Friday, July 15, 2016

Travelling Vicariously…

With: Nina Croft

Congratulations to "Bn100", the winner in Nina's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

In Her Fantasy Bride, Gabrielle, my heroine, met her hero, on the island of Sicily. It wasn’t exactly a holiday romance as she wasn’t exactly on holiday, though Vito wasn’t aware of that.

I’ve never been to Sicily, but I’d love to visit as it sounds as if it has a fascinating history and beautiful stark scenery. I really enjoyed writing about the place, looking at pictures, reading up on the history. There is so much information available now, you can really get to know a place, even without visiting.

I used to love to travel. When I was younger, my husband and I would go off at every and any opportunity. We’ve visited Africa, South East Asia, India… But these days we’ve settled down on our little almond farm in the mountains of southern Spain and—as my husband tells me—every day is like a holiday. Not only that, but we have a whole load of animals (3 dogs, 4 cats, 2 goats, a horse and a three-legged Vietnamese potbellied pig called Piggles) which makes travelling, for any length of time, a challenge. 

That means these days most of my travelling gets done vicariously. There are still loads of places I would like to visit if only in my daydreams (lying under a fig tree, drinking wine, and dreaming of faraway places—not a bad way to spend the day especially if you can call it work.)

So where would I like to go? Here’s my top five places I’d love to travel and (because this is supposed to be research) the hunky heroes I’d like to find there for my lucky heroines. Keep a look out for future books…

1. The Inca trails in Peru – I’ve always wanted to do this, preferably on horseback. And my hero would be…an archeologist. Probably a tall, dark descendent of a Spanish conquistador and a Peruvian priestess. He’s searching for the bones of….  Sorry, getting sidetracked.

2. A cruise around the Pacific. I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise but my other half absolutely hates the idea. I’d like a cabin with a balcony, and long days at sea (as opposed to the sort that goes into a different port every day.) And my hero could be…the first officer (the captain always seem a little stuffy) or maybe a modern day pirate with a really good reason to hijack the ship and kidnap the heroine.

3. A dude ranch. Another holiday I’ve always wanted to do. Maybe in Montana, and the hero of this one is a no brainer – a cowboy of course.

4. Diving in the Maldives and my hero is going to be…a treasure hunter searching for a sunken ship.

5. Rafting through the Grand Canyon. I recently visited Vegas and did a Grand Canyon trip. The helicopter pilot was telling me they do 16-day raft trips down the Colorado River. Sounds fabulous. And my hero is a fugitive from justice, hiding out, who rescues the heroine when she falls overboard.

So where would you like to travel to, either in real life or in your dreams? Let me know for a chance to win ecopies of His Fantasy Girl, and Her Fantasy Husband, books 1 and 2 in my Things To Do Before You Die series.


I can't marry you. You don't love me.

Two sentences, that's all Gabrielle Harper left Vito D'Ascensio when she vanished the night before their wedding. If he wants his bride back, he's going to have to hunt her down and prove his love. But when he searches for Gabrielle, he finds Gabby instead; it seems his perfect bride is nothing but a fantasy.

After six months, Gabby presumes it's over, an episode in her life she's totally ashamed of. But now Vito is back. He's the one man she can never have, but as desire explodes between them, she has a tough time remembering why they shouldn't be together. Oh, right, her family hates him, and he's done terrible things. Or has he? But it doesn't matter. When he finds out the truth about who she really is…he'll never want to see her again.

Each book in the Things to do Before You Die series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order. 

Series Order:
Book #1 His Fantasy Girl
Book #2 Her Fantasy Husband
Book #3 His Fantasy Bride

Author Bio:
Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of nine-to-five work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
Nina writes all types of romance, often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

Author Website:

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  1. I wish I could travel more, even domestically there's a number of dream destination I've been coveting to go. But I really reaaally wish to go visit Scotland and Ireland. Reading stories at the Highland and the green of Eire just.. call to me. Maybe someday *fingers-crossed* :D
    puspitorinid AT yahoo DOT com

    1. Hope you get there Dee. I've never been to Ireland, but I lived in Scorland for four years - beautiful place, full of history.

  2. I live in Italy, but since my partner is a Sicilian we go there as often as we can. Our next trip is in August and I can't wait, especially because it means we'll be stsying at his parent's Summer house which is not far from the Etna. Looking forward to reading Gabrielle and Vito's story.

    natalija dot shkomare at gmail dot com

    1. How wonderful! Hope you have a fabulous holiday!

  3. I've been fortunate enough to have already checked some places off on my travel wish list but Iceland and Peru are still on the list.

    1. Iceland is supposed to be beautiful - but too cold for me. But Peru is defintiely on my list.

  4. Ireland and Scotland are places I would love to see... Sicily would be interesting, because my great grandfather was from there...

  5. Brazil

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  6. I would love to visit the British Isles.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com


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