Monday, August 11, 2014

A Novel Adventure by: Robena Grant

Do you like to walk the terrain of your book? To me there is nothing quite like exploring the location and setting for a novel. I like to capture the sounds, smells, and the local dialect. Come on along with me and explore the setting for my romantic suspense: Gone Tropical.

It’s the northernmost part of Queensland, Australia, or what the Aussie’s call it: Far North. If you fly into Cairns international airport you’ll then drive north to the fascinating Daintree rainforest, Cape Tribulation, and on to historic Cooktown. Go even further north you’ll get to Cape York Peninsula. This is called The Tip. It’s a stone’s throw from Papua New Guinea.

As you travel up the coast from Cairns, The Great Barrier Reef and its gorgeous islands will be to the east, inland there’s the Atherton Tableland, and further west the outback. My Aussie siblings, and my mom, stayed with me at an isolated lodge in the rainforest. It’s fabulous country where cell phones don’t often work, some roads require a 4WD, it’s hot and steamy and you’ll almost always need a hat. Insects, snakes, flies, jelly fish, stingrays, crocodiles, mosquitos, and an odd cyclone or two might stir your imagination. I know they all stirred mine. What an adventure. A perfect place to put a young American woman tracking a thieving ex-husband, and a P.I. sent to protect her.

If you’re looking for a romantic setting to warm your heart, and your toes, curl up with this romantic suspense/adventure and fall a little bit in love with Jake Turner. : ) Available as an eBook in all formats, and in print (not Jake, just the book.) http://amzn.com/B00HJE3UAC

But first, lunch:

Robena Grant
www.robenagrant.com


13 comments:

Janie Emaus said...

I've always wanted to go to Australia. I may have to set a book there! Although you've got that area covered.

Charlene Sands said...

It looks so beautiful and tropical there. You're lucky to know the area and write such great authentic stories from areas that you know and some that can explore on your visits. I've never been to Australia, but it's a place I would love to see one day.

Dee J. said...

Wow! That definitely sounds like an amazing adventure. Always wanted to visit Australia, too. Hopefully one of these days.

Robena Grant said...

Hey, I've got an idea. Writer retreat in Australia! I'll be your guide. *grin* Thanks for stopping by ladies. Happy Monday!

Samanthe Beck said...

Hubs and I were lucky enough to visit Aus. back in 2000. We loved Sydney, Cairns, & snorkeling along the GBR. Since then, our dream has been the endless summer--6 mos. in So.Cal & 6 mos. down undah. But until we can work that out, I will have to visit via the pages of GONE TROPICAL. ;)

Robena Grant said...

Thanks, Samanthe. You hit some fabulous spots in Australia. Next time include the Hunter Valley wine district in NSW. That's were the "fam" live. The wines are wonderful. : )

Lynne Marshall said...

Love the setting for Gone Tropical, Robena. That was a fun book.

Robena Grant said...

Thanks, Lynne. I really enjoyed writing this one. Glad you liked it too!

Robin Bielman said...

I'm dying to go back to Australia! I was there when I was 13 - so a looong time ago - and have some wonderful memories of Sydney. One of these days…

Have I told you how much I love the title of this book, Roben? :)

Nia Simone said...

I love how you shared what inspired Gone Tropical, Robena! And I loved the book. Highly recommended.

Robena Grant said...

Robin B. I had no clue you'd ever visited Australia. I do hope you get to return. And Nia, I know you have visited. ; )Thanks for the kind words on Gone Tropical.

RoseAnn DeFranco said...

Thank you for this lovely trip to Australia! I just love your writing, Robena. Great pictures as well!

Robena Grant said...

Thanks for dropping by, RoseAnn, and for the praise. Coming from you that says a lot. : )