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Where I've been, what I've read: vacation in Michigan's UP and Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio by Pu Songling

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I’ve lived most of my life in Michigan, but only last week did I really visit the Upper Peninsula.
I saw Lake Superior for the first time, which means that I have now finally seen all the Great Lakes.



My family and I took a boat cruise on Lake Superior, that great, cold, inland sea. We saw cliffs streaked with ancient mineral stains, worn by wind and waves. We hiked to see waterfalls (so many waterfalls!) We ate pasties, the hand-held savory pies beloved in the UP, brought there by Cornish immigrants who worked the copper mines generations ago.

Lakeside cliffs in Painted Rocks National         Lakeshore 












Waterfalls in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore















I’m reminded, again, of the treasures we have in America in our national and state parks, in the areas set aside for conservation. The UP is protected forest and lakeshore; blue waters and empty beaches; lighthouses and tiny, picturesque towns. 
Also, the UP has great food--always a consideration with my food-obsessed family. "Do they hav…

Obligatory self-promotion post: Goodreads and blog giveaways of my book! Interviews!

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So it's real. My little book came out and my publisher sent me three copies and I can hold them in my hand and put them on my shelf and coo over the cover and layout and my words in print on real paper. It's a real book, y'all.  

My hardworking publisher lined up advance readers and bloggers and the reviews are beyond what I expected. As I said to her in an e-mail earlier today, readers are getting it. That makes me so happy. 

And there are giveaways for this book, too!

Annorlunda Books has arranged for a Goodreads giveaway. One print copy will be given away, and you have until Aug 12 to enter. Click here for more info.

Vicky at the book review blog, Books and Strips, was kind enough to interview me and also host a giveaway of the ebook version for us. Click here for the interview and an introduction to her lovely blog.

The blog Rope and Tire also had a lovely review.

My gratitude to all who have bought the book, mentioned it on social media, retweeted the announcements, read it…