By: Robyn Neely
Congratulations to "Angela I", the winner of Patricia's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!
When I start brainstorming a book idea, I often will reflect on personal experiences. For Destination Wedding, I knew from the start I wanted to write about a wedding planner who is afraid to fly. I immediately saw the scene in my head of my poor heroine chanting “I do. I do” (her quirky coping mechanism) to get through a rather turbulent flight from New York to Hawaii.
I hate to fly. Hate it. I’m convinced the plane is going to break into pieces before it taxis down the runway. Unfortunately, I have to fly for work three or four times a year, so I’ve developed my own coping rituals: I always touch the plane prior to boarding and say a little prayer; I select my seat in the back; I never, ever order a beverage. I’m convinced the one time I do, I’m doomed, and I always thank the pilot. Once I forgot to say thank you and proceeded to turn around and do so. (He was cute and probably thought I was hitting on him.)
What ultimately happens to Kate to ease her nerves, has never, ever happened to me – though I wish it did! Having twin brothers switch seats mid-flight, and having one kiss her silly - was a fun way to introduce the mistaken identity theme. What happened up in the air doesn’t stay up there, once on tropical land that’s where the fun begins!
I recently flew to New Orleans, and I’m happy to report that although I didn’t order a beverage, I did whip out my laptop and wrote for two hours instead of staring out the tiny window, clutching my seatbelt with a death grip. I’ll call that progress! Now if only a handsome stranger would sit next to me and kiss me silly …
Do you have a flying ritual? I’d love to hear it and possibly include in an upcoming blog post I’m working on.
I will be giving away an electronic copy of Destination Wedding to one person leaving a comment or email entry.
Enjoy an excerpt from
"I do. I do." Wedding planner Kate Ashby quietly repeated her calming mantra. Paralyzed in her window seat, she stared at the illuminated fasten seatbelt sign while her hands gripped the metal buckle strap.
Please turn off. Please turn off. They had to be close to cruising altitude. Soon, she'd be able to request a strong drink to knock her out for the duration of this bumpy flight.
She sat still, trying to ignore the terror pulsating through her. Why hadn't she bought sleeping pills before boarding a twelve-hour flight from New York City to Hawaii? Now, that would have been the smart thing to do.
Glancing out the tiny passenger window, she clutched her gold "K" necklace. It was completely irrational to be terrified and she realized the odds of her and her fellow passengers landing safely in Honolulu were more than in her favor. Still, this was her first time flying such a long duration. Departing Manhattan this evening in turbulent thunderstorms had shot her nerves. She was grateful that her boss had sprung for a first class ticket for the long flight.
A loud rattle caused her to grab hold to her armrests. "What was that?" She turned to the stranger sitting next to her. He had short blondish brown hair and was wearing a blue blazer. His face had a nice tan. She had failed to realize that her row mate was incredibly handsome. Usually the person sitting next to her was a grandparent or couldn't speak English. Perhaps he could help her ease her nerves?
"Um ... I think it's the drink cart. Would you like something?" He folded his Wall Street Journal.
Sexy and smart.
"I'll take a tequila and tonic," he said to the flight attendant.
And likes his drinks strong. This could be fun.
Robyn Neeley is an East Coaster who loves to explore new places; watches way more reality TV than she cares to admit; can’t live without Dunkin Donuts coffee and has never met a cookie she didn’t like. If you have a must read romance suggestion or a fabulous cookie recipe, she wants to know. Visit her at robynneeley.com.
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