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Travel Destinations – Liz Harris

Today we go a little bit further afield again with the favourite travel destinations as Liz Harris tells us hers and she definitely prefers a hotter climate:-

Looking towards Todi

Looking towards Todi

When writing Evie Undercover, I’d have been hard put to say which had come first – the sudden desire to write a romantic comedy or my fervent wish to set a story set in the place I’m drawn to every year – Umbria in Italy. Maybe the setting had a slight edge. Umbria is one of my favourite travel destinations. It has everything I could wish for in a place and I never tire of going there, whether to escape from real life and write, or merely to relax.

It has beauty. The countryside is stunning. My favourite time of day is in the evening, sitting outside on the loggia, drinking a bellini while watching the sun set over the hills.

The ancient washhouse seen from beneath a bridge leading into Bevagana

The ancient washhouse seen from beneath a bridge leading into Bevagana

It has history. Throughout Umbria, small towns sit atop hills, each with narrow cobbled streets that lead from a central piazza and open on to a lovely view. To sit outside a café, drinking coffee while watching the world go by – what could be more relaxing? Three of my favourite towns are the medieval walled town of Bevagna, Montefalco, famous for its wine, and the Roman town of Todi.

Yes, Umbria, unspoilt by tourism, was the inspiration for my rom com. I had the setting so all I then needed was a man and a woman – yes, I was really on the ball! First an engaging heroine for whom no hurdle was too great, and enterprising Evie Shaw was born. And then a hero. Enter handsome libel lawyer, Tom Hadleigh.

A cobbled alley opening on to a lovely view

A cobbled alley opening on to a lovely view

Tom had bought a 14th century Umbrian house on a whim. Nearing the end of the house’s restoration, Tom’s input is needed. But alas, he doesn’t speak a word of Italian and his Italian surveyor doesn’t speak a word of English. It just so happens, though, that Evie, whose father was Italian, is fluent in the language. What a happy coincidence!

Alas, the path of true love never runs smooth. And especially not when Evie is being forced to work undercover in order to keep her job on the gossip magazine, Pure Dirt – the only job in journalism she’d been able to get. And especially not when the beautiful sister of Tom’s Italian surveyor, Eduardo di Montefiori, sleek and gallant in a Mediterranean way, is staying with her brother. Trouble most definitely lay ahead.

Thank you, Liz!  Umbria sounds fantastic and Italy is definitely on my list of places I want to visit next!

Evie Undercover is out in paperback on 7th July. Available on Kindle and for pre-order.

Visit Liz at her website www.lizharrisauthor.com

Follow her on twitter: @lizharrisauthor

Please come back tomorrow for the final post in this series when we hear from K C Abbott!

 

 

Travel Destinations – Janet Gover

As everyone probably knows by now, Japan is one of my all-time favourite places in the world to visit. But there are so many other wonderful destinations, so to celebrate the e-book publication of my new novel The Jade Lioness, I’ve asked some of my fellow authors to tell me what their favourite exotic (or not so exotic?) travel destinations are and to recount some of their travel tales (good or bad!). Today I welcome Janet Gover to tell us about hers:-

Janet pic 1I love wild places. I think it comes from growing up in the Australian bush. I also love history, so those are the places that attract me.

I particularly love the South West of the USA: New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Arizona. It’s wild and beautiful and unique in so many ways. My holidays there really stand out in my memories for so many reasons.

I fulfilled a life-long wish when I visited the pueblo cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde in Colorado. It’s amazing that a whole culture existed here – climbing and an out of these dwellings by simple hand holds in the rocks. There are slightly safer paths for tourists now, thank goodness!

In the middle of the New Janet pic 4Mexico desert, inside a secure missile range, is the Trinity Site where the world’s first atomic bomb was exploded. Growing up in the nuclear age, I always wanted to see that site and was thrilled to learn you can go there. The site is open to the public on just two days a year. We formed a convoy and were escorted in by military police. It was an awesome feeling to stand in a place where one event changed the whole world.

Janet pic 2The craziest place I went to was just inside the same military base. It’s officially a Missile Museum, but actually looked a lot like a spare room where you just dump everything you don’t use any more but don’t want to throw away… or rather how that room would look if you were a military superpower. The buildings and the area around them are littered with leftover missiles and bombs, looking like a child has tossed them aside after playing with them. I couldn’t help but wonder what those missiles were pointing at – just in case…..

Like you, Christina, I have been to Japan several times and do enjoy it. But my favourite place in the whole world – well, Australia of course. That’s why I set my books there. You can find out more about that on my website at www.janetgover.com

Janet coverThank you, Janet, that sounds awesome!  And I’m sure the Australian outback is equally as amazing – I hope to visit both places myself one day.

For anyone who wants to visit the Australian outback from the comfort of their sofas, Janet’s latest novel, The Wild One, is now available in e-book from all major platforms.

Please come back tomorrow to hear from Sue Moorcroft.

 

 

Travel Destinations – Liz Fenwick

Liz pic 2As everyone probably knows by now, Japan is one of my all-time favourite places in the world to visit. To celebrate the e-book publication of my new novel The Jade Lioness, I’ve asked some of my fellow authors to tell me what their favourite exotic (or not so exotic?) travel destinations are and to recount some of their travel tales (good or bad!).  To start us off, here’s Liz Fenwick who agrees with me:-

I think I have travelled more than your average soul and seen some of the world’s most beautiful places.  But I have to confess I hadn’t longed to go to Japan (or if I’m honest it might have been the fear of the food).  I’m not sure why but maybe it was just too far from my imaginings.  However, fate thankfully intervened when one of our closest friends invited us to his wedding in Kyoto.

Liz pic 1I had no idea what to expect … and I came away enchanted and wanting more … except for the food. I’m not a huge fan of raw anything – let alone fish or even chicken.  Mark’s beautiful fiancée Yumi took us to her favourite restaurant in Gion (the old Geisha district) and threw me in at the deep end with a dish of minced seasoned raw chicken.  I will admit that it was delicious but my mind wouldn’t let me do more than taste it.

Liz pic 3The long weekend passed in a blur of beauty and culminated in a stunning wedding held in a temple followed by a feast that I will never forget – filled with more raw food exquisitely presented.  I survived the meal, but as you can see from the picture … at times it was a challenge.

I’m looking forward to another opportunity to visit Japan, but in the meantime Christina’s books are the next best thing to a visit and I don’t have to eat the food!!

Thank you, Liz!  I love everything about the Japan so I’m glad you enjoyed it (apart from the food – we’ll have to work on that!).  Gion and the city of Kyoto are absolutely beautiful and well worth a visit.

Liz coverLiz’s own wonderful books are set in Cornwall, another stunning place, and her latest one is Under a Cornish Sky.

Please come back tomorrow to hear from Janet Gover.