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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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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Books on my nightstand

Posted Nov 17 2017 in , , , , , ,

Confession time. To my husband’s dismay, and as the teetering pile of books on my nightstand  attests, I’m the kind of person who reads multiple books at the same time, happily skipping from one to another as the mood takes me. I’m also the kind of person who reads multiple genres and historical periods, again […]

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Meet me at the diner – Contemporary romance author Jennifer Wilck

Posted Nov 3 2017 in , , , , ,

If you read my blog regularly, you know that I occasionally feature writer friends in a series called “Meet Me at the Diner.” Today it’s my pleasure to welcome Jennifer Wilck, a contemporary romance author with the Wild Rose Press. I met Jennifer at the Romance Writers of America’s national conference in New York City […]

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My reading life

Posted Sep 22 2017 in , , , , , , ,

Long before I became an author, I was, and still am, an avid reader. Since early childhood, reading has been a huge part of my life—so much so that I’m always perplexed when asked how I find time to “fit” reading in. How could I not fit it in? Reading is almost as fundamental to me […]

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Summer reading

Posted Jul 1 2016 in , , ,

When I was at school, the last bell of the year signalled not only the beginning of the long summer holiday but also many weeks of reading. Back then, after months of set school texts, summer was a glorious time to read what I wanted. Although those days are long gone, summer reading still has […]

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What makes a reader?

Posted Sep 25 2015 in , ,

I’ve unpacked many boxes of books in the last two months. Books I brought back in my suitcase from the Romance Writers of America (RWA)® national conference. Books I shipped in cartons when I moved from the UK to Canada. And books in storage for fifteen years when I moved, at the time I thought […]

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In praise of comfort reads

Posted Feb 27 2015 in ,

Like all writers, I’m a reader too. When I need to recharge, or am low in spirit, books are a great comfort. Over the years I’ve recognized there are books I always turn to. They’re the ones on my keeper shelf, which follow me from place to place, and whose characters are like old friends. […]

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The vanishing art of letter writing

Posted Feb 13 2015 in , ,

When did you last write a letter? Or, a word I learned from Dictionary.com, when did you last epistolize? I’m not talking about sending an email, tapping out a text or posting on Facebook. When did you last put pen to paper and write a letter to a friend or family member? As historians and […]

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