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i’m off to denmark with author sara blaedel!

Sara Blaedel

I’m heading to Copenhagen today to join one of my favorite authors, Sara Blaedel, on a personal hygge tour of her homeland.

What?!” you’re probably thinking.

I know! That was my first reaction, too!

Let me give you a little background so you can get as excited as I am. I’d love for you to join us virtually.

Around the beginning of the year, I discovered hygge, the Danish philosophy of “cozy.” That’s how the people in Denmark live their lives, and it’s probably why they’re considered the happiest people in the world.

The Forgotten GirlsI decided that was going to be my philosophy, too. I made it my word for 2017, although here we are six months later and I still haven’t written that post. Regardless, I must have talked about it so much that the Universe granted me this amazing opportunity to experience it firsthand — with one of my favorite authors!

Anyway, a few months ago, I wrote a couple of pieces, Cozy On the Go: 10 Ways to Bring Hygge With You and 10 Places to Experience Hygge Outside of Denmark, for USA Today 10Best.

After I posted the second one on Facebook, Sara Blaedel commented that she wanted to take me on a hygge tour of her personal favorite places IN Denmark. I smiled to myself, thinking how nice it was of this wildly successful author to take the time to write a little message to me, and I gave it a “like.”

The Killing ForestBut she was serious.

If you don’t know Sara’s bestselling books, do yourself a favor and go get them now. But be prepared to stay up all night. You see, Sara is considered Denmark’s “Queen of Crime.” She’s been voted Most Popular Author in Denmark four times, and was awarded the Golden Laurel, the country’s most prestigious literary award.

And I’m going to be hanging out with her in one of the most beautiful places in the world!

The Lost WomanWhile I’m away, I hope you’ll start reading Sara’s series about homicide detective Louise Rick and her best friend, journalist Camilla Lind, so you’ll totally get into all the behind-the-scenes scoop I’m going to get from Sara. I can’t wait to follow Louise’s footsteps across Denmark, although I have to admit I’m a little freaked out thinking about some of those scenes in  The Forgotten GirlsThe Killing Forest and her latest, The Lost Woman.

Please join Sara and me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, where we will share some of our adventures. I say some because I’m thinking what happens in Denmark stays in Denmark, especially the part that involves saunas and bathing suits.

But I am hoping that once Sara and I have become BFFs, she’ll name a character after me in her next book.

I’m also hoping she won’t kill me her off.


  1. Safe travels, Lois. The Universe certainly does love you every single day. I know you’ll have a great time.

  2. Amazing!! I want to live a life similar to yours someday, my friend. Your enthusiasm is contagious and I just love seeing your adventures. <3 Safe travels and have a blast.

  3. Jacqui Odell says:

    How exciting!! I haven’t heard of any of these books, but they sound great! I wonder if I can get them on my kindle.

  4. Wendy Karp says:

    i can’t wait to see photos of the places I’ve been reading about! Have a wonderful time!!

  5. I will be having a vicarious amazing time with you! How wonderful Lois!!! I love her books, and did not know she is the “Queen of Crime”. Let the adventure begin. I can totally see a character in her next book like you, smart, saucy, fun and a good friend.

  6. Congratulations! This all sounds so exciting. I will check out her books!

  7. Sheryl Kraft says:

    I’m so excited for you! Be careful to stay out of (too much) trouble and have a blast!

  8. Lois…Only someone as “disarming” as you could befriend the Queen of Crime! Hope you have a wonderful trip and will definitely check out her books! Xoxo, Marie

  9. Congratulations!! Hope you have a safe and wonderful trip! Take a ton of pictures too… I would love to see what you did while you were away.

  10. I love it! When I went to Copenhagen a few years ago I found the people so friendly. We were even invited to someones home we had just met for their daughters 16th birthday party. It was lovely. What a gift! I need to check out Sara Blaedel’s books. They look great! Have fun!!!

  11. How exciting! Congratulations on the trip. I have always wanted to visit Denmark and can’t wait to see the hygge which I will now have to learn more about, as well as her books!

  12. Okay so this is the coolest thing ever. I think I would be excited for just a comment on FB from her as well, but the fact that she is taking you on tour- that is AWESOME! Have fun!

  13. Sounds like a great trip!

  14. Kristin says:

    That’s so cool! Have a great trip!

  15. Wow, how amazing is that? What a great time you will have and I can’t wait to follow along. Also thanks for the great book suggestions.

  16. Wow what a trip! I cannot wait to see your pics and follow along on social media of your trip!

  17. Denmark looks so cool! Definitely a place to put on a bucket list

  18. Wow! Can’t wait to read up on your adventures. This seems like such a wonderful experience!

  19. Wow! I can tell you really love and admire Sara, I’ll check out the books for sure. Have fun on the trip!

  20. How exciting for you! It seems like it will be a really memorable experience. A personal hygge tour of Denmark sounds pretty darn good to me. Have a great trip!

  21. Umm this story is AMAZING. What a great way to experience one of my favourite cities. I LOVE Copenhagen and of course I love the hygge principle too. There’s something so beautiful about it. I haven’t heard of Sara’s work before but it looks great and I like her spunk for taking you around her city. Very cool.

  22. I’ve never heard of Sara Blaedel before, I’ll have to check out her books. And hope you have a fantastic time in Demark 🙂

    Louise x

  23. Congratulations. This is definitely an awesome opportunity. Have a great time experience the hygge with your favorite author.

  24. That’s pretty amazing to get to visit a bucket list place of yours with an author native to that place! I always love reading books set in places I’ve been and some books have even inspired me to visit certain destinations. Enjoy the trip!

  25. Barbara says:

    I just finished The Forgotten Girls and highly recommend it. Enjoy your visit and continue to post pictures.

  26. How cool is that! Most heartwarming story I’ve read today. I want my favorite author to invite me on a tour of his country too!!

  27. That is a dream turned into reality! I can imagine how you feel it’s unreal but excited at the same time. I am so happy for you!

  28. Just goes to show that anything is possible. What an amazing story. I love crime novels so you’ve given me a new name to follow now. What an incredible experience.

  29. What an incredible and exciting experience for you! I’ve heard a lot about Hygge and to be able to experience it, in Denmark with one of your favorite authors is just amazing. I hope you have the best time!

  30. Wow, sounds amazing! Enjoy your trip! I m gonna have read these books. Sounds like she is a great author!

  31. I am a huge fan of Copenhagen, such a cool city. I’m very jealous you are going, especially with an author who knows the city so well. I’ll have to check out her books, they sound very interesting.

  32. You are my inspiration for taking hold of your dreams by the horns and manifesting them into reality! Have a fabulous time and I can’t wait to incorporate your mantras into mine #cozy

  33. I enjoy the work of Rachel Weisz.

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