Janet Gover

Award winning outback romance

Thank you to everyone who has supported Wedding Bells By The Creek and taken it to Number One. Almost as much cause for celebration as the wedding itself.

Changing direction

This week I can be found over on the Take Five Authors blog – where I am talking about leaving home, changing direction and new people and places.

It’s all about books of course –

Here’s a hint.

It’s all about this rolled up bit of cardboard on my desk.

Do pop over to the Take Five Authors blog and see what I am up to.

 

 

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An evening of romantic fiction

David Headley of Goldsboro Books welcomes everyone to the party.

Fine spring evenings are wonderful. And they are even better when you can spend it in one of your favourite places.

For me this week that was Cecil Court in the centre of London. Cecil Court is a lovely old street, now a pedestrian way, filled with lovely old shops selling books – old and new, old maps and art and no end of interesting ‘stuff’.

My favourite shop in this favourite street is Goldsboro Books – where I have spent far too much money on several occasions.

And this week, it was my honour to be invited to be part of their annual ‘Romance in the Court’ evening. Continue reading

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A castle with the Ewww factor

A typical English castle – seen through a rain-soaked car windscreen

When I first arrived in the UK, my fascination with history took me to more than a few ruined castles. It seems I still have not had my fill. Every one of them has some gem that makes it special.

Last weekend we found ourselves in the neighbourhood of Farleigh Hungerford Castle, set in a lovely valley on the Somerset/Wiltshire border.

Despite the rain, it was lovely, with spectacular chapel and crypt. In this case, though… there was a certain Ewww factor. Continue reading

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It’s publication day.

Wedding Bells by The Creek published by Farwell Publications

I think the cover perfectly captures the feel of the book.

Today is one of those days that authors love. It’s publication day for Wedding Bells by the Creek – the 5th book in the Coorah Creek Series.

Publication day is the culmination of months of work. It’s not just the writing. Before the first word is even written, I have to spend time thinking about the story and the characters and what the book will be about. When the writing is finished, there’s revision and  editing, working to get the cover just right. Coming up with a blurb and a shout line.

But all that is worthwhile when I look at the final book.  Of course, that’s when the nervousness sets in. Continue reading

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A palatial establishment

Impressive – but this is only the side entrance

Recently I played hooky from my desk for a day and went to Blenheim Palace. I’d read about it, of course, and I’ve seen it in any number of movies, but this was my first visit.

Wow!

The palace is a world heritage site and it well deserves that honour. It is amazing, but I had to wonder if some of my reaction to it is due to the fact that I am Australian. Continue reading

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You are invited to a wedding

I think the cover perfectly captures the feel of the book.

At last I can show you the cover of the new Coorah Creek book…

Isn’t it just beautiful?

This novella features all your old favourites in Coorah Creek. Trish and Syd are there. You’ll get to spend more time with Max and Tia who you met in Little Girl Lost.

There’s a new face in the town – and someone who has been gone for a long time has come back. That’s not good news for everyone. Continue reading

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Facts vs Fiction – not so different after all

The blog is on tour again this week. I’m over that the Take Five Authors blog, talking about writing. Not so unusual I know, but this time I am talking about writing fact – not fiction.

In my day job, I work with computer systems… well, actually, I work with people helping them implement large computer systems in their workplace.

As part of this, I’ve been working for several months devising a training course, and writing a 400 page book to go along with it. It’s a technical manual.. but I discovered that writing a technical manual isn’t that different to writing a novel…

The find out why – pop on over to the Take Five Authors blog.

A glimpse at the cover of my new book. No – you can’t buy it on Amazon.

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More recent reads

The writing was captivating.

The last couple of months here in London have been cold and wet and grey. My determination to find new authors disappeared with the sun, and it’s been a couple of months of comfort reads for me.

I’ve posted the books in the order I read them – not in any sort of preference…. although the first book is probably my favourite. It is also the one new author in this list… and what an author she is!

Winter Garden – Kristin Hannah (paperback – new author)

Well, when I say new author…. I really mean almost new author. I did read a short story by Kristin Hannah a long time ago and was enchanted by it. I don’t know why it took so long for me to come back to her. But now that I have found her again, I will be back. Continue reading

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An evening to remember

Candles, chandeliers and books -what a fabulous atmosphere.

Last night the Romantic Novelists Association held their Romantic Novel of the Year Awards Ceremony. This is a glittering evening of canapés and bubbles in the wonderful Gladstone Library in Whitehall Place.

It was particularly special for me this year, because my book Little Girl Lost was shortlisted for the Epic Romantic Novel of the year – a category that includes books with a central romance at the heart, but that cover broader issues and themes as well.

To cut a long story short – I WON!!!! Continue reading

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Avec diverse alarums

I got there early to avoid the crowds. Well, it was a good idea

This week for me has been about diversity… and the many different ways we express our individuality.

The reason – books and knitting. To explain.

I was looking forward to the Knitting and Stitching Show at London Olympia – the exhibition space and convention centre in Kensington. It’s huge. I had forgotten just how big it is. It’s the site of the Great British Beer Festival, webmaster John’s birthday treat most years. It’s also the site of this month’s London Book Fair.

There were people everywhere and I noticed two things. A lot of people seemed to have been hurt in some accident. And there were a lot of people wearing black T-shirts and carrying guitars. Then there was the clothing rail with what seemed like a million yards of white tulle and silk emerging from the dress bags. Continue reading

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