Today I’m hosting Joy Campbell on her Island Adventure Romance Blog Tour. Joy is an award-winning Jamaican writer who is always on the lookout for story-making material. Take it away Joy————
I’m not sure why I decided to write romance, scratch that, I’ve been a fan of romance for a long time. Before I left primary school, I was reading romance novels that were introduced to me by another girl in my class, Sharon.
In the late 70s in Jamaica, all that was available were Mills & Boon & Harlequin romances. What I remember most about them was mega-rich heroes and timid and intimidated (mostly blonde) females, who were usually whisked off someplace exotic for one reason or another. The writers who come readily to mind are Betty Neels (deceased) who wrote over 130 romances and Anne Mather, who has 160 books to her credit. Anybody remembers Barbara Cartland (deceased)? I don’t know how she did it, but during her career, she wrote over 700 books. Talk about creativity, I’d have run out of things to say long before I got to 100 stories.
I cut my teeth on books by these writers and started my own version of romance writing, such as it was, by the time I got to high school. Back then, my novels were scribbled in exercise books that I taped together for story continuity. These were passed around and devoured by my classmates. One would think I’d have continued writing, but no, I shelved that for twenty years.
Needless to say, the face of romance has changed drastically over the years. No longer do we see the shy virgin, who by the end of the novel has her first foray into sex. These days, it’s right up front on the opening pages in some cases and mainly we see experienced women who know what they want from a man and a relationship.
Still, romance is my genre of choice and I’ve gone the path of the adventurer. Along with romance, my Island Adventure Romance novels feature some kind of intrigue. Blackmail, kidnapping, murder, software piracy, you name it, I’ve got it. The next book in this series, Grudge, features a heroine who is stalked relentlessly. I’m not giving away more than that. You’ll have to wait until December to find out what that story is about, but if you would like a taste of Grudge, feel free to click this link.
Sign up on the Rafflecopter if you’d like a chance to read the books in this series or win a gift card. Also, feel free to download Anya’s Wish, which is a complimentary novella from the Island Adventure Romance series.
A SNEAK PREVIEW AT THE COVER OF JOY’S NEXT BOOK————–
J.L. Campbell lives in Jamaica and writes romantic suspense, women’s fiction and young adult novels. She also writes non-fiction and is a certified editor. Visit her on the web at http://www.joylcampbell.com or at her Amazon page. She’s enjoys good company, so feel free to follow her on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.
His pupils, clad in yellow shirts and maroon jerseys, sit on plastic chairs with school bags on their laps to press on. Desks or tables are a luxury they do not have.
Sitting in neck-straining positions, they deftly work through the problems with Mpapane and give the correct answers in unison.
At the end of the year, Mpapane is aiming to get no fewer than 10 distinctions from this class of 75 pupils.
It’s not an empty boast. Mpapane has an impressive 15-year track record and he doesn’t intend to slack off now.
Mpapane and his enthusiastic pupils are just one part of the success story of the schools situated in the sugar cane and citrus-rich Nkomazi region bordering Mozambique and Swaziland.
The schools are badly underresourced and Nkomazi is beset by common South African social problems: grinding poverty, joblessness and child-headed households.
But the Nkomazi region’s overall matric pass rate has consistently over the past few years been above 70% and some individual schools consistently achieve above 90%.
When he’s not teaching grades 10, 11 and 12 classes at Nkomazi High school, he traverses villages in his Ford Focus or in taxis to help other schools – FOR FREE!
The married father of 10 children spends his OWN MONEY, and clocks in to work on weekends and public holidays too.
“I want the kids to get better jobs and live better lives than myself and their parents,” Mpapane said.
“Every day I work with the children until 6.30pm. When I have money for petrol, I use my car to teach at other schools and when I’m short of cash, I board taxis.”
In a world where the word ‘hero’ is thrown around left and right, Mpapane is evidence that true heroism belongs to those who have pursued their visions against whatever odds the world has thrown up against them.
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Do you have a hero? You still have time to participate in the bloghop. Add your name to the linky over at Joy’s blog.
Whacky Words will return next week! So watch out for that!
Happy NaNoWriMo to all those participating! Break a pencil! (Maybe I’ll join you guys one of these years….. 🙄 )