Castaway in the Caribbean

NEWS: Castaway in the Caribbean shortlisted for the Best Author Published Romance in the prestigious Love Stories Award in London!

Foreword by the Author

I was incredibly fortunate to spend the summer of 2014 in the Caribbean, writing and researching this novel while being continually distracted 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 ninety 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 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. However, it must be noted that it is a writer’s imagination that creates the story and, as such, all characters and situations in this book are entirely fictional and any resemblance to actual people - living or dead - especially pirates, events or locales, is entirely coincidental.

Janice xx

Castaway in the Caribbean

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 available from Amazon for Kindle and also in paperback format. It's also FREE on Kindle Unlimited on Amazon.


“Adventure, danger, romance and a backdrop to die for are all thrown in the mix to create a read that’s just perfect for whiling away a lazy summer afternoon.”

“The pace of the plot was great. I loved the settings, they really did come alive for me. The waterfall and the cave scenes took my breath away.” Jera’s Jamboree Book Blog

“If you want a fun adventure that is fast paced and mentions Treasure Island then this is for you.” Comet Babe’s Books 

“A very entertaining and fun read. Another great addition to the world of fiction by Janice Horton.” The Book Maven

“A lively romantic adventure, a nice and easy read that I found hugely entertaining, and enjoyable.” Books4U