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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Guest Blog: Naomi Bellina: Got Extra Cash? Buy a Private Island!

Do you have dreams of winning a lot of money? I know I do and I believe it's good to fantasize about being wealthy. Imagining good fortune follows the teachings of many schools of thought that tell us, the more we think about good coming our way, the more it will.

So, let's pretend you have a butt load of money. What are you going to do with it? I'm sure you have a few top items on your list, like buy all your family members a house, take a trip around the world, and give a whole bunch of it to your local animal shelter or other favorite charity. That's what's first on my list! Then what's next?

As part of my research for Her Wild Protector, I had to find a private island that a secret branch of the government could use to stash people away. To my delight, I found many islands for sale, all over the world. There are even realtors who specialize in this market. Who knew? Here is the website for one. Make sure when you visit you block out a few hours of time so you can peruse to your heart's content. Remember, you now have a lot of money to spend so price is not a concern.

There are so many fabulous places to choose from! You can buy a location with buildings already there, or something much more remote. Here's the one I chose in the Bahamas for Marshall and Tara. I changed it a bit, but I did try to make sure many features of the island would work for my story. The great pictures at this site helped put me right there and get in the mood to write. Oh, it also made me really want to win the lottery so I could buy my own island!

How about you? Would you love to have a private getaway somewhere in the world? Thank you for reading.

Naomi lives in sunny Florida with the love of her life and a magical calico cat. She writes for various fiction and non-fiction markets but finds she is drawn to romance because her characters insist on canoodling and falling madly in love. So she lets them. Occasionally, however, they go to dark and strange places. She lets them do this also. Her interests include dancing, hula-hooping, drumming, and creating healthy meals. She takes the opportunity to play and have fun whenever possible. Her motto: Never pass up the opportunity to have an adventure!

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An ordinary--but thoroughly unexciting--existence suits Tara just fine. The mundane is much preferred over the drama, heartache, and betrayal of her recent past. But a freak accident interrupts that quiet peace when Tara suddenly finds herself in possession of a new power, one that allows her to see the true forms of a dangerous group of shapeshifters that call themselves Metamorphs. The Metamorphs quickly recognize her newfound power and all its threatening potential--and many of them decide that eliminating this threat is the only way they can survive.

Marshall, a wickedly attractive Metamorph who is employed by the government, sees things differently. He is assigned to whisk Tara away to a private island to keep her safe until his organization can decide what to do about her. Tara, who learned the hard way not to let a man dictate her life, refuses his forced "offer" of protection and escapes his custody. But after a vicious attack by one of the Metamorphs who have resolved to kill her, she reluctantly agrees to accept Marshall's security. As they spend time together in hot, close quarters and learn more about each other, passion flares. At the same time, Tara's hope to return to her normal life is shattered when they discover a deadly secret. Both must reach past their differences, overcome their fears and learn to trust each other in order to stay alive.

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Naomi Bellina said...

Thanks so much for having me here today! I love talking about my book research and hope you enjoy reading about the fun parts.

Melissa Keir said...

I love the idea of winning the lottery! Of course, paying off this house and making sure my kids are set are first... Travel would be nice. To that end, I would buy houses in other places to stay. No hotels but a home!

I don't know about an island. I know with all the money in the world, I would have the money to pay for the internet and shipping of my favorite books and food to the island, but it seems that much more remote. Maybe I should just buy my own state! :)

Rose Anderson said...

I enjoyed your post, Naomi. Thanks for joining us today. Best luck!

Cara Marsi said...

Hi, Naomi. What a cool post. I'm dreaming now of my own private island.

Naomi Bellina said...

Now that's thinking big, Melissa, a whole state! Thanks for stopping by Rose and Cara. Yep, daydreaming about an island is a good place to let the mind wander.

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