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Thursday, October 12, 2017

SANDALS "PLAYMAKER" ALEXANDRIA PINDER IS PUNCH WOMAN IN ACTION TODAY!



Here is my latest “Woman in Action” article that appears in “The Punch” on page 15 today about Alex Pinder - Miss Universe Bahamas 2016 entrant; “Playmaker” in the Entertainment Department of Sandals Royal Bahamian; Model with Profiles98 Model Management; and University of The Bahamas student. The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in Action” column every Thursday, with my articles usually appearing every other Thursday.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

AUTUMN IN THE BAHAMAS!


Autumn (courtesy CamstockPhoto.com)

Believe it or not, we do have autumn here in The Bahamas! It started on September 22nd and there is a lovely cool feel to the air. Although temperatures are still in the eighties Fahrenheit during the day and seventies at night, the humidity has dropped, so the weather is much more comfortable.

Of course, we’ve had a lot of rain from a tropical wave and a cold front, which Erskine says met up with each other! That helps. They both went north and Florida is getting them now.

Winter starts December 21st!


Saturday, September 30, 2017

SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THE ROCK!


Stirling Castle (courtesy Pixabay)

“Sons and Daughters of The Rock” - this statement refers to my birthplace, Stirling. On one of my visits there, I was delighted to be informed by the waitress in a little café that I am “a Daughter of The Rock!”, having been born in Stirling. Apparently, at one time anyone born in Stirling was a son or daughter of “The Rock”, the rock being the steep and rugged crag that Stirling Castle was built on.

However, from 2011 on Stirling women in labour have had to deliver their babies at the Forth Valley Royal hospital in Larbert, near Falkirk, and apart from home births there have sadly been no more “Sons and Daughters of The Rock”.

Gordon, the lead male protagonist in my novel “Love at Sunset”, is a “Son of The Rock”! Much of Gordon and Violet’s Scottish adventures take place in the Stirling area. “Love at Sunset” is also set in The Bahamas. I had fun bouncing my characters back and forwards across “the pond”!




Thursday, September 28, 2017

WINDSOR SCHOOLS FOUNDER & DIRECTOR IS TODAY'S PUNCH WOMAN IN ACTION!


Here is my latest “Woman in Action” article that appears in “The Punch” on page 15 today about Lisa McCartney, Founder and Director of Windsor Preparatory School at Old Fort and Windsor High School at Albany. The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in Action” column every Thursday, with my articles usually appearing every other Thursday.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

HURRICANES MARIA AND LEE HEADING FOR SCOTLAND!

Scotland is now expecting a visit from hurricanes Maria and Lee on Sunday after they combine while crossing the Atlantic! According to the "Daily Record", weather in the Scottish islands will be worse than their mainland.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

HURRICANE IRMA ARTICLE NOW ONLINE

I now have the link to my Hurricane Irma article that appeared in The Stirling Observer print edition on Friday, September 22nd, 2017.  As The Stirling Observer no longer has a dedicated website, their content is posted on The Daily Record's website. According to Wikipaedia, the Daily Record is the leading news brand in Scotland with a total audience of 3.1 million (rising to 3.4 million including the Sunday Mail).

I’m hoping that my article will help a little with Hurricane Irma’s relief efforts. I was born in Stirling, Scotland, so that’s why they have referred to me as a “Stirling Journalist and Author”! 

TODAY'S WISDOM KEY BY TANYA R. TAYLOR




Here is another of bestselling Bahamian author Tanya R Taylor’s remarkable and usually very timely “Wisdom Keys”. You can read over a hundred of these valuable Wisdom Keys in her book “Wisdom Keys for Life”, available on Amazon as an e-book and in paperback! “Wisdom Keys for Life” is a handy guide of more than one hundred thought-provoking nuggets to give you daily inspiration and help you through life's most difficult moments.





Monday, September 25, 2017

NEIGHBOURS HELPING NEIGHBOURS AFTER HURRICANE MARIA

The Bahamas is coming to the aid of students in Dominica displaced by Hurricane Maria, with plans to let them attend schools here.

Friday, September 22, 2017

HURRICANE IRMA IN STIRLING OBSERVER


Last week I received an email from the Senior Reporter at The Stirling Observer (a few of my articles have been previously published by this Scottish newspaper). She asked if I would like to write a piece for The Stirling Observer about my experience with Hurricane Irma, “particularly as it might be a chance for you to put out a ‘call’ to people here [Scotland] on how they can perhaps support efforts out there, what is needed, what the best way to give their support might be (cash or kind, what charities or organizations to go through etc.)” She said sometimes it’s better to ask people on the ground what is needed.

