real pictures and places from a stranger thing…chicago!

In my last couple posts, I’ve shared some pictures from Brussels and Denver, 2 of the major locations in A Stranger Thing. The final major location I’ll be posting some of my own photos from is Chicago, where Kylar, Jansen, Thaler, Xavier, Drew, and Brooke live! I grew up about 3 hours from Chicago, and one of my best friends lives there now, so I visit pretty often. It is a beautiful city and LOTS of fun!! 🙂

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along the Chicago Riverwalk

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Michigan Avenue skyline as viewed from Millennium Park. these buildings are like the one where I imagine Brady getting a place later in the book (don’t worry, that’s not much of a spoiler)

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Mich Ave skyline at dusk from Lake Michigan

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view from floor 103 of the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower). the tall black building near the lake is the John Hancock Building, where Kylar goes w/ Steven on Valentine’s Day

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looking south and east along Lake Michigan, toward Indiana

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looking north along Lake Michigan, toward Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville, Lakeview, Uptown, and eventually Wisconsin

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another view from the Willis Tower

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view of the Chicago River from above

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the river dyed green for St Patty’s Day 🙂

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a summer day at the beach along Lake Michigan!

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Montrose Harbor, at a beach in Uptown

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Lincoln Park in winter. Kylar, Jansen, Xav, and Thaler live in this neighborhood, a little north of downtown and the Loop

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in the heart of Wrigleyville! Drew lives just a few blocks from Wrigley Field

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view from floor 12 of the Westin on Michigan Avenue, where Jansen stays when she shows up early in Chicago and surprises Thaler

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same view in daylight

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me w/ my Chicago bestie Chris 🙂

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another of Chris and me, hanging at a bar in Wrigleyville

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We ❤ Chi-town! 🙂

For more about the adventures of Kylar, Jansen, Xav, Thaler, Drew, and Brooke, make sure to check out A Stranger Thing on my blog or website! 🙂 Until next time, and thanks for reading… 🙂

real pictures and places from a stranger thing…denver!

Ok guys, I really am going to start updating my blog WAY more often. 🙂 Last time, I featured some pictures I took in Brussels, where my character Kella lives and where a few pretty important scenes in A Stranger Thing take place, including the awesome cliffhanger! 😉 Today, I am showcasing Denver, where Lorylyn, Zibby, Taylor, Crissy, Winthrop, and Brady live, and where I used to live as well! I love this city so much. 🙂

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downtown Denver

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16th Street Mall, where Lorylyn, Taylor, and Zibby’s apartment building is 🙂

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clock tower on 16th Street Mall, one of Denver’s iconic landmarks…the tallest building west of the Mississippi until 1957! I lived 2 blocks from here!

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my favorite sculpture in Writer’s Square on the 16th Street Mall

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my apartment building in Denver! I lived on the 27th floor here for 3 years =D

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view from my bedroom window 🙂

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view of Uptown from my living room…this is one of the places Zibby and DJ look at houses

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another fabulous view from my living room 🙂

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Red Rocks Amphitheater, one of the places Lorylyn takes Jansen, Kylar, and Cade to visit when they come for Thanksgiving

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Casa Bonita, the best restaurant in the WORLD!!! =D Another of the places Lorylyn takes Jansen, Kylar, and Cade

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view of Denver from Buffalo Bill’s grave on Lookout Mountain, where Lorylyn and Cade talk about her relationship w/ Brady and whether to move to New York

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looking the other direction from Buffalo Bill’s grave at the top of Lookout Mountain

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the creepy bronco statue at DIA…just google “Denver airport conspiracy theories” 🙂 love this thing!

