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Hurray For Hair Dye!

by Carol Burnside So, I had this hair color dilemma with Cass, my latest heroine in the Sweetwater Springs series . . . In Book 1 (A Suitable Wife), Cass was a secondary character I described as petite and blonde. Somewhere in the years between when I wrote that and the current work (Book 3: […]

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Walt Mussell - April 7, 2014 - 9:09 am

I had something like this in a slightly different format. When dealing with Japanese characaters, you have similar eye and hair colors. However, one of the facts I disocvered is that Japanese people are occasionally born with red strands of hair. The don’t have a lot of them. Their hair is still the expected color. except for those strands. However, because Japanese people don’t like standing out, it’s often dyed.

In my first year in Japan, I taught in a middle school. One of the girls had red strands in her hair (which is how I learned about it). The girl was lucky in that she was not in a strict school and was allowed to “be who she was.” A more strict school would have forced her to dye it.

In my first Japan novel, my heroine has those streaks of red hair.

Susan Carlisle - April 7, 2014 - 9:43 am

I love the excerpt. I have read books where the eyes or hair color get misxed up. It doesn’t happen often but I’ve seen it. I have to make notes of those especially when I’m working on more than one book at a time in order no to mix up the hair, eyes and names. I put in a name from another book just the other day into my newest book. Not good.

Connie Gillam - April 7, 2014 - 10:31 am

That was smooth, Carol. And I liked the excerpt.

Can’t wait to read the whole book.

Piper - April 7, 2014 - 10:56 am

Walt, what a fascinating detail. The same thing is true for me inwriting about African Americans in a historical way, but the eye colors can vary. I had a big issue in one story with keeping up with how to spell “gray” in the American way instead of “grey” the British way.

Love the excerpt Carol! Looking forward to the book!

Carol Burnside - April 7, 2014 - 2:54 pm

Well, Walt, I’ve learned something new from you today. Interesting factoid.

Carol Burnside - April 7, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Thanks, Susan. After editing Claire’s book and doing promo on Claire, I have to remind my fingers that I’m now supposed to be typing Cass. I’ll probably have to do a check for Claire in this book when I’m finished, just to make sure a few haven’t snuck in where they’re not needed. ;-)

Carol Burnside - April 7, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Thanks, Connie.

Carol Burnside - April 7, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Thanks, Piper. Glad you enjoyed it.

[…] or brunette? Today I’m blogging on PetitFoursAndHotTamales with a title of “Hurray for Hair Dye” about a hair color snafu that I encountered while […]

Marilyn Baron - April 7, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Carol,

Very cool save. I’ll have to remember that. I mostly notice that names get changed rather than eye or hair color but it’s always something to watch out for. In fact, I think I heard someone call another person the wrong name on a TV show. It’s amazing how resourceful writers can be!

Maxine Davis - April 7, 2014 - 4:08 pm

Good save. Carol. I can’t wait to read the book. I have caught a name wrong. it really threw me. I wondered if I’d missed something. Reread a chapter and decided it was just a wrong name.

Maxine Davis - April 7, 2014 - 4:25 pm

Carol, I just remembered: In the movie, Operation Petticoat, a young boy in the movie, is introduced to the Cary Grant character and shakes hands. The young boy actually calls him Mr. Grant, but you can barely hear it. I’ve got to see that movie again.

Walt Mussell - April 7, 2014 - 6:02 pm

Piper and Carol, I was once told those red strands appear in about one in every 150 Japanese people. I could be wrong. (I’m remembering from over 20 years ago.)

Carol Burnside - April 7, 2014 - 10:45 pm

Thanks, Marilyn. I’ve come across those name changes a few times too. I guess I’m never totally satisfied with my end results. Even after something has been published, I read it again looking for a small excerpt and find myself thinking I should have phrased that differently or added a little bit more. lol

The worst is finding a typo in the published product after having been through the book a gazillion times.

Carol Burnside - April 7, 2014 - 10:45 pm

Oh, Maxine, that’s too funny!

