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Saturday, May 1, 2021

A NEW COFFEE SPOT FOR COVID TIME!

 


With only outdoor dining allowed right now, it's difficult to find a seat outside our usual coffee spot, Starbucks, Harbour Bay! We were therefore delighted to discover Louis & Steen's on JFK Drive (on the right as you head west before you get to Old Fort Bay Shopping Centre). We had a great cup of coffee on their delightful patio, surrounded by carefully nurtured plants and flowers. Louis & Steen's are also located at Traveller's Rest on West Bay Street.

Louis & Steen's, a husband and wife venture, state that their "New Orleans Specialty Coffee Company is the first Specialty Coffee Brand in the Bahamas, serving the world’s highest quality coffee. We pair our brews with delicious third-generation Cajun-Creole recipes."

LOUIS & STEEN'S


 

 



Thursday, April 15, 2021

Monday, April 12, 2021

THE PASSING OF THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH

The last time Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, visited Nassau, Bahamas (March, 1994), my husband Erskine's secretary Marcia and I went out on a highway, where we knew the royal couple would be driving back to the airport.

We stood on a grass verge with no one else around as they drove past. I had made a little British Union Jack on a stick and Marcia had a little Bahamian flag. We stood there waving furiously at them as they passed us by. The Queen waved back.

I often wondered if they ever remembered those two lone figures waving little flags at them on an isolated Bahamian highway!

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

LAST COUPLE DAYS FOR SPECIAL ON UPDATED WRITER'S GUIDE!

 


Last couple days for the e-book edition of my newly updated writer's guide "How to Be the Best Writer Ever" to be .99 cents! On Thursday, April 8th, the price will go back up to $2.99. So grab it at this discounted price while you can! 

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Also available discounted at other Amazon marketplaces around the world and free for Kindle Unlimited members.



Saturday, April 3, 2021

BAHAMAS SEA PLANE MEMORIES!

 

Part of the fabulous mural by Allan Pachino Wallace at The Point's
Margaritaville Beach Resort, Nassau, Bahamas. The entire mural
can be viewed at the edge of Junkanoo Beach.

The sea plane depicted on this brilliant mural by Allan Pachino Wallace at The Pointe's Margaritaville Beach Resort near the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, Nassau, Bahamas, reminds me of my days as PA to Eric Crouch on Bay Street, downtown Nassau, in the seventies. Mr. Crouch used to send me with Lee Stocking Island's weekly payroll to the British Colonial beach to meet the seaplane from his client's island which is situated in the Exumas. The owner of Lee Stocking Island at the time was John Perry, who founded a marine science institute there.

I would roll up my capris and with shoes and payroll in hand wade out to the waiting sea plane. I would hand over the precious package and then make my way back to the shore, watching the sea plane roar away and take off into the sparkling blue.




Sunday, March 21, 2021

REDUCED! UPDATED WRITER'S GUIDE!

 


Great news! I've been hard at work updating my writer's guide "How to Be the Best Writer Ever" and here it is! It also has a brand new cover. Hope you like it.       

To celebrate this achievement, I've reduced the price of the e-book for a short time only to .99 cents (or your country's equivalent)! Also available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle Unlimited.

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Friday, February 12, 2021

A VALENTINE TREAT!

 



As a special Valentine treat, the e-book edition of my popular book Sunbeams from TheHeart: A Collection of Twelve Romantic Short Stories is FREE for five days! 

The e-book will be free on Amazon from Friday, February 12th, until Tuesday, February 16th, at 11.59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Sunbeams from The Heart is also available in paperback (regular and large print) and Kindle Unlimited.

Love themes in Sunbeams from the Heart tell of nostalgia, bright new beginnings, homecoming, second chances, and the unexpected. The stories propel the  reader on a journey through Scotland, England, The Bahamas and rural America.

The Lady magazine, England, wrote about my short story Love at Sunset, that first appeared in their July 19th 2013 Summer Collector's Edition and which now features in Sunbeams from The Heart: “Hugely popular … Charming and surprising!” Most of the stories in this short story collection were first published in The Lady.

I was delighted when shortly after its release in 2015 Sunbeams from the Heart 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. The book has recently been updated.

An Amazon reviewer wrote about Sunbeams from the Heart: “While each story is unique, all share that one common thread we humans yearn for: LOVE….Valentine or not, Sunbeams From The Heart is indeed a delightful read.”

Excerpt from the short story Love at Sunset: “Once out of sight from the main road, they relaxed on a seat beneath a casuarina tree and kissed. Then they gazed out across the sapphire blue sea to a lone sailboat on the horizon. The sun was going down, the sky like an artist’s canvas with gold and orange brush strokes. The sweet aroma of a barbecue drifted along the sea shore.”

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The e-book is also available free during this period at all other Amazon marketplaces worldwide.

By the way, 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.

If you enjoy Sunbeams From The Heart, your comments would be greatly appreciated on the book's Amazon page. Thank you!


Sunday, February 7, 2021

KINDLE TIP

My Fire 7 Tablet which works like a
dream for all of my Kindle books!

 If you don't have a Kindle, you can still read Kindle e-books by just downloading the free Kindle app HERE for most major smart phones, tablets and computers.



Wednesday, February 3, 2021

NASSAU NEWS!





We're having a cold front! 65 degrees right now at 11.00 a.m. and it will be 58 degrees tonight. It's supposed to last a couple of days. 

And an abandoned historical building on Bay Street in downtown Nassau was destroyed by fire last Friday. Some cars lost as well. Thankfully, the fire did not spread to nearby buildings.


Friday, January 29, 2021

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS!




 

I love this beautiful image from Lynn Jordan of my romantic short story collection "Sunbeams from The Heart"! Lynn is a romance promoter on Fiverr.


Saturday, January 16, 2021

MORE THAN A TRAVELOGUE!

 


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

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

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

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

TURNING A NOVEL INTO A SERIES!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, January 11, 2021

SPINNING FASTER AND FASTER!

 

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

Click here for one of the articles about it.



Sunday, January 10, 2021

"NEW" ENGLISH LANGUAGE IDIOSYNCRASIES!

 


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

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

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

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

I "would" welcome feedback!


Saturday, January 9, 2021

COVID COMMENTS!

 


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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, January 1, 2021

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

The aftermath of a past Junkanoo in downtown Nassau, Bahamas
 

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

Fifty-five years' ago, I rode on the back of Erskine's scooter "Over The Hill" after a party that he and his band "The Invaders" had played at on West Bay Street. Discarded Junkanoo floats and costumes were strewn all over the streets. We went from night club to night club until the wee hours. I wore a long white evening gown, but by the time the sun rose my dress was no longer white!

In my novel "Dangerous Devotion", Gordon and Violet experience the Christmas season in Nassau, but because Gordon is Scottish, they fly back to Scotland for Hogmanay (Scottish New Year).

Excerpt from "Dangerous Devotion":

"Bell ringers stood at strategic points on downtown Bay Street, collecting money for charity in Salvation Army kettles. The street was decked out with festive decorations. A heavily laden Christmas tree towered next to the colonial buildings in historic Rawson Square. Bleachers for the upcoming Boxing Day and New Year’s Junkanoo parades were already in place."

"Dangerous Devotion" is available on Amazon as an e-book at $2.99 and in paperback $10.12. Click the links below to go the book's Amazon page.

Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year!

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