I wrote the article and sent it in to them. Above is a copy of the article published in The Stirling Observer today. I had also sent photos which were kindly supplied by international-award winning Bahamian photographer Eric Rose and Yontalay Bowe, Photographer for the Office of The Prime Minister of The Bahamas. Unfortunately, the newspaper only had room for one of Yontalay’s photos, but they hope to publish some more next week.

The Stirling Observer’s content is posted on The Daily Record's website. According to Wikipaedia, the Daily Record is the leading news brand in Scotland with a total audience of 3.1 million (rising to 3.4 million including the Sunday Mail). I’m hoping that my article will help a little with Hurricane Irma’s relief funds.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

WOMAN IN ACTION SHANAM CLARKE JUGGLES TWO JOBS!



This is my latest “Woman in Action” article that appears in “The Punch” on page 15 today about Shanam "Keisha" Clarke, who juggles two busy jobs, one at “Dunkin Donuts” and the other at “Club One Fitness Centre”. The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in Action” column every Thursday, with my articles usually appearing every other Thursday.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

HURRICANE IRMA GONE!

Roof repaired after Hurricane Matthew has some shingles
missing after lesser winds from Hurricane Irma (not a good roof job!)

I’ve marked myself “safe during Hurricane Irma” on Facebook, a great facility that they offer!

Thankfully, Hurricane Irma took a western path away from New Providence, so we had quite moderate winds last night (perhaps 25 – 35 m.p.h.) and just light rain. We went to sleep around midnight and when we awoke everything was quiet. We are experiencing wind gusts from time to time, but Hurricane Irma has gone!

Unfortunately, the Southeastern Bahamas received the full brunt of Hurricane Irma. It has been reported on ZNS news that there are downed power lines, shingles blown off and sadly some homes lost, but there have been no injuries or loss of life. The "All Clear" has been given for those islands.

Long Island in the Central Bahamas has reported that their electricity is being restored throughout the island already!

The “All Clear” has now been given for New Providence, Abaco, Eleuthera and The Berry Islands, but “Hurricane Warnings” are still in effect for Andros, Bimini and Grand Bahama. Our power where we live in Nassau didn’t go off at all during the threat of Irma.

The Lynden Pindling International Airport reports no damage and that they will resume operations tomorrow.

Hurricane Irma is now pounding Cuba and forecast to head for Florida. We pray that the U.S. will be spared like most of The Bahamas has been.

Friday, September 8, 2017

HURRICANE BETSY VERSUS HURRICANE IRMA!



We are ready for Hurricane Irma! Our shutters are installed and we have stocked up with water and food to last us a few days.

Around this time fifty-two years’ ago Hurricane Betsy pounded Nassau. I had just arrived here on my journey “around the world”!

As a young woman, sharing an apartment with three other girls above the Verdant Gardens Coffee Shop, Dowdeswell Street, it was all very exciting to me! Our landlord had battened up the apartment, but left the bathroom window so we could see out of it. I remember balancing on the bathtub during the storm and watching a large roof flap on a tall building at the top of Collins Avenue!

Two guys the girls and I knew offered to camp out in our front room and “protect” us. Instead, they consumed a whole bottle of rum and passed out on the living room floor!

I believe Hurricane Betsy passed over Nassau on Tuesday, September 6th, 1965 (at 135 m.p.h. according to an online source). I met Erskine a week and a half later on Friday, September 17th, when a friend of his brought him to our apartment to meet us. We started dating the next day and he introduced me to his parents and some of his sisters about a week later on his birthday.

Hurricane Irma is a much more dangerous hurricane than Betsy was, but fortunately, it is travelling WNW of Nassau and we should only get tropical storm force winds here. Those in the South Eastern Bahamas have not been so lucky. We are waiting for news from those Family Islands and pray that they have not had any injuries or deaths. Most of the residents were evacuated to Nassau from those islands a couple of days ago, because Hurricane Irma was a Cat 5, said to be the largest hurricane to ever affect the Atlantic region.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

HURRICANE IRMA A POTENTIAL THREAT TO THE BAHAMAS

A gas station in Nassau, Bahamas, after Hurricane Matthew

We’re praying we won’t get Hurricane Irma which could possibly affect us within a week. If we do, Erskine says we’ll check into a hotel this time to ride out the storm! I don’t know if we really will, but we did stay in the Nassau Beach Hotel once during a hurricane. We parked our car in the hotel parking lot and when we emerged after the storm, our car had almost been crushed by a fallen light pole! It was stuck there for a while until the pole was moved.

