Good Morning Monday – Vegas Style

Good Morning Monday pic

Hello from Las Vegas!  It’s not quite Monday here in the US, but this post is late, according to Sydney time, so here it is, my first US post!

After a long and somewhat hellish trip, we finally made it!!  We left for Sydney airport at 7am Saturday 17th, flew out at 10:30am, the flight was 14 hours, on which the food made me ill.  We arrived in LA at 7am Saturday 17th (weird, huh? lol)  then went through customs etc and left LAX for Las Vegas at 9am.  Arrived and checked into the hotel by 12:30.  Then, approx. 30 hours without sleep, two bouts of vomiting and three migraine medication doses later, I slept like the dead.

We woke up this morning all set for our first day. And after a full day of shopping and walking and experiencing The Strip, I can say Vegas is pretty damn cool.

My kids love it. My husband, who is doing some international recognised gaming course which includes tours of casinos, loves it too. The weather today was a fabulous 99F today, the a dry, baking heat is just like home!  Most people we saw were walking the streets and casinos, half dressed and half (or mostly) drunk, but it’s a party town on the weekend, so I get it. It’s part of the deal, and I can appreciate that people come here to let their hair down.  But everyone’s been super friendly, and very helpful 🙂

I will say this though. Iced coffees at Starbucks are NOT what we get at home.  I drank it anyway, but it wasn’t good LOL.  And not only do y’all drive on the wrong side of the road, but it also means foot traffic stick to the right, where we instinctively go to the left.  Even escalators are on the wrong side! It’s a left side/right side thing, and that is a habit hard to break.  I’m sure we’ll get used to it, it’s just one of the main differences I’ve noticed on our first day.  🙂

In book related news, The Weight Of It All has done fantastically well.  Six days after release, Henry and Reed are still NUMBER ONE in SIX countries, and #3 in two more countries!!!  And, not only that, but it peaked at #64 in all of the Kindle Store, which is AWESOME! And my Author Rank went to #30 in General Fiction.

These might just sound like a bunch of random numbers, but I can tell you these figures are impressive, and I am in awe of how incredible my readers are. The love and support for this book has been HUGE, and I am so grateful for each and every person who has bought, read, reviewed, pimped, liked, and posted about this story.

Please know, I could never write the books I do without you.

I really do appreciate everything you guys do.  Truly.  And it just reinforces something I’ve been saying for years: I’ve got the best readers on the planet.

So, I will still be in Vegas next Monday and should be able to post, but after that I will be in transit somewhere between New York City and Montreal, so I might miss a post or two but I will always try. I’ll also try and upload some more pics for you all.  These aren’t too exciting LOL I have to get used to the idea of actually putting myself in the photos to share. Will try again tomorrow 😉

On our walk this morning
Las Vegas shopping centres are very different to ours back home LOL
Caesar’s Palace is one of my favourite places!
The view from our room at sunset. Faces away from The Strip, but still pretty.

Until next time…


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