Runway Dreams: A Black & White Affair

Some of you out there may not know this, but I do write more than just blog posts. I was recently picked up by, Black Rose Writing, and I am happy to say that I will be publishing my first book with them.

Runway Dreams: A Black & White Affair, is a novel about a quirky young model named, Bernadette Price, who in her search for love finds out that some relationship mistakes may result in deadly consequences.

Bernadette Price has almost everything a successful twenty-six year old model could desire. She has a law degree, a family owned business, a successful modeling career, and she shares a beautiful home with her sister, Bell. The only thing missing in her life is a meaningful relationship with a great man.

To speed up her search, Bernadette decides to join the world of online dating. She quickly comes across the profile of Martin Day, a successful businessman, who is moving to her hometown. She can hardly believe her luck in finding someone so perfect, so fast.

Upon meeting Martin in person, Bernadette quickly finds out that Martin appears to have it all; charm, intelligence, looks, a great family background, and a new home just up the road from her own neighborhood.

Everything is going well until one day when a stranger calls to tell Bernadette’s sister, Bell, that Martin is not who he says he is. Martin denies the accusations but as time goes by it becomes very clear that something about Martin Day is very wrong.

Bernadette’s family is thrown onto a crazy and emotional roller coaster ride as Martin comes unhinged and begins making life a living horror for Bernadette and anyone who tries to help her.

As her situation grows increasingly worse, Bernadette realizes that it has come down to life or death and that she must put a stop to Martin’s reign of terror, at any cost.

While this book contains some darker moments, it also has a great deal of silliness and lightheartedness, coming from Bernadette and her siblings. I feel that anyone, who has been deceived or hurt by a lover previously, will be able to relate to Bernadette. I have been a witness to quite a bit of relationship drama in the past, which makes me feel that I am a great person to tell such a story.

This tale is set in Oklahoma and runs about 78,000 words. The creation of this novel was somewhat inspired by Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven.

Runway Dreams: A Black & White Affair is currently set to drop March 29, 2018. This date could be moved up, so stay tuned for further information. You can find me on Facebook directly at: fb.me/HappilyWriting

Love and adventures to you all!

 

Check Out Star Spirit Adventures Photographs, And Purchase If You Like

Hello Readers—

I want to let everyone know that my photography is now available on Society6 and can be purchased. I will be adding more items over the next couple of days, and more regularly, upon returning from my travels.

The address to view my photographs is located behind this link: https://society6.com/starspiritadventures

If you have any questions for me, please don’t hesitate to shoot me a message.

 

An Overnight Trip To Turtle Lake Casino

We all know that casinos are out there to make money, and one of the ways they do so, is by taking ours when we go overboard and pump too much into the machines, or we spend too much time on a losing table. I’ve never lost a large sum of money at the casino, because I learned quickly that casinos are there to take money, not give it. With that said, I still love casinos.

Turtle Lake Casino is located a mere thirty minutes from my current home. I have checked it out twice now and I find certain aspects of this particular casino to be quite wonderful. First off, it’s not very big, so you won’t get lost, like you could in some of the Las Vegas Casinos. Secondly, they give you some decent perks for playing their slots. I recently received a free night stay for September and October.

Last Thursday night, my husband and I went to Turtle Lake and we upgraded our free night stay to a whirlpool suite. The room was huge. It had a beautiful carved bed frame, microwave, fridge, walk in shower, and separate areas for sleeping and lounging. The window in our room overlooked the pool area, which was kind of neat. I enjoyed the room. I slept very comfortably, but was not happy about being woken at 4am by the outright brawl going on in the room above us. We did call the front desk and it was quickly dealt with, though it didn’t stop someone from stomping around angrily at other points throughout the night.

This casino is separated from the hotel, by roughly, one block. It is definitely in walking distance, so we chose to walk instead of taking the shuttle. The actual casino has three food options. You can choose to dine at the buffet, the concession stand, or the Me-Ki-Noc Restaurant. If you are staying in the hotel, they also have Heggie’s Pizza available as well as a continental breakfast in the morning.

The only food option I have taken advantage of has been the buffet. It is by no means a large buffet; it is actually quite small. I think the best option is to go on Thursday nights for surf and turf. I have eaten the surf and turf and it is well worth it. The regular buffet however, had what appeared to be frozen Chicken Kiev and instant mashed potatoes. I did very much enjoy the desserts, but they are also hit or miss, and I believe none are actually made on premises.

Despite Turtle Lake’s buffet, I do enjoy visiting and I loved the hotel room we stayed in. The whirlpool was quiet and very relaxing. The view of the pool from our room was a fun addition. I will definitely go back and stay again sometime soon.

For more information on Turtle Lake Casino, please visit: https://turtlelake.stcroixcasino.com/

 

Music & Fun In The Sun At Jake’s Supper Club

It’s that time of year again when the leaves begin to change and the cooler weather sets in. The biggest disappointment for me is the loss of outdoor concerts. Last weekend I spent one last afternoon dancing and having a blast in the sun, while listening to the 40 Fingers band perform one last outdoor show.

The venue I spent the day at was, Jake’s Supper Club, in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Jake’s is great because they have a tiki bar out back with several levels of seating that overlook the water. They have tables with umbrellas that overlook a dance floor which is in front of their outdoor music stage.

Jake’s hosts bands through out the summer on a regular basis. You can order food inside the restaurant or outside from the convenience of your umbrella table. The food is excellent. I love the cheese curds and the fried mushrooms. They also have Prime Bites, which I know are a favorite of certain 40 Fingers band members. Aside from their appetizers, they have many other wonderful menu options. The menu does change some seasonally.

