Jane Louise Newhagen
the tales of old Key West,
Pieces of Eight
These stories speak to emotions and ideas that are common to us all,
regardless of our location or time period. Men and women enjoy them
equally. Their basis is historical - Key West in the mid-1800's. The
stories are pure imagination.
In Sand Dollar, we meet Mary Thorne who, bored by conventional life
on Green Turtle Cay, yearns for independence, travel, and adventure.
She reluctantly agrees to marry Richard Randall, a wrecker, thinking she
will at least avoid the church bazaars her sister dotes on. Less than a year after Mary’s wedding, a massive
hurricane brushes the Bahamas and devastates Key West. Mary moves with her house and her husband to
Key West, ambitious for expanded opportunities. But travel takes her far from the security of home.
Adventure involves danger and independence brings demanding situations and hard decisions.
Pieces of Eight tells the story of Julia Miller who left her home and family on Green Turtle Cay in the
Bahamas for a worthless man. Love clouded her vision when she eloped to Key West, but raising two
children, their fathers long-gone, and life in a homeless camp brought into sharp focus a harsher reality
than she ever imagined. And yet, she couldn’t return to Green Turtle Cay. Newly released for 2012, Pieces
of Eight is the sequel to Sand Dollar. It explores the choices women make and the meaning of home.
I know you will enjoy the books. You can order signed copies from me at email@example.com or order
from amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com. Sand Dollar is available on Kindle; Pieces of Eight will also
be available for Kindle early in 2012. If you're going to be in Key West, email ahead to let me know you're
coming and we'll arrange to meet.
Sand Dollar and Pieces of Eight are book club favorites. I hope you enjoy sharing them with your friends. If
you would like ideas for discussion questions, email me at the above address and I'll send you some ideas.