Here are five places I’m dying to get to:
Iceland. I feel like every time I open up Facebook or Instagram, I’m looking at somebody’s photos from a recent trip to Iceland. And they’re always INCREDIBLE. Mountains, hot springs, the Northern Lights—it looks like a magical destination any time of year, and the perfect place for a hiker to explore.
Patagonia. My best friend went here for her honeymoon, and the pictures of hiking on glaciers had me ready to pack my bags right away. I love snowy peaks and have been lucky to see incredible glaciers in the Andes, Alps, Himalayas, and on Mt. Hood and Mt. Kilimanjaro. At the rate the glaciers are melting, I figure I’d better see more before they’re all gone…
New Zealand. It’s far from New York, so I’m not going to jaunt over there for just a few days. But if I ever have a solid chunk of time that I can spend traveling, New Zealand would be my top pick. Have you seen Lord of the Rings? The footage of those mountains takes my breath away. Combining a trip to NZ and Australia? Sign. Me. Up.
Alaska. When I was traveling alone in India years ago, I met a woman who’d gone sea kayaking in Alaska in an area with otters that loved to swim alongside the boats and play. Cue a life dream I’ve been wanting to do ever since! It would be amazing to spend time hiking and also traveling by boat to see as much as possible. Too bad I get seasick.
Grand Teton National Park. I’ve been hiking with my dad in a number of National Parks in the southwest, including Arches, Bryce, Zion, Canyonlands, and Joshua Tree. The scenery in all these places is incredible and has made me want to travel more in the U.S. There are tons of other parks I’d love to visit, especially Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, Hawai’i National Park… It’s hard to pick just one! This is probably the most realistic destination on my list, so hopefully I’ll get to more of these places soon!
My new release, Make Me Yours, was inspired by a hiking trip my husband and I took to the Cascade Mountains in Washington one summer. He had a librarian conference in Portland, so we turned the trip into an excuse for a vacation and spent two weeks in the Pacific Northwest. I fell in love with the Cascade Mountains, an area with endless wildflowers, dramatic peaks, and incredible hiking everywhere we turned.
I decided to set the Men of Gold Mountain series in a small town in the Cascades, and I made each of the four books take place in a different season. Make Me Yours is the fall book, and the hero and heroine have a blast rock climbing and taking advantage of the incredible beauty around them. The books all stand alone and can be enjoyed in any order, but I love the idea that they take place over the course of a year and follow four friends who love their mountain town.
The women are adventurous, but it’s the dirty-talking mountain men who’ve stolen my heart. That, and the scenery of Gold Mountain, Washington. Every time I fired up my laptop to work on Make Me Yours, I was ready to get outdoors and have an adventure!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rebecca Brooks lives in New York City in an apartment filled with books. She received a PhD in English but decided it was more fun to write books than write about them. She has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx. Her books are about independent women who leave their old lives behind to try something new–and find the passion, excitement and purpose they didn’t know they’d been missing. Learn more at http://rebeccabrooksromance.com. To sign-up for her newsletter, click here!