Thea and Viv’s Big Adventure! Guest Blog

June 6, 2012 Guest Post 52

Hi everybody!  Day 6 here on Thea and Viv’s Big Adventure, and oh, the things we have done and the places we have seen!  And there are more good things to come.
Today’s theme is the jungle, and as I sit down to work on this blog, the first thing that popped into my mind is Rio de Janeiro.  Then the next thing that popped into my mind is Viv, who has been so kind and awesome, positive and energetic as we work on this blog tour together.
Now, Viv has traveled a lot.  I don’t know all the places she’s gone to, but she has definitely done more traveling than me.  So I’m going to bet you, well, a blog prize for a commenter today that Viv has probably been to Rio.
What’s that, you say?  A lucky commenter today is already going to win an ebook?  How true!  But we still don’t know if Viv has been to Rio or not.
Why don’t I just conduct a little bitsy interview with Viv and find out, shall I?
THEA:  So, Viv, tell us—have you been to Rio?  If you have, what were your favorite parts?
VIV: Oh hon! I’ve been lots of places, but this past winter was our first time to South America, and we stuck to Ecuador. BUT! We did go to a Rio. Rio Chico was about a 15-minute moto-taxi ride away from where we stayed while living on the coast for a month in Puerto Lopez. OH BOY, MOTO-TAXI ON THE HIGHWAY-WHEEEE!!
And at Rio Chico? Mudbaths!
THEA:  Today’s technology has opened up the world for writers in some pretty amazing ways.  With access to email, we can (theoretically) work and meet deadlines just about anywhere.  One thing that amazes me about you is that you are able to discipline yourself to write while you are travelling.  That’s something I haven’t yet mastered, because for me, my mind’s all like WOO TRAVEL!!  Could you tell us a little about how you do that?
VIV: It’s hard to explain. I just do what needs to be done that day. I certainly don’t spend as much time playing online while traveling, because, yeah, the WOO TRAVEL is a big part of why we go.
Depending on where we are, I might write, edit or do promo for part of the day, then make sure I take time to play with the family and explore. My husband and daughter are gems—they’ve taken over the cooking/bottle washing etc, and now I don’t have to juggle ALL the balls. I’m so grateful for that. And I love doing things with them. Our son is older now, but we have lots of great memories of trips with him along as well.
THEA:  Which of your stories have you written while you’ve been on the road?
VIV: I wrote parts of Wolf Signs while in the Canadian Maritimes. Wolf Tracks while in Utah. While we traveled the US in a camper for 10 months I wrote Black Gold and Wolf Line, revised Rocky Mountain Heat and Rocky Mountain Haven. While in Ecuador I did edits on Wolf Line, wrote the partial (3 chapters) of Rocky Mountain Desire, and the same for a proposal for the Adrenaline series that will be starting in 2013 from Berkley Publishing—working with the same editor as you! :D
THEA:  In WOLF LINES, your heroine Keri is helping out her BFF on the Arctic Wolf Cruise Lines.  Did you have to do a lot of research for that scenario, or have you been on enough cruises that the writing became more organic?

VIV: I’ve been ON a couple cruise ships, but never sailed, so I had to research some parts. I’ve been on the water lots, but our craft tend to be smaller and tippier. But a story is a story—more about the people and what’s happening inside them. Setting is important, but the heart is the reason I write.

Maybe that’s why I can write anywhere I go—it’s like taking family along. I just squeeze out a little bit of my day to visit with them. And it happens!

Thanks for the fun questions, Thea!

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THEA AND VIV’S BIG ADVENTURE is brought to you by Thea Harrison and Vivian ArendNew York Times and USA Today bestselling authors with a love for both travel and writing. They have joined together for the nefarious purpose of celebrating their next Samhain Publishing ebooks.

