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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

A SPOOKY HALLOWEEN MUSIC VIDEO FROM BRITISH BAND BUSINESS TIME!


This latest video by British band BusinessTime is priceless! They are putting out these fabulous videos while they can't do live gigs. My nephew Tom Bailey is on bass. Singer is Laura Nield, guitarist Gaz Edmunds, drums Andrew Hill, and keyboards Abhi Shivraj.

LINK TO BUSINESS TIME VIDEO




Sunday, October 25, 2020

DANGEROUS DEVOTION - A THRILLING MYSTERY ROMANCE

 


"Dangerous Devotion" - Reduced! Limited time only. 

If your relationship was threatened, what lengths would you go to in order to save it? Facing imminent danger and fierce opposition to love a second time around, Violet and Gordon seek a new life in Gordon’s homeland of Scotland, thousands of miles away from where they had lived in Nassau, Bahamas, but trouble catches up with them in their little loch side cottage. 

Formerly "Love at Sunset". A stand-alone mystery romance. Also available in paperback.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ON AMAZON







Saturday, October 24, 2020

SHORT STORIES TO CALM YOUR MIND


 
“Sunbeams from The Heart: A Collection of Twelve Romantic Short Stories" - Reduced for Limited Time Only!

"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

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ON AMAZON





Saturday, October 17, 2020

ART ON POINTE!

 


An artist recently working at The Pointe, Nassau, Bahamas. Art will go on! And so will music, dance, drama and writing.



Friday, October 9, 2020

DEVELOPING AN ARTICLE INTO A MEMOIR!


My lovely Scottish Granny in the Scottish snow!
(one of the photos that appears in The Scottish Connection)

Writing Tip: Consider developing what started out as a feature article into a full length book! After I returned to Scotland with my mother and young sons to revisit our Scottish roots, I wrote an article about our trip. I submitted the article to various publications over the years, but at 4,000+ words it appeared it was too long. Eventually a prestigious Canadian magazine editor said he loved it and wanted to use it. Unfortunately, a year later the publisher decided against it. I think they just couldn't find where to fit it in, as it was so long!

Then a light went off in my brain. Why not develop the article into a book? I dug out copies of my ancestors' marriage, birth and death certificates which had been in my late mother's possession, so I could add that information. And I scanned old photos plus some from the Scottish trip. 

I put it all together and "The Scottish Connection: A Journey Back - Mini-memoir", with Scottish ancestry, historical facts, genealogy, comparable prices, geographical descriptions, personal anecdotes, nostalgia and precious old photos, was released on Amazon as an e-book and in paperback!

Take a look at it, if you like. There's a sample "Look Inside" on Amazon - CLICK HERE





Tuesday, October 6, 2020

WRITING DURING THE PANDEMIC

 

Excerpt from "How to Be the Best Writer Ever!"


During this difficult time of lockdowns and restrictions, many of us might not feel like writing, but as I state in my writer's guide "How to Be the Best Writer Ever", writing can often help you bounce back from the difficulties you may be experiencing.

Available as an e-book and in paperback. 

CLICK HERE to buy on Amazon.co.uk

CLICK HERE to buy on Amazon.com



 


Monday, October 5, 2020

A RADIO EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME!

 


Having just discovered I can post recordings and videos on my blog (!), here is my radio interview May 10th, 2020, with UK Radio Presenter Howard James on ExmouthAiR Radio, Devon England.

ExmouthAiR Radio is "an award-winning local radio station" in Devon, England (106.4FM). All of their shows "are produced by local presenters offering an exclusively local radio service that promotes local events and life in Exmouth and the surrounding areas."

This is the link to my radio interview if you wish to save it! - https://youtu.be/9lGIc2GUdX0

 

Friday, September 25, 2020

BRITISH BAND BUSINESS TIME'S FABULOUS LOCK DOWN VIDEOS!


Here's the tenth video in Business Time's series of lockdown videos. They say: "We've gone for something we've never done before for this one, a cover of How Far I'll Go from Disney's Moana, Gaz's favourite movie."

