Sunday, February 28, 2016

Savannah Home and Garden Tour

My husband and I have been lucky enough to do a lot of traveling in the United States and Europe through the years, but we both agree that our favorite city in the United States is Savannah, Georgia (with New Orleans coming in as a close second).  What is it about this Southern city that has captivated us so much that we've traveled from our home in California four times to visit it?  What we love is its beauty; its people; and its history.  It is that quintessential southern town that reminds me of where Scarlett O'Hara might have gone to see her elderly aunt. It's the old South, with its beautiful moss-draped trees, sweet smelling tea olive bushes, red azaleas, and creepy yet beautiful cemeteries.  It's so different from Atlanta, which was mostly burned to the ground in the Civil War.  When Sherman marched to the sea to plunder and burn everything in sight towards the end of the war, he was met at the gates in Savannah and told that the city would surrender, as long as Sherman's army left the city unspoiled.  Thank goodness it was spared.

Here is a list of some of my favorite things to see and do, starting with our favorite hotel there, The Ballastone Inn.  For fans of the wonderful book: "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," this is the hotel where Kevin Spacey stayed when he was starring in the film version. If you'd like to see "where the scene of the crime" took place, be sure to visit  the Mercer Williams House. There are guided tours of the interior.   For a tour of the places mentioned in the book, try "All About Savannah Tours".

If you'd like to see one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world (outside of Pere Lachaise in Paris) be sure to visit Bonaventure Cemetery.  It's more like a park than a cemetery.  If you'd like to eat at someplace besides Paula Deen's, try Elizabeth's at 37th.  It's our favorite.  Definitely see a Home and Garden Tour during the Spring when the kind residents of Savannah open their doors and allow us to peek inside their homes and get a taste of what we're missing. This year, it will start on March 31, 2016 through April 3, 2016.  I hope you will like it as much as we have.

If you'd like some reading material to bring along, please take a look at our mystery, "Honeymoon in Savannah: A Detective Santy Mystery."  It costs only $2.99 and is available at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, Kobo, and Smashwords.  Paperback versions are available at Amazon.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

A Prairie Home Companion

Have you heard that Garrison Keillor is retiring this year from his popular radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion?"  My husband and I have been faithful listeners every Saturday night for over 30 years.  The first time I ever heard it was on a Saturday night when my husband and I were bathing in the afterglow and he turned on the radio before we got up and out of bed.  Garrison's monologue came on and we've been groupies ever since.  We've seen live broadcasts of the show in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.  For years, we'd talked about making a pilgrimage to Minnesota in search of the towns and locales that inspired Garrison's fictional world of Lake Wobegon.  We wanted to see the restaurants that spawned The Chatterbox Cafe and The Sidetrack Tap, and the Catholic Church that Garrison dubbed "Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility."  We finally made the trip a few years ago and I wrote this novel/travelogue about our pilgrimage.

The Missing Bachelor Farmer: A Nancy Keene Mystery
by Louise Hathaway
only $1.99

My book is about a precocious teenager who talks her father into taking her to Minnesota on a quest to see the towns that Garrison had in mind when he created Lake Wobegon. Her father wants to go on a Bob Dylan pilgrimage while there, but she has other plans after a "bachelor farmer" (who was last seen at the "Chatterbox Cafe") goes missing and they join the search party. 

My book only costs $1.99 and contains pictures from the my trip to "Lake Wobegon".  It's available at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, Smashwords and Scribd.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is a week from today, ya'll. If you are going or wish you were, take along this informative eBook about New Orleans and Louisiana. It's a travelogue/romance novel about my favorite places to visit, dine at, and stay overnight in the Crescent City and surrounding areas. My travelogue also includes helpful websites to look at before your trip there. Laissez les bon temps rouler! Only $1.99. Available at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, Kobo Books, and Smashwords.

Honeymoon in New Orleans
by Louise Hathaway