Today I'm interviewing Neve Dalton, the heroine of my November release, Her Only Option. I’m on the Lady Nadia cruise ship, waiting for her in the lobby.
Ah, I see her now, running down the stairs– but, oh dear, she doesn’t look very happy …
Has something upset you, Neve?
I’ll say it has! I went up to the sundeck for some peace and quiet until my next tour group arrives, and next I know, I’m being chatted up by one of those cruise ship Casanovas – you know, the smooth-talking posers who think female tour guides are an easy target. And this one had the nerve to say tour guides churn out half-baked facts from inaccurate guide books!
I take it you weren’t impressed?
Well … (Neve blushes) … he was rather good-looking, with dark hair, and amazing blue eyes … but then he tried to claim he was an archaeologist. Huh! Probably one of those dilettantes who think they can make the discovery of a lifetime without any effort. Anyway, enough about him. I’m only thankful he’s on the Lady Amirah and not the Nadia, although I don’t envy my friend Joanne having to put up with him for this week’s cruise.
Er – how did you meet him if he’s on a different ship?
Let me ask you more about yourself and Joanne. I believe you’re both Cambridge graduates, so why did you decide to become Nile cruise ship guides?
We both felt we needed a break from the academic life. This job with the Rahman cruise line has given me the opportunity to return to Egypt where I grew up, and to share my passion for Ancient Egypt.
I understand you’ve been dating Malik Rahman.
(Neve narrows her eyes) I hope you’re not going to make some derogatory comment about me dating the boss’s son?
I wouldn’t dream of doing that!
I like Malik, he’s –well, as Joanne has said, he’s good-looking, charming, worships the ground I walk on, but—
But you’re not in love with him?
I can’t be, can I? Otherwise I’d have accepted his proposal.
So he’s asked you to marry him?
Oh yes, several times. But, between you and me, I think the only reason for his proposals is because his father won’t give him any senior role in the company until he’s ‘settled’ - which to Sabry means married and with a whole brood of sons to inherit the Rahman empire. And I’m not ready to settle down as a wife and mother.
Anyway, if you’ll excuse me now, I need to call Joanne and warn her about that annoying self-styled archaeologist she’ll have to put up with on the Lady Amirah this week. Rather her than me! Bye-ee! (She runs down the stairs to the staff quarters on the lower deck)
Hmm, I wonder when Neve is going to change her mind about that annoying archaeologist?
Her Only Option will be published by Whiskey Creek Press on November 1st.