Sunday, March 18, 2012

Hope Tour: Concord, NC

The Hope Tour 2012 Kickstarter campaign is now full swing! Be sure to drop by our page and get involved!

For the next 30 days, we're going to feature the towns on our tour. We're giving away a fun Hope Tour Gift Basket, so be sure to answer our questions for your chance to win!

From Wilmington, we'll head inland to Concord, NC.

One of our own Write Integrity authors lives in Concord: Jennifer Fromke. We're so excited about Jennifer's news - her debut novel officially releases March 23rd, but as of Friday, it's now available on Kindle and Nook! A Familiar Shore is a beautiful women's fiction you don't want to miss!

Here's the back cover blurb:

Meg Marks is a young lawyer raised off the coast of the Carolinas. An anonymous client hires her to arrange his will, and sends her to meet his estranged family at their lake home in northern Michigan. After a shocking discovery, she finds herself caught between his suspicious family and a deathbed promise her conscience demands that she keep. Will she sacrifice her own dreams for revenge? Or will she seek something more? 

Now, we need to hear from Concord residents. Leave your answers in the comments below for a chance to win a special Hope Tour gift basket.

1) Who is your favorite local author (in addition to Jennifer - if she's not your favorite author, she soon will be!) and what does he/she write?

Courtesy of Historic Downtown Concord
2) What ONE restaurant would you recommend for our Best Bites on Tour book? Remember, we don't want fancy-schmancy - just good food and hopefully a fun atmosphere, too. Be sure to tell us what kind of food it is, too.

3) What's ONE thing in your town we should not miss when we get there? This can be something touristy, or something off the beaten path - but something that represents your town like nothing else. If we took photos there, folks would know it could only be from your town.

4) Name THREE fun facts about your town. We may use these in a later post, but it will also help us get acquainted with your area.

Leave your answers in the comments below, and be sure to provide us with your e-mail address so we can contact you if you're a winner.

Be sure to stay tuned for events planned in your area.

Thanks for your help.

Check the Kickstarter page for all the different reward levels and pledge your support! We could hold a party in your honor (S'mores, pizza, or wienie roast, anyone?) If we make our goal, Kickstarter collects the money and we go on tour. If we don't make our goal, you won't lose a penny! 


Bethany LaShell said...

1. Jennifer Hudson Taylor. She writes Christian, historical fiction.
2. The Creamery, on Union St. in downtown Concord. BEST hand-scooped ice cream ever.
3. Concord Mills Mall. If your hubbies are along, send them a few mile or 2 down the road to the Charlotte (Concord!) Motor Speedway - NASCAR.
4. Concord sprawls all over the place with developments and such, but the downtown area is rather small and quaint - worth looking at as you drive to the Creamery :-). Concord's Christmas parade is always the Saturday before Thanksgiving and it's usually quite warm.
My house is less than a mile from the center of the city.

Tracy Ruckman said...

Thanks, Bethany. You had my hubby at ice cream, so we'll definitely at The Creamery to our list!

I saw the photos of downtown Concord and fell in love. Little towns like this always fascinate me, so I look forward to exploring some!

Thanks for helping us out - hope we'll see you when we get there!

Carla said...

1. I love Barbara Thiede's column in the paper if that counts...she is not a Concord native, but has lived here a long time...she LOVES this city and writes often about her love for the people here.
2. We love Afton Tavern near Afton Village on George Liles Blvd., casual, burgers, fish, amercian cuisine
3. Walk the Greenway that is found behind the Union Street can make a short or a long loop depending on which way you go--always lots of people around. Then, stop at the creamery --see above comment:)
4. a. Despite being a small town, we have lots of wonderful and diverse restaurants in just a small area near my house (greek, asian, mexican, sports bar, etc.) b. I live about 2 miles as the crow flies from the speedway, and you can hear the activity on the race track at all times of the day--practicing, racing, etc. and the track brings lots of people to town c. It is the home of one of my favorite bands who have performed on the Grammy's and have concerts all over the country (The Avett Brothers).

Tracy Ruckman said...

Carla, that's great information. It sounds like somewhere I'd like to live!