Thursday, August 22, 2013

Vacation to Moab

My husband likes to take road trips. You've heard me talk about our Route 66 trips and several others. I like them also, but would prefer a cruise or tour of some kind. Anyway, Larry wanted to go somewhere so I said, "Pick a place and we'll make plans." A few days later I had his answer—Moab, Utah. You're probably asking, "What's in Moab, Utah?" I asked that question too.

It's a beautiful place with the Arches National Park and not too far away Edge of the Cedars Park. I'd like to have a day to do research at Edge of the Cedars as their museum is loaded with Native American artifacts and historical information.  We were in a hurry so rushed through like Chevy Chase in the movie Vacation. Just a quick look and we were gone. 
Here is the largest arch—Wilson's Arch.

 Many movies have been filmed in and around Moab, movies with famous actors like John Wayne to name one. The landscape is perfect for westerns. Here are a few pictures.

This is one of the smaller arches and the other pictures show the interesting rock formations. Note the blue sky. It's beautiful and though an extremely dry area, it did rain some while we were there. The park is a hiker's paradise. Bring plenty of water, a hat and sunscreen.We were there in late July, and thought hot, the dry humidity made the heat more comfortable.

The Moab area offers many activities for vacationers of all ages—rafting, kayaking, hummer tours, jeep and SUV tours. There are museums, a winery, art and music, dinner tours down the river, one with a light show, and wonderful places to eat.

One night we ate at the Moab Brewery. They have a variety of brews with funny names. Larry had a mug of Dead Horse ale and I had a margarita. The food was delicious and the service awesome. I had ribs and Larry had steak. Interesting info about Utah, before they would serve us alcohol, they asked if we'd be eating dinner—no dinner, no alcohol. I like that law.

We stopped in for a cup of coffee at Sweet Cravings and Bistro. The cinnamon rolls looked so good we couldn't resist.

We had a wonderful time and several things we saw sparked story ideas. Always love it when that happens.

Don't forget to enter the Edge of Cedars t-shirt contest. Information on how to enter are in the previous blog post. I hope you'll enter.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading and Writing!


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Contest for a Edge of the Cedars T-shirt

My husband and I returned from vacation last week. He won a T-shirt when we took a boat cruise  with a light show. So, I decided I needed to buy one for me. Our last stop before heading home was Edge of the Cedars State Park.

If you like all things Native American you will love their museum. I wish we'd had longer so I could have learned more. So, if you get a chance to go, plan to have at least four hours to see everything.

The T-shirt I bought is marked an XL, but it fits more like a L. I tried it on but it was snugger than I prefer. Since I can't wear it, I thought it would be good to give it away to one lucky reader. It has never been worn, brand new. Along with the T-shirt I'll give away a copy of one of my Ebooks. You choice.

I'll also give the second person's name pulled from the hat their choice of one of my Ebooks.

Here's how the contest works. Go to my Kindle Store: Linda LaRoque and read through the blurbs of my books until you find the one that includes a lot of Native American Lore.

Email me at with T-shirt contest in the subject line and your answer (Title of the Book) in the content of the email.

On October 1st, my husband will draw 2 winners from a hat. The first winner will receive the T-shirt and one of my Ebooks of their choice. The second name from the hat will win one of my Ebooks of their choice.

I hope you're interested and that I have lots of entries.

Linda LaRoque

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Birdie's Nest is Free for 5 days on Amazon!

Starting THURSDAY, Birdie's Nest, a time travel set in 1890s Waco, Texas will be free on Amazon in ebook format. It will be free for five days. The sale ends Sunday, August 13th at 11:59 PM. If you didn't get a copy the first time it was free, I hope you'll do so now.

To get your book, go to this link.

Be sure to make sure it comes up free before you click on buy as sometimes they're slow getting the price updated.

And please, leave a short review letting me know how you liked it or if you liked it. You can leave it Anonymously if you don't want to leave your name.

Here's the blurb.

Texas Ranger, Birdie Braxton boards the Brazos Belle to attend a costume party, gets tossed into the Brazos and when she's pulled from the river she's told the year is 1890. A fact she cannot accept … until she looks across the river to see Birdie’s Nest, her ancestral home, no longer exists.

Tad Lockhart is a content man—a prosperous rancher with a ladylove in Waco. He's not interested in marriage and family, yet… until he pulls an unconscious woman from the Brazos who insists she's a Texas Ranger from the year 2012. 

As romance blooms between Tad and Birdie, she struggles to earn enough money to build Birdie’s Nest, and Tad strives to mold Birdie into a Victorian lady suitable to be his wife. Can Birdie give up dabbling in police work and other unladylike pursuits yet stay true to herself? When faced with an indiscretion from Tad's past, is Birdie's love strong enough to support her man and be the woman he needs?

Happy Reading!