We’re still deep in snow on our hilltop in Vermont. Waiting for March to turn into a lamb! Meanwhile here’s a photo I took last year on a sunny day on the south Irish coast, part of the “cliff walk” in Ardmore. So peaceful…sigh.
Today is “pub day” for CIDER BROOK, and I’m guest-blogging on the Barnes & Noble NOOK blog on the beautiful setting for my Swift River Valley series and its fictional Knights Bridge.
I took these photos on an autumn walk in the Quabbin woods. Such a beautiful place! It’s not far from my family homestead and the setting of CIDER BROOK, which goes on sale a week from tomorrow! Knights Bridge is a fictional town located on the edge of this incredible reservoir, formed when four small towns were cleared out and dams built to hold back three branches of the Swift River and Beaver Brook. Millions of people have pure, clear drinking water thanks to Quabbin.
How could I resist a very contemporary story about a pirate who might have buried treasure here 300 years ago?
Joe and I loved our first visit to the Cotswolds in September. What an incredible place to walk and walk and walk! And wander into charming tea shops. I don’t know which I like better, the warm scones or the clotted cream. It definitely helps to enjoy good, long walks after indulging in a Cotswolds afternoon tea.
The Kerry Way is a 200 km posted walking trail on the southwest Irish coast, one of my favorite places. In my Sharpe & Donovan romantic suspense series, Irish priest Finian Bracken seeks solace on the Old Kenmare Road, a gorgeous stretch of the Kerry Way that runs through part of the Killarney National Park. Joe and I hike it whenever we’re in Ireland. Here’s a picture from two weeks ago!
USA Today’s popular Happy Ever After blog asked three authors to list three things. Mine: my three favorite pizza toppings. You can also read the three words author Lucy Woodhull would use to describe herself and the three people author Linda Bennett Pennell would invite to dinner. Total coincidence: the heroine of my upcoming Swift River Valley novel is named Samantha Bennett.
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Carla, always in the mood for pizza
Writing a prequel e-novella to my Sharpe & Donovan series was totally natural, an outgrowth of my fascination with Finian Bracken, an Irish priest we meet in SAINT’S GATE, the first book in the series. Finian, to say the least, has a past. He and his twin brother defied the odds and started their own whiskey distillery. Happily married with a wife and two small daughters, Finian’s life is forever changed when his family dies in a boating accident. I wanted to know more about how he forges ahead as a new man and ends up in a small Maine fishing village, and that’s how ROCK POINT came to be.
Here’s a short video about ROCK POINT and its Ireland and Maine setting:
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When things get crazy, this is one of the places I go to in my mind. I took this photo on a beautiful, peaceful day in May on a solo walk on the cliffs in Ardmore, Ireland.
As I glanced through photos of our May trip to Ireland, I found myself lingering on the ones of paths, lanes and roads. Maybe it’s because I love to walk, but I’ve also noticed I’m drawn to other people’s photos of paths, lanes and roads in places I’ve never been. I suppose we could get philosophical as to why this is so. By the way, I’m working on my photography skills. Tips are welcome!
I’m thrilled to announce the Cross Plains Public Library in Cross Plains, TX, as the recipient of $1000, books and New England goodies in the “My Favorite Library” contest. Many thanks to Bob Childress for nominating this charming library. He says, “In a town of 982, his multi-award-winning library is continually coming up with innovative ideas to instill a love of reading in the community.” Congratulations, and thank you