Monday, January 31, 2011


We're living in what Johnny Mathis described as a "Marshmallow World," or snow, snow, everywhere. The forecast for this coming week is a delicious wintry mix of ice, sleet and slush. Hooray!

I don't mind this weather. In fact, if the truth be told, I rather love it because such a weather event shuts everything down and locks us in, and that sounds perfect to me.

But even paradise wears old after a while, so maybe you're ready, hungry, ravenous for spring. Well, I can't do much about that, but I can help us all begin to dream of better, more varied vistas. . .

How, you ask?

Think of a setting you drooled over in a recent read. In the comment block below, post the setting, what intrigued you, and what book it was featured in. It'll be fun to begin mentally planning our getaways. Introduce us to some exotic spots on the globe, or maybe some quaint but overlooked spots close to home. Post as many locations and their books as you desire. We'll draw a name on Friday and I'll ship the winner a copy of one of my books along with a copy of another book I've recently read. That's two-fer that'll keep a reader busy for a while.

Ready, set, inspire us!


  1. Great contest! There is a book that I bought recently which I mostly wanted because of its location. The book is Bumpy Landings by Donald Carey. It is set in Hawaii which is the closest to paradise that I have ever been! I am all about the tropical weather and scenery!

  2. Love this contest. The very first book that came to mind where the setting and location stuck out in my mind was The Only One, it has 3 stories in one book and the story that I liked the most was Dark Descent by Christine Feehan. The story is set in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. I love descriptions of mountains filled with lush green tree's because I live in the desert of Las Vegas and all I see here are Cactus. LOL

  3. Ladies, I love these settings, and the titles will end up on my to-read list! Thanks!

  4. Has everyone forgotten the Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener from which the movie South Pacific was made? Lots of island settings in that one. And there was From Here to Eternity by James Jones, setting Hawaii, mostly Oahu. Both great books.

  5. It seems most of us are crying out for sun and surf! Great books and great vistas, Oscar! Thanks!

  6. The first book and scene that came to mind were the moors in Jane Eyre. I would LOVE to see it!

  7. Sorry for the delay in announcing the drawing everyone. The name drawn was Mary's ( Mary, please email me with your snail mail address and I'll get a package off to you? Which volume would you like? Visit my web site to see each book. Thanks for playing, everyone!