Endings and new beginnings

Posted Sep 8 2017 in , , , , , ,

The leaves on the maple trees are changing from green to red, yellow, and orange here in the Rideau Valley, and as another summer transitions to autumn, endings and new beginnings are much on my mind. English Rose started high school this week, a major life milestone for her and me as well. In what […]

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Kindness

Posted Aug 25 2017

As many of you know, “kindness” is my word for 2017. All too often, though, it can seem we’re living in a world where kindness is in short supply. The global news headlines are almost unceasingly grim. My social media feeds catalogue ills large and small. And in my own life and family, worries and […]

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Sand between my toes & memories in my heart

Posted Aug 11 2017 in , , ,

Tech Guy, English Rose and I have been on holiday this week. After months of bouncing between writing deadlines (me), school and medical appointments (English Rose), and work in big-city Toronto and our small-town home (Tech Guy), we all needed time to stop, reconnect and simply “be.” And so this week we’ve been in Nova […]

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Celebrating my second book birthday: Summer on Firefly Lake

Posted Jul 28 2017 in , , , , ,

The second book in my Firefly Lake series, Summer on Firefly Lake, was published this week. It’s the sequel to The Cottage at Firefly Lake and, although connected by the setting and some recurring characters, each book also stands alone. In Summer on Firefly Lake, Mia, the heroine, is recovering from a painful divorce and […]

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Alone time

Posted Jul 14 2017 in , ,

Like most writers, I’m an introvert. Although I can extrovert when I have to (at conferences and reader events, for example), I’m happiest living inside my head and need frequent alone time, preferably at home, to recharge before facing the world again. As I write this post, though, I’m in a very unfamiliar place for […]

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Meet me at the diner: Susanna Bavin author of “The Deserter’s Daughter”

Posted Jun 30 2017 in , , , ,

In this occasional series on my blog, I’m chatting with my friend Susanna Bavin, whose debut novel, The Deserter’s Daughter, was published on June 22nd. Susanna and I are both members of the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) in the UK. We met via Twitter and haven’t stopped emailing since! She’s a dear and supportive friend […]

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The women in my life

Posted Jun 16 2017

One of the reasons I write romantic women’s fiction is because in addition to the central (and sometimes secondary) romance(s), readers find stories of hope and healing that explore aspects of women’s lives—not only a loving partnership but personal growth through relationships with children, extended families, friends, and communities. Personal and family challenges have made […]

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Life lessons from a dog

Posted Jun 2 2017 in , , ,

When I was living a life that didn’t fit me, I thought about the one that would. The life I then imagined was bracketed by what I called “the three p’s” – porch, pooch and pickup truck. All three represented a more authentic way of living that was better aligned with the values I hold […]

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Ice cream season is here!

Posted May 19 2017 in , , , , ,

As you may know, I like ice cream. Although I’ve indulged even when wearing my parka, it’s summer when ice cream comes into its own as my treat of choice. Ice cream features in my two “summer” books. Strawberry Sensation has special memories for the hero and heroine in The Cottage at Firefly Lake, and […]

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An award nomination & visiting London with Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays

Posted May 5 2017 in , , ,

As some of you know, my first book, The Cottage at Firefly Lake, has been shortlisted for The Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) Joan Hessayon Award for 2017. All the nominees (see the full list here and discover their wonderful books) will gather for the award presentation at the RNA Summer party in London, England on […]

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