One of the funnest things about writing our 50 States of Fear series is researching each State to get story ideas. What a treasure trove is out there across our nation! Well, since we started out with Alabama, we wanted to pass along this short list of Family Fun Things To Do in the "Yellowhammer State" in case you find yourself in need of a roadtrip, like Colin's family in the story. There are some really unique things to do in Alabama. Check it out!
1. GO TO SPACE CAMP!
The biggest attraction in Northern Alabama is undoubtedly The US Space & Rocket Center. They claim to have "The Best Space Collection on the Planet" with a large permanent collection, including thousands of artifacts, and several temporary exhibits. Like right now they are featuring Black Holes. Are they real? What are they? Do they somehow make time travel possible?
One of the best parts of the museum, in my opinion, is the simulators. They're like amusement rides. The Space Shot and The G-Force Accelerator let you feel what Astronauts feel on take off. Better have a strong stomach.
And for those of you interested in spending several days actually training like an astronaut or a fighter pilot, there's Space Camp and Aviation Challenge. Oh, and by the way, it's not just for kids. They have adult programs as well.
Personally, I just love the old antebellum mansions like our fictional one in
the book, called Sycamore Hall. There are many historic plantations you can tour, and if you're lucky, maybe you'll see a ghost! Maybe time it so you can also watch a battle re-enactment, like the one Colin did in the story commemorating our fictional skirmish called Randall's Raid.
By the way, the reason we used a fictional battle in the book was out of respect for the real people and places of the Civil War. If you've ever been at a Civil War Battlefield, you can understand why it's a sensitive subject for a lot of people, so we didn't want to step on any toes. However, there were MANY smaller actions hardly anyone ever hears about, not just the big famous battles like Gettysburg. So we created "Randall's Raid" as a composite out of several such smaller actions.
There are so many fun things to do in Alabama, but if you can't get there, you can always get a taste of it by reading our book! *grin*
We are also happy to say that the Audiobook has just been released and narrator Joe Bronzi did a fantastic job of bringing the story to life.
LISTEN to a sample here as Colin attempts to follow a Civil War soldier ghost thru the woods!
The audiobook is 2.5 hrs long and usually retails for $6.99 - downloadable as MP3's. ...BUT... GREAT NEWS...!!!
RIGHT NOW THERE'S A SPECIAL DEAL GOING ON - If you already own the Kindle e-book of ALABAMA ($2.99 for a 116 page ebook), for a limited time, you can download the audiobook for only $1.99 at Amazon.
Check out Sample Chapters of ALABAMA here.
Hope you'll check it out! Right now we're hard at work on ALASKA and hope to have it out in a couple of months. Thanks for reading!