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Monday, January 23, 2023

WHY THE BAHAMAS?

 

Miami, Florida, on my way to The Bahamas

In the summer of 1965, I had been working for a few months as an Editorial Assistant in Toronto, Canada, after emigrating there, but I didn’t want to endure a Canadian winter. I told my uncle’s secretary Irene that I wanted to go somewhere warm. She said “why not The Bahamas?”

“The Bahamas?” I asked with excitement. “Where is that?” She pointed on a map to some little “dots” offshore at the bottom of the United States! She had once been to Freeport, Grand Bahama, and loved it.

The next day I found a travel agent in Toronto. I wanted to stay in major cities of the countries I planned on visiting as I made my way “around the world”, so I chose Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas. The cheapest way to get to Nassau was a four nights’ Greyhound bus trip from Toronto to Miami and a short flight from there to Nassau. I bought a package from the travel agent, which covered getting all the way to Nassau and three night’s hotel accommodation.

I had only planned on staying in Nassau for three months, then I was going to see if I could find a friend in England to travel east with me as far as Japan. But I fell in love with The Bahamas and my husband to be Erskine, who I met a month after getting there. I managed to get a job and accommodation right away and never did travel the world!


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Sunday, January 8, 2023

LOCAL AUTHOR PAUL BETHEL FEATURED IN THE TRIBUNE

Great article this weekend about local author Paul Bethel in The Tribune "Weekend". Paul is published by JOFFE BOOKS of the UK:

CLICK HERE FOR TRIBUNE ARTICLE FEATURING AUTHOR PAUL BETHEL


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Sunday, December 25, 2022

BACK ON BAY!

 


Bay Street - the bleachers are up and everyone is ready for Junkanoo!

Christmas lights along the Western Esplanade, Nassau

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad, Happy Hanukkah! 

After two years absence from Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, due to the pandemic, the Bahamas’ world famous Junkanoo is back on Bay Street, downtown Nassau!

Fifty-seven years' ago, I rode side saddle on the back of Erskine's scooter "Over The Hill" after a New Year’s 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 mystery romance 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. Then as 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 and in paperback. Click the links below to buy on Amazon:-

DANGEROUS DEVOTION AT AMAZON U.S.

DANGEROUS DEVOTION AT AMAZON WORLDWIDE

Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Prosperous 2023!

 

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Monday, November 28, 2022

NEW REGENCY MYSTERY ROMANCE RELEASED!



I’ve just finished reading Bahamian bestselling author Paul Bethel’s latest Regency novel “The Whispering Tongues”, full of scandal, romance, mystery and murder! The U.K. publishers Joffe Books sent me an advanced reader copy and I also preordered it on Amazon because I liked it so much! Paul writes his Regency novels under the pseudonym Beth Andrews. 

The Whispering Tongues is Book Three in the Beth Andrews Sussex Regency Romance Series. It became a #1 Best Seller as soon as it was released today by Joffe! 

I thoroughly enjoyed it, like I did Books One and Two and several of his other books! The Kindle version is available now at the special launch price of just £0.99 | $0.99.

CLICK HERE FOR THE WHISPERING TONGUES


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Sunday, November 13, 2022

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY BAHAMAS 2022

 


So good to be back in Starbucks, Baha Mar! It’s been a long haul.

It’s Remembrance Sunday here in The Bahamas. Fondly remembering my late parents who served in World War Two – Josephine Johanson, Women’s Royal Air Force, and William Johanson, Royal Australian Air Force.

Erskine and I also had a fast walk all around Baha Mar. It’s been over two years since we were last able to do this. Felt great!


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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

TROPICAL STORM NICOLE TO BECOME A HURRICANE IN THE BAHAMAS


 It may look like bliss in this photo, but when I tried to get closer to the beach to get a better shot, I was driven back with the wind and rain. I nearly got blown over!

Tropical Storm Nicole is now in our region and predicted to become a Cat 1 hurricane over the extreme North Western Bahamas. Fortunately, New Providence is out of the cone, so we should only get some rainy, windy weather here, although we have been told to expect tropical storm conditions.

We are praying for Abaco, Grand Bahama, and Bimini, which are predicted to have hurricane force winds by tomorrow night. Grand Bahama and Abaco suffered so much from Cat 5 Hurricane Dorian in 2019 and many of the survivors of that terrible storm haven’t recovered from it yet.

 

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Thursday, October 13, 2022

KEEP ON KEEPING ON!


 It’s important to still keep active while you’re writing! Erskine and I haven’t been to the gym since the pandemic started, but we have a little “home gym” now, which we use just about every day. We will also start walking again once the weather here in Nassau cools down!


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