On the Road

vintage carBecause the book that I have coming out in a few weeks involves a rather lengthy road trip — and because my family and I went on one of those (nearly 3,000 miles round trip!) this summer — cars have been on my mind a lot lately.

I’ve never been particularly knowledgeable about vehicles the way some people are. My husband, for instance, can identify the make and model of almost any car — foreign or domestic — just by glancing at the shape of it as we zip down the highway. Me? Well, I’ve only managed to point out the ones I’ve owned before, which limits my range of recognition considerably (i.e., to Oldsmobile Cutlass Cieras, Honda Civics and Hyundai Accents).

But I do think there are a lot of really cool cars on the road…both from past eras and from our current one. When I first started teaching, the elementary school I worked at was located in a pretty affluent suburb, so there were some really ritzy car dealerships in the area — including one for Ferraris. I’ve never even ridden in a Ferrari, let alone ever

aston martincontemplated buying one, but I did enjoy looking at them in the lot when I drove by (in my Oldsmobile, LOL). And then there’s the famous “James Bond car” — the Aston Martin — which is another vehicle I’ve only seen but never gone for a ride in. I imagine it would be fun. And fast!

Are you a car person? Do you have a favorite kind of car — either to own or to fantasize about owning?! And if you were to go on a cross-country road trip and could take any particular make or model, which would it be? I’d love to know!! For my part, I’d probably have to say a 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am…just because that’s the car I gave my hero in my new book and I’d love to take it for a spin just once!

Book Blitz - RoadToYouBy the way, I’ve got a giveaway going on right now!! There’s a Goodreads contest in progress for five signed paperback copies of my upcoming novel — The Road to You — which runs through October 2nd, just before my release day. If you’re a member of the site, I hope you’ll visit my Goodreads giveaway page and enter to win one of them!

Also, if you’re a blogger and would like to take part in the release week Book Blitz, there are sign-ups for that on this Xpresso Book Tours page. Participants will get to host a giveaway for one ebook copy of my novel (it’s a coming-of-age romantic mystery) and/or for a blitz-wide grand prize, and there will be excerpts and a Q&A available for everyone to post on their blog, if they’d like. :)

Happy Friday the 13th, everyone, and may you all have a wonderful weekend!!

About Marilyn Brant

Marilyn Brant is a chocolate addict, a music junkie and the USA TODAY bestselling author of ACCORDING TO JANE (2009), FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE (2010) and A SUMMER IN EUROPE (2011), all from Kensington Books, as well as a number of light romantic comedies, including THE SWEET TEMPTATIONS COLLECTION (2013) and PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH (2013). Her latest novel -- a coming-of-age romantic mystery called THE ROAD TO YOU -- was just released in October 2013!
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14 Responses to On the Road

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    I’m not a big car person, though I like them a lot when they’re working. Kind of like my computer. I just want it all to go smoothly and not break down.

    I LOVE the blurb for The Road To You! The title and cover are great, too. I’m eager to read it!

  2. marilynbrant says:

    Edie,
    LOL!! We are definitely of a similar mind when it comes to cars ;). Yeah, for me, too, all I really ask is for it to run smoothly, not require a ton of gas and have a working radio!
    And I’m thrilled you like the blurb — I spent some time polishing that one! — thank you. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!
    marilynbrant`s last blog was …USA Today Bestseller List!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Jakki L. says:

    Hi Marilyn! Reading this post, I can feel your excitement for your upcoming novel! It’s contagious; I can’t wait to read it! :smile:
    I have never been a car person either. I truly don’t care much about them. While some consider them status symbols, I consider them money suckers. Don’t get me wrong, I want a reliable car, but, for me, to spend forty thousand dollars or more on a new car is impractical. The minute you drive a car off the lot it depreciates in value. I cringe at spending money on a car (something we are in the process of doing now as DH sold his truck before we moved). When I think of all the other things we can do with that money, it makes me sick.
    However, if I were Mr. Darcy rich, I wouldn’t mind driving a nice BMW SUV or crossover! But, alas, I must stick with my Chrysler Town & Country van. :|
    Oh, and I cannot wait to take a trip with Donnovan in his Trans Am!! *waggles eyebrows* :lol:
    Best of luck on your upcoming blog tour!

