The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton, is a fairy tale. It is a lush saga, a delicious gothic mystery, and a beautifully told story of the interwoven lives of three women from different eras.
There are gorgeous settings: Australia, late Victorian London, and a grand English manor in Cornwall. There are dark family secrets, and themes of escape, abandonment, obsession, and the quest to learn the truth about oneself.… Read the rest
I visit Seattle all the time, and my first novel is (mostly) set in Seattle
, so I obviously love the city.
If you’re going to Seattle for the first time, there are a few things you absolutely can’t miss. Granted, every other tourist in the city will be at these places, too, but there’s good reason for that. In a future post, I’ll write about some of the off-the-beaten-path sights, but for today, here are my picks for the top five places to visit in the Emerald City:
1.… Read the rest
It’s Easter this weekend and April begins in a matter of days…which means, as far as I’m concerned, we are fully into spring! Now, if you’re having family over for Easter–and especially if you’re going to be slaving in the kitchen cooking a full Easter dinner–you are going to need something to drink, my lovely.
So why not take a break from your usual glass of wine and try one of my favorite spring/summer drinks: Pimm’s!… Read the rest
My husband took our boys out of town for three days. The main reason, as it happens, was to give me a bunch of time to write–because I am knee-deep in revisions for my sequel
So while they were gone–leaving me alone in my own house for the first time in years–here’s what I did: I wrote, of course. Tons.… Read the rest
I’ve been meaning to do this for a while–write a review of Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. But as I’ve said before, I barely have time to brush my teeth on a regular basis, let alone write book reviews…so I typically reserve this activity for the books that make the greatest impact on me.
And frankly, this book rocked my world.… Read the rest
Here’s what I’ve been blogging about in the past few weeks on my other blogs:
Kid Not Sleeping? This May Be The Reason
Learn about the nutritional deficiency that could be at the root of all those hair-pulling bedtime battles.
How To Lose Weight Through Portion Control
Staying slim is tough, especially when there’s so much fabulous food out there. Here are 7 tricks to help you become a portion-control pro.… Read the rest
I went to Vancouver last weekend (because my little sister had a baby! A story, perhaps, for another time…). But while there, I remembered how much I love Vancouver. My husband and I were born and raised in Ontario. We decided to move to the West Coast a decade ago, after having lived much of our lives in the “East” of Canada (sidebar: it’s not actually the east of Canada so much as the center–there are several provinces farther east than Ontario–but everyone on the West Coast refers to Toronto as the East.… Read the rest
A few weeks ago my editor sent me the little blurb the marketing department at Kensington created for my novel. How fun is that? This is the copy that will appear on retail sites for its release as an ebook. When it’s printed, this will be the cover blurb.
I must admit, it gives me a delighted shiver to know that a marketing department is actually putting time and effort into this.… Read the rest
There is something exquisite about making your own pizza. It’s therapeutic (all the kneading and pulling), it’s tactile (the warm feel of stretchy dough), it’s artistic and creative (choosing toppings and discovering new combinations), and it’s fun (plus a great activity to do with kids).
But I gotta say, I get pretty picky about pizza. Ever since my first trip to Italy, years ago, it’s like I don’t even consider the thick, squashy, greasy stuff that comes in a box to be pizza anymore.… Read the rest
I bought myself a Kobo e-reader about a year ago. A little Christmas prezzie for myself, in fact. I was planning to use it primarily for travel (like most people)…but now, a mere 12 months later, I find that I’ve been wholeheartedly converted.
This is something I never thought would happen. I love books. I love the look of books. I love the feel of books.… Read the rest