Jillian Chantal, Bushwackers and Surf Break

Many, many thanks to Darlene for inviting me over today to talk about Surf Break, my story based on Pensacola Beach, a place we both love. I decided to share a favorite cocktail that Pensacola is famous for (now, gramatically, I should say, “for which Pensacola is famous”, but dang, that sounds formal, doesn’t it?) Anyhow, you didn’t come  here for an English lesson, did you? Heck no, bring on the drink recipe, Jillian, you evil soul, you.

Okay, okay – here’s the recipe- This is the standard recipe for a Bushwacker but I kind of like adding some Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum (doesn’t hurt that the Captain in the commercials is a hottie) and maybe a banana (for the nutritional value,of course).


2 0z Coffee Liqueur

1 oz dark rum

1 oz Creme de Cacao

4 ozs half and half

4 oz coconut cream

Vanilla ice cream (3-6 ozs depending on how strong you want it)

Pour all into a blender. Add two cups of ice and blend til mixed. Serve in tall glass.

And there you go, a Bushwacker. Watch out, they sneak up on you since you think you’re drinking a milkshake.

My hero in this story, Pete, is a cop who tells the heroine he’s going to work security at a Bushwacker Festival being held at club on the beach. I couldn’t very well write a Pensacola Beach story without a Bushwacker, could I? After all, I could be hauled out of town on a stick for that.

I hope you enjoy your Bushwacker and maybe curl up with my lil ole story while you drink it.

Blurb: Her past life as a professional surfer comes back to the fore when Juliette Mackey spends her summer break surfing the Gulf of Mexico. She left the pro-circuit when her former husband broke her heart. Returning to her beach roots, she signs on to work part time at a local burger joint to have the funds to rent a cottage on the shore. While working there, she meets a local cop named Pete Schwartz who is determined to let the world know about her surfing skills and force the younger crowd to acknowledge her gifts.

Attracted to Pete but wary of risking her heart again, Juliette resists Pete’s advances and wants no part of his plans to have her display her surf skills. It’s a battle of wills that Pete is determined to win. More importantly, he’s on a mission to break the wall Juliette has built around her heart.

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Musical Memories – Panama City Beach 1983

Okay so Facebook peeps some of you were on this trip.  Can you believe it’s been almost thirty years?  Please tell me we really aren’t that old because I don’t feel it. 

So here’s the scene HS boyfriend and I snuggling on the lounge chair next to the pool, it’s been kind of a crazy trip.  Drama with BFF because she’s acting totally out of character .  Had gotten caught in an undertow.  Too much sun.  Too many raging teenage hormones.   Had time at the Miracle Strip Amusement park where we sang with the Chorus.  Laser light show.  We were probably on sensory overload.   But the boyfriend is the constant.  He is there to console me when I cry, to calm me down when I am about to drown, to make me laugh when I needed it the most.  So that had been the type of day we had.  It’s close to time for rooms to be checked and doors to be taped but there we are by the pool and this is the song on the radio: (keep scrolling there’s another video after it)

Here’s the song from the laser light show at the Miracle Strip:

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