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Tom Williams was born in August, 1961 on the Gulf Coast. His experiences growing up in Clearwater, Florida influenced his writing style as well as provided him with stories steeped rich in Florida culture. During his time in the United States Military he was afforded the opportunity to travel widely. His studies include anthropology, viticulture, & sociology. Before Tom became a writer he worked as a well sought out fly fishing guide, in the computer industry, real estate, and culinary fields. Discovering a talent for writing in his 40’s he is passionate about his stories and thoroughly appreciates all the help and support he has received along the way. He lives with his wife and youngest son in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains located in Southwest Virginia. When not busy writing, Tom enjoys spending time with his family, canoeing, fishing, woodworking, and working in the vineyard him and his wife own.
on May 10, 2012 :
Ellen Jackson does more than slowly return to skinny dipping...she learns how to love, stand her ground, trust the universe, and enjoy life's little surprises.
Scruff is sexy and the perfect compliment Ellen. I absolutely loved his approach to life.
Minotella is probably my favorite character - she's tough, gritty, and always there for Scruff, even when he thinks he doesn't need her.
I'm writing this at the beginning of summer...and I highly recommend this book as one of those to take out with you to sit in the yard on a sunny, summer afternoon. It's heartwarming, dramatic, fun, silly, serious, and tackles issues we all understand.
Good work, Tom. Get going on the next installment... :)
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Nov. 27, 2011 :
Well done Mr. Williams you are a talented writer, who has managed to create a thoroughly entertaining story, filled with characters that I have fallen in love with. I found myself sharing the adventure, not wanting it to end. You took me and introduced me into the Ellie's and Scruff's life of searching and trusting, of loving and learning. I had a hard time putting the book down, especially when Minotella was ever around. I simply could not get enough of her and her words of wisdom. Your words painted vivid pictures. Like an artist would use a brush on canvas, you mastered the art of creating images in the story that pulled on my emotions. To be able to write with such passion, to create such memorable friends and leave me wanting more of their life's story, is worth far more than five stars. I look forward to reading more of your books and can only hope that Minotella finds her way back into a future story.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Oct. 26, 2011 :
Mr. Williams has given us a real page-turner with his first book! Once you meet Ellie you know how badly she needs to get to the beach, get her feet in the sand and meet someone who takes her breath away. And he does! It all happens at a fast pace and you can't wait for more. Very hard to put this book down! I highly recommend it to all who could use a little sand between your toes, warm sunshine and a little "skinny dipping"! Buy it today!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)