Last Port of Call: Guernsey & Sark Island #TuesdayTravels

Tuesday Travel buttonOur last port of call on the UK cruise was Guernsey in the Channel Islands, and we chose the excursion to Sark Island. We had to take a tender from the ship to Peter Port, capital of Guernsey, then a ferry ride to Sark Island. Once there, we walked through the welcome arch and waited for a shuttle pulled by a tractor up a very steep hill, as there are no cars allowed on the island, only tractors and horse-drawn vehicles.

welcome sign

Sark Island has two claims to fame: it’s the only privately owned island in the Channel Islands and it was the first ever Dark Sky Island. In 1565 Helier de Carteret received a grant of the island from Queen Elizabeth I. Prior to that, the island had been a haven for pirates. Carteret recruited forty families to join him, one requirement being that the head of the family had to own a firearm to protect the island from pirates. For centuries, Sark was ruled as a fiefdom, but now has an elected ruling council. Like the other Channel Islands, Sark was occupied by the Germans during World War II and artillery from the period is on display.


After wandering a bit, we took a ride in a horse-drawn carriage to the Seigneurie to tour the lovely formal gardens. Everything seemed to grow in profusion, and the hydrangeas were especially lovely.

Blue Hydrangea

Our driver-guide told us a bit about the history of Sark, and also explained that it was the first Dark Sky Island, part of the Dark Sky Preserve. This is typically an island or park which is kept free of artificial light pollution to promote astronomy. I wish we could have spent the night there, as it has been a very long time since I’ve seen a truly starry sky. There is way too much light pollution here in Southern California, not to mention the fog and overcast skies that are typical in a beach area. Apparently, the only one in California is Death Valley National Park. I guess a trip there is called for.

Sark Coast

In late afternoon, we made our way back to the ferry and the cruise ship. I’d like to return to the Channel Islands some day and properly see Guernsey and Jersey as well as spending a night on Sark, staring up at the sky.

Can you see the stars where you live?


Spotlight on Lori Herter’s Cimarron Series #vampire #romance

To celebrate her new release, today’s spotlight features Lori Herter’s Cimarron Series for all you vampire romance fans. Her romantic vampire novella, Cimarron Spirit, is included in the vampire anthology, Edge of Darkness, published by Berkley. She has written a sequel continuing the story of vampire Rafael de la Vega along with other recurring characters in her single-title novella Cimarron Secrets. A third novella in the series, Cimarron Seductress, has recently been published.

Edge of Darkness coverEDGE OF DARKNESS
Vampire anthology published by Berkley
Includes Cimarron Spirit
Part 1 of Lori Herter’s Cimarron Series

While excavating an Anasazi ruin, archaeologist Annie Carmichael uncovers the resting place of centuries-old vampire Rafael de la Vega, once a Spanish Conquistador. Rafael finds in Annie the liberating mate he has longed for. But how much is Annie expected–or willing–to surrender for the man she now desires?

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo and other retailers.

Cimarron Secrets coverCIMARRON SECRETS, Part 2 of the Cimarron Series

Though enthralled with Rafael, Annie finds living with a shapeshifting vampire is a huge adjustment. When rival professor Frank Florescu discovers that her mysterious lover is one of the undead, he threatens to expose Annie and ruin her career. Rafael fears that Annie would be better off without him. For her sake, should he risk undergoing a secret arcane ritual to regain his mortality, a risk he might not survive?

Available exclusively at Amazon.

Cimarron Seductress cover
Part 3 of the Cimarron Series

An old flame returns to vampire Rafael de la Vega. Sensual immortal Maisie Flowerday is determined to seduce Rafael because she misses the vampire sex they once shared. Will she lure him away from Annie, his one great love? Meanwhile, would-be vampire hunter Dr. Frank Florescu has made destroying Rafael and other vampires his life’s mission. Maisie’s schemes and Florescu’s obsession forever change Rafael and Annie’s future.

Available exclusively at Amazon.

Author Bio:

Lori Herter grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, graduated from the University of Illinois, Chicago Campus, and worked for several years at the Chicago Association of Commerce & Industry. She married her husband, Jerry, a CPA, and they moved to Southern California a few decades ago. Lori has written romance novels published by Dell Candlelight Romances, Silhouette, and Harlequin. Some of these books are currently available as ebooks. She also wrote a four-book romantic vampire series published by Berkley with the titles Obsession, Possession, Confession, and Eternity.


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