Review & Giveaway: Castaway in the Carribean by Janice Horton

Castaway in the Caribbean

More fun than you’ll find in any travel brochure…

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Vacationing on the beautiful Caribbean island of Antigua, Janey Sinclair is persuaded by her magazine editor boss to do a quick island hop in order to supervise an impromptu photo-shoot for the front cover. With no flights immediately available, Janey is directed to the harbour.

Captain Travis Mathews hates tourists, although he’s not above making a bit of money off a prissy and sharp tongued young British girl when she’s desperate to get to the neighbouring island of Tortola.

After striking a deal, they set off together in Travis’s weather-beaten old boat. When the vessel comes to a sudden full stop in the sea, the mismatched pair end up as castaways on an uninhabited island.

In this fast moving romantic adventure about a vacation that turns into a tropical nightmare there’s more fun than you’ll find in any travel brochure.

My Thoughts

Awesome little ‘Hide-away-from-rest-of-the-world’ book! I will pick this one up many times in the future for a little getaway from reality.

I absolutely loved and adored this book, it took me away right when I needed it the most into the blue waters of the Carribean with all the yummy ingredients there as well. Sun, Sea, Cocktails, adventure, danger and a very wrong engagement.

Why a very wrong engagement? It is because I thought from the very beginning that Janey and Mark should not be together, Mark wants a trophy wife and Janey tried her best to be one, but there is more in her. A fire and a spirit…. And I was glad that we are able to see that side from her throughout this book.
Mark doesn’t like Janey working for her ‘silly’ magazine and when Janey needs to go another island for a photoshoot that almost goes wrong she ends up on a boat with Captain Travis Matthews. Travis is one serious weird, funny and hot bloke! Travis reassures her she will be where she needs to be and in the middle the boat stops working…. BUT the adventures for these two begin!
They run into pirates, old tales treasures and need to find a way to survive. For Travis it means to be more open and see Janey for who she really is and for Janey it means find her innerself and be the one person she knows she is.

All in all I absolutely loved this book and I will definitely read this more often as it is a perfect escapism for me.

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Message from the Author

I was incredibly fortunate to spend the summer of 2014 in the Caribbean, writing and researching this novel. I found it challenging only in the respect of being continually distracted from the manuscript by the tropical sunshine, the white sand beaches, the warm aquamarine sea, rum cocktails, and the fabulous social scene on offer. Many of these distractions are well documented on my website, blog and Facebook page, if you are interested in reading the details and seeing the photos!

For the purposes of proper research for Castaway in the Caribbean, I travelled to and explored many Caribbean islands and, despite my tendency for sea sickness, I also spent a lot of time in boats. I even got to sail around Tortola, the larger of the British Virgin Islands, in a restored schooner that had been used in the filming of the original Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

The Virgin Islands inspired me with the modern day setting for Castaway in the Caribbean because, of this chain of around 90 small islands, islets, cays and rocks in the Caribbean Sea, many are uninhabited.

I eventually settled down to write this romantic adventure story on the Caribbean island of Utila, the smaller of the Bay Islands, just off the coast of Honduras. Likened to the Key West of long ago, Utila is a quaint, unspoilt and laid-back little island. Sitting on the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, it is also a paradise for scuba diving, which is exactly was what my husband was doing every day while I was busy writing this story.

Research is a valuable tool for a writer, so I do hope all the fun and adventure I had in the Caribbean has found its way into the pages of Castaway in the Caribbean.

Janice xx

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Janice Horton writes contemporary romantic fiction with a dash of humour and a sense of adventure. Look out for Janice’s new release for 2015 ‘Castaway in the Caribbean’ and her Amazon Kindle bestselling books ‘Bagpipes and Bullshot’ and ‘Reaching for the Stars’ and her fun ‘Voodoo Romance’ series of novellas. Her nonfiction guide to online promotion ‘How To Party Online’ is recommended reading for all authors and writers by publishers. Janice is a regular blogger from her website at janicehorton.co.uk and you’ll also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Promo Post & Giveaway: A Matter of Temperance by Ichabod Temperance

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A Matter of Temperance

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In 1869, the Earth experiences the close pass of a new comet. In its wake, thousands of Terra’s inhabitants find themselves strangely changed. Among humanity, many find that any talent they may naturally possess has been elevated to an astounding degree. Likewise, a number of animals become self-aware and intelligent. A young “comet prodigy” from humble beginnings, Ichabod Temperance, has become one of the world’s foremost inventors in this age of prolific genius. Traveling to England to deliver his latest brilliant device to a famous explorer, the young tinker is unexpectedly struck by the fearsome hand of fate. Meanwhile, a lovely young aristocrat, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, survives an experimental accident only to find herself imbued with a power she can neither understand nor control, while dark forces and malevolent creatures pursue her, leaving a gruesome wake of death.
Yet, worse is to come. The naïve young inventor and the lovely intellectual find themselves fighting not only to save their own lives, while concurrently coming to terms with their own budding romance, but to prevent the destruction of all life on Earth in this humorously told and poignant steampunk adventure!

This is the first book in the series, ‘The Adventures of Ichabod Temperance’. There are six books. Though in a series, each book is a stand-alone adventure.

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ickyandkitkaIchabod Temperance is a silly little fellow living in picturesque Irondale Alabama, USA, with his lovely, gracious and kind muse, Miss Persephone Plumtartt and their furry pack family.

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Promo Post: No Turning Back by Christina Niedekker

Welcome at the Promo post of No Turning Back by Christina Niedekker. I have got this book ready to review and I can’t wait to start this story! I love Romance books especially if they are combined with adventure and this book has got it all. Previously released as a Dutch Book in April 2012 with the title: Geen Weg Terug, I was excited to know it is now published in English so I can share it with all you guys.

Well enjoy the promo post and let me know in the comments what you think!

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No Turning Back by Christina Niedekker

Publisher: America Star Books

Release Date: 29th January 2015

Buy Links: Amazon UK – Amazon US 

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This is a book full of excitement, adventure, intrigue, and romance. Diane is forced to smuggle diamonds into France. The reason is that her brother passed away after an accident and left behind a dubious debt with Barend Nijman, a prominent figure in the underworld. Threatened by him, she tries hard to keep her mother away from prison. Hired by Nijman, the attractive gypsy Antonio helps Diane in undertaking the dangerous journey to France. The plan is to make it as unobtrusive as possible. However, they cannot count on Russella who firmly intends to bring them down.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?

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My thoughts:

Now I can her you say a review? Of Harry Potter? Have you never read these before? Well this is a Re-read, but 1st time in English as other books were read in Dutch many moons ago! And with many moons ago I mean, many moons ago. Way before I moved to the UK! It must have been 2005 at least.

It is really lovely to read these books and knowing the films inside and out, how much of the books have been kept in the films and what has been slight different changes, subtle changes, that have been made. Of course these must’ve been made for the film and the flow.

The book was wonderful and amazing and I love reading more about the interaction between Harry, Ron and Hermoine. But also between these three and the rest of the school.

This is definitely something I would keep reading and hopefully one day when I am blessed with kids, I will read this to them when they’re old enough.