Ed Robinson – update on release of a new book

Ed Robinson, an author who lives on his boat somewhere on the west coast of Florida, was featured on Reading Recommendations on Jan. 16, 2014, promoting his recent release, Leap of Faith / Quit Your Job and Live on a Boat.

Ed’s back now to tell us of a new book he has just published, The Untold Story of Kim.


Bestselling non-fiction author Ed Robinson brings you a powerful true story of one woman’s triumph over pain. It will lead you to hate doctors, lawyers, and insurance companies. By the time you finish, you’ll have fallen in love with Kim.

This deeply inspiring tale is destined to become the most important book ever written about chronic pain and pain management in today’s healthcare environment.

This book was written for sufferers of Chronic Pain. Its purpose is to provide hope for the many thousands who suffer from chronic pain and to raise the awareness of poorly understood pain syndromes such as RSD/CRPS, Fibromyalgia, etc.

Links to buy Ed’s book:
Amazon US – eBook and print
Amazon Canada – eBook

(Currently #1 for Physical Impairments and #2 for Pain Management)

Robin G. Coles

Robin G. Coles

What is your latest release and what genre is it? Boating Secrets: 127 Top Tips to Help You Buy and Enjoy Your Boat, Vol. 1 – Boating
The original release was October 2010, however, I’ve updated one of the chapters for the new edition released in November 2013.

Quick description: An interview series with 11 marine industry experts on everything from buying a boat to bad storms and heavy weather; bonus chapter includes selling your boat.


Brief biography:
Robin G. Coles is a passionate marine enthusiast and sailor who has interviewed countless industry experts as well as visited, interviewed personnel at, written about, and photographed hundreds of marine ports in the US and abroad.

The ocean both scares and exhilarates her, as it should any boater—one minute it is as calm and smooth as glass; the next a stark raving maniac, as crazy as life itself.

Though Robin has had many challenges in her life, she has always managed to bounce back. Her time on the ocean has been her most rewarding.

Robin has authored a newspaper column and a variety of articles, newsletters, case studies, reports, and technical documents about boating and non-boating topics.

Robin has been a shutterbug from as far back as she can remember. Her photographs have been featured on the cover of the 2008 Winthrop Phonebook, at the 2009 IPEVO show in Las Vegas, and on a local real estate website.

In Robin’s spare time she loves to walk the beach, photograph a variety of subjects, read good detective stories, travel, cook, crochet hats for preemie babies and shawls for four-to-six-year-olds in cancer wards, write, and sail Boston Harbor.

Robin spends her time these days between Boston, MA, and Florida, where she sails and works with business owners around the world via satellite phone and internet.

Links to buy Robin’s book:
Book’s Website
Robin’s Website
Amazon – eBook and Paperback
Lulu – paperback
Barnes & Noble – paperback

Robin’s promo links:
To see/read her boating related media, go to The Nautical Lifestyle/Transient Talk. Her non-boating related media can be found at Robin’s Website.
Book Website

What are you working on now?
I am currently working on a cookbook, children’s story about pirates, and two other books about boating.

Robin’s reading recommendation:
Sins of the Father by Angela Benson


Ed Robinson

edpic Ed Robinson

What is your latest release and what genre is it? Leap of Faith / Quit Your Job and Live on a Boat – non-fiction

Quick description: There are many of us who dream about selling all our stuff, quitting our jobs, and running away to Paradise. This is a story about one couple who made that dream come true. The author shares what it feels like to experience ultimate freedom, and outlines the steps they took to get there. The story includes tales from their travels, social commentary on the state of today’s American society, and a simple financial plan that will benefit anyone, regardless of their future goals. Throughout the narrative the reader is treated to dolphins and manatees, pelicans and osprey, blue skies, blue water and white sand beaches. Tropical music plays a role as well. Read how music inspired them to execute their plan. Follow along as they transform from everyday working drones to carefree boat bums and beachcombers. This book will make you rethink how you look at life, and money.


Brief biography:
Ed Robinson was a reporter and editor of a weekly newspaper, The Smyrna Times. He was also a contributing writer for The Mariner Magazine, a Maryland based publication covering all things boating and fishing. After twenty years working for a major utility, he quit his job and moved onto a boat. He and his wife Kim are somewhere on the west coast of Florida.

