Readers’ Favorite Awards. Behind the Scenes with Duct Tape
I’m always being told, “You must write more blogs, Jana. People will never read your books if you are not active on your website. You will be forgotten.”
“Okay dokey,” I say, “But what do my readers really want me to talk about?” Well, today I think I’ve found something that I think might tickle your fancy.
The Readers’ Favorite Awards in Miami were truly amazing. I had a wonderful time and meeting other authors and their guests was definitely the icing on the cake – But my biggest adventures were not the Awards ceremony or my stay in Miami. It was the journey from Spain to Miami, and the terrible and hilarious faux-pas with my outfit.
From Barcelona – Miami there was a 4 hour delay. Okay, I thought, these things happen, I will just have to make the best of it. Just before we left the stand, the captain apologised, saying that someone had overfilled the hydraulic fluid tank, and that the engineers would have to syphon some out. This took an hour and a half. On arrival at Miami International Airport, we were informed that another aircraft had taken our gate. We waited an hour and eventually found a vacant gate, but as we approached it, we were then told that two cars were parked in front of it and the authorities couldn’t find the drivers – another hour went by, making this original 4 hour delay, a 9 hour marathon…and that’s not counting the 10 hour flight – oh, and Ps, the inflight entertainment system did not work.
Half an hour before the ceremony I put on my evening gown and found a hole in it. A fellow author; Amalie Jahn (Thank you, I’m forever in your debt) was kind enough to run to reception and get me a roll of black duct tape, which we used to seal the hole! Great stuff, I thought, and we laughed about it. I then put on my fancy velvet sandals, only to find that the strap had burst. Out came the duct tape again, but I was not convinced that wrapping the black tape around the heel to keep the strap attached would work, or that I’d actually be able to attend the ceremony, get up the stairs of the stage, and collect my award in anything but bare feet, and a taped together dress! So I had a glass of wine and left the night to fate.
Shoes held together, even when I danced. My dress remained sealed, avoiding a distasteful view of my knickers underneath it. I did not worry about looking like mutton dressed as lamb, nor did I dwell on the long journey home. I was there to celebrate The Guardian of Secret’s success, and my God, that’s exactly what I did. Have a great day, and remember, nothing is as bad as it seems xxxxx
The Guardian of Secrets, on Amazon.