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Month: November 2014

Want a Road Trip Postcard from Me?

Do you love postcards, too? I love getting postcards from friends. If they’re funny or interesting, I either tack ’em to the wall for travel inspiration or I use them for bookmarks. Plus, it’s such a pleasant surprise to get something in the mail besides a bill – and to see someone’s actual handwriting! So, here’s the deal: I’m taking a writing research trip soon and would be delighted to send some postcards to friends along the way. Any takers? How to get a postcard If you’d like a quirky postcard from my upcoming road trip, all you have to…

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Brandy Herr’s Haunted Granbury

The following is an adapted excerpt from Paranormal Texas my fun travel guide to haunted places near Dallas and Fort Worth. Check it out if you like reading (and even visiting!) haunted locations: Haunted Granbury When it comes to haunted lore in Granbury, Texas, Brandy Herr is my go-to gal. It’s no secret that I relied heavily on Herr’s book to plan my research trip to that town for my travel guide to haunted places in north Texas. Thanks to Brandy, I knew where to look! That’s why I say Herr’s Haunted Granbury is a must-have for any ghost hunter’s library, especially…

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Jefferson, Texas: Simple Pleasures, Ghosts, & Bigfoot in the Little Easy

The following is an adapted excerpt from Unexpected Texas – my best-selling travel guide to quirky, offbeat and overlooked places near Dallas and Fort Worth. Check it out if you enjoy learning quirky facts, or are looking for offbeat road trip ideas in north Texas. Jefferson, Texas aka the Little Easy With its brick streets, horse drawn carriages, wrought iron railings, and abundance of Greek revival architecture, a visit to Jefferson, Texas can make you feel like you’ve stepped onto a movie set for New Orleans in the late 1800’s. This town’s resemblance to the “Big Easy” is no mere affectation, but a genuine…

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Lee Harvey Oswald’s Grave & the Mysterious Nick Beef

The following is an adapted excerpt from Unexpected Texas, my fun travel guide to quirky, offbeat and overlooked places near Dallas and Fort Worth. Check it out if you enjoy learning quirky facts, or are looking for offbeat road trip ideas in north Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald Buried in Fort Worth, Texas Although his mother, Marguerite, requested for her son be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Lee Harvey Oswald’s final resting place is Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas. Officials didn’t waste any time putting the infamous lone gunman into the ground, either: November 23, 1963 at 1:50 p.m. Oswald…

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IWSG: How I Became a Fan of my Fan!

Making friends through writing I’ve been writing for decades, and getting paid for travel articles since 2006, but it wasn’t until I published Unexpected Texas that my writing began directly connecting me with readers. Sure, I knew people read my articles, but it ended there. I never made friends with any of my readers. Meeting people because of things I’d written? And not just online, but meeting them in person?!? As I said, this never happened when I was simply writing magazine articles! Sure, articles paid well, but even with a byline, it felt rather anonymous… like a message in a…

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Paranormal Texas Book Launch Party Winners

Paranormal Texas Book Launch Party is Over! While I’m sad that the Paranormal Texas Online Book Release Party is over, I am happy to announce all the prize winners! Since I had giveaways tucked all over the blog, it was a little confusing, but I finally sorted out who won what. PARANORMAL TEXAS LAUNCH PARTY PRIZE WINNERS: 10 Members of my Newsletter, will be mailed: Quirky postcards from my next writing research road trip! The Mysterious Mystery Gift of Mystery goes to: Sumoflam The $25 Amazon Gift Card goes to: Nina F. The following party goers won signed copies of Paranormal…

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