Sun, Sunburn & Seaweed

July is a month of firsts for me. Designing this newsletter is a new skill for my self-employed toolkit. I will endeavor to stay on task since I’m self-editing this puppy. A dear friend invited me to accompany her to a Dominican Republic oasis  appropriately named Dreams. The picture to your left is of the tranquil setting that greeted us each day as we consumed vast quantities of specialty cocktails and Caribbean sunshine.

Unbeknownst to me, my mini-vacation quickly transformed into a brainstorming retreat. I slept so well during my six day stay I dreamt up two new book series. Ha Ha…this girl is on fire. Literally, I didn’t realize how sunburned I was until the Monday after my return. So, I’m well rested and relaxed, but my face looks like I got dumped in the desert at high-noon.

Did I mention seaweed? The staff pulled enough seaweed off the beach each morning to replicate all four of the grass umbrellas in the beach image. Yep. I had to pay $50 to hitch a catamaran that jetted me one-half mile out in the sea to enjoy a swim devoid of choking a la seaweed.

All in all, it was a wonderful trip and I recommend you add a Caribbean vacation line item to the household budget.

If you follow me on Facebook, you know I finished Convincing Lina, Book 2 in the Bachelors of Shell Cove series. Lina’s story was truly a labor of love. I had some health issues, that I’m still battling, but focusing on her helped me to cope with my own hot mess dot com (I borrowed that one from Lina).

Enough about me. Meet the stars of Convincing Lina, the reluctant damsel in distress, Lina James and the tortured hero, Gideon Rice. This book cover was constructed around the heroine. My cover artist was fit to be tied because I would not budge on the female model image.

Drum roll please…

Convincing Lina