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Online Author Events for “100 Things to Do in Dallas – Fort Worth Before You Die”

Online book promo – there will be prizes! I’ve got a brand new travel book published via Reedy Press! It’s called 100 Things to Do in Dallas – Fort Worth Before You Die. While I’ve got a lot of in-person events scheduled to promote it, I’m doing a lot of FUN online things, too. Scroll down to find out about my upcoming Book Blog Tour through Lone Star Literary Life. Not only will it be fun, but there will are prizes to be had! What’s it about? Click here to see a 40-second book trailer Basically, my new book is meant to inspire people…

In-Person Author Events for Tui Snider: “100 Things to Do in Dallas – Fort Worth Before You Die”

Fall 2018 Author Events for me and my books: Fall of 2018 is going to be a busy time for me and my books! Here’s a current list of author events I’ve got planned for the  100 Things to Do in Dallas – Fort Worth Before You Die book release. I’ll keep adding to this. If you live in Texas, I hope to see you at one or more of these events! What’s the new book about? This new book is a playful bucket list meant to inspire people to explore North Texas. It’s chock full of ideas for day trips, road…

Author Events for Tui Snider: “100 Things to Do in Dallas – Fort Worth Before You Die” #100Things #dfw @reedypress

My book hit #1 on Amazon: ***Scroll down to see my fall author events! :)*** My newest travel book comes out soon! I’ve got a brand new travel book coming out September 15, 2018 via Reedy Press! It’s called 100 Things to Do in Dallas – Fort Worth Before You Die. The book is available for pre-order, but guess what? It’s already hitting bestseller lists on Amazon as you can see in the graphic above! Road trip inspiration: This new book is meant to inspire people to explore North Texas. It’s chock full of inspiration for day trips, road trips, date nights, family fun,…

Understanding Cemetery Symbols: Book & YouTube Series Trailer by Tui Snider

Book Trailer & YouTube Series Trailer Yee haw! I finally made a video for Messages from the Dead: Understanding Historic Cemetery Symbols. The video is actually a two-for-one deal. It’s a Book Trailer *and* a YouTube Series Preview all in one. About the book: If you are a genealogist, taphophile, history buff or paranormal researcher, you might enjoy my upcoming book, Messages from the Dead: Understanding Historic Cemetery Symbols. Basically, it’s a field guide explaining the meaning behind historic cemetery symbols. About the YouTube Series: Each episode of my YouTube series will focus on the meaning behind one historic cemetery symbol or interesting graveyard…

#Review Log Cabin Guest Haus in Cisco, Texas

Weekend getaway in West Texas Last weekend, my husband, father-in-law, and I had a weekend getaway at the Log Cabin Guest Haus in Cisco, Texas. [Please note: While our lodging was provided free of charge and this post may contain affiliate links, the opinions expressed here are wholly my own.] Historic cabin purchased on eBay! This historic log cabin dates back to the 1840’s but it was not built here in Texas. BnB hosts, John and Mary Kay Williamson, purchased the building on eBay, yes, eBay! I had no idea you could buy a house on that site, but there…

Paris Texas Day Trip – Visit the Other Eiffel Tower

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 are looking for fun road trips in north Texas. Also, for a *FREE* 50-page guide to ghost hunting groups and haunted history tours in north Texas, sign up for my infrequent-but-interesting newsletter by clicking here: Why Take a Day Trip to Paris Texas? While several Texan towns share names with European cities (London, Athens, and Dublin to name a few) what makes Paris so special is how the town plays up its…

Mineola, Texas Makes a Fun Weekend Getaway

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 are looking for fun road trips in north Texas. Also, for a *FREE* 50-page guide to ghost hunting groups and haunted history tours in north Texas, sign up for my infrequent-but-interesting newsletter by clicking here: Located at the junction of US highways 80 and 69, Mineola is situated in Wood County which, true to its name, is a highly-forested section of the East Texas Piney Woods. Early industries included lumber, farming and…

Quirky Texas: Jesus in Cowboy Boots

Quirky Statue in Paris, Texas The following is an adapted excerpt from my Amazon Best Seller: Unexpected Texas. Enjoy! The north Texas town of Paris is home to a quirky statue known locally as the “Jesus in cowboy boots.” This statue is actually the 20-foot grave marker honoring a man named Willet Babcock, who died in 1888. While impressive, it would hardly be the quirky tourist attraction that it has become were it not for the unusual footwear worn by the cross-bearing figure it depicts; instead of the bare feet or sandals one often associates with Biblical folk, this one…

Wichita Falls, Texas: The World’s Smallest Skyscraper

The World’s Smallest Skyscraper Built in 1919, the Newby-McMahon Building in downtown Wichita Falls (701 La Salle, Wichita Falls, TX) is more commonly referred to as “the world’s smallest skyscraper.” Here’s the story behind this quirky structure and how it got its nickname: J.D. McMahon was an engineer and oilman from Philadelphia who breezed into Wichita Falls with blueprints to build a high-rise building in the downtown area. McMahon must have been a good talker, because it didn’t take him long to raise $200,000 (a fortune for that time) from local investors. The Difference Between Feet & Inches At a glance, it appeared…

Deep Creek Cemetery in Boyd, Texas: From Pioneers & Comanches to Mickey Mouse & Folk Ballet

Researching Paranormal Texas My husband, Larry, and I visited a secluded and well-kept graveyard called Deep Creek Cemetery. We’ve been visiting a lot of historic cemeteries as research for my travel guide PARANORMAL TEXAS: Your Travel Guide to Haunted Places near Dallas & Fort Worth, as well as my upcoming Field Guide to Cemetery Symbols.  I don’t know why so many cemeteries are reportedly haunted, but here’s what we found on our journey to Deep Creek Cemetery: Pretty Country Drive to a Historic Texas Cemetery Deep Creek Cemetery is a short drive up the road from Boyd, Texas. Getting there…

Florida Flashbacks & How Writing Research is like Gambling

I’ve got Florida on my mind Why am I posting a photo essay about Florida all of a sudden? My pal Morgan Dragonwillow recently vacationed there, so now I’m  daydreaming about a road trip down the Intercoastal Highway… I snapped these shots while dining near Key West. I can’t recall the name of the place, but it was a beachfront restaurant on a pier jutting into the clear, blue water. The joint was jumping, and the servers did a great job keeping up with the frenzy. They didn’t just have humans to wait on, either. Shortly before sunset a school of…

C is for Coral Castle, a Quirky Florida Must-See

Quirky Architecture OK, so it’s not quite coral, nor is it truly a castle, but the Coral Castle Museum (28655 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33033) is a delightfully quirky structure, and a great example of someone marching to their own drummer. The grounds include a variety of unusual rock buildings and furniture carved from over 1000 tons of oolite limestone, including a water fountain, a sundial, a crescent moon, tables, and living areas. Inspired a Billy Idol Song As the legend goes (and, really, how could a place like this not have a legend behind it) a Latvian immigrant…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

Guest Post: All About Jackalopes

Enjoy this Guest Post by David “Sumoflam” Kravetz I rarely have guest posts, but here you go! I’ve been so busy getting my quirky Texas travel guide together that I asked the prolific traveler/photographer and all-around nice guy, David “Sumoflam” Kravetz if he could put together a Jackalope photo essay. I hope you enjoy it: Jackalope Spotting – a fun road trip tradition So, you are a fan of the Jackalope? Having traveled all over the country I have seen my share of Jackalopes…you know, the furry rabbit looking creatures with antelope (and sometimes deer) antlers! My first inkling of…