Thea’s DEVIL’S GATE releases June 5. The novella returns readers to the world of The Elder Races. Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Samhain Publishing

WOLF LINE, #5 in Viv’s bestselling Granite Lake Wolves, is available June 12. Available at: Amazon | Barne’s & Noble | Samhain Publishing

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Comment for your chance to win:

Information re: Grand Prize can be found at Thea or Viv’s

DAILY PRIZE: One commenter here at this blog will win their choice of one of Thea or Viv’s backlist Samhain ebooks from either the Elder Races or Granite Lake Wolves series. If you’ve got them all, you can gift this to a friend!

Winners from comments at all the tour stops will be announced Viv’s and Thea’s blogs on JUNE 13.

Question for today:

Which would you pick for a vacation

—a jungle adventure or a cruise?

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05980766299450339378 lindseye

    Can’t I do both and take a cruise to the jungle or cruise down the Amazon so it would be a cruise in the jungle. I like the thought of only unpacking once and staying in the same cabin for 7 nights relaxing though.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      Great choice! I hate unpacking and packing so I completely agree.

      Lenore

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13040629694490652973 Jane

    I’m a fan of cruises, so I’ll go for that. I would love to go on a Mediterranean cruise someday.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      I’ve never had the chance to go on a cruise. Love to though

      Lenore

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17817585833549926485 Aurore

    I would definitely not go to the jungle for fun. I’d be too afraid of all the horrible things which could happen. You know, poisonous spiders, snakes and such things. But the cruise would be great!
    Thank you for Vivian’s interview. It’s impressive that you can write while on a trip. When I’m abroad, all I can do is visit and enjoy (and sleep after an exhausting day!).

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      Don’t think of all the nasty critters. What about all the cute ones like monkeys? Well if they stay very far away and in the trees that is!

      Lenore

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14276000829053269060 susan

    I am really enjoying this blog tour! Can’t want for Wolf Lines – And Devil’s Gate was AWESOME!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      I’m so glad you stopped by :) I’m sure so are Viv and Thea!

      Lenore

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10498589836367062054 Laurie

    I’ve been on a couple cruises, so I’d like to try a jungle vacation. There are so many beautiful sites I someday hope to see!
    lfacchini(at)tampabay(dot)rr(dot)com

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      What sites would you like to see?

      Lenore

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10498589836367062054 Laurie

      Hi Lenore-For a jungle adventure, Belize and Costa Rica pop into my head!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15791224756694899970 Vanessa N.

    I would choose a cruise for a vacation. Thanks for the chance.

    mythic021@gmail.com

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      Have you ever had the chance to cruise? What did you like about it?

      Lenore

  • Sarah M.

    Well, since I’ve already been on a couple of cruises, I would choose a jungle adventure. I think it would be great fun to explore, hike and enjoy the amazing scenery!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      I agree! The scenery I’m sure would be to die for

      Lenore

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04229301738737301045 Elizabeth

    I would rather take a cruise. There’s too many icky things in the jungle.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      Some icky some beautiful. It’s a tough choice.

      Lenore

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01040778428228318383 elaing8

    Great interview.I’d pick the jungle adventure.Not a fan of boats.
    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      Good choice :)

      Lenore

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15326227723369842236 Thea Harrison

    Hi everybody!

    I had great fun interviewing Viv for this blog piece, and I love her family photos. They all look like they’re having a fabulous time.

    Good luck with the contest–I’m so glad people are having fun with the blog tour.

    Happy reading!
    Thea

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      Thank you and Viv for joining us! Everyone seems to be having a great time

      Lenore

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15326227723369842236 Thea Harrison

    Hi everybody!

    I’m so glad people are enjoying the blog tour–I had lots of fun interviewing Viv for this blog, and I love the family photos she gave up for it. Everybody looks like they’re having so much fun.

    Good luck with the contest, and happy reading!
    Thea

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10822002034350514039 Julie

    Jungle adventure for sure! I can’t swim. :(

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      Hey! That’s why there are choices :)

      Lenore

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12164826292691924598 Julianne

    Right now I’d pick a cruise. I’ve been on a 7 day Caribbean cruise, but it’s been years. If I were younger, I’d jump at the chance to go on a jungle romp. Limping along on the trails, wouldn’t be much fun. But maybe a hot, hunky Tarzan swinging through the jungle might be a good thing.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      Best comment yet! Thanks for sharing Julianne

      Lenore

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04737375224830943067 Jen B.

