I should have applied for a passport long ago, because ever since I got one I've been finding opportunities to go places I've only dreamed about. First was Ireland. Then hubby Joe and I went on a cruise to the Western Caribbean.
Joe and I have been married nearly 28 years now (our anniversary is coming up March 21st). We didn't get a honeymoon. We rarely (and by rarely I mean almost never) get a date night together. I'm not complaining. Family is everything to me. But it was sure nice that we got to do this:
The first question everyone asks when I mention a cruise is, "Where did you go?" Glad you asked! We hit ports in Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. Enjoyed lots of wonderful scenery, got up close and personal with some wild animals in the Belize zoo (I also managed to pick up a tick, but that's a horror story for another day. Let's just say I have a queasy stomach when it comes to insects burrowed into my body drinking my blood! <<shiver>>) After a 3 1/2 hour bus ride, we saw Chichen Itza for about five seconds before we had to climb back on the bus to get to the ship on time.
And while I really enjoyed those outings, it wasn't so much where we went but with whom. Specifically, The Texas Tenors. Anyone who knows me knows how special these guys are to me. Best. Voices. Ever. So for me, the cruise was more about this:
But the true highlight came near the end of the cruise. I dedicated The Cowboy's Forever Family to John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher. I still remember the day I found out The Texas Tenors were still a thing. The last day of a deadline--or technically, an all-nighter. I downloaded two of their albums and their spectacular music accompanied my every word. I can't even count the times their songs lifted my spirits that first night. And now it's become a tradition for me. The Texas Tenors accompany me on all my deadlines. So it just seemed right to dedicate a book to them. And give them autographed copies. In person. So this happened:
Leaving me a very happy writer. Tan and relaxed, too!
Tell me about your favorite vacation memories. I've got a copy of The Cowboy's Forever Family to give away to one commenter (US only.)
The Cowboy's Forever Family is Deb Kastner's March release from Harlequin Love Inspired.