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My great adventure...


 In the 1990's, I badgered my father into writing about his experiences in WWII and we published it as a family memoir. He titled it My Greatest Adventure--WWII. (It's now available on Amazon if anyone is interested.)

Well, I certainly can't compare my six state, ten day odyssey with a trip to Europe fight a war, but in my fuzzy mind in a way I can't quite articulate, my dad's story is part of the reason why I'm making my MIRACLE ROAD trip.

The core story I tell with every book is about family and friendship.  Family and friends are the reason I'm sitting in a Holiday Inn Express somewhere south of Chattanooga, 800 miles from home, in order to sign copies of my twenty-eighth full length novel all across the south.

My dad was the greatest storyteller ever born, and I grew up listening to his tales of family and friends in Colorado during the Roaring Twenties. I listened in awe to his experiences while a young GI in Europe. Those hours nurtured my imagination, taught me about timing and content, and gave me the basis for the stories I write today. I credit my dad with instilling within me the desire to write.

I credit my husband with just about everything else. I'll tell you why in tomorrows blog, but now it's time for me to get ready to hit the road.

First impressions: Tennessee is an absolutely beautiful state. The Smokey Mountains take my breath away. And most important of all....I've never met such nice people. Thank you Tennesseans for making my visit to your state so pleasant.

Highlights of Day 1:

  • Beginning my road trip adventure with an adventure, ziplining. (With dear friends, all writers, who understand just what...scenery...should be photographed.  
  • The warm welcome I received at every Books-A-Million I visited.

  • The fact that Target has a shelf talker for MIRACLE ROAD and some had obviously sold in the three Targets I visited.
  • My visit to the Chickamauga Public Library and meeting fans of Eternity Springs including Joy who facilitated the invitation to visit.


Dalton, GA Books-a-million

Rome, GA Barnes & Noble

 Canton, GA Books-a-million

Cumming, GA Barnes & Noble

 Burford, GA Barnes & Noble

Lawrenceville, GA Books-a-million

Alpharetta, GA Books-a-million

And as many Walmarts and Targets that I can find. :)

13 comments (Add your own)

1. Sandi wrote:
Such a lovely time of year to travel the South!

Fri, November 8, 2013 @ 7:56 AM

2. Courtney Buchanan wrote:
Your books are wonderful!!!

Fri, November 8, 2013 @ 7:58 AM

3. Julie F wrote:
I love road trips...there's always something interesting that you find by accident. A friend & I took a road trip to TN a couple years ago...tons of fun! Have a great trip!

Fri, November 8, 2013 @ 7:59 AM

4. Beth Winters wrote:
I think the Great Smokey Mountains are absolutely beautiful this time of year. Our leaves in Tennessee started changing much later in the year than normal, but they are gorgeous. I hope that you have a wonderful, fun, and safe tour.

Fri, November 8, 2013 @ 8:10 AM

5. Kristine Kretzschmar wrote:
I am enjoying following your journey,almost as much as I enjoy your books.

Fri, November 8, 2013 @ 8:39 AM

6. April Chapman wrote:
Sounds like you have a busy time planned. Nice that you can take some time for fun too!

Fri, November 8, 2013 @ 9:09 AM

7. nancy wrote:
i LOVE ziplining - i think everyone should take the opportunity to zip along over and among the trees. what fun! and i love reading about traveling - two of my favorite books "Honeymoon with my Brother" and "Blue HIghways" taught me the value of the journey itself, not just about getting to the destination - enjoy your journey

Fri, November 8, 2013 @ 9:15 AM

8. Maria Ringler wrote:
I wish you would pop over here to Delaware sometime!

Fri, November 8, 2013 @ 11:05 AM

9. Janet wrote:
I agree your trip cannot compare but at least he instilled a gift that you are able to share with all of us. Hint: I did not see where you told us in day 2 why you credit your husband with everything else. Keep enjoying your trip and posting all the great pictures.

Fri, November 8, 2013 @ 3:23 PM

10. Janet wrote:
Ok I swore I posted a comment on here. :)

In my post I said that you did not tell us in day 2 why you credit your husband with everything else.

I love the legacy your father left you and you get to share it with all of us.

Mon, November 11, 2013 @ 5:21 PM

11. Emily wrote:
Tennessee is one of my favorite states! Definitely very friendly and completely gorgeous! Have a safe trip!

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 12:53 AM

12. librarypat wrote:
The eastern section of TN is lovely. The Chattanooga area has much to do. We moved here 21 years ago, partly because it reminded us of the Adirondacks where we grew up. (It is also halfway between our families and most importantly has a great VA hospital which my husband needs).

Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 11:59 PM

13. Penny Culberson wrote:
Glad you enjoyed your visit to The Smokies...I love in Nashville so it's one of our favorite places for a long weekend away from the grind.

Wed, November 13, 2013 @ 8:22 AM

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