Saturday, January 19, 2013

Where In The World?



Many moons ago, back when Baby Girl was in seventh grade, we hatched a plan. We’d start saving all our loose change and when she graduated from high school we’d use that money to take a trip somewhere, just the two of us.

Well, can you guess what’s happening this June? Baby Girl is graduating high school. We’ve saved and saved our coins, and it’s time to take a trip.

We had several locations in mind, but one turned out to be way more expensive than our little coin collection allowed (even with extra help from mom and dad), and one demanded more travel time than we had (timing issues--ugh!). But one seemed just right...

Here’s the fun part. If you guess where we’re going (exact location), I’ll send you a signed advanced reading copy of THE  GOOD, THE BAD, and THE WITCHY (due out in April).

I’ll post extra clues throughout the day so keep checking back and keep guessing. **You can guess as many times as you want.**

First clue: There’s an ocean nearby.
Second clue: We do not need passports.
Third clue: This site is not in the Eastern Time Zone.
Fourth clue: We do not have to fly over an ocean to get there.
Fifth clue: According to Wiki (always a reliable source <g>), this city was founded by a priest.
Sixth clue: This city is on the west coast of the U.S.
Big honking clue seven: Baby Girl wants to become a behavioral biologist and really wants to study a certain kind of animal we both love (LOVE!). This area is famous for that animal! It's a marine mammal.

WE HAVE WINNERS! Congrats to KRISTIN A and BRITTNEY! See comment section for details on how to get your ARCs. Congratulations!!!

Thank you, everyone, for playing along. It's been fun.

If you missed the answer, Baby Girl and I are going to MONTEREY and staying in CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA. We're very excited to see all those OTTERS. :)

104 comments:

  1. Oh, exciting! I can't wait to see more clues posted.

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  2. Okay, can we guess as many times as we want? Then my first guess is England.

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  3. hmmmm - not sure if you're staying in the country or needing passports...

    If you're staying in country, then New Orleans?

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  4. No one is right yet, but one person is VERY close.

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  5. OK Clue 3 knocked out Toronto...San Diego, California!

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  7. Hmm, NOT in the Eastern Time Zone, but near an ocean.

    I'd guess either LA or Portland, OR. I thought maybe New Orleans, but that's pretty far inland, and that's near a gulf, not an ocean.

    When you do decide to go abroad, two of my favorite places are Scotland and Iceland.

    If you ever travel to the Eastern Time Zone -- I'm on Cape Cod, great vacation place (and great writers conference).

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  8. There are so many places you can go! Alaska? or the state of Washington? I googled a list of city names there, and there are very intriguing ones, like Spokane and Port Townsend and such.

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  9. @Devon, I grew up in Massachusetts, on the South Shore. Very familiar with the Cape. :)

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  10. New Brunswick, Canada?

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  11. New Brunswick, Canada?

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  12. Victoria, Canada

    (I keep guessing Canada as those of us with enhanced driver's license don't need a passport)

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  13. The Grand Canyon, Phoenix, or Santa Fe (all near an ocean in a very loose sense)

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  14. Somewhere in Mississippi?

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  15. Padre Island ,TX

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  16. Lol Minnesota is not near an ocean at all. Go Google Maps. How about San Francisco.

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  17. Mexico City

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  18. Orlando, FL, Key West, FL

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  19. Napa Valley, Puget Sound, Tijuana

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  20. Portland or Seattle

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  21. Santa Rosa, CA? Newport, OR? Long Beach?

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  22. San Jose, ca or Santa Barbara, ca

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  23. I was just going to say that! Doggone. Guess I'll have to get this for myself.

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  24. los angeles

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  25. Port Angeles, Washington? Mt Vernon?

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  26. Santa Monica or Santa Cruz?


    Forks was an awesome guess! Love that!

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  27. Berkerley California

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  28. Carmel by the sea, Santa Cruz

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  29. KRISTIN A!!! You WIN!!! Baby Girl and I are going to MONTEREY!!!!

    BUT, BRITTNEY, you also win, because our hotel is in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

    Both of you need to send me your snail mails and I'll get your ARCs out on Monday!!! send to booksbyheather@gmail.com

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  30. oops, put the comma in the wrong place ;)

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  31. Lol I was just going to enter Grassy Key, Florida.
    Congrats to the winners, and I wish you the best of times Heather!

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  32. Yippee! That was a lot of fun! Great way to start the weekend!

    I'll send you an email.

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  33. Yay!!! I can't wait! This makes for the perfect start of my 3 day weekend! Have a blast! That is where I went with my mom and sis when I graduated high school!! Small world!

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  34. How fun! You will love it! I've been to Monterey a few times and the otters are super cute! I know you'll have a great trip with your daughter.

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