Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Hi, All,

Happy Wednesday! Well as you can see time is really speeding by. Already mid October! The leaves are finally turning into the beautiful golds, reds, and oranges throughout Chicago. I hope everyone is enjoying the cooler weather. At least those of us who live up north.

For the first time in years, I had decided to book my next trip through a travel agent. They really do know what's best. I decided to try this new agency that had just opened last week. Apparently they are new to Chicago, but have been in business for many, many years.

As I walked in, Bianca greeted me with a big smile. She was so incredibly knowledgeable about all the options for my trip. I knew I wanted to go to Paris. I haven't been in YEARS. SO I am really looking forward to going.

She made all the arrangements. Flight, hotel, entertainment. What I just had to visit. I wanted the full Artist's treatment. I plan to spend a week in the Louvre alone, just to absorb. LOL.

She glowed when I told her how I'd loved the Impressionistic movement in 1890's Paris and how awesome it would be to see the incredible works of art created at that time.

As she handed me all my itinerary, she winked and grinned like a Cheshire cat. It surprised me at the time, but I guess that's just her way. I must admit though, I had the weirdest feeling. Like she was keeping some amazing secret from me. I had wondered what it could be. I still do even now.

Funny. I never really looked over the thick manilla envelope she had handed me as I left. Perhaps now is a good time to review it, since I still have a week before I leave. Don't you think? Now where did I leave it? Oh, yes. On my desk.

"Geez, this is odd. I'm not leaving from O'hare or Midway..."

"WHOA! What the ....?"

"I haven't a clue where that is? I've never heard of that airport."

"Now this is ridiculous? I have to shop at a vintage store and buy what?!!! I think Bianca's lost her mind ...."

"... and she has me scheduled to have lunch in Montmartre with who?! Renoir AND Monet?! Now this chick has really flipped. I need to call her. Like NOW."

"Hello, Bianca. This is Michael Di Gesu'. I've just looked over my itinerary. And ... What gives?"

"I'm sorry, Michael. Is there a problem with the arrangements? You did say you wanted to go to 1890's Paris, right?"

"Ah, I don't understand. What do you mean by go to 1890's Paris? I just came in to book a trip to Paris."

"Yes, but you had mentioned the impressionists and how you wished to soak up impressionistic art. What better way than to visit Paris at that time, right?"

"I still don't understand. You're freaking me out here."

"Michael, calm down. Breathe. Obviously you do not understand how our travel agency works. We book time travel trips. Any place. Any time period. Past or future."

"Uh, you do what?"

"Time travel trips. It's all the rage. We've been doing it for over a hundred years now."

"I-I see. So, I am going to visit Paris during the 1890's ... and have lunch with Renoir and Monet ... right? Okay ..."

"Correct. You will also have dinner with Cezanne.  He is a real treat. You'll just love him. I can't wait to hear all about it when you get back. This is one of my absolute favorite trips. Plus, as an artist yourself you will have so much in common with them."

"I-If you say so ..."

Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc.


PK Hrezo

Where would you go? ...

Welcome everyone to Pk Hrezo's Cover reveal and blog hop! I am honored to help Co-host this event. SUCH FUN!!!! Imagine the possibilities?! ... And what about this cover?! ... FANTABULOUS!

I hope you all will be able to visit other bloggers and see where they chose! This is a hop after all... Scroll down to the linky for the other participants.

Now.... here's the skinny on Pk's novel ...

Welcome to Butterman Travel, Incorporated
We are a full service agency designed to meet all your exclusive time travel needs. Family-owned and operated, we offer clients one hundred years of time travel experience. A place where you can rest assured, safety and reliability always come first. 
Anxious to attend a special event from the past? Or for a glimpse of what the future holds? 
You’ve come to the right place. We’re a fully accredited operation, offering an array of services; including, but not limited to: customized travel plans, professionally piloted operations, and personal trip guides. *Terms and conditions do apply
Conference us directly from our Website. Our frontline reservation specialist, Bianca Butterman, will handle all your inquiries in a professional and efficient manner, offering a tentative itinerary and free fare quote, so you can make the most of your time trip.
We look forward to serving you at Butterman Travel, Inc., where time is always in your hands.   
Scheduled launch date: 11-12-13. MARK your Calendars!!! It's easy to remember... so clever, PK.
PK blogs regularly at PK HREZO: Fearless Fiction
Twitter:  @pkhrezo

I hope you all enjoyed my bit of fun....  I've got to say, though, coming up with new and inventive ways to fool you guys is quite the challenge. LOL.

