Janet Gover

Award winning outback romance

I am excited to announce that Wedding Bells by The Creek – the fifth book in my Coorah Creek series, is a finalist in the Aspen Gold Readers Choice Award, presented by the Heart of Denver chapter of Romance Writers of America.  So very very thrilled. There are more details here.

I learn a new skill

Meeting this cutie was definitely research. Who knew calves came with such pink noses?

It’s amazing where book research can lead you… and what new skills you can develop along the way.

On my recent trip to Australia, I was in the beautiful Hunter Valley, checking locations, taking photographs and talking to the locals about the lovely place where they live.

And somehow that led to coloured icing, roses and records. Continue reading

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Deadline terror…

This week we are having a debate on deadlines over on the Take Five Authors blog.

Last week Pam was talking about deadlines from an Indy author’s perspective. This week I’m looking at deadlines from a traditional author’s perspective.

Pop on over and let us know how you feel about that ticking clock…

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A most unusual transit

This lovely waterfall is not in a rainforest.

This week, I flew back to Australia and got reacquainted with one of my favourite travel destinations.

No, I’m not talking about a beach resort, or a five star hotel or a world heritage site (although there are many of those that I do love).

I am talking about an airport, or rather, a part of an airport. Continue reading

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What I have been reading

A great read for a Sunday in the sun.

I am really enjoying writing these posts. It’s great to look back and remember the books that I have enjoyed.

I’ve been writing a new book during the last couple of months, so not reading as much as I normally would… but that still means I am reading a book a week. I have however, stayed away from new authors and stuck with friends and favourites. I like comfort reads when I am writing.

The Summer We Danced – Fiona Harper (paperback – known author)

This is a Doris Day film in a book. It’s a love story and a story about second chances. It’s also the story of how wonderful it can be to be part of a community. Continue reading

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Painting people

Lawsonia inermis – also known as the henna plant. Beware imitations

One a recent trip to Morocco, I decided it was time to give in to a long held desire – and get myself a tattoo… not a permanent tattoo of course. A Henna tattoo.

There are all sorts of horror stories about tourists getting caught by henna artists using banned chemical additives resulting in severe reactions and all sort of problems… often requiring medical treatment. So I checked with our hotel and followed their recommendation of a henna parlour.

Five of us – four girls and one young man – set off in search of body art. Continue reading

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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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