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Welcome to the blog.

Hi, my name is Carol Ann Ross, and I am an author.

I live on beautiful Topsail Island on the North Carolina Coast. Life is good when you get to do what you love, and I love writing about the people who surround me and this island where I spend most of my time.

Through my writing, you will have the opportunity to explore some of the magic of this amazing place--and it is amazing. As a child it was my "never, never land"--as an adult it still is.

Here on the blog, you will find a variety of topics from beach posts, to writing tips and everything in between.  I invite you to follow along on this fascinating journey of a self-published author

By Carol Ann Ross

What a pretty beach!

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What do you think – 1970s? Surf City when it was the Fisherman’s Paradise and all we young’uns were footloose and fancy free. Check out Surf City Summer Market on Facebook – all the cool stuff will be there this summer with only locally made arts and crafts. There will be a farmer’s market there as well. Can’t wait till the summer!!!

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There she is – our little bridge. The Bridge to Paradise By the way – that’s the name of the third book.

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Oh what a beautiful morning! Now if only everything would go my way!!

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Wild looking sky! huh?

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A rough and following sea.

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The beach is not always sunny and warm – Today I took a stroll along what tiny bit of sand Mother Nature was leaving for me to walk on and was reminded of how powerful, beautiful and majestic the Atlantic is – In the above picture the two pilings standing in the mist are what is left of Barnacle Bills. Really like this picture. Wish the sun would have been out.

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Okay – here it is. The cover for the brand new book THE TRILL OF THE RED-WING BLACKBIRD.  This is the second in the trilogy of the continuing saga about our beloved Topsail Island. This book opens in 1954 with Hurricane Hazel (remember that witch?) and travels through time to around 1960 – when all of us who grew up on the island were coming into our own. It is available on Amazon, but you can always reach me and I can send you an autographed copy OR I will be at the Women’s Expo in Surf City March 8…

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This is a picture of me when I worked as a waitress at Barnacle Bill’s. The young man with his arm around me is Roger Hanson, a young Marine from Camp Lejeune. I had a tremendous crush on him then. He and his friend Jimmy often came to my family’s house for dinner. They worked at BB’s and we used to have ketchup and mustard fights with the squeeze bottles. I often wonder what happened to those two wonderful guys. They treated me so well. Notice the swings, lifeguard stand and picnic table in the background – and if you…

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I think I have posted this before, but I am posting it again – these are the KIDS OF SURF CITY -I know a few are missing – some very important to our “crew.” If you have any pictures that include more please post them. I love you all – well, most of the time. Anyway, here is a tribute to the kids of Surf City. Hope you enjoy it.       THE KIDS OF SURF CITY     We are the kids of Surf City     Our time knows no boundary     We live forever, our…

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