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Loggerhead Turtles Drama Unfolds

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Turtle Babies Aug 04, 2016

Our heroes

Beach walks can be very exciting.  Today’s petite drama involved a nest of sea turtle eggs.

The Scene before the story begins: 90 or so baby loggerhead turtles waiting in the sand for a few more nights when all the nestlings will all be ready to run for the sea. But there is movement. Above them an enemy waits.

Our Villain – a rascal raccoon (also needs to eat and hence his motivation).

Our heroes Six baby loggerhead turtles who have escaped the raccoon, but are disoriented and unable to reach the sea.

Enemies, Hazards & Travails – the lights from a nearby condo that mislead two of the survivors to head in that direction instead of toward the sea.

Allies – The condo maintenance man who spots the two struggling to climb the steps of the condo pool entrance and takes them two the water.  He has named them Campbell and Soup.  He then alerts another ally – the marine sea turtle conservation and research worker who tells him that he should not touch baby turtles or move them.  The maintenance man cites the circling gulls in defense of his action.  The marine worker then springs into action, digging four turtles from the nest.  These four have somehow evaded notice by enemies.  She puts the four survivors in a bright green bucket for later release.

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The survivors

 

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The rescue transportation device – a bucket

 

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One turtle strives for escape from transport

 

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Turtle ally @motemarinelab

 

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Observers, also allies?…

 

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Transport begins

Sea Turtle Nesting Information from @MoteMarineLabs

From MOTE MARINE Labs

From MOTE MARINE Labs

Nesting Turtle Daytime: Take Photos, No Flash, Call rescue patrol

Live Hatching: “Off the beach, heading away from water, or washing in on the waves” “Place in bucket with moist sand.  Cover with a towel.  Keep in dark place.  Keep out of A/C.  Call rescue patrol

Eggs Exposed: Get Nest ID from yellow stake.  Call rescue patrol.

SEA TURTLE NESTING SEASON is MAY 1 to OCTOBER 31

PREVENTION:

Fill Holes

Reduce beachfront lighting

Pick up trash  (Plastic bags look like jellyfish – turtle food!)

Remove Beach Furniture at night

Keep Flashlights off the beach



“Mayberry on Acid”

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

“Mayberry on Acid” reads the sign in one of the many tourist shops that climb the main street of Bisbee, AZ.  The town sits eight miles from the border of Mexico and I visited in February because of a recommendation of a man sitting next to me on a bar stool in Tuscon.

“You should go!” So I did.

Bisbee, AZ is a mountain resort town that sits nearly on the Mexican border

Bisbee, AZ is a mountain resort town that sits nearly on the Mexican border

The town’s elevation attracts tourists because it is about 10 degrees cooler here than in Tuscon.  You might need a burro to climb the main street or reach one of the guest houses.  Many of these accommodations feature fabulous views, streets that would put San Francisco’s crooked street to shame and stairs, stairs and more stairs.

The Copper Queen Hotel is the jewel of the town past, present and future.

The Copper Queen Hotel is the jewel of the town past, present and future.

We stayed in the Copper Queen.  You can’t miss it.  This is the biggest building in town.  I was built when the Copper Mine opened, then a hard-rock mine.  It remained there for the famous, the working class and the working-girls.

Famous folks stayed at the Copper Queen.

Famous folks stayed at the Copper Queen.

Two plaques drew my attention.  President Teddy Roosevelt stayed here, of course, and actor John Wayne, also of course. The names of other plaques were not familiar but I discovered they are former working girls and one is a resident ghost.  They still rent his room, though.

The Copper Queen is still a grand old lady with a checkered past

The Copper Queen is still a grand old lady with a checkered past.

Entering the lobby and looking at the safe tucked behind the counter and the old room keys, I really felt I should ask for a brandy and a cigar.

