Jan 13, 2012

Top Five With Unearthly & Hallowed Author Cynthia Hand +Giveaway

I'm happy to have Cynthia Hand back at the blog today talking about her Top Five Things To Do In Jackson Hole! Stay tuned for a giveaway at the end of this post.

1. Get high! There are lots of ways to get way, way up into the sky in Jackson. Go hiking, go skiing, climb up a mountainside! Take a ride to the top of the mountains on the Jackson Hole tram, up in Teton Village. I do this almost every time I go. You take this enormous tram to the top of the mountains and get to look over the entire valley. It’s gorgeous. It’s also about the cleanest air you’re ever likely to breathe.

2. Get wet. I don’t recommend a lot of swimming in Jackson, actually. The water is pretty cold. But you need to get out on the water. There’s a boat tour of Jackson Lake that is really nice, and you can rent boats and canoes and kayaks, too. Go fishing! White water rafting is also really fun.


3. Get to know the town. I love to simply wander around on the boardwalk at Jackson. Ride the stagecoach. Catch a show at the Jackson Playhouse, or, if you’re there in the summer, watch one of their street shoot outs. Stand under the antler archways. One thing I’d always recommend doing once in Jackson is having your picture taken at the old timey photo place where you dress up in old western costumes and pose for an old-fashioned photo. So fun. I also really like the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum in Jackson, although it’s probably much the same as the RBION everywhere else.

4. Get stuffed. Oh my lord does Jackson ever have the best food. Do not plan on dieting. I am partial to Bubba’s, as you can tell if you read Unearthly, but there are tons of great places to eat in Jackson. And I would always recommend an Idaho (or Wyoming, okay, okay) rainbow trout, which they serve at several of the restaurants. Yum.

5. Get inspired. Mostly what I do in the Jackson area is to drive into Teton National Park and gawk at the mountains. There is something so intensely moving about those mountains, for me at least. You could also go over to Yellowstone National Park, which isn’t too far away from here, and see some truly amazing natural wonders.

Wow, maybe my second job should be as a tour guide. . .

Thank you Cynthia for that awesome tour around Jackson. I can see how you would be inspired to write in a place that beautiful! We can't wait for book #3!


Cynthia was kind enough to do an interview before Unearthly was released. You can read that HERE
Review of Unearthly HERE
Review of Hallowed HERE

You can find Hand at her website
Check out the awesome trailer for Hallowed:



I have a fun swag pack up for grabs thanks to Cynthia and our blog tour host Mundie Moms. One winner will receive a team Christian ski hat, poster, patches, and bookmarks - fun! Be sure to fill out the doo-hickey below to be officially entered. Being a blog follower is the only mandatory entry. Good luck!


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48 comments:

  1. I think Jackson Hole sounds like a fun and inspiring place, and beautiful, the pictures are breath taking.

    I would love the Team Christian giveaway, I loved Him on Unearthly.

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  2. I have to agree, Bubba's is damn good BBQ! Jackson Square is nice to see too.

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  3. I'm soo excited to read this book, and I love that it takes place in Wyoming. It's such a beautiful place.
    I live in Idaho, where Cynthia Hand is from, and you never read about anyone being in Idaho or Wyoming.
    :D

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  4. I adore these books! They're both so beautifully written and flawless! I wish I could live in Jackson Hole!

    oreo_93 at hotmail dot com

    Rachelle

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  5. This sounds like a great place to visit! Loved the photos :)

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  6. OMG! I've seen that arch. It was so cool to see in person! Dad wanted to take the antlers home with him when he saw it. :D

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  7. Cool photos! Jackson hole sounds amazing.

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  8. Thank you for being apart of the blog tour! I love the pictures!

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  9. Really great photos. My son was on a tour of that area with his Boy Scout troop last summer, and from his pictures it looks like a place I would like to visit and photograph one day.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win these books!

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  10. It is gorgeous there. Sounds like where I want to live, but can't get the rest of my family to fall in line with me. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  11. Omg that place looks amazing. I would be inspired too.

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

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  12. I am seriously in love with Cynthia Hand now. I read another interview she did the other day about how she got inspired, her beliefs in predestination and free will, etc. Mind blowing.