  4. marilynbrant says:

    Jakki,
    I *am* excited!! (And the formatting is almost done! W00t!) Thank you for listening to me jabber about this book for so long ;).
    And, oh, I definitely hear you on not wanting to spend a lot of money on a vehicle. That’s not something I’ve ever been comfortable with either… I’ve actually got a story about that. When my husband and I went on our first date (we were both new teachers, not long out of college), he later told me he was worried that I’d judge him on his old car (a beat-up station wagon with a taped-up window in the back, LOL) and that I wouldn’t want to go out with him again. I told him that I’d liked him *even more* after I saw it. And that’s true. My first thought was: Good! A guy who has other things as his priority rather than a hot car :).
    This weekend, it’ll be 23 years since that first date!
    Hope you have a wonderful one!! xo
    marilynbrant`s last blog was …USA Today Bestseller List!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Marilyn,

    I’ve had a love/hate relationship with cars over the years. Now I just want them to work!!! lol.

    Good luck with the new release!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Promo, deals and more promo

  6. marilynbrant says:

    Dale,
    Ha!!! My thoughts EXACTLY!! In my opinion, a working car is a beautiful car ;).
    And thanks so much for the luck — I appreciate that!
    marilynbrant`s last blog was …USA Today Bestseller List!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Happy Friday the 13th Marilyn! I’m not a big car person either. But if I were to go on a long road trip, I would love a convertible!
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  8. marilynbrant says:

    Happy Friday the 13th to you, too, Robin!!
    And, yeah, a convertible…on a warm, sunny day…on the open road…with the music blaring…sigh. That sounds perfect ;).
    marilynbrant`s last blog was …USA Today Bestseller List!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Marilyn, I love the cover and blurb. Your new book looks fantastic!

    I like a car that works well, has enough room for everyone who needs to be in it, and that’s about it. I get my husband to buy the cars, and he’s happy to do it. :) I have a big 4×4 which I drive, and we take that into the bush when we go camping. I’ve gotten used to being high up, and having a car no one wants to mess with on the roads. I kind of like it, despite how difficult it is to park.

  10. Liz Kreger says:

    OMG. I actually had a Pontiac Firebird,m Marilyn. That baby was a 1983 cherry red. I loved that car. Had to give it up when I lost my job a number of years ago and sold it to my cousin.

    I don’t know much about cars, but I’ve always had red ones. Just a weird quirk I’ve always had. If I were to do a cross-country trip (by myself), I would probably use the car I have now … a red (of course) 2004 Pontiac Grand Am.

    • marilynbrant says:

      You had a Pontiac Firebird, Liz???!!! OHHHH, and it was red?!! Except for the difference of a few years, you DROVE my hero’s car!! His was red, of course, too :). I will say, that is one beautiful vehicle — I can see why you loved it! I posted a picture of one on my “road trip” website page: http://marilynbrant.com/MBbooksROADTRIP66.html — and I’m smiling just thinking of you zooming around in it!
      xox
      marilynbrant`s last blog was …USA Today Bestseller List!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Liz Kreger says:

        Oh, that was totally my car, Marilyn, except I didn’t have the firebird emblem on the hood. Bought that car just a few months before my fifth highschool reunion. I got loads of comments and waves of envy wafting off a lot of my former classmates. :cool:

        Broke my heart when I had to sell that baby.

        • marilynbrant says:

          It would’ve broken my heart to have to give it up, too, Liz… I’m glad you were able to have it for awhile, though. I don’t know much about cars (that’s an understatement, really — I actually only know how to turn them on and off :) ), but it’s one of the coolest I’ve ever seen…xox
          marilynbrant`s last blog was …USA Today Bestseller List!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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