Welcome to Istanbul!
Thank you so much for stopping by. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a little bit about how Turkish Delights found it’s home. When I was considering locations for my submission to the new Totally Five Star imprint for Totally Bound, I wanted a location that was exotic, historical, and yet a thriving modern city that would support a luxury hotel. The first thing I did was open up a world map and take a few moments to simply look. It truly is an amazing thing to glance at a map and see how mankind has developed a vast world of towns, cities, and countries all unique in some way. It gives us authors a very fun playground to fuel our imaginations.
I’m American and live smack dab in the middle of the country, but I’ve done a little bit of traveling in my day. I did consider placing the story in one of the cities I’ve visited. But I’ve only been to England, Wales, Russia, and New Zealand. Finland if you count a one hour layover ☺. While my experiences in those countries are some of the best memories I have, none of them felt right. So I let my eyes roam and they gravitated towards the Middle East. Of course, that is an area of dynamic and frequently violent politics, which I really did not want to get involved with. Not for a romance anyway. It just so happened that I was watching the History channel during my great map quest. A program came on talking about the history of Istanbul and the rise and eventual fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1922. Being a history nut, my interest was immediately sparked. I began doing some additional research on my own and found it fascinating how the half the city is technically in Europe and half in Asia, but most resources consider it Middle East.
After learning more about the city and how it’s morphed into a major hub of tourism and commerce I knew right away that it was the right location. Since I don’t have nearly the frequent flyer miles or time to actually visit in person I began digging up everything I could about the culture, atmosphere, and architecture.
I knew the whole point of the Totally Five Star imprint was to highlight the hotel so I wanted to design something special. Something that would blend in with the rest of the city, but also make it stand out as unique. My crude sketches of the hotel design would probably make many of you more artistically inclined individuals have a good laugh.
Some of the buildings that make an appearance in the story are: The Blue Mosque, or its proper name of the The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar. The hotel itself came from my own imagination, but some of its specific features can be found in reality. My intention was to not only make the hotel and the characters come to life, but to give readers some insight and experience the city as a whole.
Here is a little teaser of Turkish Delights designed to entice you into following the tour and learning more.
Excerpt from Turkish Delights:
Kyle LaFleure stepped out of the taxi and looked up at the building in front of him. He tried to maintain his objective architect’s eye, cataloging the features—four stories tall, four bays wide, cast stone cornices and moldings. He’d date the building to mid-twentieth century. However, what had his heart beating erratically wasn’t the display of architectural details of an era when buildings were meant to stand the test of time with quality materials and workmanship. No, it was the knowledge that inside that building was Garrett Sloan, the man who’d occupied Kyle’s working hours and fantasies for the past year.
When Kyle’s firm had won the bid for Totally Five Star Hotel’s newest project, it had been a major coup. Then, to his shock, he’d had been selected as the lead architect. This opportunity would be the greatest achievement of his career. Now, having worked closely with Garrett for the past year, Kyle knew he’d never again be the same man as he’d been before the tall Brit walked though his office door.
He let out a long breath and adjusted his satchel. At the entry door, there was a security panel. Kyle pressed the button for Garrett’s flat. The screen came to life and Garrett’s face appeared.
“You’re right on time. I’m number four-A. Oh, by and by, the lift is a bit dodgy.”
“I could use the exercise anyway. See you in a few.” Kyle heard a beep and the entry door unlocked. “Was he wearing an apron?” he said as he opened the front door and walked into the lobby.
Blurb for Turkish Delights:
This is the newest addition to Totally Bound’s, Totally Five Star imprint.
Three very different men from three different countries look to build a love greater than any Wonder of the World.
Project manager Garrett Sloan builds majestic hotels for the rich and famous around the world, but when it comes to love, all his relationships seem to crumble. His latest project lands him in Istanbul, where the desire he’s held for a certain French architect heats up under the Middle Eastern sun, and his resolve never to mix business with pleasure melts beneath the added hot stare and skilled hands of a Turkish mason.
The three men discover they want to build a relationship to stand the test of time—much like Kyle LaFleure’s buildings and Emir Şahin’s stonework. As the bonds between Garrett and his partners grow stronger and more complex, they work to lay the perfect foundation on which to build a lasting relationship. Can the three men construct a relationship that will endure? Or will their love reach its zenith when their shared task of finishing the ultimate Ottoman luxury hotel reaches its completion?
Reader advisory: This book contains a scene of double penetration.
About Trina Lane:
If you look up the word conundrum in the dictionary, there should be a photo of Trina Lane. Her personality is so multifaceted that her friends have spent countless hours scratching their heads in wonder. A scientist with a passion for history, music and photography she loves to travel and experience new places but is terminally shy around people she doesn’t know.
Trina has been devouring romance novels since her tender teenage years, although only began writing in 2007. When her debut novel was met with resounding success, she said “Hey I can do that again”. The rest as they say is history.
Her choices in reading and writing material are as diverse as her iTunes library, which contains music from Mozart to Metallica. Her one concession is all stories must have a happily ever after ending-did we mention she’s incurably romantic?
She lives in Missouri with her loving and indulgent husband, and orange tabby cat—affectionately referred to as ‘Houdini’ for his stealthy escape attempts.
I would like to give a big Thank You to Trina Lane and Holly at Totally Bound for letting us take place in this Book Tour.