Rom-com author Tawna Fenske does #TravelTuesday in her own backyard
I’ve always been a travel geek. I’ve snorkeled in Fiji, climbed volcanos in Guatemala, taught English in Venezuela, rode a camel in the Sahara Desert, and swilled way too much wine in Italy.
But some of my fondest travel memories have taken place right in my own backyard.
Okay, not literally in my backyard (though there was that heatwave when we slept in our underwear on the back deck).
I’m talking about what I do when I’m not wearing my romance author hat. As the part-time PR & Communications manager for my city’s tourism bureau, I get paid to visit cool restaurants and resorts so I can write about them and urge travel journalists to go there.
One of my favorite spots nearby is Suttle Lake in Central Oregon. It’s this stunning lake in the middle of a pine forest, and some of my fondest memories have happened there.
It was the site where I first told my husband I love him (admittedly, just a few days after I insisted wasn’t looking for anything serious.)
Suttle Lake has been the site for several of my favorite writing binges. It’s the spot my 13yo stepdaughter chose to pick up trash for volunteer hours through National Junior Honor Society.
It’s where my husband and I escaped for fresh air when the last big round of forest fires made breathing conditions hazardous back in town. It’s also one of my dog’s favorite places in the universe, since pups are allowed to roam freely through the lodge and grounds.
All of this is probably why Suttle Lake makes an appearance in my erotic romantic comedy, The Last. I can picture the pink and gold glitter on the lake’s surface at sunset and remember the delicious chill of wading waist-deep on a warm summer day. My mouth waters at the memory of spicy grilled chicken on the lodge patio, and I can hear the crunch of sun-warmed pinecones under my hiking boots.
I hope I managed to convey just a small sliver of that sensory magic for readers who’ve read The Last.
True, you won’t get the pleasure of an amorous encounter among the pine trees, but you also won’t get pinesap in your hair.
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Sarah Keating was sure she’d be married by 30. Husband, kids, the kick-ass career helping adults with Down Syndrome—she assumed she’d have it all, and there’d be no need to fall back on the marriage pact she made with her best pal from college.
But a tipsy message she sends from her birthday party brings Ian Nolan to her door ready to rock her world, and not just with mind-blowing sex. He’s up for tying the knot, and has a million pragmatic reasons it makes perfectly good sense.
As Sarah and Ian test drive their marriage-of-convenience, they navigate awkward business dinners, a slippery steam room hookup, and a costume party gone awry. Their friendship is stronger than ever, and the sexual chemistry is off the charts.
But is that enough to make a marriage work, or will one of them fall hard and end up brokenhearted?