No, not the potato state. Iowa.
You know-hogs, corn, beans, cattle. Iowa.
The state is roughly quartered by Interstates 35 and 80. Biggest town and the capital is Des Moines.
Hot in the summer, cold in the winter. It's one of those states that get hit hard in the winter but nobody in the media cares until the storm passes through and threatens the East coast. Then the storm will make national news and Iowans are saying, “Hello? It happened here first.”
Iowa has the oldest college west of the Mississippi River and it happens to be my alma mater – Iowa Wesleyan in Mt. Pleasant.
Famous people from Iowa include – Tom Arnold, Bix Beidebecke, Johnny Carson, George Reeves, Buffalo Bill Cody, Simon Estes, William Frawley, Asthon Kutcher, Cloris Leachman, Glenn Miller, Donna Reed, John Wayne, Andy Williams, Meredith Wilson, Kurt Warner, Shawn Johnson, Dan Gable.
The Iowa State Fair (a variety of food-on-a-stick).
West Bend's Grotto (the Eighth Wonder of the World...well, it's called that by some people).
Oskaloosa's Lighted Christmas Parade (freeze your butt off while watching floats)
The Villisca Ax Murder House (whodunit?)
Snake Alley in Burlington (supposedly the crookedest street in the world)
Riverside (no, not for the casino but to see where James T. Kirk will be born)
The world's largest Cheeto in Algona. (No munching!)
Exotic collection of dirt in Sheldon (Now, can you dig that?)
Max Allan Collins, Sara Paretsky, Robert Waller, Donald Harstad, Mike Manno, Sparkle Abbey...
and me – Stephen L. Brayton, author of three novels.
Night Shadows: a supernatural thriller.
Beta: an action mystery featuring the taekwondo instructor/private investigator Mallory Petersen.
Alpha: Mallory's second mystery.
Find my books at: http://www.amazon.com/Stephen-L.-Brayton/e/B005JTTZYY/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1388299381&sr=8-1
All three novels are set in the Des Moines area using actual locations so make sure you take time to visit the spots mentioned in the stories, especially the room housing the shadows. Yes, it's a real place.
As a special thank you for stopping by today, leave a comment about your favorite thing about Iowa and I'll pick a random winner for a free copy of either Beta or Night Shadows (both are eBooks and will arrive in pdf form.)
Thanks for visiting. Please take time to visit www.stephenbrayton.com
Go Hawkeyes! (Unless you’re a Cyclone fan, then Go 'Clones!)
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