Author: Blair McDowell

The two things I enjoy most in life are traveling and writing. I think I’ve been writing stories since the day I was first given a pencil and paper. I had a vivid imagination as a child…a characteristic that has gotten me into trouble more than once, and that has only increased with age. I’ve never been able to recount any event without embellishing it.

So it was natural that I should turn to writing fiction. And even more natural to choose to write romantic suspense, where I could let my imagination run wild.

In my earlier days, my work took me to some fascinating places; the Torres Strait islands, off the north coast of Australia, the Caribbean before it became a tourist haven, Hungary when the Russian soldiers were still patrolling the streets. I spent time in Australia, Austria, and Germany. And later in Italy and Greece. These locales became the settings for my books: Canada’s Sunshine Coast - Sonata; Greece - The Memory of Roses; Italy - Where Lemons Bloom; Germany, Austria and Hungary - Romantic Road; France - Fatal Charm.

I built a house on a small still un-touristic island in the Caribbean – on a plot of land with no electricity or running water. Friends there told me stories and legends about their island and Delighting In Your Company was born.

In a word, I have lived a rather unorthodox life…And loved every minute of it.

Today I am more settled. I operate a Bed & Breakfast with a friend on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast in the spring and summer. When fall comes we head for Europe. Last year we traveled to Scotland to research the locale for my work in progress, The MacInnes Affair. It weaves together two love stories, one in the present and one in the past, in Scotland and in Canada.

A recent reviewer referred to my “vivid and clear descriptions of places” that that made her feel “as if she were there.” She queried whether I had used Google or had actually been to all those places.

My answer to all such questions is: Been there, done that!

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Fatal Charm

Fatal Charm
  • Number: b074dpwkhy
  • Release: 2017-09-08
  • Author: Blair McDowell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
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A perilous scheme to thwart ruthless adversaries hurtles successful young jewelry designer Caitlin Abernathy from her comfortable California studio to the streets of Paris and the beaches of Brittany as she attempts to return a priceless stolen heirloom to the Louvre.

Colin Stryker, the devastatingly handsome history professor from Ireland who has appointed himself her protector, fights to rescue her before her captors add murder to their crimes, while at the same time unraveling the torturous train of events that led to the original theft.

With every moment fraught with danger, can the chemistry already sizzling between the two ignite into passion?


Romantic Road

Romantic Road
  • Number: B00RGWK7GW
  • Release: 2015-01-28
  • Author: Blair McDowell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
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When Lacy Telchev buries her husband she finds herself in treacherous waters. Igor, much older than Lacy, had secrets. Suddenly, Lacy is being chased across Europe by men who believe she can lead them to those secrets.

Evading her pursuers with the aid of a chance acquaintance, the handsome and mysterious Max Petersen, Lacy travels across Germany, Austria and Hungary, to a shattering discovery in Budapest. Along the way, she meets three women from Igor's past.

As Igor's story unfolds through them, Lacy is less and less certain who her husband really was. Who can Lacy trust? Will she survive to find out?


Sonata

Sonata
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: B00A0L8AME
  • Release: 2012-11-01
  • Author: Blair McDowell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Rebel Ink Press, LLC
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A jewel heist…

When renowned concert artist, Sayuri McAllister, returns to the west coast of Canada after an absence of five years, she discovers her family home has been a broken into and jewelry worth two million dollars is missing. Michael Donovan, Sayuri’s old high school flame, now a detective with the Vancouver Police Department, is the officer in charge of the case.

What chance can he have…

Michael takes one look at Sayuri and falls in love with her all over again. But they parted in anger years ago and Sayuri is no longer the innocent girl he once knew. What chance can there be for a Vancouver cop with someone as famous as Sayuri McAllister? Especially when that cop is investigating her family and friends?

An unexpected marriage…

Then Sayuri’s widowed father, Sean, marries Alyssa James, a woman Sayuri has never even met. The three live uneasily together in the Point Grey mansion until the unexpected arrival of Alyssa’s brother, Hugh James, a devastatingly handsome, charming Irishman who immediately begins a campaign to bed and wed the delicious and wealthy Sayuri.

Things take a dangerous turn…

Accidents begin to happen. Or are they accidents? Nothing is as it seems. Michael distrusts Hugh James and fears that Sayuri’s life may be in danger.


Delighting in Your Company

Delighting in Your Company
  • Number: B007UT37VI
  • Release: 2012-04-16
  • Author: Blair McDowell
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR, * Romance: Historical
  • Publisher: Rebel Ink Press, LLC
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What more could a girl ask for?

When Amalie Ansett visits her elderly cousin on the small Caribbean island of St. Clements, the last thing she’s looking for is romance. Just out of a disastrous marriage, she’s ready to swear off men forever. That is until she meets local plantation owner, Jonathan Evans. He's tall, good looking, intelligent and incredibly sexy. What more could a girl ask for?

An unsolved murder …

Then Amalie discovers the man she loves is a ghost. Only she can see and hear him. Perhaps he's real to her because Amalie is the image of her distant ancestor, Jonathan’s bride from an earlier time. Jonathan was murdered two hundred years ago and has no knowledge of who killed him or why.

A perilous trip to the past…

When Jonathan asks her to help him by returning with him to his past, Amalie is torn. If she helps him solve the mystery surrounding his death, she could lose him forever. If she doesn’t, she'll be stuck with a ghost for a lover.

And a love that crosses the boundaries of time.

To save Jonathan, Amalie agrees to travel with him back in time to the Caribbean of the 1800’s, when sugar reigned supreme and the slave trade was making fortunes for wealthy planters and ship owners. Her adventures there include a slave uprising, murder, deceit and an enduring love that crosses the boundaries of time.


After La Boheme

After La Boheme
  • Number:
  • Release: 2012-01-10
  • Author: Blair McDowell
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: * Under 45k Words, PermaFree
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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Have you ever wondered what happened to those Bohemians after Mimi’s death in La Boheme? Well we have just the story for you!

Learn the fates of Schaunard the musician, Colline the philosopher, Rodolfo the poet and Marcello the painter.

Our story takes place in 1976 and our heroine, Theodora Musetta Beauregard, is a descendant of Musetta, Marcello’s model. She has discovered a journal written by Musetta all those years ago, full of personal notes and histories of all the Bohemians.


The Memory of Roses

The Memory of Roses
  • Number: B005RTP7VQ
  • Release: 2011-10-02
  • Author: Blair McDowell
  • Genre: Mainstream
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  • Publisher: Rebel Ink Press, LLC
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When renowned archaeologist Ian McQuaid dies, he leaves his daughter, Brit, a villa on the Greek island of Corfu. The only thing Ian asks is that Brit deliver a package to a woman he once loved there. The problem is Brit knew nothing about either the villa or the love affair. She thought her parents had been happily married all these years.

After a disastrous love affair of her own, Brit finally admits to herself that she's desperately unhappy. At thirty two and left with more questions about her life than answers, Brit has a dawning sense that to live her own life free of shadows, she must trace the path of her father's past.

Brit's journey takes her from San Francisco to Athens, to the villa on Corfu, and finally to Venice, where she discovers a truth long hidden that holds the power to destroy lives. During the course of her odyssey Brit meets Andreas Leandros, a young Greek archaeologist, and while uncovering the secrets of her father's past, she discovers her own future.


Book Library

  • Fatal Charm Fatal Charm
  • Romantic Road Romantic Road
  • Sonata Sonata
  • Delighting in Your Company Delighting in Your Company
  • After La Boheme After La Boheme
  • The Memory of Roses The Memory of Roses