Bottle House Museum & Giveaways

Exploring Prince Edward Island: #Write31Days

Today’s Post: Exploring the PEI Bottle House Museum and Giveaway Links for When Love Arrives

I had no idea what to expect when my sister said, “Let’s go see the Bottle House.”

It’s not a historic or literary attraction–I’ll be sharing Anne of Green Gables photos later in the month!–but it is a monument to one man’s labor of love. Here’s the story:

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This is Mr. Arsenault’s first project, a six-gabled house.

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Here’s a peek inside. This niche houses Mr. Arsenault’s organ . . . and his photo!

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Join me on Monday for photos of the Bottle Chapel and the Bottle Tavern. (Even though it’s a #Write31Day Challenge, no posts will appear on the weekends.)

Your Turn

You’ve been given 12,000 bottles. What will you build?

relz-reviews-revell-giveaway-bundle-rr10backgroundCelebrating with a Giveaway

Ending soon! A ten-book Revell bundle! Check out Relz Reviewz 10-year celebration interview with author Tamera Leigh and enter!http://relzreviewz.com/johnnie-alexander-a-writer-her-book-plus-giveaway/

That’s not the only giveaway at Relz Reviewz. You can also win a print copy of When Love Arrives. This giveaway ends next week. See the site for details.

Then hop over to All Betts Are Off for my post, “When the Bad Boy Becomes the Good Guy,” and enter the giveaway.

One more! Visit Genesis 5020 for Melissa Finnegan’s review. This giveaway ends October 10th.

Exploring Prince Edward Island: North Point

#Write31Days

Today’s Post: Exploring Prince Edward Island and A Giveaway for When Love Arrives

#Write31Days Challenge

For October’s #Write31Days Challenge, I’m Exploring Prince Edward Island by sharing memories and photos from my recent trip. (Today is the last day to link up with the challenge, so sign up quick if you want to share your own 31 Days. Visit the Write 31 Days website for ideas and inspiration.)

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The Wind & Reef Restaurant at North Point, PEI

On the recommendation of a “local,” my sister and I drove as far north as possible without driving into the sea to eat lunch at the Wind & Reef Restaurant. It’s located on the second floor of the rounded section of the building which also houses the Wind Energy Interpretive Center and a gift shop.

We were seated by one of the many windows and enjoyed the panoramic view of wind-blown clouds across an amazing blue sky and the choppy greens and grays of white-crested waves.

My sister selected clam chowder and a lobster roll while I went with the almond-crusted sole. We may not be locals (and I’m not even much of a foodie), but we definitely recommend the Wind & Reef. I hope to go back again someday.

Since I’m getting a late start on the month-long #Write31Days challenge, here are a few extra photos from our trip to North Point.

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Come back tomorrow for photos of the historic West Point Lighthouse and seashore.

Your Turn

I’ve wanted to visit Prince Edward Island ever since I fell in love with Anne of Green Gables over thirty years ago. Where’s your dream vacation destination and why do you love it?

when-loves-arrives_booklistCelebrating with a Giveaway

Hop over to All Betts Are Off for my post, “When the Bad Boy Becomes the Good Guy,” and to enter the latest giveaway for When Love Arrives, the second novel in the Misty Willow Series.

Our Canada-Bound Adventure (with a Detour to Boston)

Giveaways for When Love Arrives

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TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: TRAVEL PHOTOS & GIVEAWAY LINKS FOR WHEN LOVE ARRIVES

Canada-Bound with a Detour to Boston

The first stop on our travel itinerary: Boston.

My sister, Hebe, and I ate at the Elephant & Castle which has the BEST pub pretzels ever. Their yeasty, perfectly salted pretzels are served with spiced red ale mustard. Yum! The clam chowder is tasty, too.

After lunch, we strolled through the Granary Burial Ground, the final resting place for John Hancock, Paul Revere, and other famed revolutionaries. The image on this tombstone caught my attention. 09-29-granary-burial-grounds-tombstone

Sad, yes, but also a little bit creepy.

The next day we flew to Halifax.

From there we were to fly to Charlottetown, but the plane was overbooked and I didn’t have a seat. After discussing our options, we rented a car and drove from Halifax all the way to Prince Edward Island.

The compensation was worth the change in plans, and the experience of driving even greater. On our drive we saw rainbows both in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

You have to look really close to see the patch of rainbow in the Nova Scotia sky, but trust me, it’s there. And it was lovely.09-29-rainbow-collage

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We did have one small mishap.

“I wonder what this does,” I said as I pushed a button next to the rental car’s gear knob (which was also a novelty).

