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Thursday, June 22, 2017

AN INSPIRING STORY ABOUT BECOMING A DOCTOR


This is my latest “Woman in Action” article that appears in “The Punch” on page 15 today about Dr. Sherelle Ferguson. Her story about how she became a doctor and her passion for Family Medicine is quite inspiring. 

The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in Action” column every Thursday, with my articles usually appearing every other Thursday.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

THE “TINY WINDOWS” OF SHORT STORIES



“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.” – Neil Gaiman

That’s the way many readers seem to feel about books of short stories. Not only did my book “Sunbeams from the Heart – A Collection of Twelve Romantic Short Stories” make Amazon's top 100 paid best-sellers' list in the Literature & Fiction/Short stories category shortly after it was first released, but it was next to Stephen King’s “Hearts in Atlantis” in Amazon's Best Sellers in Literary Short Stories! Mr. King’s book was number 67 and Sunbeams from the Heart number 69.

The following month, Sunbeams from the Heart again made the top 100 paid bestsellers' list in the Literature & Fiction/Short Stories category, this time alongside Agatha Christie's “Miss Marple - The Complete Short Stories”. Miss Marple was number 45 and Sunbeams number 44.

“This collection of short, romantic stories is heart-warming and beautiful,” wrote a reviewer about “Sunbeams from the Heart”. “I was impressed by the way the author developed each plot and took the reader on a lovely journey of nostalgia, leaving a wonderful feeling inside. Stories such as these brighten your day and leave you wanting more of what the author has written."

“Sunbeams from the Heart – A Collection of Twelve Romantic Short Stories” is available on Amazon as an e-book and in paperback (regular and large print).




Thursday, June 8, 2017

BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOUNDER LESLIE VANDERPOOL PUNCH WOMAN IN ACTION TODAY!


This is my latest “Woman in Action” article that appears in “The Punch” on page 15 today about Bahamas International Film Festival founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool. The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in Action” column every Thursday, with my articles usually appearing every other Thursday.


Friday, June 2, 2017

FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS AND WRITING


Some of my books on writing!

The spark for my love of books and writing dates back to my early childhood at Boquhan, Scotland. At the time, my family and I lived with my grandparents in a cottage on the large estate where my grandfather worked.

I remember being allowed into the library in the “big hoose” as we called it. As a tiny girl, I was in awe of the shelves of books, which reached high up to the ceiling. I could hardly even reach the lower shelves, so my grandmother would hand some of the books to me. It was almost impossible for me to understand the small writing and long words, but I thrilled at the touch of the books and the window on the world that they opened up. 

I write about Boquhan Estate in “The Scottish Connection”. And Gordon, one of the protagonists in “Love at Sunset”, has similar experiences with a library in an old house!

Monday, May 29, 2017

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE LOVE AT SUNSET ON SPECIAL! - LIMITED TIME ONLY!



Great opportunity to get the e-book edition of my romantic suspense novel “Love at Sunset” at a reduced price! – Limited Time Only. Special ends Wednesday, May 31st, at amazon.com and ends Thursday, June 1st, at amazon.co.uk

For those of you who don’t have a Kindle, no problem. The free Kindle app can be downloaded from Amazon for most major smart phones, tablets and computers.




Thursday, May 25, 2017

ELAINE MAJOR IS A MOVER AND SHAKER!


This is my latest “Woman in Action” article that appears in “The Punch”, Nassau, Bahamas, on page 15 today about "mover and shaker" in more ways than one Elaine Major!

The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in Action” column every Thursday, with my articles usually appearing every other Thursday.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

SONGS BY ERSKINE KNOWLES!


My husband Erskine is a great guitarist and vocalist (I think I’m permitted to say that!). He started playing guitar at the age of fifteen, but played the kettle drum before that (once he was in a wedding procession on Long Island as a small boy, playing the drums!). He also learned to play the accordion.

When we met in 1965 he was playing in a band called “The Invaders” in the old Lisbon Club on Bay Street, downtown Nassau. See my blog post Bahamian Music is Blowing in the Wind.

