Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Do you have a favorite faraway place?

By: Mallory Kane

Congratulations to Pam, the winner of Mallory's giveaway! Thank you to all who participated.

My husband and I are going to Europe for the 2nd time ever. We're heading to Russan in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in France for a week to stay with my cousin and explore the French countryside, eat bread and cheese and sauces and drink wine. then we go to Rome because -- well, it's Rome.

We're taking a side trip to Naples. My husband's mother was a Calabrese, and his family comes from a small village near Naples called San Fele. We hope to be able to visit the village and see what we can find out about his family, but we don't speak Italian so that could be an adventure. We do have that app though. So Michael will be saying my grandfather was born here, into the phone and holding it up to repeat his words in Italian. How many hundreds of times do you think they've seen/heard that by now from us crazy Americans?

I've been writing furiously so that I can enjoy the trip. Not that I plan to forgo writing altogether while we're gone. I've learned my lesson. Taking a vakay from writing is never a good idea. So I am determined to do a few pages a day. Or at least one or two. 

Part of my writing on the trip will be daily journaling. I'm distracted by shiny objects, so it's easy for me to get confused about which day was which, which photos went with which adventure, and sometimes even who's who. Journaling and tagging photos makes it a whole lot easier to keep up with where we've been.

Meanwhile, in another exotic magical land--the New Orleans of my Delancey Dynasty series, I have May and June back-to-back Delancey Dynasty books out from Intrigue. May's book is Private Security, where we finally see Dawson Delancey meet his match. You met Dawson in Her Bodyguard, May, 2010. In June, Homicide Detective Dixon Lloyd's first homicide case was the murder of Carnival Queen Rosemary Delancey, Dawson's sister. Dixon had never forgotten the beautiful woman whose bedroom had been awash with her blood. Now he's found her alive with no memory of her previous life. But by digging for answers, he brings danger and possibly death back to her door. 

Do you have a favorite faraway place? Real or imagined? A place you've been or one you've merely dreamed about? Please share your story here with  us. I'm giving away a signed copy of my May, 2012, release plus a bit of lagniappe to one commenter. 

Bon voyage, bon appetit and bon mot,
Mallory Kane

Giveaway ends 10pm EST May 8th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email justromanticsuspense @ gmail.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 


  1. I have 2 favorite places in Europe( actually have many but these are 2 of my favs), Venice and Amsterdam. I love that you an travel by boat thru their canals. The food in Venice was spectacular and I can still taste it even after 30+ years. I loved the Van Gogh museum and the open air market in Amsterdam. The whole feel in these cities that meals are an event of sharing and experiencing the food. I loved it!

  2. Not sure why my ID did not show above for my comment on Venice and Amsterdam.

  3. I've always wanted to travel to England and visit the stitch shops there. Then to Ireland for a glimpse of greenery. Have a fun trip! Cherie Durbin Email ButchDurbin@Charter.net

  4. My favorite place is Paris. The courtyards are exquisite as is the art and wonderful ambiance.
    Have fun on your trip.


  5. I've always wanted to visited Maldives. I fall in love with it's beautiful landscape and superb scenery. But, my most favorite dream-away place is Raja Ampat - Indonesia. Such breathtaking places. Heaven for divers.

    ps:I read few of your books and so far I enjoyed it a lot. Looking forward for your new works.


  6. I have always wanted to go to England. I want to go and stay for a couple of months and just hang out and see all the sites. I would love to go to Buckingham Palace, go see Big Ben, and see Abbey Road studios, and too many other places and things to see. I would also love to see Ireland.
    You are a new author for me and always looking for new books to check out. These books look great, and will be adding to my must buy/read list. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. My favorite faraway fictional place, is Nim's Island, from the book and movie. A place with less noise and responsibility, and where you can get in touch with nature. I would also like to see the Galapagos Islands.

  8. Hi
    I have not traveled outside the US often (actually only once) and I would love to remedy that - I would love to travel to Ireland and visit all those small older villages that have been around for centuries.

    Thanks for the chance.

  9. My favorite trip was to Rome for 8 days. We traveled in and around the city and it just made me want to spend even more time in Italy. Tivoli is a can't miss destination- go see the fountains at Villa D'Este! That was in 2004 and I've longed to go back every year. Unfortunately, my husband has NO desire to ever go to Italy. His idea of a vacation is a beach with a drink. This summer we are going to Belize and Honduras (Roatan) and I'm hoping I will love the Caribbean as much as Europe. I'll get back to Italy, even if I have to go by myself.

    And I totally understand the 'then we go to Rome because-- well it's Rome' part of your trip. There is nothing like it!

    Safe travels and thanks for the book giveaway. I've added it to my TBR list.

    Heather E

  10. I have not travelled much, but dream of one day visiting Ireland! I want to see the green, the castles, the countryside... listen to that wonderful accent!

  11. Hong Kong - I have relatives there and the food and shopping is wonderful!

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  12. I like Paris.


  13. My favorite faraway place is Florence, Italy. I was there once and love it. It is so relaxing there.


  14. Thank you to all of you for sharing your favorite real or imagined faraway place. Now I want to go to ALL of them! Gayle, I LOVED Nim's Island (couldn't hurt to have Gerard Butler there either!)

    Heather, the 'beach with a drink' sounds like us a lot of the time (sub. mountains for beach and wine for a drink and I'm there!) But when we got this opportunity, my dh and I said 'Yes!' in unison.

    Pam, I love the old, old villages and places too. 'Old' takes on a whole new meaning in Europe, doesn't it? We think something 200 years old is old. Europeans live their lives with buildings and artifacts that could be 2000 years old.

    Thank you all!

    Happy reading,

  15. I have not traveled far enough to have a favorite far away place. I would love to visit Great Britain though.



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