“About Delighting In Your Company:
She travels back 200 years to stop a murder!
Delighting In Your Company is rich with the turbulent history of the sugar trade in the Caribbean including murder, deceit and a slave uprising. Interwoven throughout this intriguing tale is a love story that challenges the boundaries of time, between a dashing plantation owner from the past and a beautiful present day heroine, drawn into a series of events she would never have thought possible.
When Amalie Ansett visits her elderly cousin on the Caribbean island of St. Clements, the last thing she’s looking for is romance. Just out of a disastrous marriage, she’s ready to swear off romance forever. That is until she meets local plantation owner, Jonathan Evans — tall, good looking, and incredibly sexy. What more could a girl ask for?
Then Amalie discovers the man she loves is a ghost. He was murdered two hundred years ago. Only she can see and hear him.
To save Jonathan, Amalie agrees to return with him to the 1800’s — to a time when the sugar trade reigned supreme, and the slave trade was making fortunes for wealthy planters and ship owners. During a slave uprising their love is put to a test, and when murder and deceit rear their ugly heads, Amalie wonders if taking a journey to the past is worth losing her life.
Targeted Age Group: Adult
Written by: Blair McDowell
The two things I enjoy most in life are traveling and writing. I think I’ve been writing stories since the day I was first given a pencil and paper. I had a vivid imagination as a child…a characteristic that has gotten me into trouble more than once, and that has only increased with age. I’ve never been able to recount any event without embellishing it.
So it was natural that I should turn to writing fiction. And even more natural to choose to write romantic suspense, where I could let my imagination run wild.
In my earlier days, my work took me to some fascinating places; the Torres Strait islands, off the north coast of Australia, the Caribbean before it became a tourist haven, Hungary when the Russian soldiers were still patrolling the streets. I spent time in Australia, Austria, and Germany. And later in Italy and Greece. These locales became the settings for my books:
• Canada’s Sunshine Coast, Sonata;
• Greece, The Memory of Roses;
• Italy, Where Lemons Bloom;
• Germany, Austria and Hungary, Romantic Road;
• France, Fatal Charm
I built a house on a small still un-touristic island in the Caribbean – on a plot of land with no electricity or running water. Friends there told me stories and legends about their island and Delighting In Your Company was born.
In a word, I have lived a rather unorthodox life…And loved every minute of it.
Today I am more settled. I operate a Bed & Breakfast with a friend on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast in the spring and summer. When fall comes we head for Europe. Last year we traveled to Scotland to research the locale for my work in progress, The MacInnes Affair. It weaves together two love stories, one in the present and one in the past, in Scotland and in Canada.
A recent reviewer referred to my “vivid and clear descriptions of places” that that made her feel “as if she were there.” She queried whether I had used Google or had actually been to all those places.
My answer to all such questions is: Been there, done that!
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