Since then he’s jammed with a lot of musicians over the years in The Bahamas and England. He’s played with Jay Mitchell’s band in the British Colonial Hotel, Nassau; “Little Joe Cartwright” in Count Basie Square, Freeport, Grand Bahama; Count Bernadino and his daughter Nita Ellis at Westwinds II, Nassau; musicians in a pub in Exmouth, England; pubs around Exeter, England (with me singing along with him); entertained on the SS Oronsay on the way to England; formed a two man band with our son Gavin called “Roadblock” while we were living in Long Island (with other musicians coming down to join them at gigs around the island); the former Holiday Inn, Paradise Island, with Buddy Rae; and at the former “Buzz” night club and Crazy Johnny’s on East Bay Street, Nassau, with such musicians as the late Berkley Van Byrd.

Here's a short video of Erskine singing and playing Roy Orbison's song "Pretty Woman" at “Crazy Johnny’s”, Nassau, Bahamas (formerly “The Buzz”) in 2009 - "Pretty Woman".

Now he’s writing his own songs. You can hear some of them on soundcloud.com at the following links:

YOUNG HEARTS
Lyrics, music, guitar and vocals by Erskine Knowles
(Based on true events when Erskine first met me!)
© 2015 Erskine Knowles

THE WRITER’S PRAYER
Lyrics by Fay Knowles
Music, guitar and vocals by Erskine Knowles
© 2014 Erskine Knowles

BORN AGAIN
Lyrics, music, guitar and vocals by Erskine Knowles
(Inspired by spiritual events and dreams!)
© 2015 Erskine Knowles

It’s a great joy being married to a musician!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

"WE SEE NO EVIL" BY TANYA R. TAYLOR NEXT RELEASE IN THE CORNELIUS SAGA!




Here’s my article in the Tribune “Weekend” about Bahamian bestselling author Tanya R. Taylor’s next book “We See No Evil”, to be released June 6th. This is the fourth book in her “Cornelius Saga”. Pre-orders now available on AMAZON

I have read all of the books so far in this series – “Cornelius”, “Revenge of Cornelius” and “CARA” – and thoroughly enjoyed them. Looking forward to “We See No Evil”!


Friday, May 19, 2017

THE SCOTTISH CONNECTION CONTINUES!


This article, “Little house with global connections”, by Senior Reporter Kaiya Marjoribanks appeared in “The Stirling Observer”, Scotland, yesterday. It draws attention to my mini-memoir “The Scottish Connection” and also my other works.

A previous illustrated article published in the “Stirling Observer” on January 13th of this year about “The Scottish Connection” had caught the attention of the present owner of “Craigenveoch Cottage” and he contacted me. “Craigenveoch Cottage” (formerly “Craigenveoch Lodge”), Aberfoyle, Scotland, was where my late mother and her siblings spent their formative years before joining the RAF during World War II.

The owner of Craigenveoch Cottage, which is up for sale by McLean & Stewart, Dunblane, at “offers over £270,000”, sent me lots of interesting information and photos of the cottage.


It really is a gorgeous little house; completely modernized. My mother and her siblings would have been so thrilled to see it now! 

Craigenveoch Cottage now (courtesy of the current owner)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

SCOTTISH MEMORIES

Me with my Scottish granny, the late Marian MacDonald,
when she visited Nassau, Bahamas, in the late sixties.
I am thinking of my dear Scottish granny, the late Marion John Crooks MacDonald (nee McMurtrie) at this time of the year, as she was like a second mother to me. 

Granny was born in West Kilbride, Ayshire. Along with my Papa, Robert Ross MacDonald from Dumbarton, she was an anchor in my life as I grew up in Scotland and later in England, where we moved because of my father’s job.

I still remember happy days as a child living on the Boquhan Estate near Balfron, where Papa worked. Granny sometimes helped in the “big hoose” as we called it!

I write about those impressionable years in my mini-memoir "THE SCOTTISH CONNECTION", along with ancestral facts and genealogy. Also featured in the book are personal anecdotes, nostalgia and precious old photos.

And I drew from my Scottish background, as well as from my knowledge of The Bahamas, when I wrote my Romantic Suspense novel "LOVE AT SUNSET".




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

AERIAL DRONE VIEWS OVER SCOTLAND

From "The Scottish Connection" - Starting out
from Devon on our 1978 road journey to Scotland:
My mother and two sons packing up the car.

This video might give you a taste for my mini-memoir “The Scottish Connection: A Journey Back”! Vitali Films have provided these gorgeous aerial drone views of Scotland on the AirVūz website:


AirVūz states: “AirVūz has become the premiere online video site for the emerging Drone Age.”

