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Okay, travelers, let’s go!

We left Mesquite, Nevada, on a brilliant Sunday morning and headed for Provo, UT. Why, you might ask? Well, when my co-navigator/trip planner (Colleen) and I stood over an atlas considering possible RV destinations, my eyes were drawn to a noticeably large lake south of Salt Lake City. A quick Google search told us this was a fresh water lake and…best news: the Lakeside Campground in Provo had openings.

The beauty of that drive made our choice feel like providence…until we reached Provo and encountered eight lanes of highway and a whole lot of cars zooming past. To be honest, I started freaking out. What was I thinking? But then we spotted a sign for Utah Lake State Park. That one turn—and about twelve blocks—took us back several decades to one of the coolest RV parks we’ve ever camped at. Just look at this peaceful beauty!

After a great night’s sleep, we went exploring. On foot! Of course, our first stroll took us to the lake. We couldn’t stop taking pictures. Snow-capped mountains in every direction. Wow, right?





We spent the next four days exploring, relaxing, hunting antiques, and walking along the river behind the campground.

Are these happy campers or what?

The campground is right across the river from a walking path. We saw evidence of beaver but none of the elusive beasts chose to say hello. Two resident mallards stopped by every morning. Just down the street is the state park, which includes a children’s play area. But since this was off-season and midweek…well, see for yourself.

Next door and across the street was the largest collection of gas signs and pumps in the world. (Seriously. That’s what the sign says.) And just south of us was a small but busy airport. Paul and Fred were in pig heaven.

Speaking of pigs, thanks to Paul and Fred helping the campground host with an electrical problem, we were treated to dinner at Bubba’s, the “Best Barbecue in Provo.” This is what I was told and I have to agree it was the best barbecue I’ve ever had.

I could go on and on, but I’ll spare you all the details. Suffice to say, we had a fabulous stay and can’t wait to return next year to see even more of this amazing area. Did I mention Sundance is just an hour away…? 😉

Here’s something new I’d like to try: FRIENDly DEALS.

I’m fortunate to have a lot of fabulous writer friends, and when one of them has a freebie or a spectacular new book releasing, I thought I’d share the book love with my reader friends. I mean, who doesn’t appreciate a deal in these crazy expensive times?

This week I’m thrilled to share a first-in-series free from my dear friend, Jean Brashear. Jean’s accolades stretch for pages but I just know that she writes stories that always move me. If you haven’t read her, here’s your no-risk chance to visit Texas.

Here’s a little bio she shared with me: (It’s so Jean.)

As a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 50 novels in romance and women’s fiction, Jean Brashear is a five-time RITA finalist and Romantic Times BOOK REVIEWS Career Achievement Award winner who knows a lot about taking crazy chances.

A lifelong avid reader, at the age of forty-five with no experience and no training, she decided to see if she could write a book. It was a wild leap that turned her whole life upside down, but she would tell you that though she’s never been more terrified, she’s never felt more exhilarated or more alive. She’s an ardent proponent of not putting off your dreams until that elusive ‘someday’ — take that leap now.

FREE from your favorite vendor:

The Gallaghers of Sweetgrass Springs, Book 1

When scandal and an ambitious prosecutor wreck talented chef Scarlett Ross's life and she learns of a grandmother she never knew she had, she flees the notoriety to pay an anonymous visit to Sweetgrass Springs, Texas, a town kept alive only by her grandmother's determination and carried on the strong shoulders of sexy Texas cowboy Ian McLaren. There she is surprised to discover a yearning to sink roots deep in the Texas Hill Country—but she is terrified that the secrets she's hiding will endanger everyone she's come to love.

"You're going to want to move there. The families all know one another, and care. They have history and a Texas accent. Scarlett discovers the grandmother she didn't know existed. A handsome rancher who wants to share Scarlett's future and surprise cousins make her want to stay when she knows she must leave or draw trouble into their lives. It's a sweet and hot romance. Very well written." ~ Reader review

Want to read more before you commit? Here’s an excerpt.

Download TEXAS ROOTS for FREE today!

Kindle | Nook | Kobo | Google Play | Apple Books

And because I LOVE it so much, I had to share the cover of Jean’s new book releasing June 3: COOKING KISSING AND COWBOYS

Learn more about Cooking Kissing and Cowboys here.

Happy reading, my friends. Remember your kind review is so very much appreciated!


PS: the cover for HER SECOND-CHANCE HOMECOMING is done, but the blurb is not, so pre-orders aren’t quite there, yet. Soon. I promise.

Coming Thursday – 6/9: The coolest cave in the west!!! As the RV adventure continues… Cover reveal and, pre-orders at long last.



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