I am so appreciative of being invited to do blog tours, and especially with the case of Sky’s The Limit. I have been able to submerge myself wholly into climates afar and smell the aromas of differing places with this delicious read; it is one that will take your breath away and is the perfect tonic for a summer’s eve.
‘Sky is devastated when she finds that her husband is in love with someone else, even more that it is her oldest friend Nick. She has lost the two most important men in her life and can’t ever trust either of them again.
To escape, she goes alone on a dream trip to Marrakesh and meets Gail, on a mission to meet the father of her child, a man she loved but thought did not want her.
In Marrakesh, Sky and Gail both find unexpected joys – and surprises. For Sky these lead to France, to a beautiful chateau and a family whose relationships seem as complicated as her own.’
From the moment I clasped open this book to the second I turned its final page, I cannot help but commend Janie for the way she fabulously pours her soul into each character and helps them creatively be a part of this story. Sky’s The Limit is about taking chances, reuniting love and finding inner peace. And the spell-binding locations of Marrakech and South West France really add emphasis to the exoticness and simplicity of this tale.
This is a thought-provoking read of how your life can change so drastically. The characters feel real, the settings are utter perfection, and the storyline is exquisite. I felt heat and passion seep through the pages and grab a hold of my heart, Janie really is a ‘storytelling queen’.
Sky’s The Limit is a book that I will not be forgetting in a hurry, and one that I encourage you to explore yourself. And to top it all off, I am sharing with you now a heart-felt, beautiful piece that Janie has wrote to share with you on my Blog today:
‘Just as I was starting to write Sky’s The Limit and a week before my fiftieth birthday I was diagnosed with cancer. I can recall the moment with absolute clarity. My gorgeous oncologist looking at me with his gentle blue eyes, telling me the news, holding my hand and whispering “bon courage” – he was not being pretentious – I live in France.
Now whilst I would not wish cancer and the attendant treatments on my worst enemy, neither would I turn back the clock. It was a life changing experience and I am a different person because of it – not necessarily better – just different.
I still marvel at the incredible dignity, strength and courage that I witnessed in others and tried very hard, without much success, to emulate. I still marvel at the kindness and patience of the medical team, and I still marvel at the amazing support I received from my husband, family and friends. It taught me how much I value them and it also taught me who my real friends were!
I thought a lot about the importance of friendship during this time and that is one of the main themes in Sky’s The Limit. How much can a friendship take before it starts to crumble?
I also learned a lot about myself. I thought I knew everything about myself but actually I didn’t, and this discovery was intriguing.
I learned that I looked good in a pink wig, but not so good in blonde curls. Losing my hair was hideous and I never want that to happen again, but it did have a strange effect on me. I became a blank canvas so to speak – my various whacky wigs allowed me to explore facets of my character that I never knew existed. Bizarre as it may sound, I actually had a great deal of fun with my wigs. I have always loved dressing up – perhaps that is what lured me to the stage all those years ago: I love becoming someone else.
I didn’t do much writing during my treatment despite my grand plans but I did do a hell of a lot of thinking – frequently under the influence of heavy drugs and maybe this is reflected in the book.
I thought constantly about my characters. I began to know them so well, they lived with me for about five months before I actually committed them to paper. They became as real to me as the people around me. I knew exactly what they were feeling at any given moment of the day. I wish that I could have the luxury of this time for every book.
But most of all cancer taught me to value life. I don’t mean I count my blessings every single day – I don’t, and I still get stressed about stupid things that have no relevance to the big picture. But I have learned to take joy in just being here and being alive. And I wanted to inject some of that feeling into my book. Sure, I wanted to make people think, but I wanted them to feel uplifted and jubilant too.’
Thank you so much to both Janie and Dome Press for opening me up to different surroundings and relationships with the perfect read that is Sky’s The Limit. I really appreciate my review copy.