New memoir shares an unexpected romantic adventure in the Virgin Islands

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Gwendolyn Stevens tells a tale filled with humor, and ‘Love, Sun, and Lizard Poop’

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The journey of love can be filled with unexpected twists and turns, as author Gwendolyn Stevens discovered. In her new book, “Love, Sun, and Lizard Poop,” she tells the story of her life, a true tale of how a widow and a divorcee found love while having humorous misadventures in a distant and exotic locale.

Stevens recounts how she and her husband-to-be, Nils Wessell, reconnected after each one of them experienced loss and separation. She shares how both of them knew each other from the U.S. Coast Guard, and how, after their reunion, they decided to risk everything to be with each other while sharing the frustrations of building a new home and a new beginning in the Virgin Islands. They are joined in their adventure by their pet dog, Tahshi, a Yorkie, and along with their romance and their hijinks, readers will learn about the adventure of homebuilding, and how their unpredictable experiences helped strengthen the bond they have for each other.

“It’s about real people risking emotional hurt to find love,” Stevens explains the theme of her work.

“Love, Sun, and Lizard Poop” is a touching and heartfelt memoir of a pivotal period in the author and her husband’s life.

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About the Author
A native southern Californian, Gwendolyn Stevens earned a Ph.D. from the University of California at Riverside. But, since she always wanted to live in Connecticut, as soon as possible, she headed east. First stop, Southeast Missouri State where she spent four years as an assistant professor in the psychology department. Then, on to Connecticut where she spent 24 years at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy. She retired from CGA in 2006 and moved to Georgia where she taught for the College of Coastal Georgia and Armstrong Atlantic State University. Stevens now spends her time writing and walking the beautiful golden isles.

LOVE, SUN, AND LIZARD POOP * by Gwendolyn Stevens
Finding love while building a house in American paradise
Publication Date: January 16, 2014
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 275 pages; 978-1-4931-5389-3
Trade Hardback; $22.99; 275 pages; 978-1-4931-5390-9
e-book; $3.99; 978-1-4931-5391-6

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