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My brother Josh and me at the summit of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park…it tops out at just over 12,000 feet and is the highest stretch of paved highway in the country! This is where Zibby and DJ go for a weekend shortly after moving to Denver, while Lorylyn is in Florida for Jill’s wedding. Another fun fact…for every 1000 feet of altitude gained, the temperature drops as much as every 600 miles driven north…so going up this road from where it starts at 7500 feet to here, just over 12,000, is like driving to the arctic circle in an hour 🙂

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Josh and me in Vail. The house in the background is like I imagine the one to be where Lorylyn and her friends stay in Breck

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Colorado ski slope

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my 2nd time skiing…me and my friend Derick

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me and my Denver besties at the Coral Room, our favorite spot for Sunday Funday 🙂

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another fabulous Sunday Funday at the Coral Room…read the dedication page in the book 🙂

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Katy, Holly, and me…I had most of my craziest Denver adventures w/ these lovely ladies. They are the real-life Crissy and Taylor…fictionalized of course 😉

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meet the real-life Winthrop Gilligan (but also fictionalized, of course) ;)…my other Denver bestie Speedy!!

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Katy, Holly, and me at a Rockies game at Coors Field 🙂

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pretzel necklaces for the Great American Beer Fest

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at one of our favorite rooftop bars, which consisted of LoDo’s and the Tavern Downtown…this was LoDo’s

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author pic for the book, taken about a block away from my apartment at an outdoor fountain downtown

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another view of downtown

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16th Street Mall at sunset 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed the photo tour of my Denver world and gained some insight into Lorylyn, Taylor, Zibby, Crissy, Winthrop, and Brady’s Denver world too! 🙂 Make sure to check out A Stranger Thing, if you haven’t already, to read much more about it! 🙂

a stranger thing cover reveal and pre-order!!

The cover for my new book, A Stranger Thing, is below!! Go here to read about the plot of the book: A Stranger Thing. Also, you can now pre-order A Stranger Thing at a discount! The cover price is $23.99, but if you email me at daisy@daisyjordan.com and let me know you are interested, I will let you know how you can purchase it through PayPal for only $15, and free shipping! =D

A Stranger Thing

A Stranger Thing


a stranger thing back cover

A Stranger Thing back cover

Can’t wait for you to read the book!! To check out some character interviews beforehand, start with Lorylyn and you can link to another interview from hers, and another one from there, and so on. You can meet 12 of the characters total! And don’t forget to pre-order – email me at daisy@daisyjordan.com! =D

Talk to you soon!

taylor cren: character interview

In today’s A Stranger Thing character interview, you’ll be meeting Taylor! Taylor and Lorylyn first meet shortly after Lorylyn arrives in Denver and is searching for roommates on Craigslist. Taylor has lived in Denver ever since college, but her current roommate and best friend Crissy is about to move in with a guy, so Taylor is on her own. Lorylyn’s roommate criteria include someone who’s either new to Denver like her or someone with an established life and fun friends, and Taylor seems like the latter. The two of them, as well as Crissy and Zibby, hit it off immediately, but even as she gets to know Taylor better, Lorylyn continues to be caught off guard by Taylor’s love life.

Taylor, one of the main characters in A Stranger Thing (doll created at dollzmania.net)

Taylor, one of the main characters in A Stranger Thing (doll created at dollzmania.net)

-What’s your name?

~Taylor Cren

-How old are you?

~26

-Where do you live?

~Denver

-If you were an alcoholic beverage, which one would you be and why?

~I’d be a vodka soda because it’s fun and classic and gets you going, just like I do. 😉

-What’s your biggest secret?

~Before the start of the book I don’t really have any secrets. Shortly after I meet Lorylyn and we become roomies, this guy hurts me pretty badly but I don’t tell anyone because no one even knows we were involved (except Crissy). I also do tend to date multiple guys at once and don’t tell any of the guys there are others. 🙂 It’s not like I give them any indication it’s exclusive though, so there’s nothing wrong with that, right?! 🙂

-What’s the biggest surprise we’ll see from you in A Stranger Thing (without giving too much away, of course)?

