I love fall in Georgia. Growing up in St. Pete Beach, I wasn’t treated to dramatic changes of seasons—except, of course, hurricane season—and even after more than seventeen years here, I still look forward to the changing leaves and beautiful views that come with the cooler weather. Even though I’m still enjoying promoting The House on Mermaid Point and traveling to reader, writer and bookseller events, plus working on my next book, I’ll be making a point of getting out and about to enjoy the autumn colors.
It’s been great fun hearing people’s reactions to The House on Mermaid Point. I had such a good time reuniting Madeline, Avery and Nicole and I’ve been delighted that others have been enjoying their latest adventure as well. This time I sent the women of Ten Beach Road to the Florida Keys with the rest of the Do Over cast and crew. There they discover they’re expected to turn the private island of aging, down-on-his-luck rock legend William Hightower into a Bed and Breakfast against his will. And believe me this superstar really, really doesn’t want all these people on his Islamorada sanctuary.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed walking down my own musical memory lane as I researched the book. I kept having the urge to put words to Hightower’s famous fictional song, Mermaid in You and, after the book was finished, I actually did it! Now, “William the Wild’s” seminal hit, co-written with and performed by Ian and Evan Koteles of 10th Concession, is not only real but available as an MP3 download. If you haven’t already, please check out the performance video of this song inspired by The House on Mermaid Point.
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