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Title: Bound for Trouble
Author: EM Lynley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Wow, the real difficult part of compiling this list was narrowing it down to ten. I’ll share five of my favorite places that I’ve already visited plus five places I haven’t yet been able to visit.
I’ve been lucky enough to travel around the world, so I’ve seen many incredible cities and countries. I also lived abroad for nearly ten years, and was able to travel around the places I lived (UK and Japan) quite a lot and see the country from the perspective of a resident rather than a tourist.
Most of my traveling time was spent backpacking. That gets you up close and personal, riding buses and trains, and meeting a lot of local people. When you have more time than money, everything slows down and it’s an opportunity to see lots of details.
In no particular order, my five must-see places:
Aeolian Islands, off the Sicilian Coast
This is absolutely one of the most beautiful and most interesting places in the world. I love is so much I set a book here, Italian Ice, and the characters visit most of the islands in the course of the story.
There’s a set of half a dozen islands formed by volcanoes. The most well-known is Stromboli. You may have heard of the sandwich, named for this island, the most active volcano in Europe. Stromboli erupts about every 15 minutes. It only spews out some ash and little lava rocks, no big lava flows. It’s best seen at night. Back when I visited you could stay overnight and watch the eruptions the whole night. Now guides take visitors up as the sun is setting.￼
There are other amazing islands to discover. Vulcano has gorgeous black-sand beaches (ouch! The first time I stepped on that hot black sand was the last. I got flip flops and wore them till I got into the sea. Lipari has a beach made of pumice stones. The area has a lot of sunken ships, dating back to Roman times. Whether you want natural beauty or maritime history, you could easily spend a week or two, taking ferries between the islands. But don’t tell everyone or it will be even more crowded. It’s been discovered since I went there. At that time it was mainly Italian tourists and a few Europeans who braved the dangers of the overnight trains from Rome and Naples.
I spent five months traveling around India. It was intense, crowded, dirty, and among the most fascinating places in the world for sheer variety and lots of delicious food. Of all the cities I visited, not impressed me like Jaisalmer out in the middle of the deserts of Rajasthan and near the Pakistani border.
When I first saw Jaisalmer, I thought it was a dream. I was riding a bus from Jodhpur and looked out the window to see a golden city emerging from the middle of the golden desert. The city is a citadel, with the walls built of bricks made from that sand, so everything is the same golden color. The architecture is gorgeous, and the people are friendly and wear colorful saris (the women) and the men wear long colorful turbans
I rode on a 3-day camel safari from Jaisalmer, one of the coolest things I have ever done. The city is about an 8-hour bus ride from Jodhpur, but once you see it, you’ll think it was worth the trip.
I spent a month in Nepal. Half the time was in Kathmandu, also an amazing city, but it was nothing compared to trekking in the mountains. Towns are 2-3 hours week between them and I never walked so much in my life. The air was clear and fresh and the snow-capped mountains surrounded us. One day I went for a walk to another town (about 8-hour round trip) on my own. No one else was in sight. On one side of me were the mountains and on the other a steep cliff, just this side of Tibet.
Until that point in my life, I had hardly ever been that alone. It still stands out as one of the best days of my life. I never felt so healthy as those two weeks climbing up and down the narrow, rocky mountain paths. A donkey caravan might be just up ahead or the edge of a cliff. For about $5 a day each, my friends and I paid for a room at a guest house and had plenty of food.
I know it’s not as pristine now and much more crowded, but Nepal is another place that’s unique in the world.
Rocky Mountains, Colorado USA￼
Snow-capped mountains? Check. Beautiful scenery? Check. Lots of amazing wildlife? Check. Even though I’d been around the world by the time I made it here, I found plenty to thrill me. We spent a morning hiking in mid-June. Not too hot. Shorts weather. We saw bighorn sheep and plenty of other wildlife. Then we drove over the pass to the east. Right up at the top we got caught in a blizzard. In mid=June. Not shorts weather at all. Only two or three hours up from where we’d hiked. Never a dull moment in the Rockies.
There are gorgeous lakes and lots of clean open spaces that really make you feel like singing “America, the Beautiful” and really meaning it.
Brugge (Bruges), Belgium
Choosing #5 was tough. I had to rule out Kyoto, Japan and its palaces and temples; Siena, Italy where I got to experience the Palio, a medieval pageant and a horse race I’d wanted to see since I was a kid; the chateaux of the Loire Valley; Thailand with its gold temples and lovely people; and about 50 other places.
But Brugge was a special place for me. I use the Flemish rather than the Walloon (French) name because I spent time seeing it from the Flemish perspective. The city is absolutely gorgeous. Carefully preserved buildings of delicate architecture, set on a system of canals that give it the name “The Venice of the North.” Stockholm also is called that, and it’s another city that didn’t make the top five.
Brugge is a mix of city bustle and peaceful canals. The people are friendly, the food is hearty, and there is a hell of a lot of beer. Before my trip I had a goal of trying as many kinds of beer as possible, to compete with a co-worker who had traveled extensively. To that end I went on a beer tour around Brugge, to learn about Belgian brewing.
Over my three days there, I had 20 different brands of beer. It helped that one of those days was my birthday and total strangers were buying me drinks. I believe that Belgium has the most domestic beers of any country—and they are all different.
If you want a real taste of this city, watch the film In Bruges. It’s a bit violent but when you see this tough hitman oohing and ah-ing over the beauty of the city, you’ll know what I’m talking about. IT’s not too big to walk around, so there’s a smaller-town cozy feel to it, but plenty of art and history and amazing Belgian chocolates so you can keep up your energy levels.