Here's a recent article in The Tribune about Hurricane Irma: Hurricane Irma is a Potential Threat to The Bahamas

This is what I wrote at the time of Hurricane Matthew, which hit The Bahamas in October, 2016. My article was published in the Tribune, Nassau, and Buckingham and Winslow Advertiser, England.

HURRICANE MATTHEW GOES DOWN IN HISTORY

It was like an evil force determined to get through our walls and blow us and everything inside our Nassau home out into the elements. Hurricane Matthew pounded at our southern house wall and tore around the other sides of the building like a mad thing. The steel panels over our windows flexed frantically with the constant beating by the heavy rain and winds.

The first leak in the ceiling started in a weak spot, where there had been a leak in a previous storm. We rushed to get a bucket. Then, one by one, more leaks spurted from above us. We used up all of our pots to catch the streams of water and then started pulling out baking dishes.

The night before, I’d grabbed some of our family photos, memorabilia of nostalgic value, passports and important documents, and stuffed them into three small suitcases. I’d heard too many tales of families losing irreplaceable items in a natural disaster. I wanted to be ready if we had to evacuate. I’d also covered electronics, boxes we had in storage, and other objects with large plastic garbage bags. We still moved some of the items out of the way in case of a possible ceiling collapse.

We listened to a local radio station, but advisories didn’t seem to be up to date. Later it was reported in local newspapers that Nassau’s Meteorology department had problems with their radar equipment in the storm and they also had to be evacuated.

I attempted to follow the path of Matthew on my phone, having added a week’s data, but the internet was slow and online reports often conflicted with each other. Our sons in a nearby location kept us informed whenever they found a reliable advisory.

Our power company exercised a controlled shut down across the island. The city water supply went off from time to time, but we had saved water in the bathtub. With an electric stove, we couldn’t cook anything, so we ate leftovers, bread, fruit and cereal. Later, the ice that we had made in freezer bags to preserve the refrigerated food melted and we had to throw away the remainder of the perishables.

After Hurricane Matthew stormed away from here, looking for more victims to wreak havoc on, we ventured out of our apartment. We were not surprised to see the trail of destruction Matthew left behind. Many of our roof tiles had blown off, which had caused the leaks, but some people actually lost their roofs.

Now we are waiting until the long lines at the gas pumps die down, so we can top up our gas. There are also scores of residents anxiously queuing for cooked food at fast food restaurants and ice is currently a precious commodity. Empty shelves in food stores await fresh supplies. All of this can be tolerated though. Of paramount importance is that we have had no loss of lives here due to Hurricane Matthew, except sadly when a man died from a heart attack while he was securing his home.

Our electric supply was restored yesterday afternoon after fifty-six hours of being without power. Then it went off again for a few more hours today. However, we are very fortunate. There are many residents across the island whose power is not on yet, due to downed power lines or flooding. And some homes are still flooded in low lying areas. Others are badly damaged by the storm surge, which raged in from the ocean.

The Bahamas and its people are resilient though. They will rebuild their lives and in decades to come old Bahamians will tell their grandchildren about Hurricane Matthew, the devastating hurricane of October 2016.

(Written October, 2016)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A CONTRACT LIKE NO OTHER!



If you picked up a Tribune in Nassau today, you may have noticed best-selling Bahamian author Tanya R. Taylor's photo top right on the front page and a bar at the top saying "WOMAN: BESTSELLING AUTHOR READY TO RELEASE 18TH NOVEL"! Then over a half page spread in The Tribune’s “Woman” section (back page) is my article titled “A ‘Contract’ like no other”.

I believe the upcoming release on September 4th of Tanya R. Taylor’s new book “The Contract (Book 5 of ‘the Cornelius Saga’) - Murder in The Bahamas” will really be a phenomenal one! Click below to read the article.




Monday, August 28, 2017

ADVERTISING IN THE "ESTUARY" MAGAZINE




This is an advertisement I have placed in the September 2017 issue of the "Estuary" magazine, Topsham, Devon. Topsham is where my late mother lived for several decades, a lovely little town in England my family and I visited regularly.

I think the “Estuary” editorial team did a wonderful job with my ad.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

I LOVE MY KINDLE!




Although I still need to have regular paperback or hard cover books that I can actually feel and smell, I do love reading books on my Kindle.

The Kindle is handy to read with while on the treadmill at the gym. Also, when lights are dim at night the bright screen is a great help. I also find it easier to read outside, even on the beach. Paperbacks are difficult to keep open in the wind and the print gets smudged with suntan lotion!