About “The Scottish Connection”:

Driving long distances in a short space of time throughout the United Kingdom is the norm nowadays. However, in the seventies it was often an adventure to cover the length or breadth of Britain. In this illustrated mini-memoir I share memories of my 1978 journey back to Scotland with my mother and young sons, to revisit our Scottish roots.

Fascinating Scottish Memorabilia - The Scottish Connection contains a wealth of information - Scottish ancestry, historical facts, genealogy, comparable 1978 prices, geographical descriptions, personal anecdotes, nostalgia and precious old photos. 

Click here for “The Scottish Connection”, which is available on Amazon in paperback and as an e-book:








Saturday, May 13, 2017

"LOVE AT SUNSET" NOW AVAILABLE IN LARGE PRINT!


“Love at Sunset”, my Romantic Suspense set in The Bahamas and Scotland, is now available in Large Print, as well as in regular print and as an e-book.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

JEMI HEALTH AND WELLNESS MANAGER DIANNE GIBSON IN THE PUNCH



This is my latest “Woman in Action” article that appears in “The Punch” on page 15 today about new Jemi Health and Wellness Operations and Business Development Manager Dianne Gibson. The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in Action” column every Thursday, with my articles usually appearing every other Thursday.


Sunday, May 7, 2017

AUTHOR TANYA R. TAYLOR RELEASES THE HAUNTING OF MERCI HOSPITAL


My article about bestselling Bahamian author Tanya R. Taylor’s release of her 16th book “The Haunting of Merci Hospital” appears in The Tribune’s Weekend edition of Friday, May 5, 2017. Their heading: “The haunting continues - Demand increases for Bahamian author’s novels.” The Punch also ran my slightly shorter piece on Thursday, April 27, 2017, on their Entertainment Page under the title “Author Taylor’s books are in high demand”.

Tanya has a large following worldwide, with many fans preordering her books well in advance of publication.

And the Bahamian public is quickly becoming more aware of Tanya’s success as an author. With the increasing demand to be able to buy her books locally, copies of her book “Ten Minutes before Sleeping”, which was a #1 Hot New Release and made Amazon’s top 100 in several categories, are now available in Logos Bookstore, Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza.

You can see all of Tanya’s books on her Amazon author page at Author Tanya R. Taylor

Tanya’s next release on June 6, 2017, will be “We See No Evil (The Cornelius Saga Book 4)” - We See No Evil



Thursday, April 27, 2017

STELLA MARIS RESORT MANAGER FEATURES IN PUNCH WOMAN IN ACTION!


This is my latest “Woman in Action” article that appeared in “The Punch” on page 15 today about Jill Smith, Manager/Partner and Wedding Planner at the Stella Maris Resort Club, Long Island. The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in Action” column every Thursday, with my articles usually appearing every other Thursday.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ESTUARY MAGAZINE TOPSHAM ENGLAND FEATURES THE SCOTTISH CONNECTION


"ESTUARY" MAGAZINE, TOPSHAM, DEVON,
ENGLAND - APRIL 2017 ISSUE, PAGE 35.

I was delighted to receive word that my pictorial mini memoir “The Scottish Connection” has featured in the April 2017 issue of “Estuary” magazine, Topsham, Devon, England. The Scottish Connection is available on Amazon as an e-book and in paperback.

“Estuary” is a vibrant 64-page monthly community magazine for Topsham, available from Topsham News, The Topsham Bookshop, other local shops, and from St Margaret's Church.

Regular items include a diary of local events and talks; news of local societies, groups, clubs and associations and their contact details, together with those of local services and amenities. Other contributions include Estuary lifestyle articles about artisan food and wine producers; choirs and concerts; poetry, and reports of ventures or adventures.

Editor - Diana Trout. Assistant Editor and Advertising - José Northey

Published by St. Margaret’s Church, Topsham, each issue of Estuary Magazine costs just .70p.



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

THE HAUNTING OF MERCI HOSPITAL BY TANYA R. TAYLOR



Being released April 30th and available now for pre-order - “The Haunting of Merci Hospital” by Tanya R. Taylor, author of #1 bestsellers “Cornelius” & “INFESTATION: A Small Town Nightmare.”

“No one expects to visit a hospital for a non-threatening injury only to never leave again. Merci Hospital, one of the oldest in the county, has served countless patients for practically decades. However, something is now very odd about the place as some who are admitted report seeing things that are not there and others never get to talk about it.