This great British band are putting out these fabulous videos while they can't do live gigs. As well as portraying their usual superb musical standard, this video has a remarkable presentation. They are so creative and talented! My nephew Tom Bailey is on bass, singer is Laura Nield, guitarist Gaz Edmunds and drums Andrew Hill. Tom says: "We all set up and record our own standard videos at home. I then compile them together and edit it."

VIDEO LINK


Saturday, September 5, 2020

NEW CHRISTMAS SHORT STORY

 


I'm trying to finish a Christmas short story to submit to The People's Friend. Hope it's not too late!


Friday, September 4, 2020

MOVING FORWARDS DESPITE COVID-19

 

Macrovector - www.freepik.com


Well, there's one spark of good news today amongst all the gloom and doom! The Bahamas Government has signed a Heads of Agreement with Eleuthera Properties Ltd. to develop the Jack's Bay Resort, Golf Course and Marina project on Eleuthera. Read the full story in The Nassau Guardian HERE






Wednesday, September 2, 2020

COVID-19 RULES IN PARADISE

 

Me jogging in our tiny front garden!

The Covid-19 rules in The Bahamas are always changing back and forwards under the Executive Orders that are imposed by the "Competent Authority", aka our Prime Minister. And every time it's announced that the PM is going to give an address, we all quiver in our shoes! There's panic at the food stores as people are thrown into fear that we might have another lock down.

Fortunately, it looks as though complete lock downs are on hold for now (and I hope they'll never come about), but there's always the possibility of some form of shut down if Covid-19 cases don't level off.

Right now on New Providence the only time we can exercise at any hour (except for the 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. curfew) is in our own "yards"! We are allowed to exercise in our "immediate neighbourhood" from 5 a.m. - 9 a.m. and go to the beaches and parks then, but I'm not an early bird!

Longing for freedom and long walks. 


Saturday, August 22, 2020

NEW COZY CONSPIRACY SERIES

 

Bestselling Bahamian author Tanya R. Taylor has just released her 32nd book "Eppington: Where Dogs Rule". This is Book One in her new Hewey Spader Cozy Mystery Series.

Thank you to The Tribune and also The Punch, which both published my article about Tanya's exciting new release.

The Punch article appeared on page 13 of their issue Monday, August 17th. The Tribune article can be found on page 7 of their "Weekend" issue of Friday, August 21st, here: TRIBUNE WEEKEND

To purchase "Eppington" go to EPPINGTON: WHERE DOGS RULE


 





Saturday, August 15, 2020

LOCKDOWN STRESS!

 

What a time this is! We're under a two week lockdown on New Providence. Except for essential workers, we can't go anywhere at all on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday (except for exercising in our yards or 6 a.m. - 9 a.m. in our immediate neighbourhood). We've had lockdowns before, but none as long as this one. It's rumoured that it might be extended and may even be more restrictive!

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, food stores, gas stations, hardwares (but only for those carrying lumber and concrete, and for curbside pick up only), pharmacies (curbside pick up only), and banks (mornings only) are open. We're supposed to just go there, shop, and return quickly to our homes (hah!). One person per family is supposed to be a designated shopper (that's not working!).

Because of the severe restrictions, on the days we can go to any of these, it's crazy with people crowding and standing in long lines, many not wearing masks or wearing them incorrectly. The overcrowding must be defeating the purpose of trying to reduce the number of positive Covid-19 cases. Then supplies fly off the shelves, so shoppers have to dash from one store to another.

Erskine had a terrible rush yesterday trying to get enough groceries for the weekend. Then our water delivery guy couldn't make it, as they were restricted to only three days per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday - plus Saturdays for essential workers only). He said he could drop our water today. However, by the time it got to mid-afternoon, we were getting worried. We didn't have enough drinking water to last until Monday. Anyway, he eventually got here and saved the day.

Someone we know says he had quite a time at a gas station the other day. When he paid for his gas, the cashier angrily informed him that the $20 bill he gave her was counterfeit. He tried to replace it, but was short $1.51. He told her he would have to come back to pay the $1.51. She didn't want to accept that, but in the end he drove off, got more money from his house and returned to pay her the $1.51. He worked out later that the counterfeit note had been in change he was given at a food store. 

If Covid-19 doesn't kill us, all this lockdown stress will!


