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Book Tour – 100 Things To Do in Dallas Fort Worth Before You Die


Genre: Non-Fiction / Texas Travel
Date of Publication: September 15, 2018
Number of Pages: 160 with black & white images
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Have you ever drawn a blank when a friend or family member asks, “What do you want to do today?” Maybe you have visitors to show around the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex, or perhaps you’ve lived here for years but feel like you’re in a rut rather than experiencing anything new.
If so, Tui Snider’s new book is for you! If you live in, or are visiting, the DFW region, this list will inspire you to start exploring. If you’re hungry, flip through the Food & Drink section. Looking for entertainment or want to get outdoors? Dig into the Music & Entertainment or the Sports & Recreation sections. Want to barter for antiques or see a museum? Check out the Culture & History or the Shopping & Fashion sections.
This book is a playful bucket list of suggestions meant to spark ideas: everything from family outings, date nights, and solo excursions, to simply hanging out with friends on your day off.

The Strangest Places in

100 Things to Do in Dallas – Fort Worth Before You Die

by Tui Snider

My new book, 100 Things to Do in Dallas – Fort Worth Before You Die, is divided into sections covering Food & Drink, Music and Entertainment, Sports and Recreation, Culture and History, and Shopping and Fashion sections.
Even though there was no specific section called “Weird and Quirky,” I couldn’t resist adding a few off-ball items onto the list. Here are three of the most unusual travel destinations included in the book:

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PHOTO – Munster Mansion replica in Waxahachie, TX (c) Tui Snider

#1 Munster Mansion Replica in Waxahachie, Texas
While you can’t set your GPS for “1313 Mockingbird Lane,” you can visit an incredible replica of the Munster family home in the town of Waxahachie. In 2001, Sandra and Charles McKee built a replica of the creepy home depicted in the 1960s-era TV sitcom. The pair carefully rewatched all seventy episodes of The Munsters to perfect their design, which includes a fire-breathing creature under the staircase.
Despite the effort the McKees put into creating their Munster Mansion, it is not a year-round tourist attraction. For them, it is simply a fun project. Even so, since 2002, the McKees occasionally host charity events and private parties.
To see photos from my visit to a Munster Mansion Open House, drop by my website:

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PHOTO – Da Vinci’s Wax Supper in Ft Worth, TX (c) Tui Snider

#2 Da Vinci’s “Wax Supper”
In 1955, oil tycoon Bill Fleming commissioned a version of Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece The Last Supper. Instead of a painting, however, Fleming paid for a life-sized sculpture made from wax. To complete this project, Fleming hired the mother/ daughter team of Katherine and Katherine Marie Stubergh, a duo well known for their wax sculptures. After eighteen months, their “Wax Supper” was done, and Bill Fleming gave it to the city of Fort Worth.
For the next forty years, the waxwork made the rounds from churches to a shopping mall. In 1997, it was placed in storage, and for a while all seemed lost. In 2009, however, the wax display was restored. The Stubergh’s “Wax Supper” is currently on display at the Christian Arts Museum in Fort Worth, where entry is free of charge.
To see more photos of the “Wax Supper,” drop by my blog:
3221 Hamilton Ave., Fort Worth 817-332-7878

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Photo 3 – Headstone for alleged space alien in Aurora, Texas (c) Tui Snider

#3 Space Alien Grave in Aurora Cemetery
In April 1897, the Dallas News reported a UFO crash in the Wise County town of Aurora. According to the reporter, although the petite alien was “not an inhabitant of this world,” his or her body was buried in the local cemetery. This bizarre legend remains popular among mystery seekers and is even mentioned on a Texas State Historical Marker at the site. In recent years, the city of Aurora has embraced its strange legacy by hosting an Aurora Alien Expo, incorporating a bug-eyed alien into the city logo and even erecting a sculpture of a crashed spaceship as you enter town. Keep an eye on the city’s website for tours of the crash site and grave as well as alien-themed festivals throughout the year.
For more about this bizarre slice of North Texas history, check out my article here:

Tui Snider is an author, speaker, and photographer who specializes in hometown travel. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction – but then, I moved to Texas!” Snider’s work has been featured by a variety of outlets, including Coast to Coast AM, LifeHack, easyJet and Authentic Texas. Snider’s award-winning books include Unexpected Texas, Paranormal Texas, Understanding Cemetery Symbols, and more. Tui enjoys connecting with readers all over the globe through her WEBSITE.
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Bloggers’ Choice Awards WINNERS! Best Non-Fiction History, Best Biography/Memoir, & Best Western – Lone Star Book Blog Tours

The Lone Star Book Blog Tours team has voted, and the results are in! From Best Fiction to Most Engaged Author, we have seventeen awards to hand out to the awesome Texas books and authors featured on Lone Star Book Blog Tours in 2017.

From February 15-23, 2018, please join us as we hop around the LSBBT blogs and share the winners, runners-up, and shortlisted titles. Don’t miss it!

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Understanding Cemetery Symbols by Tui Snider

Yonderings by Ben English

A Witness to History by Janet Neugebauer

Baugh to Brady by Lew Freedman

Equal Opportunity Hero by Phil Price

Of Bulletins and Booze by Bob Horton

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Yonderings by Ben English

The Rebirth of Hope by Sau Le Hudecek

Of Bulletins and Booze by Bob Horton

Bending Angels by Jack Emmett

Equal Opportunity Hero by Phil Price

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Badlands by Melissa Lenhardt

Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer [See my review!]

Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

To Marry a Texas Outlaw by Linda Broday

Knight on the Texas Plains by Linda Broday

Blood Oath by Melissa Lenhardt


2/14: Awards Announcement

2/15: Best Hook & Best Creative Concept

2/16: Best Non-Fiction History, Best Biography/Memoir, & Best Western

2/17: Best Children’s/Juvenile/YA & Best Series

2/18: Best Literary Fiction & Best Religious/Inspirational/Spiritual

2/19: Best Mystery/Suspense, Best Romance, & Best Fantasy

2/20: Best Cover & Most Engaged Author

2/21: Best Texas Book

2/22: Best Non-Fiction Book

2/23: Best Fiction Book


Best Non-Fiction History, Best Biography/Memoir, & Best Western


A Page Before Bedtime
Book Fidelity
Books and Broomsticks
Books in the Garden
Chapter Break Book Blog
Forgotten Winds
Missus Gonzo
Hall Ways Blog
Momma on the Rocks
The Librarian Talks
The Love of a Bibliophile
The Page Unbound
Reading by Moonlight
StoreyBook Reviews
Syd Savvy
Tangled in Text
Texas Book Lover

Come back tomorrow for the next award announcements!

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Blog Tour — Understanding Cemetery Symbols

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A Field Guide for Historic Graveyards

(Messages from the Dead)



Genre: History / Landmarks & Monuments / Iconography

Publisher: Castle Azle Press

Date of Publication: August 19, 2017

Number of Pages: 250

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