Carol Burnside - April 7, 2014 - 11:01 pm

That’s not extremely rare. It’s interesting though, that they see it as something negative to stand out, rather than embracing diversity.

Pam Asberry - April 11, 2014 - 8:59 am

I am a girl after Cass’s heart, Carol! :-)

Where in the World

This is my first travel post. The odd thing is, I don’t travel that much. I used to, but that was a long time ago. With two kids at home and college tuition in the not-so-distant future, I focus on local things like the beach and visiting the grandparents on both sides of the family. […]

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Pam Asberry - April 4, 2014 - 12:38 am

I know so little about Japan that I’m not even going to venture a guess, Walt! But il really looking forward to your travel posts this month!

Mary Preston - April 4, 2014 - 4:44 am

I’m just taking a stab, but I really could not begin to say: Kobe.

Looking forward to learning more.

Marilyn Baron - April 4, 2014 - 4:51 am

Walt,
Japan has always seemed to be a beautiful and mysterious place. I’ve never been there but would like to go one day. I’m sure I’m wrong since you already mentioned the city in your post but I’ll guess Tokyo. I can’t wait to find out more about Japan.

Walt Mussell - April 4, 2014 - 7:51 am

Pam, hope you enjoy the posts.

Walt Mussell - April 4, 2014 - 8:02 am

Mary, Kobe is a short train ride from Osaka. I love Kobe and my wife is from that area. This was a long train trip.

Walt Mussell - April 4, 2014 - 8:06 am

Marilyn, Tokyo was where we changed trains to catch another bullet train. It’s a bullet train hub. It was a long day of travel.

Piper - April 4, 2014 - 8:41 am

Walt,

I’m guessing Yokohama, because it is what it is–a guess! :)

I hear you though on the family vacations though. My guys and I will go up to D.C. for spring break, but a lot of our vacations consist of going to see family. It’s important to do visit, while they are still here.

Lovely family!

Maxine Davis - April 4, 2014 - 9:08 am

Walt, Nice pictures of the family. I haven’t a clue. Will get out my maps – I love maps – and will find where you end up. I look forward to the posts.

Susan Carlisle - April 4, 2014 - 11:16 am

Walt,
I have no idea of the town. I’ve travel a lot but outside of being on Iwo Jama for a day I’ve never been to Japan. I’m looking forward to all your posts. I’m one of those Westerners that knows so little.

Walt Mussell - April 4, 2014 - 11:40 am

Piper,

On the bullet train from Osaka to Tokyo, the final stop before Tokyo is Yokohame. Good guess, but the trip is much longer. I do love Yokohama though. A lot of history with the city.

Walt Mussell - April 4, 2014 - 11:41 am

Maxine,

Have fun looking on the maps. I’ll give clues each week.

Walt Mussell - April 4, 2014 - 11:44 am

Susan,

I have never been to Iwo Jima. (The closest I’ve been is Okinawa. Given the number of American bases on Okinawa, there are a number of American products and a 24-hour American TV station. MacGyver was on a lot.)

Debbie Kaufman - April 4, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Oh wow. No clue. But hope to see more travel posts on Japan!

Walt Mussell - April 4, 2014 - 1:07 pm

Debbie, I’m planning on a one-of-a-kind travel blog this month.

Connie Gillam - April 4, 2014 - 4:50 pm

I’ll disqualify myself from this guess. LOL

Walt Mussell - April 4, 2014 - 5:37 pm

Connie, you do have the at-home expert. :-)

Marilyn Baron - April 4, 2014 - 11:40 pm

Kyoto?

Carol Burnside - April 5, 2014 - 2:31 am

No clue here either. Nice pics of the family.

Walt Mussell - April 5, 2014 - 5:18 pm

Marilyn, the golden temple (my picture above) is located in Kyoto. However, that’s not the location of this game.

Walt Mussell - April 5, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Carol,

Thank you. The boys were much younger then. Always adorable.

Walt Mussell - April 5, 2014 - 5:19 pm

One clue to everyone. The unknown location is in the map at the top of the post.

