This month, we’re delighted to welcome a new guest, the winner of the Libertà Books Shorter Romantic Novel Award, Jane Godman. Jane writes thrillers and paranormals for Harlequin Mills & Boon and St Martin’s Press and self-publishes historical and gothic stories as well! Quite a range and certainly enough to keep her very busy.
Jane Godman is much travelled too. Born in Scotland, she’s lived in Germany, Wales, Malta, South Africa, and England. Jane says she still gets the urge to travel, but these days she prefers to head for a Spanish beach, or a European city that is steeped in history.
When she isn’t reading or writing romance, Jane likes cooking, spending time with her family, and enjoying the antics of her dogs, Gravy and Vera. For more about them, read on…
Puppy love — Vera’s Story
He was unlike anyone she’d ever met before. A darkly handsome Highlander, with perfect features and melting brown eyes.
She wasn’t even going to try to pronounce his name, but it was intensely attractive to her.
Aloof and distant, he ignored her efforts to be friendly, turning away when she approached, and sometimes even leaving the room when she walked in.
In desperation. she tried all the things she’d heard about how to impress a guy.
Be fun and exciting.
But when she’d dug holes in the garden and buried all his favourite belongings, he hadn’t found it even remotely amusing.
Be spontaneous and unpredictable.
She’d given him a demonstration of her free-running technique. It was met with stony silence. When she showed off her footballing skills, he was equally unimpressed.
Look good and smell great.
This one was easy. She wasn’t vain, but she came from a long line of legendary beauties. And she knew, from the way he surreptitiously sniffed the air as she passed, that he liked the way she smelled.
Leave the room in a memorable manner.
It was probably best if she glossed this. That time she’d got her head stuck under the stair-gate?
It was memorable, but it hadn’t been her finest hour.
Since it seemed that nothing she did worked, she might as well give up.
Puppy Love — Gravy’s Story
What was he going to do about the skinny red-head with the snub nose and long, Bambi legs?
An untamed child of the borders, she had no idea about personal space. He’d heard about families like hers. Living wild, running free. It was almost as if they enjoyed their rough-and-tumble savagery. Well, there was no way she was going to get him to join in with those games.
Her eating habits were atrocious. After inhaling her own dinner, she’d often try to steal his. He was horrified at this breach of etiquette, but his rebukes were met with unconcern, followed by flagrant attempts to charm others into food-sharing.
And everywhere he went, she was there. Bumping her hip against his when they walked side-by-side, kissing him on the lips first thing in the morning, squeezing up next to him in his favourite place on the sofa.
Didn’t she know he had a job to do?
His role as head of security took up every waking moment. He had no time for distractions.
After being on his own for so long, it was nice to have company, even if she had turned his ordered life upside-down. Having her warm body snuggled up next to him in his bed on a cold night wasn’t such a hardship after all. For her, he might even get used to sharing his food.
Puppy Love — Jane tells the real story?
Gravy is a four-year-old Cairn Terrier. He takes himself, and his role as family protector, very seriously. Although he has accepted Vera, he still looks at me sometimes as if he’s wondering what the hell I was thinking and whether it might be time for her to go back.
Vera is a six-month-old Border Terrier. She is inquisitive, full of mischief, and very agile and springy. Content to let Gravy do all the dog stuff, she hasn’t even barked yet.
More about Jane Godman
Must admit to being a sucker for dogs and these two sound adorable, don’t they? Many thanks to Jane (and Gravy, and Vera) for sharing their stories with us.
Jane’s prizewinning book is at the top of this blog, but the latest Jane Godman is just out.
It’s another romantic suspense, shown below:
Colton’s Secret Bodyguard (The Coltons of Roaring Springs)
His mission: keep her safe, no matter what…
Just as Bree Colton is about to take the local art world by storm, someone is determined to sabotage her success…unless Rylan Bennet can keep her safe. Bree doesn’t want anyone to protect her—not even gorgeous Rylan, whose secrets threaten them both.
But can the former soldier win the battle for Bree’s heart and the war against a sinister foe?
Available at Amazon.co.uk and Mills & Boon
You can find out more about Jane Godman and her books on her website
or follow her on Twitter @JaneGodman. She’s also on Facebook and Goodreads.
Gravy and Vera sound adorable, Jane!
Good luck with new book
Thank you, Jan! Gravy and Vera keep me busy…
I love this! It sounds like quite a romance, Jane!
Hi Liz! I think Gravy would have preferred a girl who didn’t bite his toes, but true love never did run smooth 🙂
Romantic k9 tale.