For the next week my publisher is having a Valentine’s Day giveaway. At first I didn’t think I should participate. My characters are generally in such desperate plights that romance is the last thing on their mind. However, they are all young women and thus it is impossible to avoid clumsy flirtations, heart palpitations, despondency and yes, sex. Particularly for my youngest, Riley O’Tannen of the Graduation Present, a self-proclaimed klutz who misinterprets a young man’s interest until it’s almost too late.
Riley’s exploits are very loosely based on my own goof-ball adventures in Europe 40 years ago. In 2014 I came clean in a series of posts listed here:
- Europe on Five Dollars a Day
- Oeufs in a Van
- Nice is not Nice
- A Roll in the Hay, the French Riviera
- Never joke with a Border Guard, no matter how cute he is! (one of my most popular posts)
- The Samwitch Shop
- The Last Ferry to Dover
- Pier Andrea Makes his Move
- Wot the Chuffin Gypsy Nell’re ya speaking?
Fortunately I saved many of the letters and pictures from that time.
Yes, as you can probably tell most of our time was spent hanging out with “cute” guys and trying not to get carried out to sea.
Sigh. Do you have any embarrassing travel stories? Fess up!
BTW: Two other authors I’ve introduced you to on this blog are having give-aways: