Amey Zeigler's First Time sounds very similar to one I had. I still remember walking through the parking lot at the airport in Finland and laughing at the round SF stickers on the back of the cars. I thought it was funny everyone had San Francisco stickers. It wasn't until a few days later that I realized it stood for Suomi Finland (Suomi is 'Finland' in Finnish). That was thirty-two years ago. I guess you never forget your First Time! Thank you, Amey for bringing me back!!!
I stepped off the plane in Geneva, Switzerland and it smelled of fresh bread, green growth and people—perfume, car exhaust, and cigarette smoke. These were all unfamiliar smells for a young woman of twenty-one coming from Arizona. I had never traveled to Europe before, and my only experiences outside of the USA were Canada and Mexico. Switzerland proved to be a life-changing experience for me. I learned to speak French fluently by conversing with people on the bus, on the street and in their homes. I think they felt sorry for me and my horrible accent.
Once in a small town in the foothills of the Alps, a little old lady in a mink coat asked if I was German, then guessed British and was surprised I was American. I was the first American she had ever met.
The scenery was spectacular. Snow-capped mountains, well-kept flowerbeds, little chalets tucked in rolling green hills, cathedrals built in the 1100’s, cobblestone streets, cafes, and markets.
It changed my life in several ways. Switzerland was a melting pot of refugees at the time. I met a colonel of a Armenian army who told me how he escaped the embattled trenches of a civil war. I met a sweet lady who escaped genocide in Rwanda. I befriended a couple—political refugees from Bhutan—who struggled to find work to bring their eight-year-old son to Switzerland. And many more. People who wrestled with problems, real problems. And yet they all gave something to me. They gave me their stories. They shared their burdens with me. Those stories enriched my life, gave me perspective and enhanced my understanding of other cultures and people.
I was so impressed with how hard it was to live in another country, I wrote a novel about a girl who moved to Switzerland for her internship and all the cultural misunderstandings she encountered.
Amey wrote her first mystery with her best friend in fourth grade. She loves mystery. She loves romance. She loves suspense. She loves action, adventure and comedy. But she wants it to have a happy ending. Amey loves writing about different places because she grew up moving all around the United States. In her books, she explores the whole world. She lives with her husband and three children near Austin, TX.
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When her stepbrother is murdered by the mob, Andy soon discovers she's out of her depth.
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Although Andy balks at his lies, Hugh's charms, twenty-inch biceps, and electrifying blue eyes are difficult to resist. Striking out on their own, Hugh and Andy try to outwit each other as they traverse North America tracking down people connected to the case.
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