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

NOSTALGIC SCOTTISH MEMORIES

 


Do you have Scottish roots or do you just love the blockbuster movie "Braveheart"?! 

In this nostalgic, illustrated mini-memoir I share memories of my 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 prices, geographical descriptions, personal anecdotes, nostalgia and precious old photos.

EXCERPT: “We pressed on towards the border. Our AA book informed us we would cross the line of the old Roman ‘Hadrian's Wall’ before the boundary between England and Scotland. Just after the Border Forest, a carload of excited, waving people passed us going in the opposite direction. We knew we had reached Scotland at last! The boys cheered. My mother and I were home again, in that land of soaring mountains, rushing burns and ancient glens.”

CLICK HERE FOR THE SCOTTISH CONNECTION




Saturday, August 8, 2020

A BLAST FROM THE PAST!

 


This brightened up my day! A friend sent me this newspaper cutting that appeared on The Bideford History Page of Facebook. The photo was taken about 60 years ago! I did have a faded copy, but it was minus the caption. 

It was interesting to have a reminder about "Bideford Musicals", that I'd once belonged to. I'm second from the left ("Fay Johanson"). 

I also did ballet as a young child and at the age of twenty was a chorus girl in a production at The Exeter Little Theatre, Devon. As well as a writer, I'd always wanted to be a singer or a dancer!



Monday, August 3, 2020

HURRICANE ISAIAS PAYS US A VISIT!


Neighbours lose shingles during Hurricane Isaias

Well, we have survived. Hurricane Isaias has left The Bahamas!

When I woke up Saturday morning to crazy weather, I felt quite nervous. The power was off, wind howling and rain beating down. We had been warned that Isaias would bring quite a lot of rain and possible storm surges.

It reminded me of Hurricane Matthew, which I wrote about HERE. I prayed we wouldn't get another one like that - or even worse, a "Hurricane Dorian", which Grand Bahama and Abaco suffered terribly from in September 2019!

However, we were lucky. My husband Erskine summarized it for me. When Isaias approached us, the eye was 45 miles south of New Providence. Hurricane force winds were only 35 miles from eye, so we were 10 miles away from hurricane force winds and only had tropical force winds. The eye of the storm passed over Andros, which is west of us. By Saturday evening we knew we were in the clear.

We understand there has been no severe damage, no injuries and no deaths anywhere in The Bahamas. However, some homes have been affected by high water from the rain in low lying areas. My heart goes out to those residents. Our power was restored after eight hours. Others were not so fortunate.

Now Isaias is heading for the Carolinas as a Tropical Storm (possibly becoming a hurricane again). I wonder if everyone will be able to pronounce the name Isaias properly by the time it dissolves!


Sunday, August 2, 2020

WHY?


A fellow author in the U.S. reached out to me the other day, saying: "You've been quiet lately. Is everything OK with you and yours?"

That's a good question. I guess he meant because I haven't been continually writing, marketing my books and revealing plans for more books, as I usually do! Also, I haven't been saying anything about how things are in The Bahamas and there sure has been a lot going on.

I think a lot of writers worldwide are grappling with the current Corona virus situation. I see them discussing this on writers' forums. But I don't know what's up with me! I keep trying to pull myself together and get on with it. Get on with what though?

I do go through the motions - doing secretarial work for my family, cooking, cleaning, exercising as much as is currently allowed, and so on...... But something's missing and it's not just the writing or not being able to physically socialize with friends!

Why am I like this right now? I think this question will only be answered after everything gets back to "normal", whenever and whatever that will be!

Nevertheless, here I am writing again, so maybe this is the best way to go right now. If you are having difficulty applying yourself to whatever you love to do, don't worry about it. It will all come back to you at just the right time. I truly believe that!



Saturday, July 25, 2020

EXCITING FOURTH BOOK IN THE LUCILLE PFIFFER COZY MYSTERY SERIES!


#1 Bestselling Bahamian Author Tanya R. Taylor has just released her 31st book, "Blind Fury"! "Blind Fury" is the fourth book in Tanya's entertaining Lucille Pfiffer Cozy Mystery series.

CLICK HERE for the Amazon link to the Lucille Pfiffer Series. 

