PRAISE FOR GRAND OPENINGS CAN BE MURDER:"With as many unpredictable twists and turns as the hurricane approaching Galveston, Grand Openings Can Be Murder is an intriguing cozy mystery set in a new chocolate shop along the island’s historic Strand. Readers will love learning about the bean-to-bar chocolate-making process while the store’s owner, Felicity, pursues truth, justice, and the perfect chocolate bar."
-- Diane Kelly, Award-winning author of the Death & Taxes, Paw Enforcement, House Flipper, and Busted mystery series.
Grand Openings Can Be Murder is set on Galveston Island. There’s a bit of wish fulfillment in this, as I currently live in land-locked Dallas. I grew up in Southeast Texas, and Galveston was just a ferry ride away. I can remember going across to the island more than once just to do lunch at one of the many seafood restaurants. But this proximity instilled in me a life-long love of the ocean and all things in it. Here are some other places I’ve experienced the water.
1—When we visited Tokyo, we took the Himiko water bus (the boat was designed by a guy who also draws anime) which dead ended at the beach at Odaiba. Amused locals told us about landmarks we passed along the way – including the bridges and the fish market.
2—Here’s me snorkeling off the Pacific Coast of Mexico. So much ocean life on that trip. When we were riding in the boat back past this spot a couple of hours later, we saw the fin of a large shark. Glad I got to see it – from the boat.
3—I love East Coast beaches and Botany Bay in South Carolina is one of the coolest ones I’ve been to. It is illegal to take shells from the beach (and they monitor this) so there are huge shells everywhere – and people have arranged some of them into photo ops.
4—This little hermit crab was one of many we saw on a cruise ship stop in Labadee, Haiti. That was one cruise where we were extra happy for a land excursion – we had basically been following a hurricane for most of the trip, and it was windy and rocky the whole way. Which gave me a whole new level of respect for the power of the ocean.
5—The ocean and the mountains are so close together on Maui that I got both of them in one shot. The first snorkeling my husband and I ever did together was at Black Rock, one of the premier dive spots in the world.
6—We once took a road trip from Texas to California, stopping in at the Grand Canyon along the way. Much of this takes you Route 66 – which dead-ends into the Santa Monica Pier. To get to the end of the route, you have to go out onto the pier.
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