The Color Of Love…
For those who don’t know me, my name is Cora Blu, named after my grandmother and I write interracial as well as multicultural romance.
My stories range from, romance on land, an underwater world in the ocean, and presently outer space. I adore interracial/ multicultural romance for one reason. We live in a diverse world.
Take a look around my sight and find a romance that suits your style. If you’ve read some of my work, I would love to hear from you.
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Writing, RidgeBook III, was one of the most enjoyable stories I’ve ever written. Set in the Arctic it allowed me to let my shifters wear more clothes and not walk around mostly nude.
Quick Disclaimer: Photos below are not Fireisland but pictures of Alaska from the personal file of Author Tiffinie Helmer. Thank you. There is a link further down that takes you to the official Fireisland Windfarm site.
When researching the Arctic Ocean for something unique that I could highlight in my Brothers of Element Series, I came across a fascinating island.
Fireisland Alaska is an island off Anchorage in the shape of a whale.
In creating my heroine, Svetlana, I wanted her to be brave and independent, yet have a secret that makes her vulnerable. I gave her a cool career as a bush pilot and being of Russian and Alaskan decent, she has a family history of hunting polar bears. Refuting her mothers hunting heritage, she tags polar bears to study their breeding and hibernating habits. Her way of giving back.
As a teen, she was attacked by a polar bear and is now self-conscious of the scars on her stomach. And although she’s not ashamed of being a full-figured woman, she sometimes downplays her curves to the dismay of Ridge, our hero.
When her new family is in danger of being exposed, she becomes their best weapon. Only it shatters Ridge’s heart to place his mate in that position after waiting a hundred and seventy five years to find her.
Svetlana will prove she’s not a detriment to the very shifters, the polar bears, that King Ridge protects.
Fire Island Wind LLC
Click on the link below to see Fireisland windfarm.
Fireisland was at first, Fire Island Air Force Station
Courtesy of Wikipedia
In September 1951, the U.S. Air Force 626th Airborne Control and Warning Squadron was established on the island at a base on its southern end called Fire Island Air Force Station. Staffed by about 200 personnel, the base was an air defense radar center and Nike surface-to-air missile site for NORAD, doubling as a Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control radar and communications site. Since the island is not connected to the mainland, all supplies came by helicopter from Elmendorf Air Force
Base and, during summer, by barge from Anchorage. A runway was built during the first years of the base’s existence; however, during the 1964 Alaska earthquake – one of the largest in recorded history – the airfield subsided into the ocean, leaving helicopter as the only way of reaching the island by air.
Fire Island AFS closed in 1969, leaving the FAA as the sole user of the island. The base site was cleaned up in the 1990s, and the facilities razed. The FAA site stayed open until 1980, when new Kenai-based radar became active. In 1982, the site of the old air station was turned over to the native corporation Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) as federal surplus property.
Currently, CIRI owns 90% of Fire Island’s 4,000 acres, the rest belonging to the FAA and the US Coast Guard. The FAA maintains a private general aviation airfield on the east corner of the island, which has two runways and hosts, on average, 25 landings and
takeoffs each month. Access to the island is by permission only. At present,
there is an 11-turbine, 17.6-megawatt wind farm located on Fire Island. The installation is owned and operated by Fire Island Wind LLC, a subsidiary of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI), the owners of the island. The turbines’ nacelles rise to 262 feet (80 m) above the ground, about the height of Anchorage’s Robert B. Atwood Building, which is the city’s second-tallest. An underwater transmission line connects the wind farm to the Anchorage power grid.
The wind farm is the first megawatt-scale wind project in Southcentral Alaska. According to the producers, the installation powers 5,600 homes in Anchorage. Though the FAA currently permits only 11 turbines, the farm has the capacity to triple in size to 33.
Project History. (Wind turbine of Fireisland)
Since the abandonment of the air force station, various uses had been suggested for the island, including an expansion of the Port of Anchorage or the development of industrial facilities. Although drinking-water supplies were judged insufficient to support commercial or industrial development. In the early 1990s the utility Chugach Electric determined that Fire Island is a favorable location for a wind farm. Deciding factors included not just strong and steady winds, but also proximity to the Anchorage area and lack of conflicting land-use issues.
