Christmas Eve (for an non-traditional girl) in Istanbul. A photoblog

One must start the day off at Starbucks, and yes, Cats are revered in Turkey, in the Islam religion, so this beauty was saying hello to everyone before she went on her independent Christmas Eve day.

I sent Santa this above message and followed it up with the one below, because last year I was in Mexico, and I didn’t want him to worry about trying to locate me in Istanbul–the city has 17 million people!

Although there are no signs of Christmas in this Muslim country, colorful lights decorate every street in this intensely lively city!

And the weather feels like spring, not winter. I don’t really need to wear my winter coat just yet!

This week my boyfriend bought me chocolates from the Spice Bazaar for absolutely no reason! Well, maybe he realized Christmas was coming and I was feeling … lonely? I knocked them off in 48 hours!!! And two days later he came over with another box of the same. He adores me and thinks I look amazing even if I’m sure I’ve put on 10 chocolate pounds in the last week.

The mosques still fascinate me. I love to listen to the call to prayer. Last night I couldn’t sleep–maybe memories of Christmas past and family that is no longer with us. So I listened to the call to prayer well before sunrise. There’s something comforting in this age-old manner of professing a love of God. It’s one of the things I find special about this culture.

My hairdresser decided it was time to change my hair color for this festive time of year, He added blue!! If he had asked me first, we both would have had to use Google Translate! I laughed out loud when I saw it. It’s absolutely perfect for me.

And to top off my evening–because soup alone does not cut it on Christmas Eve–I had a lovely glass or two of Blush Shiraz from Turkey. Then I chatted online with people I love from all around the world.

And I almost forgot!! Today I released my latest Code Raven book 7 The Istanbul Conspiracy! https://amzn.to/2PSAApg My Christmas gift to you! It’s available in download and in print.

The wedding of DJ Turk and the daughter of the Minister of Defense is about to take place on a mega-yacht on the Bosphorus in Istanbul. Hours later the much-anticipated photos show corpses lined up along the dock and a bride covered in blood.
Was this a random act of terror, a targeted assassination of the Turkish political elite, or an attack on DJ Turk who leads a double life?
Luke and Samaar of the Raven Group have their own wedding to attend but it’s called off at the last minute when they uncover a breach in their security. Instead of returning to Paris, they come to the aid of the Turk to get to the bottom of this horrific event.
The conspiracy they uncover must be prevented before the balance of power in the world is perilously reversed. Get your copy at https://amzn.to/2EQdpWf

Thank you for your support in 2019. I look forward to continuing to cause trouble, shock, and entertain you in 2020!!

What 10 things do you wish were invented to make your life better? Q.

 

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  1. I would love to be programmed to be multi-lingual. One day I will walk down the streets of Paris and stop to speak to someone. I will understand everything they say and will be able to respond in their own language. That goes for French, Spanish. Hebrew, Arabic, etc. I want them all installed in my memory bank.
  2. I live in Puerto Vallarta but I’d love to be able to have dinner with my grandson in Paris. I want an eighteen-hour trip reduced to one!
  3. All flying should be business class quality. All planes should be comfortable, serve great food and automatically know my preference for food and drink.
  4. I want to merely think about my groceries and where I want them to come from and they will appear at my door in 15 minutes
  5. I want to view any current event/show/movie in my living room by requesting the event on my internal memory server and sending it onto a wall screen
  6. I would really enjoy having an auto chef. I mean come on. Nora Roberts (JD Robb) designed it years ago for Eve Dallas!
  7. I really need my car to drive automatically. I can’t carry on a conversation and think about where I’m going at the same time. I don’t just want the GPS, I want to program my car and let it go. I’d travel much more if that were the case. I LOVE road trips. And it goes without saying that cars and roads need to be safer so they’re capable of moving vehicles much faster.
  8. I love designer clothes and a certain brand of shoes from Nordstroms. I want to be able to have things purchased from anywhere in the world-Paris, Milan, NYC, and arrive on my doorstep within 24 hours at no extra charge.
  9. Airports: Check in online, arrive, walk to the gate and get on the plane. Body/facial recognition from the moment I arrive at any airport in the world will know I’m free of weapons and safe to go. It should take half an hour tops because I have to stop to get my Starbucks.
  10. My iPhone. Siri should be able to let Starbucks know I’m 100 yards away and here’s my order. My card’s on file so the charge is automatic and a smiling barista has facial recognition and hands me my drink and ground coffee as I walk through the door.

I don’t think I’m asking for too much. All you Quora techies make it happen!