Sunday, May 28, 2017

Shattering (Island) Time -- Stop 5 The Bahamas

Shattering (Island) Time Book Tour -- Stop 5 The Bahamas


Welcome to the Bahamas! 




Photo courtesy of my author pal John Malik who is visiting The Bahamas now.  Visit him at http://chefjohnmalik.com/














Today I continue the Shattering (Island) Time book tour that is following the path of Hurricane Frances. The Bahamas was hit hard by this massive storm, that plays a key role in my upcoming release, Shattering Time. Frances was the first hurricane to hit the entire archipelago since 1924 and caused the near destruction of their agricultural economy.  

We will begin our adventure on Pig Beach where we will swim with the pigs on this glorious day.

These friendly critters are thought to have survived from a shipwreck, possibly from pirates or even perhaps Columbus himself. On his second trip he brought animals on the journey. If I come back as an animal in my next life I'm putting dibs on these critters.   

             

Once we've had our fill of piggy delight we'll take the boat over to one of the other cool and exciting destinations. I'll let you vote on what's next but first let me share with you two exciting #giveaways that I have going on that involve my book. 

Giveaways
1. #Mugshot Giveaway -- for the simple act of sharing a picture of yourself and a favorite mug you shall be entered into this contest to win one of my books (your choice) and a $5 give card of the coffee place of your choice. You can see a few of the entries below.

#MUGSHOT Gallery -- Add yours on my Facebook page!





You can enter here on facebook. Please follow me while you're over there.

Winner gets your choice of any of my eBooks and a cuppa Joe, as long as I can order it on Amazon.


                   


2. Mega-Giveaway 

You can win over $1000 in eBooks, including Stealing Time. Click  below to enter.

Win up to 180+ eBooks!

(1) Grand Prize "Gift Baskets" of ALL eBooks!
(1) Gift Basket for each major genre!
(180+) Winners of Individual eBooks (randomly selected titles)


The Bahamas Adventure

Okay, back to the exciting adventure we have awaiting us. Today we have the choice of heading to the following destinations:

1. Dean's Blue Hole -- on Long Island, and not the kind full of New Yorkers. It is the deepest blue hole in the world at 202 meters. 

2. Lucayan National Park, that is named after the the Indians that originally lived on the islands fro 900 - 1500 AD. First we'll enjoy a tour of the smallish cave and learn about the wildlife within. Then a walk through the mangroves to the kayak area and enjoy a few hours of kayak adventuring until we relax on Gold Rock Beach for a swim and lounge in the sun. 




3. In Florida at Discovery Cove I had the amazing adventure with my daughter to swim with dolphins. I'd love to do it again with you in Blue Lagoon Dolphin Encounter




4. What about an
Courtesy of John Malik
adventure by plane to the bigger island of Nassau where I have reserved a horse drawn carriage called a surrey to get a tour of the history of Nassau and the ancient sites and forts. 


5. For the financially adventurous we should offer the opportunity to visit the casinos on Paradise Island for some shows and gambling. The Atlantis Resort awaits!


Vote on our Bahama Adventure Itinerary


Bahamas Itinerary

Dean's Blue Hole
Lucayan National Park
Dolphin Encounter
Nassau Surrey Historical Tour
Paradise Island Casino
Other
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Shattering (Island) Time Fun!

Don't miss the exciting tidbits on my other posts in the Shattering (Island) Time Book Tour:



1. Stop 1 -- Cover Reveal and Vote -- You can vote on two book cover choices on the first blog in the tour!

2. Stop 2 -- British Virgin Islands -- For a sneak peek of another chapter of Shattering Time click here in the second blog in the tour!



3. Stop 3 -- San Salvador Island -- Enjoy the amazing sites on San Salvador Island where we learn about the history and geology of the land. 


 4. Stop 4 -- Cat Island -- Get a sneak peek into Shattering Time's first time travel event to Cat Island Bahamas in the middle of the hurricane. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Shattering (Island) Time Book Tour -- Stop 4 Cat Island Bahamas


Shattering (Island) Time Book Tour - Stop 4 Cat Island


Today on my Shattering (Island) Time Book Tour we visit the tiny island in the Bahamas where Hurricane Francis passed nearby in 2004 causing major damage to the Bahamas destroying most of its agricultural industry.


Cat Island Bahamas

In my upcoming release, Shattering Time, Ronnie is sent to Cat Island circa 1952 after a violent storm and subsequent shipwreck. Here is a snippet from that moment in Ronnie’s story in the world debut of her second-time travel experience in the series. 