A copy of my Tribune feature article about Blind Fury, published last weekend, is above.  CLICK HERE for the link.

I have thoroughly enjoyed each book in this series and am  looking forward to Book Five! My article about "Blind Fury" also appeared in The Punch and Nassau Guardian. A big thank you to all of these newspapers, which continue to support local authors.


Sunday, July 12, 2020

ANOTHER FIVE STAR REVIEW!

SOME PAGES FROM "DANGEROUS DEVOTION"

Another fabulous Five Star Review of my novel "Dangerous Devotion" by "Dom G"! ....."The book is a good read with a lot of plot twists that keep to the end. You can tell the author's familiarity with the different places and the knowledge of them. This kept me engaged straight to the end and is definitely worthy to be made into a short film. Although I thought there would be more sad endings for the different characters, this is truly a happy ending type of novel. I'd recommend this especially for those living in The Bahamas."

I am so grateful to the lovely readers who take the time to leave their comments on Amazon about my books!

"Dangerous Devotion" is set in The Bahamas (Nassau and Long Island) and Scotland, with scenes in Fort Lauderdale, New York, London and Devon.

Read a few pages of "Dangerous Devotion" in the book's Amazon "Look Inside" HERE  


Thursday, June 11, 2020

PERFECT FOR YOUR SUMMER READING!




It's interesting that, out of all of my books, "Sunbeams from the Heart - A Collection of Twelve Romantic Short Stories" is my best seller - the large print paperback edition, and mostly in the U.K., although it's available worldwide!

PERFECT FOR YOUR SUMMER READING! “Sunbeams from the Heart – A Collection of Twelve Romantic Short Stories”. Available as an e-book and in paperback (regular and large print).

Here are a couple of 5-star reviews of "Sunbeams from the Heart":-

“A delightful collection of romantic stories, ideal for holiday reading or any time you want your heart warmed.” – Mrs H E McLoughlin, Amazon Customer.

"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 

And from the description on Amazon:-

A BEAUTIFUL KEEPSAKE! Love themes in this delightful collection of romantic short stories tell of nostalgia, bright new beginnings, homecoming, second chances - and the unexpected!
HEART-WARMING STORIES that propel you on a journey through Scotland, England, The Bahamas and rural America.
“HUGELY POPULAR...Charming and surprising”: The Lady magazine, London, England, wrote about one of these short stories, first published in “The Lady” and now appearing in “Sunbeams from the Heart”.

**CLICK HERE FOR SUNBEAMS FROM THE HEART**




Friday, June 5, 2020

EXMOUTH AIR RADIO INTERVIEW WITH SIDMOUTH AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR JANE CORRY



This is a really interesting interview by Exmouth Air Radio Presenter Howard James with Sidmouth, Devon, Award-winning author Jane Corry! (I was also interviewed by Howard on Exmouth Air Radio May 10th). Jane is a tremendously successful author, having sold a million copies of her books worldwide!

CLICK HERE FOR JANE CORRY'S INTERVIEW

The interview starts at about 12.20 on the audio time line.






Sunday, May 31, 2020

GRADUAL RELAXATION OF COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS IN THE BAHAMAS

J F Kennedy Drive, New Providence, May 30, 2020

I ventured out Friday for the first time in ten weeks, except for walking for exercise in our immediate neighbourhood (could only do this Mondays to Fridays during curfews, as we have been completely locked down at weekends). Erskine has been our shopper and I have been the one who stayed at home.

He took me to look for a large umbrella in the pharmacy, to help protect me from the increasing heat of the sun when we go walking. As it happens, starting Tuesday, we'll be allowed to go further afield to walk, so we'll be able go to a shady area. The umbrella wasn't much use anyway!

It was as if I had been in a coma for a while and coming out of it, everything seemed to have changed! People in masks lining up outside food stores, anxious eyes everywhere. Yet, in the pharmacy one employee stocking a cooler wasn't wearing a mask. I felt uneasy and asked "shouldn't you be wearing a mask?" She didn't answer, but after a while reappeared with a mask hanging from one ear!

Then I followed Erskine into the food store, somewhat tenuously. It wasn't a pleasant experience, as I had to spend most of my time dodging people in the aisles, who didn't seem to care if they bumped into me!

