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Saturday, July 13, 2019

BAHAMAS WRITER'S PUBLISHING PORTFOLIO!


My published books! Available on Amazon as e-books and in paperback:-

“SUNBEAMS FROM THE HEART - A COLLECTION OF TWELVE ROMANTIC SHORT STORIES” -
SUNBEAMS ON AMAZON

“LOVE AT SUNSET”, a Romantic Suspense novel set in Scotland and The Bahamas, with scenes in London, Devon, Fort Lauderdale and New York -
LOVE AT SUNSET ON AMAZON

“THE SCOTTISH CONNECTION: A JOURNEY BACK - MINI-MEMOIR”-
THE SCOTTISH CONNECTION ON AMAZON

“HOW TO BE THE BEST WRITER EVER!” – An Informal Guide and Source of Inspiration for New and Not So New Writers Worldwide
BEST WRITER ON AMAZON

Coming soon – another book of short stories!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY BAHAMAS!

RAWSON SQUARE, DOWNTOWN NASSAU. STATUE OF
QUEEN VICTORIA IN THE FOREGROUND. BAHAMAS
INDEPENDENCE DAY JULY 10, 2019

Today is The Bahamas’ 46th Anniversary of Independence. Before 1973 this archipelago of around 700 islands was a British Colony. Since Independence The Bahamas has been a British Commonwealth country.



Saturday, July 6, 2019

MORE SHORT STORIES!



I’m so excited! I’ve just finished writing my next book of short stories! More information coming soon.

Friday, June 28, 2019

CHRISTIAN CHURCHES IN THE BAHAMAS


St. Mary The Virgin Anglican Church,
Nassau, Bahamas

St. Mary The Virgin Anglican Church is one of the many Christian churches in The Bahamas. It is located on Virginia Street on the edge of downtown Nassau and was founded in 1844.

St. Mary’s Facebook page declares: “To be a welcoming church that proclaims and teaches the gospel, fosters a spiritual growth and encourages its members to offer their services, time and talents in missions and ministry for the building up of God’s kingdom.”


The church is also adjacent to the old Greek section of Nassau. When our sons were small, I used to take them with me to a little old wooden house near there when I visited an elderly bedridden lady called Mrs. Clarke. She enjoyed being read to and I would read children’s stories to her that she liked as much as our sons! I was referred to her by Christ Church Cathedral, which my family and I attended at the time. Visiting someone in need was a good lesson for our boys in humility.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

INTO BAHAMAS BLUE!


Our son Gavin diving in the beautiful waters of The Bahamas near Rose Island! He’s always loved nature. My upcoming children’s adventure book was inspired by our two sons’ many visits to Long Island, an unspoiled island in the southern Bahamas, where my husband Erskine was born and brought up.

Friday, June 14, 2019

POETRY ON PARLIAMENT!

OBEDIAH MICHAEL SMITH

ADRIAN D'AGUILAR ON BASS,
ERIC BOXERMAN ON KEYBOARD
AND EVA ZARUCKI ON SAXOPHONE


I had a real treat on my birthday last Saturday afternoon! Erskine took me to “Tea Talk” – A Special Poetry Reading by internationally recognized Bahamian poet Obediah Michael Smith at Gypsy Books and Tea on Parliament Street, downtown Nassau.  

When we arrived we were met by the soothing tones of a jazz trio – Adrian D’Aguilar on bass, Eric Boxerman on keyboard and Eva Zarucki on saxophone. Dr. Harold Munnings also played soft jazz on his classical guitar during an intermission.

Other poets who read their work were: Shalimar Johnson, A. Shareef Josey, Princess Pratt (former student of Shalimar Johnson), Eric Rose and Ancilleno Davis.

As we settled into easy chairs it was like being in someone’s home. We were surrounded by books of all kinds and a variety of gifts were displayed on antique tables and shelves. I felt immersed in culture. It was so relaxing and peaceful, far away from the everyday rowdiness of Nassau – lovely soft jazz and good company, along with the spoken word beautifully presented by the poets. All of the guests sat quietly, giving way to the artists, but occasionally there was a jovial moment, especially when a poet’s work had a little humour in it! Teas were available at the rear of the store.

