#Beach Life – #Sea Stars and Royalty

I came across this starfish while visiting Florida recently. Sometimes they are referred to as sea stars. There are hundreds of species of starfish, which aren’t “fish” at all. They are echinoderms and related to sea cucumbers and urchins. This fellow is a thorny starfish with five arms, but some species have nine arms. IContinue reading “#Beach Life – #Sea Stars and Royalty”

Book Blitz with Trails in the Sand

It came as a delightful surprise when Jaidis over at Juniper Grove Book Solutions wrote me an email to inform me I’d won a one-day book blitz. I readily accepted my prize, and now the big day has arrived. There’s a drawing for my Florida fiction and environmentally focused novel, Trails in the Sand. U.S.Continue reading “Book Blitz with Trails in the Sand”

The Sexy Horseshoe Crab

I went down to the water’s edge to watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico and grabbed a few photos of the sun setting behind one of the tree islands in the Ten Thousand Island area off the coast of Florida. Something near my feet caught my eye. I turned my camera from theContinue reading “The Sexy Horseshoe Crab”

Enduring Everglades

They came out of nowhere that day I floated on a fishing boat in the waters off Chokoloskee Island. Two men in a canoe using long poles to push themselves through the shallow water as low tide came. They said they went out every day on those waters on the western edge of the Everglades.Continue reading “Enduring Everglades”

Snow Inspires Florida Writer

I woke to a fairyland of snow-covered trees and lawn on a day when I thought I would be waking up to the marsh and swampland of the Everglades. I’d planned a writer’s retreat while my husband attended a conference in Reno. We began by spending a week with my daughter and her boyfriend inContinue reading “Snow Inspires Florida Writer”

Shorebird Love

On our recent trip to Florida over the Thanksgiving holiday, many things disappointed me about Vilano Beach (on the Atlantic near St. Augustine) where my daughter lives. The disappearing beach from erosion, dredging the channel at Porpoise Point, driving on the beach, and building of mansions too close to fragile nesting areas for endangered speciesContinue reading “Shorebird Love”

#Pittsburgh Made Me A Sports Fan Once Again

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Sports Fan? “No way,” she said before she moved to Pittsburgh. This is a tale of a woman who rebelled against her upbringing with four older, and athletic, brothers. For years, I hated sports because they took most of my family away from me on weekends and holidays. They might haveContinue reading “#Pittsburgh Made Me A Sports Fan Once Again”

More Than Two Hundred Thanks

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Happy Labor Day to all of you. When I taught high school, this holiday was always bittersweet. It definitely meant the end to my summer holiday, and the start of a new school year. It’s different now, especially living in the north. This holiday means the demarcation of a new season.Continue reading “More Than Two Hundred Thanks”

Florida Environmental Novels for Free

My two novels set in Florida, Tortoise Stew and Trails in the Sand, are both available for a free download to your Kindle on Wednesday, August 14 through Friday, August 16.   Here’s a short excerpt from both: From Tortoise Stew: Cowan Garcia lived in one of the Victorian homes that graced the tree-lined MainContinue reading “Florida Environmental Novels for Free”

Deja Vu – Rig on Fire

By Patricia Zick @PCZick As I sipped the aromatic brew, I glanced at the morning’s headlines before the television and George Stephanopoulos diverted my attention. It was only a blip on the charts of the day’s news stories. I would have missed mention of it if I’d gone to the bathroom when George said anContinue reading “Deja Vu – Rig on Fire”