Friday Fun Fact and Video – Never Before Seen Footage of Lion Paw and Oliver Playing

It’s not just a book trailer. It is a piece of me, filled with the passion I have for what I do!

The long hours of editing to find just the right moments to transition to a photo or slow down a video clip so that it fits with the tempo of the music.

Placing the right words, the right photos, the right video to match the lyrics and messages of the song and the book.

Watching my furry friends play and listening to one of my all time favorite songs made the editing process enjoyable.

Identifying the song for the video was immediate. The song Different Colours – One People by Lucky Dube encompasses strong messages of understanding and love for one another which are also strong messages seen throughout the first book in the Living the Beach Life Series. A perfect mix of like mindedness in the creative world. Thank you for allowing me to use the song INgrooves.

The creative whims of a writer, an animal lover, a music lover.

To enjoy the footage of Lion Paw and Oliver playing, click on the picture below!



Friday Fun Fact & Photo – Caribbean Living – Sharing a Lounge Chair With a Monkey and a Dog?

It was always fun to watch Lion Paw our beach dog and Oliver the Vervet monkey play. In the quiet mornings they chased each other up and down the beach. Of course the downfall was when they would hop on the lounge chairs reintroducing the sand we had just spent the time brushing off before guests arrived on the beach. Preparing for the day was always a longer process with these two little ones out and about. Priceless!

Lion Paw and Oliver Out and About

Lion Paw and Oliver Out and About

Playing on the beach

Playing on the beach

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Friday Fun Fact and Photo- Caribbean Living – Sharing a Computer With A Monkey?

My Tuesday Trivia posts will be back next week. As the Island grows, we are experiencing a bit of growing pains. They translate to not having internet or electricity at certain times for various reasons beyond my control.

A large truck got caught on our lines outside of our home, not once, twice. Gone went the electricity and gone went the internet. Not one, but yes, two storms came our way within a week’s time. Prepping for Hurricane Season really should happen in June, but we were hopeful the storms would stay at bay until September as they have the past few years. Preparing and organizing for those storms took precedence over my weekly posts. I am back now and share with you a Friday Fun Fact and Photo featuring Oliver the Vervet Monkey from the Living the Beach Life Series.


Two Sailors anchor in Cockleshell Bay and head to shore early am to catch some Wi-Fi. What they didn’t know is that they would also be hanging out with Oliver the Vervet Monkey from Living the Beach Life Series. Renee Petrillo a fellow author shared her computer with Oliver and then shared her photos capturing the moment with me. Now I share them with you!

Oliver the Monkey sharing computer with Renee Petrillo

Oliver the Monkey sharing computer with Renee Petrillo

Oliver with Renee

Oliver with Renee Petrillo

Did I mention the Living the Beach Life Series is on sale! Take advantage today. The adventures and stories of Oliver the Vervet Monkey, Lion Paw the Beach Dog, Miss Mocha the Goat and Wilbur the Beach Pig can now be yours at a reduced price. 

Tuesday Trivia – Lion Paw’s visit to the Veterinarian Hospital.

What type of tree is this?

What type of tree is this?

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Lion Paw the Beach Dog





In Lion Paw and Oliver, An Unlikely Friendship what type of tree sends Lion Paw to the Veterinarian Hospital?

Bonus Question: What did the tree sap do to Lion Paw?

If you have read Lion Paw and Oliver, An Unlikely Friendship the answer is in it’s pages. For those new to the series or just popping in for a look, Tuesday Trivia is posted weekly and archived on site to give parents, children and teachers more ways to interact with the series and the characters. Trivia questions can be used for comprehension quizzes or for pure trivia enjoyment. Join us on one of these platforms and enjoy Tuesday Trivia for the Living the Beach Life Children’s Book Series weekly.



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Friday Fun Facts & Photos – Crazy Girl – Photo Shoot of Garbage

Writing Wilbur the Beach Pig Remember When happened very quickly. Putting the pictures together was another story. I had quite a few of my own, but I needed more to do the story justice. Most of the time when Wilbur was doing his thing I was too busy making sure he did not knock over anything while sauntering around or leading him so he would not disturb anyone. I asked others to share pictures of Wilbur with me that I could use for the book. I am thankful for those that shared.

One picture I could not get from anyone or from my own photos was the garbage knocked over. I had to recreate it. Who takes pictures of garbage knocked over? ME!  I DO.

So in the midst of a busy day, garbage absolutely chock block a full, I knocked it over. The utter shock factor from guests on the beach was humorous to say the least. The reactions when I started photographing the garbage were hilarious.

I learned a lesson in humility that day. Trying to explain to people that I was using the photos for a book I was writing was ridiculous. I think many thought I was a crazy girl taking pictures of garbage.

Here’s to the photoshoot of the garbage!

Garbage Photo Shoot #1

Garbage Shoot Picture #1

Garbage Shoot Picture #2

Garbage Shoot Picture #

Garbage Shoot Picture #13

Garbage Shoot Picture #13

You got it right! Thirteen pictures of garbage. I only bored you with three.

Wish I had gotten video and photos of peoples reactions. Priceless!

Enjoy your weekend. Who knows maybe you will be taking a crazy person photo shoot of garbage. Try explaining that one to people!