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.
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.