LOCAL WRITER ROBIN THOMAS WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. 11/02/17: Citrus Springs, Florida. The Florida Writers Association, Inc., (FWA) has announced that Robin Thomas of Citrus Springs, FL won a prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA). Robin Thomas’s winning entry, A Country Heart, won Third Place for Published Novella.
The award was announced at FWA’s recent four-day annual conference in Altamonte Springs, Florida. This annual competition, which received 431 submissions, was RPLA’s sixteenth.
The Royal Palm Literary Awards competition is a service of the Florida Writers Association established to recognize excellence in members’ published and unpublished works while providing objective and constructive written assessments for all entrants.
For additional information, visit the FWA website: floridawriters.net, where you’ll also find more about RPLA and the complete list of 2017 winners. Or, contact RobinThomasBooks.com for details about Robin Thomas.
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Another fun book club meeting for the Real Florida Readers!
We read Nettie’s Dream, written by my friend and fellow author Barbara Cairns!
Mother’s Day 2017 – How Lucky Am I!!!?!!!
A wonderful birthday visit from my son and his beautiful wife! We HAVE to figure out how to make this happen more often! (The visits, not the birthdays!!)
Yet another great time for the Real Florida Readers Book Club! This time we met in Old Homosassa at the Riverside Crab House and talked about Dispatches from the Land of Flowers by Jeff Klinkenberg. Great way to learn about Florida!!
The Rick Harrington Candle by Paperly&Co. for my book,
A Country Heart
A gift from my wonderful daughter-in-law, Katie! How awesome is that!?!!
Florida Cracker Cows!!
I attended my very first cattle auction this weekend! Here in Florida, our native cows and horses are called Cracker Cows and Cracker Horses, if they have a bloodline that can be traced back to those brought over by Ponce de Leon. So, after reading Cracker Cow by Barbara Cairns, Rene and Charlotte and I decided to see for ourselves! What fun!! I did, however, restrain myself from bidding … just wouldn’t have fit in the Jeep!!! 🙂
The Real Florida Readers Book Club Inaugural Meeting – 16 August 2016
A lot of fun! And SO excited A Country Heart was the first book!!!
Has anyone read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs? I picked it up because it sounded just quirky enough to be interesting without being too weird. And the photographs were intriguing; I was curious to see how he would work them into the story, or the story around them. Overall, I like everything! I find his writing style very easy and natural, the first person POV puts you right in the midst of the action instead of being a bystander, and the photographs are wonderful visual aids while still leaving his descriptive writing free to conjure other images in my imagination.
Now I’ve learned that the film version will be released on 9/30 and the director is one of my favorites, Tim Burton. Who better to create a quirky movie than a quirky director?!! No doubt Burton’s imagery will be vastly different from my own, but it will be fun to compare – it’s always interesting to see what Burton comes up with.
This is a bit out of my “Sweet Romance” genre, but what fun! Next, I’ll be reading about Florida history and doing some research for a book. What about you? What are you guys reading???
Fun time Saturday morning at the American Library Association Conference and Exhibition in Orlando! Met so many nice people from all over!
June is here… May was a blur of activity, fun, but it all went by so fast!!! Now we’re back to hurricane season, and if you live in Florida, that means you develop a special relationship with the Weather Channel. There are those of us who like to be prepared: I’m the one buying water bottles and extra soup and non-perishables. Then there are those who take a much more relaxed view, and though they may not “wing it” when a storm hits, their garage doesn’t look like a fall-out shelter either! It’s all part of the fun of living in Florida! Yes, I said FUN. Hey, attitude is everything!!
Had a WONDERFUL time at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park on Saturday, May 28th! Thanks to everyone who came out to see me (Hi, Mattison!!) and to everyone who bought a book, Let me know what you think!! Drop me a line at Robin@RobinThomasBooks.com
April is shaping up to be a great month for me! I just had a terrific time visiting with my son and his beautiful wife before they headed off on their belated honeymoon cruise, and my new book, A Country Heart, comes out on the 21st. Next month I’ll be out and about with book signings and readings (hope to see some of you out there!). What is your spring looking like so far? Warm enough to be out in the garden yet? Down here in Florida we are in the river, or the gulf, or the garden and I am particularly enjoying my bougainvillea that survived the winter! A miracle!!
Could it be that spring has sprung? It sure seems like it today – Sunny and 75!! That’s as close to perfect as you can get in my book! I’m ready to shed the coats and jackets and pull out the t-shirts and flip-flops! It’s going to be a crazy busy spring and summer for me with my new book, A Country Heart, coming out on April 21st. I’ll be here, there and yonder to promote it and I hope I’ll see a lot of you! Stay tuned for places and times… What are your plans for the summer?
A Fresh Start
Life can be difficult. It can become monotonous and boring. But every New Year’s Day we get a chance to start fresh! I think the key (or one of them!) may be to make conscious decisions in our everyday lives to steer us on the path we want to be on. If we don’t choose, the choices will be make for us and who knows where we’ll end up!
So, as 2016 approaches, I am working on a list of New Year’s Resolutions. I’m making them real, obtainable, realistic, so that I don’t set myself up for failure. I know for a fact that the coming year is going to be Great! How do I know this? Because I’m going to make it so.
I have so much to be thankful for, and starting each day with thoughts of these blessings is a sure way to start each day on a happy note. What are you thankful for?