Summertime…

Posted Jun 22 2018 in , , , , , ,

With temperatures topping 30 Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Rideau Valley this week, it’s indeed summertime in my small town. From the fishing spot off the town dock, to the outdoor swimming pool, and lines at local ice cream shops, everyone is savouring seasonal joys. I’m writing this blog post on my porch (to […]

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Celebrating fictional heroines: My top five

Posted Jun 8 2018 in , , , , ,

In each story I write, I aim to create strong, independent heroines who face real-life challenges that other women can relate to. I’ve realized, though, that the heroines and their journeys I create in my own books have much to do with my favourite fictional heroines—the girls and women who shaped me as a person, as […]

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Driving English Rose

Posted May 25 2018 in , , ,

Some people like driving, and getting behind the wheel of a car and heading for the open road is one of their happy places. I’m not one of those people! As a sedentary writer, one of the things I like best about my small-town life is that I live within walking distance of essential services. […]

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Advice for life after the happy ending

Posted May 11 2018 in , , ,

In romantic fiction, happy endings are a given. However, one of the reasons I enjoy writing (and reading) epilogues, as well as books in a series, is because I can dip into the lives of characters after the main story ends and they’re living their happy ever after (HEA). In the book I’m currently writing, […]

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Prayers for Humboldt

Posted Apr 13 2018 in , , , , , , , , ,

A week ago, on a remote Saskatchewan highway, sixteen people were killed and thirteen others injured in a crash between a semi-trailer truck and a bus carrying players, coaches, a trainer, a local radio announcer and others associated with a Canadian junior (ice) hockey team, the Humboldt Broncos.   Before then, Humboldt was a small […]

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My writing life

Posted Mar 30 2018 in , , , , ,

I don’t often blog about writing, but in the past few months I’ve been thinking about what and why I write. Whilst these experiences are mine, I suspect that published or not, other writers will recognize bits of themselves in me. And if you’re a reader, I hope this post gives you some “inside insight” […]

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Springing forward

Posted Mar 2 2018 in , , , , , ,

When February slips into March and, irrespective of whether the new month comes in like a lion (as it has for my friends in the UK), or a lamb (here in the Rideau Valley), it’s the time of year when my thoughts always turn to my life in England. Although there are many things I […]

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Love is…a few of my favourite things

Posted Feb 16 2018 in , , , , , , ,

Since February is the month of love, it’s a chance to celebrate a few of my favourite things and remind myself to be grateful for blessings big and small.  1. My family Tech Guy buys me chocolate “just because.” And when I’m on deadline, English Rose makes sure I remember to eat. In these and so […]

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Happy first birthday to The Cottage at Firefly Lake!

Posted Feb 2 2018 in , , , , , , ,

 This week I marked a very special anniversary. It’s been a year since my first book, The Cottage at Firefly Lake came out, and I realized my childhood dream of becoming a published author. Publication day, 31 January 2017, was a day of excitement and a profound sense of achievement, mixed with a big dose of […]

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Courage…and “learning to dance in the rain”

Posted Jan 19 2018 in , , , , ,

If you read my first blog of 2018, you know that the word I’ve chosen to guide me this year is “courage.” Like all of us, my life has had its ups and downs. It’s through troubles, though, that I’ve found hope and inspiration to help me live courageously and grow. Since much of that […]

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