anne_barwell (anne_barwell) wrote,

London Landmarks - Welcome Jessica Skye Davies

A big welcome to fellow Dreamspinner author, Jessica Skye Davies, who is sharing London Landmarks from her new release Half a World Away.

In Half the World Away, after spending a week in the Australian bush, photographer Dade Faber returns to his London home. With him is hotel proprietor Elliot Harris, traveling at the invitation of the owner of the mag for which Dade works. Whereas Elliot offered to be guide for Dade in the bush, now it’s Dade’s turn to show Elliot around London.

Elliot’s first introduction to London is a posh one. Dade’s magazine has Elliot put up in a suite at the prestigious Savoy.

Elliot is a little intimidated by the upmarket surroundings and decides he’d better have a shower before lying down to get a little rest in the bed that looks to him like Queen Elizabeth herself slept there.

The bath proves to be just as flummoxing, with Elliot feeling disconcerted by the “slipperiness” of the tiled surfaces, the all-glass shower, and more complimentary toiletries than he knows what to do with.

Elliot does come to appreciate the heated towel racks, and, eventually, the glass shower cubicle as well.
Later that night, Dade offers to meet Elliot for dinner at the Savoy Grill.

After which, Dade suggests a short evening constitutional. He points out a few of London’s lighted landmarks to the visiting Aussie.

The next day, after stopping off at the magazine office to check in and introduce Elliot, Dade leads an extensive walking tour.

Cleopatra’s Needle, or as Dade calls it, Marc-Antony’s Dick

Parliament Square (there wasn’t a cricket match when they visited)

The clock tower (you can’t see Big Ben from here….)

Westminster Abbey

Buckingham palace

Down the Mall and on to…

The Admiralty Arch

Trafalgar Square

Dade and Elliot had dinner again that night (after all that walking!) And the next morning they started off again, after a good full English breakfast.

This time Dade led Elliot east instead of west.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Where the “Little Old Bird Woman” from Mary Poppins asked people to feed the birds for “tuppence a bag.”

From there they also visited the Lloyds of London building (which, rightly, freaked Elliot out)
And the Gherkin (Swiss Re tower), or as Dade called it…

The Giant Swirly Cock

After that, Dade promised to stop scaring Elliot and lead him to the Tower of London. Elliot felt much more at ease with the “alien architecture” left behind.

The Tower Bridge

That evening, after having dinner together in Elliot’s suite, Dade and Elliot went to the theatre district for, what else, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

What happens on the way back to Elliot’s suite after the show is a big gamechanger for Dade and Elliot both. But is it big enough to really bridge the distance between them? There’s only one way to find out!

Blurb: Photographer Dade Faber keeps hoping for assignments on a big city beat, but time and again he’s sent into the wild. This time, he’s half the world away from London shooting the Australian bush. When Dade is nearly attacked by a crocodile, it leads to a shouting match with Elliot Harris, who owns Dade’s hotel. Elliot is both hot and persuasive, and when he offers to play tour guide, Dade accepts. After a week spent mostly together in the bush, Dade begins to fall for Elliott. The attraction is mutual, and when circumstances lead both men to London, they find they have much in common. But can their romance bridge the 10,000 miles between London and the Australian bush?

Bio: Jessica Skye Davies has been a writer since her first works were “published” in her grandparents’ living room and written in crayon. She is a lifelong native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she has been active in the community, including serving as library director on the executive board of a local GLBT community center. Outside of writing, Jessica has a wide range of interests and hobbies: from Mozart in a music hall to punk in pubs, from Shakespeare to Vonnegut, from salsa dancing the night away to afternoon coffee in the square to kicking back with a good movie. She loves meeting new people and exploring new places, always open to whatever elements might inspire her next writing project.


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