by Michelle Smart, author of The Russian’s Ultimatum
In the Presents series of books, there are three things that are guaranteed: passion; eternal, enduring love; and… exotic settings. Some settings are, naturally, more exotic than others, but they all have the same aspirational feel, that setting that makes the read sigh dreamily and wish she could be there. Well it is exactly the same for the author. At least, it’s the same for this one! Whether the setting is based in reality or in the realms of make-believe, it is always somewhere I wish I could be transported to with my own real-life hero.
Writing The Russian’s Ultimatum was doubly fun for me because it’s mostly set on the fictional Aliana Island. I had a whale of time dreaming Aliana Island up. I knew I needed it to be located somewhere warm when England was suffering with a damp autumn, and somewhere where tropical storms are a risk. Other than that, my imagination was given free rein. Aliana Island is surrounded by a coral reef navigable only by the most experienced of captains. Its beaches are sandy white, the sea a clear turquoise. It has a lagoon and, best of all, a forty-foot waterfall that pours into a deep pool of water. It has electricity and the facilities to communicate with the outside world but other than that, modern life rarely intrudes there. Quite frankly, it is my own personal heaven on earth and I really hope I’ve done justice to my imaginings on the page.
So, this leads me to the question of… What is your personal idea of heaven on earth? And who would you like to be stuck there with?
About The Russian’s Ultimatum:
Pascha Virshilas is on the brink of securing personal redemption when Emily Richardson breaks into his office and steals private company documents. And then she has the gall to blackmail him into clearing her father’s name!
She can’t refuse!
But Pascha has his own terms. He’ll keep his side of the bargain, but the enticing Emily must accompany him to his private island—the only place he can ensure her silence. But in the midst of a tropical storm, the wind blows aside suspicions and secrets to reveal something much more dangerous—lust!