Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Book Tour Guest Post ~ Family Sailaway (Sailaway Trilogy, Book 2) by Derek Curzon #Cruises

Please Welcome Derek Curzon to the blog:

How to have the best cruise holidays 
It all started with an idea my wife and I had, to record our cruise experiences in a diary for our own memories in later years. Later on, I was thinking about expanding this into characters, plots and story-lines and before long ‘Surprise Sailaway’ was born. I started writing in April 2014 and by the end of October and with the help of a third party, I had self-published on Amazon with the book available on Kindle and paperback.
With the book now out there I started thinking about marketing and bought Dee Blick’s book, ‘The Ultimate Guide to Writing and Marketing a Bestselling book – on a Shoestring Budget’. In this she mentioned Chris Day from Filament Publishing who I subsequently contacted and he kindly agreed to publish my first book for me, but with a much wider media audience. To add a professional touch with editing he recommended Wendy Yorke, who is also going to add her expertise in marketing and book coaching.
During this time, I started thinking about a possible trilogy as our cruises had given us plenty of thoughts and ideas. “Surprise Sailaway” follows the adventures of two sisters who embark on a long weekend cruise following the untimely death of their parents. It is a very gentle and relaxing story with an interesting twist at the end which leads nicely into the second book in the series.
“Family Sailaway” is due for release in 2017 and brings together three families on a bigger cruise ship and details their relationships while on board. Encouraged from our own cruise experiences, a major storm is brewing close by, which makes for a few interesting and enjoyable scenarios! Also, there is room for a character who is behaving rather strangely, but what is she really up to? The third and final book in the trilogy, “Honeymoon Sailaway” is due out in 2017 and will deviate slightly from the first two, in how and when the main characters arrive on the ship which will have triggered a series of events for the rest of the book.
The cruise industry has changed so much in the short time since my wife and I boarded our first cruise back in 2005. Now, there is such a wide selection of ships, itineraries and cabins to choose from, that there really is a cruise out there for everyone. To guide you through all of this, I very much hope you’ll join me in my forthcoming regular blogs, which you’ll find on my web-site.
I have never met anyone who has not enjoyed their cruise experiences. It is simply the best kind of holiday for value for money, adventure, entertainment, families and five-star service throughout your cruise. Happy reading and maybe I’ll see you on my next cruise. Bon Voyage!          

Family Sailaway
Sailaway Trilogy, Book 2
Derek Curzon

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Cruising

Publisher: Filament Publishing

Publication date: 24th January 2017

ISBN: 978-1-911425-51-9

About the Book:

In Family Sailaway, Sarah receives a flyer from CZN Cruises with tantalising summer offers and soon makes plans for her next cruise. This time, the adventure is longer, the ship is bigger and there are many more countries on the agenda. Unlike the first cruise, when she travelled with her younger sister, Sarah is joined by her aunt, uncle, cousin and boyfriend Paul (who she met on her first cruise).

Two other families become part of their adventure and sparks fly between cousin Megan (young, single, attractive - and she knows it) and protagonist Sarah. Megan befriends another passenger, Rebecca, who says she is a cruise reporter but Sarah suspects there is more to her than meets the eye.

Megan attracts a lot of attention from fellow passengers including a married man travelling with his wife and a younger, shy man who lives in the shadows of his more confident brother. Who will win Megan’s affections and how do other families get entangled in their story along the way? A storm brews during the cruise that makes for even more entertaining scenes along the way. This is a tale of family relationships, friendships, suspicion and intrigue, romance, feuds and, of course, the thrill of the cruise.

Family Sailaway is the second in the ‘Sailaway Trilogy’ and starts six months after the original book. You could read this as a standalone book but as they're both quick and easy reads, we strongly recommend starting with the first - Surprise Sailaway, published by Filament in 2015 – and then jumping ship straight to the second!

Surprise Sailaway
Sailaway Trilogy, Book 1
Derek Curzon

Print Length: 138 pages

Publisher: Filament Publishing Ltd

Publication Date: December 7, 2015


About the Book:

Surprise Sailaway tells the story of two sisters who embark on a short cruise following the sudden and tragic death of their parents. Sarah and Hannah find themselves living the high life on the high seas where the eldest finds possible romance and the youngest a potential career. Life on board is relaxed and stress-free for them both, a million miles away from the memories they have back home of their parents.

Follow their adventures on board as they visit Amsterdam and Hannah has the chance to see Paris. A twist at the end is a direct result from the parent’s death and an event that will change both sister’s lives forever.

Author Website

About the Author:

Born and raised in Dundee, cruise aficionado, retail manager and author, Derek Curzon, moved to Lancashire in 1998 aged 28. His background is Accountancy, he has worked in myriad roles in the banking world as well as editing a local magazine. He found love through writing - he married his penpal (before the days of emailing and Tinder!) and their first cruise was their honeymoon in 2005 - they've never looked back and have been on six cruises to date with plenty more in the pipeline. 

Their cruise holidays have given them the chance to see places they couldn’t have hoped to visit on a 'normal' holiday. The Sailaway Trilogy takes inspiration from their own cruise experiences and celebrates the cruise industry as the booming travel sector it is today. 

Family Sailaway, due for release in January 2017, is the second book in the series. As a spin-off from the trilogy, Derek launched a fictional cruise blog: ‘Nautical Nights.’ It's a light-hearted and humorous look at life on board a cruise ship and the ensuing adventures!

When he's not working his day-job, writing blogs or articles, or planning the next book, Derek can be found long-distance walking.

As a couple, Derek and his wife have completed the West Highland and Great Glen Ways in the Scottish Highlands and will be walking Hadrian’s Wall in 2017.





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