I love introducing our Magical Musings readers to new authors, so today I’m introducing you to two! Vanessa Kelly—a.k.a. VK Sykes—(one person/two names) writes both sexy Regency historicals and action-filled contemporary romances with heroes to die for.
Vanessa’s on the road today, so she’ll be commenting back to folks this evening. I asked her to share some perspective on road trips and boy… did she EVER. If you’ve got some family holiday travel coming up, gird your loins and read on! Bonus: Vanessa will be giving one randomly selected commenter a $10 Amazon gift card and a digital copy of her newest contemporary release BIGGER THAN BECKHAM.
**Update: Our winner is Ami Todd! Thanks so much, Ami. I’ll email you and put you in touch with Vanessa for your gift certificate and book. It looks like everyone had a great time with Vanessa. I hate to admit it, but I was on a cruise ship in the Bahamas. Now, there’s a cure for road trips–a designated driver on the high seas!
Road Trip From Hell
Every November my husband and I stuff our car full of crap and drive from Ottawa to Florida. We love that part of the world, so we’re both ridiculously excited about returning to the land of palm trees, oranges, and hanging chads. And, truthfully, the road trip itself isn’t that bad. The tricky part comes before, when we’re packing and organizing our belongings.
At that point, Kitty bar the door because all hell breaks loose.
Now we all know that men and women have different ways of preparing for trips. I’m sure most men like to think of themselves as more organized than their better halves, and hubby is no exception. Not that I’m disorganized—just the opposite. It’s simply that I don’t see the need to start writing to-do lists months in advance, or keep permanent, running lists from one year to the next. But hubby does. He’s so organized that he has notations about things like dental floss and Lysol wipes, as if there isn’t a pharmacy or convenience store anywhere along the road in that wilderness known as the east coast of the U.S.
And I do have lists—ones for clothing, books and research material for whatever project I’m working on, and odds and ends that we tend to forget. Every year I faithfully make notes of what we already have in Florida, so I don’t pack duplicate items for our return. There’s just one problem—I usually end up forgetting where I put the darn lists. Sigh.
Hubby, of course, never forgets where he puts his lists because he stores them in a file on his computer and also duplicates them in hard copy. And I admit that his careful habits make him a handy person to travel with. Still, it can get pretty annoying because I do occasionally forget something, which tends to drive him a bit crazy. When you’re that organized, having a wife who lets out a huge gasp when she remembers what she forgot—45 minutes after leaving the house—can be rather irritating.
Of course, things could be worse. Hubby’s brother—literally a rocket scientist—once planned how to pack a car trunk by cutting out scale sized pieces of paper to represent his suitcases and boxes. I think we can all agree that no one in the history of the planet has ever been that organized.
When I think about getting ready for a trip, I really wish I could be more like Martha, the heroine of my latest VK Sykes book, Bigger Than Beckham. In one scene, Martha is about to jet off to England with the hero, a wealthy British soccer star. She packs a small bag of toiletries and frilly underthings in the certain knowledge that she can pick up whatever else she needs in the posh shops of London.
Well, maybe someday I’ll be that lucky. But for now, I’ll continue to write up my lists—and lose them—and be grateful for my own personal hero who is organized enough to remember the dental floss.
What about you, folks? How organized are you when you travel? Do you have a travelling companion or husband who is so organized that he drives you crazy? One person who comments will win a $10 gift card from Amazon, and a copy of Bigger Than Beckham.
Vanessa Kelly writes award-winning, Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra. Her latest book, His Mistletoe Bride, is now in stores. She also writes award-winning contemporary romance with her husband under the pen name of VK Sykes. You can find her on the web at www.vanessakellyauthor.com and www.vksykes.com.
Thanks, Vanessa! Gang, I’m on an Internet-free vacation for a few days, but I’ll select a winner from the comments left on this post through Thursday, Nov. 14th night. I’ll post the winner’s name here at the top of the blog on Friday. And, of course, I’ll contact the winner and put her/him in touch with Vanessa!