Top 5 Things to Do in West Virginia by Nicole Terry #TopList
West Virginia has somewhat of a bad reputation in the public eye. And not one of those good ones Joan Jett talks about. Sadly, it’s not a common setting when it comes to romance novels.
Which I think is a shame.
Like others, I didn’t always see the charm in my home state. Oh, you know how it is when you live somewhere. You become oblivious to your surroundings after being exposed for so long. But when I sat down to write my debut romance CRAZY ON YOU, my heroine burst onto the scene with a fierce appreciation for her small town. An appreciation I grew to…appreciate myself! There was nowhere else in the world better to create a romance filled with adventure, humor, and heart than my home state. I mean, of all the places in the country, West Virginia has something for everyone!
Don’t believe me?
Here are my top five things to do in WV that should make you a believer.
Go whitewater rafting—We’re not called the Mountain State for nothin’, you know. We have some very, very tall ranges. Which makes for some awesome rapids. So if you’re coming to WV, you better see the rivers. We are known for some of the best, and dangerous, rapids in the country. The most well-known are those along the New and Gauley Rivers.
Get skerred—Now, I’m not one for scariness. I fully admit to being a member of the Weenie-Hut Junior brigade. But if you’re of the horror inclination, WV has several options for you to get your scare on. A tour of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (or as we just call it, the Lunatic Asylum in Weston). Oh yeah, the walls are definitely screaming. It’s not the only haunted place in the state but it’s definitely one of the most well-known.
Tour the underground—The Greenbrier is home to “The Bunker” a decommissioned fall-out shelter built to house key people in the government in case the Cold War got really warm. ;) For gamers, it would be a chance to see what life would be like if you were in Fallout.
Get lost in a cave—Lost World Caverns is a massive cave system over a hundred feet below the Earth’s surface. You can do a walking tour or with a guide, explore the nooks and crannies along the sides. I’m almost positive there are dragons down there, watching you from the shadows…
Jump off a bridge—You know that saying; it’s one every parent wielded against their children like switches. Well, around here, that’s actually a thing. Every third Saturday in October, residents gather to watch dozens of people BASE jump off the New River Gorge Bridge. A bridge that is almost nine hundred feet in the air. Yeah, those peeps are nuts.
Of course this is but a sampling of the awesome things to do in West Virginia. I can tell you though, if you have an interest, WV has something you’ll enjoy. If I have my way, someday I’ll write a romance novel featuring each one!
Be sure to check out CRAZY ON YOU. There’s a glimpse of one the above places in the book. :)
Crazy on You - Love in the Fast Lane Book 1
Diane Thompson wakes up in the backseat of her car, shocked to find she’s acquired a chauffeur. Realizing she’s been inadvertently kidnapped, she swears off tequila—and Chili’s—then dials 9-1-1. But her rescue comes at a cost. Her savior, too-macho-for-words Lt. Cole Anderson, refuses to let Diane out of his sight until her kidnappers are apprehended. He’s already lost one woman he cared about due to his inattention; he’s not letting it happen a second time.
But Diane isn’t a damsel-in-distress type of girl. When it turns out the criminals left a valuable item in her car and they want it back, involving Cole isn’t part of her plan and not only because the criminals have forbidden her from involving the cops. Men are like birds—messy, easily distracted, and only around when there’s something to eat. She’s got this. All she has to do is find and return the item in question to the drug runners threatening her life, survive a high-speed car chase, and keep her vow to never trust a man with her heart.
PURCHASE A COPY!
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Nicole Terry is a southern gal with northern sensibilities or, depending on the day, a northern gal with southern sensibilities, thanks in large part to the unique location of her home. Writing allows her to share the crazy that results from the dichotomy. She believes in the healing power of laughter, Cherry Dr Pepper, Justin Timberlake and, most importantly, happily ever after. Crazy on You is her first book and her homage to her random tendencies, love of alpha heroes, and soft spot for women who find love in the craziest ways. Visit her website www.nicoleterrybooks.com.