I was actually glad to get home again!

Please note: Ending soon! - Special .99 cents price each for my latest release DEADLY DECEIT IN PARADISE (Book Two in my Buchanan Mystery Romance Series) and DANGEROUS DEVOTION (Book One in the Buchanan Mystery Romance Series)! Both books are also available in paperback.
Click below to order:-








Wednesday, May 13, 2020

EXMOUTH AIR RADIO, DEVON, ENGLAND, AUTHOR INTERVIEW


I was excited and most honoured to be invited on ExmouthAiR Radio, Devon, England, by U.K. Radio Presenter Howard James.

CLICK HERE for my live radio interview with Howard James on ExmouthAiR Radio Sunday, May 10th, 2020! For my interview start listening at 1:15:50.

You can also listen to the interview on my YouTube channel HERE 

ExmouthAiR Radio is "an award-winning local radio station" in Devon, England (106.4FM). All of their shows "are produced by local presenters offering an exclusively local radio service that promotes local events and life in Exmouth and the surrounding areas."

Howard tells me that the area covered by ExmouthAiR Radio is "a greater part of East Devon plus the Exe Estuary town (Teignmouth/Dawlish areas). Also down to Newton Abbott and Torbay....also Exeter/Topsham." - including of course, Exmouth.

Howard James started his radio career as a volunteer at Hospital Radio in Exeter and then moved on to BBC Radio Devon in Exeter and Plymouth, presenting programmes at either end of the day over a period of around twenty years. He also worked in commercial radio at Orchard FM in Taunton (along with popular U.K. television host Jeremy Kyle) and Lantern FM in Bideford.

The programme Howard James presents every Sunday morning (10 a.m. until 12 noon U.K. time), features local guests "chatting about local things both serious and not so serious plus a sprinkling of music, features and hopefully some cheery banter." He invited me on his live show because of my connection to East Devon. He had read one of my British press releases and wanted to interview me about my published books.

I discovered from chatting to Howard prior to my radio interview that he used to walk from the BBC Radio Devon studio in Exeter down St. David's Hill to buy snacks from St. David's General Stores. My husband Erskine owned and operated St. David's General Stores at one time!






Sunday, May 10, 2020

LIVE EXMOUTH AIR RADIO INTERVIEW!


Well, I've done it! Had a live radio interview early this morning by Exmouth Air Radio Presenter Howard James. My first one ever! Had to get up at 5.15 a.m. for 6.20 a.m. start (Bahamas time) and I'm not normally an early riser!

The interview lasted about 40 minutes and from Tuesday will run 24/7 for two weeks on Exmouth Air Radio's website. The segment will be downloadable from Tuesday, so I'll post the link when it's available. Howard had contacted me about my books after reading one of my Devon press releases.

Friday, May 8, 2020

VE DAY MEMORIES


In a May 1945 letter written to his brother in Australia by my father William ("Bill") Johanson, who was in the Royal Australian Air Force during the Second World War (Sergeant Instrument Repairer on planes, stationed in the U.K.), he said: "I didn't do much celebrating on VE Day. I was at a training camp for a Central Trade Test Board on that day, although naturally it was cancelled until the next day. I passed the Board and am now Group I, which means quarter of a sterling extra per day. I passed through London to and from where I had the Board and everyone was celebrating in a big way with flags flying everywhere, and huge crowds all over the place, but of course they deserved a celebration!"

I have the original of this letter - what a treasure!




Tuesday, April 28, 2020

COLLABORATION OF THE WRITE KIND!



The Tribune did a great job with my article "Collaboration of The Write Kind", featuring a compelling new book "I Didn't Know I Was Beautiful: The Real & Raw Facts That Every Woman on the Planet Should Know.", co-authored by Tanya R. Taylor and Tara Tomlinson. The book is due to be released May 30, 2020, but is available for pre-order right now!





Saturday, April 25, 2020

A STORY FILLED WITH INTRIGUE, ROMANCE, SCANDAL AND MYSTERY!



