It’s Women’s Fiction Day!


Andrea Smith & Nalria Gaddy, watch for an email from me (check spam filter if you don’t see it). Everyone else – I hope you’ll consider buying a copy!


In honor of Women’s Fiction Day, I’m giving away two copies of The Road to Me!

In case you’re not familiar, this is what the book is about:

Jacqueline Oliver is an indie perfumer, trying to bury her ravaged childhood by shoveling ground under her own feet. Then she gets a call she dreads—the hippie grandmother she bitterly resents was apprehended when police busted a charlatan shaman’s sweat lodge. Others scattered, but Nellie was slowed by her walker, and the fact that she was wearing nothing but a few Mardi-Gras beads. Jacqueline is her only kin, so like it or not, she’s responsible.

Despite being late developing next year’s scent, she drops everything to travel to Arizona and pick up her free-range grandma. But the Universe conspires to set them on a Route 66 road trip together. What Jacqueline discovers out there could not only heal the scars of her childhood but open her to a brighter future.

All you need to do to be entered is leave me a comment, telling me about your last road trip – where did you go? Who did you go with?

I’ll update this post with the winners, tomorrow!

But wait – there’s more!

Keep your eye out for the above graphic on social media, to win not only my book, but Topanga Canyon, by Elizabeth Waffler!



  1. Jane Beeman on June 8, 2022 at 6:27 am

    Can’t recall the last road trip I went on — it’s been that long!!

  2. Lesley McIntosh on June 8, 2022 at 6:39 am

    My husband and I took a road trip to our beach at Kakanui , South island, New Zealand , where we collected seaweed for our garden

  3. Amy Martin on June 8, 2022 at 6:45 am

    We drove down to Missouri from Michigan to watch our son graduate from Basic/AIT training at Fort Leonard Wood. My husband, sister in law, myself, two daughters and one of their boyfriends.

    • Laura Drake on June 9, 2022 at 5:53 am

      So happy to hear of young people signing up. Thanks for his service.

  4. Diane Soares on June 8, 2022 at 7:20 am

    Hi, I went to Maine just this past weekend for a girl’s trip! The road there was extra long because of traffic!

    • Laura Drake on June 9, 2022 at 5:53 am

      Yeah, but if you were with girlfriends, who cares, right?

  5. Kay Kolb on June 8, 2022 at 9:06 am

    I went to Houston to teach a conference, however, I stopped in New Braunfels to spend time with one of my best friends and was joined by another good friend for the rest of the trip. It was a great way to spend that windshield time.

  6. Dina Eagles on June 8, 2022 at 11:02 am

    We don’t do many road trips, the husband can’t sit still for that long! I think the last one was in 2017 to Disneyland!

    • Laura Drake on June 9, 2022 at 5:54 am

      I get it – all our trips were on motorcycles. So much better for my back – and my attitude!

  7. Lisa Pease on June 8, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    I believe mlast road trip was from Massachusetts to Florida with a boyfriend. He did most of the driving and we did stop in a few places along the way (like Savanah … at 2:00 AM 🙄. Mostly, though, my memory of it was that I would never want to do it like that (or with him) again.

    I think I’d much rather have a group of girlfriends join me as we head across Route 66 with all the time in the world to stop wherever we wanted.

    • Laura Drake on June 9, 2022 at 5:55 am

      Grew up a Michigan snowbird – I’ve taken that trip many times! You’re right. It’s brutal.

  8. Sara LaFontain on June 8, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    My last road trip was to Oceanside CA, with my family.

    • Laura Drake on June 9, 2022 at 5:56 am

      Love Oceanside, but man, it’s changed SO much in the past 20 years!

  9. Tina R on June 8, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    My daughter and I drove four hours to Virginia to see my sister and her kids.

    • Laura Drake on June 9, 2022 at 5:56 am

      And good mom/girl time on the way – that’s the best!

  10. Kristen Cox on June 8, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    My last roadtrip was to Traverse City with my son last fall. We drove up there to enjoy the fall colors and the apple festival. It was so much fun, something I’d definitely love to make a tradition…when gas prices aren’t as high as they are!!

    • Laura Drake on June 9, 2022 at 5:57 am

      I lived in Petoskey for a couple years – One of the best parts of the world – especially in the fall!

  11. Connie Behrens on June 8, 2022 at 5:08 pm

    Last road trip was on Mother’s day to my daughter’s house about an hour and a half away. She was going to come here but had baby kitties to bottle feed.

    • Laura Drake on June 9, 2022 at 5:57 am

      Awwwww, kittens! I’d drive that far for that!

  12. Penny on June 8, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    My last big road trip was a couple of years ago, after my dad died, before my mom died. I went down to the Smokey mountains for an art retreat, by myself. I loved it. The best part was a special day- I got to take my first flying lesson during that trip… over the great Smokey mountains!

    • Laura Drake on June 9, 2022 at 5:58 am

      So sorry for your too many losses. But glad you got some you time.

  13. Deb Kosmer on June 8, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    My husband and I traveled throughout WI and Michigan visiting many of the waterfalls. It was exhilarating and magical standing before them and following the trails to them. We kept bumping into one younger couple who were doing the same thing. It was the week of their first wedding anniversary. Quite a memorable way to celebrate it.

    • Lisa Murray on June 8, 2022 at 11:56 pm

      Just got back from a road trip from south Kentucky to Michigan and back

    • Laura Drake on June 9, 2022 at 5:58 am

      Can’t beat Michigan nature, that’s for sure.

  14. Nalria Gaddy on June 8, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    It’s been a long time since I’ve been on a road trip! I tend to prefer short trips these days! Lol.

    • Laura Drake on June 9, 2022 at 5:59 am

      Especially with the gas prices! Trip to the grocery store is too far!

  15. Twila Mason on June 8, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    I went to Florida with my husband and kids.

    • Laura Drake on June 9, 2022 at 5:59 am

      I went to FL in May – love it down there!

  16. NANCY P on June 8, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    A big group of us friends decided to take a trip to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

  17. Andrea Smith on June 8, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    My last road trip was this past Sunday. Drove 8 + hours to southern West Virginia to spend some much needed time with my mom and her sister. My best friend came down with me. She and I have been doing this trip for the last 3 years.
    Country roads, take me home
    To the place I belong
    West Virginia, mountain mama
    Take me home, country roads

    • Laura Drake on June 9, 2022 at 6:00 am

      So glad you visited them. Cherish the time – you’re making memories you’ll be happy to have one day….

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