“Jack learned that summer – when dealing with women, it’s best not to say everything that’s on your mind. The less you say, the better it is for you. He learned that women do not think like men. End of story.” – Britney King, Somewhere With You
“I know I don’t always like your idea’s upfront,” my husband tells me. “But afterward I’m always glad I went along with them.”
“Not always,” I remind him— as minimally as possible
“No, not always,” he agrees.
“But usually,” I smile. And leave it at that. Of course, I file his sentiment away for a later date, when I will no doubt need it.
That day came sooner rather than later— as they often do.
“Hey,” I say and he looks up.
“I have an idea,” I tell him.
He stares at me. Half scared. Half intrigued, I think.
“I’ve decided on my next project. And I need to do some research.”
“I think we should take a road trip,” I say and I describe the idea very loosely. Mostly, because the idea is just that. I list off the places I’d like to visit and explain the only prerequisite be that neither of us have visited any of the places before. Our children will be visiting their grandparents. He asks if I’m sure I don’t want to bring them along. I assure him that I do not. Not this time.
“Ok,” He says.
“Um… I’m talking about driving four-thousand miles…”
“Sounds good,” He replies and goes back to what he was doing.
Was he even listening? I check the time. And then I wait…
Fourteen minutes later…
“Where are we going to stay?” He finally asks. “Have you even thought this through?”
Not really. But I improvise. “We’re going to camp.”
He deadpans. “You!? Want to camp for that many days?”
I shrug. “Why not? It’ll be fun. We’ll just pitch a tent… wherever we wind up.”
He sighs. “Do you even know how to ‘pitch a tent’?”
“What you really mean is that you’ll watch me do it…”
Pretty much. That is exactly what I mean. “No, what I mean is that it’s teachable.”
“Ok,” he says. “But we’ll compromise on the camping. By at least half.”
“We’ll see,” I reply. Even though I know he’s right. And I quote, “I don’t know why you’re pretending not to like my idea’s when in the past you’ve told me you’ve always been glad that you’ve gone along with them.”
He smiles. I think he’s on to me. “It’s more fun that way…” he says.
I answer with silence.
Because I know… and because he knows…
Now, we’re getting somewhere. ;)
That story told, I can’t think of a better time to announce my next book… and show you guys the cover.
Readers asked. I listened…
I’m working on the follow up to Somewhere With You.
The sequel, Anywhere With You is set to release in the fall.
First though, a bit of research. :)
If you’re interested in real-time data… you can follow me on Instagram @msbritneyking
P.S. Many thanks to Lisa Jay for her work on the cover design. I sent her a mock up of what I wanted and less than 48 hours later we had a cover. Not only is she great— but she fit me into her very busy schedule and I appreciate both. She has worked on all six of my covers.