Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Who is the Passenger to Paradise?

Who is the Passenger to Paradise?
She is a dreamer, a creator, and a traveler who began her wanderlust years ago. As a child, she never traveled many miles from home, but instead gathered books all around her and through them journeyed far and wide by horseback, bus, and train. She climbed mountains tall and treacherous. She rode camels over hot desert sands in search of an oasis.
When a love of movies captivated her father, she went with him to see every new picture that came to the small theatre a few blocks away. Her first sightings of the Red Rocks of  Sedona AZ came during Saturday matinee viewings of old cowboy movies.
Eventually, she got to travel on her own. Imagine her excitement when she boarded a flight with her husband and headed to Montego Bay, Jamaica. The perfect temperature, perfumed air, hibiscus, and bougainvillea enchanted her and drew her back again and again to the lush tropical island.
On that first visit to Jamaica, she discovered Rose Hall Great House, and the story of Kathryn Calder was born. HeartsAcross Forever is the first of the "Passenger to Paradise" books. 
From the moment Kathryn was assigned to a job in Ocho Rios, her world was sent into a spin. She had unusual dreams that upset her, and she developed an urgency to visit Rose Hall. Although she fell in love with the beautiful island and an handsome stranger who seemed to be no stranger at all, Kathryn was faced with confusion centering on the mysterious and beguiling old plantation and her connection with the past. Kathryn soon discovered that her return to Jamaica was as inevitable as that of the "Passenger to Paradise" who still longs each winter to revisit Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, and Negril to stir up old memories.
Besides her book series, the "Passenger to Paradise" also has an art show currently on view at the Ward Center for Contemporary Art in Petersburg VA. The Grand Opening is this Friday evening, 6 to 9 p.m. All of the paintings in the exhibition are based on travels to Jamaica, the Bahamas, Trinidad, Barbados, and St. Martin.

(I am so happy that our publisher Billie Johnson had the foresight to create the "Passenger to Paradise" imprint for my books featuring exotic destinations. The logo she found for the series is perfect.)

Mary Montague Sikes 


Nancy LiPetri said...

I volunteer to revisit Negril for you anytime. Sounds like a fun series!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thank you, Nancy! I love the resorts in Jamaica, but living there in the "everyday world" might be difficult. The scenery and the beaches are so beautiful!

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

What a terrific post. Love your paintings, Monti!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Marilyn!

Brenda Osborne said...

Daddy took me to every new movie that came to town. I don't remember you being with us. Know everyone thought it was weird we went to the movies on school nights. Our strange childhood!