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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Escape with Author Heather Rodney-Diaz to the Beautiful Caribbean Islands

Escape with me … to the beautiful Caribbean Islands

Book lovers everywhere, readers around the globe love to read fiction for several different reasons. One of those reasons is for escapism. Well, at least that’s my main reason for reading! I much prefer to be transported to some enchanting or exotic place just by thumbing through my Kindle or turning the pages of a good book more than anything else. 

Hello everyone, my name is Heather Rodney-Diaz and I write spicy, super-sexy and multi-cultural romantic island escapes. My debut release is entitled “Island Pursuits” and published with Crimson Romance. Indeed, it’s a great pleasure to guest blog and celebrate with Romancing the Genres on their second blog-o-versary! 
So you’re probably wondering why I write romantic island escapes, right? Well, it’s because I was born, raised and still live on the beautiful twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in the southern Caribbean. Obviously, my main motivation for writing in this genre. You see, here on these fascinating islands of sun, sand and sea, there's no better place for dreaming up scorching hot heroes or falling in love!

So it’s two islands, but one country. Two sisters but so very different. Trinidad is the bigger, faster-paced one that buzzes with commercial activity. Tobago is the laid back, serene one with the gorgeous beaches. We may be just a dot on the world map but we have definitely left a big imprint. We are called “Trinbagonians or Trinis” for short. There are about 1.3 million of us. Our islands are steeped in British, Spanish and French history. The economy is fuelled by oil and natural gas production of which we are the world’s 7th largest exporter of natural gas with the U.S. being our main buyer. And oh, the melodious steel drum musical instrument synonymous with the Caribbean was also invented in Trinidad and Tobago as a result of our oil production.

The biggest female hip hop artist in the world right now, Nicki Minaj was born here. R&B songstress Heather Headley also. And for those of you who could remember Billy Ocean, well he’s a “Trini” too. Previous Project Runway winner, Anya Ayoung Chee is also from here. We hold the world cricket record for the most test runs scored by one of the most talented cricketers the world has ever seen, Brian Lara. Trinidad and Tobago was also the smallest nation to ever qualify for the Football World Cup in Germany, 2006. Our very own Keshorn Walcott won the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal in the sport of Javelin. We have also won the Miss Universe Pageant, not once but twice, and the Miss World Pageant once. 

 Besides beauty, sports, fashion and music, we have the greatest show on earth. Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is our biggest tourist attraction and one of the most amazing street parties filled with sexy costumed masqueraders, beautiful people, soca music and fun in the sun!

We are Trinis, we have a distinctive walk and talk. We love to fete or party, love to wine (a dance we do that involves an erotic gyration of the hips) and we love to lime or hang out. So when you download  and read my debut romance novel Island Pursuits, you will not only discover an exotic romantic setting. But trust me, you’ll definitely escape. So escape to my beautiful islands in the sun, escape to love and adventure, the scorching heat, Carnival, soca music, feting and wining. Even U.S. President Barack Obama paid us a visit once. See you soon!

(Island Pursuits is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes and most ebook stores.)
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Irene Preston said...

Heather - you always make me long for the beach! I loved reading Island Pursuits. You really incorporated a feel for the islands.....AND it was super sexy!

Can't wait for your next escape!

Judith Ashley said...

Welcome to RTG, Heather. I've only been to the Caribbean once...spent time in Hell in the Cayman Islands. I love the picture of the palm tree leaning over the water as it brought back many wonderful memories of sun and sand.

Trinidad-Tobago looks to be another gem in the ocean. Lucky you to call it home!

One of the things I love about RTG is I'm always learning new things. Was not aware of your countries position as a gas and oil producer.

I do love the sound of steel drums!

Heather Rodney Diaz said...

Hey Irene, thanks for stopping by!!! And soooo happy you enjoyed Island Pursuits too!

Heather Rodney Diaz said...

Hello Judith, thank you for the warm welcome and for having me here at RTG!! It's always my pleasure to share my beautiful islands with the world, whether it's to inform or entertain through my writing romance!!!

Sarah Raplee said...

I'm so happy you are visiting here at RTG, Heather! I grew up in the Marianas Islands in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and the Philippines. There's nothing quite like life on a tropical island. :)

I love that you incorporate your island culture into your romances!

Heather Rodney Diaz said...

Thank you Sarah for having me here!! I'm going to look up the Marianas Islands now, lol.

Shannon said...

Wow Heather, (fans self,) your book sounds hot!
I'll go check it out now.
I loved how you sprinkled in the local dialect/slang into your post. Makes it feel as if I'm actually there with you.
Congratulations on your new book.

Peggy Bird said...

You make me want to run away from the rainy Pacific Northwest and catch some sun on your beautiful islands!

Heather Rodney Diaz said...

Hey Shannon, thank you so much!! I really hope you enjoy "Island Pursuits."

Heather Rodney Diaz said...

Thank you for stopping by Peggy and you're always welcomed in T&T!!

J.L. Campbell said...

Hi, Heather,
I've learned a bit more about T&T from your post. Knew about Billy Ocean, but not about Nicki Minaj. Thought there were more people in Trinidad. Dunno why. Now that I remember, I'll go check on that copy of your book I won before I replaced my Kindle. Hope the sales are going well.

Heather Rodney Diaz said...

Hey J.L. thanks for stopping by!! As they say, you learn something new everyday. Oh yeah, I do recall you did win a copy of "Island Pursuits." Well get to reading, I really hope you enjoy it!!