needed it. I went to message boards and pinterest for ideas for creating caches, as I have never done that. And, of course, I went geocaching. A few of the caches in the book are based on caches I found. There also is an app in the app store!

10. What advice would you give to aspiring writers? 

Simply write. You need to write to be a writer. If you sit on your ass and think about writing, but never actually do it, you’ll never finish anything. 

Thank you for taking the time to read Caching In and for this interview!

Thank you, Tracy!

About the Author

Tracys love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. Shes been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her first romance novel, Pieces of it All, released in May 2014 followed in December with Caching In, a romance mixed with the hobby of geocaching. She also has written several short stories. Sign up for her newsletter so you wont miss out on any new releases at: http://www.tracykrimmer.com/newsletter/. She is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KrimmerAuthor and Twitter at www.twitter.com/tkrimms.

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