As we left this most enjoyable event, the heavens opened and the rain came down accompanied by thunder and lightening! We waited a while and then made our way home to get ready for an evening meal at Spritz, Sandyport.

I couldn’t have had a better birthday!

Check out Obediah’s Facebook page at OBEDIAH MICHAEL SMITH FACEBOOK 
or email him at bestwordsmith@gmail.com

Monday, June 10, 2019

WEST HILL STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS


West Hill Street, Nassau, Bahamas, where the famous and very elegant Graycliff Hotel and Restaurant are located is really looking quite spectacular these days!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

TEA TALK BY INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED BAHAMIAN POET OBEDIAH MICHAEL SMITH


This coming Saturday, June 8th, at 4.00 p.m., internationally recognized Bahamian poet Obediah Michael Smith will be giving his first poetry reading publicly since returning from Africa where he resided from 2014 to 2018. The event will take place at Gypsy Books and Tea on Parliament Street, down town Nassau (phone number 242-376-2466).

Obediah Michael Smith was born in The Bahamas and has published twenty-two books of poetry. He attended Memphis State University and Fisk University and has also lived in Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica and Paris. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech and Drama. He attended writers’ workshops at the University of Miami and at UWI, Cave Hill, Barbados, conducted by Lorna Goodison, Earl Lovelace, Grace Nichols, Merle Collins, and Mervyn Morris.

His poems in English are included in literary journals and anthologies throughout the Caribbean, England, Kenya and the U.S.A., and his poems translated into Spanish are included in anthologies in Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Spain and Venezuela.

Click here for Obediah’s 20th book of poetry, “Women in Jinja - 28 Poems”, inspired by women he met while travelling through Jinja, the Eastern Region of Uganda, Africa: 

Obediah Michael Smith’s Facebook page:





Sunday, May 19, 2019

EXCITING NEW BOOKS!



“A Faint Whisper”, bestselling Bahamian author Tanya R. Taylor’s 12th book in her popular Cornelius Saga series, will now be released a couple of days earlier - Wednesday May 22nd. You still have time to pre-order at a special pre-order price though.


Also, “Blind Sight – The Lucille Pfiffer Mystery Series Book One” by Tanya R. Taylor has appeared as the #1 Amazon Hot New Release in its category the very first day after it was made available for pre-order! It's still sitting within the top 20.

For full information, read Tanya’s latest newsletter here:



Thursday, May 16, 2019

"BLIND SIGHT - LUCILLE PFIFFER MYSTERY SERIES, BOOK ONE" - EXCITING NEW COZY MYSTERY SERIES!




Coming soon! Exciting new cozy mystery series by bestselling Bahamian author Tanya R. Taylor​! “Blind Sight - Lucille Pfiffer Mystery Series, Book One” will be released July 28th, but you can order it now at a low e-book pre-order price!








Wednesday, May 15, 2019

LILFORD SQUIRE PUBLISHERS A BOUTIQUE PUBLISHING HOUSE


My romantic suspense novel “Love at Sunset” has been featured by Lilford Squire Ltd, which is “a boutique publishing house based eight miles from the beautiful university city of Cambridge.”

They say: “Our reason for being, our raison d’ĂȘtre, our denouement, is to promote literature of a high standard to our discerning readers. That’s what we’re about. Nothing else. We readily support authors, primarily of the romance genre, and will promote them if we can through our website and social media channels.”

Click here for Lilford Squire Ltd:

You can buy “Love at Sunset” (e-book and in paperback) at:


Friday, May 10, 2019

WHEN YOU'RE AN AUTHOR DEALING WITH GRIEF

My article featured in today’s Tribune is a tribute to a very special gentleman, Mr. Cecil Ferguson, whom Erskine and I had the great honour of knowing. He is the late father of Bahamian bestselling author Tanya R. Taylor, who will be releasing “A Faint Whisper”, the 12th book in her popular Cornelius Saga Series, on May 24th.

“A Faint Whisper” is available for pre-order at: 

Read the article at:

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

BAHAMAS WRITER!




I used to sell these mugs in my online store when I had a website with writers' forums and a newsletter! Now the information about writing contained on that website is in my writer's guide for sale on Amazon - "How to be the Best Writer Ever!"

