Sunday, February 11, 2007

Serene Gulf of Mexico

Finally! A moment to think ... A walk along the shore of the serene Gulf of Mexico is a relaxing diversion from my busy schedule. Here in Naples, Florida, the Gulf can sometimes resemble a placid lake. I love a stormy sea (within reason), but today I need calmness.

This weekend I attended, for the first time, a meeting of the Southwest Florida Romance Writers ( The meeting was held at the lovely Grandezza clubhouse in Estero, Florida. I heard informative and enligtening talks by author Hallie Ephron and literary agent Christina Hogrebe of The Jane Rotrosen Agency in New York. I enjoyed the meeting, met friendly, interesting people, and hope to join the group soon as an official member.

Last weekend, I attended the monthly meeting of the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Writers' Association ( We met at Leapin' Lizards in Cape Coral and had a good crowd. Several of us read pieces aloud. Please feel free to join us for the next get-together, which will be held somewhere in Naples. A new site has not been selected yet. We were holding our Naples meetings at one of the Silver Spoon restaurants, but the restaurant closed.

FYI, Publisher Robert Gelinas has posted a production schedule again on the Archebooks Publishing website
( Among the books listed is my forthcoming romance novel, A Chance to Say Yes, which is set in Naples. (Please scan down and read my previous blog entries if you wish to know about my novel.) ArcheBooks is running special offer right now: a free Ebook to anyone visiting the website. Go for it, please.

By Tina Murray
ISBN# 978-159507-183-5 (Hardcover)
ISBN# 978-159507-184-2 (Ebook)