After boarding the Oceanic Aphrodite, passengers are offered the opportunity to give a short interview to appear in the ship’s newsletter, The Oceanic Oracle. Every three weeks, I’m featuring a different passenger or crew member. This week, get to know Francie!
Tell me a bit about yourself: Name, age, where are you from?
My name is Francie… Just Francie. A lady never reveals her age! Where am I from? Fine, I’ll tell you that. I’m from Indiana. Go Hoosiers!
What made you decide to book a trip on the Oceanic Aphrodite?
It’s a work trip.
Are you traveling alone or with a group?
I’m on my own, if you don’t count all the new friends I’ve made.
What is your favorite thing about the cruise so far?
If I had to pick just one thing, I’d say the weather. It’s still cold back in Indiana. I haven’t even put my winter gloves away! But the weather here is gorgeous. A real dream-come-true.
What are you most looking forward to?
Lots of things! Trying out that sundae bar. Going to the casino. Maybe even snorkeling! I’ve never done anything like this before, so it’s really hard to say what part of it I’m going to like best.
And, of course, the most important question: have you met your true love?
Oh, for sure! But not on this cruise. He couldn’t come with me because he’s working. Sure, he gets a little busy and forgets to talk to me for weeks sometimes, but I’m low maintenance, so it’s not a problem.
A bachelor party on a cruise ship. What could go wrong?
When private detective Francie is hired to spy on a groom-to-be as he and his bachelor party set sail for the Caribbean, she thinks she’s landed herself a week of paid vacation. Between lounging in the sun and sipping margaritas, she just needs to–best case scenario–report back that he’s on the up and up, or–the unfortunate, more likely scenario–snap a few photos of her target in compromising positions, buy a box of sympathy chocolates for her client, and then collect her pay along with a nice golden suntan.
Blame it on the island breezes or the alcohol, but within hours of setting sail, Francie’s leisurely vacation gets complicated when she starts making careless mistakes. Like accidentally becoming friends with the groom and falling for his best man.
Can she get herself and her mission back on track, or has she blown her cover and possibly even her career?
About the Author:
Holly Tierney-Bedord is the author of over twenty novels and novellas including Kindle Unlimited All-Star winner Sweet Hollow Women.
She’s also an artist and miniaturist, creator of the mid-century dollhouse restoration blog flipthisminihouse.com, and the author of several non-fiction books about creating miniatures.
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