And a special Congrats to Nick Willford for his two year blogoversary! All the best, Nick... And he is giving some major prizes. Three complete copy edits... UNBELIEVABLE...  Drop by his blog to enter! It's amazing!
1st prize: Novel of up to 100,000 words proofread and copyedited.
2nd prize: Novella or short stories up to 30,000 words proofread.
3rd prize: Short story/ies up to 10,000 words proofread.

Have a wonderful day!!!


  1. You're going to 1890 - just shut up and enjoy!
    And try to remember where that special airport is located.
    Cover is awesome, PK!
    I had no idea where I'd go until I saw Donna's post. Going back to see concerts of bands that don't perform or aren't around anymore sounds like a great idea.

  2. LOL! You might have fooled me, Michael, if I hadn't already seen this cover reveal at another blog this morning. So, while I clicked on the title of your post seriously wondering "Where is Michael going?" I caught on as soon as you said "travel agency."

    Still, brilliantly done as always! And that is the most stunning cover I've seen in awhile!

    Enjoy the 1890s!

  3. I really thought you were for real....LOL!

    Yay for PK!

    Shared and tweeted!

    Hugs and chocolate,

  4. Have a wonderful 1890.


  5. Hi, Michael. What a cool time travel trip. Sounds like it will be fun. CONGRATS to Pk! Great book cover.

  6. Great blurb for PK's cover. Love it!

  7. You had me. I really thought you were going on a trip at the start there. Great intro, again.
    I would love to take a look at the future, but then again, I would love to see some prehistory also.

    1. All right... I got someone. LOL... Thanks Susan....

  8. There is no way you are leaving without me! LOL! Loved this! We both also loved the movie Midnight in Paris :)

    1. Okay... you can come, SIs... It would't be the same without you anyway!

  9. HA! Love the misunderstanding there! Have you seen Midnight in Paris? Love that movie... the MC yearns for 1920s Paris and the people in the 20s yearn for the 90s... You reminded me of that a bit.

  10. Just see Hart's comment. Midnight in Paris...swoon! I'm there! Excellent trip. Congrats to Pk. I'll schedule mine...

    1. Yes, Denise...

      I LOVED Midnight in Paris! It hit me on both my passions art and literature! I've seen it like five times already! And I don't even own it. LOL.

  11. Ah, Michael, I just LOVE it!!! You're so cute and clever. :)
    I'd absolutely have to join you on this one. Paris during that time with all those artsy like-minded peeps would really get my motor going. lol

    THANK YOU so much for helping out and sharing this fun with me! See you soon!

  12. Wouldn't it be cool to meet those artists? I think if I were headed to Paris during that time I'd also want to meet Picasso....or was he a little later?

  13. Michael, I'm so gullible, you really had me going there for awhile. Awesome, Pk. Congratulations

  14. I was believing that until very near the end!.

  15. Hahaha loved your take on the bloghop. I'd like to join you on your trip, if I may. :-D

  16. Michael, I was so envying you for a trip to Paris 2013! Now I'm disappointed:) I'm gullible, too!

  17. This was so much fun to read, Michael. Your heart, soul and heaven knows what else went into writing this post. I actually thought you were going to Paris! lol You've got me smiling big time with this one, my friend :)

  18. Best city to visit, IMO. Paris would be a lot different then, but oh to talk to Monet, Renoir and Cezanne! Just watch out for the absinthe.

