TRAVEL AND THE ART OF WRITING........................
Blair McDowell's blog includes in-depth travel articles, details about her writing, backgrounds for her romantic suspense novels, and reviews of novels she has read. The places she visits often provide inspiration and motivation for her novels, so as you read through her travel blogs you may recognize the locales for some of her past novels, or understand where she gets ideas for her future stories.
2016 Trip to Europe - Day 11 - At Sea in the Baltic
Day 11 - At Sea
Map of Baltic Sea
have a day at sea. We’re in the Baltic, a sea the Captain informed us is lined
by nine countries. Germany, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia are to the south of
us, Sweden, Finland and Russia are to the north. The other two? Denmark, of
course, and Estonia. The Baltic, like our own Strait of Georgia, is modified
salt water. Fresh-water rivers from the surrounding countries keep it that way.
love sea days. I’m never quite as happy as when I can’t see land in any
Prinsendam Crow's Nest
haven’t said much about the ship we’re on, the Prinsendam, the smallest of the
Holland America Line. It carries something between six and seven hundred
passengers. While I’m not a fan of cruise ships this one doesn’t seem too crowded
or too big. It’s an older ship with numerous quiet corners and comfortable
chairs facing the sea, both inside and on its decks. My favorite spot is the
Crow’s Nest, a wide-windowed bar at the very back of the ship, with deep
leather chairs facing the sea and a charming young woman who brings me a double
Calvados before dinner each evening at sunset.
we arrive in St. Petersburg.
Blair McDowell's latest tale of Suspense takes the reader to Italy's beautiful Amalfi Coast.
Eve are two people who have both been through their own versions of hell. They
are both certain that they are not ready to enter into a relationship, but love
finds them anyway. Then it takes them on the non-stop thrill ride of their
When Eve Anderson meets Adamo de Leone on a ship bound for Europe, she has
no idea of the dark secret that will endanger both their lives. She
accompanies him to his home on Italy’s Amalfi Coast to open an inn left
to him by his grandfather. But then she learns he spent 5 years in
prison for a crime he claims he didn’t commit. Could the man she loves
be responsible for embezzling eighty million dollars from the investment
firm he once owned?
Adamo wants to hold Eve at arm’s length until he can clear his proud
family name. But when there is an attempt on his life and Eve is
terrorized by a gun-bearing thug, he realizes how much he wants her, and
he must accept whatever help he can get to uncover the well-hidden
trail of a six-year-old crime.