Our special guest today is the bold, beautiful brewery wench Liz Crowe author of the award winning Stewart Realty Series.
Today Liz is talking about her big, gorgeous package deal of erotic-exotic novels “Turkish Delights” and offering a contest. As if a generous contest wasn’t enough, guess what? For a limited time…
TURKISH DELIGHTS is FREE! Details at the bottom of this blog so please read on.
One Time, in Istanbul….
I was driving out to my kids’ school (Istanbul International School, one of the oldest International Baccalaureate schools in the world). It is located waaaay outside of the main part of the city, a solid hour by bus, a little less by car. We were on our way out of the country, headed next to England after a couple of years in Turkey. It was end of school party day and I had agreed to chaperone said event.
I was driving myself for a change (we had a driver for most of the time we were there but he had found a new gig and since we were out of our flat and in a hotel it was “no big deal.”)
I did not have any ID on me other than my Michigan driver’s license and the paper declaring me OK TO DRIVE IN EUROPE because my spouse’s company had dropped the ball a little and not gotten our exit Visas and what not on time so they had my passport and my little “OK TO LIVE IN TURKEY” mini-passport. No big deal.
As I passed a gated neighborhood of gigantic homes I saw a roadblock. “No problem,” I thought as I reached for my purse and waited my turn and realized….I had no ID other than my Michigan and International driving licenses….Holy Sh*T Balls.
Another mom was ahead of me, and saw that I got stopped and asked to exit my vehicle by an adorable young man in the uniform of the Turkish Gendarme, a sort of state police like entity responsible for law enforcement outside the city limits. He was obviously nervous, but carrying a semi automatic weapon as they are wont to do in that country. I was used to that. But my stress level notched up. It was already high. If you have ever moved between countries with 3 kids and a spouse who is more or less already onto his next gig in that next country, leaving you to deal with everything else, well, you feel my pain. The other mom had a driver, thank the lord, and he helped, but only a little. Those uniformed dudes were determined that I was Not Where I was Supposed To Be that day.
The short version of this story is that after I got the human resources director on the phone, told him to get somebody out to me, as I sat in the gendarme office in god-knows-where sipping tea and glaring at the jerk who was being a jerk to me. “Right fucking now” I think were my exact words…we were all cleared up. BUT I had a meltdown on the side of the road and will someday find the words describe the look in the cute kid’s eyes when I did that and he shot a look of terror to his superior (the Jerky one) that was something along the lines of “Let’s let her go. She’s obviously insane. And American. And she scares me.”
I have a scene in The Diplomat’s Daughter that I channeled some of this experience into. The Turkish law enforcement authorities (a.k.a. The Military) are a no-nonsense bunch. When a few of them come to tell Vivian Kinkaid Deniz that the son she thought killed in a terrorist attack 2 years prior was actually held hostage and tortured for that period of time, and he had escaped on his own but was missing and now presumed dead. Although she is fluent in Turkish, having been married to a Turkish man for decades and lived in Istanbul for that period, she loses it in English all over them.
I loved my time in Turkey, cute and jerk-ish Gendarme aside. And now that incident even sounds funny to me in hindsight. It’s a crazy, frustrating place but beautiful, full of history, and amazing at the same time.
I hope you get a chance to read my series that I set there, Turkish Delights, available as an ebook bundle and in print under one cover.
Want a little more? Here’s a blurb and excerpt from The Turkish Delights Series:
For the print anthology:
A young American woman comes face to face with her destiny in Istanbul in the 1960's and an epic dynasty is born.
When Vivian Kinkaid turns around in her college classroom and makes eye contact with a man who was once her forbidden childhood friend, her life is changed forever.
A sweeping saga of family, love, loss and recovery—The Turkish Delight series begins with a special sort of magic. Then Madame Eve works her miracles for the Deniz family, but even she can’t overcome the harsh realities that force this Turkish/American family all to deal with tragedy when one of their own is ripped from their close-knit circle.
“The Turks” opens with best-selling classic romance for the ages. Then ends with a thrilling novella that brings all the players back together. Set in Istanbul, Las Vegas, and Southern California, The Turkish Delights series has it all—heat, heart, intrigue and a deep, family connection that transcends all barriers.
The Diplomat's Daughter
Individual Blurbs for the books:
The Diplomat’s Daughter:
When Vivian Kincaid's eyes meet those of a hunky local at the Turkish university her father forces her to attend, it only takes her a split second to recognize her childhood friend. Levent Deniz was the servant boy who taught her to run the streets of Istanbul years before, giving outlet to her wild streak even as a child.