“Catherine Lucene is fairly new at Merci, a highly regarded nurse whose reputation for excellence and compassion in healthcare precedes her. She gradually becomes aware of the inexplicably sinister happenings at the hospital, but the underlying cause of it all evades her. Will Catherine's determination to uncover the truth help preserve the lives of those not yet lost, including her own, or will her curiosity of the "unknown" propel her into a horrifying state-of-being she never knew existed?”

Looks like “The Haunting of Merci Hospital” will be another great read by this bestselling Bahamian author!








Friday, April 21, 2017

NEW BOOK ABOUT THE HISTORY OF BAHAMAS AIRWAYS


Captain Paul Aranha, former Bahamas Airways pilot, has written a book about Bahamas Airways Limited (1936 – 1970), which should prove to be quite fascinating. This is due to be released in October of this year. He says:

“78 years ago, tomorrow, the Imperial Government announced that it would build an airfield on New Providence.

“Construction of the field was well underway and the Bahamas Airways Douglas Dolphin made a test landing on Runway 09/27.

“Shortly after that, the field was sold to Sir Harry Oakes, who completed the job and opened Nassau's first airport, which was known as Oakes Field.

“History tends to overlook the important role played by the British government, but my upcoming book, about Bahamas Airways Limited (1936-1970) will make it clear.

“The book should become a reality by October - in time for Christmas shopping.

“It is planned for 8 chapters and I have already approved the first 3 chapters.”

Paul Aranha, who also managed and owned the former Trans Island Airways, can be contacted at islandairman@gmail.com. Paul writes a regular column in The Tribune’s “Weekend” section. Above is a copy of his latest article in The Tribune today.




Thursday, April 13, 2017

PUNCH WOMAN IN ACTION JANE BRAYNEN

Here’s my latest “Woman in Action” article that appeared in “The Punch” on page 15 today about talented graphic artist and businesswoman Jane Braynen. The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in Action” column every Thursday, with my articles usually appearing every other Thursday.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

PUNCH WOMAN IN ACTION ARTICLES

I love writing these Punch Woman In Action articles about outstanding women in the community! I've submitted two more to The Punch and am now working on another one.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

THANK YOU!

A big thank you to the hundreds of Amazon customers who downloaded “The Scottish Connection” during my recent free offer. And many thanks to those who continue to support my books at regular prices. I hope everyone enjoys reading this mini-memoir of my 1978 journey back to Scotland with my mother and young sons as much as I did researching and writing it! “The Scottish Connection”, also available in paperback, contains a wealth of information - Scottish ancestry, historical facts, genealogy, comparable prices, geographical descriptions, personal anecdotes, nostalgia and precious old photos.





Thursday, March 30, 2017

ARCHITECT JECHELLE BURROWS-ROLLE IN PUNCH WOMAN IN ACTION TODAY!

Here is my latest “Woman in action” article that appeared in “The Punch”, Nassau, Bahamas, today about architect Jechelle Burrows-Rolle.. The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in action” column every Thursday.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

LAST DAY FOR FREE OFFER ON THE SCOTTISH CONNECTION!

LAST DAY for FREE offer on my mini-memoir "The Scottish Connection"! As a tribute to my late mother, who passed away 10 years ago this month, I have been offering the e-book version of “The Scottish Connection” FREE for a limited time only. Here's the link to the FREE download:-


You may have to copy and paste the link into your browser.
For other countries, just do a search on your Amazon site for “Fay Knowles”. Then click on “The Scottish Connection”.

If you don't have a Kindle, no problem. You can download the free app on Amazon at the following links for most major smart phones, tablets and computers:



For links to the Amazon Kindle app in other countries, just substitute your country extension.

Enjoy!


Monday, March 27, 2017

SOME LEISURE TIME!


Had a lovely time at a party thrown by special friends on Saturday evening. It was good to relax with a soft breeze from Nassau Harbour and enjoy some stimulating conversation. 

Erskine played guitar and sang for a couple of hours. The guests gathered around and were a wonderful audience, singing or dancing or just enjoying the music. 

We were also entertained by one of the guests who sang some Spanish songs so beautifully. He played Erskine’s guitar with a Flamenco beat!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

COUNT DOWN TIME FOR FREE E-BOOK COPY OF THE SCOTTISH CONNECTION!


