May: England at its most gorgeous

May is my favorite month, because that’s when England is bursting with blooms everywhere. All my favorites come out: bluebells, wisteria, laburnum, and rhododendrons. But this year they were all late, due to our extra cold spring. The bluebells were fantastic, despite their late arrival. Even my dog got in on the bluebell action: Not […] Read more…

Visiting Jane Austen

“Mary Jane and I have been wet through once already today, we set off in the Donkey Carriage for Farringdon…but were obliged to turn back before we got there, but not soon enough to avoid a Pelter all the way home.” —Jane Austen, letter to James Edward Austen, 9 July 1816. Yesterday when I drove […] Read more…

Devon: Possibly the greenest county on Earth

Last weekend we made a long-anticipated trip to Devon. I can honestly say I’ve never seen such vivid green in my life, not even in Ireland. Maybe it’s the sheep—is their poop magical? Does it make the grass glow? Here are a few more pics: Read more…

Stop worrying and get writing

Last week was a busy week here in London. The London Book fair was held April 14-17, and on Saturday I attended the Verulam Writers’ Circle Get Writing Conference. I think I learned almost as much from the questions as I did from the speakers. For instance, I was quite surprised to hear so many […] Read more…

The Sunshine Award

I’ve been given the Sunshine Award by Eve Devon! The Sunshine Award is given to bloggers who “positively and creatively inspire others in the Blogosphere”.  How lovely! Now I have to answer the questions and tag other bloggers, I mean, award them the Sunshine Award. Here are the rules: Here are the Sunshine Award rules: […] Read more…

Give your hero a job

I wrote a blog post for Rachel Firasek’s blog called The Professional Hero and Heroine. In it I talk about how important it is for characters to have careers—not just as background but as key parts of their characterization. No, not every novel calls for your characters to have exciting careers, but when the author […] Read more…

Deleted scene: How to make a keepsake box

During the last pass of edits on Temptation, my editor asked me to delete a scene that shows Jacob, an Amish woodworker, creating a keepsake box for Laura. Later on he takes the box to her, a last gift before she leaves the country to work on another film. The scene didn’t add anything to […] Read more…

Amazon + Goodreads = ???

I’ve been trying to form an opinion about the Amazon/Goodreads buyout, and I’ve decided I’m agnositc. Some good may come of it, while it’s possible it will only increase Amazon’s market share, which is already huge. I’ve been a member of Goodreads for some time, but I’ve only started using it in the last few […] Read more…

The Blog Tour ends

Today is the last day of the blog tour, (you can read about the first two weeks here) but the contest is still open until March 30 at midnight. So be sure and visit each site and enter; you can enter several times at each stop! On March 20 I was at Novel Reflections with […] Read more…

Happy muddy Monday

Happy Monday, everyone! (I’m one of those weird people who actually like Mondays!) Aside from the mud here, it’s going okay. Over the weekend I noticed a great review for Temptation at Night Owl Book Reviews. Five stars, top pick! And today, I’m at Simply Ali guest blogging about the theme of Temptation. I’ve written […] Read more…

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