Staying in with Sheree K. Nielsen – An interview with Linda’s Book Bag

So honored to be featured on Linda’s Book Blog today in “Staying In with Sheree K. Nielsen” with my inspirational essay collection, Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits. Read the entire essay on Linda’s site.

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As we are now in that frantic run up to Christmas when time seems short and we can all begin to feel slightly stressed, it feels the perfect moment to be staying in with Sheree K. Nielsen for the evening to chat about one of her books.

Staying in with Sheree K.Nielsen

Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Sheree. Thank you for staying in with me. Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it? 

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Linda, I have brought along Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits– An Emerson-Inspired Essay Collection on Travel, Nature, Family and Pets. It is the most recently published of my three books, and shows how tender and positive adventures and experiences can be in life, if we just keep our eyes open to our surroundings.

(I think we all need a book likeOcean Rhythms Kindred…

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Beautiful by Nature – Turks and Caicos

This spring I had the good fortune to travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands for a feature story for AAA Midwest and AAA Southern Traveler Magazine.

During my assignment, I met so many lovely people, including Lindsey Mensen, manager of Blue Horizon Resort and Mudjin Harbor Grill on Middle Caicos; Hunter Viator, an expat from Florida that’s living the dream as a certified instructor at Kite Provo on Long Bay Beach, the oh-so-hip employees of Da Conch Shack in the Blue Hills region, and the employees of Beaches in Providenciales.

Each area I visited was vibrant and alive. By far my favorite was Mudjin Harbor. It’s untouched exquisiteness blew my mind.

Anyway, here’s the 3-page feature article titled “BEAUTIFUL BY NATURE”.  The lead in photo of fetching Pumpkin Bluff Pond beach was captured by my husband, Russell Nielsen.

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Sandals All-Inclusive Resorts Takes me Away to Exuma and Nassau!

Our group with Exuma Cay Adventures

Our group with Exuma Cay Adventures

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When your editor asks if you can go to the Bahamas to do an article on all-inclusive resorts, you say yes!

Just received my contributor copies of AAA Southern Traveler and AAA Midwest Traveler for November / December 2013 and was elated to see my feature article titled Packaged Deal grace the pages of both magazines.

The employees of Sandals, Emerald Bay and Sandals Royal Bahamian were gracious, friendly, fun and informative.

For the first time in my life, hubby and I experienced ‘king and queen treatment’ with butler service at both resorts.  And the Red Lane spa service, especially the West Indian massage, was to die for.

On Exuma, we snorkeled right off the beach, sipped cappuccinos and ate pastries at Café De Paris several times daily, and enjoyed the Friday night junkanoo with a limbo dancer.  The resort even set up a full day excursion for us – the 007 Thunderball Luxury Tour.

At the Nassau resort, we savored exquisite food, relaxed at our private cabana at the offshore island in a Zen garden setting, and enjoyed a personal tour of downtown Nassau with its colorful sights and sounds.

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Chester and Russell at Parade Is. bridge

Chester and Russell at Parade Is. bridge

Thank you Chester, Kendra, Snovakia our PR peeps at the resorts; Jessica our tour organizer, and Peter Burrows of Exuma Cay Adventures.  And who could forget our butlers – Logesh at Emerald Bay, and Everette, Dillon, and Antonio at Royal Bahamian.

It’s better in the Bahamas!

Here’s the links:

AAA Midwest Traveler

AAA Southern Traveler

(If you have any trouble with the links, plug in a zip code from Missouri for the Midwest Traveler article at the prompt, and one from Arkansas for Southern Traveler)