The wait staff at Jake’s is great. They will stop by your table and check up on you and they are always quick to put in your order. The bartenders are also great, though it can take a while sometimes at the bar because Jake’s is usually pretty packed when the outdoor music season is in full swing.

Next summer if you are in the area, I highly recommend checking out Jake’s; you may just find a new favorite summer venue.

For more information on Jake’s Supper Club, please visit: http://www.jakessupperclub.com/

A New Restaurant In Hammond, WI

Lack of travel, due to moving, has had me out exploring my locale a little more than usual. While food options are limited where I live, I have found some decent restaurants to turn to when the desire to cook escapes me. The nice thing is that Groupon has come in handy for trying out a few of these new places.

Located off exit sixteen, in Hammond, WI, is a great new restaurant called Schuggy’s American Grill & Taphouse. Schuggy’s has only been around for five months, but they seem to be doing a good job of packing in the patrons on a Friday night. I have eaten at this restaurant twice, and at their sister restaurant, the Barnboard, three times. Several of the items on the menus are similar, or the same.

The first time I visited Schuggy’s, I went with my uncle. We ordered two appetizers: the quesadilla, and cheesy mac potato skins. We both very much enjoyed the quesadilla, but we both greatly disliked the potato skins. The skins were lacking in flavor and they were not served with anything on the side, such as sour cream. Upon informing our server that we did not like them, she basically said they aren’t for everyone and walked away. I found this highly disconcerting. I did take the potato skins home and surprisingly the flavor came out more upon reheating them, however, I won’t ever order them off the menu again.

Normally after a situation such as the above, I would not return to the restaurant, however, I did have a Groupon left, since we didn’t spend enough to use it on our previous visit. My husband and I decided to stop in and try their cheese curds and pizza. While I thought they were both very good, the pizza could have used just a little more sauce. This second experience was much better than the first. Our waittress was more attentive and we left feeling quite full and happy.

I would like to note that this restaurant is clean and has a family friendly feel to it. I love the American themed décor. Honestly, the décor and feel of the restaurant is what made me go back and give them a second try. They are one of the few newer restaurants in this area and comfort is a big deal to me when choosing a place to eat.

I am hoping that the kinks at Schuggy’s will work themselves out. I read several reviews on Groupon and noted that they were dealing with some unattentive waitresses when the business first opened. The owner assured one patron that he was going to look into these issues and personally address them. Despite the first exprerience I will go back and try this restaurant out again in the near future.

For more information on Schuggy’s American Grill & Taphouse, please visit: https://www.schuggys.com/

Camping At Willow River

Sometimes in this crazy life it is nice to just get away from the buzz of businesses and city noise and retreat into nature. I make a habit of taking vacations that incorporate outdoor activities into my schedule, because these activities help me reset and decompress. If you like camping, there are a ton of great places to choose from. I tend to enjoy state parks more than your packed in party campgrounds, because they give you more seclusion, less noise, and more nature.

This past weekend my family took a trip to Willow River State Park, which is located in Hudson, WI. This particular park, while the campsites are closer together, gives a feeling of privacy, because of all the the great foliage surrounding each site. Our campsite was surrounded by trees, had a fire pit and picnic table, and was still near a bathroom. We heard little disruption from our neighbors and it felt almost like we were alone at times. The site was not huge, we just barely got our bean bag toss setup in the space provided. Everything worked out fine.

This particular park offers hiking trails, a beach, a nature center, a beautiful waterfall, playgrounds, and activities at certain times for the family and children. Unfortunately, while we visitied, the lake had been drawn down, so the beach was not availble for use. If the lake had been active, the park would have offered kayak and canoe rentals as well.

We took a hike to the waterfall and it was completely worth it. You can actually swim at the base of the falls, but it’s definitely at your own risk. There are lots of great photo opportunities from the bridge as you approach the falls, as well as at the base and top. If you are feeling energetic, you can hike up the stairs to the platform that overlooks the falls for another great view.

If you want to continue hiking beyond the falls, there are other interesting sites and overlooks, including old grave sites and pieces of machinery. I did check out a few of the other outlooks and sites, but I feel that the waterfall is probably the most interesting view. Some of the overlooks are a little overgrown with trees, so you cannot really see much.

Overall, this is one of my favorite campgrounds in Wisconsin. I have been visiting Willow River for many years, even just to hike the falls. I will continue to come back to this campground in the years to come.

For more information on Willow River State Park, please visit: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/willowriver/

Great Food In Hammond, Wisconsin

As previously noted, I recently moved to New Richmond, Wisconsin. While I have done some exploring of the surrounding area, much more exploration will take place in the near future. It takes time to put a house in order, which takes away from some of my free-time for checking out my new surroundings.

While looking for food the first weekend in our new home, my husband and I found a great place in Hammond, Wisconsin. The Parkside Restaurant and Bar, which in my opinion, is highly note worthy. We have eaten at this particular restaurant about five times now. Every experience at the Parkside has been great.

What I love about this restaurant is that they offer three great things. They have Friday night all you can eat fish fry, Saturday all you can eat steak buffet, and both of these include an unlimited salad bar. The food is awesome, and you cannot beat the prices. They offer a number of potato selections, including potato salad and garlic mashed potatoes, which are both wonderful.

If you are looking for a place to view the big game, you can do that at the Parkside as well. They have limited table seating in the bar area. If you would like to sit outside and enjoy the nice summer weather, they also offer patio seating. The servers are prompt and attentive. The facility is a little older looking, but seems clean and well kept.

If you plan to visit for one of the weekend specials, be sure to arrive either early, or a little later in the evening. Prime dinner hours can be a little busy and you could find youself waiting for a table, though I have never had to wait more than five to ten minutes max.

For more information on the Parkside, please visit: http://www.parkside-hammond.com/

Adventure is wherever the desire takes us.