My spiritual home #mfrw

It’s all downhill from here; we’re more than halfway through the year-long Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop. For week 27, the writing prompt is:

The Most Beautiful Place I’ve Been

This is the easiest yet.


The author at Lake Louise in Banff Park

Not the port in Scotland, the national park in Canada. The first time I saw those mountains, awe filled my heart and has never left.

My wife and I honeymooned in the town of Banff, inside the park. We’ve been back dozens of times. It’s my spiritual home.

I love Banff so much that I parodied it in a book released a year ago. Escapee is a science fiction romance patterned after the classic movie, The African Queen — except that the roles are reversed:

  • The crusty boat captain played by Humphrey Bogart is now a crusty female airship captain.
  • The strict missionary played by Katherine Hepburn is now a by-the-book male army officer.

Instead of the African jungle, they face the dangers of a large, uninhabitable mining moon ravaged by volcanoes. And I named this hellhole . . . Banff.


You can leave now if you wish; the rest of this post is optional. Since this is a marketing blog, I hope you’ll forgive me for including two of my marketing products for Escapee. At right, a ‘travel poster’  and below, the book’s ad copy.


Catt Sayer just wants to survive.  The working-class fugitive delivers military supplies on a decrepit airship, but her hard-won livelihood vanishes when invaders overrun her harsh moon. Even worse, an idealistic, upper-class officer wants her to risk her life on a hopeless trek to attack enemy headquarters – manned by 10,000 soldiers!

If you like The African Queen and the thrill of underdogs finding love while battling a hostile environment, you’ll love Escapee. The novel is a finalist for the 2017 RONE Award.




  1. Sherry Lewis · · Reply

    I have never been to Banff but have always wanted to go. It does look spectacular!

    1. It’s well worth a trip.

  2. Another place to put on my list.
    And thanks for sharing the blurb for your book. What a great concept!

    1. For once, the book’s structure was easy — just invent events that were analogous to those in the movie. For example, instead of dumping out all of Humphrey Bogardt’s gin, my heroine destroys the weapon the hero was planning to use to attack the enemy.

  3. Adding new places to my travel wishlist. I’ve wanted to see Canada for a while, now I have another destination should I ever go.

    1. That’s the problem with the Web. A person get way too many ideas for places to go or books to read.

  4. Thank you, Ed, for sharing your thoughts and the concepts for your novels– don’t mind it at all. And Banff is definitely another of those ‘gotta go some day’ place for me.

    1. Although I haven’t done it yet, I’ve thought about writing a sci fi retelling of another old movie, It Happened One Night.

    1. Why, thank you. Oh . . . you mean the mountains?

  5. What a lovely memory repeated over and over as you visit with your wife.

    1. It’s a special place for both of us.

  6. Now adding Banff to my Someday Travel List… I’m sure the photos don’t do it justice. Good luck in the RONE contest!

    1. If you do get to Banff, you won’t regret it.

  7. Spiritual home is a truly beautiful place. Congrats on the Rone contest. Fingers crossed the finals.

    1. Just remember, Shari, that when you return to writing you should uncross your fingers.

  8. I can see why you call this your spiritual place. It’s beautiful, Ed. I enjoyed the info on Escapee, too.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Mary.

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