A Fortunate Mistake

When I started traveling internationally, I had no idea that I would use my travel experiences to create JJ Cavendish, the main character in my latest novel, The Miracle Girl.  I can’t pinpoint the moment when I first met JJ. But I can remember my first major international trip with my partner.

Back in 2007 we went to a resort located at the bottom of the Pico Bonito National Park in Honduras for a week. Actually, we were there for eight days, but we only planned for seven. Near the end of our trip, I was making arrangements for our ride to the airport and I was completely flummoxed when the concierge said we were staying an extra day. I read the itinerary wrong, which is awfully embarrassing considering I have a history degree. You’d think dates would come naturally to me. They don’t. Don’t ever ask me about birthdays, anniversaries, or holidays. I have Christmas and New Year’s memorized, but that’s about all. Oh I know my birth date, but if you ask me how old I am, I have to stop and think. Once I argued with a doctor about the current year. I was wrong. Thank goodness it wasn’t during a psych eval.

When I heard the news from the concierge, at first I was excited to spend another day in paradise.

Then I remembered our dog and cat. Our sitter had to leave the night I thought we were returning. This was bad.


You’ll pay for this.


How’d you forget about me?

Luckily I had access to the hotel’s computer and I started emailing our friends and neighbors. And then I ordered a couple of drinks.


I met The Better Half at the pool to announce the news. Can you see why we were happy to stay an extra day?


She was just as excited.

Within an hour we had managed to make arrangements for one neighbor to watch Miles (dog) and Atticus (cat) for the night and for another neighbor to take Miles out during the day. Seriously, the Internet is amazing.

And we had another day. It was on this day my partner was startled by a snake, which inspired a small snippet in The Miracle Girl.

TheMiracleGirl (1)

The Miracle Girl was released yesterday and so far it’s doing well. As of this morning, it was ranked number four on Hot New Releases for Lesbian Romance on Amazon.

TMG Hot New 4

The blurb:

Newspaper publisher and world traveler JJ Cavendish continually feels pressured to live up to her Miracle Girl nickname. Not many people know she’s living a carefully crafted lie. She may not hide ties to the LGBT community, but she does hide past struggles with addiction.

When the Colorado native is handpicked to take the helm at a dying Denver newspaper, she ends up reconnecting with her long lost love in this contemporary lesbian romance. Only there’s a catch. If JJ fires the most belligerent editor at the paper, she risks losing the love of her life.

Mid-afternoon office romps abound in this romantic comedy while also focusing on what it takes for a newspaper to remain relevant in this age of social media.

Must JJ lose everything in order to gain a life more fully her own?

Available on Amazon:

Amazon US  /  Amazon UK    /    Amazon Canada



About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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57 Responses to A Fortunate Mistake

  1. I read this whole blog post, and I keep going back to “I have Christmas and New Year’s memorized”. Bahahahaha!!! That’s kind of how I feel sometimes. Anyway, congrats on another successful book release. You are such an amazing writer, and I have no doubt that this one will be at the top of the charts in no time :).

  2. Twist my arm and make me stay another day in paradise!
    Glad people were able to take care of your pets for you.

    • TBM says:

      When we lived in Boston we had a great crew who was always willing to help out with the boys. And we loved whisking their dogs over to our place to play with Miles. Sometimes it got crazy, but it was usually entertaining.

  3. I have my copy and well get onto it as soon as I’ve finished wading my way through the 1400 page monster I’m currently consuming.

  4. Pat Hatt says:

    haha poor pets giving you the look of shame. Good thing the internet is here, they got looked after and another day in paradise, win win.

    • TBM says:

      Well, Att gives me that look at least ten times a day. I really don’t impress him much. Miles is usually happy as long as he’s getting his way, which is 90% of the time.

  5. That pic of Atticus cracked me up. Such a typical cat look of total disdain. So awesome that Miracle Girl is doing well – congrats!!

  6. Melly says:

    Can’t wait to dive into your new book!
    And don’t worry, after 21 most of us need a moment to calculate our age and then pause another moment to let the number really sink in 😜.

    • TBM says:

      It is odd, now that I’m 41 I have a hard time processing the number. Not that I feel old, but I’m confused because I think I should feel older, but I still feel like I’m in my 20s, minus some aches and pains. I remember when I was a kid and I thought 21 was so old.

  7. Love the pictures and yes, the internet has brought all of us that much closer and makes communication way more convenient.

  8. ethornberg says:

    Very nice pictures, T.B. It looks like a fun place to be. I think that The Miracle Girl will be the fifth book of yours I will have read. A Woman Lost remains my favorite. I don’t give many books with six stars!


  9. So wonderful you got to stay another day and your furry friends were taken care of. JJ sounds like an international traveler to me. You did an excellent job! I have a shout-out for you on my blog today. 🙂

  10. S.M. Lowry says:

    What a beautiful place! The pictures are gorgeous. And the book was an excellent read 🙂

  11. Sherry Ellis says:

    Love the pictures! Looks like a great place to visit!

  12. Love hearing about how travel inspires people in other aspects of their lives and your particular story is so charming! Hopefully that’s not how Atticus and Miles looked when you got home.

  13. mpax1 says:

    lol Booking wrong is something I would do. Honduras looks amazing. Never thought about visiting there. Now I will. Congrats on the new book, TB! http://mpaxauthor.com

    • TBM says:

      I really can’t remember how we agreed on Honduras. I know price was a big factor, but there had to be another reason. It was beautiful and the people were so friendly.