DEADLY DECEIT IN PARADISE, Book Two in the Buchanan Mystery Romance Series - "What a ride! This book was sooooo interesting, I literally hated when I had to put it down." - Amazon Customer.

A mysterious death in paradise leads a young woman down a path that will determine her future. Natalie Barrett flies from London to Nassau, Bahamas, to attend a favourite uncle's funeral and the reading of his will. While staying at her deceased uncle's home, she notices a string of suspicious events that lead her to believe he may not have died from natural causes as reported. Will her curiosity and subsequent amateur investigation point to murder? A story filled with intrigue, romance, scandal and mystery that will keep your mind on it long after you’ve read the last page.

Discounted on Amazon for a limited time only! A stand alone read. Also available in paperback.





WRITING IS AN ESCAPE!



WHY write?! Above is an excerpt from Chapter Two "The Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of Writing" in my writer's guide "How to Be The Best Writer Ever".

One of the reasons for writing, "It's an escape", is particularly pertinent during this difficult time. If you're getting "cabin fever" being locked down or stuck at home in a curfew, get on your computer or scribble in a note pad and just write. Write anything you like. No one ever needs to read it! Writing in times of trouble is really therapeutic.






Friday, April 17, 2020

RAIN, LOVELY RAIN!


Rain, lovely rain! We really needed this. Thank you God!

Here's an excerpt from "Deadly Deceit In Paradise", Book Two in my Buchanan Mystery Romance Series, which features a rainy scene:-

"Natalie and Fredrik splashed along the shoreline towards the old house. Just as they reached it and climbed up the pathway to the wooden deck, a downpour of rain caught them. They ran inside the old building and collapsed onto the floor, laughing."

Purchase Deadly Deceit In Paradise HERE







Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Saturday, April 11, 2020

BUCHANAN MYSTERY ROMANCE SERIES AMAZON PAGE




So nice of Amazon to create a Series Page for my Buchanan Mystery Romance Series! So far, it's being called a "Two Book Series". However, I plan on writing Book Three in the not too distant future!

CLICK HERE FOR BUCHANAN MYSTERY ROMANCE SERIES AMAZON PAGE







Thursday, April 9, 2020

UPCOMING EXMOUTH AIR RADIO INTERVIEW!


I am so excited! Exmouth Air (Devon, England) Radio Presenter Howard James will be interviewing me on his show Sunday, May 10th, about the latest book in my Buchanan Mystery Romance Series, Deadly Deceit In Paradise (as well as Book One in the series - Dangerous Devotion), with questions such as what was my inspiration for the books; my background; my link to Exmouth; why I moved to The Bahamas and my life here; why I moved to Devon years ago and my life there; my published work; how people can find out more and obtain my books; and future plans for more books.

Howard James, a former BBC radio presenter, has a long career in broadcasting. And Exmouth Air covers a wide area that includes Exmouth, Teignmouth, Dawlish, Topsham, Sidmouth, and Budleigh Salterton.

CLICK HERE FOR HOWARD JAMES, EXMOUTH AIR RADIO

I will have to get up early for the interview, as the U.K. is five hours ahead of The Bahamas. Won't be easy, but I'll do anything for my craft!


A couple of days after the interview, it will run 24/7 for two weeks on their website and I will be able to download it from there!

Don't forget, the e-books for Deadly Deceit In Paradise and Dangerous Devotion are currently available for down load at a special price (limited time only). The books are also available in paperback.






LOCK DOWN BAHAMAS!




We're in lock down now in The Bahamas from last night Wednesday 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday, April 14th, except for essential workers! Then the following Friday nights throughout the rest of April we'll be in lock down again until the Monday mornings!


Saturday, April 4, 2020

DEADLY DECEIT IN PARADISE FEATURED IN THE EXMOUTH JOURNAL


Opening of Chapter One, Deadly Deceit In Paradise
This is so cool! I'm fortunate that I've lived in many different places, including Devon. The Exmouth Journal just published an article about my new novel "Deadly Deceit In Paradise" (Book Two in my Buchanan Mystery Romance Series). Following is the link to The Exmouth Journal article. It should appear in print next week:-
EXMOUTH JOURNAL ARTICLE

If you'd like to grab a copy of this second book in my Buchanan Mystery Romance Series go to:-
or

"Deadly Deceit In Paradise" is available from Amazon as an e-book and in paperback. The e-book is only .99 cents right now (special introductory price - limited time only). For those of you who don’t have a Kindle, no problem. The free Kindle app can be downloaded from Amazon HERE for most major smart phones, tablets and computers.

