February 26, 2017

Jillian Chantal with Some Cool Florida Facts

Jillian Chantal here. I hail from the northwest part of the awesome state of Florida. We have a lot to offer to pretty much anyone except winter sports enthusiasts. We have beaches, hiking, cities with cultural events and even ice hockey teams, believe it or not- so I guess we can make that winter season fan a bit happy. 

Betcha didn’t know how Florida got its name. In the 1500s there was a Spanish Explorer named Ponce de Leon who was searching for fountain of youth and landed on the east coast near present day St. Augustine on Palm Sunday. He called the peninsula where he and his men came to rest, La Florida, as the spring flowers were blooming. Florida means flowering in Spanish. 

Another cool fact about Ponce de Leon is that he was with Christopher Columbus’ second voyage to the new world in 1493. He chose not to return to Spain with Columbus but remained in the Caribbean.
Being from Pensacola on the other end of the panhandle from St. Augustine, I have to mention the friendly rivalry between the two cities. Pensacola was the first Spanish/European settlement in 1559 but was decimated by a hurricane within a month- the survivors struggled for a while but abandoned their efforts to colonize in 1561. In 1565, St. Augustine became the oldest continuously occupied European city on the American continent. So, the two cities have a claim to fame that sometimes the citizens may get a bit bent about. LOL 

Both cities are amazing places and have a lot to offer. When my son married a girl from the southern part of the state, they chose St. Augustine for their wedding as it is such a lovely place and about half way from Pensacola to the Palm Beaches. 
If you’re looking for a beach vacation with a little bit of historical flavor, both cities have both. Take a swim or go boating in the morning and tour a fort or a historical home in the afternoon. Or visit a cool lighthouse. And if you’re a fan of ghost tours (like me!)- that’s a fun thing to do in the evening.
Come on and check us out. 

I love history and have written some 20th-century-set historical romances as well as Regencies. I have a new book out as of January 29, 2017 called The Bachelor and the Dowager – check it out on my Amazon page if you like Regencies. 

Have you ever been to either Pensacola or St. Augustine? If so, tell me your favorite part of either city. If not, tell me what you like better: beaches or history.  I’ll be giving away one e-book copy of my new release to two commenters.  


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February 19, 2017

Cara Marsi Shares Some Dumb Delaware Laws

I’m a native Delawarean. Some are very proud of that fact and even proclaim it with bumper stickers. I like to say I managed to escape the state twice, but they found me and brought me back. Delaware is the second smallest state, and there are some fine things about it—our world-class beaches; climate that is temperate with no weather extremes; and location, location, location. We’re about a three-hour drive to New York City; a two-hour drive to Washington, DC; and from northern Delaware, where I live, only thirty minutes to center city Philadelphia.

I, and others, have written about Delaware for this blog. I thought I’d do something a little different.

I found some dumb laws on the books in Delaware that I wanted to share. Hopefully, you’ll find them amusing or head-scratching.

Dumb Delaware Laws:

1.       “R” rated movies shall not be shown in drive-in theaters. (There are no drive-in theaters left in Delaware)
2.      It is illegal to fly over any body of water, unless one is carrying sufficient supplies of food and drink. (I guess you need to carry a backpack under your flying cape)
3.      It is illegal to wear pants that are “firm fitting” around the waist. (What?)
4.      Getting married on a dare is grounds for an annulment. (And is a great romance novel trope)
5.      No person shall change clothes in his or her vehicle. (Happens all the time at the beach)
6.      On Halloween, children may only “trick-or-treat” from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, and if Halloween falls on a Sunday, they must “trick-or-treat” on October 30 during this same time interval. (Why? Only applies to Rehoboth Beach)
7.      One may not whisper in church. (Ookay)
8.      No person shall pretend to sleep on a bench on the boardwalk. (But if you’re really sleeping and not pretending, I guess that’s okay)
9.      Changing into or out of a bathing suit in a public restroom is prohibited. (And no one at the beach does that. Yeah, right)
10.  Six-year-old girls may not run around without being fully clothed.(This one is creepy)
11.  Alcohol may not be served in nightclubs if dancing is occurring on the premises at the same time. (This one is broken all the time)
12.  All persons must carry a bag with them at all times when they walk their dog in case said dog “poops”, or risk a $100 fine. (This actually makes sense)
13.  It shall be unlawful for any person to live, dwell, cook, sleep, change clothes or use toilet facilities inside any vehicle within the corporate limits of the Town of Fenwick Island, Delaware. (Whatever)

