The Gulf was emerald green as far as the eye could see, only turning a cerulean blue in the deeper water approaching the horizon. Sand bars of powder white sand sparkled in the sun. Highway 30A took me through one imaginative beach town to another until I reached Seaside, the setting for filming The Truman Show, a sort of sci fi with Jim Carrey. I found the show equally imaginative in its fascinating setting.
I enjoyed Water Color and Alys, too, with architecture entirely different from Seaside but recently constructed as little villages to attract those seeking homes by the sea with the ambiance of a small town, even if created. In between were nestled little old beach towns, ancient trees hanging with moss, wooden siding weathered from the sea.
However, I walked around Seaside to enjoy its homes with picket fences, white porches and brightly colored wood siding. I also found the town center, a bit less elaborate than in the film; but one store stood out, Sundog Books.
Sundog books is an independent book store with loads of character located in the central square of the town of Seaside, Florida, my little town of the day for walking. It is a bustling store with a great variety of books and gifts, including music upstairs that includes vinyls. The manager said there are current groups who are recording on vinyl and record collections are quite the "in" thing.
She also bought the recently released Romance of My Dreams from me. I had just received my author's package from my publisher that was still in my trunk. She'll order more as she needs them for her "local author's table." She encouraged me to contact her when Ghost Orchid is released soon to set up a book signing. She was absolutely gracious, and the store was candy for the book lover, an accidental find.
So, if you happen to wander along the Emerald Coast on Highway 30A just east of Destin and west of Panama City, please stop in and support this exceptional, independent book store. The independents support us.
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