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Thursday, July 28, 2016

FROM RUSSIA TO LOVE AND A CALLING FOR YOUTH IN THE BAHAMAS!



My article about Iliana Curry, originally from Russia, is today featured in the “Woman in action” column of “The Punch”, one of our local newspapers. 

Every Thursday "The Punch" features an outstanding woman in their "Woman in action" column. 


Monday, July 25, 2016

LOVE AT SUNSET - FULL OF DRAMA!



A review of my romantic suspense novel Love at Sunset by an Amazon customer: "Love at Sunset is a story about an elderly couple, Violet and Gordon, who have fallen deeply in love with one another. However, they face staunch opposition of that reality from their own children for various reasons. Determining to be together 'til the very end, they make a huge step to ensure that happens, no matter the cost. This story covers the drama-filled lives of a number of very interesting characters and I was amazed at how the author was able to craft such a plot and cover ground so extensively and cleverly. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it. It's gripping, alluring and so wonderfully romantic on many different levels.”

The plot of Love at Sunset follows the people in Violet and Gordon's lives - those who support them, others who wish to resist or harm them, and some on whom Cupid also comes calling. It portrays family discord and evil intent, but is not without a touch of humour. And it reveals the gap between rich and poor and the humanitarian works of those who care.

Available on Amazon and other online retailers as an e-book and in paperback.






Sunday, July 24, 2016

COCOPLUMS – YUM YUM!


A Cocoplum

On New Providence at this time of year, Bahamians can often be seen along the roadsides where cocoplum trees are growing. The trees flourish in low lying areas where rain water settles. There are many along the airport road.

A cluster of Cocoplums

Erskine loved picking the little cocoplums on Long Island, while he was growing up. In those days the children didn’t have many manufactured sweets, which was probably a good thing! The Long Island families lived off the land and the sea – a very healthy life.




Friday, July 22, 2016

BAHAMIAN AUTHOR TANYA R. TAYLOR "A PROLIFIC STORYTELLING PHENOMENON"!


Author Tanya R. Taylor

Bahamian best-selling author Tanya R. Taylor has been described by Diane Morasco in a recent interview on BlogCritics.com as “A Prolific Storytelling Phenomenon”! BlogCritics.com is “The critical lens on today’s culture and entertainment”.

This is the second interview Tanya has had in two months by Diane Morasco. Diane Morasco is the CEO of several media companies in the U.S. as well as being involved with various creative projects. She contacted Tanya when she became aware of the author’s publishing success.




Thursday, July 21, 2016

JUMP START YOUR READING!


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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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 “What charming stories I enjoyed them all....away from war, politics, bad television. Just lovely stories. They calmed my mind and lifted my soul.” - Amazon Customer 

 “Sunbeams from the Heart - A Collection of Twelve Romantic Short Stories” is available as an e-book and in paperback (regular and large print) from online stores around the world. The free Kindle app can be downloaded from Amazon for most major smart phones, tablets and computers.





Thursday, July 14, 2016

ELEUTHERAN AUTHOR SHERELLE WALLACE FEATURED IN THE PUNCH!




Every Thursday "The Punch", one of our local newspapers, features an outstanding woman in their "Woman In Action" column.


I’m delighted that they have today published my WIA article about Eleutheran author Sherelle Wallace.


Monday, July 11, 2016

MAY/JUNE 2016 ISSUE OF THE BROADKILL REVIEW NOW AVAILABLE

Following is the link to the May/June 2016 issue of “The Broadkill Review”, Delaware, U.S.A. (expires July 24, 2016). Jamie Brown, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of TBR says: “We hope you enjoy it, and our authors would love your feedback!”

https://rcpt.hightail.com/2980177987/19475239cfe383fdf1968213b796570d
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Renowned Bahamian poet Obediah Michael Smith’s poems have been published in The Broadkill Review and I have also been honoured to have short stories in this prestigious publication. A reader mentions Obediah in a letter to the editor in this issue.

