Friday, April 2, 2010

Meg Cabot on her Best and Worst Travel Experiences

Meg Cabot
I am beyond thrilled to welcome Meg Cabot to my blog today as she travels through the blogosphere on her blog tour for Runaway. You can read all about Runaway and the Airhead series at the official website for the book. You can also see all of Meg's other stops at her blog!

Not unlike Em Watts at the end of Being Nikki, I have the worst road trip karma ever.

It all started the time my parents pulled into a deserted motel in the middle of New Mexico during what was supposed to be a fun-filled cross country vacation. We turned on the TV to check the news only to see that we were the news. While we’d been driving, a dam holding radioactive uranium mill tailings had split open, sending 100 million gallons of radioactive liquids and 1,100 tons of solid nuclear waste flowing down river just a quarter mile from the exact motel in which we were staying.

We started asking, “Mom, can we go home now?” and I’ve pretty much been asking the same question ever since.

I’m always the one who gets pick pocketed or food poisoning on vacation, not just in foreign countries, but in places like Milwaukee. I’ve had my wallet stolen so many times that in O’Hare, the airport police just start laughing when they see me coming. I take pride in the fact that I know all the best toilet stalls in the Atlanta to throw up in (note: Handicapped accessible. More roomy). I’ve pretty much given up on the idea of a fun vacation. What is that?

But this bad vacation karma has given me a greater appreciation for the little things. Sure, everywhere I go, my plane will be the one that has to make an emergency landing. But Better Delayed than Dead, is my motto. Yes, my bag will be the one to get lost. But that’s just an excuse to buy new clothes.
Look, nobody’s given a brain transplant against your will, and it’s not a nuclear waste spill. Relax. You’ll get home, eventually.

Meg making the best of things while on vacation. This pool was temporarily closed due to a lightning storm.

Thanks again for being here today, Meg! Be sure to visit Teen Fashionista on April 6th where Meg will talk all about the fashion in the series and her own personal style!

Also make sure to check out Runaway!
Where can you hide

When everyone knows your name?

Em Watts is a prisoner: Brandon Stark, heir to the Stark corporation family fortune, is holding her captive.

Em Watts is a liar: She's told all her friends she loves Brandon, and that everything is fine.

Em Watts is scared to death: She really doesn't know how she's going to get out of this one.

She's still in shock over the fact that the girl whose life she was forced to take over when her brain was transplanted into her body is alive—alive and furious with her for stealing what she claims was rightfully hers...

...including Brandon Stark, who's intent on finding out what that girl's secret was, and using it to get revenge on his father.

But that's not all Brandon wants…he wants Em. And not just to use her to trick Nikki into revealing that secret, and helping him secure his place as head of Stark Enterprises once and for all.

But Brandon's not the only one who wants something from Em. Christopher wants to use her to hurt Brandon…for taking her away from him, and to destroy Stark Enterprises.

Em Watts is tired: She's tired of being used. Tired of being lied to. Tired of being told who she can and cannot love. Tired of the lies she's being forced to live.

With everyone she loves furious with her for things she can't explain, Em's reached the end of her rope...what's the point of even going on?

But when she discovers the truth about Nikki's secret, she knows there's only one person she can turn to.

Will Christopher be able to put aside his personal feelings and help her expose her employer to the world? Is it even fair to get Christopher involved — since if he agrees, there's every chance that Stark Enterprises will try to have them both killed—this time, permanently?

Maybe it would be better for Em to just keep on running...

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