Do you like to travel?
I used to be able to go on a trip at the drop of a hat. I loved going sightseeing, learning about the history of the place, tasting local food, taking pictures, talking to people, and overall exploring other cultures.
In my younger years, I traveled to Lithuania, Germany, Poland, France, Russia, Ukraine. It was so much fun! One of my favorite vacations was the trip to Germany, especially a small voyage when numerous castles could be seen on both sides of the river (never been on a ship before!), delicious German cakes, and a huge park with myriad of colorful birds.
These days, however, I travel mostly through books. I’m so grateful that I can explore other cultures that way.
And I’m super thankful that Marion Ueckermann and Autumn Macarthur invited me to join A Tuscan Legacy multi-author series (you may have already read about A Tuscan Legacy in this post). This way, I could enjoy two of my loves at the same time: love for writing Christian romance and love for traveling. And the thread of mystery, family secrets, and art made it even better!
While the setting of my book is a small town in Texas (Rios Azules), the hero has a Tuscan heritage as he’s one of eight grandchildren. Italy is one of European countries I’m not familiar with and I don’t speak Italian. But all the more fun looking at beautiful pictures of Tuscany, starting with gorgeous scenery our talented Marion used for covers, including the one for my book, Rapsodia (Rhapsody).
And I found that many Italian words sound similar to Spanish. I’m not going to say how many pizzas were consumed in the name of research, though. Such diet should be fully justified because pizza plays an important role in my book!
I’m looking forward to reading other books in the series. It looks like my next favorite vacation will be the book trip to Tuscany.
What’s your favorite vacation(s), be it the ones you’ve taken or the ones you hope to take?
P.S. If you’d like to make a book trip to a small town in South Texas, Rios Azules, one of my romances, Season of Joy, is on sale for 99 cents until February 3rd.