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Hello everyone, I was tagged by author Jane Dougherty to participate in the Work In Progress Blog Hop. Here, I will answer seven questions relating to my WIP, which is my first novel Selima and the Merfolk.

To view Jane Dougherty’s WIP click on this link Jane Dougherty’s Blog

SELIMA BOOK COVERQ1: What is the name of your character? Is he/she a fictional or a historical character?
My main character is Selima. She is a fictional character.

Q2: When and where is the story set?
The story is set in the early nineties, in Las Cuevas Bay, Trinidad. Las Cuevas Bay is a small fishing village on the north coast of Trinidad.

 Q3: What should we know about him/her?
Selima is a good girl, trying to do the right thing. However, she is a teenager, and she makes some naive decisions while she tries to follow her heart and be a good daughter at the same time.

 Q4: What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Firstly, Selima unexpectedly goes to live with her estranged father. Then she falls in love with the fiancé of a beautiful mermaid.

 Q5: What is the personal goal of the character?
Selima wants to do what is right. Her relationship with her father is imperative to her, but she is in love.

 Q6: Is there a working title for this novel and can we read more about it?
Yes, Selima and the Merfolk. You can read the synopsis here Selima and the Merfolk Synopsis

 Q7: When can we expect the book to be published?
It will be available on Xlibris.com in about two weeks.

I have tagged author Anneli Purchase to carry on with this hop. Her blog is filled with many interesting posts, accompanied by beautiful photography.

I follow both Jane Dougherty’s and Anneli Purchase’s blogs. There is always something interesting to read.


spotlightThis post is an invitation to self-published authors to be featured in my Shine on Self-Published Authors Series.
All you need is to:
– Have a web link to purchase your book/books.
– Have at least one digital photo of yourself (jpg, png, gif).
– Write your journey to becoming a self-published author and what you have experienced now that you have published. Give advice if you can and note any new projects you are working on. Also, include your contact information.
No less than 1000 words.
*Please have your work properly edited.

Only one feature will be posted per week.
If you would like to be a part of this series, please send the information requested to selimaandthemerfolk@gmail.com by July 20th, 2014.

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ingredientsAny person who is in command of a project, whether they be a chef, a project manager or a mom, will tell you that you need the right ingredients to have a favorable outcome and for the process to move along smoothly. Any project can be completed, but to have it executed with little to no mishaps or better than expected is where actual skill and knowledge are needed.

On Thursday, I cooked stewed beef, which I had cooked several times before. I added curry and coconut power, and it made a huge difference in the dish. It was my best stewed beef yet. My older sister had added those ingredients to some stewed pork she had cooked when she visited me a few months ago, and as little sisters do, I copied her.

My beef tasted good the way I use to cook it, but including my sisters ingredients enhanced the flavor of the beef significantly. The moral of my story is this:  most of us can do things on our own; however, the more knowledgeable you are, the better your projects will turn out. Connecting with the right people and freeing your mind to unfamiliar concepts can make a world of a difference in anything that you do. Never be afraid to learn something new.


New BookThis week we have two consecutive holidays in Trinidad and Tobago, today is Corpus Christi and tomorrow is Labour Day. Luckily, I do not work on weekends, so I’ll be home for four straight days. Among the projects I hope to begin/complete, I will start writing the second book to my Selima and the Merfolk series, which I have tentatively named Corallian. I won’t write every day, but I certainly intend to pen a few pages.

SATM is in production at this time, I see no reason to delay writing the sequel since I would like to have it completed or at least in the editing stage by Christmas. My ideas are fresh in my mind, and my fingers are ready to type, and quite frankly I need a distraction.

So, just as with SATM I invite you to join me in book II of my writing journey.


A few schools from my country, Trinidad and Tobago, were invited to Scotland. My sister, Alicia, is a teacher at Blanchisseuse Government Primary School. She and our cousin Shaquan ( the boy in the yellow costume, Gold Like The Sun) were chosen for the trip along with about forty other teachers and students. They came back home today. I can’t wait to see both of them to get all the details. Of course, my sister and I were in constant contact, so I already know they had a great time, and they were well treated in Scotland. Now I need to hear her voice because we were only able to communicate via WhatsApp and Facebook.

My sister is a very dedicated teacher; it was wonderful that she and some of her students had that experience to bond them further. Her students love her, and she and Shaquan are very close. I could only imagine they would be even more like bread and cheese. Later this year when she is hard on him while he is preparing for his SEA exams, he’ll remember all the fun they had and he won’t be mad when she gives him loads of homework.

I am so proud that our children represent our country well.
The costumes you see are traditional costumes that our masqueraders have paraded since the 18th century.

Click on the link to enjoy a video of one of their performances.
They are accompanied by music from our national instrument, the Steelpan. Song – Big People Party by Farmer Nappy.

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Thank you Scotland, for being such wonderful hosts to our teachers and students.
I hope we can return the hospitality soon.

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