Debra Dixon here, we have a guest blogger today, Donnell Bell. She is the author of The Past Came Hunting. I will let Donnell take over from here.
My name is Donnell & I’ve been to Pueblo, Colorado
Hello, lovely RIDING WITH THE TOP DOWN bloggers. Thanks so much for having me back to visit. I’m going to assume that I didn’t mess up too badly by the return invitation, and I’ll try to meet with your approval again. However, after this post, you may want to rethink it.
This may surprise most of you who know me personally. To the wonderful Kylie Brant, I would appreciate it if you would withhold comments until you read the full blog;). Thank you.
So here it is: I’m not a world traveler. Yes, I know the sophistication I display is hard to overlook. But truth be told, I’m a small town girl, born in Texas, raised in New Mexico and transported to Colorado.
There’s a reason I bear the slogan, SUSPENSE TOO CLOSE TO HOME on my website. I didn’t start traveling until after my kids graduated from college and moved away. This forced me out of my homebody element and onto airplanes and cars and sadly onto a Greyhound bus once. Writers conferences, too, have coaxed me into different areas, which, after I get there, I’m happy to say I enjoy very much.
But my point is when someone such as the fabulous Debra Dixon says she’s off to Africa, I salute her, wish her Godspeed and facetiously lament the only place I’ve been to is Pueblo, Colorado. Then I gleefully curl up with a book and hope she comes back with great pictures.
Honestly? I would rather read about Cindy Gerard’s characters in Argentina than to actually go over there, get kidnapped or blown up in a bank heist. But that’s just me.
Why am I telling you this, and WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? Because I have a problem, and soon I’m going to count on RIDING WITH THE TOP DOWN bloggers to tell me how to fix my problem.
Here it is: I’m soon to be a world-class traveler. Seriously. My husband, who took up marathon running in his fifties, has added a special marathon to his bucket list. I can see you guessing as you read this. Boston? New York?
I wish. Ready? Try. . .Antarctica.
Yes, you may adjust your parkas now, you read that correctly. What’s more, he wants me to join him.
Okay, let’s be real. He doesn’t want me to run a marathon – I’m far too sophisticated and out of shape for that. He wants me to fly as far as Rio de Janeiro, where he will depart by cruiseliner for his trek among the penguins.
Meanwhile, my husband expects this world-class traveler (NOT) (who does not speak a word of Portuguese by the way) to await his return in Rio de Janeiro…BY MYSELF for three entire days. Can you see the mystery/suspense writer in me picturing all the things that could go wrong while he’s left me—alone–in a foreign country?
Let’s face it. I want to go because of all the plot possibilities. But then again, there’s my “I’ve only been to Pueblo, Colorado” mentality.
So here’s where you come in. What would you do if you were me? A) Develop a mystery illness to keep me from going? or B) Go boldly where this girl has never gone before?
For those who help me, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win THE PAST CAME HUNTING, which incidentally became an Amazon bestseller this month (thank you very much, Bell Bridge Books!!) and which takes place in the safe and non-threatening environment of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Donnell Ann Bell is a multi-award winning author. To learn more about this SUSPENSE TOO CLOSE TO HOME author, check out her web page at www.donnellannbell.com. When she’s not traveling (mostly near), she loves to hear from readers.