Have you ever been to a wedding where white doves are released in a symbolic gesture by the happy couple. It’s a lovely moment. Very romantic. But I have to say, when it comes to romance and feathers – nothing beats the humble penguin.
Penguins usually live in huge colonies – numbering in the tens of thousands. In the midst of this seething mass, they form strong monogamous pairs. A bird returning to the beach will instantly find it’s mate and its nest among thousands of almost identical birds. How romantic is that?
And think about the Emperor penguins in the Antarctic. After huddling together to survive the freezing winter, the male bird will cross a hundred kilometres of bare ice to bring food to his mate – or die in the attempt. That’s what I call hero material!
Even James Bond doesn’t look any better in a tux. And best of all, whenever people look at penguins they smile. Go – admit it. You smiled when you looked at the picture, didn’t you?
The reason I wax lyrical about penguins is because there are penguins on the cover of my new book for Choc Lit Lite… and everyone likes a book with penguins on the cover. Particularly when they are holding hands (flippers?) and gazing at the rising sun.
There are penguins in the book too – about 4 million of them.
Bring Me Sunshine is a story about a girl who accidentally travels to the coldest and most remote place on the planet – and as she does, brings light and laughter to a man who has been alone for far too long. And it’s the story of a man who would go to the ends of the earth for the woman he loves.
I think the penguins would probably approve.