Turns out the button was the parking brake. Hebe, who was driving, didn’t think it nearly as funny as I did. Fortunately, the car only bucked a little.

After crossing Confederation Bridge, we were in Prince Edward Island.  We stopped at an information center for maps and tourist guides then headed toward Mermaid’s Lookout–our cottage by the shore.

We unloaded the car and took a few photographs before heading to Coffee & Pizza Shop, the nearest restaurant that was open on a Saturday evening.

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The best of Vinny’s: hot meaty pizza with onions and peppers and hospitable, welcoming ladies who lifted our tired spirits with their good humor.

The worst of Vinny’s: no ice for my soda. (I didn’t fuss.)

We went back again, after a day of sightseeing, for another pizza and a half-order of extra-crispy fries with the works.

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Come back next week for more photos of sunsets, seashores, and sights and less photos of food.

Celebrating with Giveaways

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The Singing Librarian is giving away THREE BOOKS! The prize package includes Where She Belongs, the first novel in the Misty Willow Series, When Love Arrives, and Jane Kirkpatrick’s latest novel, The Road We Traveled. This contest ends on October 4th.

Suzanne Woods Fischer, bestselling author of Amish fiction and nonfiction, is giving away a copy of When Love Arrives. The contest ends soon so scurry on over!

I’d love to have you join me for each of these giveaways. Wishing you luck! (Please confirm with each giveaway for the ending date and time.)

 

 

Tampa Theatre Inspires a First Date Scene

Celebrating Launch Week with Giveaways

seven-brides-for-seven-brothersA few years ago, my daughters, a close friend, and I traveled to the historic Tampa Theatre to see the classic movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers on the big screen. We’d seen it numerous times on television, but our familiarity with the story didn’t take away from the magic.

The Tampa Theatre, built in 1926, transported audiences “to a lavish, romantic Mediterranean courtyard, replete with old-world statuary, flowers and gargoyles. Over it all is a realistic night sky filled with twinkling stars” (Tampa Theatre website).

After an extensive restoration, it was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Another friend and I once toured the theatre and sat beneath those twinkling stars while an accomplished musician played the pipe organ.

Ohio Theatre Lobby Photo by Tom Thacker

Ohio Theatre Lobby
Photo by Tom Thacker

Inspired by this experience, I arranged the perfect first date for Brett and Dani, the main characters of When Love Arrives.

The novel takes place in Columbus, Ohio so the date takes place at the  Ohio Theatre, “a 2,779-seat Spanish-Baroque masterpiece,” which opened in 1928 and was restored in the 1960s.

On the night Brett takes Dani to the movies, the feature film is one of my favorites–Notorious starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman.

I wish I had been there with them! (Or at least in the auditorium.)

Celebrating with Giveaways

291967_whenlovearrivesalexander_freshfic_120x240wbWe’re celebrating the release of When Love Arrives with giveaways galore.

Friday Feature appears on June Foster’s blog. This contest, which highlights When Love Arrives, ends September 23rd.

Visit Karin Beery’s blog to find out how I got tripped up on Snickerdoodles–and now keep a more detailed style sheet. The contest ends September 26th.

The Singing Librarian is giving away THREE BOOKS! The prize package includes Where She Belongs, the first novel in the Misty Willow Series, When Love Arrives, and Jane Kirkpatrick’s latest novel, The Road We Traveled. This contest ends on October 4th.

Soul Inspirationz shines its Novel Spotlight on When Love Arrives and includes an interview. This drawing, hosted by Ellie Whyte, ends on September 28th.

Two fun poems–the chore I hate and the chore I love–appear on Emilie Hendryx’s Thinking Thoughts blog. This drawing also ends on September 28th.

I’d love to have you join me for each of these giveaways. Wishing you luck! (Please confirm with each giveaway for the ending date and time.)

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Giveaways Galore

Celebrating Release of When Love Arrives

292852_whenlovearrivesalexander_pins5Join in the fun of celebrating the upcoming release of When Love Arrives, the second book in the Misty Willow Series.

You could win your copy in one of these three giveaways.

Five winners will be chosen on Goodreads. The drawing ends September 20th.

Sarah Ruut is giving away a copy on her Fiction Faith and Fun blog. In the interview, I share the series I’m binge-reading.

The Singing Librarian is giving away THREE BOOKS!

I’m honored to be teamed up with acclaimed author Jane Kirkpatrick for the September spotlight. In addition to When Love Arrives, the prize package includes Where She Belongs, the first novel in the Misty Willow Series, and Jane Kirkpatrick’s latest novel, The Road We Traveled.

Please feel free to participate in each of these drawings. Good luck!

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