Amnesia, a cruise ship, a jewel theft ring and murder combine to make it a cruise to remember. Hallie Donald (Holly Devine) found injured on the roadside with amnesia, is now traveling as companion to a wealthy woman with Alzheimer’s and someone is trying to kill her.
Interpol agent Eric Petersen is undercover as the ship’s doctor. He’s on the Caribbean cruise to break up a jewel theft ring, but his main suspect is the woman he loves. Can he keep her alive and prove her innocence?
This cover and blurb has me hooked!
Warm welcome to author Beverly Bateman!
What inspired you to write this novel?
My husband and I were on a Caribbean cruise. I thought it would make a great story, cruising through the Caribbean islands, very romantic. At each port there are about a dozen franchise type jewelry stores. They sell lots of emeralds and diamonds. So a person could steal jewels from people on the cruise and get rid of them at the next port. That was the start. Then I had to add murder, or attempted murder and suspense.
I LOVE suspense and what a great setting!
Are your characters or plots based on anyone or experiences in real life? Or are they completely fictitious?
In this book they are completely fictitious. I’d get an idea and research it – like having the Interpol agent go undercover as the doctor.
In other books I have used people I knew for minor characters, mainly because I want to cause them pain and suffering or maybe knock them off.
Naming characters is always hard for me since I'm a teacher and have taught 100s of students over the years. It is hard not to connect a name with a face.
Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
I think I’m going to say Lillian, from A Cruise to Remember. She’s a secondary character. She’s been widowed for three years and has early Alzheimer’s. She’s wealthy, warm, friendly, a kleptomaniac and she enjoys manipulating the lives of others, but in a good way.
Very cool characteristics! I'm liking her already:)
What are your feelings about sequels? Is this a possibility for your novel?
I love sequels, but they also need to be stand alone books. There’s nothing worse than picking up the third of fourth book in a series and have no idea what they’re talking about when they keep referring to events from previous novels. A Cruise to Remember is the first book in my Holly Devine, Assistant PI series. It’s stand alone. I also have another series, The Hawkins’ Family series set in Montana. Series can also be fun to write.
YES! Writing just enough back story in a sequel to create a need for the reader to pick up the first book is tricky! My sequel is a true sequel and hopefully will be out late spring. You are absolutely right about each book being able to stand alone despite being a sequel.
When did you start writing?
Like so many authors, I’ve been writing most of my life. I can’t remember when I wasn’t making up stories, even in my head. I used to make up stories with my dolls. Then I’d write short stories and ghost stories. I wrote locked room mysteries when they were popular. I have books filled with ideas and plots. It’s kind of an addiction.
What genre do you like to read the most?
Romantic suspense, of course. It’s what I write so it’s what I love to read. I love the relationships and their development plus the suspense or murders that need to be solved. A well-written romantic suspense can keep you reading well into the night
Romantic Suspense/thrillers are my favorite!
What is the last book you read or are currently reading?
The Perfect Stranger by Wendy Corsi Staub.
Fast & Furious questions...Ready, GO!
Favorite Ice Cream? Rocky Road
Favorite Movie? Death in Venice
Favorite Super Hero? Wonder Woman
Favorite Princess? Kate
Favorite tv show when you were a kid? Mr. Rogers
Food you can’t stand? Brussel sprouts
What annoys you? Negative thinking
Jeans or Sweatpants? Jeans
The day is not complete without… caffeine
One Word that best describes yourself… independent
"It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood..." Loved Fred Rogers! Will be humming that tune all day:)
And now...Enjoy an excerpt from A Cruise to Remember.
She leaned back slightly, and Eric’s jacket slipped to the deck. Bending to pick it up she felt rather than heard a buzzing sound, something like a mosquito, around her left ear.
As she sat back up she noticed a hole in the back of the deck chair.
Funny, I don’t remember it being there before I picked up the jacket.
She ran her finger over the hole and shrugged, turning her attention toward Eric as he approached.
“Here we go.” Eric carried a couple of tall, colorful drinks consisting of a mixture of red, orange, and yellow colors and topped off with parasols. “What were you doing?”
“I’m not really sure. There was a funny sound, like a mosquito, and I think this hole just appeared.”
“What the hell...?” Eric placed the drinks on a nearby table. He ran his finger over the hole. “It’s a bloody bullet hole.”
“A what? You’re kidding?”
“No, I’m not. Where were you when it happened?” Eric looked at the hole, squinting back in the direction it would have come from.
“I guess that’s when I bent down to pick up your jacket.”
“My God, you could have been killed.” Eric pulled Holly into his arms, squeezing her against his chest. “You’re sure you’re all right?”
“I think so. I mean, I wasn’t hit or anything. I just can’t figure out what’s happening. This has to be one of the worst nights of my life.” She relaxed against Eric’s strong, muscular chest, feeling secure and safe.
“I’ll report this to the Captain; make sure it gets to the right authorities.”
“Uh, uh, uh...” Holly couldn’t speak. Her eyes widened as she realized the implications. She shivered as ice water dripped slowly through her veins.
What if that was really a push earlier and now this--someone taking a shot at me? Why? What kind of person am I that someone wants me dead?
“Are you sure you’re going to be all right?”
Holly’s teeth chattered.
Eric tipped her chin up, brushing her hair gently off her face. He kissed her forehead. “It’s okay. I’m here. It’s okay.” He moved his hands gently over her shoulders, checking for any injuries.
“I-I don’t understand. Could it have been an accident?”
“I don’t think so.”
Eric stroked her cheek gently, trying to calm her. “There aren’t a lot of gunshot accidents on the deck.”
“So someone deliberately tried to kill me, but why?”
“Maybe it has to do with your past?”
“But I don’t have a past. How could that have anything to do with it?”
“Maybe they’re afraid you’ll remember your past and want to make sure you don’t. Or maybe you made some enemies in your past. Who knows? We’ll probably have to wait until your memory returns to find out. Now sit down.” Eric kissed her cheek and gently pushed her into a chair away from the railing.
“It’s too much--first Jack, then a gunshot and I think someone tried to push me overboard. I even had a flashback in between.”
Eric took her hand. “Someone tried to push you overboard?”
“I think so. It could have been accidental, but after this, I’m not sure.”
“I’ll take you back to your cabin and report it. We need to check and see who's on board that might be capable of this.”
“Come on, you need a good night’s sleep. So you’re beginning to remember?”
Here’s a little info on Beverley:
Beverley Bateman is Canadian and lives in the Okanagan Valley in beautiful British Columbia, with her husband and two Shiba Inu dogs. It’s beautiful country. There are mountains, lakes, beautiful beaches, apple, pear, apricot and peach orchard, plus raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and lots of other fresh produce. It’s also wine country where they produce world class wines, which she feels is her obligation to sip while she writes her Romantic Suspense and Medical Thriller books.
Here’s how you can contact Beverley
Facebook Authorpage – http://www.facebook.com/AuthorBeverleyBateman?ref=hl
Amazon author page http://www.amazon.com/BeverleyBateman/e/B008M01F5E
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