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Hey-o Idaho

My connection to Idaho is my grandmother. She grew up near the Washington border (guess where my grandfather is from). I haven’t visited yet and have had few friends/coworkers from the state. CLEARLY I SHOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT.

What shouldn’t I miss in Idaho? To my Idahoans, drop a comment with a tour or food suggestion for a chance to win a book!

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Aloha Hawaii!

Everyone who knows you loves you. That’s got to feel good! I worry a little about your obsession with Spam. It can’t be healthy. You may be the state I’m invited to the most often, or maybe it just feels that way because I know I can’t go (anytime soon).

What shouldn’t I miss in Hawaii? To my Hawaiians, drop a comment with a tour or food suggestion for a chance to win a book!

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Georgia Is, Of Course, On My Mind

Birthplace of my beloved Coca Cola. When I was a kid people would joke, “Even God changes planes in Atlanta.” You are ever present in my experience, yet we don’t spend much time together. A few trips to Atlanta and otherwise just driving through. Tell me what’s good, Georgia. Next time I’m through where should I stop and stay awhile?

What shouldn’t I miss in Georgia? To my Georgians, drop a comment with a tour or food suggestion for a chance to win a book!

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FLORIDA!!!

Oh, Florida, I’ve always had a crush on you. My first trip was to Orlando and The Magic Kingdom the year after it opened. Then I moved near you and we spent a lot of time together. Summer vacations at Ft. Walton Beach and Pensacola. A few Christmases at Disney. I’ve driven all over you and even took a train across you once. We share a love of Jimmy Buffet and bright colors. I miss you, Florida. Hope we can be together again soon.

Shout out to all my Florida buddies! What shouldn’t I miss in Florida? Floridians, drop a comment with a tour or food suggestion for a chance to win a book!

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Delaware, Let’s Do This

Ok, Delaware, I have something to confess. When I was young (but only so young, because I was driving) I saw a car in front of me, squinted in that way we sometimes do when we think, and asked the car at large, “Is Delaware even a state?” Worse even than my own ignorance, the two young people in the car with me didn’t know either.

Now, I don’t know whether to blame my blonde hair or my Mississippi education, but I apologize. Heck yeah, you’re a state. The First State! And an awesome one! Except for your love of scrapple I’ve been reading about the last few days. That’s…. not so cool. But the obsession with Wawa I understand.

Let’s be friends, Delaware. Although I’ll understand if you give me a hard time every time you see me. Squinting and asking, “Is she even an author?”

What shouldn’t I miss in Delaware? To my Delawarians, drop a comment with a tour or food suggestion for a chance to win a book!

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Hey Connecticut

Do you remember me? I think we met in the late 90s or early 00s. I visited Hartford and Mystic. I loved your aquarium.

In 2007 I went to one of your weddings. It was delightful.

The most recent visit in 2015 means you are where I saw Force Awakens.

Lets get together again soon. We don’t see each other enough.

What shouldn’t I miss in Connecticut? To my Connecticotians, drop a comment with a tour or food suggestion for a chance to win a book!

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Long Time No See, Colorado!

Another state I’ve visited! I remember your prairie dogs around Denver. Driving out from the airport I commented, “How cute!” My friend who had been there nearly a year rolled her eyes, “Not if you live here.”

We had a great time on that trip. My friend Sue (yep, another Sue) kept me hydrated for the altitude and we went to All The Places. Boulder, Golden (hello Coors plant), and Red Rocks. I made her take me to Sheplers, too. Man, I loved those Sheplers catalogs as a kid.

My family has a history with Colorado. The family on my dad’s side lived there 1880-1920. My great-great-grandfather owned a saloon… until he lost it in a card game. I didn’t know any of that by the time I visited, so it is clearly time to go back and check out where we lived.

What shouldn’t I miss in Colorado? To my Coloradans, drop a comment with a tour or food suggestion for a chance to win a book!

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Dear California,

Right now isn’t the time for a cute post about California. We’ve all watched your fires with alarm and concern. We are worried about you and want to help.

Sorry I haven’t visited much, California. It was always my dream to go to school there at UCLA. The only two cities I’ve seen are Los Angeles and San Francisco. I know you have so much more to offer. The San Diego Zoo is on my bucket list.

To my California friends, if you need an ebook to get your mind off present events, hit me up.

Try to stay safe, everybody.

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Arkansas and a Plaid Earthworm!

I’m very excited to interview Beth Bartlett (@plaidearthworm) for today’s stop! It’s been a long time since I was in Arkansas, and you could say I was barely in it. We lived in Texarkana for 6 weeks. All I really remember is that there was a cool mine where you could pan for diamonds nearby and we did a day trip.

First question should be an easy one: What do you love about living in Arkansas?

My corner of the state is absolutely gorgeous in any season. Arkansas is a nature-lover’s delight, and this year the autumn colors were stunning. I also love the history and the fact that we have a world-class art museum now at Crystal Bridges.

I know you write comedy, and I love your Wisecrack Zodiac. What are you working on right now and where can we find you?

Currently I’m working on a humor book and also dabbling with some short stories. You can always see what I’m up to at www.egbartlett.com or my book blog, www.booknerdvana.com.

You have been reviewing books and you’ve almost talked me into picking up Fly Me to the Moon. What are some of your favorite finds of late?

I just discovered Annette Marie and her new Guild Codex series! I adored Three Mages and a Margarita. It’s fast-paced and fun, and I can’t wait for the next one coming out later this month. I also tore through Helen Harper’s series, The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Magic. Witchy plot mixed with some sweet romance, plus there’s a sarcastic talking cat. I’m hoping there will be more books soon.

Last but not least, do you have a food challenge for me? I was checking out Possum Pie. It sounds scary, but looks awesome.

Oh yes, Possum Pie! Contains zero possum, don’t worry. Cream cheese, chocolate, whipped cream and a sprinkle of pecans. It’s made the Inn of the Ozarks famous, but I don’t have it very often because I can’t pass up their blueberry muffins and chilled strawberry soup. I definitely challenge you to have a slice, you won’t regret it!

Note from Sue: What shouldn’t I miss in Arkansas? To my Arkansans, drop a comment with a tour or food suggestion for a chance to win a book!

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There is No Arizona

Sorry, that’s one of my favorite country songs. I know there is an Arizona because I’ve been there! It is one of my husband’s favorite places on Earth.

What I remember is the zoo, the shopping, and it being so dry that this swamp baby almost blew away.

The last time we were there we stayed at The Wigwam in Phoenix, which was amazing. That’s when my husband decided I needed to write a series of books placed at resorts so that we can travel through all of them.

What shouldn’t I miss in Arizona? To my Arizonans, drop a comment with a tour or food suggestion for a chance to win a book!