How did Bad Girl Rihanna’s track What Now inspire Bajan author’s new book? Read on to find out.
Rock star Nick Badley has no bucket list; he’s living it. He’s been there and done that, yet a part of him is still unfulfilled and he’s beginning to ask himself the question: What now?
What Now? Is asked and answered in the latest novel by Barbados Today columnist and author, Donna Every.
This is Every’s fourth romance novel but for the first time it is not set on her home turf of Barbados.
Every says: “While my last novel The Price of Freedom, was set in Barbados, this novel is set in the US and to a lesser extent in Barbados.
Journalist Shari Goodwin would rather be reporting about the effect of micro-financing on women in developing nations. Instead, she’s been assigned to follow around Nick Badley, like a groupie, to make a documentary about him.
When they meet, both of them resent having to work with the other. Shari sees him as an overindulged rock star who has earned the nickname, Nick Bad. Nick sees her as a judgmental reporter whose surname suits her to the max. So, when attraction flares between them, Shari is determined to fight it. After all, Nick is in the habit of having any woman he wants and she refuses to be the next in line.
Every says that she had the concept for the novel in her head and it was confirmed when she heard two songs on the radio one after the other on the same day: “Faithfully” by Journey and “What Now?” by Rihanna. The book takes us inside the world of a rock star and the woman who is about it to rock Nick to the core. Donna combines inspiration, passion and romance in her novels which feature inter-racial couples. What Now? is now available on Amazon’s Kindle store.
Five-Day Event for Travel Agents and Wedding Planners Showcases Saint Lucia
as an Ideal Backdrop for Destination Weddings
CASTRIES, Saint Lucia – From September 23 – 27, 2015, Saint Lucia will host a roster of wedding experts during the third annual “LOVE Elevated” Wedding Symposium. New this year, a panel of real brides who were married on the island will share their destination wedding experiences and first-hand advice with attendees.
“Recognized worldwide as the ‘Most Romantic Island in the Caribbean,’ Saint Lucia has a natural ambiance for weddings and romance,” said Louis Lewis, director of tourism for the Saint Lucia Tourist Board. “By providing truly useful information to attendees about destination weddings, the Wedding Symposium builds Saint Lucia’s reputation as a premier location for weddings as well as provides opportunities for our island partners to better understand the market.”
Noted speakers will also address the latest trends and topics ranging from “What’s New and Trending in the Industry,” “Using Social Media to Enhance Destination Weddings and Increase Sales,” to “Why Saint Lucia” and “Surviving a Destination Wedding,” providing insights to planning and hosting the perfect wedding on the island.
Panelists and speakers include:
• Michelle Myers, chief revenue officer and publisher of BRIDES, launched Brides Live Wedding, a crowd sourced, live-streamed wedding curated by Brides, which garnered nearly one billion impressions and enabled her to successfully monetize social media. Prior to Brides, Ms. Myers served as vice president and publisher of Lucky magazine and was the founding publisher of People StyleWatch.
• David Beahm, founder and president of David Beahm Design, has drawn from experience with New York’s top florists and special event designers, as well as formal training in theater, television and grand opera, to become one of New York’s top event designers. A favorite of celebrities, socialites and the fashion world, his work on Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas’s wedding was featured in magazines and news shows internationally and touted as the “The Wedding of the Century.” Town & Country magazine has called him “one of New York’s extremely design savvy” talents. His company, David Beahm Design, produces events the world over.
• Alan Berg has been named “North America’s Leading Expert on the Business of Weddings & Events.” Berg’s experience ranges from publisher of two wedding magazines, to vice president of sales at The Knot, and now, a contributing Education Guru for WeddingWire, the leading wedding technology company. He also speaks and consults for WeddingsOnline in Ireland, Dubai and India, as well as Guides For Brides in the United Kingdom.
• Andrea McDowell, previously a TV director for the BBC, is the founder and managing director of the wedding videography company Shoot it Yourself. The company launched five years ago and is the United Kingdom’s largest wedding videography company, producing over 350 wedding videos a year.