Count down time! As mentioned in my last post, as a tribute to my late mother, who passed away 10 years ago this month and with Mothering Sunday coming up, I'm offering the e-book version of “The Scottish Connection” FREE until Tuesday, March 28th (Tuesday will be the last day). Here's the link to the FREE download:-



You may have to copy and paste the link into your browser.
For other countries, just do a search on your Amazon site for “Fay Knowles”. Then click on “The Scottish Connection”.

If you don't have a Kindle, no problem. You can download the free app on Amazon for most major smart phones, tablets and computers. 



For links to the Amazon Kindle app in other countries, just substitute your country extension.

Enjoy!


Friday, March 24, 2017

FREE for limited time only! – “The Scottish Connection”


As a tribute to my Scottish mother, the late Josephine McMurtrie Johanson, who passed away ten years ago this month and with Mothering Sunday coming up, I am offering the e-book version of “The Scottish Connection: A Journey Back – Mini-memoir” FREE for a limited time only.

In this nostalgic illustrated memoir I share memories of my 1978 journey back to Scotland with my mother and young sons, to revisit our Scottish roots. The Scottish Connection contains a wealth of information - Scottish ancestry, historical facts, genealogy, comparable 1978 prices, geographical descriptions, personal anecdotes, nostalgia and precious old photos.

My mother, the late Josephine McMurtrie Johanson
Excerpt from The Scottish Connection: “A little way out of Aberfoyle we found the lodge on the Craigenveoch estate where my mother and family had lived. On warm, summer evenings she, Jack and Ray leaned out of their bedroom windows, watching their parents sing along with friends to gramophone music as they rowed across Loch Ard. The loch was described by Sir Walter Scott as a ‘beautiful sheet of water … a spacious mirror’.”


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

NEW BOOK OF SHORT STORIES IN THE WORKS!

I'm busy working on a new book of short stories. Adding more atmosphere and substance to one of the stories right now. More goes into these little “gems” than most people realize!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

POEM "THE LOVE NEST" - EVERGREEN MAGAZINE'S SPRING 2017 ISSUE


My poem “The Love Nest”, about a fictitious old couple in England whose children live far away from them, appears in the “Scrap Book” section of the Spring 2017 issue of “Evergreen” magazine, U.K. The couple is sometimes a little lonely, but are grateful to have each other. And they are not neglected, as a neighbour always looks out for them!

I was delighted to receive a lovely pack of twelve Colin Carr Notelets yesterday from Evergreen, with a letter of thanks for the poem.


Evergreen magazine - Britain's lovely little green quarterly"

Evergreen’s sister magazine “This England” - “The quarterly magazine for all who love our green and pleasant land”.

Friday, March 17, 2017

DEDICATED NURSE ANITA CATES THIS WEEK'S WOMAN IN ACTION!

Here is my latest “Woman in action” article that appeared in “The Punch”, Nassau, Bahamas, yesterday about dedicated Nurse Practitioner at the Family Medicine Center Anita Cates. The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in action” column every Thursday.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

DIRECTOR OF CULTURE ROWENA POITIER-SUTHERLAND THIS WEEK'S WOMAN IN ACTION

Here is my latest “Woman in action” article that appeared in “The Punch”, Nassau, Bahamas, today about The Bahamas’ multi-talented Director of Culture Rowena Poitier-Sutherland. The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in action” column every Thursday.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

IN THE BAHAMAS WE LOVE OUR TOURISTS!

   
These tourists took a tumble off their rented scooter! Within seconds passing cars stopped and the occupants rushed to assist. Here in The Bahamas, we really love our tourists!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

SOME STILL RECOVERING FROM HURRICANE MATTHEW!


Repairing a roof in Nassau, Bahamas,
damaged from Hurricane Matthew

It’s almost 5 months since Hurricane Matthew devastated New Providence and some of the other islands of The Bahamas, and repairs are still being done on some properties. And yes, as is often the case here, the roofers have no harnesses to save them from a fall!


Monday, February 27, 2017

"IT’S EXPENSIVE TO BE POOR IN THE BAHAMAS!"

A young Bahamian man who lives in a middle income area of New Providence, and who struggles to make a living, recently told me: “It's very expensive to be poor in the Bahamas!”

I touch on the plight of the poor in The Bahamas in my novel “Love at Sunset”, as well as the extraordinary lives of the wealthy. 



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

OUR ADVENTURE ON “007’s” BOAT!


