November contest!

November is flying by! Be sure to check out this month’s contest. We’re celebrating the start of the holiday season with a special giveaway inspired by readers. TEN lucky readers will receive a signed copy of the paperback edition of A Knights Bridge Christmas. ONE grand prize winner will also receive a limited-edition Swift River Valley mug.

This is the only place you can find Christmas at Carriage Hill” in print (it’s available on its own digitally). In this fun novella, Dylan McCaffrey’s long-lost English cousin and the RAF pilot she’s trying to get over … Read More

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The blueberries are in!

As anyone who reads my New England settings can probably tell, I’m a huge fan of blueberries, especially wild blueberries. Yesterday we picked up our first pint of locally-grown cultivated blueberries. So good! I’ll be making muffins and cobbler through the season. Click on the underlined links for printable recipes!  And here’s the one for muffins…my mouth is watering already…

BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

Ingredients

1 cup wild blueberries (fresh or frozen; I also use cultivated blueberries)
2 cup all-purpose white flour

3 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespo

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Q & A…

A fun Q&A I had up on my website for a while and just updated. Enjoy!

What’s the most important thing you learned as a reader?

I learned that I love to read! As a kid, I’d clean out shelves in the library and read everything I could get my hands on. Reading opened up the world to me. Nowadays, I love to sit by the fire on a chilly, rainy day at home or on the Maine or Irish coast and read one book after another.

What’s your guiltiest pleasure?

I’m not big on guilt but when the local berries are in (as they are now), I have been known to have strawberry shortcake for dinner. Two helpings. Okay, two-and… Read More

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Lady slippers, daisies, writing in June

June is a glorious month in so many places. We’ve spent many June weeks on the southwest Irish coast, and, of course, at home in New England. Both are wonderful! I’m typing on our deck overlooking the woods, with pots of herbs and dahlias, a slight breeze, blue sky…and a pesky fly I hope will move on.

I’m deep into Stone Bridges, my next Swift River Valley novel. I saw concepts for the cover last week and my agent, editor and I all loved the same one, but they others were great, too. We’re continuing with the tweaked direction started with The River House. So invit… Read More

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Chives and other herbs from the garden

Chives play a fun role in my Swift River Valley series. They’re the logo for Olivia and Dylan’s inn on Carriage Hill Road. We love to chop fresh chives into scrambled eggs and salads. We have clumps of them wherever they decide to grow on our hilltop. I planted basil, mint, parsley and rosemary in pots on the deck. Ah, summer in New England…
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Brownies! With a recipe…

I’m recovering from a nasty chest cold and behind in my training for my upcoming half-marathon, and I want brownies! Here’s a great brownie recipe if I drum up the energy to make some. And I just might. 😉
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