Friday, April 13, 2012

Spring Break – Sultry, Sublime and Sometimes Scary

When you think of spring break do you think of a bunch of college kids heading to a popular beach resort like Daytona Beach or Fort Lauderdale, Florida and going a little wild? Where did you go on spring break when you were in college? When I lived in South Florida, not far from Ft. Lauderdale Beach, the locals knew NOT to head down the beach during those couple weeks in April. The parking was non-existent, the beaches and walkways were crowded and the restaurants and cafes jammed with tourists and spring breakers. Over the years, it died down and students found other hot spots to invade. 
Here are the most popular spring break hot spots for 2012:

Cancun, Panama City, Fl., Miami, Fl., Europe, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Bahamas and Jamaica, South Padre Island, Texas, Baja (Rosarito Beach, Cabo), and surprisingly some North American and Canadian ski areas are still open for spring skiing. Frankly, with the price of college tuition, I don’t know how students or their parents afford it. I couldn’t when I was in school. I had three part-time jobs and worked every weekend.
If you’re an old movie fan, there are a number of ‘beach party films’ set in Fort Lauderdale, the setting for my novella SPRING BREAK (release date: April 13th at Ellora’s Cave)

Girl Happy (1965) with Elvis Presley and Shelley Fabares. Rusty (Elvis Presley) and his band head to Ft. Lauderdale from Chicago for their annual spring break gig. Big Frank (Harold Stone) extends their stay so they can keep an eye on his daughter Valerie (Shelley Fabares) in Ft. Lauderdale who is on spring break. Her father thinks Elvis is going to keep Big Frank’s daughter out of trouble. Yeah, right. And Elvis never appears shirtless in this film despite the many pool and beach scenes.
Where the Boys Are (1960) with Connie Francis, is a coming of age story set in Ft. Lauderdale.
There are other films about spring break in other locales. Of course, a few lean toward the teen horror flicks.
Palm Springs Weekend (1963) Connie Steven and Troy Donohue. A boy  in love with the daughter of a police chief. The character names made me laugh: Biff, Boom-Boom, Stretch. Then this was the 1960s.
Spring Break (1983) A couple nerds, wet T-shirt contests, lots of beer and you have an 80s version of spring break. This one is set in Ft. Lauderdale too.
Ruby In Paradise (1993) Ashley Judd in Panama City after spring break, more of a drama.
The Hitcher (2007) teens doing stupid things. A horror flick. A remake of the 1986 flick. Teens on their way to spring break do what your mother tells you never to do: pick up a stranger hitchhiking.
Reno 911!: Miami (2007) A crazy comedy with The Rock as a SWAT agent, a motorcycle cop who wears hot-pants, a prostitute named Terry, ah, too complicated to explain.
Spring Breakdown (2009) Three women who were geeks in college, jump 15 years ahead and go on spring break together.
Piranha (2010) Hard to believe this comedy, horror flick could be considered a spring break film. Richard Dreyfus and Christopher Lloyd are in it. If you’re into the munching on wet teens kind of movie fun, then this one might be for you. Not my type. I did like Jaws, but that’s a classic, and a summer flick.
Have you watched any of these films?
After you’re finished with your film marathon, you might like a sexy, hot read about spring break. If so, I hope you’ll check out my novella, SPRING BREAK. It’s the first of a planned series surrounding a sex club called TropiX. Here’s the blurb:

SPRING BREAK by Kathy Kulig
Ellora’s Cave, April 13th

Spring break beyond your wildest fantasies? If Justin Watkins can stop keeping watch over his college students like Big Brother, he might convince the prim-and-proper Mariko Maguire to be his sex partner at the invitation-only adult club called TropiX.
Mariko is in Fort Lauderdale on business, trying to secure new clients for her PR firm. Abandoning prior commitments for one wickedly lustful evening—a one-night stand of kinky sex—was not on her agenda.

Carter Bosworth is looking for an evening of sex games during his layover in the tropical playground. He’s a regular at TropiX and always open for a new thrill. His plans are sidetracked, but it may be to his benefit after all when he meets the beautiful Mariko. The potent heat developing between Justin and Mariko tempts her into shedding her inhibitions, and an exploration in eroticism develops beyond her imagination at the fetish club.

Thanks so much for having me, Cerise! 
Kathy Kulig


Amber Skyze said...

Woo Hoo! Congrats Kathy. I can't wait to read this.

Kathy Kulig said...

Hi Amber,
Thanks so much for stopping by. And thanks Cerise for having me as a guest. :)

Cathy M said...

Happy Release Day, Kathy.

I'm like you, and was always working during Spring break. Even when my boy's were in college, money was pretty tight, so they would usually end up racing for their college cycling team during break.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Patti P said...

I didn't go to college. While all of my friends had spring break I was raising my babies. So my idea of spring break was my children being off school and entertaining them. I would love to read this and get a new view on spring break!
musicalfrog at comcast dot net

Kathy Kulig said...

Hi Cathy, I was working through spring break in college too. I was counting dollars for gas to get home to work. LOL

Patti, You sounded like you needed a spring break. LOL

I had a crazy weekend. I'll pick a winner when I get home from work today. Thank all for stopping by and your patience!!

Kathy Kulig said...

Congrats Patti P!
I selected your name as the winner of the free ebook download. Please email me at kathykulig at rcn dot com and let me know which book from my back list you'd like. I sent you an email too.

Thanks everyone for helping me celebrate my new release. And thanks so much, Cerise for having me as a guest!