Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Trip to Tarpon

While visiting Tarpon Springs, Florida, my husband and I took the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Travis and Molly Tipton. Travis took Molly to this Gulf of Mexico fishing village for a brief fall holiday in the book, Breathing on Her Own.

No, the book isn’t about Tarpon Springs, but this is the place where Molly comes face-to-face with what she really believes.

For today’s blog,  I am bringing you along on our journey. The excerpts from the book are in bold text.

Tarpon Springs Sponge Dock Area
Holding hands, they ventured up the street of the old town, poking around antique shops and a used bookstore. They each found a novel to read, paid all of a dollar for both and found a small Greek restaurant for dinner.
Book cover? No, Howard Park

The next morning, rested and relaxed, they donned their swimsuits and headed to the beach. Howard Park was a short drive from their bed and breakfast.
Several kite surfers were out on the water flying through the water and sky, twisting and turning with ease. Molly and Travis stood near the water’s edge and watched.

Sponges from Tarpon Springs

Friday they wandered in the little shops along the sponge docks and ate at a seafood restaurant at the end of the docks. They located one of the deep sea fishing excursion boats and made a reservation for Saturday morning. It would be their last hurrah.

Tarpon Springs Boats travel the  Anclote River
To his credit, Travis listened. He listened on the long boat ride back to the docks. He listened, her hand in his as they sat in one of the little cafes drinking coffee and sharing a piece of the sweet baklava. He listened over the strains of Greek music playing at one of the outdoor courtyards as they walked back to their bed and breakfast. 

He put his arm around her as if to protect her from her uncertainties and fears.

A waterfront cafe
B&B? At least it looks like the one where they stayed.

Shortly after the book was released, I received this in an email:

Enjoyed your novel very much. I used to visit Tarpon Springs all the time when my folks lived in Florida. Fun to experience the place again.
--Cindy Huff, Word Traveler
President of Word Weavers Aurora

How sweet to connect with readers in every way. 

Breathing on Her Own is available in both print and ebook forms. You can purchase it on Amazon by clicking  HERE or through Barnes & Noble by clicking HERE

And…the Kindle version available through Amazon is on sale right now for $1.99! You can't beat that…unless maybe you can find that little used book store in Tarpon Springs!

Where do you like to go to recharge? Tell me in the comment section.


  1. I love the photos and your book! They both make me want to travel there and stay at a bed and breakfast with my dear husband. It must have been fun to "walk in the footsteps of Travis and Molly." I'd love to do the same since I feel like they are old friends.

    1. Thank you, Pam! We enjoyed our day tromping around the sponge docks. Even Tom got into it saying things like, "Look at this boat! Hey take a picture of me by this one. I think Travis would have posed right here." Perhaps one day when we are in Florida you can come that way and we'll meet up for some Greek food.


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