I present to you one chapter from Shattering Time--Mangled Mast. 


The only sound Ronnie heard was in sharp contrast to her emotions. The soothing whoosh, whoosh of waves lapping on the beach. She held her breath and listened. The distant seagull cawing added to the feeling of the sea. There was a distinct fishy smell bringing her back to her childhood summers in Sandbridge.

Read more here! (Click on this link to take you to the google doc for the full chapter.)




Cat Island

Cat Island is one of the most underdeveloped islands in the Bahamas alas making it a perfect place to explore without the crowds you will find elsewhere in the Caribbean. It was named after the pirate Arthur Catt, a pal of Blackbeard, and is about 48 miles long.  For me this is a perfect nearly untouched paradise of beachy goodness.  

Need a visual? Here is a quick video and tour of the island. Note the band at the end around the campfire. We'll talk about that in a minute.





It holds some fascinating locations for us to explore. It also is the boyhood home to Sir Sidney Poitier, just outside of Arthur’s Town, which in itself makes it a magical place.

For those of you who know me you know I’m a mermaid-wanna-be and at my true bliss when submerged neck deep in a warm body of water. 


What better place to start our journey today than Mermaid Hole ripe with legends of magical creatures that lurk about. Please vote on the next adventure on the island. You can decide what we explore next. Here are your choices.



   1.  Visit the other mysterious holes, or lakes each with their own legends. I will make you swim in the water though so be forewarned.

A variety of inland underground cave systems burst forth in various holes around the island each full of local legends. Boiling Hole is one that looks as if the water was boiling, due to a tidal condition. If you’re a local you may believe a sea monster is responsible for the water's movement. The allure of the surrounding mangrove trees and pool full of baby sharks and rays would make this a top priority for this mermaid.

In the Big Blue Hole, with its strong ocean current that connects it to the sea, lurks a horse-devouring monster where you will not find many locals. They especially will not enter the water for fear of this beast. Are you brave enough to take a dip with me?


2. Hermitage Stone Monastery on Mount Alvernia.


On the highest point the Bahamas (206 whole feet) this gorgeous place gives you a 60-mile view of the island. A miniature monastery built by Monsignor Jerome Hawes, called the Heritage, was built in 1939 to provide a sanctuary for meditation. The cliff is named after Mt. Alvernia in Tuscan where St. Francis received the wounds of the cross.

   3. Ruins of Deveaux Mansion and Armbriser Plantation
   

Colonel Andrew Deveaux was awarded this antebellum-style cotton plantation for protecting the Bahamas from the Spanish in 1783. If you're a history buff this is a great day trip.


   4. Beach Day at Fernandez Bay Village Bay 



Rose and white sand beaches and the best snorkeling in the area await our adventurous water-loving hearts. Nearby are the mangroves home to land crabs and other interesting wildlife.

   5. Arthur’s Town – Boyhood home to Sidney Poitier at the Rake and Scrape Festival
   

Sidney Poitier was born in Miami but grew up on Cat Island in Arthur’s Town. Until he was 11  when his father moved them to Nassau towards  greener pastures (no, literally, he was a farmer.)

   
   If you time it just right (for our purposes we will) you can enjoy the Cat Island Rake and Scrape Festival that is held annually to send one student to college of the Bahamas. Here we will immerse ourselves in local island tradition of a battle of local bands in the style of rake and scrape – homemade instruments wood, fishing line, tin tubs, saw players, conch horns, comb and even smoking goat drums that are heated by the fire and smoke as they’re played.  


Vote for your favorite destination on Cat Island:

Cat Island Itinerary

1. Mysterious Holes
2. Hermitage Stone Monastery on Mount Alvernia
3. Ruins of Deveaux Mansion and Armbriser Plantation
4. Beach Day at Fernandez Bay Village Bay

Arthur’s Town Rake and Scrape Festival
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Other Shattering (Island) Time Fun!

Don't miss the exciting tidbits on my other posts in the Shattering (Island) Time Book Tour:
1.  Stop 1 -- Cover Reveal and Vote -- You can vote on two book cover choices on the first blog in the tour! 

2. Stop 2 -- British Virgin Islands -- For a sneak peek of another chapter of Shattering Time click here in the second blog in the tour!