And then there are those long trips, when I might want to take a few books with me. All of them are condensed on my Kindle, instead of weighting down my luggage. 

For those of you who don’t have a Kindle, no problem. The free Kindle app can be downloaded from Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/kcp for most major smart phones, tablets and computers.


Monday, August 21, 2017

SOLAR ECLIPSE IN THE BAHAMAS!



For the past few nights birds have been tweeting loudly, waking us up about 4 a.m.! They say creatures predict occurrences of nature, so it might be because we will be experiencing a solar eclipse here today in The Bahamas.

Last night the birds were silent!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

PUNCH WOMAN IN ACTION INDIRA HOPKINS



This is my latest “Woman in Action” article that appears in “The Punch” on page 15 today about Indira Hopkins, who runs a successful messenger service, Reliable Messenger Service. I have had experience of Indira’s friendly, prompt and professional service. The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in Action” column every Thursday, with my articles usually appearing every other Thursday.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

"SHARKS IN THE RUNWAY" BY CAPTAIN PAUL J. HARDING



Diver, pilot and owner/operator of Safari Seaplanes, Captain Paul J. Harding’s book "Sharks in the Runway: A Seaplane Pilot's Fifty-Year Journey Through Bahamian Times!" looks like a fascinating read!


This reminds me of the time I worked for a construction engineer on downtown Bay Street, Nassau. Once a week I had to walk over to the British Colonial Hotel, pull up my trousers and wade out in the clear blue water to a seaplane that landed just offshore. The pilot flew in once a week to pick up the payroll for staff on Lee Stocking Island. It was my job to make sure I delivered the money to him on time!




Thursday, August 3, 2017

JUSTINA WALLACE-WHITFIELD MAKES WAVES!


Women who lead active and fulfilling lives are always making changes and improvements in their careers and lifestyles! My “Woman In Action” article in The Punch on page 15 today tells of the onward progress in Justina Wallace-Whitfield’s life and that of her daughter Angelika who has now graduated and pursuing her own career.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

CALLING ALL ANIMAL LOVERS!

For all of you animal lovers, there’s a little dog in my novel “Love at Sunset”! - Excerpt: “He took Snoopy for a quick walk in the wind and rain, made sure the dog had water and left a window slightly open, so his pet had enough air. The hurricane shutters would keep out any gusts of wind. Snoopy whimpered a little as Ian closed the doggy hatch and made preparations to leave. The dog lay in his basket, nose on paws, looking up at his master with worried eyes. His ears twitched at the increasing noise of the wind outside. ‘I’ll be back soon,’ Ian reassured his pet before he left."

Sunday, July 30, 2017

"CAN'T CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY!" - ANOTHER SHORT STORY COLLECTION BY PATSY COLLINS




Another lovely collection of short stories by British author Patsy Collins - “Can’t Choose Your Family” available on AMAZON. It’s an assortment of well written stories that evoked various emotions in me as I read them!

Patsy is the author of four novels and working on a fifth, Her short stories (500+ published to date) have appeared in a range of UK, Irish, South African, Canadian, Swedish and Australian publications.



Saturday, July 29, 2017

"THE GUEST CHILDREN" BY GEOFFREY BILSON

I’ve just started reading “The Guest Children – The Story of the British Child Evacuees Sent to Canada During World War II” by Geoffrey Bilson. The book has been loaned to me by a friend, now in her nineties, who was one of those children. It looks fascinating. Can’t wait to get into it!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

BAHAMIAN AUTHOR TANYA R. TAYLOR ROCKS!


This is my latest “Woman in Action” article that appears in “The Punch” on page 15 today about bestselling Bahamian author Tanya R. Taylor. Tanya is now working on her 18th book! All of her books have made Amazon Kindle’s Top 100 Paid Bestsellers’ List in several categories. The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in Action” column every Thursday, with my articles usually appearing every other Thursday.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

"UP THE GARDEN PATH" - GARDEN THEMED COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES BY PATSY COLLINS


British author Patsy Collins’ Collection of 24 short stories, “Up the Garden Path”, is available to download free until July 16th.

Patsy, the author of four novels and working on a fifth, lives on the south coast of England with her husband, photographer Gary Davies. When she's not writing, she says she travels with her husband in their campervan acting as his photographic assistant. She sometimes gives talks to writing groups.

