With all the merriment and busyness of the holidays, I love to sit by the fire with a pot of tea and a fun, uplifting story set during and around Christmas. I’ve written three Christmas stories myself.
“Husband for Hire” is available digitally for the first time. It’s a novella set between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The story starts in snowy Maine when Cady Dye, dealing with a stalker, gets Cole Forrest to pretend to be her fiancé while she figures out what’s going on. Let’s say they don’t tell each other everything. I wrote this story a whi… Read More
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
The “leaf-peepers” have gone home and my corner of northern New England is quiet. I love the bustle of foliage season–and its spectacular beauty–but there’s something special about this time of year, too. With the leaves off the trees, the landscape opens up. I see more of the river on my walks and runs. Fewer cars pass by, taking back roads to check out the Vermont scenery. I haven’t been asked directions in a couple of weeks.
I don’t take my phone with me as often on these quiet days. No music, no podcasts, no audio books. I let my writer’s mind … Read More
Oh, what a time of year to live in Vermont. So beautiful! Lots of “leaf-peepers” on the roads, enjoying the colorful foliage, apples, pumpkins, mums and everything wonderful about fall. I’ve been writing, noodling new projects and hanging out with our gang. Nothing like a two-year-old laughing at fallen leaves.
Only a week ago I was on my way to Rutland, Vermont, for a wonderful signing and talk for Impostor’s Lureat Phoenix Books, a fabulous independent bookstore. I love this store! Rutland is a small city about an hour west of me, with a great downtown. I don’t get there often enough.
The night before, I was in North Reading, Massachusetts, at a historic library for a fun chat another “full house” of readers. As in Billerica on the 21st, everyone in North Reading and Rutland was so welcoming, gracious and generous. And they all asked great questions!
Made it to Boston yesterday despite a flat tire. Well, not on the highway. In the driveway as I was getting myself together to leave. Fortunately Joe tackled it. It wasn’t straightforward because the wheel was bent (hence the flat tire), but it got done. Nice drive south on a beautiful day. I took myself to lunch to celebrate Impostor’s Lure hitting stores. Maybe not glamorous but quite pleasant! I found a nice throw at West Elm, too. Then a pleasant walk along the Charles River to take a moment to be grateful for this day. (Photo above is from my walk.)
With the paperback of Thief’s Mark in stores in just two weeks and Impostor’s Lure due out on August 21, my publisher put together this short, fantastic video trailer. It makes me want to dive into the Sharpe and Donovan world! I hope it does you, too. Enjoy!
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…
1 cup wild blueberries (fresh or frozen; I also use cultivated blueberries)
2 cup all-purpose white flour
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
I like to think of Sunday’s half-marathon as a run rather than a race. I’m that way with writing, too. Recovery this week includes walking along the river instead of running. So pretty in June! … Read More