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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Maine travels with #romanticsuspense author Marsha West #MFRWorg #RssosSister #beautifulvacations

Let’s travel with...
Marsha West, a retired elementary school principal, is also a former school board member and theatre arts teacher. She writes Romance, Suspense, and Second Chances. Experience Required. Her books are available at all e-stores and in print at Amazon and from her.

My January release, ACT OF TRUST, Book 2, The Second Chances Series is set in the fictional town of Griffin Harbor, Maine. I’m a Texan. My heroine is a Texan. You may wonder how I could set the book in a place in which I don’t live.
My husband and I have traveled to Maine many times over the years. In fact, one year we went twice! To Camden for our anniversary in June

and then again to Moosehead Lake for our more traditional fall trip in October.
Maine a looooong way from where I live. No matter how we cut it, we’re a whole day getting there. The sun first hits parts of Maine before any other part of the US. Maine is a huge state with a wide variety of terrain. You can see mountains, forests, lakes, sand beaches, and of course, the ubiquitous rocky coast of Maine in the Barry Manilow song. Even its largest cities, Portland and the capital Bangor are on the smaller size especially when compared to a Dallas, Houston, or even Fort Worth.

In Texas, we’ll get as cold as Maine (without the snow), but it will only be for a week at most and then could be followed by days in the 70s (as it is today when I write this post!) I admire the hardiness of Mainers, and I’m constantly blown away by the incredible Maine vistas. If you haven’t been, you need to make plans to go now.
An inheritance changed everything.
Mildred stopped and nailed Kate with a beady-eyed stare. “You do plan to turn over the Thompson land to the Conservancy Trust, don’t you?”
“I don’t know yet, Mildred. My daughter’s coming to visit, and then we’ll decide together what we want to do with the land. It’s possible she’ll want to keep it in the family. Be a nice place for her to get away from the hectic-ness of New York City.”

“Liddy would be pleased with either the Trust or you keeping it in the family, but she’ll haunt you if you sell to Holland.”
Kate leaned away. The venom in the woman’s tone made Kate’s heart rate trip up and her hands grow sweaty. Mildred completely believed her statement, enough to cause Kate nightmares.
“She’s giving every option plenty of consideration,” Jim jumped in. Was he afraid Mildred’s hard sell would reverse Kate’s leaning in his direction?
“I’ve had my say. Good night to you both.”

Find Act of Trust at:  Amazon
Find Marsha West at: Website
What state do you think has the best picture postcard landscapes?


Angela Adams said...

Awesome photos! Thanks for sharing!!

vicki batman said...

Hi, Marsha! So glad you could share photos of Maine. I have always wanted to go, but haven't yet. Someday...

Marsha said...

Hey, Vicki. Thanks so much for having me today. Love your blog. I'd have stopped by earlier, but had some computer issues. But we're goo now.
Angela, glad you like the pictures. They are a poor second to the reality. My heart is happy in Maine. I'll check back later. :)

Regina Richards said...

I'll have to tell hubby to put it on the list because now I want to visit Maine!

Jo-Ann said...

Hi Marsha
I love following your travels. You make me feel like I'm on your shoulder. Thanks for sharing. And of course, best of luck with your sales.
Best Wishes
Jo-Ann Carson

Marsha said...

Hey, Regina. Yea! You won't be disappointed. Email me and I'll give you more info. And I want to hear when you plan to go. Thanks for stopping by.

Marsha said...

Hey, Jo-Ann. Thanks for your kind words. We've been fortunate to take many wonderful trips. Seldom out of the country. There seems to be so much to see right on our own continent. Next time we go west, I'm make sure to stop in Vancouver. You've share gorgeous pics on Vancouver. Thanks for stopping by.

vicki batman said...

Hi, Marsha and Jo-Ann! I've been to Vancouver several times and loved every second. We flew to Victoria and passed over several islands which looked so intriguing.

jbiggar said...

Congrats on your new release, Marsha! Love these pics of Maine. We traveled through there many years ago when we did an across Canada trip. Maine and New England both captured my heart :) If you ever get the chance when you're up that way check out New Brunswick (the Bay of Fundy) and Nova Scotia (Halifax) both are worth the visit.

Chill N said...

Those pix are gorgeous, Marsha. I haven't been to Maine but would like to see it in a WARM month :-) The blurb has me wanting to read more. Wishes for all the best with your writing!


Marsha said...

Hey, Jacquie. I haven't been that far northeast, but I've had friends confirm what you're saying. Glad to find another Maine lover. Thanks for stopping by.

Marsha said...

Hey, Nancy. The year we went for our anniversary in early June it was still a bit chili even then. July and August are warmer. But you know it's just sooooo beautiful, it doesn't bother me at all. Glad you like the blurb. Hope you enjoy the book. I appreciate your good wishes and thanks for stopping by. :)

Marsha said...

Vicki, thanks so much for hosting me. Been a lot of fun. :)

Joanne Guidoccio said...

Hi Marsha, Great pictures! I have many wonderful memories of visiting Maine...time to go back!

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