Friday, 2 December 2016


I'm building my 2017 Mailing List... 

in anticipation of sending out the OCCASIONAL newsletter in 2017 with news of my latest book releases and events and giveaways and special offers.

To get the ball rolling I'm giving everyone who subscribes to my mailing list a FREE BESTSELLER of mine that's filled with fun and top promo tips for authors and in fact anyone who wants to successfully promote, erm, I mean party, online.

How To Party Online is recommended reading for authors by top book bloggers and publishers as a proven marketing guide to successful online promotion.

My Gift to you!

'How To Party Online' is yours just for signing up to my mailing list!

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Note that there is also a link on this website on the top right sidebar.

My Promise To You

I promise not to spam you or drive you crazy in any way whatsoever - I'll only contact you if I have something interesting to say - and if you change your mind you can always click the easy to spot 'unsubscribe' button.

 Get your #FREE #BESTSELLER #EBOOK with my compliments!

'How To Party Online' will be emailed you in PDF and Kindle format.

After you sign up using the sign-up form I'll be auto-notified and I'll drop you an email. Then How To Party Online is yours to keep. 

Love from Janice xx

What some Amazon reviewers are saying:

“How to Party online' is clear and concise, written with Janice's trademark humour, well-illustrated by personal examples and detailed timetables to take you step by step through the process.”

“Janice also adds a very nice personal touch to it all with her charm and humour. In fact it's like getting help from a friend. You really should get a copy, after all, who doesn't love a party?!”

“Janice's parties are fun, inventive and has those elements that are vital for promotion - reader participation and heaps of fun!”

“This book explains, step-by-step, how to prepare for a book launch and do it with style! What I particularly liked about this book is the style in which it's written and the fact that there is a timeline to the planning.”

DG Life Magazine. "Janice has made it her business to get stuck into the whole self-publishing malarkey. Savvy enough to realise it's not enough to simply write, she's studied social media marketing until it could be her specialist subject on Mastermind. She can plan a book launch, maximise publicity, keep the momentum going after the first initial flush, and perhaps most of all, she knows how to make the whole thing fun, which is no mean feat". 

How To Party Online:

*Online parties are a fun way to launch your book or introduce your product and engage with your target audience.
*Social media applications are perfect forums for parties - the venue capacity is infinite, the guest list is global, and the fun and games can lead to bestselling success!
*This aim of this book is to show you how you can produce measurable results from your very first online party and while you are still working towards building up your social network.
*The purpose of this book is to walk and talk you through each step of the planning and implementation of four very different online promotional parties.
*Together we will look at how much work and effort is involved in implementing each step and we will experience the party format, explore the outcomes, and quantify all the successes.
*I'll show you how to make it lots of fun!

Comments from the party peeps themselves:

"I loved the parties because of the amazing fun and laughs we had - even if some of us ended up in twitter jail!"
"I liked the ways in which you involved others during these parties. They were great fun."
"Absolutely LOVE your blog parties!"
"The idea of having us post photos was brilliant in that it set up a series of interactions between lots of the different people who came - some of whom I'd never 'met' before."
"Love how you come up with such innovative ideas for each one."
"Great fun!"
"The party was a blast! I loved it."
"It was great being a part of something that involved so many different blogs. It was very unique and totally engaging!"
"I took part in the online party. What I enjoyed about it was reading all the other blogs that took part - everyone had something different."
"You have held some really fun and fab parties Janice. All have been great to join in!
"I've been to all of them and it would be difficult to pick out a favourite."
"What I think worked was that they were all different and each had an element of surprise."
"Asking 'guests' to do something specific ensured personal involvement - key to the success of any 'virtual' event."
"I enjoyed all your parties, Janice."
"The (party) was a lesson in how it should be done."
"A book of hints and tips is a great idea. Good luck with it!"

Friday, 4 November 2016

Bagpipes and Bullshot is on Countdown Promotion - 4th to 11th November!

Amazon Kindle Bestseller

Bagpipes and Bullshot

* Special Price Promotion *

Bagpipes and Bullshot is on Countdown Promotion from 4th to 11th November!