Sandra Elzie - April 6, 2014 - 6:24 pm

Walt,
I’m already looking forward to the rest of your travel posts for this month. Japan is on my list…but I’ve never been there. Love the pictures…and I have no clue where the picture was taken.

Laura Russell - April 10, 2014 - 3:53 am

Hi Walt,
I made my first visit to Japan this summer! I did see that Golden Temple in Kyoto. My guess for the city you were visiting: Fukuoka. PFHT has great travel blogging! I look forward to seeing more of Japan.

Anatomy of a Book Signing

By Marilyn Baron You put your heart and soul into your book and then it’s ready to be released to the world. You’ve put the word out on social media but now it’s time to come face to face with your readers or hopefully, potential readers. So you sign up for a book signing. Book […]

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Sandra Elzie - April 3, 2014 - 7:06 am

Hi Marilyn,
First, congratulations on the new release and the successful first book signing. You’ve also included a lot of great information here and you’re right, they take some advanced planning to be successful. The last thing to remember is to just enjoy yourself and the readers once you get there. You’re a natural for book signings…you’ve got a very engaging smile. Good luck with the next two!

Marilyn Baron - April 3, 2014 - 7:56 am

Sandy,
Thank you. I appreciate that. Enjoy yourself. Great advice.

Maxine Davis - April 3, 2014 - 9:27 am

Hi Marilyn, I thoroughly enjoyed the signing at Hiram Books – a really neat store and I do hope to make it to the others. They are close to family and friends. Enjoy yourself and I hope you sell and sign many books!

Marilyn Baron - April 3, 2014 - 9:44 am

Maxine,
Thank you for coming to the Hiram Book Signing, all the way from Macon. It was so nice to see you and thank you for your continued support. I hope to come to one of your book signings soon.

Piper - April 3, 2014 - 12:39 pm

This is great information, Marilyn. There is so much here about particulars that may seem small but are big–for example, when you mention to bring a tablecloth. So important. A naked table looks strange at a book signing and who knows if the store will have one? Thank you for this helpful list.

Marilyn Baron - April 3, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Piper,

Thank you. You’re right. You learn as you go. When someone else arranges the signing they take care of the details. When you do it, you have to take everything into consideration. Thanks for commenting.

Carol Burnside - April 3, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Great tips and a stellar basket to giveaway. Best of luck with your signings, Marilyn!

Marilyn Baron - April 3, 2014 - 2:20 pm

Thanks, Carol. That’s nice of you to say.

Connie Gillam - April 3, 2014 - 3:27 pm

Great advice, Marilyn. Especially about having an assistant and getting a great place to sign.

Marilyn Baron - April 3, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Thanks, Connie.

Debbie Kaufman - April 3, 2014 - 6:13 pm

Great suggestions! The other thing I do is carry the Square with me, an attachment for my smartphone that allows me to take credit cards when I am at a signing where the book vendor couldn’t get my books. Easy-peasy to use!
And, yes, as Carol said, great basket!

Marilyn Baron - April 3, 2014 - 7:26 pm

Debbie,
Everyone keeps telling me about the Square but I am so technically challenged I would probably not be able to use it.

Susan Carlisle - April 3, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Marilyn,
I’m tickle with your sucess. Thanks for the great info.

Marilyn Baron - April 3, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Thank you Susan.

Pam Asberry - April 4, 2014 - 12:33 am

Great post, Susan! Now I need to get back to work so I will have a book to sign someday, LOL!

Pam Asberry - April 4, 2014 - 12:35 am

I mean MARILYN! Clearly it is too late for me to be up reading blog posts, LOL!

Marilyn Baron - April 4, 2014 - 4:40 am

Thanks Pam, I know you will be signing a book soon.

