Janet Gover

Award winning outback romance

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It’s almost publication day

100 Stories For Queensland cover

This is the cover of the fabulous charity anthology that has been put together to raise money for victims of the floods that ravaged large parts of Queensland in January.

I am very proud to have my name on the cover – and to be part of such a fabulous venture.

 All the stories have been donated.

 A team of dedicated volunteers did all the work to put the volume together and every cent raised will go to the flood victims.

It’s due to be released around the world in the first week in May.

I’ll let you know here how to buy it. You will be helping some people who need it.

I’ve had a sneak preview – and let me say you’ll also be getting some very good reading.

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Rusting relics and regal stares…

The Rocket Thrower statue at Flushing Meadows

We set out for Queens last weekend, to explore Flushing Meadows – knowing only that it had a zoo – and that’s where the US Open Tennis is played.

Wow – were we in for a surprise. The Great Gatsby. Alien Spaceships. A giant see-through planet. The park is overflowing with marvels. Continue reading

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Spectacularly Scared Silly

The CN Tower in Toronto

It's a long way up - The CN tower

I’m not afraid of heights – honestly I’m not. I have a healthy respect for things I might fall off – chairs, ladders, horses…   But heights… I’m fine… ish.

I’m in Toronto this week – and the city has this tower….

It’s the world’s tallest tower.

It’s very photogenic.

There are two observation desks – the first is the flying saucer bit about two thirds of the way up. The second is that tiny little white bump – its thirty stories above the first one!

That bump used to be the highest man made observation point in the world.. it’s only the second highest now.

Well – I had to, didn’t I? Continue reading

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A cover story

After seeing my Russian cover last week, I started thinking about book covers, and how they vary from place to place. This was all the excuse I needed to spend a lovely couple of hours yesterday browsing in a bookshop (I didn’t spend too much money – honestly).

Currently reading this - lovely gown and the book is great too

These are my thoughts after  a comparison of the covers of some best sellers and some of my favourite romance authors each side of the pond.

First – a confession. Although I write contemporary romance – I love the covers of historical novels.

Such gorgeous gowns. I almost wish I could walk around looking like that – but it would be pretty impractical on the New York Subway.

There is also the not insignificant matter of the corsets! Continue reading

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Look what I just found…

The Russian cover of Farmer Needs A Wife

The Russian cover of Farmer Needs A Wife

This is the Russian cover for The Farmer Needs A Wife.

I can’t read any of the Russian, of course, but it’s very exciting to see it. Continue reading

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Holding out for a red-haired hero

I am in Miami this week – home of spectacular sunrises, a pretty good basketball team and THE red-haired hero.

David Caruso as Horatio Caine

David Caruso as Horatio Caine

I speak of Horatio Caine – CSI Miami’s taciturn but oh-so-sexy hero – played by David Caruso.

Horatio has risen above a great handicap to become a hero. His intelligence and strength, moral fibre and sexy voice were as nothing compared to the fact that he has….. whisper it please … red hair. Continue reading

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A town called… something

I’m building a town. Not a real town you understand – but the town where my next three books are going to be set.

My map of Western Queensland - with additions.

My map of Western Queensland - with additions.

It’s a mining town in the Australian outback – and it’s going to be as much a character in these books as some of the people who live in it. The books are about people – but they will tell the story of the town as well.

For a book to seem real – the characters have to seem real. They need depth. So to does the setting. If I use a real town, I have to stay faithful to reality with its history, locations and character. I wanted the freedom to fit my town to the stories I want to tell (and I don’t want to get sued) so I am building a fictional town. Continue reading

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A visit to the zoo

Lion cubs

Lion cubs

We went to the Bronx Zoo this weekend. There was still some snow on the ground – and it was pretty cold. It started snowing again soon after we arrived and I started to wonder if this was perhaps not the best day for a visit to the zoo.

Then we spotted the lions. Continue reading

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Three times the fun

I’m not much of a plotter. When I start a book, I have the characters firmly set in my head – but the plot is a different matter. I know broadly what I’m writing about – the journey my characters have to take – but the actual events… no idea!

 I tend to jump in with both feet and let the characters take me where they want to. Sometimes they’ll surprise even me. I love it when I start writing a scene and things just happen, without any conscious planning on my part. Those are usually my favourite scenes in the book.

But – not this time. Continue reading

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Where the stories come from.

Writing is a funny thing – sometimes I wake and up have 2,000 words written before lunch. Other days, I can’t seem to construct three consecutive sentences. Ideas are the same. Sometimes they tumble over each other in my head, sometimes there’s just an empty space where the ideas should be.

100 Stories For Queensland

When I first heard about the 100 Stories For Queensland anthology to raise money for flood victims, I wanted to send them a story – but every idea I had suddenly vanished from my head. I have a folder full of story ideas. I dived into that and decided I hated every single one of them.

I had to start again – with just a few days until the deadline. I almost went into panic mode. Continue reading

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