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About LAST VACATION: Seven days have passed since Naples real estate agent Megan MacKenna has heard from her twin sister, Madeline, who was vacationing on the beautiful, Caribbean island of St. Croix. Though authorities are not convinced there is a case to solve, Megan knows with all of her heart something happened to Maddy. When Megan receives a direct warning to leave the island or end up like her sister, she turns to the only person who has taken her seriously since she arrived, Gabe, a breakfast cook at a local diner.

Undercover DEA agent, Gabriel Walker has been building his cover for months, waiting for the opportunity to work his way into the infamous Torrez crime ring. When Megan shows up asking questions and Gabe realizes her twin’s disappearance might be linked to the Torrez men, he has to convince her to go back to Florida before she becomes their next victim.

The closer Megan gets to the truth, the more Gabe begins to suspect he is missing a huge piece of the puzzle. And someone is closing in on Megan…

From the Amazon reviews=> “I loved the book ! Stayed up until 2:30 to find out the ending 🙂 So glad I don’t have to work in the morning, definitely worth staying up for!”

“I loved all of the characters, especially Megan and Gabe. Last Vacation is very well written and suspenseful as well as exciting! It moves at a great pace. The characters are all well-written and developed. And since this romantic suspense novel is set on an island, its the perfect beach read!”

“A great beach read – but keep a gun under your towel.”

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Blanket of Clouds

Where your blanket of clouds meets the sunrise,

I see my dreams, a distant place

where peace fills my restless soul,

where I am whole again, I’m safe

The demons can no longer haunt me,

I’m home, I’ve been set free

Where your blanket of clouds meets the sunrise,

I glimpse a piece of all that might be.

~Sarah Elle Emm

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Blind hands

  

Voice on the Wind…

  

Drift with me

Drift

Portrait

Ocean

 

Your portrait

so perfect

cotton mixes with blue,

urging me to offer up

humble thanks to you.

 

The shapes, the hues, tiny shells

each detail speaks to me.

Standing in your portrait,

I begin again.

I breathe.

 

You brush the waves across the sand

and gently touch my face,

with a wind so soft, but awakening

and leaving in its trace

 

The need to rid myself of words

held dormant in a heavy soul.

In awe of you, hope sparks within,

running from head to toe.

 

Inside a breathing portrait

you’ve left me in a state.

I have to try to share this sensation,

To live, be bold, create.

 

I’ll proclaim your love,

I’ll tell a story

of a girl who I once knew.

She covered her ears when you spoke to her,

too stubborn to believe the truth.

 

She’d lost her way,

wounded, angry

She wouldn’t let you near.

But the rescuer, you held on tight

as she danced in the dark for years.

 

Tried and tested

she fell and fell again,

but you were always there.

Yet words don’t suffice to try to explain

a love to which nothing compares.

 

You are the one,

the only one,

who could communicate these emotions.

No words are needed; your portrait conveys it,

you use the sky, the sand, the oceans.

 

So I’ll walk away,

humble, yet brimming

with these words I must put to paper.

I’ll probably fail, but I’ll try to express it,

the awesomeness of our creator.

 

The ocean roars, reaching my ears

with the promise of a home up above.

Sand on my feet, sun on my skin,

I’m filled with gratitude for your love.

 

It’s time to go, words to write,

a purpose you’ve given to me.

I’ve been standing in your portrait,

I’ll begin again.

I’m free.

 

 

Sunset Celebration

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

Dolphins

‘Sunset Celebration’ by Sarah Elle Emm

We’ve come to bask in your majesty.
Arms stretching,
Fingertips reaching,
To feel the warmth of your kiss.

We celebrate this day
With our feet dancing in the sand,
Confident we lived it to the fullest,
Grateful you were witness.

We venture closer to you, and cool water chills our toes,
Sending echoes of laughter and gratitude your way.
Twirling, smiling, humming, running on the shore,
We let it all out.

As your flaming power descends, out of our view,
We sigh, fully spent with thankful hearts.
At peace.
We gave this day our all.

Your trail of pink hues fades away before us, and we bid you goodnight.
Sleep will come easy now.
A new dawn will lift us up soon enough.
And we’ll be ready to dance in your glory again.

Egret Entertainers

snowy egret

Snowy Egrets

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Meet a pair of snowy egret entertainers, if you will.  My mother was visiting recently, and we watched as these two stealth-like creatures took bait from a fisherman’s bucket… when he wasn’t looking.  They were quite comical, these two, and had my mom laughing for a good hour.  I enjoyed the show as well but didn’t want to give them away to the fisherman, so I waited patiently to photograph them when he was packing up to leave.

It was quite nice to watch the birds with Mom, especially considering the peacefulness of the afternoon.  The first half of my life includes a movie reel of near collisions and off-road adventure thanks to Mom excitedly pointing at birds along the drive.  Inheriting the bird watching trait was inevitable, though I prefer to watch birds from a stationary position myself.   😉

Dolphins

dolphin

dolphin

dolphin

dolphin

dolphin

 

 

I jog in the mornings and rarely have my ‘real’ camera on me.  If I don’t have my camera on me, you can bet I’ll see dolphins!  The other morning, I decided to do my best with my I-phone camera.  So please excuse the cell phone photos and video, but I think dolphins are so spectacular, I decided to share the images.  🙂