Nancy Jardine is my guest at Vintage Vonnie, and I'm thrilled to have her visit. Nancy lives in Scotland, and is returning today from a week-long trip to Holland. Lucky her! Nancy also writes for The Wild Rose Press and has a new release scheduled for the third of August. She has a fun post full of beautiful pictures to share with us regarding her newest book. In fact, she's taking us all over the globe in a pictorial journey. But first, who is Nancy?
|Dunnottar Castle in Aberdeenshire|
The picturesque, castle country of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is home where she lives with her husband who now does all the cooking…the menu far more exciting and tasty than it used to be! Hobbies include ancestry research, doing exciting fun things she’s never done before with her two daughters and sons-in-law, and working in her large garden where she tends real flowers (occasionally) and some spectacular weeds (often). Looking after her first granddaughter, now 8 months, takes up a very special place in her week.
Come Fly with me…come fly, come fly away…you get the drift!
Hi, Vonnie! I’m excited to be with you today and would love to have you, and your readers, fly with me now as we get a little taste of my soon to be released TAKE ME NOW, a lighthearted contemporary romance from The Wild Rose Press (** 3rd August 2012--can’t wait **)
Do you have a thing about flying? I’m beginning to wonder if I do. So far, in three out of five of my completed novels, I have characters flying about somewhere or other. (Two are historical novels, set back in the Britain of Celtic Roman conflict, and someone would be bound to notice the anachronism if they flew about in an airplane!) In my three contemporaries I take my characters to fabulous destinations as they solve mysteries and fall in love-well, they are romances after all!
Why do I have my characters flying about? It’s because I love taking them to exotic and interesting far flung places, and as more of a pantser than a plotter, it just sort of evolves that way. If I’ve actually visited the places myself I find it’s easier to write about them, though nowadays I don’t believe that’s a necessary requirement. Internet information is so…GOOD for garnering what you need to know.
What about you? How many of you include locations that incur some kind of travel for your protagonists? I’d love to know just how common it is.
I’d like to set you a little challenge. Which of the destinations mentioned below do you think are the three I’ve never actually been to? (The information for those has come from second hand knowledge or the internet) Does my writing give you any clues that help you make you make your choice?
In TAKE ME NOW Aela Cameron transports her injured boss, Nairn Malcolm, to lots of lovely places, albeit they are all only fleeting visits. She flies his floatplane better than he does (He’s not too miffed about that, though, since she saves his hide on one momentous journey) and competently whizzes him around in his jet, catamaran and Range rover. A girl of many talents is Aela.
How do you fancy accompanying them as they visit these European destinations?
Aela doesn’t have too much time to appreciate them though, since she’s off kayaking in the
Aela can’t take her eyes off the Casa Batllo; can’t believe the facade was remodeled by Gaudi more than a century ago, although the building itself is around three decades older. Or there’s the Casa Mila, an apartment block with incredible statues on the rooftop that dominate- a barrage of sentinels in white featureless helmets, redolent of medieval helms. Wow! A whole row of wow!
dinky castle on a Scottish island is the base for Aela to fly Nairn elsewhere. Can
you imagine her flying him over the neighboring islands, leafy green from
recent rain, with the landscape twinkling down there in the now blue sky
scudded with cirrus clouds? Nairn’s castle is only one of many down there, Aela
flying his beloved floatplane low over the hills bordering the true lochs, and
the sea lochs which have access way out to the Atlantic Ocean as she takes him
to Scottish Island ,
where they board Nairn’s jet. Nairn’s so glad his Aela is superbly competent as
she battles ferociously wild weather on another occasion, landing his
floatplane at Lanera in battering high seas he’d never attempt himself-again Aela
saving not only his butt but his plaster casts! Glasgow
And what about the non-European destinations they fly to in TAKE ME NOW? Here’s a little idea:
An island in the
Imagine their island hotel complex-their villa affording personal butler service if they don’t want
to eat at the variety of restaurants a short walk away. Can you see their
private infinity pool that leads down to their secluded beach stretch where
Nairn organizes a spectacularly wonderful surprise for Aela? Fly with them at low levels over the
sparkling ocean, the waters so greenish-blue by day and so clear in places the
marine life is visible. The setting sun of the evening is even more fantastic,
the water changing color as it darkens, the pinkish-violet-orange above the
horizon darkened by some dramatic clouds, a darker blue above leading to
nothingness as they sip a cool cocktail on the beach.
So…are you still following or has your imagination transported you elsewhere?
One lucky commenter who
answers my question correctly will receive a digital copy of my current novel MONOGAMY TWIST! In that debut novel Luke
and Rhia’s travel takes them from
Yorkshire, England, to Rome,
and to as they solve their
mystery! Brisbane, Australia
Bye for now, Vonnie! It’s been lovely to visit. Wishing you all a lovely day dreaming of the far flung places that are out there waiting for you…or your characters!
Come fly with me….
MONOGAMY TWIST is available from:
The Wild Rose Press : http://bit.ly/wOpGbT Amazon.co.uk: http://amzn.to/ynu0t0 Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/wwaGCv Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/AuMbii
Link to YouTube Book Trailer for Monogamy Twist is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJVzbrkJQzA
TAKE ME NOW will be released by The Wild Rose Press on 3rd Aug. 2012. (Yippee!)