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Mar 13, 2014

#Thursday13 Top Trips with #MFRWauthor LA Sartor @LesannSartor

MFRW Author L.A. Sartor is here today to share a special Thursday Thirteen that goes along with the travel adventure theme of her book, STONE OF HEAVEN.

Leslie Ann Sartor (aka L.A. Sartor) began telling stories around the age of 4 when her mother, at Leslie’s insistence, wrote them down and Leslie illustrated them. As an adult she writes suspense and action adventure novels with a dash of romance, and screenplays—she's had a contracted adaptation! She lives in Colorado with her husband whom she met on a blind date. Leslie loves to travel and thinks life is an adventure and we should embrace the journey. She has a blog: She is also one of the Five Scribes at or you can check out her website at

For the Adventurer and the Romantic in all of us. Travel to the Yucatan and be a part of the adventure Tori and Reid are about to undertake. I hope you enjoy it.

13 Favorite Trips
Not in order, but these are my most memorable trips taken…so far.

1) Cruise to Western Caribbean, and seeing/feeling/tasting/breathing what the Yucatan Peninsula is like. Then seeing Tulum.  I knew Stone of Heaven had to have a major part of its story set there.

2) No plans, just drive. Southwest drive through Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico. Top down, didn't make reservations.  Just me and my darling husband. 10 days totally free.  Priceless.

3) Hawaii, any time.  I've been a number of times and each was different and wonderful. From Grad school and that fiasco to spending Christmas in Honolulu. To our honeymoon where we had tickets given to us to attend the Pro Bowl with champagne etc, and… we didn't make because we got married in a blizzard and the flight was cancelled out of LAX.  Our luggage went to China and came to us in splinters. To seeing old friends and their families and learning more about real Hawaii.

4) Colorado By-Ways. Colorado in the summer is incredible.  Anywhere in Colorado, except maybe the eastern plains (forgive me for that, but seriously  ) Driving through Rocky Mountain National Park, again with the top down, or in the fall when the elk are bugling. Crested Butte, Independence Pass above Aspen.  Colorado National Monument, again with the top down.  Black Canyon of the Gunnison, very intimidating, but stunning.

5) Disneyland at Thanksgiving.  Disneyland is always a feast for the eyes.  But at Thanksgiving, when the Haunted Mansion is all changed around and features Nightmare Before Christmas, and a ginormous Christmas Tree which graces the plaza in front of the train station. Where garlands of glass balls/tinsel/snowflakes hang across the streets, themed for each land, and snow falls every evening after the fireworks…well it's pretty darn incredible that time of year.

6) Disneyworld in May.  Epcot flower show. WOW, the topiaries are extraordinary.  Watching the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom, while standing on top of the Contemporary Hotel, drink in hand, between dinner courses.  The nightly fireworks show in Epcot with its moving music. Knowing I was only a bus stop away from our room in either the Caribbean Beach Resort or the Coronado Springs Resort on Disney property, so all I had to do was relax.  Unforgettable memories.

7) My own backyard. We've spent a lot of time and resources making our backyard into our own retreat. A pond with two waterfalls, that are actually wide ribbons of water flowing into a black pebble beach (the water flows through and into recycling tanks).  Huge old growth trees, swathes of grass, but not too much, a veggie garden for ripe tomatoes, peppers and herbs (it's snowing as I write and I'm salivating for the off-the-vine flavor). Outdoor heaters so we can stay out way into the evening.  Friends and family sharing food and drink together.

8) Seattle.  Love  the place.  Staying near downtown and close to everything.  When we venture out, we take the bus, it's fun.  Found the Red Hook Brewery and took the tour, then sat in the bar/restaurant and had the best nachos and fresh drawn Wheat beer.  The Japanese Gardens, Public Market, the ferries to other islands.  Every day is an adventure.

9) Maine. Lobster, hands down.  I could eat lobster any time for a week solid.  I went to summer music camp near Waterville where you could have a full "lobsta" dinner for $6.  Now, not so much.  We went to Boston for a good friend's wedding, then drove up the coast. Saw a terrifying water spout in the ocean, near Wells. Ate the best lobster roll in Freeport.  We want to go back and taste test every lobster roll we can.

10) So far, any road trip. We love to drive together, my darling husband and I.  So when the chance arises, we pack up and hit the road. It's being together that's wonderful, talking over plans, learning new things, finding new paths. Sharing dreams.

11) Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. We went for 10 years. Some years the weather cooperated, other times not at all.  But it's a feast of color, sounds, food and people.  And then after the main event in the morning is over, there is NM to discover.  The night balloon glow is almost ethereal .  Even the crowds don't bother you, it's all so fascinating.

12) Yellowstone. Either with a trailer at Fishing Bridge campground or staying in the lodges.  It's a mysterious, sometimes frightening, spectacular place, that has changed from the times we first went, to today.  Geysers  that have changed course and dried up, new ones formed.  The stillness of a forest when you're sure you shouldn't be there, because it feels too quiet, and a bear maybe close by.  The smell of sulphur and unfortunately forest fires.

