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Saturday, January 16, 2021

MORE THAN A TRAVELOGUE!

 


"Although now overgrown and eerie, we beat our way through the brambles along the crumbling slope, high above a gushing burn. An unused miniature railway track now ran the full length of the path. We wondered if it had been a toy railway for children who lived there, or perhaps the nearby mill used it to transport logs to the main house."[Excerpt from my mini-memoir "The Scottish Connection: A Journey Back"]

 “The Scottish Connection” contains a wealth of information - Scottish ancestry, historical facts, genealogy, comparable prices, geographical descriptions, personal anecdotes, nostalgia and precious old photos.

Available worldwide on Amazon for download as an e-book for $2.99 and in paperback at $11.99 (or equivalent prices), as well as on Kindle Unlimited:

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

TURNING A NOVEL INTO A SERIES!


 My Buchanan Mystery Romance Series starts with "Dangerous Devotion" (Book One and formerly "Love at Sunset"). It was so popular that a friend suggested I made it into a series, which I have done! Book Two is "Deadly Deceit In Paradise" and I am currently working on Book Three.

Don't get put off because it's a series! Each book is a stand alone read, i.e. you can read each book separately from the other and you don't need to read any more. However, I hope you will!

Both books are available worldwide on Amazon as e-books and in paperback.

Amazon created a series page for me. It currently says it's a "two book series", but they will update that when Book Three is published!

Dangerous Devotion: "If your relationship was threatened, what lengths would you go to in order to save it?" -

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Deadly Deceit In Paradise: "A mysterious death in paradise leads a young woman down a path that will determine her future." -

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Monday, January 11, 2021

SPINNING FASTER AND FASTER!

 

Just read that the world is spinning faster on its axis. So this must be why my life seems to be speeding by! That's a relief (or is it?!). My mother always used to say that time feels as though it's going by faster as you get older!

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

"NEW" ENGLISH LANGUAGE IDIOSYNCRASIES!

 


I don't know if it's the same around the world, but I've only just recently noticed in Nassau how officials say "would have" instead of just saying that something was actually done!

Police officials make statements such as: "The suspect would have been arraigned" instead of "The suspect was arraigned".

Medical officials make statements such as: "We would have completed the testing" instead of "We completed the testing"!

I wonder why this is. Has it always been around and I just haven't noticed it?

I "would" welcome feedback!


Saturday, January 9, 2021

COVID COMMENTS!

 


Like many of you, I don't get out much these days because of the stay at home orders. My husband Erskine does the shopping. I hadn't realized how futuristic everything had become because of Covid-19.

When I went into a local store this morning I was greeted at the door by not only a security guard and an employee, but a recorded announcement: "Please stand in the measuring area. Look at the camera. Temperature measuring!" On the wall to my right was a top-of-the-line hand sanitizer and directly in front of me what looked like a camera on a stand. I was directed to stay there while the "camera" took my temperature. 

Sometimes I feel like running away up into the Scottish Highlands, with only the sheep and goats as my friends, far away from the Corona virus. Only kidding! I couldn't be without  my family.

If you feel like "running away", try reading "Sunbeams from The Heart: A Collection of Twelve Romantic Short Stories". An Amazon customer wrote in an review of Sunbeams from The Heart: “What charming stories I enjoyed them all....away from war, politics, bad television. Just lovely stories. They calmed my mind and lifted my soul."

Sunbeams from The Heart is available worldwide on Amazon as an e-book and in paperback (regular and large print) and Kindle Unlimited.

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Friday, January 1, 2021

PAST & PRESENT NEW YEAR'S DAYS IN NASSAU, BAHAMAS!

The aftermath of a past Junkanoo in downtown Nassau, Bahamas
 

New Year's Day in The Bahamas this year doesn't ring with the excitement of New Year's Day 1966 and successive New Year's Days because of Covid-19. Sadly the popular Junkanoo festivals here in The Bahamas have been cancelled this time. 

Fifty-five years' ago, I rode 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", Gordon and Violet experience the Christmas season in Nassau, but because Gordon is Scottish, they fly back to Scotland for Hogmanay (Scottish New Year).

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 $10.12. Click the links below to go the book's Amazon page.

Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year!

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Monday, December 28, 2020

BRING SOME SUNBEAMS INTO YOUR LIFE!

 


“A summer breeze ruffled Peggy's hair. She gazed upwards at the old Devon house, her home so many decades ago. It had been built sideways against a steep embankment and stood regally on its own above a row of terraced dwellings. Strangers would be living there now, but she had to see it one more time...” -  Excerpt from my short story "The Rose Bower", which appears in "Sunbeams from The Heart: A Collection of Twelve Romantic Short Stories".

This short story was also featured in the July 18th, 2014, "Summer Collector's Edition" of "The Lady" magazine, U.K.

Sunbeams is available worldwide on Amazon as an e-book at $2.99 and in paperback (regular print $6.99 and large print $7.99).