CLICK HERE FOR WRITER'S GUIDE




Sunday, April 14, 2019

UNDER THE TAMARIND TREE FOR NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!



In celebration of National Poetry Month, The Commonwealth Writers of The Bahamas are presenting “Under The Tamarind Tree” next to the Nassau Public Library downtown every Saturday during April!

Vera Chase, President of The Commonwealth Writers of The Bahamas, says: “The Commonwealth Writers of The Bahamas invite you to join us at our second week of events in down town Nassau. We are celebrating the Poetry Month of April. You don't have to be a writer or published author to join us. You can share your stories as well, at an open Mic, we will listen. If you have a book to publish, Photo Shoot, DVD or Film Idea, now is the time to inquire. Visiting on a cruise ship? Walk across the main street, Bay Street onto Parliament Street to the end. There you will find us ‘Under The Tamarind Tree’. ‘Pompey’ is our story.”


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Sunday, March 24, 2019

ABOUT BIMINI FROM GOBIGGITY!

Here are some interesting facts about Bimini from Bahamian Travel Blogger Linny Deveaux. Linny's photography is out of this world as well as being from around the world! 

CLICK HERE FOR LINNY'S TRAVEL BLOG GOBIGGITY!

Friday, March 22, 2019

AN INSPIRING BAHAMIAN WHO BEAT ALL ODDS


A brilliant article in The Tribune March 14, 2019, by Diane Phillips about a remarkable Bahamian who was born with cerebral palsy. Michael A. Wells​ beat all odds to become a published author. His eighth book of short stories will be published shortly.


NEW BAHAMIAN CHILDREN'S ADVENTURE STORY BOOK

UPDATE: Still working with the illustrator to bring together the illustrations for the book. There will be ten chapter illustrations plus the cover illustration. My illustrator is doing a fantastic job! A very talented young man. Can hardly wait until all of the illustrations are completed and the book published!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

ROMANCE THEMES FOR INSPIRATION!


“10 Most Popular Romance Tropes for Readers” (from Romance Writers of America December 2014)

1. Friends to lovers

2. Soul mate/fate

3. Second chance at love

4. Secret romance

5. First love

6. Strong hero/heroine

7. Reunited lovers

8. Love triangle

9. Sexy billionaire/millionaire

10. Sassy heroine

Sunday, February 24, 2019

CHILDREN'S ADVENTURE STORY BOOK ILLUSTRATOR


I met with a very talented young man yesterday. He is an awesome artist and he has agreed to illustrate my children’s adventure story book! He is a University of The Bahamas graduate with terrific goals and aspirations. I will reveal his name when the book is published in about a month's time!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

NEW BOOK FADING BEAUTY BY BAHAMIAN PHOTOGRAPHER DALE GRANT


The Berlin-based publishing house Kerber will release a captivating new book “Fading Beauty” by internationally acclaimed Bahamian photographer Dale Grant in June 2019! 

As stated in Bahamian Art & Culture’s latest Newsletter, “Fading Beauty” is a collection of photographs capturing the distinctive features which flowers display during their life cycle. 

Go to Bahamian Art & Culture Newsletter for full article at BAHAMIAN ART & CULTURE NEWSLETTER

And click here for Dale Grant’s website: DALE GRANT


Saturday, February 9, 2019

GOBIGGETY.COM A GREAT TRAVEL BLOG!

LINNY DEVEAUX ON ONE OF HER TRIPS


I’ve been meaning to tell you about Bahamian Travel Blogger Linny Deveaux’s great travel blog Gobiggety.com!

Linny says on her blog: “The launching of goBiggety is in a way a look inside my travel diary, at the junction of island girl meets the world.  I want to use this blog to document life experiences, I hope never to forget. To fill its pages with the places I’ve been, but most importantly, the people I’ve met along the way.”

Her photography is awesome and her descriptions of places she has travelled to are compelling, informative and fascinating.

She also tempts subscribers to her youtube channel with delightful vlogs of places near and far that she has visited - GoBiggety on Youtube

Check Linny’s travel blog out and you will surely get the travel bug!



TANYA R. TAYLOR'S NEW RELEASES!



