Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

Newington’s Lucy Robbins Welles Library Rocks

November 2, 2016

There are 45 people registered for my travel presentation on my one-year journey through the 48 continental states, Canada and Mexico in an RV. The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Lucy Robbins Welles library in Newington, CT. The name of the book is “Strapped into an American Dream,” which details how we were able to pull off a trip of this magnitude as well as the people we met and the places we visited along the way. There is so much to see in this wonderful country that an entire year on the road only scratched the surface, but what a year it was. We traveled 35,000 miles and linked all 48 lower states. We visited 23 National Parks, Graceland, Las Vegas, Mardi Gras, and the geographical center of America in Kansas. It was an unforgettable trip and one that resonates with people because it’s a dream of many. It’s the american dream, and what I’ve found is that most people cannot do something like this, but they are enthusiastic about traveling vicariously and becoming an armchair traveler. I will tell them all about it and give them the opportunity to take home a copy of my book tomorrow night (Seatbelt Not Required).

I will also have copies of my out-of-body travel paranormal series. Desert Son and Wayward Soul. The third book of this trilogy, Spiritual Intervention, will be released December 15, 2016.

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Newington, CT Library November 2nd

October 24, 2016

I will be at the Lucy Robbins Welles library in Newington, CT on Wednesday, November 2nd at 6:30 p.m. talking about my travel book, Strapped into an American Dream. Come hear stories of my journey and get a signed copy of my book. Registration is required, so check out this link and join the armchair travelers who have already reserved a spot.

http://www.newingtonct.gov/content/78/118/136/1296/1420/20096.aspx

http://www.glennmaynard.weebly.com/

See you there!

Derby Public Library Up Next

July 1, 2016

I will be speaking and signing books at the Derby Public Library on Monday, July 18th at 6:30 PM. Had a nice crowd at the Enfield Public Library on Tuesday, and looking forward to sharing my travel stories in Derby. Details regarding this event and more on the links below:

http://derbypubliclibrary.org/

http://www.glennmaynard.weebly.com/

 

Michigan Strikes Again

April 3, 2016

If you’re interested in entering a Goodreads giveaway for a free book, and you live in Michigan, then your odds of winning are increased exponentially. I’m not sure what it is about Michigan, but that state always surprises me. Even while traveling through the state during my one-year journey through America in an RV, I found something extra special about Michigan. Whether it was the people we met or the places we navigated through, we left with an unexpected satisfaction. Maybe it was the friendly  people or the friendly police we ran into a couple of times at campgrounds. Maybe it was the Upper Peninsula and our side trip to Mackinac Island. Perhaps it was the beautiful Pictured Rocks, the Soo Locks train ride to Canada, or Lake Huron. This was quite a combination.

Then comes my Goodreads Giveaway. I decided to give away a copy of my three books. My two paranormal books were offered worldwide, and my travel book was offered just to readers in the United States. The paranormal books went to Canada and Michigan. My travel book, Strapped into an American Dream, also went to Michigan. I sent it off today. Amazing odds for Michigan, considering that over 4,300 people entered the contests. The contest ended this week, and the book was mailed today.

Note to Winner: After sealing the envelope, I looked and saw my personalized note on the table. I had to force open one side and slide in the folded note, then tape it shut. Enjoy my books Michigan!

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Strapped Into A Better CT clip

January 20, 2016

Here is a clip from the Channel 3 website of my Better CT show appearance this afternoon discussing my one year journey through the 48 continental states in an RV. It was a wonderful experience to see the behind the scenes of this television show with Scot Haney and Kara Sundlun moving around the studio from set to set with the cameraman shouting out how much time before each scene goes live. My shot was inside an RV provided by Van’s RV. This is all in preparation for this weekend’s CT RV Show at the CT Convention Center, and hopefully winter storm Jonas pushes out to sea.

http://www.wfsb.com/clip/12152562/see-how-one-man-traveled-the-country-in-his-rv

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http://www.amazon.com/Strapped-American-Dream-Glenn-Maynard/dp/1609760301

Better CT appearance for RV Show

January 20, 2016

Tomorrow at 3PM I will be on the television news show Better CT to talk about my year on the road living in an RV while hitting the 48 continental states. The RV Show is at the CT Convention Center this weekend (snow or shine). I will be talking about my travels at the RV  Show and signing books from 10 AM – 4 PM. That’s a lot of talking. I will also have copies of my two fiction books available as well, Desert Son and sequel Wayward Soul. Hope to see you there!