The festivities include site visits to unique wedding destinations and hotels around the island, a showcase of island wedding vendors, and the opportunity for attendees to observe a sunset wedding aboard the Pearl Pirate Ship. A picturesque sunset cruise and cocktail reception from the southern side of the island with views of the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Pitons round out weekend activities.
Priced at US $250 per person, the five-day Symposium includes all seminars, social events, site inspections and transportation from select hotels. For a complete schedule and more information, visit http://www.stlucia.org/weddingsymposium/.
For more information about the island of Saint Lucia, call 1-800-456-3984, 1-888-4STLUCIA or visit http://stlucianow.com/.
NEW YORK, NY –The Caribbean Tourism Organization is once again injecting a little romance into Caribbean Week New York. For the second year running, the region’s tourism development agency has retained Wedding Salon, the planners of United States bridal tradeshows for the luxury market, to organize a Romance Pavilion at the grandest Caribbean tourism event in New York.
The Romance Pavilion is an opportunity for engaged couples seeking a romantic honeymoon or destination wedding to connect with renowned Caribbean resorts, countries, and travel agents.
Wedding Salon, a partnership between American event planner, Tatiana Byron, and Martha Stewart Weddings, organizes high-end weddings and luxury bridal shows. Their shows attract thousands of brides-to-be, celebrities, and socialites seeking to discover the latest trends and meet with the top vendors.
“Destination weddings are on the rise with one in four couples getting married in a locations far from their residence. The Caribbean Romance Pavilion provides couples with the opportunity to speak to vendors and decision makers that would otherwise be a flight away. It’s comforting getting to do some of the planning face to face,” said Ms. Byron.
Over 300 couples have already registered to attend the event, where they will meet the top local vendors from the Caribbean who will help plan these couple’s destination wedding or honeymoon.
It will be held on Wednesday 3 June from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Ez Studios on 325 West 37th Street, New York. The programme will include a refreshment station, Beautini makeup trials, a flower adorned canopy by QG Floral , Glamour Closet designer gown previews, Artemix Tattoos, M2M DJs, door prizes and luxury swag bags with surprise products such as Essie and OPI.
Caribbean Week New York is a series of business meetings and consumer events organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s New York office to showcase the warmth, spirit and vibrancy of the Caribbean. In addition to direct contact with consumers, it also provides extensive media exposure for participating CTO members and partners.
For more information about the Romance Pavilion and Caribbean Week New York visit www.CaribbeanWeek.com, email CaribbeanWeek@caribtourism.com, call (212) 635-9530, or connect on Twitter @CaribbeanWeekNY and on www.facebook.com/caribbeanweekny. Caribbean Week sponsors and supporters include by 5*Cap Est lagoon & Spa Resort – Martinique, American Express, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, ASM, Academy Engraving, Association of Travel Marketing Executives, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean Airlines, Caribbean News Service, Caribbean Open Tour – Martinique; CarnivalInfo.com, Cayman Islands, CitiTech Solutions, Conde Nast, Curacao, Dominica, Grace Foods, Haiti, Jamaica, Laura Davidson Public Relations, Lou Hammond & Associates, Manhattan Beer, Martinique, MarryCaribbean.com, Montserrat, The New York Times, Puerto Rico, Routes, St. Kitts, Saint Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Martin, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, The Atrebor Group, Travel + Leisure, Trinidad & Tobago, TripAdvisor, Unique Vacations/Sandals Inc, US Virgin Islands and Wyndham New Yorker.
For more information on the Caribbean Tourism Organization please visit www.OneCaribbean.org. Get the latest CTO updates on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ctotourism. Connect with CTO on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CaribbeanTourismOrganization.
Looking at the scene before her, Reisha felt as if she had been transported to an alternate universe. Just two hours earlier, the dignitaries in the room had been carefully dressed in perfectly tailored tuxedos and the latest evening gowns from Trinidad and St. Maarten dripping with jewels as they dined and shared pleasantries.
Now, the tables in the Antigua Grand Ballroom looked bare as everyone but Reisha seemed to be on the dance floor. Bow ties had been undone, high heels flung off and the dripping jewels were now matched by drooping hairdos as the executives and major shareholders of the Caribbean Business Group (CBG) surrendered to the music. Continue reading →