What are you favorite locations for a Presents story?

by Abby Green, author of When Christakos Meets his Match

My latest Presents, When Christakos Meets his Match, is the second book in my Blood Brothers trilogy. It features Greek aviation tycoon Alexio Christakos, who happens to be an inveterate playboy. Unlike his more intense half – brothers, he’s hidden all of his vulnerabilities under a devastatingly sexy smile and the lure of fun with no strings attached.

He’s addicted to beautiful women and allergic to commitment ;).

That is, until he takes a seat on one of his planes in economy class and finds himself beside Sidonie Fitzgerald, the first woman, ever, to try to get away from him…

In this book Alexio takes Sidonie on a whirlwind fairytale trip to Santorini in Greece.

Now, when it comes to settings in Presents, the more glamorous the better, right? And, even better if, as the writer, you’ve actually been there. I however, have the unfortunate tendency to write about a place and then go there afterwards.

And this was exactly the same. I wrote my scenes in Santorini before I’d been there. But luckily I happened to be traveling to that island shortly after I’d written the book and when I got home I was able to change one of the scenes to more accurately reflect the island.

Obviously it would be lovely to be able to travel to every place you write about for these books, but alas more often than not it’s with a helping hand of Google Earth or a travel book/program!

What are you favorite locations for a Presents story? The idyllic azure setting of the Mediterranean? Or the desert sands of a fictional Sheikhdom? Or is it the glittering glamour of cities like London or New York?

I think Santorini was one of the most romantic places I ever visited so for me for now, it’s got to be the Greek isles!

About When Christakos Meets his Match:

meetshismatchLet the games begin!

The seat-belt sign hasn’t even switched off before the chemistry is mile-high between airline CEO Alexio Christakos and Sidonie Fitzgerald! Accustomed to brief encounters with aloof socialites, her unaffected innocence has him hooked and determined to enjoy a night of pleasure in her arms.

Sidonie is meant to be sorting out her life, not starting an affair with a Greek tycoon! But Alexio is the ultimate distraction…until he learns of her strained finances and, to her horror, accuses her of wanting more than just his body! But Sidonie’s innocence masks a backbone of steel, and she won’t take his accusation lying down…

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Comments ( 7 )
  1. Heidi Rice
    April 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Oh wow, cannot wait to read this story… I love the more playful Presents heroes, so Alexio sounds right up my street…

    Umm, best location for a Presents? Well, anywhere where you find a Presents hero I’d say. But I do love a bit of glitz and glamour me. Was at a press launch in the Heron Tower in London last week. thirty ninth floor with a view of the Gherkin and the Tower of London as the sun set… Definitely had Presents potential… then again you can’t go wrong with an exclusive private beach in Greece.

    H x

  2. Abby Green
    April 14, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Ooh, Heidi I might have to use that London location, it sounds fab 🙂
    x Abby

  3. Annie West
    April 14, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Abby, this sounds brilliant. I’m looking forward to it. I’m already imagining this encounter.

    Sigh. Wouldn’t it be great to be so organised as to visit places before you write about them? I try, but it’s not always easy. I can’t choose just one location I love. There are so many. Right now I’m knee deep in desert sand and that’s got a wonderful, exotic beauty. But I’m also anticipating a snowy Christmas story in a large country house, and I’m yearning as well for a luxury island retreat. I love the fact we don’t have to choose just one. That’s one of the joys of Presents – the armchair travel!

  4. Stephanie G
    April 15, 2014 at 3:36 am

    My favorite locations are Sydney, London and New York to start with. One of my favorite things about reading the HP line is the different locations that the books take place in. 🙂

  5. Abby Green
    April 15, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Annie – I love that we can go from Desert wildness to snowy magic with the blink of an eye ;).
    Stephanie, I’m with you on London and New York, haven’t visited Sydney yet but dying to 🙂
    x Abby

  6. Racheal Thomas
    April 15, 2014 at 8:47 am

    This book sound brilliant and I can’t wait to meet Alexio! As for location – how can I decide on one of those wonderful locations? I love them all!

  7. Laura Russell
    April 23, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Santorini is a great setting. Greece, Spain, and Italy are my faves. Then big cities, especially London & NY. ‘Falcone’ and ‘Christakos’ were both great reads, a nice mix of everyday and fabulous settings.