Wednesday, January 11, 2012

1 Year Blogoversary Day 11 Cidney Swanson Guest Post with GIVEAWAY

Dropping in today is the Fabulous Author of Rippler and Chameleon 
Cidney Swanson

Now I am going to give it over to Cidney's Guest Post...


Earlier this year, I got to visit a place I’ve wanted to see since I was a small child: Madeira. (It’s a volcanic island off the coast of West Africa.) Like most of the places I want to see some day, Madeira first came alive for me as a word I liked to roll around in my mouth. Madeira, Madeira, Madeira . . . My grandmother traveled extensively as a tourist in the days of turquoise-blue-suited stewardesses. She would come home bringing names of far-away places, and I treasured the sounds of those place-names almost as much as the gifts she brought back. To this day, the places I most want to visit are still from the list of places she visited.

Kuala Lumpur
Seriously, how can you not want to visit a place with a name this yummy? My sister’s been as close as Singapore, and in spite of how long the flight would be, this definitely makes my list.

Machu Picchu
Another place my grandmother visited. And what kid wouldn’t want to walk around the house chanting “machu-peechu-machu-peechu-machu-peechu”? When I heard about the railroad tracks that take you there being buried under a load of mountain, I felt heartbroken. (January 2010.) Fortunately for my dreams, the area was re-opened April 2010.

Since my grandparents lived here in the 1940’s, I’m especially eager to visit. My grandmother taught me to make several Cuban dishes, but I’m sure they taste much, much better in Cuba itself! I want to see the breadfruit trees, clouds piled miles high at sunset, and hear the rhythm of Cuban Spanish.

Wow. So. Big, big country. I can’t imagine visiting without seeing the Taj Mahal, which my grandmother said was the most beautiful building she’d seen in all the world. She also loved the people she met, from wealthy hotel-owners to women who ran orphanages. She called India the friendly nation. I’m already a curry fan, and I’d love to try foods from India’s rich and varied cuisine.

As a kid, I was convinced this was in the country of Hungry. I felt very sad for the children who lived here, and I often wondered if I could mail food to them. As an adult, I met people from Hungary. When they told me their capital city was called Bu-duh-pesht, I added it to the places I needed to visit. I mean, how amazing-sounding is Budapeshhht? I could say it all day.

And of course, once I visit a place, it does tend to show up in the stories I write. So, if I’m fortunate enough to see some of the places listed above, you can count on my including them in future novels.

Thanks Cidney! Those all sound like great places! Although I have a totally bookish reason I want to go to Budapest... umm yeah Lords of The Underworld anyone??

Click on the books for my Reviews on each one! 

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  1. I found the interview very entertaining and fun.

  2. Those places sound fabulous!! I would love to travel the world and go to awesome places.

  3. Loving how your bloggy is looking! :) gorgeous.

    some of these places she wants to visit, I can't even pronounce. lol. but if they have good food, I'm in!

    It just occured to me, that I can start entering for Ebooks now.. because getting a kindle March 4th!!! yay for my birthday! Not so yay for turning 32. lol.

    sorry I have been neglecting your contests.. I plan on entering a few, but i'm just lazy. lol. And honestly I have way too many books and stuff as it is.. but I see you have some just swag ones too. Oh and rafflecopter is blocked on my work computer, where I do most of my commenting.. bleh.. stupid security settings.

  4. Oh and I want the nice little box on the side with the twitter, goodreads, Face book button thingers. How do I get one of those doo hickeys! I'm trying to pretty up my blog as well. :) maybe I'll just email you. lol

  5. I really love hearing about fun places to visit for me it is nice to have different places to daydream about going to! All the places she wants to visit sound unique and fun!

  6. I've never heard of Kuala Lumpur, interesting name. I'll have to check it out.
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  7. thanks so much for being a part of this!!!

  8. I really want to go to Machu Pichu as well. I must someday!

  9. I am right there with you on the travel itinerary :) This series of posts is definitely giving me the travel bug:) Thank you for sharing these fun locations and participating in this happy blogoversary event!

  10. I have Rippler and would love a copy of Chameleon the covers on these books are beautiful

  11. I would love to visit Machu Picchu as well! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I would love to visit Machu Picchu

  14. I would also love to visit India I feel like the culture, and food would be amazing! Plus the cheap shopping doesn't hurt =)

  15. Thanks for the awesome guest post and giveaway! :))

  16. Thank you for the post and giveaway! I bet the travel itinerary would be very scenic! :)


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