Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Naples City Pier

Not long ago, I took a stroll on the Naples City Pier. I spent my sojourn on the pier alone with my thoughts. So much has happened to me lately that I feel the need for solitude, even when in a crowd.

The pier was first built in 1888, according to the historical marker near its entrance. Over the years, hurricanes took their toll, but repair or rebuilding always ensued. Today we have a sturdy, welcoming structure, a landmark (watermark?) of Southwest Florida.

Although I did not use a digital camera, I do have this one snapshot to share with you. It proved to be the only strong image of the lot. Here sits a self-confident pelican, obviously right at home, who really gave me the eyeball when I snapped his portrait. Typically, on the pier, you see humans as well as birds -- locals and tourists meandering the wooden pier, or fishing, or standing idly by, enjoying the warm Gulf breeze and bright sunshine. In the background, grand beach homes line the foliage-lush coastline of Naples proper. Have you ever walked the planks of this venerable pier?

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Southwest Florida Waterways

Here is a shot I took of a water way in North Naples. If you look closely you can six little birds sitting on one of the power lines. Southwest Florida is a boating haven, a lovely place for cruising and sight-seeing. A sailing yacht is featured in my forthcoming romance novel, A Chance to Say Yes, which is set in beautiful Naples, Florida.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Professional Novelists' Workshop

What a busy weekend! On January 13-14, I attended the Professional Novelists’ Workshop hosted by my publisher, Bob Gelinas of ArcheBooks Publishing, Inc. (www.archebooks.com). Held at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Cape Coral, Florida, the event was attended by both aspiring and established authors. Over the course of two days, I was able to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

Some of the attendees included authors Prudy Taylor Board, Dr. Molly, Hawk MacKinney, Robert Dean Bair, and Penny Lauer, all ArcheBooks authors. Psychologist Liz Laquidara was also on hand to liven up the discussions. I met other nice folks, too, whose complete names I didn’t get and, therefore, can’t give here. I did get the pen name of one, Summer Breeze, a charming gal with blonde bangs and a sun chapeau. During the breaks, I hung out with my author-friends Sandy Lender (
www.todaythedragonwins.blogspot.com) and M. B. Weston (www.elysianchronicles.com), both of whom have fantasy novels which are about to be released by ArcheBooks.

During his talks, Publisher Bob shared lots of useful and hard-to-come-by info about the business of writing and publishing. He gave us numerous suggestions and tips for advancing our careers as professional novelists. I plan to use them to help promote my forthcoming romance novel, A Chance to Say Yes. Thanks, Bob!

Coming in 2007 from ArcheBooks Publshing:
A Chance to Say Yes, a heartwarming romance novel by Tina Murray
ISBN# 978-159507-183-5 (Hardcover)
ISBN# 978-159507-184-2 (Ebook)
(Please note that the ISBN numbers given are new. At the first of the year, ISBN numbers changed from 10 digits to 13 digits. Accordingly, I updated the numbers throughout my blog.)

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

A New Year Blooms

Do you believe it's January 10 already? So much is happening in the world, for both good and ill. Sometimes one stumbles upon a marvel of nature, such as this yellow hibiscus blossom, a glorious sunburst in miniature. Such chance discoveries abound in the warm winter climate of lush Southwest Florida. They can channel our spirits towards hope.