Joe Yogerst hits the top of the Amazon charts

50 States, 5,000 Ideas — the latest National Geographic travel book from Joe Yogerst — has been a bone fide Amazon bestseller in its category for more than three months.

Released in early February, the book has reached number one in both the U.S. and Canada and continues to hover in the Amazon top four travel books in both nations.

A series of bucket lists rather than an in-depth guide book, 50 States features things to do in every American state and the District of Columbia, as well as 13 Canadian provinces and territories. The book also features tips on the best books, movies, music, edibles and artwork in many of the states.

50 States is the 32nd National Geographic book that Yogerst has worked on either as a solo author or as a member of a team of writers. Among his other Nat Geo books are Long Road South (about his odyssey driving the Pan American Highway from Texas to Argentina), Journeys of a Lifetime (an Amazon bestseller for ten years running), and the recently released Walking Venice.

A former network television writer and foreign correspondent, Yogerst lives with his family and pets in one of those small beach towns between San Diego and L.A.

Karen Rose Smith title to air as TV film


Karen Rose Smith’s Harlequin Special Edition romance His Country Cinderella has been selected by Brain Power Studios to be made into a TV film entitled A Very Country Christmas.

The film stars Greyston Holt, Greg Vaughan, Deana Carter, Bea Santos, and Kelsey Lamb. It will air on the UP network in the U.S., NBC Universal in the U.K., and M6 in France.