Friday, May 10, 2019

VBT and Giveaway: SOUP The Future Is Past and Present by Travis Haugen

SOUP The Future Is Past and Present
by Travis Haugen


GENRE:   Adventure/Mystery



Scott Yonge exploded onto the national consciousness at the 2001 Garrett Awards and quickly rose to legendary status on the wings of his music and his whirlwind romance with independent film actress Michelle Zoe. What should have been a perfect life was interrupted by an ultra-right wing militant group called the American Freedom Force and its leader, Colonel Randall, who forces Scott to choose between his life and that of his son. After his heroic sacrifice, his family is left to pick up the pieces and forge ahead to a future in the vacuum he left behind.

Now, in 2021, his son Hedley inherits music for himself, becoming a star in his own right as technology gives new life to the medium. Scott's daughter, affectionately known as Soup, throws herself into unravelling the mysteries of her family's history. Michelle commits herself to keeping them all together and trying to make sense of life without the one she loves. Through it all, the AFF looms in the shadows, threatening to resurrect the pain they have just begun to overcome.



August 25, 1967

The weekly outing had become something of a ritual for them. Friday nights, after supper, they would head out to the country with their hearts pumping and the radio blaring, riding on a wave of blinding optimism. They’d drive for hours, most times talking and laughing about nothing at all. Other times they’d settle into a comfortable silence, speaking without speaking.

They’d been silent for some time when the boy was drawn in by a pretty song on the radio. She was lost in it too, absorbed as though in a trance. The boy looked to his mother. She looked back with warm sadness in her eyes. He felt her love wrap around him as she smiled. She was about to say something when the crunch came. The boy could almost hear the sound of her silent scream as her head snapped to the side at an impossible angle. That’s all there was. He never got to hear what she wanted to say.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Travis was born and raised in the prairies of Saskatchewan, lived in Calgary for over 25 years and presently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Travis Haugen has spent forty years of his life touring on the road as a musician and has spent hundreds of hours in recording studios. Travis spends much of his time writing songs, writing stories, playing music and spending valuable time with his family and close group of friends.


Where Soup Is Sold:


Travis Haugen will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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April 16: Rogue's Angels
April 17: BooksChatter
April 19: The Reading Addict
April 26: Travel the Ages
April 29: Author C.A.Milson 
April 30: Enchanting Reviews 
May 2: T's Stuff 
May 3: Viviana MacKade 
May 6: Literary Gold 
May 7: Readeropolis 

My Review

Soup: The Future Is Past And Present is an interesting read. The concept and style of the book is a little bit different than most books I have read. I did find it confusing at times but quickly caught on. It did make want to keep reading on to find out which way the story was going to go next. 

I give Soup: The Future Is Past And Present three and a half stars. It is definitely worth a read. 

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

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  1. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read. I enjoy these tours and finding out about many terrific books.

    1. Thanks, James, it's been great having you with us. Thanks again!

  2. Who is your favorite character from your book?

    1. Hi Bernie,
      I like them all. They become my friends throughout the writing process. In fact, when a book is done, I feel a sense of loss, just as when someone close to you goes away. But I soon realize that, just like people, you never lose the sense of the characters in a story. They become a part of you.

  3. Good morning, Amy,
    Thank you for hosting us, and thank you for the review. We appreciate you taking the time to read our book!

  4. I've enjoyed following the tour for SOUP The Future of Past and Present and I can't wait to check it out. Thanks for sharing all of the great posts along the way :)

    1. Thank you, Victoria,
      It has been a pleasure having you with us. We will miss the tour. If you are into e-books at all, I would recommend that format for the interactive part of the story. Thanks for your support along the way.

  5. I have enjoyed the tour. The book sounds great.

    1. Hi, Rita,
      Thanks for following us on the tour. It has been fun, for sure. Candy sends her wishes to everyone. She is tied up in courses over the weekend, but she enjoyed the tour as much as I did. Thanks again, Rita.

  6. Replies
    1. Thank you, Caryl,
      We appreciate Amy taking the time to read our story. It is always great to hear from reviewers, especially when it's positive. I know a lot of musicians and authors say they don't pay attention to reviews, but I have a hunch they're lying, lol. Doesn't matter how great a song sounds in the basement, or how good a book reads in the living room, it has to reach people. Reviewers are a big part of that process. so again, we say, thank you, Amy, for investing your time in our book.
      And thank you, Caryl, for commenting.

  7. Replies
    1. Thanks, Bridgett,
      I wish I could take the credit, but I was just the octopus in the room, lol. Most of the legwork was done by my niece, Candy, and By Haley Craw. Haley drew the Canada Goose, as well as two other illustrations in the book. Candy came up with the fountain-fill blue, which is a huge part of our brand, as well as the phrase 'An Interactive Musical Thriller, which is exactly what the book is. So I profusely thank those two for making me look so great, lol.

  8. And so, folks, it is the end of our tour. We've had a splendid time out here with you. We would like to thank you all for stopping by over the past three weeks. We'd like to invite you over for a chat at goodreads, or on our Facebook page. Type SOUP by Travis Haugen, and you will find us.
    On behalf of my niece, Candy (away on courses this weekend), and myself, I'd like to bid you all good night, and wish you a great summer!