AVALANCHE will be available soon in Trade Paperback on other amazon sites world wide.
Today begins a busy week for me. I start touring blogs tomorrow, with the wonderful Kat Flannery kicking off the tour. I’ve written a unique blog for each guest post, hoping to give everyone’s readers something special.
Next Saturday, is the big day. It’s less than a year since DESCENTwas published, nine months sinceBLAZEwas released, and I have to pinch myself to believe it’s actually happening.
In case you prefer to read on your eReader, AVALANCHE is on sale for a limited time for $0.99 USD.
Thank you to all of you who have supporting me in my journey to publish the first three novels in the Stone Mountain Mystery Series.
Thank you, Melodie, for hosting me on your blog. And Melodie is…
The Toronto Sun called Melodie Campbell Canada’s “Queen of Comedy.” Library Digest compared her to Janet Evanovich. No surprise, then, that Melodie Campbell got her start writing comedy.
Melodie has won ten awards for fiction, including the Derringer and the Arthur Ellis. In 1999, she opened the Canadian Humour Conference. She has over 200 publications including 100 comedy credits, and 40 short stories. Her tenth novel, a mob caper entitled The Goddaughter Caper(Orca Books) will be published in 2016.
I’m very pleased to welcome friend and colleague Kristina Stanley here, a crime writer who has been nominated for prestigious crime awards before even having a book published. Well, that is definitely a secret to getting a publisher, folks, and now come the books. Over to you now, Kristina!
Late one night in Unteruhldingen, Germany I was reading MOONLIGHT BECOMES YOU by Mary Higgins Clark. The opening—a woman trapped in a grave. Darkness and silence surround her, and she doesn’t know where she is. I can still see her fingers clawing at the edges of the coffin.
So my humans tell me it’s getting hot in the Bahamas and it’s time to start the sail north. Sound exciting? Not really, for a dog anyway.
When we travel, Matt and Kristina sail the boat and I do a lot of sleeping. Sometimes we anchor for the night and there’s not even a beach to go to. Sometimes there isn’t even land in sight over night. They’re crazy.
My problem. I don’t sleep well when Kristina is awake at night. I sit in the cockpit waiting and waiting to go to bed, but I just can’t do it while she’s in the cockpit. She needs my constant protection. Matt, on the other hand, can stay up all my himself.
As we head to Canada, Kristina promises none of this . . .
Last week I wrote about beach yoga. This week it’s beach running. Without a regular routine, or access to a gym, keeping fit on a sailboat can be a challenge.
Today, I was motivated by an amazing beach run. I ran with three other people and covered 5 kilometers. We followed the run with sit-up, push-up and squats. There’s always a cheerleader around to push us to do more.
The photo below is of the sound side beach on Stocking Island. It’s the best beach in the Exumas to run on. I time my runs for low tide, or as near to low tide as I can get.
You can see how the crowds make it hard to find some clean sand 🙂
If you’re traveling down the Exuma island chain, here is the running scoop.
Has a long beach but it can be steep. Running at high tide is a slog, so I try to avoid it.
Road running here. No traffic or wildlife to worry about. You can fit in a 15 kilometer run if you want. The road is shaded if you go early enough.
Beach running here, but you need to run several times in order to get enough distance in.
Hawksbill Cay (North Anchorage):
Beach running here. You need to cross the island on a trail that required shoes. The rocks are sharp. After fifteen minutes, you’ll reach one beach. The next beach north is a long flat beach. You have to walk in water from south beach to north beach, so you might not want to go at high tide. The beach is worth the effort to get there.
Road running here. You need to be careful of local dogs. I don’t bring my dog with me when I run here. The local pups seem to have an issue with unknown dogs but not with people.
Nuff said about the beach here. You see the photo above. There is also trail running on this island if the tide is too high, but then you have to wear shoes.
I’ve found lots of other cruisers to run with, so if you want a running partner you just have to look around the anchorage.
I’d love to hear what you do to keep fit while traveling.
Well sometimes. For me it depends on the journey, the destination and the end goal.
Right now we are sailing with the goal of getting to the Exuma island chain in the Bahamas. To do that we have to get across the tongue of the ocean. That’s the journey part.
When we get there, I can focus on writing. I miss writing every day, but our plans change rapidly depending on the weather, and I can’t focus. I know, you’re feeling very sorry for me 🙂 Can’t have everything.
Here is a photo of why we are trying so hard to get to the Exumas and while I don’t mind putting my writing on hold for a bit. The clear blue water is world class.
The Aquarium is located in the Exuma island chain of the Bahamas and is a spectacular place to snorkel. It’s in a protected area, a land and sea park, making it a must see if you are cruising these islands.
This is a no take zone, meaning no spear fishing, lobster or conch hunting. We had to dig into our freezer for dinner, but the snorkelling was worth it.