Friday, August 7, 2015

Fancy an island holiday?

Posted by: Shona Husk

At first glance beaches don’t sound very paranormal at all. Vampires don’t love sunshine. Fairies don’t love water and goblins would scare the pants off most beach goers :)

But not all my paranormal romances are dark and angsty. I also write some lighter genie romances. And nothing says romance like a beautiful island with white beaches and turquoise water.

I’m lucky enough to live near the ocean, but that didn’t stop me from spending quite a bit of time researching which island to set the story on. There are so many beautiful holiday destinations. From Mauritius in the Indian Ocean to Vanuatu in the South Pacific Ocean. In the end I decided on Rarotonga in the Cook Islands (also in the South Pacific Ocean).

I wish my research had included travel to each location…alas I had to make do with the internet and talking to someone who had lived there.

If you can’t get to a place talking to someone who has been there can help with the details.

While we all know what sand feels like, it comes in many different colours from black to white and yellow in between. Beaches also have different smells (there is one nor far from me where seaweed gets washed ashore and piles up….you can imagine what that smells like during the middle of a West Australian summer). I can assure you that there is no stinky seaweed in Lover in a Bottle :)

If you can’t get to the beach or a fancy destination, you can always travel though a book. As an added bonus in this one there is a hot genie there to grant your every wish…bon voyage!

Lover in a Bottle

Rebecca Thomas is determined to have the perfect holiday on her own. She knows how to plan the perfect wedding, so planning her ideal holiday wasn’t hard. She goes to the Cook Islands to enjoy the sun, sand and surf and everything else Rarotonga has to offer. She never planned on having a holiday fling, but Ashur is hard to resist.

Ashur loves his job. Every woman who frees him from his bottle is unique, and they all want something different. For him it has become a game to seduce them and grant their most secret fantasies—but on his time frame. He makes the most of each moment he is out of the bottle. While he enjoys what does, he is afraid that his life has no meaning and that one day his bottle will be lost forever, and so will he. With Rebecca, he thinks he is ready to give up being a genie and try being mortal.

However, to convince Rebecca to set him free, she first has to believe in magic and genies.


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