Look out for these special ads on social media and grab your copy now during the seven day countdown and while it's just 99p on Amazon UK and just  99c on Amazon US

Here are the Amazon links:

Amazon UK

Amazon Dotcom

A contemporary tale told with timeless Scottish romanticism and a knowing sense of humour, Bagpipes and Bullshot twists an everyday love story with a whole cast of village eccentrics into an entertaining play on rural life.


“Well done Janice Horton you have got the 5 star from me. What more can I ask for in a book than romance, light humour, descriptive writing and suspense.” Rea Book Reviews

“Bagpipes and Bullshot is an amusing, cleverly written, fun read with many moments that make you laugh out loud. Janice writes in such an expressive way in this romantic novel which I found very entertaining and an absolute pleasure to read.” Kim the Bookworm

“The plot is packed full of fun. Horton's great sense of humour shines through her skilfully drawn characters. A brilliantly entertaining read!” Talli Roland

“Scotland meets the Gulf coast of Texas in this enjoyable, light-hearted romance.” Kenneth Rosenberg

“This really is RomCom at its best in a rural setting.” Lou Graham

Bagpipes & Bullshot is available from Amazon for Kindle and also in paperback format

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Beautiful British Columbia…

After our incredibly busy summer spent on the Caribbean island of Utila, the smallest of the Bay Islands, Honduras, where I was working on my next novel 'Island in the Sun' while my husband Trav gained his PADI Staff Instructor certification and did his IYT Boat Captain course, as well as teaching scuba diving to students with the Operation Wallacea project, it was so wonderful to be able to take some time out at the end of it all to visit my family in Canada.

My mum’s brother Ed and his wife Dawn and my cousins and their families live in British Columbia. We’ve seen Ed and Dawn several times over the years when they have visited my mum in England and they have stayed with us when we were living in Scotland. Each time we have seen them they have always extended an invitation to come and stay with them in Canada and so at long last we were able to accept their kind offer!

We are off to visit family in Vancouver BC!

We arrived in Vancouver on the 28th of August and Ed and Dawn met us at the airport. By happy coincidence, the day we arrived was also my cousin Elise’s eldest daughter’s 7th birthday, so we were able to attend the party in Abbotsford straight from the airport and meet many family members whom we hadn’t met before including my little second cousins Brises and Jean. Afterwards, Ed and Dawn drove us back to their lovely home in the town of Hope. Yes, they really can say that they 'live in Hope!'

Birthday girl Brises with her fabulous birthday cake
Jean and Brises

Hope is a quirky small town surrounded by mountains and lakes. It is famous for its breath-taking scenery, its chainsaw carvings, and also for being the small town setting in the Sylvester Stallone movie ‘Rambo’.

Ed and Dawn can really say they 'live in Hope!'
With Ed and Dawn in the town of Hope BC
Me with a bear - one of Hope's many chainsaw carvings!

On Hope high street - a setting for the movie 'Rambo'

For our first day, the weather was sweltering - this part of Canada had been having a heatwave – and so we went down to the nearby Kawkawa Lake ( to go canoeing. It was the first time I’d tried canoeing and I absolutely loved it. It felt so amazing to be gliding so peacefully across this beautiful lake in such a fabulous landscape with Mount Hope soaring above us into the clear blue sky. It was one of those special ‘pinch me’ moments in life.

Canoodling on  KawKawa Lake

On the way home we stopped off at Tim Horton's coffee shop (we wondered if he was a relative?) and also at a corn field to buy a bag of corn to go with our BBQ that evening – the cooking to be done by Trav and Ed – while Dawn and I enjoyed the hot tub!

Trav wonders if Tim Horton is a lost relative...

British Columbia is a place to indulge in outdoor activities and although the heatwave didn’t last very long into our trip, we managed to enjoy lots of outdoor hikes and trails, including the local historic Othello train tunnels that over one hundred years ago were cut into the granite mountain for ill-fated Kettle Valley Railway. ( While we were there we watched from the bridges to see mature salmon trying to leap up waterfalls in the violently rushing river below. It was incredible!

