Book #3 Almost Ready and Offering FREE Kindle Downloads of my First Two Books thru August 5

Today I am excited to announce that I plan to have Book #3 released before the end of August.  Thanks to my friend Antsy McClain (yes, the singer/songwriter, musician, artist, storyteller and all around good guy), I have a complete cover design.  The content is almost ready to go and the theme of this book will be quirky and offbeat DESTINATIONS.

Book Cover for Book 3 – Cover Art and design by Antsy McClain. back cover photo by Earl Hayes Raglin, Jr.

And, to celebrate the pending release of the book, from August 1 to August 5 you can download the Kindle version of my first two books totally FREE to keep and use forever.  As of today, my books have hit #1 and #2 on the free Kindle downloads charts for Food, Lodging and Transportation as well as Auto and RV Travel.  The books are #1 and #3 on the U.S. Regional Travel list and #3 and #5 and the full Travel List.   So grateful  to all who are downloading.


Your FREE download counts as a purchase so you keep it forever!! If you don’t have a copy yet, please download. And, if you like (or even don’t like), please kindly do a review. THANKS! Watch for my NEW book (#3) coming out later this month! Get the downloads here:

2018 April Blogging From A to Z Challenge: Theme Reveal

Friends out there in interweb…its that time of year again!  April is the “Blogging from A to Z Challenge” and for the third year in a row I will be participating and posting daily for the month of April, each day featuring the letter of the day.

Today I have chosen to reveal my theme for the 2018 version of the challenge and hopefully it will be fun!

During a good part of April I will be traveling across the United States and so my posting time will be limited.  Therefore, this year will feature a random (yet alphabetical) selection of photos I have taken from my nearly 20 years of back roads travel in the United States and Canada.  I may even throw in a few random shots from other trips to Japan, Mexico and the Philippines.

America’s Back Roads: A Grab Bag of Places in Pictures

Welcome to Austin Mural – Austin, TX

My photos may be like the one above (Letter A) or may be of unique objects like the one below (Letter P – Pistachio – though it is from Alamagordo, NM).

World’s Largest Pistachio in Alamagordo, NM

I have taken 1000s of photos along the Less Beaten Paths of America and I continue to share them here and in social media.  I hope you will enjoy the ride with me on this A to Z adventure across America’s back roads!

Happy Happy Happy…yes, there is a Happy, KY
Books 1 & 2

Also — a reminder that you can get my first book, available on Amazon: Less Beaten Paths of America: Unique Town Names (GET IT HERE).  I am working on Book 2 – Less Beaten Paths of America: Quirky and Offbeat Roadside Attractions, which I hope to have available on Amazon by the end of March 2018 or mid April.

SPOILER!: Cover Art for Book 2 – Quirky and Offbeat Roadside Attractions

Big Cabin, OK

My second book – Less Beaten Paths of America: Offbeat and Quirky Roadside Attractions is currently being worked on.  My hope is to have it published by June 30. Like the first book, this will also be available for Kindle.  Unlike the first book, Volume Two will be chock full of COLOR photos from all over the U.S. and Canada and will include my fun stories about the dozens of quirky attractions I feature in the book.  It will definitely be a fun read!!



The cover for the new book has just been completed.  Once again, this was nicely done by my good friend Antsy McClain.  The original photography is mine with some cute edits by my pal Doug Kirby, one of the founders of, and a talented photo manipulator!!