Here’s my article in the Tribune’s “Weekend” February 8, 2019, (Page 13) about bestselling Bahamian author Tanya R. Taylor’s latest release “One Dead Politician” and her upcoming release February 17th of “Wicked Little Saints”. Click below to read the full page spread.



Friday, February 8, 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

"ONE DEAD POLITICIAN" BY TANYA R. TAYLOR TO BE RELEASED TOMORROW!

Thanks to The Punch for rerunning this article of mine just in time for the release tomorrow of bestselling author Tanya R. Taylor’s new thriller “One Dead Politician”! The Tribune also ran the article in their “Weekend” edition recently. What a title - “One Dead Politician”! Can’t wait to read it when it comes out tomorrow. Here’s the link to the book on Amazon:




COOL SITE FOR KIDS ABOUT THE BAHAMAS!


This is a really cool site about The Bahamas for young kids - and we adults can learn from it too!

BAHAMAS4KIDS.COM

Sunday, January 20, 2019

ONE DEAD POLITICIAN BY TANYA R. TAYLOR




“Gripping, fast-paced. The Suspense is a Killer! Corruption, Scandals, Kickbacks- All Make For Good Politics and… MURDER” - This is what is being said about “One Dead Politician” by Tanya R. Taylor, due to be released on Thursday, January 24th!

Tanya R. Taylor is the author of several #1 bestsellers across the various Amazon Stores. All of her books have made Amazon Kindle’s Top 100 Paid Bestsellers’ List in several categories, some next to the “Master of Horror” Stephen King and Dean Koontz! 

Read more about this exciting new book on the author’s website at The Official Website of No. 1 Bestselling Author Tanya R. Taylor

There is still time to preorder at a special preorder price!

Monday, January 14, 2019

KIWANIS CLUB OF NEW PROVIDENCE CHILDREN'S BOOK DONATION DRIVE


During The Kiwanis Club of New Providence Children’s Book Donation Drive outside Logos Book Store, Harbour Bay Shopping Centre, Nassau, recently, I bought a copy of “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” from Logos and dropped it into their donation box. I told the Kiwanis ladies how my mother sent me to elocution lessons when we moved from Scotland to England because my Scottish accent had become mixed up with a Birmingham accent and it was difficult to understand what I said! I can’t remember how old I was, but I was younger than ten. I had to memorize pages of “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” in order to recite them during my elocution lessons!

The Club’s Vice President Dominique Rolle was delighted with my little Alice in Wonderland tale and asked if I could give a video interview about it. I agreed and here it is! - FAY'S VIDEO INTERVIEW AT KIWANIS BOOK DONATION DRIVE

The Kiwanis Club of New Providence is a non-profit organization that is a part of Kiwanis International. They are a service club that gives back to the community through service projects – a wonderful group of very dedicated and hard working ladies!

For further information check them out on Facebook at:-

P.S. Other videos (including my husband Erskine and son Gavin jamming at the old “Crazy Johnny’s nightclub!”) are also on my YouTube Channel at:-


Sunday, January 6, 2019

ISLAND-STYLE WRITING AND WELLNESS RETREAT!




An Island-style Writing and Wellness Retreat will be held in Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, Bahamas, May 18 – 23, 2019. It is a great opportunity for established or aspiring writers and will be hosted by Chrissann Nickel of Women Who Live on Rocks and Mariah Moyle of Out Island Life Bahamas.

Chrissann says on her website Womenwholiveonrocks.com: “This Bahamas retreat has been specially designed to provide participants with a purposeful mid-year pause to assess where you’re at and where you want to go with your writing and creative pursuits in the second half of the year.”



Saturday, January 5, 2019

BUY A BOOK FOR A CHILD!

The dedicated Kiwanis volunteers asked to take a photo
 of me dropping a children’s book into their box!


The Kiwanis Club of New Providence are having another Children’s Book Donation Drive on Saturday, January 12th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Logos Book Store, Harbour Bay (they had one today). They are also having the Book Donation Drive at Bookworld Stationers.

Children’s books are not necessarily expensive. At today’s Book Donation Drive, I bought “Alice in Wonderland” from Logos for just under $9 and there were some as low as around $5.

For further information on the Kiwanis Book Donation Drive, telephone 242-477-4614. It’s a very worthwhile cause. I hope one of the children will enjoy Alice in Wonderland as much as I did!