Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Book Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway: Coming Home to You by M.K. Stelmack

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Coming Home to You (A True North Hero #3)
Coming Home to You
(A True North Hero #3)
By M. K. Stelmack
Contemporary Romance
Paperback, 384 pages
October 2, 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She wants a temporary fake romance

Can he make it real...and forever?

Driving across the country in an RV with her terminally ill godmother was not Daphne Merlotte's idea. Nor was crashing the RV into a small-town coffee shop, nearly hitting local good guy Mel Greene. Now Daphne will do anything to keep her godmother from continuing the trip--even asking Mel to be her fake boyfriend. But there's nothing fake about Mel's intentions--he wants a real romance!

Guest Post by Author M.K. Stelmack

10 Tips on RV Living from a Newbie

 (A short fictitious article Daphne Merlotte sold to a travel magazine about RV living.)

1.       Start short. My first trip was with my godmother from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Spirit Lake, Alberta—a distance of nearly 5000 km (3000 miles). My second trip was not three months later, when I did the trip again and then carried on to Vancouver, another 1000 km (600 miles), and then back again to Spirit Lake, for a grand total of 7000 km (4200 miles).  By the end of it all, I was a veteran of RV life, but quite honestly, the most pleasant was the shortest trip—from Vancouver to Spirit Lake. Perhaps that had less to do with distance than with Tip #2…
2.       Choose your company well. True, you can’t choose your family and that’s sometimes who you must travel with, but at least consider a second driver. During my first trip, I couldn’t drive at all and placed a heavy burden on my godmother. On the second trip, my companion also did the driving but I endeavored to keep him supplied with lemonade and conversation.
3.       Get good travel and health insurance. Accidents happen. Believe it or not, my godmother hit the broadside of Tim Hortons. Out-of-province insurance took care of that. She required hospitalization. Again, insurance took care of her. I was shocked when my companion drove across the country to visit me WITHOUT comprehensive insurance. The return trip was conducted differently.
4.       Enjoy the luxuries of your RV. Even the most rustic of RVs has indoor plumbing and refrigeration. My RV has cabinetry and flooring and sinks better than my apartment. Dine like royalty. Yes, an RV has wheels but it also has a couch and bed, and if you’re with the right company, should be highly frequented.
5.       Know your limits. RVs are not called land yachts for nothing. They are impossible to park in most urban areas (Thank you, Walmart, for loan of your parking lot) and if your unit is inordinately long, blocks you from some campsites.
6.       Watch your fuel gauge. RVs are notorious gas guzzlers. Tension rises in direct proportion to the downward swing of the fuel needle. Many stretches of Canada are without services for a hundred miles. You wouldn’t want to walk any portion of that distance with a full jerry can. Review Tip #3.
7.       Stock up on toiletries, towels, medical supplies. I once ran out of toilet paper. Once.
8.       Be an ambassador of your piece of the world. Early on, I discovered the fun of sharing small items from my seaside city of Halifax with fellow travelers at campgrounds, fuel stations, grocery stores, wherever I had a chance to talk with others. I gifted postcards, shells, key chains, bookmarks, brochures. A painfully shy person, I was surprised at how many good conversations it started. My companion now does the same thing, though he’s a natural at reaching out to people, anyway.
9.       Book ahead, but not too far ahead. Book campgrounds and rest stops enough to give you peace of mind and a chance to stock up and recharge, refuel, relax. But don’t fear the gaps in between. You’re not in a covered wagon crossing uncharted territory. If you have Tips #2-7 in place, explore! Take a side trip. That side road might end up being your new road to travel. I speak from experience.
10.   Go! I spent far too many years scared of experiencing life. Not anymore. What’s the old saying? Life is a road—drive it!

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About the Author

M. K. Stelmack writes contemporary romances set in Spirit Lake which is closely based on the small town in Alberta, Canada, where she lives with pets who outnumber the humans three to one, and where dust bunnies run unchecked. She aims to tell stories that don’t shy away from the tough questions but still leave readers feeling uplifted. She is the author of two previous Harlequin Heartwarming titles, A Roof Over Their Heads and Building a Family. She loves hearing from readers. Find her at her website or on Facebook

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