Friday, October 05, 2012

Armchair travelling by Paula Roe


I'm so thrilled to have a new book out this month - A Precious Inheritance - which is book #4 of Harlequin Desire's The Highest Bidder continuity.  Here’s the blurb:

He won the auction…
Vanessa Partridge has a good reason for wanting the manuscript offered at auction – it is her twin babies’ legacy. But she doesn’t count on the winning bidder, financial guru Chase Harrington, showing up on her doorstep.

Now he wants the woman…
Chase has a new obsession – Vanessa. There’s more to the former-socialite-turned-working-single-mom than meets the eye… and he’s going to find it. He’s got secrets of his own – secrets threatened by the sexy Vanessa. More than anything, Chase wants to give in to their sizzling attraction… but can he afford to play with fire?

This book is my very first with all-American characters, and an all-American setting.  Now, while I'd love to be able to jet across the world and do some hands-on research, I have no billionaire alpha love interest to indulge me :-)  So I had to be satisfied with the internet and Google Earth. 

Can I tell you how much I looove Google Earth?  It's like armchair (or computer chair) travelling for the cash strapped.  Want a view of New York's One Madison Park where Chase, my hero, runs his empire?  Or a pedestrian eye view of Silver Spring, Maryland where Vanessa, my heroine, lives and works?  Or the turns you have take to navigate downtown Washington?  Google Earth have you covered.

I also spent hours browsing the Library of Congress site http://www.loc.gov, figuring out where to place my fictitious Tomb of the Missing Pharoahs exhibition.  I went searching to find out if Georgia really had cattle ranches and where they'd be (apparently there's a good one just 1 hour north of Atlanta).  And of course, the Forbes website <http://www.forbes.com> is a fabulous place to check out penthouses, luxury items and all things the mega rich spend their money on.

All the research made me hanker to visit New York for real!  So while I wait for my bank balance to catch up to my ever-growing wishlist, I'm making a list of places to visit and things to see.  I'd love to hear your suggestions.

Post a comment and you could win a copy of A Precious Inheritance, magnet and bookmark, plus a cute set of New York post-its. 

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34 comments:

  1. I live in Australia, so come visit. It's Spring which means the weather is sublime.

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  2. "It's more fun in the Philippines" if you come, find out why. We have one of the best beach in the world. :D

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  3. Hi Mary! So do I ;-D And it was awfully hot today (30 (86F) apparently!)

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  4. Hi Lory! I've been as far as Bali, but never the Philippines (probably flew over it a few times on my way to somewhere else...)

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  5. Being originally from NYC I think you should visit the Intrepid Museum and Madam T's wax museum.

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  6. Where to start Paula! A must do is the helicopter ride up (or is it down)the Hudson and around Lady Liberty (get the front seat next to the pilot - even better when he's hot), then Central Park (day time), sitting on the steps of Penn St station at 2am with a box of pizza slices will get you ALL sorts of interesting conversations (we did this 3 nights in a row and had return visitors) - did you know that police horses like pizza? His rider didn't until he stole the last slice. Window shopping at Tiffany's is swoon worthy and you have to experience walking 'just a block or so' in NY directions - it ended up being a 45 minute walk there and a subway ride back but a load of fun. AND do it with a 6'3", good looking guy wearing an Akubra! The number of times 'Now that's a knife' was uttered was mind-blowing.

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    1. OMG, Natasha that's a heap of things to do! Madly making notes...

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  7. Paula since food is my weakness and since I'v never been to New York other than via the internet, I'd say put a visit to Maria Loi who is a celebrity chef in Greece, on your list. She has opened a restaurant in New York called Loi. (shhhh she's also my husbands cousin).

    http://restaurantloi.com/index.php

    Big smiles,
    Effie

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    1. ahh, Effie, food would definitely be on my list (and I can name drop, right? ;-))

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    2. That's the whole idea sweet girl.

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  8. I've been nowhere overseas but I do live in a wine making region.

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  9. I've never been to NYC but my niece works at the Intrepid Museum. She loves it and it does sound interesting. Central Park. Broadway!! The huge toy store! American Girl store. Macy's!

