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breathless reads 2012: andrea cremer takes us to ashland, wisconsin


photo from www.wisconsinharbortowns.net

For an explanation of the Breathless Reads tour and these guest posts, click here.

***Update! Jenny (who began her comment with “Sea caves…” is the winner of this prize package! Please send me your mailing address so I can get these books to you. ***

Also, previous winners of the Breathless Reads giveaways are announced on the original posts (they’ve been updated). So make sure to see if you’ve won!

Ally: Andrea! Where are you taking us for our final stop on the armchair tour?

Andrea: My hometown: Ashland, WI. A little place – population ~ 8,000 – nestled on the south shore of Lake Superior.

Ally: Why is Ashland important to you?

Andrea: Ashland nurtured my spirit and imagination. With the beauty of the lake and the wildness of the forests that surrounded me, I had endless opportunities to dream up magical, wondrous worlds.

Ally: Where should we begin?

Andrea: A walk in the woods. I’ll take you through the trails by my house and share all the names of the places my brother, best friend, and I created as children.

Ally: This sounds wonderful. And this is exactly what my brother and sisters and I use to do–we had this elaborate world of tree forts in the undeveloped land behind our house. Although, I am certain your trees are much taller…

Andrea: Afterwards, we’ll go have breakfast at Golden Glow – typical, delicious, greasy spoon fare. Plus, you’ll get to meet Fish Camp (more on that below).

Then we’ll head to Lake Superior! We can walk along the shore, check out the oredock (once there were nine) or we can head up Hwy 13 and take a ferry out to the Apostle Islands. If we’re visiting in winter you might be lucky enough to walk out to the sea caves. Any other time of year and we’ll have to take kayaks.

Ally: This all sounds positively magical. I have never seen sea caves and I never knew how badly I wanted to until now!!

Andrea: Later, if we’re up in Bayfield we should go to Maggie’s. It’s the crazy, Caribbean-hued spot with all the flamingoes. My recommendation: the black and blue burger. It’s the best burger I’ve ever had. If you’re looking for something unique: whitefish livers.

Ally: I went online and checked out the black and blue burger, and it sounds delish. I am a big fan of blue cheese.

Andrea: Next, we’ll go to a movie. Bay 1 of the Bayview Theater on Mainstreet in Ashland. Check out those 1960s murals! This is old school movie-going at its best ☺

Ally: I googled pictures of this theater and it is adorable! And below, a few more Q & A with Andrea…

Where is the best place to write/read here?

Andrea: The Black Cat coffee shop. Cool baristas, amazing coffee, free WiFi.

Ally: The best place to buy a book?

Andrea: Bookworld on Main Street!

Ally: Is there anyone I just have to meet in this town before I leave?

Andrea: You need to meet the fabulous ladies of Fish Camp + one Ed Monroe (the former mayor). Fish Camp is code for the ladies who breakfast at the Golden Glow Café. You’ll find them there every morning from 8 – 9 a.m. My fish camp compatriots are the best listeners and they love you whether you’re up or down. I carry a picture of them in my wallet to remind me of the loving community that supports me. And most importantly, what happens at Fish Camp stays at Fish Camp! Ed Monroe, a sometime visitor to Fish Camp who’s allowed in on account of his being the husband of awesome Fish Camp regular, Maribeth Monroe, is the namesake of the character Monroe from Nightshade and Wolfsbane!

Ally: How cool. As someone who also came from a small town, I can relate to that feeling of support. These ladies from Fish Camp (and Mayor Monroe!) sound amazing.

Ally: What song always makes you think about this place?

Andrea: It’s not a song that you’d know – it’s called “Ashland, Our Home” and it’s sung every year at the high school graduation. From the first time I heard it the song makes me tear up.

Andrea, thank you for taking the time to answer these questions and to let us know a little more about your hometown!

The prize package for Andrea’s novel is a biggie: 1 NIGHTSHADE set with 1 paperback of NIGHTSHADE, 1 paperback of WOLFSBANE, and 1 hardcover of BLOODROSE + 1 Breathless Reads Spring 2012 poster.

To win, leave a comment on this post by midnight (MST) February 24th. The contest is open to US/Canada. You may only comment once.

Good luck, and thanks again to Penguin Teen for providing the books and posters for the giveaway and to the authors for participating in this tour. It has been so much fun for me and has definitely helped with the cabin fever that February in Utah can often bring. I hope you blog readers have enjoyed the armchair tour as well!




+ comments (35)
  • Christine
    February 23, 2012

    This place sounds absolutely amazing–the kind of small town I always wished I could’ve grown up in and that I hope to live in one day! I just love the close-knit community that seems to come along with living in this type of town.



  • Gabi
    February 23, 2012

    I’ve read Nightshade and can’t wait to get my hands on the next two!



  • JenP
    February 23, 2012

    Great package and interview.