In 2000, Chugach Electric approached CIRI, the owners of Fire Island, with a proposal that CIRI build a wind farm there and sell the electricity to the Anchorage power grid. Measurements taken over the next several years reconfirmed the site’s viability for producing commercial wind power. The FAA, operators of nearby Anchorage International Airport, cautiously approved the project in 2008 after deciding that the wind turbines would not interfere with their radar equipment.
Work on the installation commenced in 2009, and construction of the turbines themselves took place over the summer of 2012. On September 24, 2012, all 11 turbines began feeding into the Anchorage electrical grid.
I would like to thank Author Tiffinie Helmer for digging through her collection of photos of Alaska and allowing me to share them with you.
Check out her website to find more stories set in Alaska. http://www.tiffiniehelmer.com/
To find out what happens on Fireisland between Arctic Ocean Tiger Shark King, Ridge Bartholomew and Svetlana Kozlow, read, Ridge Book III. The Brothers of Element Series. R
Dagger book I
Desmond short story
Blade book II
Ridge book III
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The shark is more than a B-movie plot.
(Listed throughout the blog, David provides video link so you can enjoy his numerous dives.)
Me on a family vacation a number of years ago.
Anyone that’s read my tiger shark shifter series knows I have a love for sharks. So in honor of shark week and the upcoming September release of Book III in the Brothers of Element Series, I thought we could enjoy some first hand information from a professional diver and underwater photographer.
The man I’m about to introduce you to, David, I met online years ago before I released Dagger. I admire his appreciation for the ocean.
He was gracious enough to answer some questions regarding diving and photographing sharks and his experiences in the ocean.
Here’s a portion of David’s bio that you can find on his website, where you can also purchase videos or short clips. It’s an addictive site.
Being born on the island of Jersey instilled a call to the sea for me at a very early age. I can recall as a child spending hours playing in the tidal pools left by the receding tides, mesmerized by the myriad of creatures that live in this wet and wonderful world.
Certification as a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer for fifteen years has allowed me to introduce hundreds of people to the fascinating adventure of scuba diving. Sharing my enthusiasm for this sport has been gratifying although the desire to reach a larger audience culminated in the production of videos depicting the serenity of the ocean environment and the creatures that call it home.
David‘s videos are tranquil and are set to beautiful serene music that plays out like an opera on the small screen.
I’ve asked David a few questions and while some answers surprised me others made me laugh.
Take it away David.
Good questions all, Cora.
(CB) 1. When did you start diving with the sharks?
(David) My first shark dive was in Beqa Lagoon, Fiji in 2005. We were blessed with seven different species of sharks on the two dives including nurse, blacktip, whitetip, gray reef, sicklefin lemon, bull, and a massive 14’ tiger shark known as Scarface. The local divemasters interacted with these creatures on a personal level and one shark named “Rope” had been caught and hung up by the tail but the rope snapped under the strain and he was able to get away. Weakened by the ordeal and with the rope end still attached he would show up at the feedings but stay on the periphery. Rusi, one of the divemasters, would take a handful of fish out to the shark and hand fed it back to health. Since then the rope has been removed, although the name remains, and the shark has regained its health but will only take food when Rusi is manning the bait bucket.
(CB) 2. Obvious question, have you ever been bitten?
(David) I have never been bitten by a shark although an agitated 10’ tiger shark kissed my butt once at Tiger Beach resulting in the fastest exit from the water I ever made.
(CB) 3. Do the sharks recognize you when you return to a local?
(David) The only shark that I can ensure having visited more than once is Emma, a majestic 12’ Tiger shark that inhabits the area known as Tiger Beach in the Bahamas. She has her own facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sharkangels. Not sure that she recognized me but we shared a few up close and personal moments. On my second trip, in order to get close-ups of jaws agape, I positioned myself right beside the bait basket. Emma was not impressed by this and placing her jaws around my tank shook me in the water from side to side until she deposited me in a position that she thought was more appropriate. Afterwards, each time that she passed me on her approach to the bait basket she would intentionally brush me aside with her tail. An amazing creature and an amazing experience. The video from this encounter is available here: http://oceanviewvideos.net/Day-at-the-Beach.html.