WHY DO YOU WRITE? by KELLY L. STONE

  Why Do You Write? Honoring Your Writer Self-Image   By Kelly L. Stone     Answer this question: Why do you write? Whatever your answer is, whether it’s to achieve a lifelong dream of seeing your novel on a store bookshelf, to pen your family’s memoirs, or for the simple pleasure of capturing an […]

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Marilyn Baron - April 2, 2014 - 5:06 am

Kelly,
What a great post. I’ll have to try that exercise. I could use some relaxation. My problem is I write for my day job In public relations so I’m exercising my creative juices all day but I need to spend more time on my novel writing. I wonder if my psyche can tell the difference? I’ve always wanted to be a writer so I get satisfaction from any kind of writing but there’s nothing like seeing your book in print.

Pam Asberry - April 2, 2014 - 7:38 am

I am going to try to find a few quiet minutes later today and do this exercise, Kelly. My writer self-image could use some honoring. Thank you for blogging with us today.

Kelly L Stone - April 2, 2014 - 7:47 am

Marilyn, thanks for the comment. Writing fiction and non-fiction, to me, uses different parts of the brain. You can train yourself to tap into your creative juices for the novel by helping your brain get into an alpa state first, which is conducive to creativity. The relaxation will help with that. Try it and let me know what happens.

Kelly

Kelly L Stone - April 2, 2014 - 7:48 am

Pam, great to see you. Honing your self-image as a writer is an on-going task. Try the exercise and let me know how it works for you.

Kelly

Piper - April 2, 2014 - 7:59 am

Hi Kelly!

This seems a wonderful exercise for whenever I feel “frozen” about the why I write. I have no problems with the why I write, but when I think about the larger purpose of what I do, the old self-doubt kicks in. It seems this relaxation exercise would be a good way to banish those demons. I look forward to using this!

Maxine Davis - April 2, 2014 - 8:59 am

Kelly, As always I enjoy the way you think. I will try this exercise. Right now if someone asks why I write, it’s because I enjoy it.

Connie Gillam - April 2, 2014 - 10:24 am

Thank you, Kelly for the exercise. When the self doubt kicks in, I’ll have to remember this exercise.

Kelly L Stone - April 2, 2014 - 1:47 pm

Hi Piper! Thanks for your comment. This is a great exercise for identifying and releasing self doubts. Let me know how it works for you.

Maxine, great to see you here. Thanks for your comment. :)

Connie, thanks for stopping by!

Kelly

Walt Mussell - April 2, 2014 - 6:20 pm

I write because part of me feels like I need to let people know about the Christian century in Japan. It’s like I write because I feel I have to write.

Kelly L Stone - April 2, 2014 - 7:58 pm

Walt, great to see you here. I love your stories of Japan, and your passion for the subject always shines through. :)

Kelly

Sandra Elzie - April 2, 2014 - 8:47 pm

Hi Kelly,
I enjoyed your article. I write because, like you said, it’s a burning desire to get the people in my head out “there.” They have a story to tell…and I’m just their way of showing themselves.

Thanks for visiting with us.

Kelly L Stone - April 3, 2014 - 7:25 am

Great way to put it, Sandra! Always a pleasure to visit this blog! Thanks for having me on.

Debbie Kaufman - April 3, 2014 - 6:16 pm

Hey Kelly,
I may need to explore this question a bit. Lately I’ve been asking myself the opposite!

Have Trunk will Travel

By Susan Carlisle My father never knew his dad. He died two months before my dad was born. My grandfather was from the panhandle of Oklahoma and my grandmother from the green hills of Tennessee. When my grandfather died she moved back to Tennessee. I know a few things about my grandfather but not much. […]

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Carol Burnside - April 1, 2014 - 1:45 am

Oh my, Susan, that trunk is awesome! I have my daddy’s army footlocker/trunk from WWII, but it’s not in as pristine condition.

I’m so glad I got to see you, even if it was way too short a visit. You’ve got an open invitation, girlfriend!

Marilyn Baron - April 1, 2014 - 8:04 am

Very interesting post. Knowing you, I think there will be a story about that trunk in the near future.

Susan Carlisle - April 1, 2014 - 9:00 am

Carol,
I was tickle with what good shape it is in also. I now have it in a bedroom upstairs waiting for just the right place to put it. It is too high for a coffee table. Always good to see you!

Susan Carlisle - April 1, 2014 - 9:01 am

Marilyn,
There just may be. Something about my grandkids hiding in it?