Her short stories (500+ published to date) have appeared in a range of UK, Irish, South African, Canadian, Swedish and Australian publications. Some of her stories are available to download from Alfie Dog Fiction. Patsy's website is http://patsycollins.uk


CLICK HERE FOR "UP THE GARDEN PATH"




Sunday, July 9, 2017

THE DIARY OF A NOVEL!

I started writing my romantic suspense novel “Love at Sunset” on June 6th, 2014, the 70th anniversary of “D” Day. I finished writing Chapter Fourteen of the novel in a night time blackout on July 4th, 2014, scribbling the final few pages of the chapter in a notebook by flashlight and then typing them up in the morning after the power came back on. I finished the first draft of the novel (30 chapters and around 80,000 words) on August 3rd, 2014.

I spent two months editing and polishing it up. Then I started sending it out to literary agents and publishers in the U.K. and U.S. I had decided if I got to 100 submissions without my novel being accepted, I would consider self-publishing.

By the 70th submission, an author friend, who has had considerable success with her books on Amazon and other online retailers, suggested I put together a collection of my short stories and publish them on Amazon, which I did. The book, released December 13th, 2015, is called “Sunbeams from the Heart– A Collection of Twelve Romantic Short Stories”


Sunbeams was so successful that I decided to publish Love at Sunset on Amazon.

First I decided to do some more heavy editing of the novel and it was finally released on Amazon April 26th, 2016. 


Since then I completed a mini-memoir “The Scottish Connection: A Journey Back”, which was released December 6th, 2016, on Amazon. 


And there are more books in the pipeline!



Thursday, July 6, 2017

AUTHOR CHARMAINE L. SMITH AND HER DELIGHTFUL CHILDREN'S BOOKS!


This is my latest “Woman in Action” article that appears in “The Punch” on page 15 today about local author Charmaine L. Smith, who has published two delightful children’s books - “Skinny Minnie” and “The Hopeful Donkey”. The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in Action” column every Thursday, with my articles usually appearing every other Thursday.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

THE RAINY SEASON IN THE BAHAMAS


The Poinciana trees have started to bloom here in Nassau, Bahamas. And at long last the rainy season has arrived! It’s late this year and everything was drying up. The playing field at Goodman’s Bay Park was parched. I expect we’ll see green grass peeking through now.

Monday, June 26, 2017

EVERYONE HAS A STORY!

I’m working on some more Punch Woman In Action articles. Everyone has a story!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

AN INSPIRING STORY ABOUT BECOMING A DOCTOR


This is my latest “Woman in Action” article that appears in “The Punch” on page 15 today about Dr. Sherelle Ferguson. Her story about how she became a doctor and her passion for Family Medicine is quite inspiring. 

The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in Action” column every Thursday, with my articles usually appearing every other Thursday.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

THE “TINY WINDOWS” OF SHORT STORIES



“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.” – Neil Gaiman

That’s the way many readers seem to feel about books of short stories. Not only did my book “Sunbeams from the Heart – A Collection of Twelve Romantic Short Stories” make Amazon's top 100 paid best-sellers' list in the Literature & Fiction/Short stories category shortly after it was first released, but it was next to Stephen King’s “Hearts in Atlantis” in Amazon's Best Sellers in Literary Short Stories! Mr. King’s book was number 67 and Sunbeams from the Heart number 69.

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”. Miss Marple was number 45 and Sunbeams number 44.

“This collection of short, romantic stories is heart-warming and beautiful,” wrote a reviewer about “Sunbeams from the Heart”. “I was impressed by the way the author developed each plot and took the reader on a lovely journey of nostalgia, leaving a wonderful feeling inside. Stories such as these brighten your day and leave you wanting more of what the author has written."

“Sunbeams from the Heart – A Collection of Twelve Romantic Short Stories” is available on Amazon as an e-book and in paperback (regular and large print).




Thursday, June 8, 2017

BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOUNDER LESLIE VANDERPOOL PUNCH WOMAN IN ACTION TODAY!


This is my latest “Woman in Action” article that appears in “The Punch” on page 15 today about Bahamas International Film Festival founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool. The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in Action” column every Thursday, with my articles usually appearing every other Thursday.


Friday, June 2, 2017

FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS AND WRITING


Some of my books on writing!

The spark for my love of books and writing dates back to my early childhood at Boquhan, Scotland. At the time, my family and I lived with my grandparents in a cottage on the large estate where my grandfather worked.

I remember being allowed into the library in the “big hoose” as we called it. As a tiny girl, I was in awe of the shelves of books, which reached high up to the ceiling. I could hardly even reach the lower shelves, so my grandmother would hand some of the books to me. It was almost impossible for me to understand the small writing and long words, but I thrilled at the touch of the books and the window on the world that they opened up. 

