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50 Fun Facts About Me

    I once rode an elephant in Thailand. Together with my husband, I opened and owned a used bookstore in Vancouver for 3 years. My maiden name is Wallace…as in William Wallace aka Braveheart. Growing up (way before Mel Gibson made the movie), my father had our family crest displayed on the wall in our front hall, bearing the clan motto Pro Libertate...as in “they can take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!”  I have taken two sabbaticals in the UK –  one before having kids, and one when our first son was 4 years old.… Read the rest

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Thrillerfest 2014 Wrap-Up

The highlight of my July, hands down, was going to New York City for Thrillerfest. Before jetting off for NYC, I was pretty excited. Did it disappoint? It did not. I love New York! The conference was held at the Grand Hyatt in New York, right next to Grand Central. Although I flew in, I popped into Grand Central when I first arrived, just to stand in awe.… Read the rest

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Hack Your Body Clock: How To Become A Morning Person

I haven’t always been a morning person. But when various factors collided (specifically, getting a book contract to produce three novels in three years, coupled with the fact that quitting my day job was not an option…mostly because my children had grown rather accustomed to eating food on a regular basis) I had to come up with a new plan.… Read the rest

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Recipe Box: 3 Easy Winter Cocktails

I grew up in Ontario but moved to the west coast ten years ago. Winter for me here in British Columbia, well…let’s face it: it’s not really winter. Still, I like the excuse to indulge in a cozy winter cocktail or two. In my books, my heroine is a cocktail lover, big-time. Me, I usually prefer wine, but I do like to mix it up from time to time (whoops–see what I did there?).… Read the rest

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2013 Rewind

Reviewing the highlights of my year has become an annual tradition for me (like many of you), so here goes. When I think back on 2013, this is what stands out for me: My first novel was published! *happy dance* I finished writing my second novel. (And it’s all set for release in June 2014.) I had the privilege of spending another year blogging for Erica Ehm’s fabulous Yummy Mummy Club.Read the rest

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The Magic Of The Surrey International Writers’ Conference

Last weekend I attended my all-time favorite writing conference, the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. I’ve been going to this conference almost every year since 2004, and it’s always a slice of heaven for me. Here’s my attempt to sum up all the reasons I love SIWC. Before SIWC, I was a closet writer (this is literally true—in my first condo I converted a closet into a writing “office”).… Read the rest

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100 Things I Love

I’ve seen a few people do this on their blogs, and I decided it was time to try it myself. In completely random order, here are 100 things I love: Good coffee Paris Yoga Going to the movies Getting up early when the house is dark and quiet Wine Train travel The soundtrack to Out Of Africa Dark chocolate with sea salt Nail polish Pinterest The sound of spoken Italian Sangria Running A man in a well-cut suit The airport Being a mom Writing Egg cups Bookstores High heeled shoes James Bond The rain New York City A warm fireplace on a cold night Olives Spending half an hour finding the exact right word Having the exact right word come to me like a bolt from the sky The smell of freshly cut grass Dresses Travel The head massage while my hairdresser is shampooing my hair The English countryside Cream tea Going to the ballet The fall The color pink Five star hotels European history Indiana Jones Vineyards Downton Abbey Goodreads The smell of lavender Popcorn People who wink, and not in a creepy way Boots Raspberries African safaris The sound of the ocean Gelato Sunset with a glass of wine Sunrise with a cup of coffee Martinis NFL on Sundays Good thin crust pizza Dancing Parisian croissants Dry humor Songza Christmas Open air markets A clean kitchen Twitter London Paper Lipgloss TV/radio announcers with rich, gravelly voices Eating in restaurants The feel of freshly washed sheets Bubble baths Singing in the car Caffe affogato (hot espresso poured over vanilla gelato) Thunderstorms Sushi The sound of my kids laughing A heartfelt compliment Grocery shopping The word quintessence The moment of departure on an adventure The feeling of returning home Cheese Writing in a coffee shop for hours Tuscany Reading a great first line in a book Umbrellas Shakespeare French fries Van Halen The BBC Making lists Dressing up Music from the 80s Tulips Handmade Mother’s Day gifts Brunch Libraries Caprese salad (ripe tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella, basil, balsamic) The movie Moulin Rouge Chasing dreams… Read the rest

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The Health Benefits Of Reading

I’m an avid reader and I always have been. So when someone says to me, with a vaguely superior air (and this happens surprisingly often): “Oh, I don’t read fiction. I don’t have time for that. I’m too busy; I have more important things to do…”, well, this is how I feel: I’m sorry…what did you just say? Today’s post is my contribution to Tackle Your TBR Read-A-Thon , a super fun reading challenge hosted by Tressa’s Wishful Endings and Colorimetry.Read the rest

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Travel Files: California Dreamin’

In a move that was part insanity, part inspiration, we decided to take our kids on a two-week road trip down the coast to Southern California. It turned out to be a HUGE success–this is a part of the world that is absolutely packed with stuff to do! Here were some of my favorite things: The San Diego Zoo Everybody has heard of this world-famous zoo, right?… Read the rest

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Wise Words

It’s Sunday…AND it’s Mother’s Day. So, let’s all sleep in and have a lazy day with coffee and the newspaper, shall we? I’m going to keep it simple with today’s countdown post. Just a little something to think about. (And maybe a little something for my fellow Pinterest addicts?) Read the rest

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