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This guest post is by author Shae Ross, who will be sharing some Travel Tips, information about her latest novel, ‘ Fearless’ , her Author Biography, ways to get in touch with her and even a Guest Giveaway…..
Travel Tips for the Relatively Clueless—Lessons I learned while Travelling Europe With My CollegeGirlfriends.
The characters in my new release, Fearless, are college students transitioning into the working world and real life. I love to write about new adult experiences because I believe it’s such a critical time in life. There are so many life lessons to be learned as a new adult—good and bad. Here’s how I learned one of my best life lessons.
Between my sophomore and junior years of college, my three friends and I managed to talk our parents into letting us travel Europe. We planned our own trip—mapping out a five-week, ten-country tour. The trip was filled with hilarious moments—most of them brought on by our lack of worldly experience. (Did I mention, none of us spoke a foreign language?) Here are some of the highlights.
Travel tip for the relatively clueless: learn how to say ‘where is the’ in the native language.
2. Also in Paris, we complained quietly to each other about how bad the food was–baffled by the reports we had heard about the fabulous French cuisine.
Travel Tip for the relatively clueless: splurge and allow yourself at least one meal that doesn’t come from a street vendor—the French may be known for their culinary skills, but there’s only so much you can do with a hot dog and a baguette.
3. From Paris, we rented a German Opel (a vehicle roughly the size of a peanut) intending to drive through the Black Forest, across Austria, Belgium, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Monaco and Italy. We merged into the heart-pounding exhilaration of the ‘no set speed limit’ Autobahn, as 88 mph motorists whizzed past our overloaded go-kart. Somewhere along the route, we stopped at a local inn and reluctantly accepted the invitation of a group of older men who were determined to teach us how to polka—my partner was literally sweating beer. We wandered around Florence looking for the Sistine Chapel.
Travel tip for the relatively clueless: there’s NFW four high school cheerleaders can fit all their crap in an Opel without someone having to sit on the tent. Yes, the tent. We packed it so we could save money and camp in Austria for two out of the thirty days. Oh, and the Sistine Chapel is actually in Rome! Who knew?
4. In Switzerland we stayed at a youth hostel and partied ‘til the wee hours with some seriously HOT Australians.
Travel tip for the relatively clueless: sometimes sleeping in a stinky loft, packed tight to your girlfriends like a row of sweaty sardines is worth a lifetime of memories from the hard bodies down under—even if you have to sleep in layers of clothing, with one eye open to avoid getting robbed.
Despite our inability to find historical monuments–or even grasp the significance of finding them, our European vacation was a huge success. Of course, we had a ton of fun. More importantly, it opened our eyes and minds to the world beyond. We met kind, genuine, loving people in every country. We interacted with them as if they were a neighbor from down the street and learned this life lesson; they truly are.
Pretty Smart Girls #2
Devi Dalton won’t let anyone hold her back. With the help of her friends, she’s taken control of her future and traded her messed-up family life for a new job in Manhattan. Her only obstacle? Ben Winslow, the sexy friend she’s desperately trying to resist. If she’s going to succeed, she can’t afford to be distracted, no matter how hot the chemistry burns between them.
Cage fighter Ben spent six months trying to convince Devi to take a chance on a relationship. Now that they’ve reunited in New York, he’s not letting her push him away again. They’re more than friends—always have been—and he’ll do whatever it takes to prove it to her. First, he has a few demons of his own to slay…one of which could ruin his chances with her for forever.
But every fighter has a weakness. Ben’s is Devi. And this time, she’ll need more than just her favorite “Fearless Red” lipstick to protect her heart if she lets him in…
Shae Ross was born and raised in Ferndale, Michigan. After graduating high school, Ms. Ross attended Michigan State University and continued her education at Detroit College of Law. Prior to 2014, she spent the majority of her career practicing corporate law, running a successful business and engaged in entrepreneurial ventures.
After having one too many stressful days at the office, Ms. Ross began to consider pursuing her lifelong dream of writing. Armed with an English degree, an interest in historical settings and a huge collection of romance novels, Ms. Ross put pen to paper and began converting the characters in her head to ink. She soon found herself happily immersed in a new working world that included heroes and heroines, agents and editors, and a multitude of secondary characters.
Ms. Ross’ debut novel, PRETTY SMART GIRLS – LACE UP released in January of 2015. She currently writes in the new adult and contemporary romance genres and lives with her husband and three children in Holt, Michigan.
Shae is also doing a guest giveaway as part of this, offering a signed paperback copy of “Fearless” and a $15 Amazon gift card! Enter by signing up for her newsletter via her website and leaving a comment on this blog post.
Thanks for writing this guest post and guest giveaway, Shae!