Category Archives: Travel

See the Sights – a Photo Tour of Whirlwind

Today’s tour stop is really fun! Many of the settings and locations in Whirlwind are based on real places, and today you can see photos of some of my favorites on My Love Affair With Books. Come take a little stay-cation and enter to win your own copy of Whirlwind!


Tomorrow is FINAL day of the Whirlwind Blog Tour, and it’s also the DAILY DOUBLE. Two stops means twice the chances to win:

And don’t forget the LIVE CHAT this Saturday at 8:00pm EDT, moderated by our host, Missie of The Unread Reader. Sign up for a free account at TalkShoe and either call in or type in your questions. No matter which way you choose, you’ll be able to hear my answers through your speakers. We’re celebrating the end of the Whirlwind Blog Tour and partying.


Previous Blog Tour stops (Many giveaways are still open):

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Photo Friday

I’m not much of a photographer, but I do like to snap a shot here or there. This past week, one place has been on my mind a lot: Las Vegas.

The Fountains at the Bellagio

I’ve been working on a little project that takes place in Sin City that should see the light of day this summer. That, and thinking about CSI when I blogged on Monday, have left me dreaming of the hot desert weather and bright lights of Las Vegas.

Where would you like to be today? In London, celebrating the royal wedding? On the slopes, skiing? Or on the beach, soaking up the sun?

Happy Friday!


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Tips and Tricks to De-Stress December

The luggage of pilgrims.

My friend didn't have quite this many bags, but...

Can you believe November is over already?  My life is crazy right now…it’s quite appropriate that my book’s title is Whirlwind, considering how things are flying around me!  And with the holidays just getting started, I may have to change the name to Tornado!

There’s lots of blogs and lists that have great ideas for making life a little less stressful this time of year, but I thought I’d pass on a few tips over the next couple of weeks that I find most useful.  Things like cooking tips, easy gift ideas, and ways to keep the family, especially Mom, sane this time of year. So, to keep this short and simple, here’s my first tip:

Keep return address labels in your wallet or purse.

You know the ones you get as freebies to donate money or from your insurance agent?  They come in handy in the weirdest places, especially during the holiday season.  The place I would have wanted them was at the airport.  After dropping off my friend and her very large family, she started checking the luggage – and filling out those paper ID tags.  I know that even if I plan ahead, there always seems to be a bag or two that is missing an ID tag.  Yes, it’s a little trivial – filling out one tag isn’t that big a deal. But if you have three or four, those little address stickers make the process a LOT faster.

Going to a potluck?  Tag your serving spoon and dish with the sticker to guarantee you’ll get it back.  Find yourself sharing a bathroom with Aunt Bessie at Grandma’s house? Stick your name on your hairspray and toothpaste just in case.  Have more than one kid? No, don’t tag your favorite with a sticker…but if they’re like mine, they bring a boat-load of books and games when they travel.  Mark them quickly with a sticker before their SuperMario WhackAMole gets mixed up with Cousin Mikey’s.

Bonus tip: ALWAYS have a sharpie in your purse.

That’s the real way to mark your kids. 😉

What’s your favorite travel tip?  Comment and I’ll repost the best ones.


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Where’s Robin, part 2

No, I don’t have more info on Whirlwind’s release date, yet, but while we’re waiting, it’s time for another edition of Where’s Robin.

I think many people will recognize this scenic skyline. Do you? Post your guess. Have you been here?

Ten extra virtual points if you can guess where we were when we took this picture.


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Summer’s Over

With the start of marching band camp, summer officially ends today in the DeJarnett household. Even though school is still a couple weeks away, marching band consumes just as much (or more) time – and separates my kids (no more bickering8-). So, to commemorate the end of a busy summer, I thought we’d play a little “Where’s Robin?”

No, this isn’t a contest, it’s just for fun. I did a lot of traveling this summer, and thought I’d share some photos. Can you guess where I went?

Here’s the first picture – an easy one, I think. Have you been here? Post your guess!

Have you been here?

PS. I’m still working hard on Whirlwind. I hope to make some major announcements VERY SOON, so stay tuned!

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