Pam Asberry - April 1, 2014 - 9:28 am

What a thrill it must be to have that trunk in your possession! And I am jealous that you got to see Carol. It is too long between M&M’s! :-)

Susan Carlisle - April 1, 2014 - 9:46 am

Pam,
I was tickle also. I now have my grandfather’s trunk and the trunk that my great grandfather had made for my grandmother when she got ready to go off to college.
It was fun to see Carol.

Sandy Elzie - April 1, 2014 - 10:57 am

Susan, What a wonderful gift your cousin offered you. I have so little of my grandparents and my parents. A couple of things I cherish…and would drive miles and miles and miles for…are my father’s military flag and the handwritten letters he sent to my mother during WWII from the Phillipines.

In fact, I’d drive miles to help any close friend or family member, regardless of the time it took…some things are just too precious to lose. I’m with Pam…waiting to read the story that includes someone’s grandfather’s trunk.

Walt Mussell - April 1, 2014 - 11:47 am

A very meaningful and upflifting gift. I have a few items that belong to my maternal grandfather. He died when I was seven, so I remember very little about him. But, I have an old radio, which reminds me of him. There are also books I recently found that actually belonged to him.

Maxine Davis - April 1, 2014 - 2:13 pm

Susan, I enjoyed your blog. I know you’ll treasure the trunk. I also love the way it looks. No, I don’t have much of their things. I do have an old china cabinet that was my grandmother’s, which we moved from my Mom’s when we sold her house. I like it better than the china cabinet that came with my dining room suite.

Connie Gillam - April 1, 2014 - 4:02 pm

I would travel miles and miles to get pictures of my maternal grandfather’s family. My grandfather died when I was twenty-two. Being young (and immortal LOL), I didn’t ask him questions about his mother and father or about his grandparents. There are very few pictures but I’d love to have copies of those that are around.

Susan, you have a piece of history.

Susan Carlisle - April 1, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Sandy,
You are right too few things are precious. Friendship is one of those things.

Debbie Kaufman - April 1, 2014 - 7:11 pm

LOL, when we spoke I thought you said “truck.” Trunk makes so much more sense. And how cool is that. I have two hand-painted cranberry vases that belonged to my grandmother. Grandma died when I was only five, so I only have a few memories of her. These are a nice bit of “pretty” to remind me of her.

Susan Carlisle - April 1, 2014 - 10:45 pm

Walt,
Those sound like nice treasures of your grandfather. I hope my kids are interested in keeping some of my treasures.

Susan Carlisle - April 1, 2014 - 10:47 pm

I bet the china cabinet is beautiful. It’s often not the things but the memories they bring that is important.

Susan Carlisle - April 1, 2014 - 10:50 pm

Connie,
The older we get them more important the past becomes. I have all kinds of family I wished I’d asked more about and talked more to growing up. For some reason we think we know everything when we are young and the older people know nothing. We miss out on a lot.

Susan Carlisle - April 1, 2014 - 10:51 pm

Debbie,
That is funny that you thought we were going after a truck. We were in a truck but came home with a trunk. The vase sound wonderful. I hope to see them sometime.

Authors behaving badly

by Carol Burnside These days authors finally have choices. We’re no longer worshiping at the feet of giant conglomerate publishing houses and many of us have little to no need for an agent. We can diversify our career by selling to a traditional publisher, a small house, a digital first publisher, e-only publisher or we […]

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[…] I’m blogging on PetitFoursAndHotTamales about an incident of what I perceive to be authors behaving […]

Marilyn Baron - March 31, 2014 - 6:22 am

Every step along the way in the publishing process should be celebrated whether traditional or not. There’s no excuse for people belittling others for an accomplishment no matter how small. We should all be supporting each other whenever we can or just say nothing in my opinion.

Connie Gillam - March 31, 2014 - 9:48 am

A sad testimony on the human condition. Too me, the process of writing and publishing has been painful and slow. I celebrate every milestone, no matter how small. I’d like to think that others would celebrate with me. Obviously, not.

