Hostage To Love – Blog Tour

Destination – Africa…..

I’ve had a few readers ask why I chose Africa as a setting for HOSTAGE TO LOVE. The answer is simply that Africa is a fascinating place. I’m a huge film and travel buff, and films that are set in Africa feature highly on my must-have lists. Zulu and Out of Africa with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford being two of my all-time favorites movies.

But I guess what sparked the opening scene of this book was a random conversation I was having with my husband. Or maybe it wasn’t so random.

My husband is a broadcast journalist and reports on all things Africa.

It just so happened that he was reporting on the atrocities going on in the Congo around the time I was tinkering with the plot for HOSTAGE TO LOVE.

Cue my overactive writer’s imagination. I made him explain to me in detail what was happening in the area, when it started, who the main players were, what they hoped to achieve etc etc etc. Several hours later, my villain Charles Mwana was a fully-fleshed out character.

As if often is with all such personalities, he believes he’s doing the “right thing” and sees people as collateral damage in his righteous war. Despite this fatalistic trait, I had to give him a love of his country, a love of the land he believed he was fighting for. So Nawaka was born.

Rich in diamonds and other minerals, I set it next to The Congo in Eastern Africa. The people are warm and giving, just like the Congolese my husband described to me. And they have a fierce pride in their motherland.

Of course, the other reason for setting the opening in Nawaka was because I had to give Belle, my heroine, a cause and a destination after she walked away from her marriage and her husband, Nick.

For Belle, who yearned for a child of her own, volunteering at a severely deprived orphanage in Nawaka seemed the perfect fit. Luckily, she too fell in love with the rich, semi-savannah landscape, the indigenous foods and children she was charged with caring for.

Unfortunate really that things went sideways for her once Mwana took an unhealthy interest in her. I’m sure she would’ve loved to stay in beautiful Nawaka for a little while longer!

Thank you Maya, for spending time with us! Africa sounds thrilling!


Hostage to Love

by Maya Blake

Entangled Publishing July 2013

Title:Hostage to Love

Author:  Maya Blake

Genre:  Romantic Suspense

Release Date:  July 2013

Imprint:  Suspense


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Hostage to Love BCC:

*On an idyllic Greek island, danger surfaces…and passion re-ignites.*


During a charity mission to a war-torn African country, Belle Jones is kidnapped by the vicious rebel leader determined to make her his. Belle’s estranged husband, Greek billionaire Nick Andreakos, stages a daring rescue, saving her from the horror.


To hide her from the obsessed kidnapper—-and to repair their broken relationship—-Nick whisks Belle away to his private island paradise. But she still won’t put up with his controlling ways…even if she’s still defenseless against their scorching-hot chemistry. With the brutal killer hot on their heels, Nick knows he must earn Belle’s trust again—-and *fast*. Even if it means risking everything. And losing his heart forever. 



Maya Blake’s Bio:


Maya Blake’s dreams of becoming a romance author began when she picked up her first romance novel at age thirteen. She eventually realised this dream in 2007 when her first romantic suspense was published. Maya lives in Kent, Southeastern England, with her husband and two kids and an endless supply of romance novels. 



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