We looked out for bears around Lynn Canyon Park and walked across it’s exciting suspension bridge ( We explored The Great Blue Heron Reserve at Chilliwack ( and mountain hikes in the wild and fabulous Manning Park ( where summer shorts could still be worn – albeit it was a bit chilly around the knees at the top of the mountain!

On other days, we visited the town of Harrison Hot Springs where we had fish and chips. We also indulged in visiting the local Dead Frog Brewery ( to sample their strange fruity craft beers with bizarre names like the classically named 'Big Stump' and the ‘Weeping Reaper’ - a lager flavoured with blood orange or 'The Nutty Uncle' which is a beer flavoured with peanut butter!

Sampling craft beer at the Dead Frog Brewery!

We also visited one of the many wineries in the area to try the local wines, which at the Backyard Winery ( were served with a platter of delicious cheeses. Mmmm cheese and wine – two of my very favourite things in life!

In the vineyard 

All of these amazing experiences were punctuated with lovely evenings at home with Ed and Dawn, enjoying tasty BBQ food or Ed’s delicious Pad Thai, looking through old family photo albums and appreciating Ed and Dawn’s passion and talent for art by admiring their many paintings. Dawn plays the piano beautifully and entertained us by playing jazz and songs we could sing along to. It was all so wonderful and such fun!

My Uncle Ed and Aunt Dawn

A highlight with which we concluded our trip (although there must be of course a million other wonderful experiences to choose from in Canada) we drove north of Vancouver to go to Whistler ( - home of Whistler Mountain – famous for its ski resort, for being the venue of the 2010 Winter Olympics and for having the Peak to Peak Gondola – the highest and longest gondola ride of its kind in the world!

In September, pre-season, the only snow around is on the top of the mountain – which of course is also where the best view is - so I had to conquer my fear of heights to take two gondolas to reach the ski resort area up on Whistler Mountain and from there an open chair lift to the very top. It was breath-takingly beautiful but also incredibly scary to sit in a chair with your legs dangling and only a bar between you and the rocky and icy glaciers below!

I finally found a bear!

What an amazing time we had! Thank you so much to my lovely Uncle Ed and Aunt Dawn for being such fabulous fun, for being so hospitable, for taking the time to show us around their beautiful country and for so generously sharing their lovely home. Thank you also to my cousin Elise and her husband Doug and their girls Brises and Jean for welcoming us to their home and to Brises’ birthday party. It was a great opportunity for us to meet Doug’s family also. Thank you to Dawn’s sister Melanie and family for sharing their home with us in Vancouver when we were on route to Whistler. It was wonderful, while at Melanie’s house that we also got to meet lovely Helen, mum to the family, and also Dawn and Melanie’s sister Katherine. We are sorry that on this trip we never got to meet Stephen, the brother of the family, or my cousin Chris and his wife Trina and family as they live much further north in a town called Terrace, BC. Next time perhaps?

Trav and I on Cypress Mountain Road overlooking Vancouver

Trav and I flew from Vancouver back to Houston and from there we flew, like birds on migration, onto warmer climes in Asia, where Trav and I are planning new adventures. My next post will be about our wonderful weekend in Kuala Lumpur, meeting up with our middle son James and his lovely Korean wife Sujeong, as they celebrate their second wedding anniversary. After which, Trav and I flew on to Bali (our very first trek into Indonesia) and to the tropical paradise of the Gili Islands, three tiny islands off the island of Lombock, which are easy to get to by boat from Bali.

Until next time… do feel free to leave me a message/comment as I promise to reply as soon as I get an internet connection. If you are interesting in seeing more of my travel posts do please explore previous posts and also feel free to check out any of my e-magazine travel features by clicking on the picture icons/links on the sidebar. If you are interested in any of my books, then by clicking the 'preview' tabs you can read a sample of the book for free without going to the buy page on Amazon.

Love Janice xx