I write about Boquhan Estate in “The Scottish Connection”. And Gordon, one of the protagonists in “Love at Sunset”, has similar experiences with a library in an old house!

Monday, May 29, 2017

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE LOVE AT SUNSET ON SPECIAL! - LIMITED TIME ONLY!



Great opportunity to get the e-book edition of my romantic suspense novel “Love at Sunset” at a reduced price! – Limited Time Only. Special ends Wednesday, May 31st, at amazon.com and ends Thursday, June 1st, at amazon.co.uk

For those of you who don’t have a Kindle, no problem. The free Kindle app can be downloaded from Amazon for most major smart phones, tablets and computers.




Thursday, May 25, 2017

ELAINE MAJOR IS A MOVER AND SHAKER!


This is my latest “Woman in Action” article that appears in “The Punch”, Nassau, Bahamas, on page 15 today about "mover and shaker" in more ways than one Elaine Major!

The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in Action” column every Thursday, with my articles usually appearing every other Thursday.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

SONGS BY ERSKINE KNOWLES!


My husband Erskine is a great guitarist and vocalist (I think I’m permitted to say that!). He started playing guitar at the age of fifteen, but played the kettle drum before that (once he was in a wedding procession on Long Island as a small boy, playing the drums!). He also learned to play the accordion.

When we met in 1965 he was playing in a band called “The Invaders” in the old Lisbon Club on Bay Street, downtown Nassau. See my blog post Bahamian Music is Blowing in the Wind.

Since then he’s jammed with a lot of musicians over the years in The Bahamas and England. He’s played with Jay Mitchell’s band in the British Colonial Hotel, Nassau; “Little Joe Cartwright” in Count Basie Square, Freeport, Grand Bahama; Count Bernadino and his daughter Nita Ellis at Westwinds II, Nassau; musicians in a pub in Exmouth, England; pubs around Exeter, England (with me singing along with him); entertained on the SS Oronsay on the way to England; formed a two man band with our son Gavin called “Roadblock” while we were living in Long Island (with other musicians coming down to join them at gigs around the island); the former Holiday Inn, Paradise Island, with Buddy Rae; and at the former “Buzz” night club and Crazy Johnny’s on East Bay Street, Nassau, with such musicians as the late Berkley Van Byrd.

Here's a short video of Erskine singing and playing Roy Orbison's song "Pretty Woman" at “Crazy Johnny’s”, Nassau, Bahamas (formerly “The Buzz”) in 2009 - "Pretty Woman".

Now he’s writing his own songs. You can hear some of them on soundcloud.com at the following links:

YOUNG HEARTS
Lyrics, music, guitar and vocals by Erskine Knowles
(Based on true events when Erskine first met me!)
© 2015 Erskine Knowles

THE WRITER’S PRAYER
Lyrics by Fay Knowles
Music, guitar and vocals by Erskine Knowles
© 2014 Erskine Knowles

BORN AGAIN
Lyrics, music, guitar and vocals by Erskine Knowles
(Inspired by spiritual events and dreams!)
© 2015 Erskine Knowles

It’s a great joy being married to a musician!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

"WE SEE NO EVIL" BY TANYA R. TAYLOR NEXT RELEASE IN THE CORNELIUS SAGA!




Here’s my article in the Tribune “Weekend” about Bahamian bestselling author Tanya R. Taylor’s next book “We See No Evil”, to be released June 6th. This is the fourth book in her “Cornelius Saga”. Pre-orders now available on AMAZON

I have read all of the books so far in this series – “Cornelius”, “Revenge of Cornelius” and “CARA” – and thoroughly enjoyed them. Looking forward to “We See No Evil”!


Friday, May 19, 2017

THE SCOTTISH CONNECTION CONTINUES!


This article, “Little house with global connections”, by Senior Reporter Kaiya Marjoribanks appeared in “The Stirling Observer”, Scotland, yesterday. It draws attention to my mini-memoir “The Scottish Connection” and also my other works.

A previous illustrated article published in the “Stirling Observer” on January 13th of this year about “The Scottish Connection” had caught the attention of the present owner of “Craigenveoch Cottage” and he contacted me. “Craigenveoch Cottage” (formerly “Craigenveoch Lodge”), Aberfoyle, Scotland, was where my late mother and her siblings spent their formative years before joining the RAF during World War II.

The owner of Craigenveoch Cottage, which is up for sale by McLean & Stewart, Dunblane, at “offers over £270,000”, sent me lots of interesting information and photos of the cottage.


