Meanwhile, Evonne is here to answer a question-and provide a wispa from her novel-I asked her before we give away a copy of Never Coming Home.
Kaz stifled what felt like a thread of panic. There was no
reason for it. She could handle this. She wanted him gone.
She needed … space … To get her thoughts in order. That
was it. No space with him sitting on the end of the couch,
watching her. So strange to feel that he understood.
‘I’ve kind of dropped a bombshell into your life,’ he said
‘You could say that.’
Here's what Evonne had to say when I asked her about Italy. Much of the setting of Never Coming Home takes place in Italy. I wondered if she had been there herself, and I asked her to provide pictures.
One of my aims when I write is to take the reader to interesting places. (I also try to scare them to death, creep them out, make them sigh over the hero and laugh/cry with the heroine – but that is quite a different story.) When Tara asked me about the locations I used for the book I was pleased to be able to share pictures and information on some of them.
I lived for a long time in London, including three very happy years in Chelsea, when I worked in Eaton Square. My heroine, Kaz, also lives in Chelsea, although I gave her a house close to the Thames. The photo is of that area, looking over towards the river. The Albert Bridge, which features quite a lot in the story, is visible in the background. Kaz used to walk there often with Jamie, her daughter, so it has bitter-sweet memories for her.
Kaz’s search to discover what really happened to Jamie takes her to Italy – to Florence. I used Florence because it is one of my favorite cities. The first picture is of the Ponte Vecchio, another famous bridge. This one is lined with shops. Kaz and Devlin take a romantic stroll along it in the evening, before making a break-though in their search, with devastating results. That’s page 79 in the book, if you’re looking.
The second picture of Florence is a panorama of the city and is the view from the Piazzale Michelangelo, which Kaz and Devlin visit much later in the story.
I now live in Wales, which is where I was born, and I like to set at least one scene in Wales in all my books. The one in Never Coming Home is quite short – Devlin and Kaz make a brief visit to Cardiff, tracking down some information, travelling by train. This is the main railway station, where they arrive, on page 230.
I can't thank Evonne enough for taking the time to father all these photos and visit Book Babe. Please, let's show some support for Evonne and her new book. Leave a comment with an email address (I won't know all of you personally!) and one of my pampered pooches will choose a winner from their food bowl a week from today. The winner will receive a paperback copy of Never Coming Home.
Now, A shortened version of the review I posted a while back:
When a man with a shady past as some kind of secret agent and a woman who believes her daughter is dead get thrown together by intriguing circumstances, sparks fly between them as they uncover one twisted horrific fact after another. Devlin presents new evidence that has Kaz rushing to find out what really happened to her daughter...
Very well told. The love between the hero and heroine grows gradually even though the attraction is instant. Both of their "narratives" have funny, sarcastic, and honest bits. Both characters are extremely likable. The mystery... I confess I had the "whodunit" part figured out early in the story, but there's a lot more twisted and gruesome details than I anticipated, and I was still surprised by a lot of things in the outcome.
Loved this book. Perfect blend of sex, suspense, horror, mystery, passion, and warm-hearted moments. 5 stars.