Links to buy Ed’s book:
Amazon – Available in paperback and ebook versions

Ed’s promo links:

What are you working on now?
Ed’s next book is coming soon. Poop, Booze, and Bikinis

The first book, Leap of Faith / Quit Your Job and Live on a Boat, was an Amazon best seller in multiple categories. Now he’s back with this hilarious look at the nautical lifestyle. From poop to booze to bikinis, he covers the funnier side of the issues encountered by boaters of all types. With chapters like “Signs You Live on a Boat”, “Stupid People on Rental Equipment”, and “Zombies Can’t Swim”, you’ll find plenty of laughs. There’s even a chapter for Tim Dorsey fans. If you are a liveaboard, cruiser, weekender, wannabe boater, have boating friends, or are just a fan of Ed Robinson’s wit, you will enjoy this light-hearted romp through many maritime topics.

Ed also posted an update with Reading Recommendations about another new publication, The Untold Story of Kim.

Ed’s reading recommendation:
I’m a voracious reader. So many good books out there these days, it’s hard to narrow down a list of favorites. Florida fiction is my favorite. I love to read Randy Wayne White, James Hall, Tim Dorsey and Carl Hiassen. My all-time favorite author was John D. Macdonald.


Melanie Neale

Melanie McLendon by Megan Clark 1 Melanie Neale

What is your latest release and what genre is it?
Boat Girl: A Memoir of Youth, Love & Fiberglass – memoir

Quick description: Boat Girl is a memoir of what it’s like to grow up aboard a sailboat.

Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s, Melanie’s family lived aboard a 47-foot sailboat, spending their summers along the US East Coast and their winters in the Bahamas. But the cruising life was not all fun in the sun. The family had to work hard to pay for their way of life. They dodged hurricanes, overzealous federal agents and bullying land-kids. And they endured a boatload of family drama. As her father published articles about how living on a boat brings families together, Melanie secretly struggled with an eating disorder, the alienation of being a boat kid, and confusion over her developing sexuality. As an adult, she lived aboard her own 28-foot sailboat and had several relationships trying to find someone who wasn’t intimidated by her stubborn independence and free-spirited lifestyle. Boat Girl weaves all this together into a story about a girl who, once all is said and done, simply wants her own boat and her own life.

Melanie paints a vivid picture of the trials and tribulations of family life aboard a sailboat without drowning the reader in the technical details of sailing. Boat Girl strikes a perfect balance between a coming of age story and a sea tale, enjoyable for boaters and land-lovers alike.


Brief biography:
Melanie Neale grew up living aboard a 47′ sailboat with her parents and her sister. The family traveled the US East Coast and the Bahamas from the mid 1980’s to the end of the 1990’s, and both daughters were home-schooled until they went to college. Melanie began writing poetry and short stories when she was a young child, and she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Eckerd College in 2002 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Florida International University in 2006. She lived aboard her own 28′ sailboat while in graduate school in Miami. She has taught college, captained and crewed on boats, detailed boats, worked in a bait shop, worked in marketing, and currently works as the Director of Career Services for a private art college in northern Florida, where she lives with her husband and daughter. Melanie has published fiction, poetry and nonfiction in many literary journals and magazines, including Soundings, Seaworthy, Southwinds, GulfStream, Latitudes & Attitudes, The Miami Herald’s Tropical Life Magazine, Balancing the Tides, The Georgetown Review, RumBum.com and Florida Humanities. She is also a recipient of several awards for her writing. Her “Short Story” column appeared bimonthly in Cruising World Magazine from 2006 to 2009. Boat Girl: A Memoir of Youth, Love, and Fiberglass is her first book.

Links to buy Melanie’s book:
Amazon Worldwide – eBook & print
Amazon Audio
Barnes & Noble – print
Smashwords – eBook

Melanie’s promo links:

What are you working on now?
I’m working on another memoir. It’s a follow-up to Boat Girl, but will be about the downfall of one of the last great live-aboard marinas in the Miami area (and about life as a single twenty-something adventure-seeking academic female living among boat bums at the same marina). I’m passionate about it, attached to it, and dedicated, but between my day job and my family it’s a struggle to find time.

Melanie’s reading recommendation:
Cecilia M. Fernandez’s Leaving Little Havana