Debbie Kaufman - March 31, 2014 - 10:15 am

OMGoodness! How rude. I’ve encountered some interesting attitudes on both sides of the coin. It is a big deal to finish a book, no matter how your put it out there. And the only thing that makes one less than another is the quality of the writing, not the method of publication.

What I hate is the “war” between traditional vs. self-pub that I constantly hear. There are trade-offs both ways. I chose wider immediate distribution with HQ Love Inspired, but that doesn’t mean I might not go the self-pub route in the future. I hated all the traditional publisher (particularly Harlequin) bashing at the last RWA conference. Hey, traditional pubs are a business, read your contract. Don’t sign if you’re not happy! That’s what the new freedom of self-pubbing is about.

Susan May - March 31, 2014 - 11:25 am

There is a place for everyone. My only bone of contention is there should be quality editing. I was at meeting where I was pretty much the only traditionally published person there. I came away feeling like they all questioned my stupidity at taking that road. I’m just thankful there is more than one road to take now days and that the author has control over their material and not some big company.

Carol Burnside - March 31, 2014 - 1:44 pm

I agree wholeheartedly, Marilyn!

Maxine Davis - March 31, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Carol, I’m of the finish-the-book-is-a-big-deal group. Traditional or indie. I’m happy for those that publish – regardless. I’m working on my manuscripts and still don’t know what way I’ll try to go. Either way, I’m the only one I have to please. And either is a very big deal to me. The books look great, Carol.

Carol Burnside - March 31, 2014 - 1:46 pm

It is sad, Connie, but at least we have true support and celebration within the PFHT members. We all know the struggle and importance of producing quality work.

Carol Burnside - March 31, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Debbie and Susan, I totally get why you ladies chose the traditional route. I pursued HQN for years and came screamin’ close to a contract. Close, but no cigar. I’m just grateful that the stigma of self-publishing has lifted so my stories have the opportunity to build an audience.

Even so, I’ve not ruled out seeking a traditional publisher or digital first publisher where I’d have somewhat of a built in distribution.

Carol Burnside - March 31, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Thanks, Maxine! I wish you much luck, whichever fork of the road you choose. The great thing today is that you can choose more than one path. :-)

Lori Robinett - March 31, 2014 - 2:02 pm

So sorry to hear that the original poster didn’t get the respect she deserved. While it is true that “anyone can do it” – not everyone does. LOTS of people say “I want to write a book,” but many never get it done. Every step along the way for her deserved celebration, and I’m glad to hear you noticed what was going on and congratulated her.

We’re in an exciting time, with lots of changes in the industry. We’re all in it together, and should support each other regardless of how each individual chooses to approach their writing career.

BTW – LOVE that so many now choose the “hybrid” route and pursue more than one path.

Great post – thanks for sharing!

Walt Mussell - March 31, 2014 - 6:39 pm

Carol, when I completed my first manuscript, one of the first things I started biting my tongue is when people made the “I could write a book” crack. I knew for myself how hard that first manuscript was and couldn’t believe it was only the beginning of the process. Every step has value, no matter which path one takes.

Pam Asberry - March 31, 2014 - 10:58 pm

Why can’t we all just be kind and supportive of one another, Carol? Your books look beautiful. I loved “A Suitable Wife” and look forward to reading the rest of the series. :-)

Carol Burnside - March 31, 2014 - 11:05 pm

Thanks for weighing in, Lori. I love that aspect too. You nailed the gist of today: Each individual chooses their own approach to their writing career. We should celebrate that path.

Carol Burnside - March 31, 2014 - 11:18 pm

You’re so right, Walt. Everyone thinks you just write a book and it gets published. They don’t know about all the effort and re-writes and fine-tuning it takes to get the rough draft to a final product in their hands or in their e-readers.

Carol Burnside - March 31, 2014 - 11:26 pm

Thank you, Pam. I appreciate you!

Mary Preston - April 1, 2014 - 4:04 am

I’m a reader. I don’t write. I do have some inkling as to how much ‘blood, sweat & tears’ it takes to write a book & release it into the world.

