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#IWSG How Do You Handle Stress?

An unpleasant surprise… Is anyone else stressed out? I like to think of myself as a mellow person, but lately I’ve been struggling! It’s not just a subjective feeling: Recently at the doctor’s office, my blood pressure was 166/88, which is not my norm! It’s usually on the low side, like 120/60. And, of course, learning that my blood pressure was through the roof only increased my stress… Plus, I was supposed to get lab work done the next day, but I got the flu that night. Then, the day I was well I flew up to spend time with my parents…

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#IWSG How My Travel Book Took Me on an Unexpected Journey!

My travel book is taking me on a journey of its own! I’m so dang excited: Three years ago, nearly to the day, I published my very first book. Unexpected Texas came out on March 2nd, 2014. Up until then, aside from a few small exceptions, I had only had my work published in magazines. So this was a great big step into the unknown! Friendships, opportunities… Long story short: my book hit #1 for Dallas – Fort Worth Travel on Amazon two days after its release and has pretty much camped out on that list ever since. It’s done quite…

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New Year? New Reads! Blog Hop Your Way through these 99 Cent Book Deals!

Did Santa give you a gift card? Whoo hoo! The party is on, y’all! A whole bunch of authors, including me, have put their books on sale for 99 cents so you can celebrate the new year with some new reads! So, if Santa tucked a gift card in your stocking, take a moment to check out the books I’m offering, then hop your way through the links at the bottom of this post to see what other authors have for you today! Psst! If you’re on Twitter, help spread the word using the hashtag #NewBooks4Me. My 4 books are 99 cents through January…

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Quirky Texas: Life Size Wax Sculpture Replica of the Last Supper

Quirky Surprise in Fort Worth When I tell people that Fort Worth is home to a life size wax sculpture replica of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” the response is usually, “Huh?” followed by a puzzled laugh. After all, that’s hardly what we expect from a city that bills itself as “Where the West begins,” right? In fact, when out of town guests visit, my husband and I generally take them to see the historic stockyards. Sure, some locals turn their nose up at this, just as Seattlites often scoff at the idea of visiting the Space Needle, but…

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My 2015 A to Z Theme Reveal!

What is the April A to Z Blog Challenge? Each April, people from all over the world participate in the April A to Z blog challenge, and you can too. It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great way to meet other bloggers. To play along, all you do is make a blog post for each letter of the alphabet during April, then use the blog hop linky to visit as many other bloggers as you can. My 2015 A to Z Theme… The theme I’ve chosen for the 2015 A to Z blog challenge is *drum roll please* Cemetery…

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Unexpected Texas: Building Made of Salt

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming quirky travel book, Unexpected Texas: Salt Palace in Grand Saline While the French equivalent of “window shopping” translates as “window licking” this is something that literally occurs every day at the Salt Palace in Grand Saline, Texas. The unusual building, which houses a visitor center and museum for the town and the nearby Morton Salt Company mine, is built entirely out of salt crystal bricks held together by a salt/mortar mixture. This strange combination proves tempting to many visitors who satisfy their curiosity by taking a tiny lick of its walls. The…

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Granbury Paranormal Expo: Come & Get Your Woo-Woo On!

Granbury Paranormal Expo If you live in north Texas and you get a kick out of “woo-woo” things, check out the Granbury Paranormal Expo this Saturday, May 17, 2014. The little town of Granbury has leapt into the spirit of things (pun intended!) with businesses all over town offering discounts to those who attend. Check out their official website and Facebook page for details. Granbury Paranormal Expo Exhibitors It’s only $5 to attend the expo, and there’s quite an interesting list of exhibitors, including someone who sells “paranormal-themed nail polish.” Quite a niche, eh? Unexpected Texas – Book & Postcards…

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U is for Unexpected Texas

Shameless Plug Day! As we near the end of the alphabet, and the April A to Z blog challenge winds down, I found myself struggling to choose a topic for the letter U. Suddenly it dawned on me; I could blog about Unexpected Texas, the book I wrote thanks to the great response I got to last year’s April A to Z blog posts. So, let’s just call today “shameless plug day!” Why did I Write Unexpected Texas? Shortly after moving to north Texas in the fall of 2009, I began writing travel articles about the Dallas – Fort Worth…

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Unexpected Texas Book Signing – You’re Invited!

Book Signing this Saturday I’ve got good news for my Row80 writing check-in! This Saturday, March 29, 2014 I will be in downtown Fort Worth, Texas with paperbacks of Unexpected Texas in hand, ready to sign and sell. The venue is a funky furniture shop called There’s No Place Like Home (855 Foch St, Fort Worth, TX 76107), and I will be there from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. If you are in the Dallas – Fort Worth area, I hope you will swing by and say hi! This Saturday is perfect for a book signing, since it’s also the…

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Interview with Morgan Dragonwillow, author of Wild Woman Waking

Wild Woman Waking Guess what? My offbeat travel guide Unexpected Texas is not the only book release I am part of right now. Earlier this month, my good friend and creative partner Morgan Dragonwillow released a book on Amazon. Wild Woman Waking features Morgan’s creative writing, and each of her 57 poems is accompanied by one of my iPhone photographs. A Poetry & Photography Collaboration Morgan approached me with the idea for Wild Woman Waking last summer. At first, I sent her a photo every night after work. After a while, I simply let her pick from the pictures in…

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Unexpected Texas Update: Prize Winners & #1 on Amazon

My Row80 & Unexpected Texas Update On March 2, 2014 I officially released my quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas on Amazon as both a paperback and Kindle version. For the next 8 days, Unexpected Texas toured the web on a whirlwind book release blog tour. A variety of interviews and reviews appeared on the following blogs to help promote my book. It was so much fun! #UnexTex Blog Tour Prize Winners The book blog tour for Unexpected Texas was a blast! I learned a lot, had fun, and made some great contacts. Today, I’m pleased to announce the winners for…

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Download Unexpected Texas for Free!

