Thursday, September 10, 2020

Blog: Author Andrea Downing-Love to travel? #amreading #westernromance #luggage #accessories

I love handbags.
But I’m not going to write about that today because as much as I love handbags, I love to travel more—and the most important bag these days, if you travel, is (blare of trumpets) your carry-on.

Airlines had already made traveling a horrific experience when the pandemic struck and made it beyond horrific.  I haven’t flown so far this year, but still, my carry-on (or overnighter or weekender or whatever you wish to call it) is ready to go, just waiting in my closet.  I’ve long been a fan of Samsonite; I used to have their luggage which could piggyback with one another; that is, one case deftly strapped to the other so you could roll both along easily.  Now, I only have this.

    Look at the pockets! A place for everything! The main items one should always have in the cabin are medications, jewelry if you’re traveling with any, and your chargers.  Then for us authors, there’s the laptop, which slides in easily into the main portion of the bag.  If you fear getting stuck at a layover or, worse still, lost luggage, a change of underwear, PJs, and a wash kit won’t go amiss—and I say this speaking from experience when I didn’t have any of that and had to wrap myself in towels, wash my face with hotel soap (perish the thought! No moisturizer), and use a hotel-supplied toothbrush with a single line of bristles and paste the size of a pinky nail…to split between night and morning.

So look at the bag.  See how the top is slightly rounded. I fly a great deal on puddle-jumpers with overhead bins you’d be lucky to get a bag into.  They want to grab your carry-on at the gate and then delay your departure at the other end causing you to miss your connection. But this bag will slip under the seat in front and my handbag can rest in the overhead bin. How lucky is that?

The Happy Face is my own addition. I’m just so happy I found this bag.


Gunslinger Shiloh Coltrane has returned home to work the family's Wyoming ranch, only to find there's still violence ahead. His sister and nephew have been murdered, and the killers are at large.
Dr. Sydney Cantrell has come west to start her medical practice, aiming to treat the people of a small town. As she tries to help and heal, she finds disapproval and cruelty the payment in kind.
When the two meet, it's an attraction of opposites. As Shiloh seeks revenge, Sydney seeks to do what's right. Each wants a new life, but will trouble or love find them first?

More about Andrea: A native New Yorker, Andrea Downing divides her time between the canyons of city streets and the wide-open spaces of Wyoming. Her background in publishing and English Language teaching has transferred into fiction writing, and her love of horses, ranches, rodeo, and just about anything else western, is reflected in her award-winning western romances.

Red, White or Blue?  Definitely Blue.

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter?  Fall-I love the colors of changing leaves and the cooler temperatures. 

Chocolate pudding, cake, pie?  Kladdkaka (don’t laugh) which is a combination of all three.

Coffee, Tea, Champagne?  Are you kidding? Champagne, of course.

Country music or Michael Buble?   Country.  I do, after all, write western romance.

Pencil or Pen? What are they?

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My thanks to Vicki for having me here today!





Andrea Downing said...

Thanks so much for letting readers learn a bit more about me. Talking about my bag was great fun.


I've always loved handbags (and shoes, preferably when they coordinate) but now you're turning me on to luggage! Hope we can travel soon. Good luck with you book!

Andrea Downing said...

HI Jennifer, I'm actually a big handbag fan as well, but this particular bit of luggage needed to be recognized for its service. Thanks for your good wishes.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Andrea! So happy you are visiting and sharing a bag! I, too, have favorite luggage--an Eddie Bauer duffel and a large green duffel, perfect for cruises.

Andrea Downing said...

I'm not a cruise person, unless it's small ship--no more than 100, which is what we did both up the inland waterway to Alaska and also to the Galapagos. But I certainly hope your duffles have wheels! Duffels are really spacious so it sounds like a great choice. Thanks again, Vicki.

Shirley Goldberg said...

Great article, especially since I'm dreading traveling. Not going anywhere for a while, though.
My fave bag is my red laptop bag, bright and strong and I'm able to stuff sandwiches and lots of
other stuff in there and take it on the plane.

I use it even when I'm not traveling.

Andrea Downing said...

Sounds like a super bag, Shirley. I'm dreading traveling, too, at the moment, though we're trying to get to WY for Xmas. We'll see...