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Swimming holes

On hot summer days, my six brothers and sisters and I used to love to jump in the streams that abound in the woods around our family homestead in small-town New England. Ice-cold water, rocks and mud didn’t phase us. Nowadays my running route (I signed up for another half-marathon!) takes me past a popular swimming hole near our home in Vermont. I snapped these photos last summer. It doesn’t look like this now! The ice has gone out of the river but the banks are still snow-covered. Before we know it, swimmers will back out here. Key, of course, is to stay safe!

In The River House, my ne… Read More

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Read Chapter 1 of THE RIVER HOUSE

With The River House hitting stores on March 27, you can read Chapter 1 here. Just scroll down and click on the link! I hope you enjoy this sneak peek of this story about childhood friends and new beginnings.

I’m thrilled RT Book Reviews has named The River House  a Top Pick! for April. I’ve been a subscriber since the magazine’s early days and attended its first convention in New York City. I won a copy of the beautiful earrings Princess Diana wore on her wedding day. I still have them. Only other thing I’ve ever won is a ham…

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Fresh Raspberry Pie Recipe

We enjoy local fresh-picked raspberries but luckily raspberries are available any time of year. For a taste of summer, try this recipe, a favorite with our family:

Bake a one-crust pie shell using recipe of your choice.

Wash and let dry 1 qt. of fresh raspberries. Simmer together 2/3 cup water and 1 cup of the berries for about 3 minutes. Blend 1 c. sugar and 3 Tbsp. cornstarch with 1/3 cup of water and added to the boiling berries and water. Stirring constantly, boil for one minute and then let cool.

Spread cooled pie shell with cream cheese (about 1/2 cup) and add the fresh uncooked berries (about 3 cRead More

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Southwest Florida Reading Festival

Hello from sunny Fort Myers, Florida! I’m here along with other authors and lots of readers for today’s Southwest Florida Reading Festival. A nor’easter has been raging back home. One of the shots of downed power lines is around the corner from our son, but he’s fine. We’ve been in Florida for a week, and I’m looking forward to getting home tomorrow. The storm should wind down by then. What a great week it’s been as I work, walk, run, talk about books and writing with some wonderful readers and writers and, of course, enjoy the sunshine, green grass … Read More

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Raspberry Pie

I don’t want to get ahead of myself but it’s actually warm here on our Vermont hilltop. We planted flowerpots and herbs this weekend, and if it hadn’t rained (again!) we’d have had dinner on the deck. Just last week it snowed. Hard to believe. I love visiting our local farm stands for whatever’s fresh. It’s no secret I love wild blueberries. So does Emma Sharpe, my FBI art crimes expert in my Sharpe and Donovan series. Raspberries are right up there. We especially love them when they’re in season here in northern New England. Won’t be long now!… Read More