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Monday, September 19, 2016

Blog Tour- LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS by Rae Carson A Photo Post & Giveaway!

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS by Rae Carson! I love this series and I love it even more now that I've read book 2! It's an amazing story and it's set around my hometown which makes it even cooler! I have some photos of the area and a gold panning video share with you today! And make sure to enter the awesome giveaway for a finished copy of the book!!

Haven't heard of LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS? Check it out!

Author: Rae Carson
Pub. Date: September 27, 2016
Publisher:  Greenwillow Books
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Find it: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Goodreads
After a harrowing journey across the country, Leah Westfall and her friends have finally arrived in California and are ready to make their fortunes in the Gold Rush. Lee has a special advantage over the other new arrivals in California—she has the ability to sense gold, a secret known only by her handsome best friend Jefferson and her murdering uncle Hiram.

Lee and her friends have the chance to be the most prosperous settlers in California, but Hiram hasn’t given up trying to control Lee and her power. Sabotage and kidnapping are the least of what he’ll do to make sure Lee is his own. His mine is the deepest and darkest in the territory, and there Lee learns the full extent of her magical gift, the worst of her uncle, and the true strength of her friendships. To save everyone, she vows to destroy her uncle and the empire he is building—even at the cost of her own freedom.

The second epic historical fantasy in the Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson, the acclaimed author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns. 

Now on to the post! 

I was actually going to take a couple day trips to get some pics but real life and work got in the way so I didn't get a chance to go but there's a ton of great pics on the internet and yes I grabbed ones that I can share also check out the gold panning video! I will post photo credit in the photo captions.

When I was planning the trip I emailed Rae to ask for some of the areas she was focusing on in the book and I got her response so I will use her response with the pics for the significance.

Also at the end of book 1 Walk on Earth A Stranger they find their way to Sutter’s Fort, that was pretty much the first place most people went before setting out for their claims so I thought I’d share a couple pics of the as well.

From https://www.parks.ca.gov/

From https://www.parks.ca.gov/

Old Town Sac--LOVE the history museum. They have a GIANT ASS gold nugget or two that's worth a gander. All under lock and key and alarm system, of course. Also some really cute restaurants. You've probably been to all of them. :)

This is what Sacramento looked like in 1849

From wikipedia

Courtesy of The Sacramento History Museum

I love this website! Hysterical Walks most of the pics are of Old Sacramento from Gold Rush Days an event we hold every Labor Day Weekend! Head on over and check out the rest of the pics!

And believe it or not I (Jaime) used to work in Old Sacramento as a Bartender so I couldn’t do a photo post of Old Sac and not use a pic of my bar! I did find an old pic of me sitting outside taking a break from the craziness ignore the glare it was a bad camera lol.

Courtesy of Google Maps

Mormon Island--under water at Lake Folsom now, but there is still a history marker, and I've heard from a few folks that some of the ruins were exposed during the drought. (Though maybe they're covered back up after the rain?) 

Jaime- They definitely are covered back up, the drought was in 2015 but I have a news clip from our local TV station KCRA of right after the drought. I also found some images of what it might have looked like.

Here's the news clip and article. There's also a slideshow of some of the things that were exposed.

From myfolsom.com
www.meetup.com Mormon Island (undated photo). Folsom Lake topographic map. Mormon Island Wetland Preserve

Here's the Marker Rae was talking about.


Coloma--Home of Sutter's Mill. I think you can do gold panning at Marshall Gold Discovery Park. The American River and its various forks appears in the book a lot.



And here's the panning for gold clip from YouTube! It's a popular thing again here in California! But honestly much hasn't changed in the way you pan for gold this is a cool video to watch!

Other locations relevant to the book, like Rough & Ready, are probably outside the radius of a single day's fun.

Here's some pics from Rough & Ready too!
NoeHill Travels in California


About Rae:

I write books about teens who must do brave things. I'm originally from California, but I now live in Arizona with my husband, who is the smartest and therefore sexiest man I know. My books tend to contain lots of adventure, a little magic and romance, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. I especially love to write about questions I don't know the answers to.

Giveaway Details:

3 Finished Copies of LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS (US Only)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:


  1. I'm seriously so excited about LARG! I'm so thrilled that it has a California setting because I'm a native Californian and I love reading books with settings that I can relate to!

  2. I love the idea of this series. Being able to sense gold is a great magical skill. Thanks for the post and the giveaway!

  3. Eee, I loved this book. <3 So much :D And this tour post is aaawesome. Thank you for sharing Jaime :D


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