Friday, February 10, 2012

Oh, The Places You'll Go!


   
It's a little early for spring fever, especially since it's not even spring (though the winter's been so mild it feels as though it might as well be).  Nonetheless, I'm pretty sure I have it. I love to travel, but didn't get to go anywhere last year.  As the year came to an end, I started to realize just how much I wanted to go somewhere. The feeling has only gotten stronger over the past few weeks.  I have a friend who's going to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, and another who invited me to Chicago.  Sadly, it still doesn't look like I'll be able to go anywhere anytime soon.  That hasn't stopped me from thinking about it, and all the places I might go.  New Orleans and Chicago are certainly good choices.  I would love to go back to Europe, or drive up the California coast again.  Which raises the question of whether I should go somewhere I've been before, or somewhere I've yet to experience.

Of course, one of the great things about books is the ability to travel all over the world in the stories they contain.  In books, and especially Intrigues, I've gotten to "see" and experience a wide variety of fascinating places I haven't been able to in real life.  My own books have had a variety of settings.  My January ebook release, A HARD MAN TO FORGET (only 99 cents at Amazon, BN and other retailers!), takes place in California, while my February Intrigue, HER COWBOY DEFENDER, is set in New Mexico. Its spinoff book, HER COWBOY AVENGER, coming later this year, takes place in Texas, certainly a popular setting for Intrigues.  Evidently I'm slowly making my way east this year :) I'm working on story ideas set in New England, Los Angeles, and other locales.  Still hoping to get to write some of those foreign-set stories I have rattling around in my head...  Some of these places are ones I've been to in real life, others I've only dreamed of.

What about you?  If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?  Or do you have travel plans you're looking forward to?  Any great books that have taken you somewhere wonderful?

One commenter will win your choice of a book from my backlist: TRUSTING A STRANGER, STRANGER IN A SMALL TOWN or CIRCUMSTANTIAL MARRIAGE.

Happy reading!

Kerry Connor
www.kerryconnor.com
A HARD MAN TO FORGET - eBook exclusive - January 2012
HER COWBOY DEFENDER - Harlequin Intrigue - February 2012
HER COWBOY AVENGER - Harlequin Intrigue - August 2012

17 comments:

  1. I love to travel but...I love to travel by car where I can stop any time I want and if I want to take a side trip I can do that also. I've traveled most of the US but there are places I'd love to go back to. I picked up a book I had gotten free a couple of years ago but only recently began to peruse and it's given me some travel ideas...It's called "Crossing America on the Interstates" and for each interstate it lists places to see.

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    1. Ellen,
      I agree, traveling by car is a wonderful way to see the country. I'm really itching for a road trip like that. That sounds like a great book!

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  2. Angi "Traveling" Morgan -- that's my middle name. Once the kids were out of the house...I began traveling with my husband, and just taking off on road trips. I don't care where it is once I decide to go. When my daughter was 15 we took a road trip depending on traffic flow -- each direction the traffic flowed, we went the opposite.

    ~Angi

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    1. Angi,
      That sounds like a great way to take a road trip! Maybe I'll try it sometime!

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  3. Laura AKA Loves 2 Read RomanceFebruary 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    I don't travel much except in books. That is one of the best things about books! Not only do you get to go to different places you can go to different times. One of my favorite places is London during the time of the ton. I would love to see London and Ireland in real life. I like the sound of the interstate book Ellen and that trip you took with your daughter sounds like it was a blast Angie!

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    1. Laura,
      London is one of my favorite places in the world. I hope you get to go someday!

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  4. I traveled a lot as a teenager because my dad worked for a company in Saudi Arabia and we had to leave the country every 4 months to renew our visas so we'd pick a country to visit and go! However, the one place I always wanted to go but never did was New Zealand! There are lots of other places too! Would love to see New England in the fall too :)

    Valri Western westernaz@msn.com

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    1. Valri,
      Sounds like you got to have some great experiences. Hope you make it to New Zealand someday (and New England in the fall)!

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  5. I don't travel much myself except in books. The place I would really love to visit in real life would be Ireland and Scotland, because it sounds so beautiful in the books. Would also love to travel out west.

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    1. Quilt Lady,
      I made it to Glasgow and Edinburgh a few years ago and loved it. I'd love to see more of Scotland. I hope you get to see some of those places, or at least find some great books to take you there!

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  6. Chicago is a fun town and I would like to visit New Orleans someday and gorge on beignets and gumbo.

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    1. Jane,
      I love Chicago--lived there for five years. Still haven't made it to New Orleans. Someday!

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  7. If I could travel anywhere, I'd go to Hawaii when it's winter here.

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  8. I'd like to travel anywhere in Europe..

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. bn100,
      I've gotten to see a lot of Europe, and there's still plenty more to discover. Hope you get to go someday!

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  9. Thanks for reading and sharing your comments, everyone! I drew a winner and it's...Valri! Send me a note at kerryconnor(at)kerryconnor(dot)com with your address and which book you want--TRUSTING A STRANGER, STRANGER IN A SMALL TOWN or CIRCUMSTANTIAL MARRIAGE--and I'll get it out to you.

    Thanks again!

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