March 6, 2011

Welcome Judy Thomas Author and Co-Owner LASR and Goddess Fish Promotions

Georgia, Georgia
The whole day through
Just an old sweet song
Keeps Georgia on my mind.

That song, though written for and about a woman, has come to symbolize this state I grew up in and, after living in other states and countries, have come home to. Georgia is one of the original thirteen colonies and, for someone who loves history and romance, has some wonderful locations to explore and learn about.

East of me lies Savannah, with her stately oaks and sweeping Spanish moss. Home to memories and ghosts of a time gone by, a writer can walk down the street "see" life nearly 300 years ago or can take one of the many ghost tours available and hear about haunted houses such as the Mercer House which was built and first owned by musician Johnny Mercer’s family, and gained notoriety after being featured as the murder scene in the book and film versions of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

Even older than Savannah is St. Marys, Georgia—the second oldest continuously occupied city in the nation, being settled in the mid-16th century by the Spanish.

Not interested in ghosts or early American history? Take a trip on the Savannah river or visit one of the local ocean beaches.

Mountains more your speed? The northwest of Georgia is home to the Blue Ridge foothills and mountains that are part of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Take a trip of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway or pan for gold at one of the 500 gold mines in Georgia. You can visit Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia, and then later visit the Alpine village of Helen, Georgia.

A few fun facts about Georgia:
~Cumberland Island National Seashore contains the ruins of Dungeness, the once magnificent Carnegie estate. In addition, wild horses graze among wind-swept dunes.
~The pirate Edward "Blackbeard" Teach made a home on Blackbeard Island. The United States Congress designated the Blackbeard Island Wilderness Area in 1975 and it now has a total of 3,000 acres.
~In Gainesville, the Chicken Capital of the World, it is illegal to eat chicken with a fork.
~In 1828 Auraria, near the city of Dahlonega, was the site of the first Gold Rush in America.
~Coca-Cola was invented in May 1886 by Dr. John S. Pemberton in Atlanta, Georgia. The name "Coca-Cola" was suggested by Dr. Pemberton's bookkeeper, Frank Robinson. He penned the name Coca-Cola in the flowing script that is famous today. Coca-Cola was first sold at a soda fountain in Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta by Willis Venable.
~The Little White House in Warm Springs was the recuperative home of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
~Madison is known for its beautiful antebellum homes spared during Sherman's fiery march to the sea.

So, how did this Georgia writer get together with an author from New Hampshire and merge to become
It all began with three simple words… "I've been thinking…"
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Judy Thomas tries to balance her life as a wife, mother, librarian, and co-owner of The Long and the Short of It Romance Reviews and Goddess Fish Promotions. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, reading, and watching British police procedurals.
Please note, housekeeping did not make the cut.


  1. Thanks so much for having me, Annette. It was fun looking over and discovering for myself some fun things about Georgia I didn't know. I would love to take one of the ghost tours in Savannah. :-)

  2. Been to Georgia many times. My husband was born there. Absolutely beautiful state. Love the locale and the people. :)

  3. So much history, so much beauty. Another great state to visit.

  4. Hi Judy, from another author in NH. I was in Georgia many years ago and loved the beautiful homes and the trees with moss were remarkable. I also love the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Now I'm going to see if the movie is on Netflex to watch again! Thanks.

  5. Great post, Judy. I love Georgia and all it's history. While in Atlanta I also learned everything is just 'a few minutes' away. No matter where we wanted to go, and who we asked, the answer was always, "That's only a few minutes from here, Ma'am."


  6. I loved learning about your beautiful Georgia through your post, Judy. I also loved you pics and wonder what the trees and plants/hedge beneath them are?
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. A most fun and enlightening blog! And how fun! I remember BLACKBEARD'S GHOST, the Disney movie and had no idea it was in Georgia. A beautiful state and as you know, I'm a huge fan of LASR! (housekeeping isn't on my list either! LOL!)

  8. Hey, Y'all. Hope not repeating, first comment did not go through. I currently live in the Peach state (coastal area). Great state chock full of history from revolutionary times on.

  9. From one Georgia peach to another Hi. Love the interview and finding out that one co-owners of LASR is from my home state.


  10. Congratulations on all of your success Judy. We are near Chattanooga, which is just a hop skip and a jump from the Georgia border. The civil war battlefields are probably my favorite place to visit in Georgia. The history and romance found in the tales surrounding the battles are amazing. Great post.

  11. I've never been to Georgia, but would love to visit it sometime!

  12. Hi, Tina...I wasn't born here, but did move to GA when I was five, so Georgia is definitely in my blood!

    jrlindermuth...come and visit in the spring. The flowers are gorgeous. I live below the gnat line.. so summer we're inundated!

    Hi, Nora...wave at Marianne for me! The Spanish moss on the trees gives the state an eerie quality, esp. in the evenings or on foggy mornings. And Midnight.. is one of my favorites. Have you read the book?

    LOL, Lauri.... and it's true!

    Sherry, those are azaleas and they are all over the state in the spring!

    Hi, Pauline!! Thanks for coming by to visit!! :-) I had forgotten that movie.. :::making a list to find it and watch it again:::

    Hi, Nan! I was over in your part of the world over the weekend...had to take my mom to Charleston to see her older sister who had had a stroke. Going to try to come when I can stop and enjoy the area for a day or two instead of just blowing through on the Interstate!

    Hi, Terra! How close are we?

    Thanks, Beth. We spent our honeymoon up in your neck of the woods... lovely area!


  13. Hello, Judy!

    Great to put a face on the email address!

    The only place I've really been in Georgia is Atlanta, several times. I really enjoyed it.

    I love a place with a deep-seated sense of history. I grew up in New England and one thing I noticed during my first trips to the south was how much slower things were there. This is a good thing. New Englanders are always in a rush. Southerners take the time to savor their lives.

    I'd never had made-from-scratch lemonade until I visited the south. It took at least ten minutes for the guy in the snack bar to make it for me. It was incredibly delicious!


  14. Happy Monday... and, Heidiwriter, Georgia has a little bit of everything, so whatever your interest, I'm sure you can find something to do here!


  15. Hi, Lisabet! Great to see you here. Atlanta is truly an international city with a little bit of everything to see. Next trip, mosey on south a little more and stop by Tifton (about 3 hours south of Atlanta) to say hi and have a glass of tea with me.

  16. Hi Judy,
    Stopping by to show some love...I don't blame you, house keeping would be last on my list too, especially dusting. Continued blessings on all of your endeavors. Have a blessed day.

  17. Thanks, Vanessa! It's great to see you here :-)

  18. I have not been to Georgia except to pass through. i always wnated to see the Girl Scout birthplace.
    thanks for hte post
    debbu236 at att dot net

  19. Good blog about a beautiful state. Love Savannah and it's southern charm, ghosts, and history. My son lives in Roswell not far from the Appalachian trail and mountains, especially Helen, a town that could fit nicely into the Black Forest of Germany.

  20. I've been to Georgia many times in my life but experienced Savannah on foot for the first time last year. I fell in love with the place and plan to return as often as possible.


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