  • 17602865549112303896
    February 23, 2012

    Huge fan of Ally and Andrea!!!!! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂



  • Kelly Allan
    February 23, 2012

    Yippie! Thanks for the opportunity. Pick me! Pick me!



  • brookea_2006
    February 23, 2012

    Thanks for the giveaway! This is awesome!



  • Jessica
    February 23, 2012

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂



  • 09585039530576373397
    February 23, 2012

    Ashland sounds amazing. Glad to see a shout out for a small town! I would love to win this giveaway!



  • melissa @ 1lbr
    February 23, 2012

    Wow, sounds like a really interesting place – especially the sea caves!



  • Nadine
    February 23, 2012

    That picture is beautiful! I would love to visit Ashland, WI someday! Thank you for sharing and for the secret ins and outs! 🙂



  • Chandra H.
    February 23, 2012

    That sounds like a great place, I love taking a hike into the forest!



  • Carl
    February 23, 2012

    Cool-looking town. I spent some time on the north shore of Lake Superior in my younger years and a few summers in Thunder Bay, Ontario as well. It is inspiring, thanks for the tour.



  • Carrie A
    February 23, 2012

    Thanks so much for the giveaway. I have family up in that area!



  • Rachel
    February 23, 2012

    SO EXCITED!!!!!!!! us9eihgureigh



  • Sallie Mazzur
    February 23, 2012

    I love that she created her own world with her siblings in the woods near her home. Whenever I visited my grandparents home, I used to do the same thing with my sister. We’d walk around for hours, getting stuck in all the trees branches and the moss under our feet, pretending we were in Narnia or an undiscovered universe. 🙂 Can’t wait to read Bloodrose!



  • Ali
    February 23, 2012

    Would love to win any of these books! Thanks for the interview and contest.



  • Ally Sooklal
    February 23, 2012

    Thanks for the interview and contest! This series is pretty cool 🙂

    Ally 🙂



  • Stephanie
    February 23, 2012

    Sounds like a great place! This tour is making me want to visit lots of different areas now.



  • elena
    February 23, 2012

    It sounds like a fantastic place!



  • Jenny
    February 23, 2012

    Sea caves? Ashland sounds like one of the coolest places ever. Don’t worry about making up your own worlds Andrea; I’m sure just about everyone who would one day become an author does that. Probably the best part of childhood. Ally, have fun in Ashland and please take pictures of the sea caves if you manage to get there!



  • Christina Kit.
    February 23, 2012

    The woods and wilderness sound AWESOME!!

    Thanks so much:))

    I loved this tour as well.



  • Lori T.
    February 23, 2012

    I love small towns, especially since I’ve lived in an even smaller town than Ashland, though it sounds absolutely beautiful! Thanks for this giveaway, Ally! I LOVE the Nightshade series so much!!



  • Donna B
    February 23, 2012

    Sea caves…very cool! Fish livers…ewwwww! 🙂



  • Ashley R.
    February 23, 2012

    This place sounds amazing! I would love to visit the world. But as much as I want to visit the big cities, sometimes it’s the small towns that make the big impression. 🙂



  • Heather
    February 23, 2012

    I also grew up in the Great Lakes area. Now I’m homesick!



  • Katie
    February 23, 2012

    we have a black and blue burger where i work!



  • Emily
    February 23, 2012

    Amazing prize pack and a great interview!



  • Tia
    February 23, 2012

    😀 i live in Wisconsin too! lovely play. lovely giveaway lol



  • Alyssa
    February 24, 2012

    great interview! very cool.



  • Carolyn
    February 24, 2012

    I love Ally Condie and Andrea Cremer!



  • becca
    February 24, 2012

    Looking at those trees in that first photo makes it easier to breathe. Let’s go.



  • 03813885816122440418
    February 24, 2012

    Wow! What an exquisite place to grow up! You are one blessed girl! No wonder you have an such a descriptive mind!



  • Madison
    February 24, 2012

    Thank you so SO much for an opportunity to win the Nightshade prize package! I can’t believe you are being so generous is giving away so much amazing stuff! I actually haven’t read Nightshade yet, but just heard of it and cannot WAIT to buy it! It looks amazing; it seems like just the kind of book that I like! Plus, the cover is gorgeous (for all of them), and would make any bookshelf look even better! Thanks again for this awesome contest, and best of luck to all who enter! 🙂



  • Katrina
    February 24, 2012

    Would love to win! 🙂



  • Laura
    February 26, 2012

    I’m a couple of days late for the prize package but I’m proud to say I know Andrea! She has an awesome family! I have a special autographed copy of Nightshade! The Ashland area is as e as she described!

    I justed finished Crossed and was checking on the release date of the last book. Imagine my surprise to see the Ashland Oredock and Andrea’s interview!! What a small world!




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