(CB) 4. What have you found to be the trigger for any aggressive actions directed toward you while shooting footage?
(David) Sharks can be curious creatures and, if you are fortunate enough to see one in the wild, it is because they are checking you out. If they did not want to interact you would never know that they are there. Over the years I have shared encounters with literally thousands of sharks and never, well, except for that once, have they exhibited aggressive behavior. Sharks have evolved over millions of years into a myriad of specific designs, each perfectly adapted to their behaviour and environment. They are absolutely crucial to the balance of nature.
(CB) 5. Years ago you showed me footage of a large coral bed and separate footage of parrotfish. The colors were brilliant almost unreal. What was your favorite shoot and why?
(David) My favourite coral reef has to be Nudibranch Rock in Raja Ampat. We dove it at the perfect time of day and the life and colours were amazing. There was so much life that, in some places, the reef was obscured by the thousands of small fish swimming about in schools. Shallower depths allow for better light penetration and less loss of the colour spectrum. As it is, a red filter is used underwater to replace the loss of that colour by about 15’ of depth. The video from that dive is available here: http://oceanviewvideos.net/Nudibranch-Rock.html.
(CB) 6. In my first book, Dagger, my heroine is concerned with the artificial reefs off the shores of South Carolina. The hero wants them gone as many of the teens us them for their first shift and become trapped. What are your thoughts on the importance of the artificial or man-made reefs?
(David) Artificial reef systems, whether man-made or destiny driven, enhance the marine environment by providing shelter and a place for organisms to grow. A little more than 70 years ago, during Operation Hailstorm, the Americans destroyed the Japanese supply fleet at Truk Lagoon. Today, the area offers arguably the world’s best wreck diving. Over the years coral has encrusted the wrecks turning them into gardens of life and colour.
(CB) 7. In my second book, Blade, they deal with the problem of shark finning in the pacific. Do you come across much finning in your travels?
(David) Over the years I am most disappointed with how man treats the oceans’ resources. Perhaps one day governments will realize that shark tourism is a sustainable resource that will bring in far more money to their coffers than selling all the fins ever will.
(CB) 8. I’m utterly fascinated by sharks, especially tiger sharks. Is there anything you’d like to add to help us appreciate the majestic creatures that have such an ugly reputation?
(David) The “ugly reputation” sits squarely on the shoulders of man. When will enough be enough? All of the creatures of the sea adhere only to the laws of nature. Everything is predator, everything is prey and they all co-exist in the delicate balance of nature. There is much that we can learn from them.
To view more of the videos go to: http://oceanviewvideos.net/Videos.html.
Thank you, David for sharing your insight with us and giving the ocean the respect that it deserves.
Remember to check out David’s site for short clips and full videos. Sign up for his newsletter if you want to be informed of his latest dives and adventures.
And look for my latest underwater release this September. Ridge Book III where you’ll be reunited with some old friends and meet a few new ones. King Ridge has met his match in the curvy Svetlana Kozlow in the Arctic.
Dagger Book I
Desmond short story
Blade Book II
Ridge III (releasing in September)
I met Author Solease Barner at an author signing at a not so local library over two years ago and have enjoyed watching her bring her books to life.
She wrote her first book while going through kidney dialysis. Secrets Of The Ghosts, The Sleeper. A group of women sleepers stationed around the world interacting as sisters, intrigued me. I loved it.
Now she’s working on a erotic dragon series. The Draglen Brothers. A very sensual read. She’s just released book III in the series and I’d liked to introduce you to the author and her work.
Solease lives in a quiet area. She is a wife, and mother to a daughter. Solease loves to spend time with her family. She’s been called the social butterfly by many friends. She’s a huge movie buff, and loves to read books. She writes poetry on a daily basis, as a way to release stress. Solease is the author of “Secrets of the Ghosts – The Sleeper”, “Secrets of the Ghosts – AWAKENS”, “The Draglen Brothers Series – DRAKEN” , “The Draglen Brothers Series – SHOWKEN BK 2 and The Draglen Brothers Series – LAYERN BK 3”
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