Castaway in the Caribbean
More fun than you’ll find in any travel brochure…
"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.…"
Castaway in the Caribbean is a perfect summary read. Grab a cool drink, sit in the sunshine and devour this tropical romance. If I'm honest, I didn't expect the book to be so jam-packed with adventure, I thought it would be more a 'boy-meets-girl-will-they-fall-in-love' type story (which, to some extent it is) but I was surprised by just how much of the storyline is focused on adventure, not just romance, which made for an interesting and exciting story.
The characters in the story are great, especially Travis. Oh, Travis. He is gruff, handsome and just wonderful. I loved seeing his thoughts and feelings towards Janey develop and change as they got to know each other. Following Travis and Janey on their adventures on the island is really special, and I love seeing how different they are and how the island and goings-on changes them from how they were at the start of the story, to how they are at the end.
Of course, I can't talk about this book without mentioning the location which is absolutely brilliant. You can really tell how much research Janice conducted to ensure the description of the place is perfect, and it really pays off. Straight away you're transported to a hot, beautiful island that sounds idyllic (maybe minus the pirates!) It's left me craving a holiday and some sunshine!
Overall this is a great, enjoyable book that is perfect for summer reading. If you haven't already, definitely get a copy and prepare to be transported to to the sunny climes of the Caribbean.
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 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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