Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Marooned on a island…love it or get me out of here!

In Geared for the Grave Evie Bloomfield wants to boost her chances for a promotion so she agrees to leave Chicago and head off to Mackinac Island to help her boss’ dad with his cycle shop.

Mackinac is a real island, an eight-mile chunk of land where Lake Michigan meets Lake Huron. It’s truly beautiful, no cars,  horses and bikes and a twenty-minute ferry ride from the mainland. When the lakes freeze...or as the islanders call it the ice makes…there is no ferry, very limited plane service and if the ice is think enough snowmobiles are the way off the place.

So want do you think, could you live here year-round?

Without cars it’s so quiet and the whole island is a throwback to the 1800s with vintage baseball, parades for every occasion, the town gazebo, dressing for dinner at the Grand Hotel, high tea, horse drawn carriages with men in top hats and formal attire and did I mention no cars.

It’s waking up to the clip clop of horses’ hooves on cobblestone and often the whole island cocooned in dense fog with the foghorns moaning out in the harbor. You’ll be in the best shape of you life with having to walk everywhere and the sunset over the Mackinaw Bridge will always take your breath away.


This sound amazing to many of us and like hell on Earth to others. There is no mall! There is no Walmart or big box store of any sort, no free wifi except at Horn’s bar and the library.

 Often your cell phone won’t work and you’ll be hanging over the end of the pier to get reception for the so important phone call. There are only 500 permanent residents so things get a bit confining in the winter when the way to get around is your snowmobile. Your kids go to a school with sixty other kids, there is no Dollar Store and it’s reeeeeally cold.


So what do you think? Are you a island person or a big city? Personally I think I’d fit in perfectly on Mackinc Island. It’s a writer’s heaven and I’ve always wanted my own snowmobile.

Hugs,   Duffy Brown

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The next mailing of promo for Geared for the Grave and Thank You
 
 
tote and a special bicycle keyfob that I’ve made goes out Nov 25th. 


Geared for the Grave
First book in Cycle Path Mysteries
Berkley Prime Crime
December 2, 2014




31 comments:

Amy M. Reade said...

This book sounds great! I've always wanted to visit Mackinac Island, but haven't yet had the opportunity. And I've dreamed of owning a snowmobile since I was a kid!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love the idea of Mackinac. Not sure if I'd survive the winter there. But wait! Isn't that what curling up with good books is all about?

Great post, Duffy!

XO

MJ

Duffy Brown said...

I agree, Amy! Wouldn’t a snowmobile be fantastic!!! We could have snowmobile races and drink hot chocolate afterwards at the Grand Hotel. Oh, that sure sounds like fun!

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Mary Jane! I agree. Something about being cutoff from the rest of the world sure sounds good. Just a time to get away. We could go together!

Nicole said...

Hi Duffy! I think that I'm definitely more of an island girl, than a big city girl. I live in the suburbs of Washington, DC and really do prefer a small town atmosphere to the hustle and bustle of the big city. As long as I have a cozy place to live, access to food and books I think I'd be happy spending the rest of my life on a place like Mackinac Island. I love the fact that there are parades and a main street and most people probably know all of their neighbors. However, if I could just have the internet to make my life a little itty bitty bit easier..... :-)

Meg Mims said...

We were at Mackinac Island one summer, one of many day trips, and actually heard a loud siren -- the fire truck, WHEELED, came driving down to the dock to put out a fire on a boat. WOW. that was interesting. We love the island, bike around the perimeter and enjoy the tranquility.

Duffy Brown said...

There in internet put not every place for free. They are such a close-knit community and look out for each other and are in everyone’s business. I love it. Perfect place to set a mystery, that’s for sure.

Duffy Brown said...

Yes, they do have EMTs etc but keep them out of the way to preserve the atmosphere. We saw a tractor hidden away and the ambulance. Great place for a getaway. So glad you were there!!

Anonymous said...

