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The Axani travel auction, a case of life imitating art

Have you heard about Jordan Axani, the guy from Toronto who recently advertised for a person with the same name as his ex-girlfriend to go travelling with him on non-refundable airline tickets?

Here’s one of the many recent news articles:

Jordan Axani finds an Elizabeth Gallagher for free trip around the world

There are certainly people questioning Axani’s motives, but at least after the applications and media attention started flooding in he’s taken the opportunity to set up a charity called A Ticket Forward.

BUT the connection all those covering this story have failed to make is that this is a case of life imitating art…

Let me draw your attention to a wonderful little novel called The Travel Auction independently published by author Mark Green back in February 2013.

the travel auctionWanted! Travel companion for all expenses paid trip to South America…

Jonathan Cork has left his job, rented out his flat and has two tickets for the trip of a lifetime travelling around South America. But with just days to go, he’s dumped by his girlfriend, Kate Thornly. Even worse, a life-threatening allergy means he can’t travel alone.

Unable to change the name on the spare ticket and fast running out of time, Jonathan resorts to desperate measures. He advertises on eBay for a travel companion with the same name as his ex-girlfriend. The problem is, it’s a complete lottery who he’ll end up with.

Kate Thornly (the second) is aware of the unusual eBay auction, but she can’t be persuaded to bid. Enter Maria, her best friend, who secretly applies on her behalf. With her nursing credentials and erotic photo, Kate seems like the perfect travel companion. But there’s just one small detail Maria’s conveniently left off Kate’s bid…

Told from both Jonathan and Kate’s perspectives, The Travel Auction is a funny, page-turning, roller-coaster ride around South America.

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Here’s an excerpt from my review of The Travel Auction that I published in 2013:

Hard to put down, The Travel Auction is a satisfying way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon, and one of the rare rom-com type novels I’ve come across that genuinely holds entertainment value for a male audience also.

The Travel Auction by Mark Green is more than ‘romance in the real world’ and laugh out loud moments – it is about the importance of choices we make and the value of trust; it is about the personal growth (the metaphorical journey) that can be achieved when we take a chance and leave our baggage (our misconceptions) at the door.

We also had the pleasure of discussing with Mark the inspiration behind the novel and its road to publication in this interview.

Whether Axani’s story has captured your interest or you are simply looking for an entertaining novel with genuine heart this holidays season, I recommend you take a chance on this indie author’s ‘original’ travel auction story.

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