Tuesday, January 17, 2017

SPOTLIGHT - Family Sailaway (Sailaway Trilogy, #2) by Derek Curzon

Family Sailaway
Sailaway Trilogy, #2
by Derek Curzon
Publication date: January 24th 2017
Publisher: Filament Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Cruising
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In Family Sailaway, Sarah receives a flyer from CZN Cruises with tantalising summer offers and soon makes plans for her next cruise. This time, the adventure is longer, the ship is bigger and there are many more countries on the agenda. Unlike the first cruise, when she travelled with her younger sister, Sarah is joined by her aunt, uncle, cousin and boyfriend Paul (who she met on her first cruise).

Two other families become part of their adventure and sparks fly between cousin Megan (young, single, attractive - and she knows it) and protagonist Sarah. Megan befriends another passenger, Rebecca, who says she is a cruise reporter but Sarah suspects there is more to her than meets the eye.

Megan attracts a lot of attention from fellow passengers including a married man travelling with his wife and a younger, shy man who lives in the shadows of his more confident brother. Who will win Megan’s affections and how do other families get entangled in their story along the way? A storm brews during the cruise that makes for even more entertaining scenes along the way. This is a tale of family relationships, friendships, suspicion and intrigue, romance, feuds and, of course, the thrill of the cruise.

Family Sailaway is the second in the ‘Sailaway Trilogy’ and starts six months after the original book. You could read this as a standalone book but as they're both quick and easy reads, we strongly recommend starting with the first - Surprise Sailaway, published by Filament in 2015 – and then jumping ship straight to the second!


Surprise Sailaway
Sailaway Trilogy, #1
by Derek Curzon
Publication Date: December 7th 2015
Publisher: Filament Publishing Ltd

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Surprise Sailaway tells the story of two sisters who embark on a short cruise following the sudden and tragic death of their parents. Sarah and Hannah find themselves living the high life on the high seas where the eldest finds possible romance and the youngest a potential career. Life on board is relaxed and stress-free for them both, a million miles away from the memories they have back home of their parents.

Follow their adventures on board as they visit Amsterdam and Hannah has the chance to see Paris. A twist at the end is a direct result from the parent’s death and an event that will change both sister’s lives forever.
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To Cruise or not to Cruise?
You’ve seen the adverts, read the brochures, perhaps watched some TV programs or even listened to friends telling you how wonderful their cruise was. Having decided to take the plunge on a cruise holiday for yourself, what now?

Well, there are a plethora of cruises out there from two night teasers to two month world cruises, from sailing around the UK to sailing around the world. There are inside cabins to mini-suites, small ships to ships so big they carry ‘mini villages’ with them. Also, you will find several companies to choose from with some household names, two of which have recently celebrated 175 years of service; P & O Cruises and Cunard.

While this might sound a bit daunting, the huge choice available to you can actually work to your advantage. There is a cruise out there to suit any budget and many incentives to tempt you aboard, including on-board credit, free parking at the port of departure or coach travel and various food and beverage packages.

Although every cruise company will try and tempt you to sail with them, they are all offering much the same … beautiful ships, five-star service, excellent value for money, fantastic food prepared by culinary chefs, West End style shows and entertainment, activities for children … the list goes on.

One thing is certain though; cruising aboard your floating hotel is like no other holiday you’ll ever experience. There is no other environment where you can wake up in a different country every single day, having only packed once. There is normally no luggage allowance (unless you fly cruise) and on arriving to check in, the next time you see your luggage is in your cabin. Once you step on board, you really are treated like royalty with the crew doing all they can to assist you and make your cruise the most enjoyable experience possible.

When my fiancée and I were considering our honeymoon, my father suggested we take a cruise with P & O Cruises and kindly offered this as his wedding gift! Since that honeymoon cruise back in 2005, we haven’t looked back. So please join me during the coming months and we’ll sailaway together, with my experience to help you make your choice of cruise as easy and relaxing as the cruise itself.

Author Info
Born and raised in Dundee, cruise aficionado, retail manager and author, Derek Curzon, moved to Lancashire in 1998 aged 28. His background is Accountancy, he has worked in myriad roles in the banking world as well as editing a local magazine. He found love through writing - he married his penpal (before the days of emailing and Tinder!) and their first cruise was their honeymoon in 2005 - they've never looked back and have been on six cruises to date with plenty more in the pipeline.


Their cruise holidays have given them the chance to see places they couldn’t have hoped to visit on a 'normal' holiday. The Sailaway Trilogy takes inspiration from their own cruise experiences and celebrates the cruise industry as the booming travel sector it is today.

Family Sailaway, due for release in January 2017, is the second book in the series. As a spin-off from the trilogy, Derek launched a fictional cruise blog: ‘Nautical Nights.’ It's a light-hearted and humorous look at life on board a cruise ship and the ensuing adventures!

When he's not working his day-job, writing blogs or articles, or planning the next book, Derek can be found long-distance walking. 

As a couple, Derek and his wife have completed the West Highland and Great Glen Ways in the Scottish Highlands and will be walking Hadrian’s Wall in 2017.
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