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Welcome Birthday Guest Kim Fielding!

Thanks so much, Amber, for letting me join your birthday celebration!

My own birthdays tend to be quiet affairs with family and cheesecake. I travel fairly often, however, which means sometimes I find myself away from home on my birthday.

This year I had an adventure. I had attended Salon Livre in Paris—an enormous book fair—and then had gone by train to Ghent, a charming little city in Belgium. On my birthday I woke up in what is now a Marriott but was once a bordello, right in the center of Ghent. My room had a view of the old guild houses across the river. I took a taxi to the train station, where I had a quick breakfast before boarding a train to Brussels.

That portion of the trip was a little confusing to begin with because train stations in Belgium have both Flemish and French names. Which would be fine, except it turns out that Brussels Midi is not the same as Bruxelles Centraal (apparently in Old French “midi” meant south because the sun is in the south in the middle of the day; my high school French teacher did not tell us this). I almost—but not quite—got off at the wrong station.

But once I did make it to my proper station, I saw a sign telling me something about the train I was supposed to catch to Frankfurt. Unfortunately, I don’t speak Flemish (and the sign wasn’t in French, which I can sort of understand). So I went to the help desk, where the woman was not remotely helpful. Confused, I went to the platform my train was originally supposed to leave from and was luckily just in time to hear a station employee telling a German guy in English to go to a different platform to catch a totally different train to Liege. We rushed. With luggage and broken escalators. But we made it.

Now not sure at all I wasn’t going to spend the rest of my life aimlessly wandering the Belgian countryside, I resorted to desperation—I tweeted. In my tweet I @’ed Deutsche Bahn (the German train system) since this was their mess. And a DB employee quickly and helpfully responded! She assured me my intended train would be waiting for me in Liege and that I would still make my transfer in Frankfurt to Leipzig. Both of which turned out to be true. (I still have no idea why that train didn’t make it to Brussels that day as it was supposed to.)

Shortly before dinnertime, I arrived safely in Leipzig, having enjoyed a pleasant journey through the German countryside. I checked into the hotel and then got to enjoy a nice dinner with Bru Baker and C.S. Poe, who brought me chocolate. The next day, at the big Leipzig book fair, my German publishers gave me a lovely gift basket with even more delicious chocolate.

It was a more exciting birthday than usual.

If all goes well, I’ll be in Paris for my birthday next year. I’m looking forward to it, although I’m also relieved that I likely won’t be traveling by train that day.

What would you do if you found yourself lost in Belgium on your birthday? Comment here for a chance to win an ebook of Drawing the Prince.

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Christmas Present

A modern gay-romance twist on Dickens.

Lewis loves his holiday job. As the Ghost of Christmas Present, he guides people to improve their lives. Sure, he’s a little lonely at home in Minnesota, but Fezziwig the cat keeps him company.

When Lewis is spirited to California one Christmas Eve, he meets Sammy, an ex-lawyer who seems to already have his life in order. Lewis and Sammy share Korean fried chicken and a brief fling, but distance and career obligations appear destined to thwart anything permanent.

Maybe this year, Lewis is due for a special gift of his own.

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Kim Fielding is the bestselling author of numerous m/m romance novels, novellas, and short stories. Like Kim herself, her work is eclectic, spanning genres such as contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and historical. Her stories are set in alternate worlds, in 15th century Bosnia, in modern-day Oregon. Her heroes are hipster architect werewolves, housekeepers, maimed giants, and conflicted graduate students. They’re usually flawed, they often encounter terrible obstacles, but they always find love.

After having migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States, Kim calls the boring part of California home. She lives there with her family and her day job as a university professor, but escapes as often as possible via car, train, plane, or boat. This may explain why her characters often seem to be in transit as well. She dreams of traveling and writing full-time.

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20 thoughts on “Welcome Birthday Guest Kim Fielding!

  1. Having travelled on European trains myself I know what an adventure it can be. Personally if I get lost in a country I’d first ensure I have somewhere to sleep, and can get to my destination later, then go and explore everything I could and treat it as a small but fun detour.

  2. I’d probably freak out first lol. I don’t speak the language but assuming someone helped I’d live to sample the food and just take in the sights.

  3. If I found myself lost in Belgium on my birthday, i would probably just hang out and enjoy the city, having never been to Belgium.

  4. I would definitely wanna try all the food especially the sweets and take in some sights.

  5. Sounds like a real nerve racking train time! At least there was chocolate at the end!!!😁
    I’ve never traveled abroad, but I’v dreamed of just soaking up the ambience. There is so much wonderful history to absorb!!
    Huge hugs

  6. Wow sounds nerve racking and I never traveled to Europe so I have no idea how their train systems work. Sounds like an an adventurous birthday that was made all better with Chocolate. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  7. If I was lost in Belgium, I’d probably panic. I have very little capacity to pick up other languages to my disappointment. I would then just try to make the most of it and see what the city or whatever I was had to offer as far as food and museums.

  8. Don’t know what I would do as I could not even really learn Spanish when I took lessons and I still get lost where I live and it’s a small (very) town

  9. If I’m aware of my surroundings and take personal responsibility for my safety, I’d visit museums, take tours, shop for dark chocolate and jewelry, stroll, eat local cuisine, and meet friendly residents. Then find a lovely little B&B and crash for the night and start over again the next day.

  10. Sounds like an adventure. I can totally see something like that happening to me, but more because I am extremely directionally challenged.

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