Out to sea - again!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

It's time - we're heading out to sea again. We are doing a back-to-back on the Carnival Conquest out of Ft. Lauderdale. Once again, we have been to all these ports multiple times. Stu will scuba dive and I will write (and read, my backlog is growing).

There won't be many photos, we've taken so many in the past. LOL! Here are some SmugMug album links for those who want pictures.

Our November cruise
Our January & March cruises

Some people ask why we like to cruise. That's easy! We don't have to do ANYTHING unless we want to. No cooking, no cleaning, no bed making, food 24/7, shopping for fun things, good music and comedy entertainment, foreign lands (we loved practicing our minimal Spanish where it's used) and, of course, sun - beach - water!

It's our vacation. People tell us we live on vacation and as retirees, that's sort of true. But we still have all the day to day things that plague everyone. Cooking, cleaning, shopping, maintenance & repairs, doctors - all that STUFF. This is our time to lay back and relax, and we love it.

Normally we aren't in Florida this late in the year. It's getting a bit warm for us, but not unbearable so far. We originally had one cruise booked and didn't want to cancel it since it put us in the Platinum loyalty class for our Hawaii cruise. Well, Stu decided we needed to be Platinum for my birthday cruise out of Baltimore in September. So now we're doing two, a 6 day followed by a 7 day. Fun!

May 22nd: 6 Night Exotic Eastern Caribbean
Fort Lauderdale  Half Moon Cay    Amber Cove  Grand Turk    Fort Lauderdale
May 28th: 7 Night Western Caribbean
Fort Lauderdale    Cozumen  Belize City  Roatan  Grand Cayman    Fort Lauderdale

Ciao for now!

BOOK UPDATE: "Paradise Down" is now available!

Friday, May 20, 2016

WOOT! It's finally here - my new novella, Paradise Down, for the Lei Crime Kindle Worlds is available on Amazon. I hope everyone will give this little mystery a read and leave a review. Hey, it's only $1.99.

Aloha Nicholás!  But will this be a hello or a goodbye?

When Lucia Santerez returns home to Hawaii to help her brother Nicholás with his new dive shop, she learns Nicholás has disappeared--and someone doesn't want him found. 

Enlisting the aid of hunky vacationing firefighter, Jared Stevens, gets them the wrong kind of attention. They discover what lies under the water off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Kaua`i could make you rich or get you killed.

For readers of the Lei Crime series, this story occurs shortly after Fire Beach.

Now I get back to work on Almost a Touch, book three in my Klondike mysteries!

Ciao for now!

Cruisin' to the Coast Car Show

Thursday, May 19, 2016

One thing Stu has on his bucket list is to build a hot rod. What it will be changes from time to time. He especially likes the products from the folks at Factory Five. So when the opportunity arose to attend a small car show sponsored by them, he went!

He left on Friday, riding the trike to Brunswick, GA where the show was to be held. He stayed at a local Best Western (our favorite hotel chain) and headed out early to the show. He really enjoyed himself and got some questions answered from the Factory Five techs.

Here are some photos he took.

After the show he headed to St. Augustine where he enjoyed dinner with an old co-worker and his wife, plus a few friends. It's always good to catch up.

Ciao for now!