~Probably just things with guys that you don’t necessarily see coming, because while I date a lot of guys, I don’t always give the details, because sometimes they just don’t matter. Or sometimes, they matter too much. But then other times, I give all the details. So I think that’s why people are surprised when they find out there was something they missed, or something I didn’t tell, because they think they’ve heard the whole story.

-What’s one thing that happens in A Stranger Thing that you would change, if you could (again, without giving too much away)?

~I wouldn’t want to be separated from some of my friends at the end of the book!!! 😦 And…I’d probably avoid dating all those guys by being with the one I really like the most, if it was in my power to change that. Who knows…maybe I can. We’ll see… 😉

-Thanks, Taylor! Taylor is a new character in A Stranger Thing, but if you’d like to find out about some of the other characters prior to this book, check out All That Sparkles Isn’t Real Sapphire and I Don’t Want the Rest of Your Life. And make sure to read the other character interviews for A Stranger Thing: Lorylyn, Kylar, Zibby, Brady, and Xavier. Up tomorrow…Cade, Lorylyn’s ex-husband!

brady cash: character interview

Time for the next character interview in the A Stranger Thing interview series! So far we’ve heard from Lorylyn, Kylar, and Zibby, and if you missed those, you can read them by clicking the character’s name! Today’s featured character is Brady, who is Lorylyn’s ex-boyfriend and has a long, drawn-out, troubled history with her over the past 12 years. Most recently, they are slowly rebuilding their friendship after a huge fight and 7 months of silence. Within the last year, Brady also had a five-year relationship with his most recent ex…and fiancée…Holly, end in disaster. You’ll hear a little more about that if you read the book! 🙂

-What’s your name?

~Brady Cash

-How old are you?

~27

-Where do you live?

~I live in Denver; I’m a shortstop for the Colorado Rockies.

-If you were an alcoholic beverage, which one would you be and why?

~I would be a Shiner Bock. I came to love that beer while living in Texas during college and the first few years after. I feel like by looking at the bottle, you don’t know what it’s going to taste like, and sometimes I don’t know if I really even know myself or what I’m ever going to do or why I do it.

-What’s your biggest secret?

~Well, it’s actually one that was kept from me for several years, which I find out about in A Stranger Thing. Okay, well that’s not fair…somebody tried to tell me about it a long time ago. But I didn’t believe it then, and now…well, even after I know, it’s still pretty much a secret, because only a couple other people know about it.

-What’s the biggest surprise we’ll see from you in A Stranger Thing (without giving too much away, of course)?

~Maybe the effect that finding out that secret has on me and on a couple relationships in my life. That has probably been the biggest surprise to me.

-What’s one thing that happens in A Stranger Thing that you would change, if you could (again, without giving too much away)?

~I would go back and tell myself to stop making excuses and face things head-on. There’s a lot of missed time I’ll never get back, and although I don’t think the outcome of things would’ve been different, I wish I had handled it differently.

Ok, thanks, Brady! These guys are doing a good job not giving too much away, but hopefully they’re making you curious! 😉 Tomorrow you’ll hear from Xavier, one of the guys Kylar talked about in her interview…and who’s also the focus of some of her songs. 🙂

Happy wondering. 🙂

zibby ainsley: character interview

Today’s interview features Zibby, another main character in my upcoming novel, A Stranger Thing! If you missed the first two interviews in the series, you can find them here: Lorylyn’s interview and Kylar’s interview. Zibby is normally pretty low-key, but those who’ve read past books about Zibby are in for something new this time around, because I would say her storyline in A Stranger Thing is the most unexpected of any character’s. 😉

Zibby, one of the main characters in A Stranger Thing (doll created at dollzmania.net)

Zibby, one of the main characters in A Stranger Thing (doll created at dollzmania.net)


 

-What’s your name?

~Zibby Ainsley is how my friends know me. Professionally I use Isabella Barrini. Isabella’s my real first name, and Barrini is my maiden name.

-How old are you?

~26

-Where do you live?

