Out On A Limb!

A Q&A with Booktrib

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Books, England, Travels, USA | 0 comments

Recently I did a Q&A about KEEPER’S REACH with Booktrib. We talk about wedding bells for Emma and Colin, the Cotswolds, art crimes….Here’s the link:

And here I am last fall on the Maine coast, where much of KEEPER’S REACH is set.


Have a great Labor Day weekend!



Join me at BAM this Saturday (August 29)!

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Books, Uncategorized | 0 comments

At 1 PM on Saturday, August 29, I will be at the Books-A-Million store in West Lebanon, NH, to sign books and say hi to readers. Please stop by if you’re in the area! It’s a great store. We will be celebrating the release of KEEPER’S REACH, my latest Sharpe & Donovan novel.

Keeper's Reach



P.S. I originally said August 30 but that’s the date of my nephew and his wife’s baby shower!

The Irish origins of Father Finian Bracken

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Books, Ireland, Travels | 10 comments

Creating Father Finian Bracken in my Sharpe & Donovan romantic suspense series has been incredibly rewarding for me as a writer. I love that so many readers have written to me about how much they enjoy this rather unusual Irish priest. He plays a role in each of the Sharpe & Donovan novels, starting with SAINT’S GATE and now in KEEPER’S REACH (out tomorrow). A widower who lost his wife and daughters in a sailing mishap and a “whiskey man” with his twin brother, Declan, Finian entered the priesthood in his thirties. Not incidentally, Colin Donovan, an FBI agent and one of Finian’s best friends, thinks he looks like Bono. Finian is serving a small parish in Colin’s hometown, a struggling Maine fishing village. He’s a confidante of dangerous men with  dangerous jobs, as well as a certain ex-nun, Emma Sharpe, now an FBI agent herself. DSC01265.JPG

I was on a personal writing retreat on the southwest Irish coast, grappling with Finian’s character as he took shape in SAINT’S GATE. I ended up wandering to a historic cemetery, with a holy well and the ruins of a church named for Saint Finian, an early Irish saint. Emma Sharpe and Finian Bracken visit the holy well. It’s quite a spot! In the photos, you can see the steep, very old steps behind me. They lead straight up to the graveyard. And I do mean straight up!

At St. Finian's Holy Well

This is such a moving spot on the southwest Irish coast, offering a perspective on time and place that has stayed with me to this day. What’s next for Finian Bracken? I’m writing LIAR’S KEY now, so we shall see.

Take care, and enjoy,



Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Books, England, Travels | 2 comments

Dear Reader,

It’s pouring rain here on our hilltop in Vermont. Perfect for reading, and for ordering books for late summer and fall. We’ve posted an excerpt of KEEPER’S REACH (on sale August 25) on my website. Take a look!

Don’t forget to register your preorder for free recipes and a chance to win a basket of Irish-made goodies I selected myself. Click here for all the details:

KEEPER’S REACH opens with Martin Hambly, assistant to mysterious Oliver York, a wealthy Brit who witnessed his parents’ murder when he was eight, carrying amaryllis pots back to the York farm in the Cotswolds. Martin runs into a suspicious FBI agent, and off we go.

Here’s a photo of a Cotswolds church not unlike the one where Hambly and the FBI agent meet.

Cotswolds church




Pre-order KEEPER’S REACH to get free recipes and a chance to win a gift basket!

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pre-order KEEPER’S REACH to get free recipes and a chance to win a gift basket!

Have you pre-ordered KEEPER’S REACH, my upcoming Sharpe & Donovan novel? I’m asking because the countdown is on. One lucky fan will WIN an incredible Basket of Irish-Made Gifts! We are also giving everyone who registers their KEEPER’S REACH purchase a KEEPER’S REACH Fall Recipes booklet inspired by my Sharpe & Donovan series.

I loved picking out what to include in the gift basket on my latest trip to Ireland earlier this summer. There I was in shops on the southwest Irish coast, deciding between this beautiful scarf and that beautiful scarf…these scented candles and those scented candles…and bookmarks, a Celtic necklace, a Muckross Bindery journal, a quintessential Irish scarf, spa products…what fun!

Click here for details. I don’t want you to miss out. Do it today!


Thank you and happy reading,


Keeper’s Reach and the Cotswolds

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Books, England, Holidays, Travels, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keeper’s Reach and the Cotswolds

Boston-based FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan’s latest adventure, KEEPER’S REACH (August 25), starts when another FBI agent visits a quaint village in the English countryside west of London, in the beautiful region known as the Cotswolds. Special Agent Ted Kavanagh isn’t supposed to be there, and his presence raises questions and causes problems for Emma and Colin, especially when Kavanagh turns out to be a former colleague of Colin’s ex-Special Forces brother, Mike Donovan.
Cotswolds fields.

Cotswolds fields.

Joe and I have visited the Cotswolds several times in the past two years, for research, writing and wandering through the rolling hills and fields and honey-stoned villages with names like Lower Slaughter, Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Norton. It’s easy to be inspired. Of course, the quaint Cotswolds village in KEEPER’S REACH is home to an elusive international art thief, but that’s the fun of fiction!
Cotswolds village

Cotswolds village

You can read more about KEEPER’S REACH here and register your pre-ordered copy to receive a booklet of recipes and be entered to win Irish-made products I selected myself while in Ireland in June.




Springtime in Holland

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Springtime in Holland

In April, Joe and I were able to get away for a quick trip to Holland, where my father was born and raised. We visited one of my cousins in a small village in Noord-Brabant, and we wandered through Keukenhof, famous for its spring flowers. So beautiful! We’ll see what stories this trip inspired.

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ECHO LAKE is out today!

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

New England is in the throes of a major nor’easter and ECHO LAKE, the fourth book in my Swift River Valley series, is out today. I’ll celebrate with a mug of hot cocoa by the fire! Thought I’d share a couple favorite Vermont winter photos. ECHO LAKE takes place in winter in the small fictional Massachusetts town of Knights Bridge.

Enjoy winter wherever you are!

CarlaTree-lined lane i

Winter in Vermont

Happy 2015!

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Happy 2015!

We’re twelve days into January already. Happy New Year! I’ve signed up to run the Covered Bridge Half-Marathon here in Vermont on June 7. I’m so proud to be running in support of David’s House, a wonderful charity that “provides a home-away-from-home and support for families with children receiving treatment through the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.”

I started my training last Monday with the first week of an 8-week beginner’s running course. I can walk forever but I haven’t done any serious running in a while. I love to run outside but it’s been too cold and icy. I like the temperature at least in double digits.

But wouldn’t it be fun to run on an Irish lane like this one on the Iveragh Peninsula?

Iveragh Peninsula, Ireland

Take care, and, again, Happy New Year!



Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Snow!

Winter wonderland this weekend in our corner of Vermont. Hoping for a White Christmas!