Road Trip and a Giveaway

June 26, 2015

So we’re here to celebrate the release of Astounding! (among other things), and I want to talk about road trips.



In the book, Carter’s friends invite him along on a road trip in a rented RV, and he impulsively asks John Harper to join them. John is a terrible writer who looks like Tab Hunter and claims to be an extraterrestrial. So it might end up being a slightly strange road trip, but hey. I’ve driven cross-country with toddlers. I’d prefer an alien.

Carter’s trip begins in Seattle, continues south through Portland, and ends up at Yosemite National Park. And the timing is perfect, because tomorrow morning I’ll be making almost the exact same journey, only in reverse. I live a couple of hours west of Yosemite. With my husband and younger daughter, I’ll be driving up to Portland (where my older daughter has spent the past month) and then eventually to Seattle. I will be traveling with a teen and a preteen—travel companions as mysterious as any alien could be.

Have you taken a memorable road trip? Or do you dream of one? Tell me about it in a comment here (and be sure to include your email address). I’ll randomly choose 1 commenter on Sunday, June 28—when I’ll be in Portland!—to win an e-copy of my novella Grown-up.


9 Responses to “Road Trip and a Giveaway”

  1. Andrea M says:

    My most memorable road trip was from Michigan to Florida with 3 dogs that had never ridden in a car. They wouldn’t have anything to do with me for a week after that.

  2. H.B. says:

    I’ve never been on a roadtrip but I do want to do one. My sister is currently in cali and she’s planning to doing it with me when her contract is up. It’s suppose to be us driving from the west coast back to the east coast.

  3. Andrea M says:

    I forgot to add the email address –

  4. H.B. says:

    woopsie forgot my email address too. Sorry!

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  5. Susan says:

    My most memorable road trip was from Michigan to New Orleans with six cats (and yes I’m a certifiable cat lady. I called all the hotels in advance to ensure the cats would not be a problem. All went well until the last night when after I unloaded all the cats plus my belongings, the hotel decided to kick me out and did not even try to help me find alternative accommodations. That chain lost a steady customer, but we found another place. The next morning I could not find one of the cats and went to the front desk to explain the situation (in tears). They said they would look for her and call me if they found her. Well, they did find her inside the recliner in the room. Then they kept her until the next day when I could collect her. I had to practically force money on them for taking such good care of her.

  6. Susan says:

    I’ll make it unanimous for forgetting email:

  7. JJ says:

    I haven’t taken many road trips, but my most memorable was up the California Coast which was had some really beautiful coastline.
    html-2(AT) hotmail(Dot) com

  8. Angela says:

    In 1996 i visited the USA and Canada with a friend of mine.
    We wanted to visit lots of city’s in the USA and Canada, like New York, Boston, Washington Québec, Montreal Toronto the Niagara Waterfalls, but neither of us wanted (dare) to drive in a strange country so we booked a bus drive.
    We excpected lots of people in a bus but we were pleasantly surprised that we were with only 8 people (including bus driver, tourgide and us). Our bus was a dodge mini Van. Our group was a mother + teenage daughter from France and a husband/wife (50 +) from a town just 20 miles from our hometown (the Netherlands) (it’s a small world after all LOL)
    The busdriver was Brazilian and the tourguide was also from the Netherlands.
    I will remeber this trip forever, we had lots of fun :)


  9. Trix says:

    My family had to go to Palm Springs for a friend’s wedding. We’re not great at traveling en masse, and it was so horribly hot that weekend. Nobody was too happy. I also remember a trip to Lake Tahoe when I was younger…our car was pretty old at that point, but we made it!


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