RV Show website: http://www.ctrvshow.com/pages/welcome.asp

My Website: http://glennmaynard.weebly.com/ 

Interview with Author of “Strapped Into An American Dream”

July 11, 2011

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Glenn Maynard – Strapped into an American Dream
by Cathy B Stucker

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Strapped into an American Dream captures America, whirling readers along a 35,000-mile trek through the 48 contiguous states in a rebuilt RV. I married, and my wife and I quit our jobs, sold our cars, put all of our belongings in storage and hit the road. We risked our future to satisfy the present, and now we have memories for a lifetime. I wrote about the great times as well as the brushes with death along this risky path.

Tell us something about yourself.

I was born in Glastonbury, CT and went to school at UCONN in Storrs, CT. My summer vacations were at the beach in RI every summer growing up, so I hadn’t been west of NY at the time of my journey. I had always wanted to have my name on the cover of a book, and I received my English degree and my desire to travel in my early twenties. I needed to build credibility, so I decided to travel and write about it as a travel correspondant in the local papers as I made my way through the country. I got two papers interested, which resulted in 20 published articles. I now had the credibility I would need to eventually get my book published.

What inspired you to write this book?

When my wife and I decided to travel, I knew it would be the inspiration behind a book. I wanted to fill the book with great stories of living on the road. The only problem was that there were so many stories I had to cut a lot out, but I knew it was the best it could be.

How did you choose the title?

The title just came to me as I was thinking about sitting in the RV ready to take off on our journey. My family was around us, we were about to live the American dream, and we could hear the simultaneous click of our seatbelts; we were strapped into an American dream.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

When I divorced after 5 years, I had to take the book back from my agent, rewrite it to make it more of a travel book and less of a honeymoon book, rename it, and start the publishing quest all over again.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

Ever since I was in First Grade I was writing creative stories that stuck out to my teachers. I began writing longer stories about events in my life. When I went to college I would get cash sent from home, and started writing funny poems of thanks. The cash began coming faster, and from more family members, wanting a good laugh. I was an English major, and knew I had to do something with it.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

I heard that publishing a book is hard, but marketing it is the hardest part. That is the truth. I am constantly working at marketing my book even after two years. I learned a lot from the signing of the contract to the first time I held a copy of my book in my hand. I felt that I had been a part of every step in the publishing of my book.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

It would be an easy answer for me to say that I would go with a bigger publisher who promised more marketing, but being a first-time author and already having too much time pass, I decided to sign the contract with the small publisher. Next time I would do it differently, but I couldn’t do it differently the first time.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I have a fiction book about the paranormal, including an out-of-body experience, hypnosis and reincarnation. It is with an agent and she has submitted to publishers for consideration.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

If you want to write a book…write it. Be very careful before signing a contract, and be very ready to promote your own book. The only person truly interested in your book is you (unless you’re Stephen King or Oprah).

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

My book is perfect for Rvers, campers, retirees, anybody who likes to travel, or anybody who ever had the desire to chuck it all and hit the open road.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Publisher’s website:
http://www.strategicbookpublishing.com/StrappedIntoAnAmericanDream.html

Amazon.com

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6 Author booksigning in Vernon, CT

May 10, 2011

Glenn Maynard to Take Part in The Book Rack’s ‘Authors Slam’ on May 14, 2011 in Vernon

Glenn Maynard, author of Strapped into an American Dream, will join 5 other writers to participate in an ‘Authors Slam’ event, held at The Book Rack at the Shops at 30 Plaza, 435 Hartford Tpk., Vernon, CT, 06066, on Saturday May 14, from 10 to 2.

