5 Things I Learned in Florida
- You can see your husband’s quirks in a new light
My husband/muse, Mike, has a lot of…let’s say idiosyncrasies. I’m used to them and they make great character tics in my novels…but in new situations I never know how they might manifest. For instance, he’s overly polite. To the point where he’s practically knocked me into traffic to make room for someone approaching from the other direction – someone he’s never met and will never meet again, and someone who probably won’t even help him shovel me off the asphalt. Between him and the 700 speeding bikers (like 10 speed, not like Hell’s Angels) it’s a miracle I survived our morning walks. He was also paranoid we’d be to loud in our condo and insisted we whisper until about noon and watch all our television at level one with the close captioning on. If you could see me listening to television sound again, it would be like watching a Hallmark special where a woman regains her hearing.
- Plan on expanding your house so you have room for shells
This was day one of shell collecting —>. I had to stop looking down for fear I’d have to buy another airplane ticket and put a human shaped shell creature in it just to get them all home. I was doing pretty well until I spotted this one:I don’t even know what it is. It’s been a long time since I found a shell I hadn’t seen before. I need to Google image it…ah, found it. Paper Nautilus. Stunned I found it whole – it’s super fragile!
And turns out, without knowing it, we also took a picture of the octopus that made that shell as an egg chamber.
- Sharks Schmarks
It isn’t the fact that you’ve watched JAWS about 150 times that will keep you out of the water. It’s seeing scores of man o’ war jellyfish on the beach every morning. Here’s one with 10ft long tentacles. Snikeys!
- Exercise Can’t Fight Pineapple Coconut Margaritas
No matter how far you walk on the beach every morning, it doesn’t keep you skinny when you can hear Pineapple Coconut Margaritas calling your name from every tiki bar in the area. Throw in the conch fritters and grouper sandwiches and the fact you were totally kidding yourself when you thought you’d just shop and cook like you do at home…
- Make sure your airplane tickets are changeable.
Because the weather is thirty degrees warmer in Florida and you’d swim with the man o’ wars to be able to stay a few more weeks!
BOOK SPECIALS AND GIVEAWAYS
Start Date: 02-11-2018End Date: 02-28-2018
Devil in a Black Suit: A Shelby Nichols Adventure
By Colleen Helme
Wall Street Journal Bestseller! As part of the 12 Slays of Christmas Boxed Set, this exciting adventure earned the rare distinction of landing the #6 spot on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list. This book is now available on its own and, as a bonus, includes a second act to this suspenseful thriller. Don’t miss it! Ramos’s job as the right-hand man to a mobster used to be easy until Shelby Nichols, a mind-reading soccer mom, joined the organization. With all the trouble she gets into, he’s constantly putting his life on the line just to keep her alive. When a government agent from his past shows up wanting a favor, she rekindles a flame they once shared. Ensnared in her scheme, Ramos discovers that there’s more to her favor than he realized. Luckily for him, he has a few tricks up his sleeve that might save his skin—but what about his heart?
Voted #1 in Spunky N Sassy Book Blog for 2017 Favorite New Adult
Top Gun Navy Aviator misses the action and needs a distraction and sets his sights on a green-eyed blonde—except this one wants nothing to do with a Risk Taker!
Start Date: 02-12-2018End Date: 03-15-2018
The Seacrest: A love story (Paines Creek Beach Book 1)
By Aaron Paul Lazar
Set on beautiful Cape Cod, The Seacrest is a story of intrigue and betrayal, of secrets and second chances—and above all, of a love that never dies.
Start Date: 02-21-2018End Date: 02-25-2018
When Good Friends Go Bad
By Ellie Campbell
Can you ever learn to forgive and forget?
Jen, Georgina, Meg and Rowan were incredibly close as children until a tasteless prank pulled them all apart. Years later, the women reunite—and explosive secrets begin to surface that could endanger them all
Start Date: 02-28-2018End Date: 03-30-2018
Vlad-Handing (Silver Hills Cozy Mysteries Book 5)
By Sam Cheever
Vlad Newsome is really more contentious than convivial. But Vlad’s suddenly “peopling”. Could it be he’s turning over a new leaf? Nah—He’s up to something. And Flo and Agnes are determined to find out what.
Laughs to Die For: Mysteries with Humor Sweepstakes – February 19th – February 26th.