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Book 2 of 3 in the Florida Fiction Series

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P.C. Zick artfully weaves a tapestry blending the 2010 tragic events of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the West Virginia coal mine explosion with a story of lost love recaptured and family secrets gradually revealed.  Intertwined is a tale of love and family, the vegetable garden, and the secrets that threaten to tear the family apart but ultimately makes them stronger. ~ Dr. Elsa Haubold, review

Zick's latest novel is totally different than Live from the Road. I loved that one, but her latest is more serious, more "today's headlines" and more drama that shares a contemporary love story like no other I've read... It is a novel that covers three generations and shows the dark side of things learned through and from our ancestors. An important book in several ways. - Glenda Bixler, Book Reader's Heaven

Right from the dedication and opening quotes, Trails in the Sand unfolds a warm, cozy blanket of soft, easy language and wraps its readers up inside of it.

As very public, dark oil spills into the Gulf of Mexico, a family's very private, dark disasters wash up onto the shore for all to see. Zick weaves births and bereavements, tragedies and triumphs, hatred and happiness into a riveting and rioting relation. - Hayley Alana Agerbo


Zick writes with much empathy and insight into her characters, showing a very caring and committed attitude towards the environment and the human beings in it. The interplay between the story lines, private lives and newspaper stories that are woven into the narrative adds much depth to the book. - Christoph Fischer

From the Author

During the real-life drama of BP's DeepWater Horizon oil spill, I served as a public relations director for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. I handled the media for the sea turtle nest relocation project that took place during the summer of 2010. At the same time, I was beginning a new relationship with a lost love from thirty-five years ago and was in the process of moving to Pittsburgh. Two weeks prior to the oil spill, twenty-nine miners were killed in a coal mine explosion in West Virginia, just a few hours from where I was moving. It all fell into place to write about the oil spill, the coal mine disaster, and a family facing disaster. Trails in the Sand explores  the efforts to restore and redeem what has been damaged.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481255797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481255790
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,221,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just finished reading my second book by P.C. Zick and can't wait to start my next one. This story is unique, filled with a mixture of an amazing story line about a very complex family and it's survival through some very trying times. It's also a learning experience about things so many of us don't take the time to think about after some of our natural disasters leave our internet/newspaper and televisions as the #1 topic of the day. It leaves you thinking about what you can do to create change in our world and in our life. This author combines both in a phenomenal way. A Big Thumbs UP!! Congratulations to wonderful storyteller!!
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Right from the dedication and opening quotes, P.C. Zick's "Trails in the Sand" unfolds a warm, cozy blanket of soft, easy language and wraps its readers up inside of it.

As very public, dark oil spills into the Gulf of Mexico, a family's very private, dark disasters wash up onto the shore for all to see. Zick weaves births and bereavements, tragedies and triumphs, hatred and happiness into a riveting and rioting relation.

Overall, a well-written story that brings to light otherwise overlooked and possibly forgotten details of a sensational catastrophe, thread together with secrets some family members would rather leave buried in the dim bottom of the deep.

A recommended read.
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Trails in the Sand is Southern drama on the scale of Anne Rivers Siddons, where family secrets lie as deep as a mangrove swamp, skeletons molder in the woodwork, and the honeyed smiles of Southern belles mask seething resentment.

Everyone in the Carlisle/Stokely family hides secrets behind a veneer of Southern respectability. Hatred runs deep and across generational lines. Caroline, the protag, is a journalist who left her family determined to never return. She had been betrayed by her sister who married the love of Caroline's life, the hapless Simon. She tried alternative living, married twice, and traveled to far away places, but she could not escape the gravitational pull of her family, and Simon.

Late in life, Caroline grabs a chance at happiness by marrying Simon after her sister passes away. This unleashes a family feud and the estrangement of Simon's daughter [who is adopted and whose story emerges as yet another link in the chain of secrets]. While investigating the BP oil well disaster, Caroline comes across her mother's journals as well as those of her uncle Alex and her grandfather, the infamous Arthur Stokely.

Shock and awe doesn't begin to describe what she discovers--murder, incest, secret pregnancies with roots back to England. So how do Caroline, Simon, and the daughter heal from these revelations? They work together on the rescue of sea turtles. These activities melt the ice around their hearts and pave the way to a chance at reconciliation.

Forgiveness without judgment and condemnation is the key. While a lot of what happened is not understandable or even excusable, at the end, the survivors must put an end to bitterness and make a commitment to use love to heal their wounds.
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Ms. Zick has written a novel in Trails in the Sand that unravels several generations of family secrets in a background of very real environmental disasters. The story is sad at times, happy at times, funny at times and extremely educational on several levels.

As free-lance news reporter, Caroline, writes stories documenting efforts to save wild-life, particularly turtles, during the BP oil spill in the Gulf, she and her family uncover family relationships while educating us on the ecological efforts. At the same time, Caroline is writing another photo-journalism story on a coal-mine disaster in W. Virginia, and reports on the political involvement with preventing more accidents of either of these disasters.

Ms. Zick does this in her story-telling style that lets the reader learn about modern ecological and political problems without appearing "educational." The book is so well written it's hard to put down while absorbing the knowledge about the wild-life saving efforts and attempts at making such things as off-shore oil-drilling and coal mining safe, without appearing to editorialize.

More, more! Ms. Zick. And thank you for an excellent read.

Dawn Edwards, The Kindle Book Review

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I just finished P.C. Zick's, "Trails in the Sand" and couldn't put it down. The characters are so touching and real. P.C, knows human nature and relationships and the intricacies of families. P.C. brings current environmental issues and weaves them into her story line. I found this book both educational as well as emotionally touching.
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PC Zick artfully weaves a tapestry blending the 2010 tragic events of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the West Virginia coal mine explosion with a story of lost love recaptured and family secrets gradually revealed. Ms. Zick worked as a public information specialist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission during the oil spill and she accurately captures the mood, urgency, and fear of those events with a wonderful Hiaasen-like sense of humor mixed in. Intertwined is a tale of love and family, the vegetable garden, and the secrets that threaten to tear the family apart but ultimately makes them stronger. It is a story that brings you in because just abut everyone with a family can relate to it. This is a book you won't be able to put down. Buy it and enjoy the mastery of PC Zick!
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