Friday, December 20, 2013

Guest post: Bring Me Sunshine by Janet Gover

It's nearly Christmas, I'm in a rush (deadline, Christmas prep and a million and one other things), and I can't think of anything better to do than to share my blog with an old friend today and celebrate her new book (especially given where it's set and what's in the book - oh, yes!).

So please welcome Janet Gover and help her celebrate the release of her new book, Bring Me Sunshine!

It’s lovely to be here on Kate’s blog – Kate and I met years ago through the RNA – and we share, among so many other things, a penchant for changing our hair colour.

I am totally in awe of Kate’s amazing work – 59 books. Wow! I’ve got a way to go to catch her - I’ve just launched my 4th novel, and the fifth will be out in March.

Mostly my books are set in Australia – because that’s where I grew up. But I’ve just had the most enormous fun writing a book set even further south… What’s further south than Australia? You guessed it – Antarctica.

A chance comment from a friend about a holiday trip planted a small seed in the back of my head which grew into Bring Me Sunshine.

I really wanted to take a trip to Antarctica. The tax man would let me deduct it as a business expense, wouldn’t he? Well, maybe not. Unfortunately my budget didn’t stretch quite that far. It did however stretch to the Arctic.
I love research!

I’m from outback Queensland – I attended school in 40 degree temperatures – and there was no air conditioning in my small country town. I am fascinated by snow and ice.

I have never been so cold in my life

I had such a lot of fun writing the book. It’s about loss and loneliness and the healing power of love. It’s about a girl who brings sunshine back into the life of a man who has been hurting for far too long. And a man who would go to the end of the earth, almost literally, for the women he loves.

And – it’s got penguins in it.  It’s even got penguins on the cover!

Adore the penguins - holding hands or, rather, flippers!

And everyone loves a book with penguins on the cover – right?

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Caroline said...

Hero and Heroine AND penguins - sounds fabulous. What an amazing experience going to Antarctica, Janet. Wow. Not many people can say that! Best of luck with your new release. Caroline x

Janet Gover said...

Hi Caroline - My sister-in-law and her mother made the journey - when her mother was in her 70s. That was amazing. There was a storm on their journey and the older woman broke her wrist as she was tossed out of bed by the heaving of the ship. That inspired part of the book. I don't make life easy for my characters. Janet X

Liz Harris said...

My sister and brother-in-law went to Antarctica a few years ago and absolutely loved it. It sounds a magical place. I look forward to seeing it through the pages of your novel.

Liz X

Janet Gover said...

I tried to do it justice, Liz. Hopefully you will be shivering (in a good way) as you read it. Janet

Beverley Eikli aka Beverley Oakley said...

It sounds like a book of real contrasts, Janet. I'm looking forward to it.

Chris Stovell said...

It might be set in Antarctica, Janet, but it's giving me a nice warm glow (and not just that sauna scene!). I didn't 'mean' to start it as my CL tbr pile is heaving, but I dipped into it and got hooked!

Janet Gover said...

Ah Chris - the sauna scene! I rather enjoyed writing that.
Beverley - hopefully you'll find the heat in the sauna a contrast to the cold outside. His name is Christopher - but you ladies can call him Kit. J X

Margaret Kaine said...

This sounds like an inspiring romantic read, Janet. Definitely one for me. And what an interesting life you have - and still do - lead. Fascinating.

Berni Stevens said...

Janet . . . I'm sure the taxman could be persuaded about the depth of your research . . . maybe?

I just loved this book - especially the hero who is scrumptious. I read it almost in one sitting (one very long sitting) because I simply couldn't put it down. I was rooting for the main characters from the word go!

Berni xxx

Janet Gover said...

Thank you Margaret. I have been very lucky. I've travelled to some amazing places and met many inspiring people. I have more stories in my head that I can possibly write. But I will try very hard.

Janet Gover said...

Thanks Berni. Those are the words a writer likes to hear the most.

angela britnell said...

Have it loaded on the Kindle ready to read and looking forward to it after all these lovely comments!