Sequins and Sandals

Second edits were completed on Naked Alliances and the manuscript has been sent to the editor for proofing. I’m excited about this book and also a bit nervous. It’s a break away from the philosophical meanderings of Red Clay and Roses. It was also a world of fun to write.

Naked Alliances is a regional fast paced crime thriller with a humorous edge.

Florida is notorious for its crazy but memorable, and sometimes lovable, fictional characters:

Here’s an A-Z list with some you may recognize:

 A

B

C

D

G

H

I

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J

K

L

M

P

R

S

T

V

W

As anyone with a Facebook account knows, Florida is filled with the dregs of society, hell bent on wreaking havoc wherever they go. It’s the perfect place to find wacko, colorful criminals, along with odd protagonists whose motives might be less than conventional.

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We have the highest rate of homeless people in the nation due, in part, to our wonderful weather, but also because it is relatively easy to live anonymously here, blending in with all the other wackos and tourists. Nobody really strikes you as unusual, because everybody, to some degree, is unusual. Yet, we also have one of the highest rates of millionaires in the nation perhaps due to the wonderful weather, but also because they, too, find it easy to live anonymously here, blending in with the wackos and tourists.

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“Sequins and Sandals” is a term the locals use when describing Central Florida. We’re a hodgepodge. From the beach bums and bikers, the rednecks and outdoorsmen, to the big time gamblers risking it all in high-end casinos, cruise ships, Jai alai courts, horsetracks and dogtracks, the land developers and profiteers, Floridians are Long Island iced tea poured over rocky road ice cream, a soothing soda that “normal” people drink through a straw for entertainment.

In Naked Alliances, you’ll be introduced to the real Central Florida that Disney World tries so hard to keep from public view.

How diverse are your locals?

What’s your favorite regional novel and why?

 

33 thoughts on “Sequins and Sandals

  1. A lot of the Louis Kincaid novels by P.J. Parrish are set in Florida. I loved them for the Florida flavor, but then I like all of the Kincaid series (cop/PI stuff). I also love any story set along in the coast or in a seaside town. They just seem to have a lot of flavor.

    Sequins and Sandals is an interesting term. I live in Central PA, so are locals are all pretty much the same. 🙂

    • Randy Wayne White’s books include a lot of Florida history and Carl Hiaasen’s I enjoy for the environmental themes. I would write more about coastal towns. I enjoy the Key West capers, but I’m stuck in the center more than an hour from the beach. We plan to move to the Gulf Coast where my husband spent his teen years. I keep threatening to write a book about those.

  2. You’re so right about Florida being a hodgepodge, Susan. In the brief time I lived there, it amazed me to see million dollar homes suck in between more modest homes, sometimes trailers.
    As for Sonny Crockett…I remember have a HUGE crush on him back in the day.

  3. Wondering about that Long Island and rocky road combo. Doesn’t sound that appetizing even though I love both. Reading mostly fantasy or stories with fictional Earth cities, I can’t really give a real world location. As far as Long Island goes, we have rich areas (Hamptons) and poor areas (take your pick) with a lot in the middle. We tend to be absorbed into NYC when it comes to fiction, but we’re suburbia. Sadly, there are crazy stories that come out of here like Amy Fischer and Joel Rifkin (from my hometown). Right now we have the Gilgo Beach Killer, which makes me wonder if every area has infamous serial killers. Then again, I remember some beyond insane stuff going on in Florida while I lived there.

    • People often refer to Florida as the cesspool of New York. Florida is like a sponge at the end of the rivers. We have so many people here now from New York or New Jersey..they all floated downstream. Ask anyone where they came from and 80% will say NY or NJ. I can see how anything around New York sort of gets absorbed into that culture. It’s monstrous as cities go.

      • I don’t think the city itself is monstrous because we don’t see ourselves as absorbed. It’s just that those outside of the area think NYC is everything in the south. Yet, the description is always of Manhattan or the Bronx. As far as the migration to Florida, I was surprised how many people from NY and NJ were down there. Also how many wanted to move back, but got trapped by the housing bubble deflation. There’s an odd ‘trap’ where New Yorkers are told about Florida having a lower cost of living and loving to hire people from up here. Then you get there and realize that it’s also lower wages, iffy education system, and the locals see New Yorkers more as over-stressed than useful employees. At least that was my experience.

  4. “In Naked Alliances, you’ll be introduced to the real Central Florida that Disney World tries so hard to keep from public view.”—I think you’ve got your tagline right there! That definitely sounds enticing.

  5. Your title is killer. I have to agree with Florida being a hodgepodge. Jacksonville has plenty of south Gaw-Ga and crazies in it as well as solid citizens like m-wa! As to Jill’s comment about mansions and trailers co-habiting – lax zoning laws may explain that. Loved the A – Z listing.

  6. Your title is killer. I have to agree with Florida being a hodgepodge. Jacksonville has plenty of south Gaw-Ga and crazies in it as well as solid citizens like m-wa! As to Jill’s comment about mansions and trailers co-habiting – lax zoning laws may explain that. Loved the A – Z listing.

  7. I love the “sequins and sandals” and “Floridians are Long Island iced tea poured over rocky road ice cream, a soothing soda that “normal” people drink through a straw for entertainment.” That is great–even though I think that would be a truly disgusting drink. 🙂
    I don’t think I have a favorite regional novel. Maybe the 19th century moors of the Brontes? Lisa Scottoline’s mysteries are set in Philadelphia and nearby areas, and it is fun when I’ve read them to recognize places she mentions.

    Good luck with the editing!

    • My husband really enjoys novels set around Sarasota where he spent his teen years, or Key West where he was in his twenties, and I do like a good Georgia based novel. Probably for the same reasons. Good memories. familiarity.

  8. Living as far away from Florida as you can get, I don’t know much about the wild and colorful people who live there. It must be a writer’s paradise.

    I like any book set in another place. The book I’m currently reading is set in Naples; the one before that was set in Nagasaki, and before that, Sydney, Australia.

    • That’s what I love most about reading. I do like the regional crime thrillers, but you can pick up a book and be instantly transported anywhere. It’s a beautiful thing, this thing called reading.

  9. An interesting view of Florida. I have cousins there and always enjoy my visits to the beautiful weather. Out here is Oregon we have strong religious fundamentalism commingling with progressive new agers. It’s an interesting blend that somehow works. 🙂

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