  19. Awesome post! Truly clever! ;) Going to Paris to see the amazing art being made during that time would be spectacular! My trip wouldn't be nearly as colorful, so when I get back, can I join you? lol

  20. I envy you that time jaunt! I tried to go to Camelot ... but Victor and Alice insisted on tagging along: I ended up in 1834 New Orleans and on a Mississippi River Boat! Go figure! Tricky post you wrote here. :-)

  21. It sounds like the perfect era, city and venue for an artist like yourself!
    I was fortunate enough to visit Paris a long time ago. It remains my favourite city.

  22. HAHA! I loved this! If only that could happen. What a perfect time and city to go to... absolutely adore Paris. Congrats to PK. Her book sounds fantastic and she is everywhere today!

  23. You got more than you bargained for, didn't you?

  24. Another great intro for a cover reveal! Michael, can I tag along, I so want to go the Paris!

    1. Definitely, Yolanda... Could you imagine how cool this would be... So far there are about four of us going. LOL

  25. You really had me, Michael! Great Intro! Congrats, to PK!

  26. Okay, I knew you had travel plans coming up. I'm reading along going uh huh travel agents can be good...PARIS?? Wait a minute, he told me his trip was to a whole other continent...then I read on...Oooooo, ok, I get it.

    See, this is what happens when I read and comment on blogs after 9 hours of work. Ze brain, she iz slow. lol!

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

  27. Very cute. I am not sure why you were complaining...

  28. I really loved this!

  29. Hang on, I have to feed the fish. Such simple entertainment - it never gets old.

    I see you in impressionist art Michael. This was perfectly awesome. Loved the narrative, and the trip to the unreal. Awesome.

    Of course, in my mind your next trip - past, present or future - is to my house to sleep on my uncomfy couch after talking the night away with moi. I don't see how Paris could compare to substandard cooking and cramped quarters and my undivided attention to your every world.


    Loved this travel plan though. Exactly what I would have thought for your travel plans Michael. Gads, I miss you! I understand how busy you are, but that makes me no less selfish, lol.

    Glad to see you online, and I'm hoping you are both mentally and physially healed from your ghastly ordeal. Hugs and best wishes Dude :)


  30. Ha! I hate it, but you GOT me for a few paragraphs and then I remembered.... so I PK'd down and saw the cover of the book that I may not forget for the Hrezo my life.

    Seriously :)

    Ps... hope you're well, Michael, and at least 1890's Paris doesn't have the Mouse and all that is EuroMisery :)

  31. I love how enchanting and fun you are :D I am marking my calendar-gosh one can only imagine how fabulous it would be to do this! The book sounds like my kind of trip! Congrats to Pk and I do love the cover~ Michael I hope you are back to your fabulous self~ I hurt myself on my bike and can't go near it, except to kick the tires. I learn the hard way-

  32. That was the BEST entry, Michael. You would think I would know better. You would think I wouldn't fall for it. But I totally did. I totally thought you were talking about your next vacation. Man, you're good!!!!

  33. Love how you did this! This hop sure has been a blast! Everyone has such unique ideas. I love the impressionists, too. Monet is my favorite...
    Tina @ Life is Good

  34. Love it as always. And I'm so looking forward to reading this book. Congrats to PK!

  35. Greetings human, Michael,

    I'm attempting to type from Dickensian London. You seem to have a lot of human admirers who gush over your opening entries.

    Congrats to PK and the cover does certainly remind you that time flies....

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!

  36. Awesome. And 1890's Paris would be incredible. Congrats to PK!

  37. *applause* That was the best time travel booking I've seen so far. And yes, 1 week is necessary for the Louvre. Definitely.

  38. Another introduction worthy of a high five, my friend! I was completely enthralled. :)

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  40. That was great! It was so fun to daydream about where to go - I'm glad it took you in such an awesome direction :-)

  41. I love the impressionists myself. How nuts was Van Gogh really?

  42. What a fun post, Michael! Loved it!! And to think you had me going for a bit. Until I scrolled down and saw PK's book cover! Yeah, I'm gullible that way. :)