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Happy National Lighthouse Day, reader friends! Let’s head to Lake Superior to celebrate with today’s featured author! She is sharing some her favorite places to visit and two bookish freebies for all y’all!
About the Author
Naomi Rawlings is the author of multiple historical Christian novels, including the Amazon bestselling Eagle Harbor series.
While she’d love to claim she spends her days huddled in front of her computer vigorously typing, in reality, she spends her time homeschooling, cleaning, picking up, and pretending like her house isn’t in a constant state of chaos.
She lives with her husband and three children in Michigan’s rugged Upper Peninsula, along the southern shore of Lake Superior where they get 200 inches of snow every year, and where people still grow their own vegetables and cut down their own firewood–just like in the historical novels she writes.
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Five Favorite Places to Visit on Lake Superior
Eagle Harbor / Copper Harbor / Brockway Mountain Drive
Naomi: These three spots are all located within about 15 miles from each other. Both Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor are old port towns that were established during the region’s copper mining boom in the mid to late 1800s.
Brockway Mountain offers an amazing view of Lake Superior, and Eagle Harbor also offers tours of the historic, still-operating lighthouse, as well as access to several smaller museums and the boathouse from the former U.S. Life-Saving Station there.
All it took was one visit to this area, and I was hooked. I simply had to write a novel series set there, which is how my Eagle Harbor series was born.
Beth: That beautiful view IS inspiring!
Presque Isle, Porcupine Mountain State Park
Naomi: Do you want to see waterfalls plus miles of pristine Lake Superior shoreline?
Visit Presque Isle in Michigan’s Porcupine Mountain State Park. It’s simply gorgeous.
Beth: How pretty!
Montreal River Falls
Naomi: I enjoy hiking, and living where I do, I can choose from lots of beautiful hikes. However, my absolute favorite is an obscure one on the opposite side of the Keweenaw Peninsula from Copper Harbor.
I love this hike because the trail follows the Lake Superior shoreline along some small bluffs until you reach the Montreal River, where you find a rapid-like waterfall.
You can then follow the river north where you’ll find a steeper waterfall, but be warned you might lose track of the trail a time or two. Hint: just follow the river and you’ll be fine. But please be warned this hike is not for the faint of heart.
Beth: I love waterfalls but I might fall under the faint of heart category when it comes to hiking 😉
Naomi: Think the days of giant ships hauling cargo are long gone? Think again. One trip to the twin cities of Duluth, MN and Superior, WI, and you’ll see freighters the size of sky scrapers being loaded with cargo at the numerous docks.
The Duluth Port marks the very end of the St. Lawrence Seaway, and though it’s located in the middle of the United States and surrounded by miles and miles of fresh water, it’s actually considered a sea port.
Beth: That’s fascinating!
Isle Royale National Park
Naomi: This last one I’ve never been to, but I’m told it’s gorgeous, and I’ll probably get there some day. It’s rated as one of the most remote National Parks in the United States, and it’s also designated wilderness, which means there’s no electricity or fancy lodging.
It also means you can’t use engines, so no ATVs to ferry you around the 60-mile-long island. And of course, Isle Royale is only accessible by boat. The good news is that you can boat around the outside of the island all you want, as there’s nothing illegal about running boat engines in Lake Superior.
Beth: I love hearing about places like this, unspoiled nature ❤
Naomi: Love’s Unfading Light is the first book in my Eagle Harbor series. I loved basing this novel (and the entire series) on a real-life lighthouse in a real-life town. I also enjoyed sharing a story about how two imperfect people can look beyond their own struggles to help others—and find love. Both God’s love and romantic love.
Eagle Harbor—Where Love Finds Its Anchor
Lake Superior, 1880
Tressa Danell is finished with men—from the wastrel who left her a widow, to the smelly trapper who keeps proposing, to the banker who wants to repossess her bakery. Every hour is spent working to pay off her late husband’s debt and keep a roof over her son’s head, though it’s doubtful she can do both for very long. But one thing’s certain—she’ll never be beholden to a man again.
Tired of living in a small town that blames him for actions his father committed ten years ago, Mac Oakton is scheduled to leave Eagle Harbor. So why does the pretty widow at the bakery keep tugging at his heart? He can’t get involved in her predicament when he’ll only be around for two more weeks.
