The American Whiskey Trail

Normally on Mondays, I give a blurb about my week, where I am in my writing, how little experience I have with marketing, etc. But for the next few weeks, I’ll be doing something different. Several years ago, my son-in-law discussed his interest in American whiskey making. And my love of traveling led us to talking about The American Whiskey Trail. I wrote about it on a place called squidoo.com. It was published for several year on that page and people enjoyed reading about it. It was a historical travel piece.

Since Squidoo no longer exists, now it’s Hub pages. The work violates their policy on alcohol. They’ve taken it down. So I’m adding it here as is from the website except for checking spelling, and will delete it from their website once I’ve posted it in its entirety here. I hope you enjoy it.

The American Whiskey Trail is steeped in our country’s history. We owe our whiskey making today to the Scotch-Irish heritage that immigrated into the United States hundreds of years ago. American whiskies came from those immigrants.

Whiskey’s origins mainly came from Scotland. One can tell they are drinking American whiskey or Scottish whiskey just by the spelling. But just like bourbons and whiskies the Scottish whiskey has a distinct flavor all its own. This lens is dedicated to the American heritage of those immigrants that settled into the USA and brought their whiskey making skills with them.

While prohibition may have curbed the whiskey industry for a short time, it is up and running strong. It is a part of American history, the history of those who immigrated into this country at its birth and during its foundling years. Therefore this tribute is not just to the alcohol industry, but to a bit of Americana.

George Washington, our first president, has ties to the roots of making American whiskey. Others who held to developing us into a nation also were a part of this history, but not as prominent as the 1st president.

The Trail runs through 5 states and can be a an exciting road trip or several weekend getaways for the history and travel enthusiast.

The American Whiskey Trail begins in New York, travels to Tennessee by way of Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kentucky.

This is a circuitous route; however, once you know the history behind the origins you will understand the order of the states involved.

The American Whiskey Trail was established by Distilled Spirits council to promote the cultural and historical impact whiskey has had in America.

The development of American whiskey has ties to George Washington among other well known distillers, i.e. Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, George Dickel, Makers Mark and others.

The American Whiskey Trail allows the traveler to visit 7 historical sites and six operating distilleries in 5 states.

Take a trip with me as we visit these fascinating places.

Fraunces Tavern, New York, is where the whiskey trail begins. It then moves west to the Woodville Plantation in Pennsylvania. Our next stop, we trek east to Gadsby’s Tavern in Alexandria, Virginia. Another westward turn is next to the Getz Museum to learn about Bourbon whiskey that’s made in Kentucky. We then head south to Tennessee, my home state to Normandy TN, Cascade Hollow, Lynchburg where Jack Daniels and George Dickel Whiskey is made. Our last stop takes us to our nation’s first president’s home in Mount Vernon Virginia.

Explore these places. More next week.

Manic Monday – Post Publishing

My Monday’s seem to have become the busiest day of the week, so I have to be quick.

Last week, Book 2 in the Diamond Series, Diamonds And Deceit went live on Kindle. I just approved the hard copy on Createspace and that will be out in a few days.

Now, I’m thinking of a trailer to develop and marketing.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all of this, except marketing. I totally suck at it. Don’t get me wrong. I’m doing a lot of things that bloggers remind us Indie’s to do. I have a FB page, I have a twitter account. I have two blogs and have joined several groups out there. And, I’m active on them. But, I still feel like I need to do more.

If I had an unlimited budget, I could hire someone to help me market my books, but I even though I don’t feel I’m doing a good job, I enjoy it because it makes me feel closer to my audience.

Here’s an excerpt. If you want to get caught up on my excerpts and shorts, see Jai Elle Mitchell. I have Weekend Writing Warrior and Whet Wednesday excerpts.

Dagan Hunter Caulfield felt like a fool sitting alone in a crowded restaurant in Savannah, Georgia. It wasn’t easy to do, make a fool of him that is; it had been almost two decades since the last person tried. The man lost more than money once Dagan recovered, pursuing him with a vengeance.

So what was his problem with her?

She had conned him for months. The corner of his mouth twitched. With a little admiration, and a lot of anger, he reluctantly admitted, only to himself, the lovely Shelbie Gilbrad had made a chump out of him.

Tapping his forefinger on the table, he thought back to when it all started. His tenth wedding anniversary. Marion’s desperate attempt to present the illusion they had a fairytale marriage. His ego and pride pushing him to flaunt his newfound power and wealth.

Learning the necklace had been stolen, after years of being on display in some museum. It could have been the Smithsonian for all he knew or cared; because, as the Regan’s explained, “Marion would have wanted it that way,” his first instinct was to let the authorities handle it.

Then he made another foolish decision. Vivian, his sister-in-law, begged him to keep the Regan name out of the press. “Think of the scandal,” she cried. Out of respect, no he called it what it was, guilt. Guilt, of spending too much time building an empire, of agreeing to a loveless marriage in the first place, of Marion passing away within eighteen months after their anniversary, he reluctantly agreed.

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Let’s Party

Good morning all. Here’s a few things, I think you’ll like.

Monday Release Party with A.L. Kessler.

Past Demons Book 4 in A.L. Kessler’s Dark War Chronicles

 Blurb: With her freedom stolen from her by the Father, Tegan had never lived a life of her own. Whisked away to be a bound human to Lucius, she never knew what it was like to have a mate to love and cherish her. Now, after losing three hundred years of memories, Tegan needs to rediscover everything she’s worked for and learn every lesson again, but this time something is different. Kaden claims that he is her fated mate.

The reason for Kaden’s exile from the Demon world is no secret: he beheaded his own king. The one thing that makes his exile bearable is being close to Tegan. When Tegan returns, he knows he finally has his chance to make her his, but two people stand in his way: Lucius and Tegan’s brother, Zaaren.

Diamonds And Deceit, Diamond Series book 2

Blurb:

Necessity made Shelbie Gilbrad a prostitute and thief, the thrill kept her in the business. But now she’s in trouble and doesn’t see it coming, which is odd because Shelbie’s been plagued by visions her entire life.

As a self-made billionaire bent on revenge, Dagan Hunter Caulfield has resigned himself of never recovering the rare green, teardrop diamond necklace. He’s moved on. His plan to surprise the woman he’s falling for, gets him the shock of his life.

Shelbie and Dagan’s worlds collide and neither will ever be the same. Yet outside forces pit them against one another, putting their lives in danger. Can he forgive her past? Can she save the man she loves?

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Manic Monday – Cover Reveal

I changed the title for this Monday’s posting. It seemed more fitting. Book 2 took a while, but it’s finished. Here’s the cover. The book will be out by Valentines, and come join me next week for a release party. More on that later.

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