Yep, they are real; the giant turtles of the prehistoric world roamed the earth. We are so awed by the giant tortoises of today, but what would happen if giant turtles still lived in the deep dark waters of our canals and rivers? I knew they were out there, and if the alligator turtles of today were larger than cars?
This is why I wrote (and why I love) 'Terror River'. For some chills and thrills, get your copy at www.amazon.com, and enjoy the ride...or should I say 'swim?'
Spring has sprung in all its grandeur! What a wonderful time of year, before the oppressive heat arrives to drive us all indoors to the A/C. What could summer have been like for those before us, for those before the invention of electricity? What of the poor slaves in the fields of the south who toiled from dawn to dusk in conditions that we could not tolerate today? These topics fascinate me, which is why I can't get my head (or typing fingers) out of the distant past.
I have been on hiatus from writing, and in that hiatus I've discovered that I miss my stories. There are many buzzing around in my head, but this year, time has not been conducive to sit at the computer for long hours creating my adventures. The other world - the one we walk through daily - has kept me quite occupied, but I hope to be back soon in the saddle to create my next exciting story; a story that swirls and temps daily in my head as I go along my business...a story that beckons with all the powers of the adventuresome spirit. What if....what if...what if....
So, my friends, I leave this where it sits for the time being. May you all have a magical summer, and please come back and see me!
Time is flying much, much too fast. Halfway through summer and I'm just getting to this blog? I've never been good at it because, as I mentioned above, time flies, and as it flies, we are all busy doing the living thing.
Spirits of the Chesapeake is now published and available at amazon.com. What's next? I actually have 2 other novels started and perhaps one of those will come out of the 'novel-started-but-not-finished' catacombs and present itself.
In the meantime, I hope all are enjoying their summer, and if you need a good beach read, you know where to find me!
Isn't the bay beautiful? Its beauty has inspired me to write my upcoming novel, 'Spirits of the Bay.' This may sound like a story about nature, birds, wildlife, sunsets...well, in a way it is, but it is all encompassed in a fantastic journey by a few rugged - and sometimes eccentric - characters through the Eastern Shore of Maryland well before the mish-mash of insanity we now live in.
Think of your everyday lives and stresses; they are so different from the lives and stresses of the 17th century. Now, think of Cassandra Pratt, a wealthy, spoiled, modern day Baltimore heiress who is mysteriously thrown back into the early Chesapeake in 1644! Her life of luxury and a'plenty, is now filled with a nearly untouched wilderness full of Native American tribes, (sometimes friendly, sometimes not), and a necessity to dig up any sense of survival instincts she can muster. Not only must she survive the wilderness, but also the fiery, red-headed gutter wench who has been removed to the new world for crimes of thievery and prostitution, and who is (unbeknownst to our time traveler) a direct ancestor!
Throw in a paranormal romance with a 17th century privateer, along with a cast of sometimes heart-warming and sometimes dangerous characters, and you hold in your hands an adventure you don't want to miss!
Keep your eye out for 'Spirits of the Bay,' coming this fall to a paperback or e-ready near you!
The cardinals are visiting us here in Florida, but soon we will head home to Chesapeake Bay and birds of a difference color; nature is so very interesting! I don't know what it is about Florida, but my stays here always seem to involve the medical profession, and I mean on the receiving end. Last you heard from me, I was suffering a broken wrist and thumb rupture. All mended, thanks to surgery and much physical therapy. Of course, the thumb will never be the same, meaning that it can't quite keep up with its sibling thumb, but what the heck, it works well enough to carry the title of 'thumb'. Meanwhile, I've been working hard on the next historical/time travel/paranormal novel and project publication in the fall of 2017 at the latest. History and genealogy, combined, are very interesting and exciting topics for me. To what time period would you travel, had you the opportunity? To whom of your ancestors would you care to visit? Have you ever thought of what your ancestors had to endure for you to be alive in the 21st century? It's mindboggling! My newest tale takes please in the Chesapeake Bay area in the 17th century. Each one of my books is a learning experience for me; the dialect, the clothing, the political atmosphere, the culture and historical events, all require research. So, though it takes me time to accomplish the above, I strive to produce not only a story that represents that particular place in time, but also one that is exciting and entertaining as well. Sneak peek: Cassandra Pratt is a wealthy, privileged, modern day miss, who finds herself rudely whipped back to the 17th century. Not only is she misplaced in time, but is alarmed to find herself stranded on a pirate ship in Chesapeake Bay, with none other for company than an uncouth, fiery tempered young woman named Izzie Pratt, who has been exiled from England for thievery and prostitution. Though the women share a surname, they also share a mutual dislike for one another. This mutual dislike backfires when it becomes necessary to depend upon each other for survival in the wilds of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, after the pirate ship loses a sea battle and sinks.
For one, I'm glad that summer is passing. Northerners are most likely pulling out their hankies at the thought of a long, cold winter ahead, but after a long sizzling summer on the bay, I'm ready for cooler weather.
My bikini sunshine days are done, and I will warn you sun worshipers out there that the end result of tanning may not be so pleasant. Not only does over tanned skin begin to resemble elephant hide with age, but I am living proof that it does cause skin cancer. For example, last March I lost the left tip of my nose due to a squamous cell. After plastic surgery, the end result is pretty good, but it's a constant reminder that I'm now paying dearly those bikini days! If you check out the above photo, you can see a portion of the scar which runs from between my brows, down to the tip.
Why the cast? Well, why not finish summer off with a bang--or at least a broken wrist and ruptured thumb tendon! In a few days I'll be having tendon replacement surgery so that I can move my left thumb again. Don't worry, it hasn't stopped me from typing. Alleluia for the Dragon Naturally Speaking program; I can now dictate my story!
Speaking of story, I'm very excited to continue working on my newest, and I hope you will find it as fun as I do!
Thank you for visiting my website and my blog. Technology is great, but time consuming no matter how easy they make it for us. The easier it is, the harder it gets for some of us!
Because I need to spend so much time on research for my stories (not to mention time writing!) I don't update on a weekly, or even monthly, schedule. I try, but it just doesn't work for me. Be assured though, that if you check in occasionally, you will see there is something new posted.
In case you're wondering where the lovely background was taken for this site, well...right out my back door! The Chesapeake Bay is lovely, full of history and, therefore, the setting for my next historical, paranormal, time travel adventure!
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