50 State Tour

Joust On, Maryland

Clearly I’m impressed that your state sport is jousting. That’s awesome! Unfortunately I was too young to know or enjoy that when I lived there. Yep, back in the 70s I lived in one of your haunted farmhouses.

Since then we’ve seen each other quite a few times. You have the closest Medieval Times. You have the Waterfront. You’re between me and a lot of places I go…

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

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Maine

At first I thought it was going to be hard to write about you, Maine. All that came to mind was Stephen King, lobsters, and cold, moody cliffs. You’re kind of remote, especially to a girl who didn’t make it north of the Mason-Dixon line until she was 30.

The only other thing that came to mind was one of my friends went to college up there and called himself ‘the blackest man in Maine’ because he hosted the school radio station rap show. No, reader, he is not black.

Then — THEN — I found out you are home to the International Cryptozoology Museum. Oh, Maine, why didn’t you tell me this before? I would totally visit you for this museum alone.

What else shouldn’t I miss in Maine? To my Maine people, 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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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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Hello Alaska

I’ve not visited you, Alaska, but I admire you for your rugged beauty. And I’ve been on your planes. When I saw the movie The Proposal I seriously considered immediately moving to Sitka (that was my DREAM house), but my husband advised me there would be a lot of winter. So much winter.

Your food is strange but intriguing to me. Smoked salmon is a big thumbs up. But ice cream made of out lard and berries? I’m intrigued but skeptical.

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

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Sweet Home Alabama!

THE FIRST STOP IN SUE LONDON’S 50 STATE VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR IS ALABAMA

Hey there Alabama! It’s been awhile, but it’s nice to start the tour in a state where I used to live. Yep, in the early 80s I lived in Mobile. The Golden Buckle of the Bible Belt, as a local called it. Home to the oldest Mardi Gras in America (still haven’t attended, need to do that). I lived within walking distance of USA (Go Jaguars!) and attended St. Paul’s Episcopal.

Keep an eye out for my FOOD CHALLENGE. Even though so far all the “weird” foods from Alabama are… just things I eat. Sometimes my attitude skews Yankee, but my tummy is 100% Southern belle.

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

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50 State Virtual Book Tour

This year I wanted to do something a little different. Since I can’t do a live book tour (time and travel costs), I figured maybe a VIRTUAL 50 state tour could also be fun. You know, as practice for when I can actually hit the road and visit all y’all where you live.

On the day I’m ‘touring’ your state you can get special prices and prizes. I’m ‘visiting’ the states in alphabetical order because that’s a lot easier to do online than in person. On the day I visit your state I want to hear from YOU about the best places to visit, just like I was coming by for reals. Each state will get its own blog post so that we can keep track of everything. Hopefully I will also have an author (or two or three) from each state to join me in promotions on that day. Feel free to comment below with ideas and suggestions!

The tour dates are:

  • 11/10  Alabama with Cornbread in Milk!
  • 11/11  Alaska with Chocolate Bread!
  • 11/12  Arizona with Tamales!
  • 11/13  Arkansas with Possum Pie and Beth Bartlett!
  • 11/14  California with Avocado!
  • 11/15  Colorado with Chili Colorado!
  • 11/16  Connecticut 
  • 11/17  Delaware 
  • 11/18  Florida 
  • 11/19  Georgia 
  • 11/20  Hawaii 
  • 11/21  Idaho 
  • 11/22  Illinois 
  • 11/23  Indiana 
  • 11/24  Iowa 
  • 11/25  Kansas 
  • 11/26  Kentucky 
  • 11/27  Louisiana 
  • 11/28  Maine 
  • 11/29  Maryland
  • 11/30  Massachusetts
  • 12/1    Michigan
  • 12/2    Minnesota
  • 12/3    Mississippi
  • 12/4    Missouri
  • 12/5    Montana
  • 12/6    Nebraska with Sabrina Zbasnik aka Ellen Mint
  • 12/7    Nevada
  • 12/8    New Hampshire
  • 12/9    New Jersey
  • 12/10  New Mexico
  • 12/11  New York
  • 12/12  North Carolina
  • 12/13  North Dakota
  • 12/14  Ohio
  • 12/15  Oklahoma
  • 12/16  Oregon
  • 12/17  Pennsylvania
  • 12/18  Rhode Island
  • 12/19  South Carolina
  • 12/20  South Dakota
  • 12/21  Tennessee
  • 12/22  Texas
  • 12/23  Utah
  • 12/24  Vermont
  • 12/25  Virginia (home for Christmas!)
  • 12/26  Washington
  • 12/27  West Virginia
  • 12/28  Wisconsin with Liz Lincoln
  • 12/29  Wyoming

“See” you soon!!

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