USA TODAY bestselling author Robin Bielman discusses her own recent adventure and why she loves the globetrotting heroes in her Take A Risk series. The latest book in the series, His Million Dollar Risk, is now available.
I recently crossed something major off my bucket list. Here’s how it went down: My mom (yep, she crossed it off her list at the same time) and I arrived at a small airport. We filled out some paperwork, giggling the whole time because holy hamburger, we were really doing this. Then with zero time to contemplate what we’d just signed, we met our awesome instructors to gear up for, you guessed it, skydiving!
Harness ready, and trying to remember everything my instructor told me (put my hands where?), we walked to the airplane—the very small propeller airplane. At this point I thought my heart would be pounding out of my chest, but you know what? I was fine. Happy. Excited. I couldn’t wait to be in the sky. And knowing this was a tandem jump and I’d be connected to my instructor wiped out any nervous energy.
We talked and joked on the way up to 10,000 feet. With views of the Pacific Ocean on one side and mountains on the other, I couldn’t have asked for better scenery. When the time came for my instructor to open the door and scoot us out, all I remember feeling was a sense of anticipation. Then, ready…set…go! The jump was amazing. There really aren’t enough words to adequately express the sensation of free-falling, but once the parachute opened and we were floating, I wanted to stay up there forever. The remarkable peacefulness seeped into every inch of my being, and I can’t wait to jump again.
Now that I’ve traveled to the sky, I’m pretty sure I can tackle any adventure. With a family and day job, though, I don’t get to venture to new places as often as I’d like. So how do I visit faraway lands and spots closer to home that I’ve yet to see? By writing about a group of heroes in the heritage protection field who travel the globe to preserve historical sites against conflict, neglect, and natural disasters, that’s how.
These guys have got a serious case of wanderlust and love being outdoors. Through them, I can pretend to be a female Indiana Jones and get into all sorts of pickles. I also get to torture them with romantic entanglements that threaten their latest project. They may be fierce in their dedication to the environment, but they’ll risk everything for the women they believe in.
In His Million Dollar Risk, we get to take a road trip and travel Route 66. My hero, Connor, has got a reporter tagging along to help bring attention to the highway and several monuments under preservation. This is my heroine’s first big story and her first time taking a trip like this. So as soon as they hit the road, she unintentionally messes with Connor’s steadfast plans. He’s all about responsibility and his commitment to preservation. She’s all about letting go a little and experiencing each new place to the fullest. But pretty soon they’re all about each other. Adventure? Check. Love? Double check.
Driving the historic Route is just one of the many excursions I hope to still experience. Live out of a suitcase for a little while? I could do that. Until then, as long as I’ve got my Kindle with me, I’m good to go anywhere.