It's my pleasure to introduce Alison DeLaine today. Alison lives in rural Arizona, where she can often be found driving a dented old pickup truck out to her mining claim in the desert. When she’s not busy striking it rich, waiting on spoiled pets, or keeping her husband in line, she is happily putting characters through the wringer. Visit her at www.AlisonDeLaine.com.
Alison's historical romance, A Gentleman 'til Midnight, from Harlequin HQN comes out tomorrow. I'm reading it right now and loving it!
Please give Alison a warm Romance Dish welcome!
Do you have a favorite place? Somewhere in the world you can’t get enough of? Maybe you watch all the travel shows, dream of vacationing there—if you’re lucky, actually vacation there—and collect stuff that reminds you of your beloved locale.
For me, that place is the Mediterranean. Which is probably why the Med snuck into my stories. (Another reason could be that I was looking for an unconventional place to locate my not-really-a-pirate heroine, and it turns out that the Mediterranean was a hotbed of pirate activity for quite some time.) It isn’t that I’ve spent much time there, although my husband and I did take an amazing trip to Turkey a few years ago. (He might describe it as “grueling”… More about that below.) It’s more that the Mediterranean lives as a magical place in my imagination.
Here are the top five things I love about the Mediterranean that also show up in my books:
The sunshine. I’m a big fan of sunshine. So are my characters. I’m also partial to the idea of a strong, handsome-as-sin man standing on the deck of the ship with his head tipped back, basking in sunlight. Maybe with… you know… his shirt fluttering in the breeze, and his large hands curled around the railing… Anyhow, I digress. I’m sure you’re not interested in anything like that.
The turquoise water. It’s true! The water really is turquoise in many places. I like to imagine my heroine and her crew anchored in a harbor somewhere (in the sunshine, of course) surrounded by blue-green water that’s so clear you can see all the way to the bottom. And just maybe, way down there, they might see some…
Ancient ruins. Yep, I can’t get enough of ‘em. Just be glad that I’ve internalized the “little goes a long way” concept. I could fill a book with descriptions of ancient ruins. Or an entire vacation—just ask my husband, who claims he was taken on a forced march through every ancient site we came across in Turkey. (He exaggerates, of course.)
Egypt. Well technically, Egypt itself doesn’t show up in my books (yet) except for an occasional mention—or, if you’ve read my novella A Lady by Day, in my heroine’s past. For me, Egypt calls to mind all sorts of exotic, ancient-world imagery, so I can’t resist tossing it in occasionally.
Pomegranates. Okay, they grow a lot of places. Such as my back yard. (By the way, that trick about peeling a pomegranate underwater to avoid the mess? It works.) But they also grow in the Mediterranean—whole fields of pomegranate bushes—and who could resist that?
What’s your favorite place, and what are your top things to love about it? Inquiring minds want to know! And two lucky commenters will win a signed copy of my book, A Gentleman ‘til Midnight. (U.S. and Canada only)