An Irish castle walled garden

It’s no secret I love visiting gardens. On our recent trip to Ireland, we once again wandered through the walled garden at beautiful Dromoland Castle, now a stunning hotel near Shannon Airport.

My photographing abilities don’t do the garden justice but hope you get the idea! 

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Ireland’s Black Valley

Ireland’s Black Valley is one of our favorite spots to hike on our many visits to this beautiful part of the world. When I came up with the idea for my next Sharpe and Donovan installment, I knew part of it would be set in the Black Valley. Tentatively titled Return to Declan’s Cross, it doesn’t have a pub date yet but I’m working on it. I’ll be offering a “sneak peek” in the coming weeks.

Here’s a photo I took on our first hike in the Black Valley. The cottage ruin is a well-known site on the Kerry Way, a marked hiking trail we crossed on our own route. … Read More

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The Killibrew Sisters are back

Life has changed a lot since I wrote Trade Secrets and Family Matters early in my career as a published author, but Juniper and Sage Killibrew and their adventures are as much fun as ever. I’m delighted these two short, classic romances are now available as eBooks.

As Harlequin put it when Trade Secrets was first published, “Carla Neggers is one of seven children, so she knows all about the ties that bind. Which could be why she handles the family shenanigans in Trade Secrets with such aplomb.”

I wrote Family Matters amid two moves and the birth of my son, now a web developer in Boston. Time d… Read More

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Late summer reading, writing and hiking

Summer is holding on here on our hilltop. We went hiking with the grandkids recently. We took the popular Bridle Path trail up Rattlesnake Mountain overlooking beautiful Squam Lake. Afterward, Joe and I hung out with my brother and his wife in Meredith on Lake Winnipesaukee. A memorable late-summer day.  

Like so many places, we need rain here in northern New England, but my pot of basil is hanging on. I made pesto and froze it in a heart-shaped ice-cube tray. Not sure if the gang will go for heart-shaped pesto instead of sherbet! A nice late-summer drink is to freeze sherbet in a cute tray and drop a c… Read More

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The Elusive Finian Bracken

Creating and now working with the characters in my Sharpe & Donovan suspense series has been fun, difficult, exciting, exasperating, creatively fulfilling and…interesting.

Yes, interesting!

Take Finian Bracken, an Irish priest and whiskey man who appears in every Sharpe & Donovan tale. Writing about him has meant I’ve learned more about whiskey, sheep in Ireland, Maine bean-hole suppers, early Irish saints and so much more.

Finian came together and started to feel real for me during a writing getaway to Ireland. One afternoon, I took long walk to a historic cemetery on the sout… Read More

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Spring is here!

Maple-sugaring, melting snow and muddy roads are hallmarks of early spring on our Vermont hilltop, but flowers aren’t far off. I can’t wait to get back in my garden and visit other gardens.  

Joe hails from middle Tennessee, one of the prettiest places I’ve visited in spring. We’ve taken many lovely walks at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens. I have fond memories of meeting writer friends J.T. Ellison and Sherryl Woods there.

My father was Dutch, and he loved tulips. So do I. We managed to keep deer, squirrels and chipmunks from devouring our tulips last spring. We’ll see how we do whe… Read More

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THE RAPIDS Has A New Look!

The Rapids is out today with a fresh new digital look. I love it. It’s the third book in my bestselling Cold Ridge/US Marshals series but it can be read as a standalone.

We get to meet Rob Dunnemore, the twin brother of Night’s Landing heroine Sarah Dunnemore. They have an unusual background and were raised in my husband’s beautiful home state of Tennessee.

Interesting times for Maggie Spencer, a Diplomatic Security agent, and Rob, a deputy U.S. Marshal, as they chase the dangerous fugitive who almost killed Rob. Read more and buy your copy here.

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Happy 2022!

Just a quick post to wish you a happy new year!

Our 2022 is off to a nice start with family time and now quiet to write and enjoy the Vermont winter. More snow on the way later this week. We get to try out our new snowshoes.

I thought of this new year when I happened on the photo above that we took in Ireland in November, 2019. It reminds me to keep an eye on the beauty that’s right in front of me as well as afar. And it’s just pretty.

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A gift from Ireland

Hello from Ireland! Joe and I just arrived at a small cottage on the southwest coast, within walking distance of some great restaurants and shops. It’s a great place to write! Of course we’re doing lots of walks and hikes, too.

Yesterday I found a great little gift to add to our giveaway celebrating the tenth anniversary of the launch of my Sharpe and Donovan series. A pair of Hanna’s Bees small Irish-made pillar candles: “These beautiful hand-rolled beeswax candles burn with a gentle flame and release a sweet and comforting scent of honey and beeswax.”

Here’s a photo I took at our cottage:

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It’s July! Hiking, book deals and summer reading

Happy July! Happy summer!

June ended with a heat wave even here in our corner of Vermont but it’s cooled off now. Our crew will be here for Fourth of July weekend. Our granddaughter, Niamh, five, specifically requested fireworks this year; they were canceled last year. We’ll spread out a blanket in the grass and watch the show.

We’re also planning a hike this weekend, and more hikes this summer. Last week, we visited the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. Raptors, reptiles, woodland trails and the popular “canopy walk.” The kids had a great time! So did the a… Read More

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