Have You Met the Mourning Cloak Butterfly?

You may recall that I mentioned my best friend, Mary, back in my March newsletter. We have been friends for many years and it has only been recently that I learned that she is an avid butterfly and moth watcher. I’ve received many photos from her of these sometimes-extraordinary insects clinging to the […]

Of Ducks and Men

You may recall that in a recent newsletter I told you about the passing of my dear sister-in-law, Lori, as a result of breast cancer.

Time has a way of marching on, of course, even in a time of Coronavirus, and so I have continued to work through grief. My brother has especially had to […]

Best Friends are the Best Things in Life

Do you have a best friend? Someone who has been through many of life’s trials with you? I know I do. Her name is Mary. Mary and I met the day before she got married, as I was invited by a friend of a friend of a friend to attend a pre-wedding celebration […]

A New Galley!

One of the most thrilling days of an author’s life is when a galley copy of an upcoming book arrives in the mail. Galleys are also called ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies). Publishers use galleys to solicit advance reviews. A galley is almost like a real copy of the book, except that:

It typically has a […]

Getting Back to Writing…

As you know, the death of my sister-in-law, Lori, hit me very hard. I feel as though I am emerging from a very dark period where there was always daytime but never sunlight.

As part of my re-emergence into the real world,  I have picked up the keyboard once more and am starting to write […]

New Book Cover Reveal – The Deadly Hours

I am delighted to share with you the cover for my next novel, THE DEADLY HOURS, releasing September 1, 2020.

This book is a favorite project of mine. It is my first collaborative effort with other authors and I would happily work with any or all of them again. Susanna Kearsley writes some of […]

Who’s Ready for the Downton Abbey Movie?

Am I the only one beside herself over the release of this movie on September 20th? Here’s my preparation checklist that you might find handy:

 Re-watch the sixth season of Downton Abbey to re-familiarize yourself.  Check into fan events going on across the country.  Buy theater tickets online (don’t want to get to the […]

My Favorite Animated Movies

I don’t know about you, but for me, summer is a time of movies…and usually the animated kind. I have a dear friend with whom I have a very special pact: when animated movies come out, we go together to see them.

I confess I’ve developed some favorites over the years (beyond all of the […]

My Favorite Vacation Spots

Now that we are headlong into the steamy days of summer (at least, here in Maryland it’s pretty hot and humid; I hope it’s breezier where you are!), it got me to thinking about summer vacations. I imagine we all have our favorite places to go to get away from it all, don’t we? Where […]

Crabs, Clams, and Oysters, Oh My!

I’ve mentioned before that I am currently working on a book that is totally different from my Florence Nightingale and Lady of Ashes series. It is what I would term “Women’s Fiction,” and takes place in my home state of Maryland, a state really rich in history, water activities, and seafood cuisine.

I decided I […]