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Springtime in the Country Blog Hop #CowboyCharmBlogHops


Springtime in the Country would be my favorite place to be right now !
Especially with all the snow I see out my window today including the fresh  new fallen snow. 
Makes me want to move away from Michigan :) 

Honestly during the Spring and Summer I don't mind Michigan.  The weather is beautiful and since I live in a tourist town, everyone is working hard to get the town ready and the lake usable.    I'm actually not from Michigan, Indiana originally but my husband was born & raised here so this is were we are :)  Have you ever been to Michigan?  I swear I don't think I'll ever see it all.  We love to travel on the weekends and I've been to so many different places I can barely keep track. 

There is one place that is my ultimate favorite though and that's Mackinac Island.

 It isn't even safely accessible until late spring to Summer and I say safely accessible because during the winter with the water frozen, the only way to get to it is the ice bridge and NO WAY will you catch me out there on a snowmobile lol.  The path is marked with Christmas Trees to help people not get lost but still...

A group of residents from both St. Ignace and the Island place Christmas trees into the ice for people to follow. They maintain the trees and also check the condition of the ice on a regular basis. The route begins near Doud's Market in St. Ignace. Check out Doud's deli sandwiches (delicious!) and ask about the safety of the ice before venturing out by yourself.

However, once the thaw makes way, the ferries leave St. Ignace and Mackinac City several times a day transporting passengers to the island.

My hubby and I try to make it there at least once a year, of course since it's our private getaway, we make sure to go without our kids !  There's nothing like it I swear.  No motorized vehicles, except for an ambulance.  Mode of transportation on the island is bicycle and horse.  It's quiet and beautiful. There's so much to see on such a little island and plenty of places to stay but our favorite is The Inn at Stonecliff.

So, if you're looking for a travel spot, definitely check it out.  Mackinac City.  You won't be sorry.

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While you're reading I'd like to share my two newest releases :) 
Harper's Wish & Second Nature

Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time of year, but for Harper Donaldson it’s just another day. Orphaned at an early age, she doesn’t have a single good memory of Christmas.

But, when a Santa’s Mailbox mysteriously appears in the lobby of the post office where she works as postmistress, Harper wonders what it could hurt to send her own letter to Santa.

Could he bring her the family she’d always wanted?
 Available here:   Amazon   B&N   Roane Publishing
If a second chance presented itself, would you take it?
When the love of Dana's life leaves without a word, moving on is the last thing she wants to do.  Despite loving him, she believes she will never see him again but, little does she know, she's being set up for a night that will change her life forever.
Nicholas, A Navy man, did the only thing he could to save the woman he loved.  Driven by a secret, he disappeared and now returns, years later, with hope for love.  With one opportunity, will he be able to make things right, or is it just too late? 
Will she resist the desire she has for a second chance or will it be Second Nature?
Available only at AMAZON and FREE this week!

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Giveaway:   $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
Winner will be chosen March 29th

We have a great lineup of hoppers this week so make sure to visit them all !


  1. Hi Krista. I will check your books out. I love MacKinac area of Michigan too. I went across the bridge often with my long-haul truck driving husband. One of hotels gave us a such a deal. They had a luxury room available, it was 1 in the morning - and they gave it to us for $50. Such hospitality. I love the town of Marquette and would move there if my family was there. :-)

  2. My husband talks a lot about the Mackinac area, he has fond memories of vacationing there growing up, I keep telling him we should go there now, but we never do.

  3. That sounds like a great place to detox, unless of course I bring my computer... which I would. I'd be leery of an ice road two.

  4. It sounds so nice to be able to see nature burst forth with no distractions!

    Trix, vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

  5. I love the smells of springtime in the country: fresh grass, flowers and peat moss, budding fruit trees, hay and freshly churned dirt.
    Thanks for the great hop opportunity

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

  6. I am so ready for spring, tired of all the cold and snow. I enjoy long walks in the spring along with the flowers in bloom. Its is like a new world is coming awake. Entering under the name of Virginia

    quiltlady110 AT gmail DOT com

  7. I'm not familiar with Michigan as I live in Georgia. I do remember hearing about the Ice Bridge this winter. I've added Harper's Wish to my wish list.

  8. Thanks for the free book. I plan on a lng trip tis summer I will put this on my to see list but I think i'd like to see it frozen its beautiful!

  9. I like the fresh flowers and bird songs the most.

  10. Thanks, Krista, for telling us about your two books. I downloaded Second Nature from Amazon just now because I believe in second chances. Been married to my second husband now for 35 years and we're still in love! Thanks for the post and for participating in this blog tour.

  11. never lived in weather like that.lived in California most of my we complain about hot weather and the need for rain.
    sasluvbooks at yahoo dot com

  12. I love the tree's in the country spring time.

  13. Glad to see you in the hop, Krista! Good luck with your new releases.

  14. Springtime in the county would be great! Great weather you could go for walks explore. So much nice things to do.

  15. I like to sit outside and read!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. My favorite spring time activity is reading on my front porch. I''ve never been to Michigan, The pictures look lovely.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Fingers crossed to win.

    skeeterlee63 [at]

  17. My favorite spring time activity is reading on my front porch. I''ve never been to Michigan, The pictures look lovely.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Fingers crossed to win.

    skeeterlee63 [at]


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