In this fresh and very funny romantic comedy, one woman finds the answers she needs (plus a little love) on a trip into the stunning Australian desert.Sometimes the place you need to be isn't on the map ...

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  When Amber Jones wakes up in her sister Sage's speeding car, with no idea how she got there (though the hangover is a clue), all she wants to do is go home. But Sage is convinced a road trip to Alice Springs will finally answer the burning question: who is Amber’s father? Because nine months before Amber’s birth, her late mother Goldie made the same trip . . .
   Armed with just a name and Goldie’s diaries, Amber agrees to search for a man she’s never met in one of the world’s biggest deserts.
   And that means spending two weeks in a convoy of four-wheel-driving tourists and camping in freezing desert nights. To make matters worse, her fellow travellers hate her and the handsome tour leader Tom thinks she’s an alcoholic.
   But slowly the desert starts to reveal its secrets - and Amber must decide which horizon to follow . . .
Sometimes the place you need to be isn't on any map ...

Behind the Blurb ...

I wrote the original version of Amber and Alice about fifteen years ago after my husband and I took our kids on a tag-along camping trip into Central Australia. It was the first full manuscript I’d written and it was terrible! A few years ago, I found the pages in a drawer and started reading ... it was still terrible but I remembered my original idea and our fabulous holiday and I thought it would be fun to rewrite one day.

When I'm not writing as Janette Paul, I'm penning thrillers as Jaye Ford ... and when my publisher asked I'd like to write another romantic comedy, I decided my dark and gritty self needed a break and I jumped at the chance to revisit Amber and Alice. This version has new characters, a different plot and (let me assure you) is a much better book. And it still captures the essence of what made me put pen to paper the first time: the remote beauty of the Australian outback, my love/hate relationship with camping, and the strange thing that happens when you look back at your real life from a distance and find things you didn’t expect to find ... like a story you just have to tell.

Amber and Alice is out in June. To purchase or pre-order:
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