January discount coupon on all my Prizm Books titles ….

jumping in a fieldHi, friends and readers:

One of my publishers, Prizm Books, is holding a 15%-off sale on all their titles. The sale lasts until January 31, 2015, so if you would like to read my new release, Becoming Andy Hunsinger, or my other Prizm titles, Tyler Buckspan and Josef Jaeger, now’s a good time to buy them.

I’ll provide a link to the Prizm Books website at the end of this post. When you go on the site and choose whatever books you wish to buy, use this coupon code: “winter2015″.

Here’s a link to the Prizm Books website: http://www.prizmbooks.com/zencart/

Happy reading, friends.

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A beautiful surfing photo. Thoughts on appreciating nature ….

wave #3Hi, friends and readers:

I am the world’s crappiest surfer. I have surfed since I was a teenager, and that was a while back, but I wasn’t blessed with any natural athletic ability, so I am limited in how much progress I can make in any given sport. Just the same, I try to make the drive to Florida’s east coast several times a year, to surf at Cocoa Beach Pier. Someone sent me the photo I’ve posted here this morning, and I knew I had to share it with all of you. It reminds me so much of morning at the Pier, when I try to hit the water at sunrise. It’s so beautiful there, and when I’m bobbing on my board, waiting for my next ride, I try to remind myself just how lucky I am to be alive.

I think it’s terribly important to interact with nature on a regular basis. It keeps us human, I believe. And there’s no better way to appreciate nature than to ride a wave, even if you’re not the best of surfers.

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My new novel, “Becoming Andy Hunsinger” is released ….

Becoming Andy Hunsinger final front cover smallerHi, friends and readers:

On December 30, 2014, Prizm Books released the digital version of my new novel titled Becoming Andy Hunsinger. Here’s the book’s blurb:

“It’s 1976, and Anita Bryant’s homophobic “Save Our Children” crusade rages through Florida. When Andy Hunsinger, a closeted gay college student, joins in a demonstration protesting Bryant’s appearance in Tallahassee, his straight boy image is shattered when he’s “outed” by a TV news reporter. In the months following, Andy discovers just what it means to be openly gay in a society that condemns love between two men. Can Andy’s friendship with Travis, a devout Christian who’s fighting his own sexual urges, develop into something deeper?”

This book is not autobiographical, but I did attend law school at FSU at the time the events in the book took place, and many of those events actually happened in Tallahassee in the mid-1970’s. The book is categorized by Prizm Books as an “Edgy Young Adult” novel, meaning it’s suitable for reading by persons in the 17-22 year age range. That’s because it does have several sex scenes over the course of the story. They aren’t terribly explicit — this isn’t erotic fiction — but they are present and might be offensive to younger readers.
Right now the book is only available in digital formats, but a paperback version will soon release as well. If you are interested in buying Becoming Andy Hunsinger here’s the link to the Prizm Books website:
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Happy New Year’s Eve from Jere’ ….

fireworks #2Hi, friends and readers:

It’s the last day of 2014, a time to reflect on all that has happened in our lives during the past year.

My year was a mixed bag. I lost one of my best friends who I’ve known since we lived together while I attended law school at FSU. His death was terribly hard for me to handle; I still think of him every day. Dale, I miss you so much ….

But I have much to be thankful for this year. My novel, Tyler Buckspan, took second place in the Young Adult division of the International Rainbow Awards, quite an honor. I finished a new novel that will be published soon, and I’ve written another novel that is probably three-quarters finished. It’s a complex book and quite lengthy. I hope to complete it by the end of February, and then submit the manuscript to a new publishing house I connected with earlier this year.

I’m especially grateful for having a wonderful partner to share life with. Greg, you’re the greatest, and I’m so proud of your progress in law school. And I am grateful for my good health. I live in one of the most beautiful places in Florida, and I have good friends and neighbors to spend time with. What more could a guy ask for?

Happy New Year’s Eve, friends.

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A great surfing video clip ….

surfingHi, friends and readers:

If you follow this website then you know I occasionally surf on Florida’s east coast. I’m not a good surfer; I’m just an old longboarder who learned how to surf back in the late 1960’s. But I always enjoy myself when I ride waves.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I think the video clip I’ve posted here tonight is pretty amazing. Do you know how difficult it is to maintain your balance when you maneuver your board  like he’s doing?