It really is a gorgeous little house; completely modernized. My mother and her siblings would have been so thrilled to see it now! 

Craigenveoch Cottage now (courtesy of the current owner)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

SCOTTISH MEMORIES

Me with my Scottish granny, the late Marian MacDonald,
when she visited Nassau, Bahamas, in the late sixties.
I am thinking of my dear Scottish granny, the late Marion John Crooks MacDonald (nee McMurtrie) at this time of the year, as she was like a second mother to me. 

Granny was born in West Kilbride, Ayshire. Along with my Papa, Robert Ross MacDonald from Dumbarton, she was an anchor in my life as I grew up in Scotland and later in England, where we moved because of my father’s job.

I still remember happy days as a child living on the Boquhan Estate near Balfron, where Papa worked. Granny sometimes helped in the “big hoose” as we called it!

I write about those impressionable years in my mini-memoir "THE SCOTTISH CONNECTION", along with ancestral facts and genealogy. Also featured in the book are personal anecdotes, nostalgia and precious old photos.

And I drew from my Scottish background, as well as from my knowledge of The Bahamas, when I wrote my Romantic Suspense novel "LOVE AT SUNSET".




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

AERIAL DRONE VIEWS OVER SCOTLAND

From "The Scottish Connection" - Starting out
from Devon on our 1978 road journey to Scotland:
My mother and two sons packing up the car.

This video might give you a taste for my mini-memoir “The Scottish Connection: A Journey Back”! Vitali Films have provided these gorgeous aerial drone views of Scotland on the AirVūz website:


AirVūz states: “AirVūz has become the premiere online video site for the emerging Drone Age.”

About “The Scottish Connection”:

Driving long distances in a short space of time throughout the United Kingdom is the norm nowadays. However, in the seventies it was often an adventure to cover the length or breadth of Britain. In this illustrated mini-memoir I share memories of my 1978 journey back to Scotland with my mother and young sons, to revisit our Scottish roots.

Fascinating Scottish Memorabilia - The Scottish Connection contains a wealth of information - Scottish ancestry, historical facts, genealogy, comparable 1978 prices, geographical descriptions, personal anecdotes, nostalgia and precious old photos. 

Click here for “The Scottish Connection”, which is available on Amazon in paperback and as an e-book:








Saturday, May 13, 2017

"LOVE AT SUNSET" NOW AVAILABLE IN LARGE PRINT!


“Love at Sunset”, my Romantic Suspense set in The Bahamas and Scotland, is now available in Large Print, as well as in regular print and as an e-book.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

JEMI HEALTH AND WELLNESS MANAGER DIANNE GIBSON IN THE PUNCH



This is my latest “Woman in Action” article that appears in “The Punch” on page 15 today about new Jemi Health and Wellness Operations and Business Development Manager Dianne Gibson. The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in Action” column every Thursday, with my articles usually appearing every other Thursday.


Sunday, May 7, 2017

AUTHOR TANYA R. TAYLOR RELEASES THE HAUNTING OF MERCI HOSPITAL


My article about bestselling Bahamian author Tanya R. Taylor’s release of her 16th book “The Haunting of Merci Hospital” appears in The Tribune’s Weekend edition of Friday, May 5, 2017. Their heading: “The haunting continues - Demand increases for Bahamian author’s novels.” The Punch also ran my slightly shorter piece on Thursday, April 27, 2017, on their Entertainment Page under the title “Author Taylor’s books are in high demand”.

Tanya has a large following worldwide, with many fans preordering her books well in advance of publication.

And the Bahamian public is quickly becoming more aware of Tanya’s success as an author. With the increasing demand to be able to buy her books locally, copies of her book “Ten Minutes before Sleeping”, which was a #1 Hot New Release and made Amazon’s top 100 in several categories, are now available in Logos Bookstore, Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza.

You can see all of Tanya’s books on her Amazon author page at Author Tanya R. Taylor

Tanya’s next release on June 6, 2017, will be “We See No Evil (The Cornelius Saga Book 4)” - We See No Evil



Thursday, April 27, 2017

STELLA MARIS RESORT MANAGER FEATURES IN PUNCH WOMAN IN ACTION!


This is my latest “Woman in Action” article that appeared in “The Punch” on page 15 today about Jill Smith, Manager/Partner and Wedding Planner at the Stella Maris Resort Club, Long Island. The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in Action” column every Thursday, with my articles usually appearing every other Thursday.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ESTUARY MAGAZINE TOPSHAM ENGLAND FEATURES THE SCOTTISH CONNECTION


"ESTUARY" MAGAZINE, TOPSHAM, DEVON,
ENGLAND - APRIL 2017 ISSUE, PAGE 35.

