Thursday, January 11, 2024

Book Tour + #Giveaway: The Legend of Rachel Petersen by J.T. Baroni @RABTBookTours


Date Published: 06-10-2023

Publisher: Sky Publishing


Outraged when The Post Gazette overlooks him for a promotion, 43-year-old Sportswriter Christian Kane quits the Paper and moves to the country to write fiction. Inspiration flows from a grave he stumbles upon in the woods. He pens The Legend of Rachel Petersen, a fascinating story revolving around the dead twelve-year-old girl who was laid to rest beneath the weathered tombstone in 1863. His book climbs the Best Seller lists; then Hollywood adapts it into a blockbuster movie. Kane becomes rich and famous; but then! Does an enraged Rachel become more than a figment of the writer’s imagination and rise from her grave, seeking revenge on him for slandering her name?


Interview with JT Baroni

    Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?

    No, not really.

    How do you select the names of your characters?

    I choose the names of friends, coworkers and family, unless the character is unique or has a special trait, then I assign a name I search the internet for. I pick ethnically appropriate names.

    Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

    I’m writing a new story and yes, I’ve hidden a few secrets relating to the narrator, who remains unknown to the reader.

    What was your hardest scene to write?

    A sexual abuse scene regarding a twelve year old girl. I tried to keep it tactful without being vulgar and ugly. I was hesitant about writing the scene, but after watching the news I realized child rape is a daily occurrence.

    Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

    I want each book to stand on its own.

    What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

    I wanted my story to hit each emotion along with every sense being touched upon. The reviewers said they laughed, cried, and felt anger towards the bad guys, so yes, I achieved my goal.

    What inspired you to write The Legend of Rachel Petersen?

    While deer hunting, I stumbled upon a lone grave in the woods and I wrote a story about a man who found a lone grave in the forest and wrote the dead girl’s story.

    Can you tell us a little bit about the next book, Tell Me about your Childhood, or what you have planned for the future?

    This story is totally different and unique. It is told through the eyes of a narrator who remains mysterious and anonymous till the final pages. The plot revolves around a very wealthy attorney and a manipulative psychologist; both men share a secret and join forces to rule the world, but one of them has a hidden agenda.

    Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Tell Me about your Childhood?

    Dolph Channing - the wealthy attorney who made millions with the class action lawsuits against Zephyr Chemical.

    Paul Skoner - the shrink who mastered how to control people.

    Twenty one year old Ralston Channing - Dolph’s dysfunctional son.

    Miselle Sutton - a desperate divorcee with a rare blood type who unfortunately gets pulled into Channing’s scheme because of her Rh -negative blood type.

    What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

    Giving each of the characters unique traits, and how the narrator remains unknown till the end.


(J.T. Baroni, pictured with the tombstone that inspired the story)

Living in Western Pennsylvania all my life, I’ve been an avid Whitetail hunter since old enough to tote a rifle, which is also about as long as I’ve had a fondness for word games and literature.

While hunting one year, I actually did stumble upon a weathered tombstone in the middle of the woods.

While waiting patiently for that big buck to cross my path, I had plenty of time to ponder the dead girl's fate, which I was then driven to write.

Eerily enough, this is the premise of The Legend of Rachel Petersen, my first novel published in 2012, which I recently revised.

A newly retired transformer repairman, I refer to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, a small town outside of Pittsburgh, as home.

My wife Becky and I share our abode with two retrievers - Piper, and Remmy.


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