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Author Guest Post: Elizabeth Eulberg

Please welcome Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club.

Road Trips:
I grew up spending two weeks in a van with my family each summer traveling to various landmarks across the country. One would think that such a traumatizing experience (I am the youngest of four kids) would turn me off from road trips, but I enjoy hitting the open road. Of course, I don’t think there is enough money to get me back in a van with my entire family…

Since I live in the New York City area, I don’t have a car. However, I never back down on any chance I have to go on a road trip. This summer two good friends of mine were getting married (it always makes it extra special when you know both the bride and groom). I could’ve taken a quick plane trip or the train, but decided that it would be much more fun to rent a car and drive the few hours to the wedding. Especially with my hilarious friend Cindy along for the ride.

When other people going to the wedding found out that Cindy and I were road tripping they were all concerned for our safety for some reason. I don’t know why. I mean, sure we are both a little crazy and loud when we get together, but do you want to do a road trip with someone who’s boring? I did need a co-pilot after all. Someone had to tell me what the GPS wanted me to do.

Of course the most important part of any road trip is music. It didn’t take me long for me to plan out the perfect music mix for the ride. (I didn’t put any thought into the route we’d take. Again, that’s what GPS is for.) You can’t go wrong with a nice mix of 80s hair bands: Bon Jovi, Journey, Def Leppard, etc. The only problem with such an awesome combination of rockin’ tunes (besides going deaf from blasting the stereo) was that it led to some…issues. All I will say is while singing along to Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” I noticed that I wasn’t exactly going the speed limit. We decided it would be best to turn the music down a notch.

While music is my favorite part of the road trip, so are the stops. Some planned, some not. On our way home after the wedding, I really wanted to go to Friendly’s (for those who don’t know what Friendly’s is, it’s a restaurant that serves yummy food and sundaes. I went there a lot in college and there isn’t a Friendly’s in NYC). The GPS wasn’t helping us get our fix, but I had a feeling we’d hit one of the highway heading back to the City. And my ice cream instinct was spot on. Cindy and I cheered when we saw the sign on the highway. The sundae was as yummy as I remembered (I don’t think it’s legal to go to Friendly’s and NOT get dessert. At least, I don’t to live in a country where you can choose to not eat a sundae).

We almost got lost a couple times (thanks GPS, you can’t fool me! You don’t cross the George Washington Bridge in Manhattan to get to Manhattan – did you take me for a tourist?) and then there was the traffic, but with good tunes, good eats and good friends, why would you ever want to board a plane?

Follow the tour to Chick Lit Teens on January 8 which will feature a sneak peak at Chapter 4 of The Lonely Hearts Club.

And check out Elizabeth's blog, which has the blog tour schedule and pictures from her release day happenings!


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