Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Amy Sandas of Lord of Lies Favorite 4th of July Vacation Spot + #Giveaway

Favorite 4th of July Vacation Spot

If you don’t count the few years I lived in Minnesota, I have basically been a life-long resident of Wisconsin. Around here, winter seems to last forever and spring is a time when new buds and fresh greenery is regularly threatened by frost and unexpected snow-fall. As you might imagine, the approach of summer is experienced with an almost skeptical anticipation. Will it ever arrive? Will this nipping cold and these cloudy skies ever leave us? 

The answer is yes. Though its arrival is slow, summer always comes to Wisconsin. For all the frigid temps and dumps of snow we endure through the winter, our summers are glorious. Short, but wonderful. People flock to the many lakes and rivers in the Northwoods to soak up the sunshine and frolic on the water. And, of course, there are the ever-attractive entertainments to be found in the tourist spots. Though Memorial Day weekend is when most people kick off summer by heading north on weekends to open up their cabins and cottages, June is often still filled with iffy weather and cooler days. But by the time we reach the July 4th holiday, Wisconsin’s summer season is finally entering its peak.

Image result for 4th of july   La Pointe  Lake Superior.
One of my absolute favorite places to spend this festive holiday is up north—way up north—in the towns of Bayfield and La Pointe on Lake Superior. During the winter, the population in the area drops way down, but in the summer, the small town of Bayfield is filled with music, festivals, artisans, sailboats and kayaks, and crowds of people who come to enjoy the beauty of Northwoods/lakeside nature and an atmosphere of summer revelry.  A short ferry ride from the shores of Bayfield will take you to Madeline Island, the biggest in the chain of Apostle Islands, and the town of La Pointe.

Most of the island is covered in parks and wilderness that can be explored by car, bike, or rented moped. La Pointe is even smaller than Bayfield in size, but is filled with a welcoming bohemian vibe where people are most likely to be walking around in beachwear. A place on the island that everyone must visit is Tom’s Burned Down Café, a bar with an interesting history and a unique aesthetic where it is impossible not to have a great time. Also on the island, is the annual 4th of July parade. This is a truly one of a kind experience put on by area locals of all ages. Filled with creative homemade floats, humor, kids, and entertainment.

I love the relaxed atmosphere of Bayfield and Madeline Island in the summer, but especially around the 4th of July. It’s all about fun and adventure, family and celebration.

32470588Lord of Lies 
(Fallen Ladies #3)
by Amy Sandas 
Mass Market Paperback
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Original TitleLord of Lies
ISBN 1492618780
"You do strange things to me, Dell Turner. Tell me I am not alone in what I feel."
His voice was low and rough. His eyes burned. "You are not alone," he said.

Portia Chadwick knows she'll never have a life of adventure. But when a dangerous moneylender kidnaps her sister, Portia seeks help from a man known only as Nightshade. Soon she finds herself charging headfirst into his world of intrigue and danger―and unexpected passion.

Dell Turner grew up in London's back alleys and gin lanes. Vowing to escape his low beginnings, he hires himself out to society's elite. When he accepts a job from a beautiful young lady, he doesn't anticipate her relentless determination to join his mad occupation...or her unnerving ability to inspire emotions he thought long buried. She's as dangerous to him as his world is to her, and yet Dell can't bring himself to turn Portia away... even if it means risking her life.

Fallen Ladies Series

USA Today Bestselling author Amy Sandas’s love of romance began one summer when she stumbled across one of her mother’s Barbara Cartland books. Her affinity for writing began with sappy preteen poems and led to a liberal arts degree from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She lives with her husband and children near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. http://www.amysandas.com/ 

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  1. It was crazy with all the people, but one year we went to Washington D.C. and watched the fireworks on the mall.

  2. I don't have a favorite 4th vacation spot, never vacation around the 4th. I stay home and have a family BBQ.

  3. Don't really have a favorite spot. It's so hot this time of year, we usually stay home and watch fireworks

  4. I don't travel around the 4th - way to crowded on the roads.

  5. we spent the 4th hiding out with the dogs... siiiigh... so somewhere that doesn't sound like a war zone! Thanks for sharing!

  6. One year we found the perfect almost deserted piece of beach with an amazing view of the fireworks across the bay.

  7. My favorite 4th of July vacation spot is by back patio, where we watch the fireworks.

  8. I love going to the beach or just having a family cookout at home or a nearby park.


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