I’m so excited to be on Kookie Krysp Reads! When I was a kid, I used to love the cereal that goes by a very similar name. Oh man, did I love that stuff. Thanks for having me on, Krystle, and hello to all you readers of Kookie Krysp Reads!
When Krystle suggested doing a Top 10, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Erin and I have used every motorized option to travel from one side of the country to the other. We have literally used planes, trains, and automobiles to go from coast to coast. So I thought I’d share our top 10 favorite places to visit (thus far)!
These are in no particular order, BTW.
10) Seattle, Washington. We are living in the Pacific Northwest and what better place to go than Seattle! The Space Needle (of course!), Pike’s Market, the birth place of Starbucks, Amazon’s home, EMP
(Experience Music Project), on and on. There’s an amazing library and tons of places to walk, see, and do.
Erin wrote a blog post about it not long after our last trip. Check out The Rhews Live it up in Emerald City!
|Deek and Erin in front
of the Gum Wall, Seattle
One of the things Seattle is famous for is its legendary Pike’s Market. Here you can find layer upon layer of local vendors, entertainment, vintage record stores, herbalist, fortune tellers. It’s like that song, Portobello Road, from Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
One thing I wish you could see is the gum wall. 20 years worth of gum have been stuck to this wall in an alley. Erin and I were fortunate enough to see it before the city cleaned it. When the took it all down, there was a purported 2,350 pounds of gum they hauled away.
|Portland White House|
9) Portland, Oregon. Erin and I head to Portland whenever we want to chillax a bit during a day. It’s also where we spent out honeymoon. Did you know that in addition to the ultra famous Voodoo Donuts, there’s a complete replica of the White House AND you can stay in it? Well, we did!
Here’s Erin’s post, It Happened!
|Deek and Erin
Sketch in Saturday Market
Portland, one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country, is home to the weird, odd, and bizarre. Erin and I spent the afternoon at Saturday Market, where we got our photo sketched, and have spent many evenings walking the Pearl and Lovejoy districts.
8) Washington DC. Erin and I took the train from the Pacific Northwest, across the country to her hometown in the South. On our way there, we had a two day layover in the country’s capital. Talk about history! While you are there, stop in and see Arlington National Cemetery. I wrote a blog post, The Price of Freedom, about it. There’s nothing quite as humbling as seeing just how much our freedom has cost.
Stop in and see the capital, the White House (not a replica like in Portland), the Library of Congress, and of course the Smithsonian. All of the museums are FREE!!!
|The Gateway Arch|
7) The Gateway Arch. I have an important scene in 122 Rules that takes place in the Gateway Arch St. Louis. So, of course we had to visit it while driving across the country!
The little compartments to get you to the top were so cool–they looked like little space capsules–that I took a picture of it. Five, yes, FIVE people fit in one of these suckers!
6) The Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk. Erin and I are huge Trekkies.
|Deek and Erin – Future Birthplace of Captain Kirk|
While we were driving across Iowa, Erin said something like, “ya know I think the future birthplace of Captain Kirk is around here somewhere.” Ten minutes later, we were headed three hours out of our way to see where Kirk will be born!
Funny fact: Gene Roddenberry only said that Kirk was born in a small town in Iowa, but he never said where. So the counsel of the tiny city of Riverside met one day and voted that Riverside was that town. You can even see it listed in the new Star Trek movie! Believe it or not!
|Deek and Erin
at Carolina Beach
5) The East Coast Beach. Erin grew up on the East Coast only about two hours or so from the beach. Having come from the West Coast, I had a vastly different interpretation of what “beach” means. Here–cold, rainy, and overcast. There–hot, warm, and sunny. Here–full of seaweed, mollusks, and sea lions. There–full of jelly fish (big ones!), sharks, and dolphins. Could they be any more different?
I’ve been to both now, and I love them both! Erin and I honeymooned for our Southern wedding in Carolina Beach.
|Deek and Erin in Depot Bay|
|Erin geared up for the Oregon Coast.|
Here’s your standard Pacific Northwest Coast gear!
Thank you SO much for having me on your blog, Krystle! Readers, are you ready to learn a bit about our books and enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card? Woop! Let’s go!
|Rhew 2 Rhew Book Blog Tour|
Rhew 2 Rhew Blog Tour – 122 Rules Book Blitz Extravaganza!
How’s that for a catchy title? What a crazy adventure this has been FIVE years in the making, and it has finally arrive: 122 Rules has been born unto the world. The stories I could tell just so I could tell you this story…well, let’s just say it’s been an interesting, educational, and life-altering adventure.
|Who could resist those stunning blues?|
This has been a grand journey, filled with hardships, fun, learning, and growth. But of all the things that have happened on the writing road, meeting the love of my life is the most unlikely and easily the luckiest, most blessed things to have ever happened to me.
|Ahhhh! It’s cold out here!|
|Do ya feel lucky punk? Well, do ya?|
Erin Rhew and I started out as critique partners, became friends, and now she’s my bride. She’s my best friend and partner in all things. Even if I don’t sell a single copy of my writings, I’ll always be a smashing success because I met Erin.
On this half of the Rhewination tour, I am visiting blogs all over the globe, from Australia to the farthest corners in Canada. Next week, on the second half of the tour, Erin will be gracing the pages of 50+ bloggers!
In addition, we are giving away a $50 Amazon gift card! Prepare yourselves to win!
Today, we are announcing my adult thriller novel, 122 Rules.
In his black and white world, Sam Bradford–former Marine turned government assassin–finally sees a speck of grey. He has always followed orders without question, but his latest assignment threatens to disrupt the precision of his universe and may either severe or redeem his last remaining sliver of humanity.
Using his mastery of the 122 Rules of Psychology, Sam hunts down everyone The Agency sends him to find and eliminates them. Just as he has his rifle scope focused on his latest victim, Monica Sable, a SoCal girl entangled with the mob, his long-dormant conscience reappears for a final performance…one last ditch effort to save the sinking ship of Sam’s soul. He’s killed innocents before, but tarries on pulling the trigger this time.
When Monica escapes his crosshairs and fumbles her way across the country in a pathetic attempt to elude capture, Sam gives chase. But he’s not the only one after her. Ruthless henchmen, hired by the mob, froth like bloodhounds and nip at Monica’s heels. Now Sam is faced with a choice: turn his back on the rules and jeopardize his way of life by helping her or join the pack and rip her to shreds.
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Deek lives in a rainy pocket in the Pacific Northwest with the stunning YA author bride, Erin Rhew, and their writing assistant, a fat tabby named Trinity. They enjoy lingering in the mornings, and often late into the night, caught up Erin’s fantastic fantasy worlds of noble princes and knights and entwined in Deek’s dark underworld of the FBI and drug lords.
He and Erin love to share books by reading aloud to one another. In addition, they enjoy spending time with friends, running, boxing, lifting weights, and exploring the little town–with antique shops and bakeries–they call home.
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|Erin Rhew’s book that started it all, The Prophecy!|
|Erin Rhew’s The Fulfillment|
|Erin Rhew’s The Outlanders|
Erin Rhew is an editor, a running coach, and the author of The Fulfillment Series. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written
word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the “Grammar Police.”
A Southern girl by blood and birth, Erin now lives in a rainy pocket of the Pacific Northwest with the amazingly talented (and totally handsome) writer Deek Rhew and their “overly fluffy,” patient-as-a-saint writing assistant, a tabby cat named Trinity. She and Deek enjoy reading aloud to one another, running, lifting, boxing, eating chocolate, and writing side-by-side.
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