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    1. Fi - wine is always welcome :hic!:

      Laurie - I looove toy stores. I remember going into FAO Schwartz in Las Vegas and buying my niece a limited edition Madeline doll (she adores Madeline!) I was the best auntie ever that year :-D

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  10. Greetings from Italy! I live here since 2007 & still can't get used to all the beauty. There is so much to see that it's difficult to choose one city or place.

    P.S. Congrats on your new release!

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    1. bueno, Natalija! I love, love, love Italy. It is simply gorgeous. I remember a beautiful train ride through the countryside, although I was backpacking at the time and completely exhausted, so I'd need to go back to make sure ;-)

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  11. There are two trips I made that will always be fond memories: Wales/Scotlan for the nature and Rome for the history.

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    1. Stefanie, I'd love to spend a few weeks in Wales just soaking everything up. And I totally agree about Rome: seeing all those ancient ruins in the middle of a bustling city was just amazing.

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  12. The jewel of our traveling crown was a trip
    to Venice which was absolutely gorgeous!
    I've also enjoyed several "armchair" trips
    with a trip "to" the Holy Land as the most
    recent. I really enjoyed seeing sites which
    we hear about in readings at Sunday Mass!

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    1. Ahhh, Pat, I remember Venice! I had to stand for 4 HOURS from Rome to Venice. Gorgeous place, despite that ;-)

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  13. How about "The Honeymoon Capital of the World" - Niagara Falls (I'm partial to the one in Ontario, Canada - as there is the US side and Canadian side of Niagara Falls)?

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    1. I will definitely want to see Niagara, Laney! I have never been to Canada (my folks go every few years) so it's on my list. I heard there's a great train trip across the country that sounds great.

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    2. The 'Goldleaf" train trip is on my bucket list too Paula. It was the trip my late husband and I never got to take (he passed 7 months before we were booked to go) but I will do it - some day. You would love it - the scenery & service is said to be exceptional.

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  14. I love the Desire books! This sounds so good thanks for the review on it!
    Beautiful cover!
    Penney

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    1. Thanks, Penney! Desire do the most gorgeous covers (not that I'm biased or anything ;-))

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  15. Hi Paula - I bet you've got a lot of fans that would be glad to host you on your travels - I'm in Northern New Jersey on the commuter train line into NYC & am just completing my guest suite redo - come on over!

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    1. Hi Di! Oh, that is *dangerous* ;-) Would love to... I can earn my keep by cooking :-)

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  16. I'm from Calgary, Canada and I travel by Google all the time. Love seeing your part of the world on the web. Add Banff National Park to your travel list. It's just an hour away from home but the people you meet on the streets are truly multi-national. The scenery is spectacular in MHO.

    I'm gathering the books from this continuity and hope to get all six read sometime in November.

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  17. Kaelee, my eyes have really been opened since I got Google Earth. My son loves checking out the Arizona meteor crater, the Greek Islands and the Titanic ship wreck ;-D

    Hope you enjoy the series. I loved working with all those fab Desire authors!

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  18. Visited Norway a number of years ago, to visit relatives on my father's side of the family, was a very pretty county.

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  19. I'm lived in Indonesia and I recommend one of the most beautiful beach in my country - Bali, you will not miss this place, i bet you :)

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  20. Congrats on your latest Paula! I'd live to visit New York for real too! So far I've barely been out of the state of Washington, but if you like very green and misty forests and very cold, but peaceful beaches, then you should definitely come for a visit:)

    yadkny@hotmail.com

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  21. Hi Paula! Congrats on your release of A PRECIOUS INHERITANCE. I loved the cover, and the blurb makes me want to read it.

    I would love to visit Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Australia.

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  22. Hi jean! WOuld love to visit Norway - the closest I've been is Denmark :-)

    Eli - I do remember Bali has the most beautiful beaches. Loved it so much I went back twice!

    Hi Yadkny - I love a good forest LOL. The smell of all those trees is unbelievable!

    Thanks, Cathy! The Cover Gods have been good to me ;-) Scotland especially is such a gorgeous place, so full of history. England too. I loved hearing about all those kings and queens, the vikings, the Normans... Australia has more of an indigenous history, plus we have some wonderful dinosaur discoveries.

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  23. so here's the draw for my book prize.... and the winner is Stefanie! Yay! Email me with your address and I'll get your prize off to you asap. Thanks for commenting, everyone!

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