Join us in welcoming Louise Lyons who joins us with a guest post. Read all about her wonderful adventure traveling to Mexico! Louise has a new book out called In Darkest Peru which sounds fabulous! I particularly love the cover.
Shy and geeky Rhys White, has recently been ditched by his boyfriend of five years. On top of that he’s been made redundant from his job as a computer programmer.
Tired of being boring and unadventurous, he throws caution to the winds and buys a plane ticket to Peru.
Rhys’ adventure in Peru starts out well, but then disaster strikes. All of his belongings are stolen. Everything is gone—passport, wallet, phone, clothing, the lot.
Stranded in Cuzco, not too far from the famous Machu Picchu, Rhys tries to find someone to help him. He’s about to give up, when a sexy Brazilian named Rafael, comes to his rescue…
Guest Post – A True Story – An Adventure Abroad
“In Darkest Peru” is obviously based on a trip to this country, but as I wrote some parts of this, it reminded me of a trip I made myself, back in 1996. I’d only been outside the UK once, when my parents took me to Switzerland as a teenager. We travelled by train and boat, so it didn’t really feel to me like going out of the country.
Around the end of 1995, I decided to arrange a “proper” holiday. I’d been living away from home for 3 years and had moved back with my parents. I had a good job and some savings, so I thought it was time for a treat. I’d never been on an airliner before. I had been in a plane, but those of the single propeller variety – my dad had his pilot’s licence and took me flying a few times when I was a child. I decided the best idea would be to choose a destination within, say, 3 hours flying time, to give me a taste of what it would be like. That would be sensible, right?
Wrong! I didn’t want sensible – I wanted adventurous. I scoured my much-loved Atlas for inspiration and more or less stuck a pin in a map. I plumped for Mexico and a few days later I was in a travel agent, handing over about 6 weeks’ wages to spent 2 weeks on the other side of the world – on my own.
The trip was almost a year away, so I didn’t think about it much until the following August, when I realized I hadn’t arranged how I was going to get to the airport (6 hours from where I lived) in time for my 10am flight. Luckily there were buses which did a return trip, and airport hotels, so I quickly arranged both. Then followed a trip to the doctor, which I emerged from feeling like a pincushion, after Hepatitis, Typhoid and Tetanus jabs. Ouch!
Eventually the day came and the journey went smoothly. Bus to Gatwick airport, a night in the hotel, and then a flight to Florida (to refuel) followed by the last leg to Cancun. My hotel was 2* accommodation, but I thought it was wonderful – even though the air-conditioning sounded like a tractor, the water was undrinkable and there were cockroaches in the bathroom. I loved every second of it, despite the scrapes I got myself into.
I booked myself on various tours and experienced snorkelling along an underground river, surrounded by tropical fish. I went parasailing, and after I landed safely on the boat, the next person to go up splashed down into a vast area of seaweed after the winch broke. I had a lucky escape!
I let a local man called Alexandro take me dancing in the local nightclub, La Boom, but clearly dancing wasn’t all he had in mind. He was quite persistent, and I ended up going to the toilet and climbing out the window to escape.
And finally, I found a ranch where you could ride horses on the beach and even have the horse swim in the sea with the riders still on. I went there 4 times. I was the most experienced rider there and one of the ranchers, a red-haired Mexican called Pepe, who was twice my age and had a handlebar moustache, took rather a liking to me. I didn’t mind him either, so my trip ended with some “horsing around” and the proverbial “holiday romance” to remember. Altogether, it was the trip of a lifetime.
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About the author
Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the Church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy. Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered Fan Fiction in her late twenties.
Posting stories based on some of her favorite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.
Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a mad Dobermann, and a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races into the house afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.
Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and joy, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.
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