Now face-to-face once again as adults, the only thing standing between them and happiness is her father. The newly appointed Consul General for the United States has other plans for his only daughter. Ones that do not include a former servant, now successful entrepreneur and businessman. He will do everything in his power to keep them apart.
The Diplomat's Daughter is set in 1960s Istanbul and tells the story of pre-destiny, passion and the rebellious power of true love.
Turkish Delights (1NightStand)
The fifteen year age difference between Elle Kensington, expatriate American executive and Emre Demir, son of Istanbul's most successful businessmen, has not kept them from becoming fast friends as they toured Istanbul together. But the time has come for him to return to the U.S. to finish his master's degree, and she has just been named CEO of the pharmaceutical company that brought her to Turkey in the first place. Elle adores her adopted country, and is alarmed to find herself falling in love with the young man who's been her impromptu guide for the last few months.
She knows they can never be. She will return home to California within a month, leaving behind all she loves about the ancient city. In a rare fit of spontaneity, Elle has contracted with Madame Eve's 1Night Stand dating service, hoping to find a way to forget the dark, handsome young man who has captured her heart. Little does she know what awaits her in the ancient recesses of the Ottoman palace turned luxury hotel under the hands of her one-night stand masseur.
Blue Cruise (1NightStand, m/m)
Caleb and Tarkan were an odd couple—men from two different cultures—so in love, they were determined to overcome any obstacles. But fate had different plans for Tarkan. Shattered and unable to function a full two years after tragedy strikes, Caleb faces the hollow shell that is his life.
Adem Broussard is happy enough, as owner and chef of his restaurant on the Turkish southern coast. But a tall, American Adonis he saw once, years ago on a Turkish Blue Cruise haunts his most erotic dreams, and he hopes contracting Madame Eve's 1NightStand service for an unconventional date will help him forget.
When Caleb caves in to his friend Elle's insistence that he return to Turkey and exorcise some of the demons that haunt him, he reluctantly climbs on board a private yacht for a special 1Night Stand Blue Cruise. There he comes face to face with the man who remembers him well…and helps him heal.
Tulip Princess (1NightStand, BDSM)
Lale Deniz was always prone to wildness. But when her family is ripped apart at the seams, she becomes more reckless than ever. Desperate to stop her self-destructive slide, her parents step in and send her to America to live with her brother, Emre. Just the chance, she thinks, to escape the tragedy suffusing her Istanbul home.
Andreas Michos, Greek former NFL star, the recently divorced athletic director at UNLV, floats through life seeking fulfillment. He has reason to doubt his own abilities as a natural Dom and has given up finding his perfect mate. Until he agrees to a 1Night Stand.
Set against a backdrop of ancient cultural clashes and Mediterranean family dynamics, Lale and Andreas meet in Las Vegas at the Castillo resort for their date. But it seems Madame Eve and destiny will both fail this time, unless Lale and Andreas are willing to relinquish enough control to discover what happiness can be found inside the soul of the other. Will stubbornness keep them from connecting, or can they let go long enough to heal?
Flower Passage (final novella, m/m/m)
What would you do if the lover, brother, son, and friend you thought you'd lost forever was returned to you?
Brutally battered, emotionally and physically for the past two years, Tarkan Deniz has escaped his captors. When the Deniz family discovers the shocking truth they rally and do everything in their power to bring him back safely. But all have been affected by the tragedy of his loss and must come to terms with the new reality, each in their own way.
When Happily Ever After seems like a nightmare...one man can bring healing to all, but will he ever be the same man again?
Flower Passage is a story of love lost and regained, even if it takes a slightly different form than before.
Here’s a bit about Liz:
Microbrewery owner, best-selling author, beer blogger and journalist, mom of three teenagers, and soccer fan, Liz lives in the great Midwest, in a major college town. Years of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as an ex-pat trailing spouse, plus making her way in a world of men (i.e. the beer industry), has prepped her for life as erotic romance author.
When she isn't sweating inventory and sales figures for the brewery, she can be found writing, editing or sweating promotional efforts for her latest publications.
Her groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance for Real Life,” has gained thousands of fans and followers who are interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”)
Her beer blog a2beerwench.com is nationally recognized for its insider yet outsider views on the craft beer industry. Her books are set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch and in high-powered real estate offices. Don’t ask her for anything “like” a Budweiser or risk painful injury.
Want more Turks? I have wonderful news. This beautiful bundle of books is FREE, yes FREE!
Here is the e-bundle that is free for Kindle Prime members now and will be free to ALL starting 2/25 to coincide with this tour.
And here is the link for the print antho (all 5 books under one cover):
And here is the link for the print antho (all 5 books under one cover):
Want more Liz?
There’s a contest too with great prizes so be sure to check out each of these posts:
Thank you Liz, best wishes to you!