A t-shirt in one of the shops advertises Bisbee as Mayberry on Acid

A t-shirt in one of the shops advertises Bisbee as Mayberry on Acid

There are many artists in Bisbee and creative folks.  This is a fence made of old metal headboards that I found really creative.

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Not all the sights are awe-inspiring. This is the remains of the Lavender Pit – an open pit copper mine.

900 feet deep scar sits south of Bisbee – the Lavender Pit is named for the man who founded the mine, not for the color of the stone.

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The bars that were once filled with copper miners are now filled with tourists drinking margaritas.

I sat at the bar in this popular Mexican restaurant and watched the bartender making Margaritas like a Margarita-making machine.  They are the most popular drink there, he said.  I watched a petite woman finish hers and weave out the door with her date who looked none too steady on his feet.  Seems like a one-and-done drink.



Jenna’s July News

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Jenna with the Beefeaters at the Tower of London

Jenna with the Beefeaters at the Tower of London

This July my husband and I celebrated an important anniversary in style with a trip to Great Britain, much of the time in Liverpool and London. What marvelous cities. Liverpool is a wonderful port city and London perfectly mixes fascinating history with an ultra-modern urban center.

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It is true what Samuel Johnson said, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”

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In July, I also completed my next Western Historical and am happy to report that the finished manuscript is now with my editor. More details on that as they arrive.

This story is tentatively called Medicine Woman but I am only 50/50 on my titles so that may change. Here’s a tiny teaser:

MEDICINE WOMAN…Coming soon from Harlequin Historicals

When a Crow warrior develops a mysterious falling sickness he captures the woman he believes cursed him and discovers that she is not a witch but may be the only one who can help him.

Please check back for title changes, release dates, excerpts,and giveaways.



Writers Retreats

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Author panel at Maine Romance Writers retreat with Madeline Hunter, Sandy Sullivan and Jean Joachim

Author panel at Maine Romance Writers retreat with Madeline Hunter, Sandy Sullivan and Jean Joachim

I had the opportunity to share two very different writers’ retreats in the last two months.  One was very intimate with only four of my fellow published writers.  We spent one day on four brain-storming sessions of one hour each, the topic to be chosen by each author.  As usual, I learned just as much if not more from the other writer’s sessions.  In case you are curious the sessions included one on promotion, one on plotting, one on career planning and one creating a street-team for marketing.

The second retreat was more traditional and formal, with guest speakers and plenty of opportunities for networking and a free exchange of ideas.  Thanks to the Maine Romance Writers, I have learned a little about Facebook Book Launch parties and how to create some jpegs for twitter.  It is just fascinating how generous writers are with their talents.

Here is my first twitter jpeg that I created myself (she says proudly).

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Valentine’s Day Release – The Shifter’s Choice

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

 

Valentine's Day Release! The Shifter's Choice hits stores today.

Valentine’s Day Release!
The Shifter’s Choice hits stores today.

The Shifter’s Choice and
Sentinels: Alpha Rising

(Harlequin Nocturne)
Mass Market Paperback
February 17, 2015

THE SHIFTER'S CHOICE and ALPHA RISING available now in paperback

THE SHIFTER’S CHOICE and ALPHA RISING available now in paperback

Praise for THE SHIFTER’S CHOICE:

  • “The second military romantic fantasy is an enjoyable Beauty and The Beast tale due mostly to the sergeant’s unique disorder enhanced by his fear of what signing means to him, and his sign language instructor’s reaction to his condition. Although the vampire subplot adds suspense, the relationship between the leads (and them to Mac and Brianna) make for an engaging paranormal drama.”Reviewer, Harriet Klausner

 

  • “Jenna Kernan had numerous difficulties develop in their lives, where I often never knew what the final outcome was going to be until the final second. What takes place near the end of the story really made my heart race from all the uncertainty, yet everything concludes in a most satisfactory way. THE SHIFTER’S CHOICE is emotionally moving plus extraordinarily unique.”A. Richards, CataRomance review