Friday, October 4, 2013

Martha's Vineyard Faves and Friday Celebrations

Since this week was my cover reveal for The Ghosts of Aquinnah I decided to finish out the week by sticking with the Martha's Vineyard theme for my Friday Faves. So here are five of my favorite things about the Vineyard.

1. Menemsha
This small fishing village never seems to change, which is one of the things I love about it. 

2. West Tisbury
My family's cottage is in this town in the center of the island. The picture below is of the Town Hall and is a good representation of how quaint the town itself is.

3. South Beach
The south shore of the island is open ocean, and I love to sit on the sand and stare out at the horizon and the seemingly endless sea.

4. The Ferry
Since I was a kid, I've loved riding the ferry from the mainland to the island. There's nothing better than standing along the rail of the boat and smelling the sea air. Although since I get motion sickness, I always have to take Dramamine first! :D
Source: Wikimedia Commons

5. Lighthouses
While the Gay Head lighthouse which features prominently in my book (and on the cover) is my favorite lighthouse on the island, I love all of them. The picture below is the Edgartown lighthouse at dawn.

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Friday means it's also time to Celebrate the Small Things with Vikki at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author.

This week I'm celebrating that I reached a savings goal I set for myself a few years ago. I made some really dumb mistakes regarding money when I was younger and it took me a long time to dig myself out of the hole I created. So it was a great feeling to reach this goal!

I'm also celebrating that I learned about a book festival here in Ohio that is held every May. I'm applying to be part of the 2014 fest and keeping my fingers crossed that I (along with some blogger pals) make the cut.

And just a reminder that my October giveaway is a $10 Amazon gift card and an ebook copy of Polar Night. Enter below! 

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  1. It does have a timeless look.
    Glad the cover reveal went well. I'm still seeing your cover everywhere.
    And big congratulations to Misha!!!

  2. Huge congrats to Misha
    And to you, Julie. Cover is beautiful. Now I want to go visit Martha's Vineyard. It looks so beautiful.

  3. Love the photos! I've never been there but it looks beautiful. :)

    And congratulations on reaching your financial goal! I think a lot of us make mistakes with money when we're younger, so don't be too hard on yourself. You fixed it now and that's what's important.

  4. We talk about Martha's Vineyard all the time,and some day hope to visit. Nice pictures, Julie. And congrats to Misha!!

  5. No way, how did I not know about the publication of Misha's book. And I love that cover... Congrats to her. And to you for grabbing hold of restraint and securing your finances. X

    Shah X

  6. Love the photos. I gotta go there one of these days. Never been to the New England coast.

  7. I'm dreaming of the day I visit Martha's Vineyard! It looks so beautiful.

    Congratulations on meeting your savings goal! I'm doing my best to not make too many financial mistakes. Alas, they happen.

    Misha's cover is beautiful! There have been so many reveals this week!

    Have a good weekend :)

  8. I have never been to Martha's Vineyards, but I know I'd love it. I love quaint, timeless, and of course beachy!

  9. Love the pics of Martha's Vineyard... Brings back many happy memories when I had visited there...


    All the best!

  10. @Alex, it's great to know you're still seeing it, people have been so awesome about sharing it.

    @Karen, thanks, I'm so glad you like the cover.

    @Madeline, yeah, I guess I'm not alone in making some dumb decisions when I was younger. I wish I could go back and tell my younger self to get a grip but I know it doesn't work that way LOL.

    @Cathy, I hope you do get to visit, I think you'd love it.

    @Shah, Misha's release came about really quickly so don't feel bad about missing it! Thanks so much for your congrats.

    @LG, I think you'd like it if you do go there someday.

    @Samantha, you are smart to be careful with your finances, I wish I had been LOL. Thanks and you have a good weekend too!

    @Elizabeth, you would love it then, no doubt. :)

    @Michael, yeah, I'm so happy for Misha. There's been a lot of good news this week. :)

  11. Beautiful pictures, Julie.
    Congratulations on reaching your savings goal! I'm trying to save at the minute, but it's not going too well. I don't earn enough to be able to save a lot.
    Misha's cover is awesome! Have a great weekend :)

  12. Congrats on reaching those saving goals, Julie!

  13. Great pictures and places, Julie. They all have a sense of peace.

    Fingers crossed you make the cut for the fest, that will be so exciting!

    And congratulations to Misha :D

  14. Wonderful pictures! What a lovely, lovely place.

    Congrats to Misha - so much going on and so many exciting books to pick up!

    Congrats on the savings goal achieved! Too awesome! I hope it's not all under your mattress! LOL

  15. @Laura, thanks, you have a great weekend too. And good luck with your saving, I know it's really hard!

    @Lee, thanks!!

    @SK, thank you, I appreciate it. :)

    @Yolanda, LOL, with the way interest rates are it might as well be! Thanks so much.

  16. I want to ride a ferry one day, nice pictures Julie. Glad you're better at saving today and Misha's cover is great.

  17. I love Martha's Vineyard. i haven't been in years but I have abusrdly fond memories of the place. Thanks for sharing these great pics!

    Congrats on saving! money is always a source of troube so i TOTALLY understand being psyched about not being in the hole any longer.

    And congrats to Misha! It's sounds very intriguing.

  18. @Sheena-kay, I hope you will get too. Thanks!

