I’m thrilled to be here this week to tell you a bit about my state. I’ve been a Florida girl for a long time. Though not a native, I consider this great state my home and will probably spend the rest of my days here. Florida is quite an eclectic state. We stretch over many miles and many kinds of terrain. I live in the north west part of the state which is very green and full of live oaks and pine trees. We also have the sugar white sands of the gulf coast beaches up here. Paradise, in other words.
As you move straight across the state from me, if you keep driving about five hours to the Jacksonville area, you’ll reach the Atlantic ocean. Very different indeed from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico where I live in Pensacola. The terrain is more rocky and the waters are much cooler.
South of Jacksonville, you can drive down Interstate 95 all the way to Miami. As you move further south in Florida, we like to say that you go further north. It’s funny how the upper part of the state is more like Alabama and Georgia with most of the people having southern accents. Once you get down more toward the Miami area, a lot of the residents are from the northern states and have moved down to get away from the cold and snow, so you have the northern accents and sensibilities. It is also much more tropical than where I live. Lots of palm trees and not much forest and sadly, a ton of concrete and traffic as it’s the most populous area of Florida.
The middle of the state has a lot of forest and horses. There are a ton of farms and rolling grasslands. It’s quite lovely down that way. And of course, no discussion of the middle of the state would be complete without a mention of the mouse that swallowed the area. The mid section of my state is full of fun and adventure with the Disney parks as well as Universal Studios and Sea World. A veritable cornucopia of things to do. But remember, there is a lot more to us than that.
Florida is a diverse state that I love and I hope you’ll visit. As my state is diverse, I’m also diverse. I write both contemporary romantic suspense and historical romance. I hope you’ll pop by and visit me on the web. I’ve got a new release called Sebastian’s Salvation- the hero in the story is a former Green Beret and the story is a romantic suspense. I’ll give one commenter an e-book copy of it as well as a promo Green Beret rubber duck. Just leave me a comment about what part of Florida you’ve either been to or want to go to.
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