Delaware is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic and/or Northeastern regions of the United States. It is bordered to the south and west by Maryland, to the northeast by New Jersey, and to the north by Pennsylvania. The state takes its name from Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr, an English nobleman and Virginia's first colonial governor.
Delaware occupies the northeastern portion of the Delmarva Peninsula and is the second smallest, the sixth least populous, but the sixth most densely populated of the 50 United States. (From Wikipedia)

Delaware is only 96 miles from north to south, so you could drive it in two hours, unless it’s a weekend in the summer. Then plan on doubling your time. Being a beach state, most of the residents are at the beach every summer weekend, which makes it more pleasant up north for us non-beach goers. Stores are less crowded and traffic is lighter, and we can get seats at some restaurants without waiting, whereas in the winter, we might have to wait an hour or more to be seated at those same restaurants.

As small as Delaware is, it’s really two states in one. Although Delaware voted against secession during the Civil War, it was considered a border state. Many of its men fought for the Confederacy. Even today, the northernmost part of the state, culturally and politically, is very much a Northeast state. The farther south you travel, the state becomes more southern, until the southernmost part where the beaches are, which is very much like the Deep South. If you’re looking for great beaches, history (Delaware was one of the thirteen original colonies, and the first state to ratify the Constitution), come see us.

An award-winning and eclectic author, Cara Marsi is published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance. She loves a good love story, and believes that everyone deserves a second chance at love. Sexy, sweet, thrilling, or magical, Cara’s stories are first and foremost about the love. Treat yourself today, with a taste of romance.

When not traveling or dreaming of traveling, Cara and her husband live on the East Coast of the United States in a house ruled by two spoiled cats who compete for attention.

Cara Marsi gives, to one commenter, an autographed copy of A Catered Romance, her first published book (from Avalon Books under the title A Catered Affair). A Catered Romance is set in Delaware. Be sure to leave a contact link so we can award your winnings!  

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February 12, 2017

Rebuilding Connecticut by Barbara Edwards

Connecticut was once known as the industrial center of the Northeast. Every
town had manufacturing jobs and factories. Huge brick buildings up to four
stories in height towered over the streets. Unless one of your parents worked at
one, you wouldn’t know how they were built. Thick brick walls, windows large
enough to admit daylight to work by, thick steel girders to hold up the weight of

The machines often ran twenty-four/seven.
Connecticut was famous for hundreds, maybe thousands of products. Thread
from Willimantic went worldwide. Manchester made silk. Coventry made flannel
and wool during the Civil and First World Wars. 
Waterbury brass mills made ball
bearings, buttons, fasteners.
So what happens when a mill shuts down?

The windows are covered until some vandal breaks the glass. Some of the
buildings were burned when homeless people tried to build fires on the oilsoaked
The buildings became an eye-sore.
Then that old Yankee spirit rose. How does that old saying go? Wear it out, use it

Well a few entrepreneurs bought a few buildings. Using government grants and
private funds they rehabbed the structures into housing.
the effort has changed entire neighborhoods around. Condos with playgrounds
replaced weeds.

I’ve included pictures of the Ameribelle project in Rockville. Since I couldn’t get
too close because of the construction fences the pictures are from the other side.
Ameribelle made fabric sold around the world and went out of business last year.
The factory stands at the end of the town center. They’ve removed the asphalt
parking lot, uncovered the river that runs beneath one building. That waterfall
powered electricity to the machines in the 1880s and beyond.

The rehabilitation is less than half done but the area looks terrific. They removed
the newer structures, leaving the original ones.
I drive by daily and am fascinated by the changes. They are already landscaping
the banks of the newly exposed river. They had built an underground waterway to
allow more buildings.

This project is the third here to make housing out of unused property.
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