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Go West….

Well, I’m off on another adventure! This time, I’ve headed west to Arizona. That’s right! I’m writing this from Flagstaff, elevation 7000 feet!

I’m going to spend a few days at Grand Canyon National Park, exploring and talking to rangers about what it’s like to work in such a place. I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, so I figured there was no better time to visit than while I’m writing Love is Grand the third book in the Walk in the Park series.

Unfortunately for me, I’m a little under the weather–I’m headed to Walmart for some daytime allergy medicine that will hopefully stop my sniffling and make me feel better. I always manage to get sick when I travel.

The flight from Little Rock to Phoenix wasn’t bad. Thanks in large part to the fact that I have the soundtrack from Glee on my iPod. 🙂 Love that show!

Driving from Phoenix to Flagstaff last night was an adventure. I had no idea I’d be climbing from 2000 to 7000 feet. Not fun = driving on an unfamiliar, curvy, mountainous road with signs warning of rocks falling and elk crossing. But I made it. Lots of praying going on. 🙂

Today I’m going to explore some of old Route 66 before arriving at the Grand Canyon. I can’t wait to actually see the canyon in person. I’ve heard that the feeling is tough to describe. We’ll see if I’m finally rendered wordless. 🙂

My plan is to blog and post pictures all week. (provided the Internet connection is available) I thought it would be fun to give away three copies of Love is a Battlefield when I return from my trip. So readers, leave a comment for your chance to win a FREE autographed copy of Love is a Battlefield. Make sure you also leave your email address (name at domainname You won’t be entered in the drawing without it.

I’ll pull from the comments made throughout the week, beginning today.

And if you become a follower of my blog, I’ll consider it an extra entry!

Song of the day/week: Go West by the Village People. Enjoy!

10 thoughts on “Go West….

  1. Annalisa! Love your blog and news from your mom on FB about your adventures! It is always exciting to watch the success of one of “our” kids! I am anxious to read your books. We missed your book signing in McCrory…was out of town.

    Ada Heath


  2. What great adventure. I have been to Flagstaff years ago. Great area.I enjoyed your Love is a Battlefield. Waiting the next in the series. Great song.


  3. I talked to your Mom the other day…it is always so interesting to hear what you are up to! Like Whitney, I remember watching you cheer when we were in your mom's kindegarten class, and now look at where you are!! Congratulations!


  4. just discovered your blog…it's great…hope you are having (or had) a fabulous vacation out West…great song, by the way.



  5. Have fun on your trip! I've never been further west than Ohio (I don't get out much)but I have family that lives near Phoenix. My cousins went to the Grand Canyon earlier this year and had a blast! They got some awesome pics but I'm sure it doens't even come close to being there personally! Thanks for sharing on your blog. I just became a follower!

    xoxo~ Renee


  6. Thanks, everyone, for your comments! I've been waiting for a new batch of books to come in–they came Thursday! (yay!) So, I'm happy to finally be able to announce that the following people have won a copy of Love is a Battlefield: Ada, Renee and Whitney. I'll e-mail each of you individually to get your mailing addresses. Thanks so much and I hope each of you have a wonderful Christmas!


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