Wanderlust…Scotland!

A few images of Scotland’s Isle of Skye last June. What great memories! Like a lot of people right now, I have wanderlust but I’m staying close to home. It’s fun to dream about another trip to a beautiful part of the world, when the time is right. Read More

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Welcome, Spring!

Spring is here. It’s a welcome time of renewal, rebirth and new beginnings…and green grass and flowers. We had snow last week and more snow on the way this week, but I see signs of spring everyone here on our Vermont hilltop. I love these photos we took last spring in Scotland (Edinburgh and Isle of Skye). I hope you enjoy them. 

Take care, everyone!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! Chocolates, jewelry, a candlelit dinner…I love them all, but I have a special place in my heart for flowers. We were in Edinburgh in late May/early June, in time for the famous blue poppies at the Royal Botanic Garden. They’re popular, and for good reason!

The gardens are also well-know for their rhododendrons, many still in bloom when we were there.

Maybe I’m drawn to flowers on Valentine’s Day because I’m usually on our snowy hilltop in Vermont! It’s beautiful, but I do love the colors of Valentine’s Day, whether o… Read More

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Beautiful Scotland

Scotland captured my imagination long before I ever traveled there. We went back in June, for two wonderful weeks before the busy-ness of summer set in at home. We had some cool, showery days that would feel good right now!

That’s me below, in the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. The gardens are a fantastic place to walk off an overnight flight across the Atlantic. Joe and I had scones and tea overlooking the gardens. His brother and sister and their spouses arrived the next day and the six of us dived in to our Scotland adventures.

From Edinburgh we drove to Pitlochry, where we did the Lin of … Read More

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Happy Summer!

Happy summer! We’re in summer mode here on our hilltop. We’re just back from a couple of weeks in beautiful Scotland and long, long June days. We were joined by Joe’s brother and sister and their spouses for a fun get-together. Memorable walks, dinners, laughs and sightseeing. The weather was sometimes rainy, sometimes sunny (Scotland, right?) but we loved every minute. Below are photos of Isle of Skye.

Enjoy!

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Images of Scotland

Among the recurring characters in my Sharpe & Donovan suspense series is Oliver York, an English mythologist, martial arts expert, “gentleman” farmer and serial art thief. By the start of Thief’s Mark, now out in paperback, he’s working with MI5. As a boy, he witnessed his parents’ murder and then was whisked off to Scotland by their killers. He escaped, but so did they. Now he’s about to find out the truth about that awful night. 

Scotland is one of the most beautiful places Joe and I have visited, and we are looking forward to a return trip. It̵… Read More

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THIEF’S MARK in paperback!

English mythologist and former art thief Oliver York takes center stage in Thief’s Markout tomorrow (July 31) in paperback. He meets his match in MI5 officer and garden designer Henrietta Balfour. They’ve known each other since childhood, when Oliver witnessed the murder of his parents and then was kidnapped by the killers and abandoned in a Scottish ruin.

FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan are wrapping up their Irish honeymoon when a break-in at her art-detective grandfather’s Dublin home takes them to England, just as a man bleeds to death on Oliver’s d… Read More

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An old Vermont barn

I got out before the rain and wind arriving later today, but I didn’t get in much of a run. I often pass this late eighteenth-century barn. It’s said to be one of the oldest in Vermont. I love the old boards, stonework, stone walls and maple trees. I’m writing about a stone mason, Adam Sloan in my Swift River Valley series. Inspiration! 

Bronchitis is not helpful with writing or running! I’m on the mend but taking the rest of the day off and curling up in front of the TV, rewatching the third season of Shetland. I have books to read. I got an early copy of Karna Small BodmanR… Read More

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