Tag Archives: Tropical

My Interview With Palmsnparadise.com

I like these folks because they are all about “Leavin’ the Grind Behind.” They have shown an interest in my books and contacted me for an interview. 

Read all about it then browse their site. Good stuff. 



Top Ten Tropical Facebook Pages

If you long for the island life, like Jimmy Buffett and Trop Rock, or simply love the ocean and the beach, I have compiled my list of favorite Facebook pages for you to Like. These pages post high quality content on a consistent basis and have plenty of fans. Seeing their posts will brighten your day on Facebook, guaranteed. 

Number 10: I had to squeeze eleven pages into my top ten list so number ten is a tie.


Do you love the tropics for travel or adventure or want to capture its essence in your life or home? Tropicalogy is your online tropical destination bringing together the best tropical themed products, travel, and informative content through unique and brand name organizations, blogs, and news sources. Decorate your beach house, dress for a luau, plan an exotic getaway, or just sit back and browse the most tropical website in the world.



Spreading the Love of Trop Rock and Island Music. 


Number 9:


SeaBoards “Coastal Coordinates” specializes in Nautical / Coastal Signs that have the appearance as if they have been hanging on a Beach or nailed to a Pier for years.


Number 8:


We are scuba divers, underwater photographers, Marine conservationists, Marine biologists, Ocean artists, boaters, surfers, fishermen and beach-goers. We are an Ocean-Minded on-line community on the Facebook Inter web.. We are unique to each other in many ways but we have one over-arching and common interest. We are ~ Ocean Lovers ~


Number 7:


I love the beach, seashells, sunshine and living in SW Florida.


Number 6:


Leavin’ the grind behind…
If you enjoy vacation as much as we do, then we are the place for you!
Sand, Sun, and a Cold One!


Number 5: Key West Chris



Chris has his finger on the pulse of Key West and is a fine singer/songwriter to boot. 



Number 4: 


Island Jay celebrates the Caribbean lifestyle with daily stories and pictures of the Island & Beach life along with products that enhance that way of life.


Number 3:


Close your eyes and remove yourself from the everyday. Picture your toes in the sand and waves lapping at your feet. I live a bit of that life. Follow and become a Castaway! (and rum drink recipes!)


Number 2:


Through our original photographs, blog posts, rum recipes and short clips (Rum Therapy Mini-Sessions) you can not only daydream about that perfect stretch of sand, but you can learn more about areas and islands where you can someday take that much needed tropical break.


Number 1:


All things Buffett, Key West, Beaches and Bars and good books and Bob Marley. This is a great page for lovers of the tropics. Lots of interaction with over 45,000 fans.


Of course, there is always my own page, we’ll give it an honorable mention.


They gave up everything and now they have it all
Follow them as they leave the working world behind and become carefree boat bums and beachcombers. Read how one couple got rid of all their belongings, quit their jobs, and moved onto a boat.



Key West: Tequila, a Pinch of Salt and a Quirky Slice of America

A gem of a book by Jon Breakfield is what this is. 

What would you do if you were on holiday and your better half said ‘Let’s not go back’? Would you stay? Would you stay if staying meant giving up everything back home in the UK to live on the backwater island of Key West, Florida? Come with me to this oddball, bacchanalian corner of the world where anything goes, the closest major city is Havana and where my wife and I lead an eye-popping, adventure-filled life until it is all ripped asunder by a catastrophic hurricane. KEY WEST: Tequila, a Pinch of Salt and a Quirky Slice of America is a lyrical portrait of a couple from the UK integrating themselves on a startlingly picturesque, joyously wacky island that is more Caribbean than it is American. More neurotic than it is sane. More corrupt than it is law-abiding. And more prone to hurricanes than it should be. This book is a celebration of life, love and adventure—an enchanting account of a couple who weren’t afraid to jump off the hamster wheel and have a go at a dream.

It’s an honest look at a quirky island that puts you right in the scenes and right next to the “characters” of Key West. A very pleasant and engaging story about Jon and his wife who do what many of us, especially Parrotheads, would love to do – just ditch it all and live on Key West.

As many of you know my wife and I ditched it all and moved onto a boat, so I just had to get this book. I was not disappointed. 



Buy it at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Key-West-Tequila-Quirky-America/dp/0985639806/ref=pd_sim_b_1

The Adventures Of Buck Reilly

  Thrillers set in tropical locales seem to be the hot ticket in new fiction. It’s a crowded field with a lot of great competition. I’ve read most of them and will continue to grab up each new one that comes out. It’s hard to stand out in such a busy market, but John H. Cunningham has managed to do so with his Buck Reilly series. 

  Buck flies a float plane, so Cunningham has developed a sure-fire method to insert his hero into almost any tropical scene with ease. It’s also reminiscent of Jimmy Buffett’s early tales. There are three books in the series and I thoroughly enjoyed them all.

First up is Red, Right, Return:



Buck Reilly’s a lot like the rest of us–trying to make ends meet and hoping for better times. He’s living in a Key West hotel and operates Last Resort Charter and Salvage aboard a 1946 Grumman Widgeon flying boat, hunting for sunken treasure and taking on an occasional passenger, no questions asked. But when he delivers a mysterious woman to a mission boat destined for Cuba, things start going downhill quick. He faces down the dark forces of Santeria priests, Cuban Secret Police, and an FBI agent with a grudge. Buck has nothing but ingenuity to save his skin and the lives he put in peril … and prevent a war with America’s longest-running enemy … When you see the world through Buck Reilly’s eyes, the view will never be the same.

Next in the series is Green To Go:


Buck Reilly went to hell and back in Red Right Return. In Green To Go, it’s a one-way trip. Good news turns bad fast, and the bad just keeps coming in this thrilling new Buck Reilly adventure. The unexpected contents of his parent’s Swiss bank account offer Buck a chance to dig himself out of the hole he’s been in since the recession hit, but first he must recover the treasure maps and clues he lost at sea. Those plans get put on hold when a friend is accused of orchestrating the biggest theft in Key West’s sordid history, and the FBI uses Buck’s past against him to demand that he search for the thieves who fled aboard a hundred year-old schooner.

I just finished reading his recently released Crystal Blue:


Paid trip to the Caribbean sound good? Buck Reilly thinks so–flying rock stars and celebrities to a remote island for a charity concert seems a breeze–until all hell breaks loose when the promoter disappears and one of the A-list stars is kidnapped. The charity’s vision to revolutionize women’s Choice collides with a collection of threats that sends Buck on a wild race through the Virgin Islands fighting forbidden lust and multiple crazed killers determined to derail the event. When the facts are turned upside down and all seems lost, Buck’s motley network of smugglers, arms merchants, and island eccentrics steer him to a full moon showdown to save not only the victims but the charity’s mission and the woman he’s falling for. Crystal Blue is a white knuckle ride from Key West to the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. A thrilling addition to the Buck Reilly series that includes Red Right Return and Green to Go.

I gave it Five Stars in my Amazon review:  Action, Action, and More Action

I’ve got to give this to Cunningham, he knows how to keep a story moving, and moving fast. There is no downtime in this fast paced adventure. Good old Buck is like an old friend. The supporting characters area interesting in their own right and superbly described. Loved that the settings are mostly places I’ve been to and would love to return to. Right near the end, some might find the rescuer implausible, but it was all in good fun and certainly fit into the plot. Well worth the read.

Visit John’s Amazon Author page here: http://www.amazon.com/John-H.-Cunningham/e/B005ZF3CHS/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Green To Go is FREE today. Green To Go is FREE today.