Images from Istanbul



A city straddling East and West, sprawling on either side of the Bosphorus, and home to a myriad sights, sounds, and flavours.
There may even be a hidden spot or two for a romantic interlude…

Summer Fire by Deniz Bevan


“You know how it is with Canadians. We come alive in the summer.”
Ayse had resigned herself to an interesting—but in the end unromantic—trip visiting family in Istanbul. Great-aunts, touristy sites and endless meals… until she meets fellow doctor Hakan.
All tanned skin and defined muscle under his polo shirt, his kisses cut off her breath, making her dizzy. His every touch is a thrill.
Ayse wants all of Hakan at once. His sweet mouth, the heat of his body against hers, their heartbeats slowing together.
A holiday romance might give her some blazing memories come the lonely winter, but maybe, just maybe, the fire between them doesn’t have to be as fleeting as the summer.

Here are a few photos that follow in the footsteps of Ayse and Hakan, in Istanbul, and on a ferry to the Princes Islands…

 Walking down to the Bosphorus
 Uneven sidewalks on the way down
 One of the ubiquitous Istanbul cats
 View by the waterline
 Villas across the water
Fishermen on the quay
 View from the ferry
 Another view from the ferry
 Leaving Istanbul behind
Author on location!


What are your favourite settings for romance?

Deniz Bevan was born in Istanbul, Turkey, spent her formative years in Montreal, Canada, and is now a resident of Geneva, Switzerland, with her husband and daughter. A firm believer in burning the candle at both ends, she is simultaneously working, studying towards a master’s degree, and writing a new novel while editing another. Information on works in progress and snippets, along with travel photos, book reviews, and literary links, can be found weekly on her blog, The Girdle of Melian, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. She’s often on Twitter, Instagram, and more. On other days, she tries to stay off the web altogether, as she delves into the history, mystery, and romance of her characters’ lives.

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