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Thursday, June 22, 2017

AN INSPIRING STORY ABOUT BECOMING A DOCTOR


This is my latest “Woman in Action” article that appears in “The Punch” on page 15 today about Dr. Sherelle Ferguson. Her story about how she became a doctor and her passion for Family Medicine is quite inspiring. 

The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in Action” column every Thursday, with my articles usually appearing every other Thursday.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

THE “TINY WINDOWS” OF SHORT STORIES



“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.” – Neil Gaiman

That’s the way many readers seem to feel about books of short stories. Not only did my book “Sunbeams from the Heart – A Collection of Twelve Romantic Short Stories” make Amazon's top 100 paid best-sellers' list in the Literature & Fiction/Short stories category shortly after it was first released, but it was next to Stephen King’s “Hearts in Atlantis” in Amazon's Best Sellers in Literary Short Stories! Mr. King’s book was number 67 and Sunbeams from the Heart number 69.

The following month, Sunbeams from the Heart again made the top 100 paid bestsellers' list in the Literature & Fiction/Short Stories category, this time alongside Agatha Christie's “Miss Marple - The Complete Short Stories”. Miss Marple was number 45 and Sunbeams number 44.

“This collection of short, romantic stories is heart-warming and beautiful,” wrote a reviewer about “Sunbeams from the Heart”. “I was impressed by the way the author developed each plot and took the reader on a lovely journey of nostalgia, leaving a wonderful feeling inside. Stories such as these brighten your day and leave you wanting more of what the author has written."

“Sunbeams from the Heart – A Collection of Twelve Romantic Short Stories” is available on Amazon as an e-book and in paperback (regular and large print).




Thursday, June 8, 2017

BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOUNDER LESLIE VANDERPOOL PUNCH WOMAN IN ACTION TODAY!


This is my latest “Woman in Action” article that appears in “The Punch” on page 15 today about Bahamas International Film Festival founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool. The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in Action” column every Thursday, with my articles usually appearing every other Thursday.


Friday, June 2, 2017

FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS AND WRITING


Some of my books on writing!

The spark for my love of books and writing dates back to my early childhood at Boquhan, Scotland. At the time, my family and I lived with my grandparents in a cottage on the large estate where my grandfather worked.

I remember being allowed into the library in the “big hoose” as we called it. As a tiny girl, I was in awe of the shelves of books, which reached high up to the ceiling. I could hardly even reach the lower shelves, so my grandmother would hand some of the books to me. It was almost impossible for me to understand the small writing and long words, but I thrilled at the touch of the books and the window on the world that they opened up. 

I write about Boquhan Estate in “The Scottish Connection”. And Gordon, one of the protagonists in “Love at Sunset”, has similar experiences with a library in an old house!

Monday, May 29, 2017

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE LOVE AT SUNSET ON SPECIAL! - LIMITED TIME ONLY!



Great opportunity to get the e-book edition of my romantic suspense novel “Love at Sunset” at a reduced price! – Limited Time Only. Special ends Wednesday, May 31st, at amazon.com and ends Thursday, June 1st, at amazon.co.uk

For those of you who don’t have a Kindle, no problem. The free Kindle app can be downloaded from Amazon for most major smart phones, tablets and computers.




Thursday, May 25, 2017

ELAINE MAJOR IS A MOVER AND SHAKER!


This is my latest “Woman in Action” article that appears in “The Punch”, Nassau, Bahamas, on page 15 today about "mover and shaker" in more ways than one Elaine Major!

The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in Action” column every Thursday, with my articles usually appearing every other Thursday.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

SONGS BY ERSKINE KNOWLES!


My husband Erskine is a great guitarist and vocalist (I think I’m permitted to say that!). He started playing guitar at the age of fifteen, but played the kettle drum before that (once he was in a wedding procession on Long Island as a small boy, playing the drums!). He also learned to play the accordion.

When we met in 1965 he was playing in a band called “The Invaders” in the old Lisbon Club on Bay Street, downtown Nassau. See my blog post Bahamian Music is Blowing in the Wind.

Since then he’s jammed with a lot of musicians over the years in The Bahamas and England. He’s played with Jay Mitchell’s band in the British Colonial Hotel, Nassau; “Little Joe Cartwright” in Count Basie Square, Freeport, Grand Bahama; Count Bernadino and his daughter Nita Ellis at Westwinds II, Nassau; musicians in a pub in Exmouth, England; pubs around Exeter, England (with me singing along with him); entertained on the SS Oronsay on the way to England; formed a two man band with our son Gavin called “Roadblock” while we were living in Long Island (with other musicians coming down to join them at gigs around the island); the former Holiday Inn, Paradise Island, with Buddy Rae; and at the former “Buzz” night club and Crazy Johnny’s on East Bay Street, Nassau, with such musicians as the late Berkley Van Byrd.

Here's a short video of Erskine singing and playing Roy Orbison's song "Pretty Woman" at “Crazy Johnny’s”, Nassau, Bahamas (formerly “The Buzz”) in 2009 - "Pretty Woman".

Now he’s writing his own songs. You can hear some of them on soundcloud.com at the following links:

YOUNG HEARTS
Lyrics, music, guitar and vocals by Erskine Knowles
(Based on true events when Erskine first met me!)
© 2015 Erskine Knowles

THE WRITER’S PRAYER
Lyrics by Fay Knowles
Music, guitar and vocals by Erskine Knowles
© 2014 Erskine Knowles

BORN AGAIN
Lyrics, music, guitar and vocals by Erskine Knowles
(Inspired by spiritual events and dreams!)
© 2015 Erskine Knowles

It’s a great joy being married to a musician!