3. Stop 3 -- San Salvador Island -- Enter my #MUGSHOT Contest, submit a #MUGSHOT of you with your favorite mug on that blog post or my facebook page to win one of my books and a coffee of your choice. June 1 the winner will be selected! Feel free to follow me while you're over there! Below is the link.




Stealing Time

If you’ve missed book one in the series, Stealing Time, that has been described as “breathtakingly original” time travel suspense, please check it out below so you’ll be ready to read Shattering Time (although it is a stand alone book as well.) It has a 4.6 rating out of 5.0 stars on Amazon and it’s only $2.99 for the eBook. 


Check out my other books here. They are all available on Amazon and are free with Kindle Unlimited.


                       



Sunday, May 14, 2017

Shattering Time Book Tour -- Stop 3 San Salvador Island and MUGSHOT Giveaway!

Welcome to Stop 3 on my Shattering (Island) Time tour. Today we are on beautiful San Salvador Island, one of the outer islands of the Bahamas.


Mug Shot CONTEST: Coffee and a book!

I’ve got this great 'lil book, Shattering Time, coming out next month full of adventure and wild windy weather and to help you relax while you read it (or one of my other books) I’d love to send you a cup of coffee (or tea) to slurp as you read. Heck I'll even send you one of my eBooks to enjoy as well. 

To enter all you have to do is take a mugshot of you and your favorite mug or one of my books (eBooks count) and post it in the comments of this blog or on my facebook page here. Winner will be selected on June 1, 2017.




San Salvador Island and Hurricane Frances

San Salvador Island was the unfortunate victim of Hurricane Frances at 5:00 pm on September 2, 2004 raging with 120 mph winds. 

September 2, 2004 Hurricane Frances passes over San Salvador.


Here is a picture of one such unfortunate house after the flooding that devastated part of the island.



Hurricane Frances plays an important role in Shattering Time as the driving force of the plot. Here is the link in case you wanted to check it out!  


You can vote on two book cover choices here on the first blog in the tour! 


Thankfully today there are no storms in site today. I have a lovely picnic for us. But first a little smidgen of history on the island. 

It’s widely believed that San Salvador Island was the location that Christopher Columbus first made landfall in the new world. How cool is that? He chose the name that translates to Christ our Savior.

In honor of Christopher and his discovery, we shall picnic near one of the many statues on the island on Long Bay named after the long boat Columbus used to reach the island. There is even an underwater monument where the anchor landed on October 12, 1492.


Columbus Monument on Long Bay, San Salvador Island


In our picnic basket today I am serving cracked conch salad with lime civiche. If you want to know about this delicious local favorite click here. The cooler has a few sandwiches if you're not a conch salad kind of gal or guy. 


Conch Salad


Plans for the day!

Okay fun filed day ahead and here is your voting block for our San Salvador adventure. What is your pleasure? 

1. A day at the Great Lake Preserve that stretches through the center of the island. 

2. Or we could spend the afternoon exploring historic Watling's Castle, an 18 century Loyalist castle, a three story great house and other outbuildings plus the restored great house, named after George Watling. 

3. If you're a snorkeler we'd have a great time exploring the islands on a boat with World Island Tours. 

4. If you prefer more of an underwater adventure we can dive with Seafari. 

5. Lastly, we can always just chill at one of the 200 sunny beaches and have a lazy beach day. 

Vote now!  


San Salvador Island Itinerary

1. Great Lake Preserve
2. Watling's Castle
3. Snorkeling Excursion with World Island Tours
4. Diving with Seafari
5. Lazy Beach Day
Other
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If you’ve missed book one in the series, Stealing Time,which has been described as “breathtakingly original” time travel suspense, please check it out below so you’ll be ready to read Shattering Time (although it is a stand alone book as well.) It has a 4.6 rating out of 5.0 stars on Amazon and it’s only $2.99 for the eBook. 


Check out my other books here. They are all available on Amazon and are free with Kindle Unlimited.


                       



1.  Stop 1 -- Cover Reveal and Vote -- You can vote on two book cover choices on the first blog in the tour! 

2. Stop 2 -- British Virgin Islands -- For a sneak peek of another chapter of Shattering Time click here in the second blog in the tour!

3. Stop 3 -- San Salvador Island -- Enter my #MUGSHOT Contest, submit a #MUGSHOT of you with your favorite mug on that blog post or my facebook page to win one of my books and a coffee of your choice. June 1 the winner will be selected! Feel free to follow me while you're over there! Below is the link.