  14. Maria says:

    Lovely that your travel helps other people.

  15. The Guat says:

    Duuuude that looks like a great place for inspiration to hit! Looks like I could find some peace there for sure. Glad you were able to get a future scene from your book there and glad that you were able to find someone to watch Miles and Atticus. 🙂 Congrats on the book! I’m super proud of you and hope your success keeps coming. Posted up something on The Miracle Girl last night, hope it helps spread the word. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I think you would love Honduras. The following year we went to Guatemala, another beautiful country (as you know) in Central America. We need to get back there and explore a bit more.

  16. I also have to stop and think about my age.

    I don’t know how I’d travel without the internet and my phone. My biggest thing is using mapping apps and GPS. I don’t heavily use social media while I’m gone, but I can check on things when I’m in my hotel room. I also email, and text, many times about important things.

    That’s great about sales.

    • TBM says:

      I try to unplug completely when on holiday, but in emergencies it helps to be able to email people and use GPS. I was in Trieste, Italy last year and got hopelessly lost. I used my phone, but when I returned to London, my phone thought I was still in Italy and when I would look at a map, it would tell me it’d take over 48 hours to walk to get bread. It took a day for it readjust completely.

  17. omg this brought back a memory I try to repress haha! When I was 13 my fam and I went to hawaii. We hired someone out of a newspaper to take care of our cat (dumbest thing we’ve ever done) …we should have gotten a neighbor or someone we knew. Anyway, we found out years later this person was having irresponsible teens come to take care of the cats she was hired to take care of. Long story short they lost our key! We were still going to be in Hawaii for two more days. We were what felt like millions of miles from my sweet baby girl, and I was sick with panic! We had a key fed exed and it worked out in the end, but I STILL have nightmares about it. Granted I know this is totally diff to what happened with you guys but omg, the thought of my cat being alone for even one night makes me feel sick lol. From then on we always had my former babysitter watch my Pudding when we went on trips! Much better as we trusted her implicitly!

    • TBM says:

      I would have been sick with worry as well. So glad it worked out, but it’s such an unsettling feeling to think our babies are in trouble and you can’t do anything because you’re millions of miles away.

  18. cheriereich says:

    I’m such a live-by-the-calendar person, but I think I’d be quite happy to stay and extra day where you were. It looks so beautiful from the pictures.

    • TBM says:

      I’ve gotten a bit better since this trip, but we still have some sort of issue that pops up with each trip. Murphy’s Law and travel seem to go hand in hand. Makes for some good stories after we recover.

  19. That looks like an amazing place. And it’s great that you have friends and neighbors to help you out in a pinch. We just moved into our house and after we left, I realized nobody we knew had keys to get in if they needed to! That’s not a good thing. We’re going to change all our locks so they have the same key, then give an extra key to my parents so at least someone here will have them. During times like that, a smart lock would help. You could unlock your doors from wherever you are, then lock them back once the pets had been fed!


  20. Kimberly says:

    Beautiful pictures – sounds like such an amazing trip! Congratulations on your book and the amazing rank!

  21. Oh, NO! They “made” you stay another day??? (The horrors of it all!) Reminds me of Br’er Rabbit’s famous line: “Pleeeeease don’t throw me in the briar patch!” I’m glad your neighbors were able to take care of your four-legged furry kids so you could enjoy that extra day in paradise.

    Good luck selling a bazillion copies of your new book! (I’ve got mine!)

  22. cleemckenzie says:

    How did we survive before the internet? The cell phone,even? I would have done anything to stay longer in that place, so congratulations on fixing things so you could. And, yes, those critters are pissed. Take catnip and a chew toy home with you.

  23. Sherri says:

    Hi TB! It’s been way too long since I was over here, great to see you again! I’ve been out of action for almost 6 weeks due to ongoing laptop issues, only just returned last week and manically trying to catch up. Getting there, slowly. Wow, what a fantastic holiday you had, love your pics. No wonder you were both so delighted to grab an extra day and so great you have such good friends and neighbours to help out with your furry babies 🙂 Wow, you are writing up a storm…all very the best with The Miracle Girl! I’m still plodding along with my first draft of my memoir…but the end is in sight, almost two years later, ha 😀

  24. Shah Wharton says:

    Pets RULE! And I love the cover of your latest release. Congrats on how well it’s doing. 🙂


  25. A lovely and painful surprise all in one. I wouldn’t complain about an extended vacation.

  26. Congrats on your new book! You have me laughing here with your recollections about dates. Love it that you know the dates of Christmas and New Year 🙂 Nice photos of the pets.

  27. LOL – Sounds like something that could happen to me. The place is gorgeous, though! Hope your book is still doing well.

  28. Kourtney Heintz says:

    Really cool moment. I had the opposite happen. I was stuck in a city I was hating and found out I was leaving a day earlier than expected. 🙂 Congrats on your success with the new release. That’s awesome!

  29. tara tyler says:

    it’s so hard to see the positives of a negative surprise sometimes, but looking back at the sequence of events that leads us to better things, we found a way and see the why and it’s so worth it!

  30. Sometimes I think the only purpose for real life is to inspire our writing. Sometimes.

  31. It’s been a while since I’ve been to Honduras, a country I love, but none of the places I stayed look liked your resort but I had a lot of fun there and drank a few bottles of Salva Vida. Traveling and the unexpected wonderfully informs our writing.

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