Not everyone can do it. I couldn’t.

I’m a reader & I say thank you.

Sandy Elzie - April 1, 2014 - 10:49 am

Carol,
Sorry I’m late…but I love your topic. Yes, it’s a big deal to finish a book, sell one, or put one up yourself. Each step is a series of MANY hurdles that take more effort than a lot of folks know. I loved Mary’s comment…Blood, sweat & tears.” Yep, some of those as well…why do you think we eat so much chocolate????

Congrats on your new release.

Piper - April 2, 2014 - 8:06 am

Hi,

A lot of people sometimes would rather talk first and then investigate later, when the process often works much, much better the other way around! I do agree, Carol, that diversity is needed for the industry to flourish and it is fortunate that self-publishing is there to provide that option when some others may be reluctant to do so. There is room for all! Thanks for your informative post. I love those covers!

Southern Caribbean Cruise, Part 3: ARUBA

By Pam Asberry The fourth and final port on our southern Caribbean cruise on board the Carnival Freedom was the beautiful island of Aruba, also known as One Happy Island. We chose to spend the day on the North Coast Beach Safari. It was one of our favorite shore excursions ever. We boarded our open […]

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Mary Preston - March 28, 2014 - 3:31 am

Thank you for sharing. It all looks & sounds so amazing.

Marilyn Baron - March 28, 2014 - 7:07 am

Another great travel post. You take the best excursions. I’ve been to Aruba but all I remember was the main town which was really nice but I don’t remember any excursions. The beaches look beautiful almost like Bermuda. Great pictures.

Maxine Davis - March 28, 2014 - 8:46 am

Pam, The picture are awesome! The trip was absolutely beautiful. I very much enjoyed traveling through your eyes!

Connie Gillam - March 28, 2014 - 9:24 am

Pam-

That makes me want to get on a PLANE (lol) and fly to those countries. I love the sun and water (as long as it’s not above my knees). My kind of vacation.

Pam Asberry - March 28, 2014 - 9:33 am

It really was, Mary. I would do this itinerary again in a heartbeat!

Pam Asberry - March 28, 2014 - 9:34 am

Thanks, Marilyn. I always check out the options on Cruise Critic before I book our shore excursions. Since the ship is usually only docked for one day, I try to see as much as possible while I’m there – and if I can work in a beach, so much the better, LOL!

Pam Asberry - March 28, 2014 - 9:35 am

Thanks for coming along, Maxine! :-)

Pam Asberry - March 28, 2014 - 9:36 am

I love the cruise lifestyle, Connie, but I’m with you when it comes to the water. If the water is over my head, I wear a life jacket. I love everything about the ocean except swimming in it!

sandra Elzie - March 28, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Pam,
Thanks for sharing with us…and love, love, love all your pictures. Oh, and I’m with you about swimming in the ocean. I’ve done it before (snorkling) but I don’t really like it. It’s so much more powerful than I am that it scares me.

Eric Asberry - March 28, 2014 - 2:09 pm

I feel sorry for that poor ostrich with his head on the chopping block. Did it taste like chicken?

Pam Asberry - March 30, 2014 - 11:13 am

I am happy to sit on the beach with my Kindle while others snorkel, Sandy! Glad you enjoyed my pictures.

Pam Asberry - March 30, 2014 - 11:15 am

No ostriches were harmed on this shore excursion, Eric! :-P

Debbie Kaufman - March 31, 2014 - 10:17 am

Oh my, I so want to go. The wishing stone beach was cool! I am totally jealous and happy for you at the same time :)

Carol Burnside - March 31, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Ah, that looks like a perfectly lovely day. Love the sign at the end!

Pam, remind me to tell you my two tales of snorkeling (I don’t swim). Once at Hanauma Bay, Oahu and once in the ocean off Nassau. I still can’t believe I did it. lol

Pam Asberry - March 31, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Go for it, Deb! Aruba is amazing!

Pam Asberry - March 31, 2014 - 3:40 pm

Will do, Carol! :-)

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