But when Tressa’s burdens overwhelm her, they both face a decision. Can Mac set his own plans aside to help? And can Tressa accept his support if that means giving up her independence … and being obligated to a man again?
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Beth: I’m looking forward to making my way to this story in my tbr!
What are you working on right now?
Naomi: Right now I’m actually writing the sixth book in the Eagle Harbor series, Love’s Bright Tomorrow, and it’s going to be the final book of the series for now (though I might come back and revisit the series in a few years).
I’ve had lots of readers ask about Aileen and Isaac’s story, and I’m excited to be able to share it with everyone in early 2018. Both Aileen and Isaac have troubles from their past that they need to overcome, and I trust their journey will be inspiring and uplifting to readers.
Beth: I adore a nice long series and what pretty covers, too!
Naomi: Love’s Unfading Light is free right now on all vendors, so if you want to lose yourself in an inspiring love story for a few hours, I’d love for you to download a copy.
PLUS, sign up for the Naomi Rawlings Author Newsletter and receive a free ebook, Love’s Violet Sunrise!
Have you visited a lighthouse, reader friends?
I haven’t had that opportunity yet but I’d like to!
24 thoughts on “Naomi Rawlings: author spotlight + freebie”
I love the way you write, Naomi Rawlings! Can’t wait to read more! My husband and I would love to live in the UP also! It is a dream of ours!
With all this Great Lakes buzz, I’m going to have to plan a trip to see it for myself!
I attended MTU so heading to Brockway was a must in the fall. This post brings back wonderful, fun memories of living in da UP, eh!
Thanks so much, Cindy! I’m glad you enjoy my books. And the UP is a beautiful place to live, though there aren’t a lot of jobs. I feel fortunate to be able to live here and be so close to so many beautiful sites.
Yes! MTU is in a beautiful spot, and a lot of students are able to explore the UP. I’m glad the post brings back good memories.
I grew up near a lighthouse. I don’t remember visiting it. I need to read Naomi’s books. 🙂
So many books, so little time!
I read a series of books (Carolina series by Lisa Wingate) that made me want to visit the Outerbanks in NC someday. So a few years later my husband & I were so fortunate to visit family in NC and spend a few days on the outer banks. We visited every lighthouse out there! (Five I think!). I can’t wait to read Love’s Unfading Light!
Oh, that must have been so pretty. I’ve never been to the outer banks. Lighthouses on the Atlantic are usually quite a bit taller than the ones on the Great Lakes. I don’t recall ever being to an ocean lighthouse before, but living in the Midwest, I don’t get to the coasts all that much.
That makes me want to read Lisa’s series!
I’ve not had a chance to visit a lighthouse but I love reading about them.
That’s one of my favorite things about reading. You can experience so much more with a book in your hand than you’d ever get to otherwise!
I visited a lighthouse when we went to Portugal. I love Naomi’s books. Thanks for the spotlight, Beth and Naomi.
Portugal, wow! YOU definitely beat the rest of us if you’ve toured a foreign lighthouse. How old was it?
I’m impressed, Winnie! Very cool!
We’ve climbed several lighthouses. (Even have a t-shirt from one. 🙂 ) I have a thing about heights, but it’s breath-taking when you get to the top! The wind is blowing & you can walk around the cat walk & get a 360° view!
I’m not that great with heights either, Robin. The lighthouses on Lake Superior usually aren’t very tall, so I’m okay with those… if I don’t look straight down. But honestly, seeing the historical building and reading about it is a bigger draw for me than standing on the top of the tour. I could skip that part and be just fine.
Naomi, you made me laugh! Yeah, I prefer seeing them from the ground & reading about them too!! 🙂
Heights are an important issue to consider, I’m squeamish unless my kids are with me then I’m a hot mess!
Thanks so much for having me, Beth! I enjoyed being here, and on National Lighthouse Day, too!
I love how that worked out!!! Thank you for visiting, Naomi!
I love lighthouses and visited one when we were at Oak Island, NC. Your book covers are beautiful and your stories sound delightful. I would love to win a copy. ????
I grew up in SW Michigan, so I’ve seen lots of lighthouses! I’ve never gotten to go inside and climb to the top of one, though.
My hubby’s been to Copper Harbor but I haven’t. Someday we’ll have to make a trip up there!