And for my Bahamas readers, our local importers are still bringing in shipments, so you can order paperbacks and consign them to your favourite importer's U.S. address. Then you'll receive your paperbacks in The Bahamas not long after that!

And don't forget, if you haven't yet read "Dangerous Devotion", Book One in my Buchanan Mystery Romance Series, you can grab that e-book too for only .99 cents (limited time only). I reduced the price to give those who haven't read it, the opportunity. "Dangerous Devotion" is also available from Amazon in paperback. 

Here are the links:-
or

Both books are stand alone reads.

"TRY THEM, YOU'LL LIKE THEM!"




Thursday, April 2, 2020

SIX WAYS WE CAN HELP BOOKSTORES BY BESTSELLING THRILLER AUTHOR KAREN DIONNE



I have just received another fabulous newsletter from Karen Dionne, USA Today and #1 International Bestselling Thriller Author.

I loved her gripping novel "The Marsh King's Daughter" and can hardly wait for the next one "The Wicked Sister", due to be released in August,

Karen says: "Now more than ever it's important to remember the bookstores that have had to temporarily shut their doors." And she lists in her newsletter six ways we can help.


Here's the link to Karen's latest newsletter:-



Saturday, March 28, 2020

THE PUNCH ANNOUNCES EXCITING NEW MYSTERY NOVELS!




I was delighted to discover that The Punch is now online and they featured my new novel "Deadly Deceit In Paradise" on Page 29 of their Thursday, March 26th, 2020, issue! Bestselling Bahamian author Tanya R. Taylor's new release "Blind Justice" is featured in the same issue on Page 33! 

Both of our books are available as e-books and in paperback (special introductory prices on the e-books!).

Go to the following link for The Punch and flick through to locate the articles:-




Enjoy!



Saturday, March 21, 2020

BAHAMIAN AUTHOR'S SECRETS OF SUCCESS



Super spread in The Tribune's Weekend March 20th featuring bestselling Bahamian author Tanya R. Taylor's exciting new book in her Lucille Pfiffer Series - BLIND JUSTICE! 



Saturday, March 14, 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

DEADLY DECEIT IN PARADISE NOW HERE!



It's here at last! DEADLY DECEIT IN PARADISE, Book TWO in my Buchanan Mystery Romance Series is now available to download from Amazon at the low introductory price of .99 cents. And the paperback will be available soon as well.


DANGEROUS DEVOTION (formerly "Love at Sunset"), Book ONE in the Buchanan Mystery Romance Series, can also be downloaded from Amazon now for the special price of .99 cents (limited time only), if you have not already read it.

Both books are stand alone reads. "Dangerous Devotion" is also available in paperback.

"Deadly Deceit In Paradise" (Book Two) tells how a mysterious death in paradise leads a young woman down a path that will determine her future. Natalie Barrett flies from London to Nassau , Bahamas, to attend a favourite uncle's funeral and the reading of his will. While staying at her deceased uncle's home, she notices a string of suspicious events that lead her to believe he may not have died from natural causes as reported. Will her curiosity and subsequent amateur investigation point to murder? A story filled with intrigue, romance, scandal and mystery that will keep your mind on it long after you’ve read the last page.


"Dangerous Devotion" (Book One) poses the question - if your relationship was threatened, what lengths would you go to in order to save it? Facing imminent danger and fierce opposition to love a second time around, Violet and Gordon seek a new life in Gordon’s homeland of Scotland, thousands of miles away from where they had lived in Nassau, Bahamas, but trouble catches up with them in their little loch side cottage. In the meantime, back in Nassau an unscrupulous attorney appears on the scene, along with a crooked realtor. What they do and the extent they would go to leads to a shocking ending.

CLICK HERE FOR DANGEROUS DEVOTION

Enjoy!

P.S. If you don't have a Kindle, no problem! The free Kindle app can be downloaded from Amazon HERE: KINDLE APP for most major smart phones, tablets and computers.



