TV Shows that Inspired Pure Dumb Luck

When I’m writing, I generally have a music playlist (or two), but I’ll also have one for movies and TV shows. Not for every novel, it’s just for certain stories I need a little help getting into the vibe. Pure Dumb Luck was definitely one of those.

I thought I’d share ten of the TV shows that I watched while writing my fun travel rom-com.

And they’re not in any particular order.

  1. Travel Man (So damn funny)
  2. World’s Most Dangerous Roads
  3. Amazing Hotels
  4. Parts Unknown
  5. Kindness Diaries
  6. Departures
  7. Stephen Fry in America
  8. Ugly Delicious
  9. The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan
  10. The Layover

How about you? What are your favourite travel-themed TV shows?

 

 

Book Excerpt: Pure Dumb Luck

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This is not even close to the hardest part of your day.

Except it had definitely become the most difficult daily event. Woody had never considered himself a coward, yet every single morning, he walked into the gas station to see his best friend, the person he’d been in love with for years, and said nothing beyond small talk.

He never told the truth of the ache in his heart growing too painful to ignore. He couldn’t. What if Eddie rejected him?

“Your usual?”

Woody grinned at Eddie, who ran the family-owned gas station in their little country town nestled in the middle of a national forest in the southern Appalachian Mountains. “You know me. Boring as shit. I’m consistent, at least.”

“One large coffee, one pack of powdered donuts, and three lottery tickets. Two for you, one for me.” Eddie rolled his dark brown eyes and held out a large hand for the card Woody held out to him. “You never change, dude. You’ve been doing this for twenty years—since high school. I know Coach said you were full of dumb luck, but I don’t think he meant with the Mega Millions.”

“Have a little faith, Eddie.” He grabbed both his breakfast and the lottery tickets, winking at his oldest friend, who hadn’t changed much in the thirty years since they’d known each other. Still as fucking hot as the day I first saw him in the shower at the gym. His warm brown skin had glistened under the shower. Maybe stop thinking about Eddie naked in the middle of the gas station. “We still on for fishing this weekend?”

“Unless you get lucky with your numbers. If you do, we’ll go fishing on a yacht instead of your granddaddy’s rickety old boat.” He tapped a finger against the ticket stub in Woody’s hand. “Go on. Get your ass out of here. You’re ruining the atmosphere. Plus, I like watching you leave.”


Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2LJDlZl
All other links: books2read.com/puredumbluck

Book Review: Pure Dumb Luck

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Eddie and Woody are priceless characters. So sweet, snarky, and playful. Two joyful souls, just wanting to be together. Happy at their change of fortune but not letting the money change them. I love this authors work and while I have had favorite people in some of her other books, I think Woody and Eddie are probably my favorites, their very uniqueness set them apart from other characters. ” ~ R, OMG Reads


Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2LJDlZl
All other links: books2read.com/puredumbluck

Movies that Inspired Pure Dumb Luck

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When I’m writing, I generally have a music playlist (or two), but I’ll also have one for movies and TV shows. Not for every novel, it’s just for certain stories I need a little help getting into the vibe. Pure Dumb Luck was definitely one of those.

I thought I’d share a couple of the movies I watched while writing my fun travel rom-com.

And they’re not in any particular order.

Eat, Pray, Love

This one might be a little cliché. And there are definitely parts of this movie I don’t love. But the genuine joy of travel, food, and life was really something I wanted for Pure Dumb Luck. So this movie was a no brainer.

The Way

This might seem a weird choice, particularly as I’m not very religious. But this is one of my all-time favourite Martin Sheen movies. It evokes the spirit of the journey/travel. Not a perfect film, but it did help me get in the mood to write about an adventure.

The Bucket List

If you’ve seen The Bucket List, I don’t have to explain why it’s on the list.

If you haven’t, you probably should. =)

How about you? What are your favourite travel-themed movies?

 

 

 

My Reverse Bucket List

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I don’t remember where I saw this idea. But I thought it was brilliant, the idea of writing a reverse bucket list. Things I’ve already crossed off what would be a bucket list item.

  1. Meeting my birth family.
  2. Publishing a novel.
  3. A dog named Bacon (this was actually on a bucket list I wrote about fifteen years ago.)
  4. See the world.
  5. Learn a new language. In the interest of full disclosure, I learned it—and have now forgotten it. Note to self: practice is important.
  6. Attend a book signing.
  7. Meet a celebrity.
  8. Learn a new instrument.
  9. Make profiteroles (they were fucking amazing). IMG_20181013_154609072_HDR - Copy
  10. Meet my publisher & editor (they live in Australia.)

What’s on your reverse bucket list? What’s something you’ve accomplished?

Book Review: Pure Dumb Luck

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Eddie and Woody are priceless characters. So sweet, snarky, and playful. Two joyful souls, just wanting to be together. Happy at their change of fortune but not letting the money change them. I love this authors work and while I have had favorite people in some of her other books, I think Woody and Eddie are probably my favorites, their very uniqueness set them apart from other characters. ” ~ R, OMG Reads


Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2LJDlZl
All other links: books2read.com/puredumbluck