A recipe for hot chocolate

When we were growing up in small-town New England, my six brothers and sisters and I would spend hours sledding on the hills behind our 18th-century house (a work-in-progress!). We’d come in pink-cheeked, usually with snow in our boots and cold, and inevitably our mother had a big pot of hot chocolate simmering on the wood stove. What a way to warm up!

I’ve made lots of hot chocolate since then, for adults as well as children. I’ve used mixes but prefer to make it from scratch. Since my father was Dutch, I’ve tended to use Droste cocoa. King Arthur Baking Company, its head… Read More

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Welcome, December!

December to me means family, friends, afternoon tea, reading by the fire and reflecting on the past year. And writing. Of course, writing! It’s rare a day that I don’t write. Right now I’m in “monk mode” with new projects, a great place to be on these short, chilly (cold!) days.

My granddaughter and I are planning St. Nicholas Day (December 6) festivities. She’s in the second grade and loves to draw and do art projects, especially ones involving glitter. I love her cheerful rendition of sunflowers, below, that she did for me last week. I can’t help … Read More

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RIVAL’S BREAK in paperback today!

Love paperbacks? Rival’s Break is in mass market paperback today. Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan are back home for a family wedding, but life is never quiet for long for them and their friends. Enjoy!





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Authors Marcia King-Gamble and Kathleen Lawless interview

A Florida vacation always includes a visit with a dear friend and author, Marcia King-Gamble.  It’s my pleasure to ask her and fellow author Kathleen Lawless about their latest book, Last Chance Beach: Summer’s End, a special romance collection of 14 all-new short stories from bestselling and award-winning authors.  An ebook collection just in time for those of us thinking of a beach escape!

Can’t wait to get started with some questions! Here goes:

Thanks so much for joining us today. Where did the idea for this multi-author ebook series and theme come from?

KL – The Romance Gems are a d… Read More

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RIVAL’S BREAK in paperback!

A deadly poisoning. A stolen Irish painting. A criminal mastermind at work.

Rival’s Break, they latest Sharpe & Donovan suspense novel, will be out in paperback on July 28! I’m excited, and I know many readers have been waiting for the paperback edition.

The story takes place on the southern Maine coast in Autumn. After a grueling few weeks apart art crimes expert Emma Sharpe and undercover agent Colin Donovan are home for a family wedding…but it’s anything but a quiet weekend when Colin discovers an MI5 undercover officer near death aboard a yacht moored nearb… Read More

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BOOK NEWS: Classic Mill Brook Trilogy now in eBook!

Early in my writing career, I penned a number of short romance novels, stories with lots of humor, adventures and often a touch of mystery. They went out of print and were never in eBook. Readers who want to read or reread them have had to scour garage sales and such.

No more!

I’m delighted the Mill Brook trilogy is now available in eBook*, with only light editing on my part. Finders Keepers (Book 1) is now on sale, and Within Reason (Book 2) follows on February 4th) and That Stubborn Yankee (Book 3) on February 25th.

All three books are set in Vermont and Tennessee, two places I know well. We live in … Read More

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BOOK NEWS: The Carriage House and The Cabin on sale

Two books in my popular Carriage House romantic suspense series are on sale through September 30! Each title is a standalone story, starting with The Carriage House, now just $1.99 in eBook. The second book in the series is The Cabin, on sale in eBook for $4.99. Click on the titles for buy links and more information on the stories. 

These two books are followed by Stonebrook Cottage and The HarborI recently wrote a sequel novella, “Secret Hideaway,” featuring Texas Ranger Jack Galway and Susanna Galway’s daughters from The Cabin.All four books in the series were New Read More

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The Black Falls trilogy gets a new (wintry) look!

Okay, I know technically it’s still summer, but we’re stacking cordwood and getting our flowerbeds ready for winter. I can’t say w’ere ready for snow, ice and sub-freezing temps! In fiction, maybe? Along with some pretty pictures of winter in Vermont? 😉

I wrote Cold Pursuit, the first book in my New York Times and USA Today Black Falls trilogy, during a particularly snowy winter in Vermont. Research was easy enough: I just looked out the window or strapped on my snowshoes and headed into the woods. It’s on sale in eBook right now for just $2.49 (that could ch… Read More

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RIVAL’S BREAK available today!

Celebrating today with Rival’s Break hitting stores! I’m so grateful for the early positive reviews on this latest in my Sharpe and Donovan suspense series featuring Maine-born, Boston-based FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan. As many readers have said, you don’t need to have read the previous installments (eight books, one novella) in the series to dive in with Rival’s Break.

A reminder that I’ll be at Phoenix Books in Rutland, Vermont, on Thursday for a signing, chat and Rival’s Break launch party. The festivities start at 6:30 PM. I hope y… Read More

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For a perfect getaway…books!

I love to write on getaways to hotels, inns and cottages, but reading? A must, and a special pleasure. I always have a print book with me (as well as my e-reader) on the road, but what fun it is to discover books on my various stays. Bedside Reading pairs luxury hotels with up-and-coming books. Oh, my. How perfect! Rival’s Break is a featured novel this summer, and I couldn’t be more honored and thrilled. Here it is in the gorgeous Mandarin Oriental New York.Quite a reading spot! Thank you!

When signing at Turn the Page Bookstore in picturesque Boonsboro, MD, authors are invited to sig… Read More

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