How to Download Unexpected Texas for Free I put many hours into researching and writing Unexpected Texas, but today and tomorrow (3/9 & 3/10) I’ve made the Kindle version of my quirky travel book, Unexpected Texas, available for FREE. Why? Because I can! Please Leave a Blog Comment Here I have one small request: Please leave me a comment on this post if you decide to download Unexpected Texas for free. I would love to hear from you. Besides, today’s my birthday! :) Amazon Reviews Also, if you enjoy my book, please take a moment to leave a review for Unexpected Texas…

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Morgan Dragonwillow features Unexpected Texas on International Women’s Day

Unexpected Texas Climbs the Charts Welcome to Day 7 of the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour for my quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas. My book is currently for sale as a paperback and eBook on Amazon. I’m also thrilled to report that on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Unexpected Texas reached #1 on the Amazon Bestsellers list for Dallas – Fort Worth Travel books! Morgan Dragonwillow: My Creative Champion Today, my book is featured on Morgan Dragonwillow’s blog. I’m so grateful to have Morgan in my life. Even so, I struggled with this post. It’s simply impossible to sum…

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Unexpected Texas Reviewed on Less Beaten Paths today

#UnexTex is reviewed on Less Beaten Paths today Welcome to Day 6 of the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour for my quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas. My book is now on sale as a paperback and eBook on Amazon. I’m also thrilled to report that on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 my book reached #1 on the Amazon Bestsellers list for Dallas – Fort Worth Travel books! Today, Unexpected Texas is featured on David Sumoflam Kravetz’s Less Beaten Paths blog, Sumoflam’s Story Shots Tumblr, and also Sumoflam’s Singlewide blog. I met David through Twitter, and immediately realized that he is…

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Unexpected Texas Gets Reviewed by a Native Texan (spoiler alert: She loves it!)

#UnexTex is featured on This Eclectic Life today Welcome to Day 5 of the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour for my quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas. It’s now on sale as a paperback and ebook on Amazon. Yippee! Today, my book is featured on Shelly Tucker’s blog, This Eclectic Life. Not only is Shelly a bona fide native Texan, but a few years ago the National Endownment for the Arts (NEA) named her an “American Masterpiece.” Pretty cool, eh? Of all the bloggers on the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour, Shelly is the only one I…

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Unexpected Texas Review on Victoria’s Reading Alcove

Unexpected Texas is featured on Victoria’s Reading Alcove today Welcome to Day 4 of the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour for my quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas. It’s now on sale as a paperback and ebook on Amazon. Whoop w00t! Today, my book is featured at Victoria’s Reading Alcove. Victoria is a deep-thinking accountant who not only reads voraciously, but takes the time to analyze and digest what she reads. In a recent blog post entitled Time Warps and Other Voyages of the Mind she compares accounting to time travel. I’ve gotten to know Victoria mainly through Facebook.…

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Unexpected Texas Mini-Interview at Byteful Travel

Unexpected Texas is featured on Byteful Travel today Welcome to Day 3 of the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour for my quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas which is now for sale as a paperback and ebook on Amazon. Yee haw! Today, Unexpected Texas is featured at the home of fellow author and travel blogger, Andrew Crusoe. Andrew is the creator of my favorite travel website, Byteful Travel. I originally met Andrew through the travel blog carnivals I used to host here (I really need to dust those off again!), and he is high on the list of internet…

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Unexpected Texas Meets Cowboys, Aliens & Patricia Lynne

#UnexTex is featured on Patricia Lynne’s blog today Welcome to Day 2 of the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour for my quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas, which is now selling on Amazon. Whee! Today, my book is featured at the blog of fellow writer Patricia Lynne, Independent YA Author Like me, Patricia is intrigued by haunted places, UFO sightings, the paranormal, and other eerie fodder. She writes Young Adult stories that often feature paranormal beings struggling with human issues. Make sure to check out her books, including Being Human, over on her Amazon page. Day 2 #UnexTex Prizes…

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Unexpected Texas Book Release & Interview on StoryDam

Welcome to the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour Welcome to the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour! My quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas officially launches today, which means it’s now available as both a paperback and eBook on Amazon. To get the word out, I organized a week-long book release blog tour. Each day this week, my book Unexpected Texas will be featured on a different blog. These are all fellow writers who inspired and helped me along the way. What’s the #UnextTex hashtag for? If you use Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media platform where…

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Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour Coming Soon!

Book Release Blog Tour After formatting, setting up the Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour was the next big thing on my self-publishing to-do list. I’m happy to report that virtual book tour is shaping up just fine. It’s gonna be fun, too: I’m giving away free copies of my book along with other prizes every single day of the tour. Then, on the final blog tour day ( Monday, March 10, 2014) the eBook version of Unexpected Texas will be free on Amazon. Talented Bloggers & Fun Prizes Here’s a linky list arranged “Brady Bunch” style so you can…

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