Probably my favorite city in Europe outside of Italy.
I’m adding a bonus city: Istanbul, Turkey. This was one of the most amazing places for me. Most of the city is actually on the European continent, but you can take a ferry across the Bosporus River and go to the Asian side. That was my first time stepping into Asia. It was a special day for me, even though I went back to the European side after a brief stop. Later I spent several weeks in the Asian part of Turkey.
But even the European side of Istanbul is exotic and almost overwhelming. The traffic, the scents, the crush already feels like another world. It’s a slightly tamer version of India, but with a special history of its own. There are markets that haven’t changed in 500 years, next to more modern buildings and people wearing very western clothing. It’s a city made up of contrasts. You can visit an old harem not far from some mosques and there’s even an old church that was turned into a mosque.
Plus, the food is amazing. (I’ve probably said that about every place so far).
I hate calling them this because each is a wonderful city in its own right: Siena, Venice, Florence, Kyoto, Salzburg (Austria), Bergen (Norway), Loire Valley, Sevilla (Spain), Kathmandu (Nepal). Oh dear I could go on and on.
5 Places I’d Love to Visit
Egypt is definitely near the top of the list. I love ancient history and for a time planned to be an archaeologist. Score one for Indiana Jones. However, after I actually took an archeology class I realized it wasn’t anything like an Indy film! We learned a lot about digging techniques and how to measure things. False advertising, I say.
Indonesia. When I was planning my round-the-world trip this country was at the top of my list. I even took a class about it at the Smithsonian (I was living in Washington, D.C. at the time). There are so many islands and each is unique in terrain, culture, etc., so I was looking forward to visiting here. I ended up not having time because I spent so long in Italy and India. But someday I will.
Mongolia. I’m not sure what about it attracts me so much. I like the idea of society built around horses, at least until fairly recently. The first known horses are supposed to be from around here. I love mountains and rugged terrain. What doesn’t attract me is that it’s below freezing for about ten months of the year. You have to get there just at the right time. I was once offered a job to work in their Ministry of Health on an HIV-prevention program, but I turned it down, partially because I wasn’t sure I could handle the climate. To this day, I wish I’d given it a shot.
Zanzibar. I just love the name. Actually I once read a book set here and it sounded so beautiful and exotic. I’ve never been to Africa, and I would very much like to. The real Zanzibar isn’t as romantic as my expectation, but it’s got pretty beaches and probably some awesome local cuisine. Part of the capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with roots in Persian, Arabic, Indian and European cultures. That’s the kind of place I love to visit.
Croatia. I intended to visit Split and Dubrovnik during my travels, but Croatia wasn’t really safe enough at the time. There was a lot of damage to some gorgeous and historic cities in the war, but thankfully much of that has been reconstructed. The contrast of beautiful blue Adriatic waters and the terracotta roofs is spectacular. I would love to wander and explore these cities and learn something of their culture and heritage.
There’s many more places on my to-visit list: Myanmar, Prague, St. Petersburg, and Israel, just to name a few. I’m crossing my fingers and keeping my passport under my pillow, in hopes that I’ll be able to visit one of these very soon!
What are your must-see places and why?
“With Petrov training me, I’ll be at his place more. That’s what you wanted, right?” Ryan glanced at Deke.
“But not at this expense.”
“You should find a way to punish me.” Ryan grinned.
“I can’t exactly spank you now, can I?”
“How about a blowjob?”
“How is that a punishment?”
Ryan shrugged. “It depends how big your dick is.” He reached a hand out, and Deke caught it, smiling.
“Do you ever stop?”
“Do you ever relax?”
Deke stared at Ryan. “Sure.”
“No, you don’t. I don’t think you can. You’re always planning something or analyzing the results of your plan, or worrying about when the plan will work. A blowjob is something you don’t have to plan. Something you can just enjoy. Not something you need to do, or something you think you’re supposed to do. And not for someone else. Just for you.”
Ryan knelt down between Deke’s knees.
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Daniel “Deke” Kane is a broken man, facing the end of his career in the FBI. He’s on desk duty after a botched drug raid left the suspects and two children dead. He’s got one chance to prove himself, or the only thing he’ll be investigating is the Help Wanted ads.
Ryan Griffiths has been on the run for ten years. Forced onto the streets when his father kicked him out, Ryan earns his living in other men’s beds. Finding his john dead in a hotel room drives him under the radar until a favorite client gives him a chance at a safe, clean life. But Ryan’s relatively stable new world shatters when Deke Kane catches up with him.
When Deke’s tasked to take down a drug dealer with terrorist ties and a taste for the dark side of BDSM, his only chance to get close is the suspect’s interest in Ryan, and he convinces Ryan to become a confidential informant. In return, Deke offers Ryan immunity from his past. As Ryan falls under the drug lord’s domination, Deke finds himself falling for Ryan.
About the Author:
EM Lynley, a Rainbow Award winner and EPPIE finalist, has worked in high finance, high tech, and in the wine industry, though she’d rather be writing hot, romantic man-on-man action. She spent 10 years as an economist and financial analyst, including a year as a White House Staff Economist, but only because all the intern positions were filled. Tired of boring herself and others with dry business reports and articles, her creative muse is back and naughtier than ever. She has lived and worked in London, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., but the San Francisco Bay Area is home for now.
She is the author of Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells, the Precious Gems series from Dreamspinner Press, and the Rewriting History series starring a sexy jewel thief, among others.
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