Sunday, March 8, 2020

THING BIG FOR ASPIRING WRITERS!


The Tribune did a great job with my feature article about award-winning bestselling Bahamian author Tanya R. Taylor's new writing service THINK BIG!

THINK BIG offers writing services for small and large businesses, aspiring authors and anyone in need of assistance with fiction or non-fiction projects. Including, but not limited to: Book writing, speech preparation, content writing, editing & much more.

Read article "Best-selling Author Urges Aspiring Writers to Think Big" on Page 23 of The Tribune's "Weekend" March 6th, 2020, for contact details:-



Monday, February 24, 2020

SUNBEAMS FROM THE HEART A WINNER!




Shortly after its release, my book “Sunbeams from the Heart: A Collection of Twelve Romantic Short Stories” made Amazon's top 100 paid best-sellers' list in the Literature & Fiction/Short stories category next to Stephen King’s “Hearts in Atlantis”! And 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”!

One of my stories in "Sunbeams" is "The Rose Bower" (see excerpt). "Strawberry Cottage", Bideford, Devon, where I once lived as a child, inspired this romantic short story. The story was also published in "The Lady" magazine, England, along with some of the other stories in the book.

Sunbeams from the Heart is available on Amazon as an e-book and in paperback (regular and large print):



Wednesday, February 19, 2020

HOW TO BE THE BEST WRITER EVER!

EXCERPT FROM HOW TO BE
THE BEST WRITER EVER!



A lovely 5 Star Review of my writer's guide "How to Be the Best Writer Ever" from "GranGran" in the UK:-

"Always promised myself I would write my first book when I retired but then realised that I had no idea of the logistics involved! This book is exactly what any would-be author needs to know. Written in a concise and understandable way Fay Knowles takes you through absolutely everything. I would like to thank her for her generosity in sharing it with other aspiring writers."

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

LUCKY THIRTEEN FOR BESTSELLING BAHAMIAN AUTHOR TANYA R. TAYLOR!



Great coverage in The Tribune's "Weekend" January 31st, 2020, for Bestselling and Award Winning Bahamian author Tanya R. Taylor's latest release 'Til Death Do Us Part! 

On the same day that this article by yours truly appeared and 'Til Death Do Us Part was released, the book (Book 13 in her popular Cornelius Saga Series), was on Amazon's Top One Hundred Bestsellers List in the Ghost Suspense category, along with Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark and Anne Rice!





Thursday, January 16, 2020

NEW TITLE - DANGEROUS DEVOTION!



DANGEROUS DEVOTION - If your relationship was threatened, what lengths would you go to in order to save it? 

The e-book of "Dangerous Devotion" (formerly Love at Sunset), Book One in my Buchanan Mystery Romance Series, is now on sale for 99 cents (limited time only)!


The title "Dangerous Devotion" reflects not only the moving romance and gripping suspense of the book, but also the deadly peril, emotional drama and intrigue throughout. The paperback will be available shortly at a new lower price. And coming soon Book Two in this exciting series - 
DEADLY DECEIT!




Sunday, January 5, 2020

NEW NOVEL FINISHED!

My romantic suspense novel DEADLY DECEIT (formerly Oleanders End) is finished! 44,500 words! Now on with the editing! 

"Deadly Deceit" is Book 2 in my Buchanan Mystery Romance Series.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

THE LAST LEG!


I was away over Christmas for a week so I didn't do any work on my romantic suspense novel DEADLY DECEIT (formerly Oleanders End) until we got back, but have caught up. Nearly there (41,000 words). The novel is coming to a final climax! Then just a little editing and polishing up to do!

Friday, January 3, 2020

NEW YEAR'S DAY 2020 DOWNTOWN NASSAU BAHAMAS!

Woodes Rodgers Wharf, downtown Nassau, Bahamas -
New Year's Day 2020
Back on the rock just in time for New Year's! Downtown Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas, was blocked off after Junkanoo so traffic was diverted along Woodes Rodgers Wharf, which was hopping. Happy New Year to all!


Instagram video at faykwrites: NASSAU NEW YEAR'S DAY 2020