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  13. I love this blog entry!! I loved Unearthly and can't wait to be able to read Hallowed:)I'm psyched!!!

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  14. Those pictures are beautiful! and you could totally be a tour guide! LOL Starting Hallowed tomorrow eeep!

    Thanks so much

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  16. Oops. I just realized it's US only :( *stupid Australia*

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  17. Unearthly is one of my absolute favorite books. So anxious to read the next installment. The covers are too gorgeous for words.

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  18. Gorgeous pictures! I was lucky enough to go to college in Colorado and once took a weekend trip to Wyoming. It's just as beautiful and fun and exhilarating as Cynthia describes. Man, now I'm jonesing to go out west again!


    Smiles!
    Lori

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  19. Wow I wish I could live there its so beautiful and the air seems so fresh lol!

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  20. Been wanting to read these forevs! thanks!

    Preet @ AWR

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  21. Oh fantastic!!! I cannot wait to find out what happens! I'm a little in love with Tucker afterall. Those pics are fabulous and that chicken looks yum!

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  22. Oh WOW! The hat that "belongs" to my beloved Tucker?? WOW! Great photos!

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  23. Now that I got Team Christian's attention with the Tucker comment:)- I think I'll really like Christian:)

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  24. That picture of Bubba's BBQ chicken has me wishing I were in Jackson Hole right now!

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  25. Lovely! I don't know why these books have struck such a chord with me. ADORE them. Thanks Jen for a great post.

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  26. I love swag. Unfortunately, I've not read these books yet, so I'm not sure about Christian yet, but... I've heard good things.

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  27. I haven't read, either. This would be the PERFECT way to get obsessed :)

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  28. Unearthly was amazing!!! Cannot wait to read Hallowed <3

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  29. Thank you Cynthia and Jen! That was simply an amazing interview. I'd like to take a vacation now! (and maybe have a snack!)

    I haven't actually read the books but will get to them eventually)

    Thank you so much for the super giveaway! You are both rock stars.

    Amy

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  30. Thank you for this great giveaway! I have read the first book but not the second one yet. Can't wait to read Hallowed. Would love to win all these goodies. TEAM CHRISTIAN!!!

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  31. i have been rereading unearthly before i read hallowed. i've been trying to save it to read because i know it'll be so good i won't want it to end! team christian swag=awesome! thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. What a beautiful place! I love to check out the local eats while traveling, so it's good to know the food in Jackson is good.
    I would love to win these books to expand my classroom library. Thank you so much for hosting the giveaway!

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  33. I've never read this yet but I'd love to:) Thanks for the giveaway!:) I hope to win this:)

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  34. I want to read these books so bad!! I was about to buy them the other day at the bookstore, but got another one instead. I can't wait to read these! Thanks for the giveaway!! :D

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  35. I loved Unearthly! XD though i liked chris in the beg i didnt at the end. Of course she gonna choose the guy who pays attension!

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  36. I absolutely love the photos, it's beautiful.Thanks so much Cynthia for the giveaway and sharing the pictures of Jackson Hole.

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  37. COOO Thanks for this opportunity!

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  38. Oh, it's supposed to be meaningful, what does it mean for one to be full of meaning...

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  39. Can't wait to read these win or not. The descriptions are amazing! Great giveaway!

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  40. These books sound wonderful! I would love to win a copy!

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  41. I love this post! I love how we get to know the town in the book, it looks absolutely beautiful there.

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  42. Thanks for the fun interview! When I drove through Wyoming on my way to South Dakota this past summer I kept thinking about Unearthly and that this is where Clara and Tucker live. I felt like such a book dork!

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  43. I can't wait to read these books. Beautiful covers too.

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  44. This is so great! Unearthly was fantastic! Thanks for the post

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  45. Hand's writing is sumptuous but not flowery. She creates likable, three-dimensional characters who each guide Clara towards her purpose. And there are some pretty swoon-worthy boys to boot. The novel is the first in a series, and the ending will have the reader yearning for more from this outstanding debut author.

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  46. If getting wet means going to white water rafting gatlinburg tn, then I am all up for it! Thanks for sharing such an interesting insight! Cheers.

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