~Headed to Denver w/ my husband DJ, who just got a job there! My friend Lorylyn is moving out there too, and we’re going to open a counseling practice together. For the last 8 years I lived in Irvine, Indiana and went to college at Irelan University.

-If you were an alcoholic beverage, which one would you be and why?

~I’d be a vodka Sprite, because I’m pretty laid-back and not much dramatic stuff happens in my life, but just when you think you can predict my story, a little splash of zest and flavor will get thrown in the mix.

-What’s your biggest secret?

~My parents think DJ and I got married when we were 22 and had just finished undergrad. We really got married in Amsterdam when I was 20 and he was 21.

-What’s the biggest surprise we’ll see from you in A Stranger Thing (without giving too much away, of course)?

~What happens when DJ and I are looking for houses in Denver.

-What’s one thing that happens in A Stranger Thing that you would change, if you could (again, without giving too much away)?

~There’s one really big thing I could say I’d change…but it would mean changing who I am, or who someone else is. And I really believe in being who you are and following your dreams/desires, and doing what’s right for your life. So…I wouldn’t change anything.

-Thanks, Zibby! If you want to know more, read about Zibby during her 8 years of college in All That Sparkles Isn’t Real Sapphire and I Don’t Want the Rest of Your Life.

Tomorrow, I’ll be switching over to the first of the major male characters in the novel…you’ll be hearing from Brady Cash, Lorylyn’s ex-boyfriend and a shortstop for the Colorado Rockies! See you then. 🙂

lorylyn porter: character interview

Today is the first character interview for my upcoming novel A Stranger Thing! Read about the plot of the book here: A Stranger Thing. Today’s featured character, Lorylyn Porter, has been around since the Spin the Bottle days, and now she’s just gotten her PhD and is off on a new adventure!

Lorylyn, one of the main characters in A Stranger Thing

Lorylyn, one of the main characters in A Stranger Thing (doll created at dollzmania.net)



-What’s your name?

~Lorylyn Porter

-How old are you?

~25

-Where do you live?

~I’m getting ready to move from Indiana, where I grew up and went to college, to Denver to open a counseling practice with my friend Zibby.

-If you were an alcoholic beverage, which one would you be and why?

~I think I would be a shot of pineapple upside down cake, because I’m little, and I’m usually bright and cheery like the colors of the shot. It’s pink and yellow, and I also think the line between them represents the two sides of me: my professional side, Dr. Porter, where I’m able to feel totally confident counseling others, and my personal side, where I still have no idea which guy I want to be with. 🙂

-What’s your biggest secret?

~That I’m in love with my friend Jansen’s best friend, Jason. Not a fantasy crush love, like it was when it started, but real love. A few of my friends know, including Jansen, but I would die if Jason found out.

-What’s the biggest surprise we’ll see from you in A Stranger Thing (without giving too much away, of course)?

~Well, I think it’s who’s waiting for me at the airport in New York. In case you didn’t read the last book about me, I Don’t Want the Rest of Your Life, it ended with me getting a plane ticket to NYC in the mail with an anonymous note saying, “Please come. I need to talk to you and I have a surprise for you.” And don’t think you’re gonna find out on page one. 😉

-What’s one thing that happens in A Stranger Thing that you would change, if you could (again, without giving too much away)?

~I would change what happens with Brady’s grandma, because even though I think things ended up how they should’ve, I would’ve liked it to get to the same point, but…differently. I guess that’s all I can say for now.

-Thanks, Lorylyn! Tomorrow, look for the next interview in the series, this time with Lorylyn’s college roommate and good friend Kylar! Kylar will answer the same questions Lorylyn did today. 🙂

Kylar, one of the main characters in A Stranger Thing (doll created at dollzmania.net)

Kylar, one of the main characters in A Stranger Thing (doll created at dollzmania.net)

To find out more about Lorylyn and other characters’ past stories, check out Spin the Bottle, All That Sparkles Isn’t Real Sapphire, and I Don’t Want the Rest of Your Life! Until tomorrow… 🙂