I was delighted to receive word that my pictorial mini memoir “The Scottish Connection” has featured in the April 2017 issue of “Estuary” magazine, Topsham, Devon, England. The Scottish Connection is available on Amazon as an e-book and in paperback.

“Estuary” is a vibrant 64-page monthly community magazine for Topsham, available from Topsham News, The Topsham Bookshop, other local shops, and from St Margaret's Church.

Regular items include a diary of local events and talks; news of local societies, groups, clubs and associations and their contact details, together with those of local services and amenities. Other contributions include Estuary lifestyle articles about artisan food and wine producers; choirs and concerts; poetry, and reports of ventures or adventures.

Editor - Diana Trout. Assistant Editor and Advertising - José Northey

Published by St. Margaret’s Church, Topsham, each issue of Estuary Magazine costs just .70p.



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

THE HAUNTING OF MERCI HOSPITAL BY TANYA R. TAYLOR



Being released April 30th and available now for pre-order - “The Haunting of Merci Hospital” by Tanya R. Taylor, author of #1 bestsellers “Cornelius” & “INFESTATION: A Small Town Nightmare.”

“No one expects to visit a hospital for a non-threatening injury only to never leave again. Merci Hospital, one of the oldest in the county, has served countless patients for practically decades. However, something is now very odd about the place as some who are admitted report seeing things that are not there and others never get to talk about it.

“Catherine Lucene is fairly new at Merci, a highly regarded nurse whose reputation for excellence and compassion in healthcare precedes her. She gradually becomes aware of the inexplicably sinister happenings at the hospital, but the underlying cause of it all evades her. Will Catherine's determination to uncover the truth help preserve the lives of those not yet lost, including her own, or will her curiosity of the "unknown" propel her into a horrifying state-of-being she never knew existed?”

Looks like “The Haunting of Merci Hospital” will be another great read by this bestselling Bahamian author!








Friday, April 21, 2017

NEW BOOK ABOUT THE HISTORY OF BAHAMAS AIRWAYS


Captain Paul Aranha, former Bahamas Airways pilot, has written a book about Bahamas Airways Limited (1936 – 1970), which should prove to be quite fascinating. This is due to be released in October of this year. He says:

“78 years ago, tomorrow, the Imperial Government announced that it would build an airfield on New Providence.

“Construction of the field was well underway and the Bahamas Airways Douglas Dolphin made a test landing on Runway 09/27.

“Shortly after that, the field was sold to Sir Harry Oakes, who completed the job and opened Nassau's first airport, which was known as Oakes Field.

“History tends to overlook the important role played by the British government, but my upcoming book, about Bahamas Airways Limited (1936-1970) will make it clear.

“The book should become a reality by October - in time for Christmas shopping.

“It is planned for 8 chapters and I have already approved the first 3 chapters.”

Paul Aranha, who also managed and owned the former Trans Island Airways, can be contacted at islandairman@gmail.com. Paul writes a regular column in The Tribune’s “Weekend” section. Above is a copy of his latest article in The Tribune today.




Thursday, April 13, 2017

PUNCH WOMAN IN ACTION JANE BRAYNEN

Here’s my latest “Woman in Action” article that appeared in “The Punch” on page 15 today about talented graphic artist and businesswoman Jane Braynen. The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in Action” column every Thursday, with my articles usually appearing every other Thursday.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

PUNCH WOMAN IN ACTION ARTICLES

I love writing these Punch Woman In Action articles about outstanding women in the community! I've submitted two more to The Punch and am now working on another one.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

THANK YOU!

A big thank you to the hundreds of Amazon customers who downloaded “The Scottish Connection” during my recent free offer. And many thanks to those who continue to support my books at regular prices. I hope everyone enjoys reading this mini-memoir of my 1978 journey back to Scotland with my mother and young sons as much as I did researching and writing it! “The Scottish Connection”, also available in paperback, contains a wealth of information - Scottish ancestry, historical facts, genealogy, comparable prices, geographical descriptions, personal anecdotes, nostalgia and precious old photos.





Thursday, March 30, 2017

ARCHITECT JECHELLE BURROWS-ROLLE IN PUNCH WOMAN IN ACTION TODAY!

Here is my latest “Woman in action” article that appeared in “The Punch”, Nassau, Bahamas, today about architect Jechelle Burrows-Rolle.. The Punch features an outstanding local woman in their “Woman in action” column every Thursday.