“A Journal of Literature”, "The Broadkill Review" is published six times a year by Broadkill Publishing Associates, LLC. "The Broadkill Review" is a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), the Delaware Press Association (DPA), and the Independent Mid-Atlantic Publishers (IMAP), and is listed in Dustbooks’ International Directory of Literary Magazines and Small Presses and the Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market. Website: http://www.thebroadkillriverpress.com/the-broadkill-review

“The Broadkill Review” is full of great poetry, reviews, fiction, articles, photography and more!



Sunday, July 3, 2016

FROM CANADA TO THE BAHAMAS - “WOMAN IN ACTION” DEBBY DEAL!




"The Punch" published my "Woman in action" article on June 30th about Debby Deal, owner operator of Contemporary Builders XIX Ltd., Nassau, Bahamas.

Debby, who was born and brought up in Canada, has been a fixer-upper from childhood!

I love writing these articles about amazing women (“in action”!) around The Bahamas!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

ANOTHER POTENTIAL HIT - "10 MINUTES BEFORE SLEEPING" BY TANYA R. TAYLOR




Another gripping book from bestselling Bahamian author Tanya R. Taylor will be coming soon!

“10 Minutes before Sleeping” will be available to pre-order in the near future. If you’re not already on Tanya's mailing list, you can sign up on her blog at the link below to be notified when the date is set. Also, read the exciting synopsis of this new book on Tanya's blog! 





Friday, July 1, 2016

GOLDEN MEMORIES! FIFTY YEARS ON AND STILL HAPPY TOGETHER!


Mr. & Mrs. Erskine Knowles!

50 years ago, today I picked up the skirt of my long wedding dress and raced into St. Anne’s Church, Fox Hill, Nassau!

Father King, who was the Anglican priest at St. Anne’s Church back then, had told me he didn’t believe in brides being late for their wedding. He said if I wasn’t on time, he wouldn’t marry us!

Racing into St. Anne's Church with the
father-giver Gordon Ashton
Unfortunately, the limousine driver who should have picked me up got the time wrong by a whole hour. He was nowhere to be seen. I waited frantically for him that hot July day at my apartment on Village Road, along with my fiancĂ©’s boss, Gordon Ashton. He was to give me away in my father’s absence.

My future husband Erskine was already at the church, along with his parents, relatives, my grandmother and mother who’d flown out from England, many friends – and of course the bridesmaids and groomsmen.

Left to right: My mother, Erskine's mother, and my grandmother

But rescue came in the shape of Levi Wilson, a colleague and friend of Erskine’s. He turned up in an old run down car, with brown paper packages in the back, and asked if there was anything he could do to help. “Get me to the church!” I almost screamed. There was no way I was going to be late for my wedding!

A few minutes later Levi’s car sped down Village Road and turned right along the Eastern Road towards St. Anne’s. I was crammed into the back of the car with Mr. Ashton, my wedding dress bundled up to my chin. As we flew past pedestrians on the side of the road, for a moment I wondered why they were staring. Then I remembered – what bride goes to her wedding in a beat up old car with brown paper packages in the back?!

Thankfully, I just got to the church on time!

St. Anne’s Church didn’t have air conditioning in those days and I wore a long sleeved wedding dress, as current fashion trends determined that if I didn’t I would have to wear gloves. Erskine whipped out his clean white handkerchief to pass around between the priest, him and me, during the ceremony!

Left to right: Erskine's father going into the church,
my grandmother, and the bridesmaids

After our wedding, leaving the church we spotted the limousine driver outside waving his fist at us. He swore that it was us who got the time of our marriage wrong!

Relaxing outside the church after our wedding

The motorcade down Bay Street, on the way to our reception at the old Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, Oakesfield, wasn’t what we planned. Again I was squashed up in the back of a car, this time in a meter cab with my new husband. And with a very grumpy driver, who refused to enter into the spirit of the occasion and beep his horn, as was the usual custom.

But apart from the miniature “bride and groom” missing from the top of our wedding cake and our honeymoon flight to Jamaica being brought forward an hour, cutting out some of our time at the reception, our wedding was an event to cherish. 

When Erskine asked me to marry him over 50 years ago, he said we would make it if we “pulled together and not apart”. This is something we have always strived to do. Here we are now 50 years on and still together!