Local author releases short story collection inspired by the creatures of Amelia Island

Press Release
By Linda Guecia
September 21, 2021

Love is all around in Amelia Island, Florida. It penetrates its sandy surface, floats through its air, swims in its waters, lingers in its foliage, and lives inside its creatures and human inhabitants. All kinds of love—romantic, spiritual, even self-love. Love of family, friends, community, nature, truth, and God. Although some may initially be deceived, love will always find its way for those who seek it.

In this short story collection, you’ll meet a manager who finds love in his employees, a wife who escapes deceptive love with the help of her friends, and a police officer who inspires love through community. You’ll also experience a neighbor avenge his only love and discover a therapist find his way back to love. You’ll even watch a boy transform with love and a senior citizen sustain its enduring nurturance.

Find romantic love while fishing, maternal love while boating, and life-saving love in the midst of sharks. Run from the grip of scavengers and into the spirit of faith as humans unite in love. You’ll enjoy all this while following the loggerhead sea turtle, island creatures, and human inhabitants, and journey through love’s adventures.

Praise for Fishing for Love

In writing about her beloved speck of land, Linda inserts wild creatures who inhabit and swim off the shore with quirky two-legged creatures who are constantly scheming to enrich themselves at the expense of others. An interesting look at both the island’s precious wildlife and the flawed people who live here, leaving the reader to wonder which lifeform will become extinct first. Bryan Brooks is a North Florida freelance writer and author of Sea Wyfe, Gray Wolf and the Buckskin Coat, and Palmettos and Saltwater.

Fishing for Love is a great read for beach, Tiki Bar, or sun dappled porch. A group of zany local characters navigate both the best and worst of human characteristics while leaving a smile on the reader. Be prepared for equal doses of slapstick, heartache, and heartwarming endings. An added bonus is the cameo peeks into the life cycle of Amelia Island’s favorite guest, the loggerhead turtle. Micah Ward of Franklin, Tennessee is the 2012 Roadrunners Club of America Outstanding Club Writer of the Year, a three-time Honorable Mention Award winner for the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, and former judge for Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Awards.

Linda’s Fishing for Love takes the reader on a picturesque tour of Amelia Island and its inhabitants. Its short stories make you want to visit the place, soak up the natural beauty, observe the variety of wildlife, and mingle with those blessed to live there. Her characters come to life and, as you read about their adventures, your pace quickens with every line. Carmanita Rollerson is a North Florida freelance writer originally from Charleston, South Carolina. She chairs a writers’ critique group.

About the Author

Linda Guecia escaped from corporate America, ventured to Amelia Island, and fell under the spell of its creatures and inhabitants. This story collection was inspired by wild Amelia Island and the souls within its borders.

Charitable Contribution

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Wild Amelia in their efforts to help keep Amelia Island wild.

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