    @Bev, oh, that's awesome you've been to the Vineyard. Glad you liked the pics.

  19. Martha's Vineyard looks like the perfect place to spend a leisurely visit. Or to live. No, wait... it gets cold there in the wintertime, doesn't it? Okay, perfect place for a visit... even if it snows a little.

    Congrats to Misha on the release of hew new book, and the cover really does look terrific.

    Happy weekend!

  20. You make me miss the Cape with these beautiful photos.

    Awesome on meeting a financial goal. That is a big thing.

    And woot for Misha!

  21. @Susan, it does but I would still love to live there. I think LOL. Thanks and happy weekend to you too!

    @Mary, I'm making myself miss it! LOL I need to knock it off before I end up depressed. Thanks!

  22. Nice info on Martha's Vineyard. I can just picture you as a girl riding along the ferry!

    Congrats again on the cover release and upcoming launch, and good luck with the book fair. That would be so VERY exciting. Writer’s Mark

  23. I'd love to visit that area one day. And yay for Misha! It's wonderful you hit your savings goal. We're slowly working up our savings since 2012 hit us pretty hard with three major things that needed to be replaced. Have a lovely weekend!

  24. So many good things on the blog today! Lovely photos, and the book piques my interest, even if I'm not a fan of elves. ;)

  25. I don't recall ever seeing pictures of Martha's Vineyard. Looks gorgeous!

    Good luck with getting to that fest next year, so you can meet all your adoring fans. :D

  26. Your photos are beautiful. Congrats on meeting your savings goal and your cover reveal, very exciting times for you indeed. Wishing you a very happy week ahead :)

  27. What beautiful photos, and yay for reaching your savings goal!

  28. Martha's Vineyard has always been a place I would love to visit! Congrats on reaching your goal. A very satisfying experience! xx

  29. @Nancy, I really hope I get to go, thanks!

    @Christine, oh, I hope you are able to get your savings back up, I know things can be wiped out so easily. Have a great weekend too!

    @Charlie, thanks!

    @Nick, that would be nice haha. :D

    @Vikki, thank you!

    @Austin, I hope you get to visit there someday, I think you'd love it. It's a cat friendly island. :D

  30. @Joss, I'm sorry I missed your post earlier - thanks so much and I hope you have a great week coming up too. :)

  31. Hi Julie,

    I liked that virtual tour. It was so nice to see your cover reveal over the week.

    I'm really happy for our good friend, Misha.

    And isn't liberating to get to a savings goal. I can relate to that. I'm more sensible than I used to be.

    A good Sunday to you.

    Gary :)

  32. congrats again, Julie, and how amazing it must be have a family home on MV.

    I've only heard wonderful things about the island - and it is on my bucket list to visit!

  33. Wow, Martha's Vineyard looks like such a great place!

    Also, congrats on reaching your savings goal! Those are some of the best goals to achieve... :)

    Misha's cover has been popping up all over the blogosphere, it seems. So pretty!

  34. Beautiful pics! I can't think about Martha's Vineyard without thinking about my fav movie "Jaws." It was filmed there. Congrats to Misha, and a big yay for you for getting on top of your financial situation! Have a great week, Julie! :-)

  35. Big fan of New England -- we spend a week or so in Maine every summer. And way to go, Misha!

  36. @Gary, it was really a thrill for me to see my cover, people were so great about sharing it. I'm more sensible than I used to be too, thank goodness! Thanks so much and I hope your Sunday has been a good one.

    @Mark, thanks! And I hope you make it to MV, I know you'd love it.

    @Heather, I think her cover is so pretty too, I love it. Thanks for the congrats!

    @Lexa, oh, I know, I still love to watch Jaws because I love seeing the Vineyard. When I was younger though it kind of freaked me out LOL.

    @Milo, oh, I've never been to Maine but I hope to make it someday. It seems like such a gorgeous place.

  37. Congrats on your cover reveal! It looks great. And congrats to Misha on her release. I love the pictures. :)

  38. It was great to see your book cover all over my blog feed.

    Those photos are brilliant. And huge congrats to Misha on her release.

  39. Hi Julie - I sure hope you get accepted for the Book Festival - would be very interesting .. good luck, keeping my fingers crossed for you.

    Great set of photos of your family's part of the world .. I love those sort of olde wolde areas - they look so picturesque ...

    Good luck with the book .. cheers Hilary

  40. Lovely photos! I can see why you love that place so much.

    I can totally relate to the motion sickness and the money/savings learning curve. LOL

    Love Misha's cover! I'm so excited for her! :)

  41. Oh...such a lovely place to live, Julie. The pictures were so quaint and quiet, just like the perfect writer's getaway.

    And I'll have to go tell Misha how great her book looks.

    M.L. Swift, Writer

  42. @Hilary, I hope so too, keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks!!

    @Melissa, glad I'm not the only one with the learning curve, it was a steep one for me LOL.

    @Michael, it really is a gorgeous place, I wish I could go there more often. :)

  43. Thank you for sharing some of your Martha's Vineyard favorites! My fiance and I are going to be getting married there soon! We actually just booked some Martha's Vineyard home rentals for us and a select few guests. It's a bit far from us so we decided to not only get married there, but have our honey moon there as well.We definitely want to spend a lot of time on the beach and visiting the light house. We are considering taking a ferry as well.


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