I love all things that have to do with Mackinac Island. If my husband could change his profession from truck driver to something that could be done on the island, I would be living there right now. I didn't want to leave the time I got to visit the island. And I very much look forward to my next trip there.

Sue Farrell said...

I'm sure Mackinac Island is a wonderful place and I'd love to visit there---but I currently live in an Up North tourist area of Minnesota---and get sick and tired of all the tourists in the summer.
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Barb W. said...

Hi Duffy. Just ordered "Geared" from Mystery Guild. Living in Marquette County on the shores of Lake Superior, I don't long for the Island so much. I wouldn't mind NOT having a big box store, though.

Annette said...

count me in.

Barbara T. said...

Great place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.

Rachelle21 said...

I agree with Barbara T. Though I might like riding a snowmobile, I don't think I would like it too cold.

Love being part of your street team and my name being part of the Consignment Shop Mysteries.

Wanda Downs said...

I have ridden a snowmobile in Colorado. Man you talk about col

Anonymous said...

I'm in the "get me out of here" camp. I grew up in a very small town which was at least 130 miles from a bigger town and lived for a year on Oahu where I had a severe case of "rock fever." In addition, I can get seasick on an absolutely flat body of water. The island sounds like a great place to visit, however, and I will read the book.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Angie. I think my daughter and I felt the same way…we didn’t want to leave!

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Sue. I think the tourists do drive the islanders nuts! But then they have the whole winter to get over it. LOL And it is their island. Everyone was really nice to us there, willing to share stories and give us the 411 on the place.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi Barb. Thanks so much for the preorder!! I truly appreciate it. You truly live in God’s country…so beautiful on Lake Superior.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi Annette. That’s just the way I feel. :-)

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Barbara. Especially in the winter. Sooooo coooooold.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Rachelle. Thanks tons for being on my team, I truly appreciate it.
It sure is cold on Mackinac. We could hang out togehter and drink hot chocolate laced with a little something special to keep us warm. LOL

Duffy Brown said...

Oh, Wanda, I’d love to try it! Sounds like a blast!

Duffy Brown said...

Small towns are the best and worse of times… Best in that they are friends, worst in that they know everyone’s business. No secrets in a small town. I’m sure that gets old fast.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I have been over the Mackinac Bridge a few times. We would be on our way from Ct. to Minn. to visit my in-laws. We never had the time to go out to the island but I wanted to. My husband was an engineer and loved that bridge. I can't quite remember what he said, it was either the first suspension bridge built or the longest suspension. I think it was the first one.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Diane! And when it gets too windy they close it down. That is some bridge. Hope you get a chance to pop on over to the island. Such fun. Hugs

Lynn Delage said...

I would love to visit in the summer but I am from the South and do not like cold weather. I have never wanted to go skiing or snowmobiling. If I could afford it I would be a snowbird - both in the summer and south in the winter. Love your books.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Lynn!!!!
Great hearing from you. I love the South. If my kids didn’t live in Cincy I’d live in Savannah. Mackinc is terrific, way differenet than Savannah to be sure. I think I’d like to give Mackinac try just to see what it’s like up there in the winter. Have a lovely weekend. Hugs, Duffy

Lindsay W said...

HI Duffy,

Cant wait to pick this up so excited... I slipped the cards you mailed me into your other books at the bookstore. Hoping everyone gets them and pre orders Geared for the Grave...

I think I would love to be marooned for the winter. I am already a bit of a shut in come winter so this would be lovely. I loved the idea for a small island in Nancy Coco's book (which also happens to be Mackinac Island) and also in Karen Macinerney's Cranberry Island mysteries. So I am super excited for more small out of the way island life books. I find them cozy and quaint. Id live on an island any day.

lavendersbluegreen said...

I like being part of a smallish community right near the bigger... West Seattle / Burien has all of that!

Anonymous said...

I know I sure didn't want to leave. I can't wait to get to go back.