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Cruise Away From…Everything
It always confused me when department stores showcased bathing suits in January.  I grew up in Los Angeles, but even we didn’t use our fully heated pool in the middle of winter.  My mom explained that, to the rest of the country, winter is cruise season.  It didn’t compute.  Why would anyone lucky enough to have snow in the winter want to leave it behind for palm trees and sun?
After a few years in Minneapolis and Chicago, I began to understand.  It wasn’t about ignoring winter, merely escaping it for a week.  But was it just the promise of warmer climes which lure people on cruises?  Heck, no!  A cruise is an escapist fantasy come to life.  The minute you step foot on board, you leave your troubles, your deadlines, your real life behind, even in today’s uber-connected world.
In the middle of the ocean, surrounded by thousands of miles of water and hundreds of people you 1) don’t know and 2) won’t ever see again, you can be anyone.  Cautious people who won’t even take the stairs two at a time find themselves swimming with sting rays.  You don’t have to be the responsible mom, or the multi-tasker extraordinaire.  No expectations, no accountability, and no diet!  Above all else – even if you weren’t raised on The Love Boat like me – a cruise is romantic. 
Warm, salty breezes, twinkling stars, the steady beat of calypso drums and free flowing rum punch all put you in a sexy frame of mind.  Every physicality is sensuous: the silky sand beneath your toes, the warm kiss of the sun sizzling the sun tan lotion on your skin, even the air touching body parts that have been hidden under wool and fleece since Halloween.  Ooh, and they put chocolate on your pillow every night!  Love feels possible, attainable.  You can take a reckless shot, aim Cupid’s arrow at someone out of your league, because you’ve got nothing to lose in this floating fantasy world.
Books are every bit as much an escape.  More so, because they don’t cost thousands of dollars and require a passport!  So let me take you on a vicarious trip to the Caribbean.  In my book Cruising Toward Love, being cooped up on a cruise ship (no matter how lavish) for a week forces two people to escape their past and rediscover their love for each other.  Get your feet wet with this blurb:
 Can an unexplained breakup and ten years of heartache be cured by the romance – and endless buffets – of a tropical cruise?  When her sister is left at the altar, small town librarian Zoe Balis jumps at the chance to take the bride’s unused ticket for the honeymoon cruise.  But she didn't count on sharing a cabin with the man who broke her heart ten years ago!
 Army medic Nate Hyatt never told Zoe goodbye when he enlisted - or the real reason why he dumped her on prom night after a year as high school sweethearts.  And he never stopped dreaming about the girl he left behind.  Could this voyage be his chance to fix the worst mistake he ever made?  After all, a Caribbean cruise should be romantic… if he can convince her to move past ten years of bitterness and hurt.  
Once aboard the luxury liner, Zoe befriends a bored Internet mogul with more heart than tact.  Nate vents his problems to a ship’s photographer battling PTSD.  The four team up on an island hopping treasure hunt.  The stakes grow higher with each of Zoe’s mysterious brushes with death.  They race to discover why she's a target and who's behind it, while still competing in the treasure hunt. 
Zoe’s never gotten over her first love, and is tempted to let Nate back into her life.  But she already lost him once.  She’s not willing to risk loving a man whose career keeps him in a combat zone.  Can Nate breach her defenses and suture her broken heart?  Grab a deck chair and see if they survive the stormy relationship seas as they cruise toward love!
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  1. I spent most of my life in the South, four years ago we moved to NE Iowa. What a huge climate change! This year has been a bit strange we haven't had any accumulating snow yet, but come spring I'm still going to be demanding a trip somewhere warm.

    We did a cruise a couple years ago. It was abit disappointing it was not a nice warm carribean holiday. :( We had rough seas too.
    Quite the adventure!

    Good luck with your books Christi!

    Happy New year Nas Dean!

  2. oh! I've seen this one before, and it looks supercute and fun! All the best to Christi! Thanks, Nas~

  3. I've never been on a cruise before. Not sure if being stuck on a ship with so many people attracts me.

    But at the same time, there is something exotic and exciting about it.

    Christi your story sounds wonderful. :-)

  4. Ooh... I've never been on a cruise, but boy does this make me long for one... Or maybe I'll just read the book :-)

  5. I also didn't understand why bathing suits were available in the winter. There were richer people than us traveling, I guess.

    Good luck with the book!

  6. Living in Florida, I don't think about separating myself from any cold weather, but I see why people do. And I totally agree that a book is a also a way to escape.

    Cruising Toward Love sounds like a great escape.

  7. Hi Sharon, thanks for coming in!

    Hello LTM! Thank you!

    Hi Deniz, take a cruise to the South Pacific!

    Hello Theresa, thank you for reading the post!

  8. Hi Medeia,

    Thank you for coming by!