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Sunday, January 2, 2022

JUNKANOO THEN AND NOW!

The aftermath of a past Junkanoo 
in downtown Nassau, Bahamas

Sadly, our popular Junkanoo festival here in The Bahamas has been cancelled again this year. The New Year's Day holiday, which will be observed on Monday, January 3rd, won't ring with the excitement of New Year's Day 1966 and successive New Year's Days because of Covid-19. 

Fifty-six years' ago, I rode side saddle on the back of Erskine's scooter "Over The Hill" after a party that he and his band "The Invaders" had played at on West Bay Street. Discarded Junkanoo floats and costumes were strewn all over the streets. We went from night club to night club until the wee hours. I wore a long white evening gown, but by the time the sun rose my dress was no longer white!

In my novel "Dangerous Devotion" (described by Juanita Coulson, "The Lady" Books Editor, as "A moving tale of family dynamics and relationships in later life"), Gordon and Violet experience the Christmas season in Nassau, but because Gordon is Scottish, they fly back to Scotland for Hogmanay.

Excerpt from "Dangerous Devotion":

"Bell ringers stood at strategic points on downtown Bay Street, collecting money for charity in Salvation Army kettles. The street was decked out with festive decorations. A heavily laden Christmas tree towered next to the colonial buildings in historic Rawson Square. Bleachers for the upcoming Boxing Day and New Year’s Junkanoo parades were already in place."

"Dangerous Devotion" is available on Amazon as an e-book at $2.99 and in paperback $13.99. Click the link below to go the book's Amazon page:-

DANGEROUS DEVOTION

Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy 2022!

 

 


Sunday, December 26, 2021

TRYING TO FIND A HOME AT CHRISTMAS!

 


Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad! Hope you are enjoying this special time of year. Sorry I haven't posted here for a while. After living in our current apartment for almost eleven years, our landlord gave us notice in October, as he wants to renovate.

I have been busy trying to find another apartment for my husband Erskine and me. It was quite a job, as good, affordable rentals in Nassau are difficult to find. But we have been blessed. Through a friend, we finally found a lovely apartment, still in Cable Beach, which we have come to think of as our "home town"! The apartment meets all of our requirements, including the price range. We move in on January 14th. 

This photo was taken on the beach in front of The Islands Club, Cable Beach. Erskine and I managed those luxury condos some years back. Accommodation was provided there for us, as well with other properties that we have managed. We never had to look for rentals back in those days. However, with the influx of foreign workers and foreign companies willing to pay big bucks for rentals, as well as the increase in AirBnB rentals, our search was nearly exhausted.

We didn't give up though. I continually posted on several Facebook pages and received a lot of suggestions, but nothing was suitable. We couldn't find anything in the local newspapers either. When I finally found the apartment we're taking, I posted again on Facebook about it, and over 300 people posted back congratulating me! It just shows what you can achieve with perseverance, as well as a lot of prayers!


Wednesday, December 8, 2021

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS IS ALL TIED UP RIGHT NOW!

 


On Saturday October 9th, 2021, a man attempted to destroy the statue of Christopher Columbus outside Government House, Nassau, with a sledge hammer! He was arrested, but not before he had done substantial damage. The statue has been there since 1830 and there are a lot of interesting stories about it that you can find if you do a search online.

See The Tribune article HERE

Since then, the statue has remained covered with a tarpaulin - I guess, until they decide what to do with it or perhaps they have to wait for an insurance settlement!

By the way, the scaffolding in the background is because they are currently renovating Government House.



Friday, November 26, 2021

FIRST DRAFT OF BOOK THREE IN BUCHANAN MYSTERY ROMANCE SERIES FINISHED!

 

I've finished the first draft of Book Three in my Buchanan Mystery Romance Series! 47,000 words. 

Book One is "Dangerous Devotion" and Book Two "Deadly Deceit In Paradise". You can buy them on Amazon as e-books and in paperback.

I have a working title for Book Three but cannot reveal it yet! There's another big job ahead for me with the editing, as it's a whodunit and I must make sure to tie up all loose ends!


Wednesday, November 24, 2021