Western side of Potters Cay, Nassau, New Providence,
where the marina used to be (this whole area is being
revamped, so plans will possibly include a marina again)

In 1967, before we had children and while we were still quite adventurous, Erskine and I rented a boat docked in the marina that used to be on the western side of Potters Cay. The boat was owned by a friend of ours, nicknamed “007” because he loved James Bond movies so much!

We had spent a year in Freeport, Grand Bahama, and the boat rental was just a stop gap until we decided what to do next. The boat had no engine, so we didn’t plan on going anywhere in it! However, it seemed such a romantic thing to do. One of Erskine’s sisters let us store our boxes while we moved onto “007’s” boat.

We’d sit outside on the deck in the evenings, watching the sun go down, and if we got up early enough, watch the dawn. The boat didn’t have a shower, but there was a public bathroom in a corner of the single storey building across the road (that building was torn down later and a two storey was built). The bathroom was well kept for boaters’ use and very clean back then, so it was no inconvenience.

The building across from Potters Cay Dock, Nassau, New Providence.
There used to be a single storey building here and the walkway that
we took to get to the public bathroom was where the stairs are now.

Our romantic interlude came to an end when the bilge pump stopped working and the boat began to sink! Whenever we pass by where the public bathroom used to be (down a walkway where stairs are now), we always think of that time on “007’s” boat.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

BUSINESSWOMAN SUZANNE BLACK IN PUNCH WOMAN IN ACTION TODAY!

Every Thursday “The Punch”, Nassau, Bahamas, features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in action” column. Here is my WIA article in The Punch today about successful businesswoman Suzanne Black, whose grandfather founded Black’s Candy Kitchen and grandmother started Distinctive Shops.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ADVENTURE IN THE SCOTTISH COUNTRYSIDE!

My romantic suspense novel “Love at Sunset” is romance, drama, suspense, adventure and action all rolled into one! Here’s an excerpt from the book, where Gordon and Violet are exploring the grounds of an historic old Scottish house:

“Gordon helped her up. She held on to him, as he tenderly dried each of her feet with his handkerchief and pushed them into the sandals. Then they made their way back to the house, where their car was parked. As they approached, they came across an astonishing scene, something they never expected to see in the middle of the Scottish countryside.”



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

VALENTINE’S DAY IN YEARS GONE BY!

Valentine’s Day is so commercial these days, with people really going over the top with cards and presents to all and sundry! We sometimes seem to miss the essence of this popular time of year – true love and passion.

As a young teenager, who poured over romantic magazines for girls and giggled with her friends when a handsome boy flew past on his bicycle, school scarf flying, I couldn’t wait to open the envelopes that the postman delivered on Valentine’s Day!

I can still see those Valentine cards in my mind’s eye. They were bright, elaborate and full of kisses. And I never knew who they were from! Boys in those days didn’t sign their names when they sent their Valentine’s cards. And any girl could expect to get cards from several boys, who each might have a crush on her.

It was a delicious mystery who these cards were from and one that kept my friends and I giggling for many days after Valentine’s had passed!


Saturday, February 11, 2017

LOVE AT SUNSET AND SECRET PASSAGES!

An old photo of me in front of Boquhan Cottage,
Balfron, Scotland, where I lived as a small child
(during one of our visits back to the country of my birth)

I have been asked if Craigenveoch Cottage, which I wrote about in my mini-memoir “The Scottish Connection”, was the setting for the Scottish part of my romantic suspense novel “Love at Sunset”. I actually drew on my experiences as a child at Boquhan Cottage on the Boquhan Old House estate for the novel and I researched old houses like Boquhan and Craigenveoch to ensure that my descriptions were accurate for the era when they were built.

There was no secret passage in either Boquhan and Craigenveoch houses, as far as I know. That was completely from my imagination! However, from my research I found that secret passages were often included in these old homes when they were built, because of the religious unrest at the time. Priests and soldiers sometimes needed a place to lie low and to have a quick escape route!



Thursday, February 2, 2017

PROFESSOR VICTORIA ALLEN IS TODAY'S WOMAN IN ACTION!

Here is my "Woman in action" feature in The Punch today about Professor Victoria Allen, wife of prominent psychiatrist Dr. David Allen. Every Thursday “The Punch”, Nassau, Bahamas, features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in action” column.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

STIRLING OBSERVER FEATURES THE SCOTTISH CONNECTION!


Many thanks to The Stirling Observer, Scotland, for giving “The Scottish Connection” such a great spread! I am thrilled with the exposure for my new book. 


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!