13) Europe with my family. Germany, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia as it was know then, Russia and Austria. "Remember when" conversations  years later over a cup of coffee, or a phone call is a joy that I hope I can have a long, long time.

Book One of the Carswell Adventure Series 

The Recluse …
Tori Carswell treasures her solitude and simple life. Her identical twin, Abby Carswell, is the polar opposite, seeking increasingly risky adventures. Now Abby has put herself in mortal danger, captive of an ancient Mayan cult. Her only hope? Woefully under-prepared Tori.

And the Treasure Hunter …
Reid Hunter, good-natured and currently broke, aims to beat his ex-partner Abby to the fabled blue jade known as the Stone of Heaven. But when reclusive, aero-phobic Tori overcomes her fear of flying and tracks her sister to a well guarded tomb deep in the Yucatan rainforest, he realizes Abby is in serious trouble.

Can Opposites Accomplish the Impossible?
Abby no longer trusts Reid. Can Tori risk doing so now, and join forces with him to save her sister? Or will Reid put riches before life and love?
TALK TO US: Where have you traveled? What are some of your favorite trips??

Feb 11, 2014

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: L.A. Sartor @LesannSartor #MFRWauthor

We are talking with MFRW Author L.A. Sartor today. Leslie Ann Sartor (aka L.A. Sartor) began telling stories around the age of 4 when her mother, at Leslie’s insistence, wrote them down and Leslie illustrated them. As an adult she writes suspense and action adventure novels with a dash of romance, and screenplays—she's had a contracted adaptation! She lives in Colorado with her husband whom she met on a blind date. Leslie loves to travel and thinks life is an adventure and we should embrace the journey.

MFRW: If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Hawaii. I went to school there, and would love to have a house with a pool overlooking the ocean. And still live in Colorado with the mountains as a backdrop and back bone.

MFRW: How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
Leslie: Wow, I write from experience. Some people say write what you know, but I think that's too narrow or intrepreted to narrowly. We've all experienced the major turning points in life. If you haven't lost a loved one, I'll bet you've lost a pet, or a goldfish. Not quite the same, but so close. Or fallen in love, to have it be requited or unrequited. That's writing what you know. That's writing from experience. I may not be a nurse, but I can research that and I know my emotions from either being sick or dealing with a sick person.

MFRW: What kind of research do you do for a book?
Leslie: Good segue from last question. A huge amount. Right now I'm researching the Vikings and just a tiny bit of my new book, the 2nd in the Carswell Adventures will deal directly with that, but I have to know what I'm talking about. And SCUBA diving in cold water up to 1l2 mile deep. Possible, yes, but you'd die trying. 

MFRW: Do you feel humor is important in fiction and why?
I'm a screenwriter as well as novelist, and have learned that humor gives one respite from drama. Humor, be it black or bald is vital. We all need to laugh or snort, or even cry at humor because it touches something you're familiar with.

MFRW: What are your thoughts on love scenes in romance novels?
I used to write love scenes that made me blush, now I even wonder if they're necessary. So many love scenes are repetitive and boring. I often skip over them. Sad but true, and honestly, I'm not a prude, but the lead up is often more exciting that the real "action."

MFRW: Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I've been writing since I was 4. Really. I used to tell stories and my Mom would write them down. Then in Jr. High I had a young teacher who told me along with my parents that I would never be a writer, because all I wanted to do was tell stories, not learn grammar. Okay Ms. Teacher, I'm now a Best Selling Author! Grammar can be learned at any age and with a great editor which I have. Story telling not so much.

L.A. Sartor self-published a holiday romance in November 2013.
The Children's Author …
Annie Hamilton's children's series Star Light~Star Bright is a mega hit. She loves kids and wants nothing more than a family of her own, but twice burned, thrice shy. When a gorgeous man with two young boys moves next door, Annie can't help but dream her impossible dream.

And The Widower Who Moved Next Door …
Cole Evans is a brilliant scientist, but finds fatherhood a challenge. When his son develops a bond with their enchanting neighbor, the boy’s favorite author, Cole discovers just how much he's lost—and how much he needs.

Will Their Wish Come True This Christmas Night?
Can Cole overcome family meddling and alleviate Annie's fears so they can be a ready-made family?



MFRW: How can readers/fans contact you?
I love, I mean LOVE hearing from my readers. You can, and please do, contact me at And I have a newsletter that comes out, I'd be honored to add you to my mailings.

Connect with Leslie Ann here: WEBSITE  |  FACEBOOK  |  TWITTER  |  PINTEREST  |  BLOG
Leslie is also one of the Five Scribes at

MFRW: List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
J.D Robb and Audra Harders. Totally different, both wonderful.

Talk to Leslie Ann
What authors do you enjoy reading?


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