Based upon the color of the water, I’m guessing the video was shot in either Hawaii or Australia. I’ve surfed both those places, and the water in both is a beautiful turquoise color.

Enjoy, friends …..

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Do you think you’re having a bad day? Think again ….

Hi, friends and readers:

CastineThere’s a beautiful town in coastal Maine I have visited three times. It’s called Castine, and it looks like a New England post card with its Cape Cod-style houses and colonial architecture. It was also the site of multiple battles between native Americans and Englishmen, between the Dutch and the English, and the French and the English. The place was always changing hands, and there’s a lot of history to be learned there. There are even the remains of an old fort dating back to the 1700’s, and the town is also the location of a maritime academy.

Yesterday, my partner and I decorated our Christmas tree, and one of the ornaments we hung was a hand-painted Christmas ball we purchased in Castine two summers ago, when we visited there on vacation. I was reminded of the photo I’ve posted here, and I thought I’d share it with my readers. Talk about a rough way to end your life. I thnk I’m glad I didn’t live in Castine in 1692. How about you?

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The importance of taking the time to think ….

thinking #3Hi, friends and readers:

If you follow this site, then you know I live on a barrier island on Florida’s Gulf Coast, west of St. Petersburg. One of the prettiest beaches in the state is about 100 yards from my front door, and most every morning, around 7:30, right after I wake up, I take a three-mile walk on the shore, just to gather my thoughts before I plunge into my day. My walk takes about 45 minutes, and I always walk alone. Then I return home to do my daily writing. I usually write for two hours or so, and then I take care of correspondence before fixing myself lunch. It’s a nice routine, and the walk is always the best part.

We often let ourselves get so busy with work, school, housework, shopping, and socializing, that we fail to give ourselves “alone time” when we can think about where we’ve been and where we’re headed in life. I think spending time alone in your own private space, every day, is terribly important, just like eating, bathing, and getting enough sleep.

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The magic of underwater photography ….

BahamasHi, friends and readers:

I love good underwater photography, and when I came across the photo to the left I knew I had to share it with everyone on my site. The photo reminds me very much of my favorite spot in the Bahamas: Elbow Cay, where I have spent many vacations over the years. The sea water in the Bahamas is crystal clear in most places because there are no rivers dumping silt into the ocean like there are in Florida. You can see right to the bottom, even if forty feet of water, and there’s so much to see: marine life and coral reefs are everywhere. When I stay on Elbow Cay, I always rent a boat from Island Marine, and I spent each day on the water, enjoying all the beauty the area has to offer.

We had our first cold weather of the fall this weekend, and I’m sure glad to see it after a long, hot summer, and a very warm September. It’s so nice to be able to work in the yardf or take a bike ride without breaking a sweat. This is my favorite time of year in Florida, and also in the Bahamas. If only I could spend a week down there right now ….

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Memory Lane: a classic VW van, belching smoke ….

smoking vanHi, friends and readers:

I came across this video clip the other day, and I laughed so hard I thought I might wet my pants. When I was in college, back in the early 1970’s, a friend owned a van just like the one in the video clip, replete with curtains on the windows. We used to refer to his car a “The Smoking Van”, and not because smoke came out of the tailpipe. My friends and I were all dedicated weedheads back on those days; we smoked bales of the stuff, but I don’t think it did us any harm. A-h-h-h, the good old days. I wonder if that van is still around?

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Another great jet airplane photo; I’m back from North Carolina ….

jet plane #2Hi, friends and readers:

If you follow this website, then you know I have a thing for good photos of jet airplanes. I don’t know why, but I find them fascinating, and I really like the one I have posted here tonight. Do you like it as much as I do?

Airplanes are on my mind right now because I’ve just returned from spending five days in Boone, North Carolina, my first visit there. Western North Carolina is a beautiful place; it’s so mountainous and green. My friends and I took several interesting hikes, including one with fabulous views of Linville Falls in the Pisgah National Forest. The weather was perfect: cool and sunny, with highs in the low 70’s and lows around 60 degrees F. The people in Boone are warm and welcoming, and the town itself is charming. Appalachian State University is located in Boone, and the students seemed very much in tune with the natural beauty surrounding them. I didn’t meet a single disagreeable person while there.

If you ever get a chance to visit western North Carolina, be sure you do. You’ll love it there as much as I did.

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