Strapped Into an American Dream
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRLog (Press Release) – May 09, 2011 – Vernon, CT – Glenn Maynard, author of Strapped into an American Dream, will join five other writers to participate in an ‘Authors Slam’ event, held at The Book Rack at the Shops at 30 Plaza, 435 Hartford Tpk., Vernon, CT, 06066, on Saturday May 14, from 10am to 2pm. The authors will sign books and discuss their work; seating and light refreshments will be available.

Maynard’s memoir captures America, whirling readers along a 35,000-mile trek through the 48 contiguous states in a rebuilt RV. One week after their wedding, Glenn and his wife quit their jobs, sold their cars, and set out to find America. This book details how they were able to realize this dream, and then introduces the reader to the unique people they met and the places they visited along the path.

Travel with them through 23 National Parks, Las Vegas, Mardi Gras, and dusty ghost towns. Feel the rushing wind of tornadoes and the rocking of an earthquake. Sleep on roadsides and in truck stops, shifting from state to state, risking danger in favor of a limited bank account.

It is the dream of many Americans, in all walks of life, to travel the country, but few realize this dream. Now they may do so vicariously in the reading of these adventures. Laugh along the way. Share the terror, sorrow, and humor — strapped into an American dream.

STRAPPED INTO AN AMERICAN DREAM (ISBN: 978-1-60976-030-4) is available for $16.99 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website: http://www.strategicbookpublishing.com/StrappedIntoAnAme
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About the Author: Glenn Maynard has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Connecticut, and a degree in Communications. After spending 4 years living in Denver, Colorado, he returned home to Connecticut and now resides in Wethersfield. Glenn has a 9 year-old son named Andrew. As a travel correspondent for three newspapers while exploring the United States, Canada and Mexico during his one-year journey, Glenn published a total of twenty newspaper articles. His story was captured on the NBC local news upon his return.

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Snow and Ice and…an RV Show!

January 19, 2011

I’m sitting here listening to ice crystals bounce off the air conditioner in my window, and my muscles are still sore from digging out the 24 inches of snow left behind during the last record-breaking blizzard. Spring training for baseball is less then a month away, and the Northeast Recreational Vehicle & Camping Show is only a few days away. I will be signing copies of my book, “Strapped Into An American Dream” in the show at the CT Convention Center this Saturday and Sunday (January 22nd and 23rd). Hang in there. Visit the RV show and dream about traveling in warmer weather. Think about Spring Training a few weeks away. Know that the ground hog is starting to stir. The reality of winter may be harsh at times, but we can dream of an escape. Who knows…maybe that dream will become a reality. It can, and it has for some.
http://www.ctrvshow.com

Ya Gotta have faitha faitha faith!

November 22, 2010

After my first day at the International Auto Show at the CT Convention Center in Hartford, CT this past Saturday, I packed up and hopped on the shuttle bus to the parking garage across town. Since I pay $100 per month to park there for work, I figured I would use that garage and hop on the free shuttle for a ride to my book signing for “Strapped Into An American Dream.” I was happy to discover that I was the lone rider on the retreat. That all changed dramatically on the next stop. Apparently the Women of Faith Expo was going on at the nearby XL Center. Women began piling into the bus until every seat was taken. I even had to remove my heavy tote bag of books from the seat next to me to provide one more seat to the faithful. Some women had to stand. I thought about giving up my seat to one of the women standing, but not for long and the thought soon passed. The bus driver turned to me in the front seat and laughed. Then the women of faith began commenting on how I was the only guy on the bus. When I finally got off at my parking garage, I noticed the convention chaos continued. Women were everywhere, and I didn’t stand a chance. I joked with the women on the bus saying that they wouldn’t hear a peep out of me. I made it to the 5th floor via the elevator full of me and about 15 women. Again, comments about me being outnumbered came acallin’. When I made it to my car, I zipped around the 5th floor to the 4th and had to stop. I was in gridlock for the next 45 minutes. Two older ladies getting back to their car laughed when they saw me shaking my head. I rolled down my window and they proceeded to tell me that out of all that traffic, I was the only guy in the garage. I had faith that I would get out of that garage; so did the women of faith. After all, it was in their title. I was happy to see their cars finally head for the highway, and the next day I used the Convention Center parking garage. After the show, I didn’t have to rely on my faitha faitha faith!