Friday, April 12, 2013

Penner's Spotlight - Dora Hiers - Costa Rica/Panama

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Penner’s Spotlight

Penner: Dora Hiers of North Carolina

Location: Costa Rica and Panama

When you hurdle the half-century marker, time is a precious commodity, isn’t it? My hubby and I sailed past that milestone a few years back and committed to travel more. Since my parents joined us on a European cruise last fall, we agreed to tour Panama and Costa Rica with them. Although these two countries weren’t on my must-see list initially, I’m glad we joined them.

Once outside the bigger cities, life seemed to move at a slower pace. Families hung out on front porches after dinner or lazed in swaying hammocks. Cars were an oddity. Villagers walked or rode horses along country roads. People lingered over meals, and it was nice not to have a bill thrust in our faces while we were still eating.

After seeing the labor-intensive process at Casa Ruiz, a coffee farm in Panama, I firmly committed never to complain again about the price of coffee.
 We explored much of central Costa Rica. Translation: we drove a lot. We “oohed” and “ahhed” over Lake Arenal.
And La Paz Waterfall Gardens.
Most houses hid behind gates, where narrow entries expanded to luscious courtyards. Who would have guessed this waited for us beyond the entry gate?
 Paradise. No cell phone service. No televisions. No loud, rattling air conditioners. Just the soothing sounds of nature like the gentle breeze that rustled the curtains. Ahhh…

It’s tough to get old, isn’t it?

Have you traveled to Costa Rica or Panama? Or been surprised to especially enjoy a place that wasn't on your must-see list? Please join in the conversation below.

After a successful auditing career, Dora left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom to her two sons. When her youngest son didn’t want her hanging out at school with him anymore, Dora started writing heart racing, God-gracing books.
She’s thrilled that all of her stories found a home with White Rose Publishing/Pelican Book Group. Dora belongs to the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Carolina Christian Writers. Dora is married to her real life hero, a fire chief, who likes to plot with her during their lunch dates. They make their home in North Carolina.
When Dora isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, family gatherings, and mountain cabin getaways. She despises traffic, bad coffee, technological meltdowns, and a sad ending to a book. Her books always end with a happily-ever-after!
For more information about Dora, check out her website here, blogs here and here, or connect with her on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, or Pinterest.
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Flight Medic Delaney Hunt has loved Sage forever. But, he’s all about control and order while she embraces life and takes risks. As much as the idea appeals to her, she doesn’t need Sage looking over her shoulder. But when things go wrong and she finds herself hanging by her fingertips, who does she call to rescue her?
Will Delaney ever be the woman Sage wants by his side? Can Sage learn to live by grace, recognizing that God is in control? Can they overcome their fears to embrace life together?
After a humiliating breakup, best-selling romance author Teal Benning flees to Promise Lake to complete her current novel, minus paparazzi and flashing cameras. Suffering from writer's block and a broken heart, Teal accepts the offer of help from neighbor, Hunter Miciver.
Hunter longs to be more than the friend who picks up the shattered pieces of Teal's heart, but when Teal finds out his secret, will she see him for the man he is—a man of faith and devotion, a man who would cherish her for the rest of her days—or will she lump him into the same category as all the other men in her life, including her father?
 Will Teal recognize when truth whispers her name?


  1. Thanks for sharing my journey to Costa Rica and Panama today, Morgan! Your blog is like a virtual tour to places I hope to explore some day. Love visiting here!

    1. Hi Dora! Thanks so much! I'm so glad you could be my guest today. :)

  2. What beautiful photos, Dora! I had honestly never thought about where or how my morning coffee was made. Thanks for reminding me to be grateful for all the hands that went into producing my steaming mug. :)

    Re: surprising destinations, my husband came home from work one day and announced that his boss was taking the office to Puerto Rico. That country was not on my must see list, but it, too was an island paradise. We were so grateful to get the opportunity to see it.

    So glad I found your blog. Looking forward to traveling vicariously. :)

    1. Hi Angie! Thanks so much for stopping in and commenting! :) I'm glad you found this blog too. I'd love for you to share about your Puerto Rico trip sometime. (Guidelines are on this right sidebar - Penner's Spotlight)

      I went to P.R. on a scuba diving trip with my Dad a few years ago. It is a gorgeous place! Did you go to a bio bay? It was just magical.

      Have a great day!