Out now:
Thank You for the Kiss

Thank You for the Kiss

Hello and welcome to my website.I'm Beth Jordan and my brand new book Thank You for the Kiss is out now.The title is a hint of the story as it unfolds over the course of nine months in Cuba, a period of pregnant moments, giving birth to the unexpected.You can read more about it here, and you can order a copy directly from this site.And the Kindle e-book is now available too.

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Thank You for the Kiss

Thank You for the Kiss

A tropical island drenched in diverse cultures and peoples...

About the Author

Beth Jordan

Find out more about Beth and why she wrote Thank You for the Kiss

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Thank You for the Kiss

A tropical island drenched in diverse cultures and peoples. A place of vibrant and dangerous liaisons. A country still in a time warp, its cities bathed in faded glory, its people still living an old man’s dreams.Gina travels to Cuba for a long-awaited holiday. She wanders into paradise amid the lushness and enchantment of welcoming, smiling people, who celebrate her arrival by sacrificing a pig. As she witnesses its slaughter she begins to wonder if she too will become a part of this sacrifice.She’s well-travelled and thinks she is worldly wise, until by chance she meets a young Cuban in a darkened club in Havana. His beguiling eyes are more dangerous than a snake, his strike more deadly than its venom. He steals her mind and leaves behind a torrent of emotional destruction. But snakes twist and turn as they slither, and the ending of this story may not be as you imagine.Constant murmurings and whispers of be careful, take care, cuidate, follow her.She should have listened. She should have read the signs. She should have known better.What made her ignore all those warnings?Thank You for the Kiss, a memoir, is a story inspired by real-life events, unexpected, powerful and shocking.

Thank You for the Kiss

Reader Reviews

As you open this book, be prepared to be transported to the hot Caribbean climate with its intoxicating aromas and pulsating salsa beat. Gina was captivated by the beguiling nature of Cuba but got more than she bargained for. But take care, as everything is not as it seems when she meets Alex.This book will appeal to adventurers with romantic inclinations but there is a warning to be on their guard against the allure of the magnetic pull of this fabulous but complicated country, due to the prevalent insidious poverty.I recommend this book to you, which is part memoir and part fiction, based on Beth’s personal experience of her time in Cuba.– Christine BeechPowerful and shocking, starting with heady, hopeful days and moving towards something much darker and thought-provoking. I was completely hooked!– Hannah Powell, author of The Cactus Surgeon

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Thank You for the Kiss


Paperback copies of Thank You for the Kiss are available to pre-order for £10.00, with UK* delivery options of 1st Class (£4.95) or 2nd Class (£3.85).Click the appropriate button below and you’ll be taken to a secure page operated by our trusted payments partner Stripe.com and returned to this site after your payment.

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As well as the paperback, there will be a limited number of hardbacks signed by the author available only directly from this website.The exclusive signed hardback with dust jacket is available for £19.99 with UK* delivery options of 1st Class (£4.95) or 2nd Class (£3.85).

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Order a limited-edition hardback along with a copy of the paperback that you gan give someone as a gift – £28.50 with UK* delivery options of 1st Class (£4.95) or 2nd Class (£3.95).

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About Beth Jordan

I have always felt a misfit with a burning rebellious soul and a thirst for knowledge of global cultures, especially the cross-cultural peoples of the world.I was born in India of Anglo-Indian/Eurasian parents, residing in old colonial railway colonies. We lived a charmed but borrowed european lifestyle, attending catholic convents, far from home and being taught by narrow-minded nuns. I escaped my early cloistered life through my parents’ immigration to the UK. Barely here I landed back in the arms of more nuns, until a further escape at sixteen to a teenage life of college.I followed in the footsteps of family into careers in nursing, teaching, and then breaking free by setting up my own business in design and textiles, manufacturing out of China and India.Love, marriage and a child came along to divert the course of my life but I continued studying, particularly anthropology, which further fired my passion for travel and cultures similar to my own. I wrote down their stories, kept copious notes, and gradually melded them with my own heritage. Diary keeping and photography became an obsession and soon, I became a scribbler, until my scribbles became my debut novel – Thank You for the Kiss.

Beth Jordan


Launch Event Video


Here's the video from my book launch for Thank You for the Kiss.Many thanks for everyone who could attend at the time.



My book is now officially launched and I can call myself an Author or Writer. I have new choices.I shall be organising reading days at my local libraries in and around the Highlands of Scotland and will post dates/times/places on Facebook as well as here.I'm still in a state of shock that I've got myself over the line, with the help of many people, and published this book.  I need to stop for a while and let it all sink in.I'm also hoping to get my book into Waterstones and am awaiting this news.

Thank You for the Kiss

Two weeks to go


My book comes out in two weeks!Thank You for the Kiss is a memoir based on real life events, set in a country steeped in memories. Those memories which in some way have held back a country and at the same time, created an atmosphere of being in a time warp, which intrigues and enchants visitors, often not as they may expect.
The story's protagonist finds herself in a similar situation when she arrives in Cuba on holiday, and its pervading sense of time-warp encloses itself around her, leading her to make decisions she would not normally make.

Thank You for the Kiss

Hello and Welcome


Hello and welcome to my new website! I'll soon be launching my debut book Thank You for the Kiss, and this is where you'll be able to see all my news up to and around the publication.The title is a hint of the story as it unfolds over the course of nine months in Cuba, a period of pregnant moments, giving birth to the unexpected.Thank You for The Kiss is a story inspired by real-life events, part memoir, part fiction, but which part will you believe?The book is due out on 14th March 2023, but if you want to be kept informed of publication news, simply put your email address in the 'sign up for news' box on the homepage.

Thank You for the Kiss


All photographs on this page are © Beth Jordan, all rights reservedClick on an image to see it full-sized

First day in Havana – Sunday Worship

Intriguing Havana – Old and New

Classic Images of Havana

Faces of Cuba


Trinidad, Cuba

He's not in a prison, but behind the bars in the safety of his house

Che Lives on in Havana

Down Obispo Street, balcony life

Moko Jumbie – Festival in Havana

Music – the Rhythm of Cuba


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