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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*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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AUGUST 6,2013




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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402274068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402274060

She always knew Fate was cruel…

The last person Olivia expected to turn up at her club was her one true love. It would normally be great to see him, except he’s been dead for centuries. Olivia really thought she had moved on with her immortal life, but as soon as she sees Doug Paxton, she knows she’d rather die than lose him again. And that’s a real problem…


But this is beyond the pale…


Doug is a no-nonsense cop by day, but his nights are tormented by dreams of a gorgeous redhead who’s so much a part of him, she seems to be in his blood. When he meets Olivia face-to-face, long-buried memories begin to surface. She might be the answer to his prayers…or she might be the dead of him.

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Sara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and public speaker, Sara lives in Bronxville, New York with her husband, who is very considerate of her double life, and four amazing boys.

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Here’s the soundtrack that I inspired me as I wrote Doug and Olivia’s story. It’s gritty and sexy…just like New York City at night.

Fly to the Angels–Slaughter
Bring Me to Life–Evanesence
Dream On–Aerosmith
Back in Black–AC/DC
Paradise City–Guns-n-Roses
Welcome to the Jungle–Guns-n-Roses
Bed of Roses–Bon Jovi
Dream on….



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