Sophie and Max Show Some Shark Love is finally here, and I am honoured that Cristina Zenato, shark expert from Bahamas, has graciously written a review for the back cover!
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Honoured in the Undersea Journal!
I am so excited and honoured to be mentioned in PADIs quarterly publication of “The Undersea Journal”. Many thanks to CEO and President Drew Richardson for recognizing me in the scuba community—a wonderful community that warmly supports one another in their efforts to become better, safer divers with an acute consciousness of Earth’s environmental needs.Continue reading “Honoured in the Undersea Journal!”
Following an Octopus
Meet this amazing little Caribbean reef octopus. I could not tell if it was male or female, but when they swim, you can see that they have lost an arm (most likely to a predator), and that it is growing back.
Yellowline Arrow Crab
A guest appearance in coming children’s book “Sophie and Max Show Some Ocean Love”. Bloodworms harmlessly swarm to my dive lights sometimes, just as insects in the summertime swarm to a street lamp. These little guys make an excellent meal for the yellowline arrow crab, who braved my dive lights to take advantage of thisContinue reading “Yellowline Arrow Crab”
Balloonfish in “Sophie and Max Show Some Ocean Love”
The very first marine critter Sophie and Max rescue in my children’s book “Sophie and Max Show Some Ocean Love”, is a balloonfish entangled in a fisherman’s net. The idea for this scenario came from a video (video below) that I stumbled across a couple of years ago, and I just never forgot about it.Continue reading “Balloonfish in “Sophie and Max Show Some Ocean Love””
How this Mom (now Nana) came to dive with SHARKS!
Why is this blog about sharks? I am just beginning the process of reading back over my journals diving with sharks as I begin developing the storyline for “Sophie and Max Dive with Sharks” (title is unconfirmed as yet). So there will be a part 2 for ocean and shark conservation! A challenging subject, consideringContinue reading “How this Mom (now Nana) came to dive with SHARKS!”
GoodReads winners and FREE Kindle eBook
I’ve just finished packing up my Goodreads Giveaway contest packages for the winners! Congratulations to Nyala, Judith, Heather and Pat. Your signed copies are on their way! I hope your little ones will enjoy them. Still waiting on a shipment of personalized books that have the first interior page filled with photos of 64 ofContinue reading “GoodReads winners and FREE Kindle eBook”
Hermit Crabs Are Pretty Cool
While the hermit crab is not a leading character in my book, she is present at the beginning of the story, quietly hanging out in a bottle cap instead of a shell. As with the other creatures in my story, I got this inspiration from real life. Below is my illustration used in children’s storyContinue reading “Hermit Crabs Are Pretty Cool”
Octopus in a cup!
Children’s book “Sophie and Max Show Some Ocean Love” was inspired by both my experiences scuba diving, and underwater videos that have touched my heart. Below is one of the videos that inspired Sophie and Max to help a little octopus on their dive of discovery. Shared by Pall Sigurdsson: while diving in Indonesia, diversContinue reading “Octopus in a cup!”
Join my launch team for children’s book “Sophie and Max Show Some Ocean Love” (release date April 22, 2021)! Sophie takes Max on a dive of discovery to show him how our trash impacts our ocean and the marine life living there. Together they rescue three critters from our debris, and Max falls in loveContinue reading “Update”