    A cruise. Since I am dreaming, in the first class cabin. You know, the one with private staff! jepebATverizonDOTnet

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      Got to agree! Hunky staff ;)

      Lenore

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08381388317577838604 JenM

    I’ve been on only one cruise, but it definitely wasn’t my thing so I’d take the jungle, especially if it’s on a tropical island and there is warm clear water to swim and go scuba diving in nearby.
    Jen(at)delux(dot) com

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      Scuba diving sound like so much fun. I’ve never had the chance to go on a cruise or dive

      Lenore

  • bn100

    I’d choose a cruise.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      Any particular reason?

      Lenore

  • Taina Pfenninger

    id choose the jungle because you get to see more than you would on a cruse.

    dragonsinger93@yahoo.com

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      Very true. All kinds of scenery and critters!

      Lenore

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00586463631307383862 Ren

    I would love to join a cruise. I often go to jungle and climbing when still at college, but never do cruise. Not enough money, lol! For the first time, I’ll join cruise at Singapore =)

    Ren

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      Wow! First person who has actually gone to the jungle. Did you enjoy it?

      Lenore

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09755004700955618379 Cathy M

    I went on my first ever cruise last fall and loved it. So relaxing, great food and company. It totally recharged me, and I would love to go on another one.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      Sounds fantastic Cathy :)

      Lenore

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05506877820618987609 JoAnna

    I’ve been on several cruises so I think I would pick jungle adventure. I do love cruises though. I gain about 10 pounds from all the food.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      I hear the food is great. And since it’s a relaxing trip, I’d forgo the exercise!

      Lenore

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10879033776125666713 flchen1

    Hmm… while the jungle would likely be pretty interesting, I think I’d choose the safe route and go with a cruise! I’m not much for humidity and huge bugs, both of which I’d imagine I’d find in a jungle ;p Call me chicken! Bok bok! A cruise also sounds like the perfect family vacation, as we could go with the extended family and everyone would have something to enjoy :)

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      I didn’t think about bringing extra family. You are very right. And bugs? I just watched an episode of Lost Girl with a huge foreign spider. I’ll pass!

      Lenore

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12856777053945736355 Diana

    I’ve never had the chance to go on a cruise or to go to a jungle adventure. I would like to go in both. On a cruise with my boyfriend and in a jungle adventure with my friends (I think It is not easy to do this vacation with your boyfriend) . My only problem is the money.
    Artemis

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      Very true very true. Boyfriend would make fun of me running from all the bugs! But friends? That could be a blast.

      Lenore

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14858905162646249678 Evie

    Cruise for sure!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      Any particular reason Evie?

      Lenore

  • Anonymous

    Lena Hendershott
    glittergirl54@ymail.com

    I love cruising. I’ve been on two so far both in the caribbean and loved them. The first was just with my DH and the second with our family of four. We had a blast exploring the islands (kinda junglie) and lazing about the boat. The best part is you don’t have to pack and unpack at each port

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16254555094632453687 Nocturne Reads

      I hate packing and unpacking. Sounds like you had a blast!

      Lenore

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14159198145627046070 Raonaid Luckwell

    Would have to say a Cruise because I’ve only been on a small boat. I would love to experience just once being on a larger vessel

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15468804026216474775 donnas

    Cruise. I am not an outdoorsy type person. I would do day trips but would never stay in the jungle. I dont camp either. Its just not for me.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17837337361837154604 booklover0226

    A cruise for sure. I’m just not that adventurous. Please I like to be pampered and a cruise is all about the pampering. LOL

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02720440727711737600 Na

    I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise and that would be my pick. That way I could enjoy the big ship and the spectacular view while on the move.

    Cambonified{at}yahoo{dot}com