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Thursday, January 19, 2017

TODAY'S WOMAN IN ACTION - BESTSELLING BAHAMIAN AUTHOR TANYA R. TAYLOR

I always enjoy writing features for The Punch “Woman in action” column. I get to interview some really outstanding local women, who graciously allow me to write about them. My WIA article in The Punch today is about Bahamian bestselling author Tanya R. Taylor, who will be releasing her 15th published book “10 Minutes Before Sleeping” next month.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

MEMORIES FROM ANOTHER PLACE, ANOTHER TIME!

One of the places I lived in while growing up was Buckingham, England. My parents ran a watch repair and jewellery store there and I attended the Royal Latin Grammar School. I never knew that one day I would be living in a tropical island nation where many of their lawyers get their training from University of Buckingham Law School!

Now the Buckingham and Winslow Advertiser has kindly run an article about my newly published mini-memoir The Scottish Connection. It’s great to have other connections too!


Saturday, January 7, 2017

RAMBLINGS ABOUT TOOLOOSE ART AND POPULAR BAHAMIAN VENUES!

Steve Holden, "Artist, Musician, Storyteller - a true Island Renaissance Man”, who has lived in The Bahamas for many years, recently asked on his Facebook page if anyone remembered The Old Le Shack, Montague Beach. Steve had found some prints of the piece he did for that casual old hang out.

Steve creates these amazing works of art, which feature popular restaurants along with caricatures of their patrons. What is so unusual about his art work is that the people depicted in his paintings have no faces, yet it’s clearly obvious who each person is! And if you don’t know them, their personalities still shine through. We have one of Steve's prints from his painting of the old "Buzz" nightclub, where musicians (including Erskine) used to jam together. 

Steve is commissioned to do the paintings by proprietors or by people who frequent the establishments. Then he also sells the prints. This is only one of his art forms though. More information about his art is on his website at


and at 


(a little about Steve's music is mentioned at this second link).


Going back to Steve’s Facebook question, which prompted me to write about him, in 1992 I wrote a feature article for Le Shack when it moved from Montague Beach to a location near the bridge that goes over to Paradise Island (the “newest” bridge). Le Shack is now “Green Parrot”. Here’s the old article:-




Thursday, January 5, 2017

TODAY'S WOMAN IN ACTION - DOCTOR OF HORTICULTURE SELIMA HAUBER

Every Thursday “The Punch”, Nassau, Bahamas, features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in action” column. Here's my WIA article in The Punch today about Doctor of Horticulture Selima Hauber, who was inspired to study agriculture and help move The Bahamas towards self-sufficiency with respect to food production!



Monday, January 2, 2017

BOOK TRAILERS ROCK!





What an age we are living in! Social media spreads word (or our words) like crazy. We can download or order books from online websites and receive digital books instantly on hand held devices or paperbacks delivered within a very short space of time. And no longer are trailers reserved just for big screen movies. These days we can watch a book trailer to see if a particular book tickles our fancy and even preorder it ahead of the release date.

Click the link below to watch an exciting trailer for internationally recognized and bestselling Bahamian author Tanya R. Taylor’s upcoming book 10 MINUTES BEFORE SLEEPING! Tanya is the author of Amazon No.1 Bestsellers “CORNELIUS” & “INFESTATION: A Small Town Nightmare.”


10 MINUTES BEFORE SLEEPING, “A Story of Abandonment, Domestic Terror & Bitter Revenge,” is now available to preorder at Amazon and other online retailers for a release date of February 25, 2017.

“10 Minutes before Sleeping is a powerful story of a young woman named Eva left on the doorstep of a neighbor as a child by her very own mother. She is abused, neglected, rejected and without a legal footing in the only place she knows as ‘home’. All the odds appear to be stacked against her and those looking from the outside in seriously wonder how one human being could be expected to battle such atrocities without making a fateful decision to end it all far quicker than it ever began.

“As a young girl, Eva struggles to obtain an education at the resistance of a woman who was left with the responsibility to raise her, but years later finally finds what she believes is true love. This event, ironically, progresses to a further downward spiral that costs this young woman her three most precious gifts in the world, thus evoking a snap decision that occurs ten minutes before sleeping.”

The trailer for 10 MINUTES BEFORE SLEEPING has definitely tickled my fancy. I can’t wait to read this book!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR A WRITER!



I just love this cushion cover that my very thoughtful sister sent me for Christmas! What writer wouldn’t love a cushion cover like this?! Thank you so much, dear Sis!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

A VERY SPECIAL TIME OF YEAR


Me and Mum on one of her visits to The Bahamas
(Cape Santa Maria, Long Island, Bahamas)

This time of year always reminds me of the last time I saw my mother ten years ago. As Christmas approached, Erskine came up with the exciting suggestion that we should surprise Mum and fly to England for Christmas. She used to always visit us in The Bahamas during winters and spend Christmas and New Year with us, but those visits were sadly coming to a close as she got older.

I booked our flights, arranged for us to stay in holiday accommodation close to Mum so we wouldn’t put her out in any way, and even booked Christmas Dinner for three at a nearby hotel.

It was difficult for me to keep the secret, but once all our plans and bookings were made I called Mum to give her our surprise. I’ll never forget how happy she was and what a special Christmas and New Year that was. I am so glad we did this and am grateful to Erskine for making it possible, as three months later my dear mother passed away suddenly.

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful New Year!