Tag Archive: Vermont

Happy October!

September flew by for us. Writing, running, walking, planning, rain, more rain, visits with family. One Saturday “we” rebuilt the woodstove chimney at our family homestead on the western edge of Quabbin Reservoir (setting for my Swift River Valley books). I provided an apple pie. Joe could have passed for a chimney sweep. It was a great day with most of my siblings.

My granddaughter celebrated her birthday with a cake that involved a lot of sprinkles. Or you call them jimmies? It was fun and delicious. She’s gluten-free and we all love the King Arthur Baking GF mixes. SO good… Read More

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Autumn Giveaway!

We’re celebrating autumn with a giveaway! One lucky reader will receive a limited-edition Swift River Valley mug (only a few left!), an autumn-themed box of Vermont’s own Lake Champlain Chocolates and signed copies of two of my books set this lively time of year, Cider Brook and Rival’s Break.

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It’s near peak foliage here on our Vermont hilltop. I’m loving the cool, crisp days and stunning views on my walks and runs along the river and in the hills. Great time to write, too.

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It’s maple-sugaring time in Vermont

The maple sap is running here in Vermont, a sure sign of warming temperatures. Too warm, though, and the sap stops. We don’t want that, not yet, anyway. We still have a lot of snow on our hilltop in Vermont but we are seeing more bare spots. Buckets to collect sap are picturesque but tubing is more efficient and more common now. Either way, we love the results! Pure maple syrup.

I’ve mentioned maple-sugaring in several of my books, including my Black Falls trilogy, set in Vermont. Cold Pursuit is on sale in eBook this month (March) for just $1.99.

Happy spring!

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Autumn in Vermont

Autumn in Vermont is a real treat not only for those of us who live here but our many, many visitors. We live between Quechee Gorge and Woodstock, rated one of the prettiest villages in the U.S., and I often run along the beautiful, winding Ottauquechee River. Here are a few shots from last weekend. Enjoy! Read More

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The Black Falls trilogy gets a new (wintry) look!

Okay, I know technically it’s still summer, but we’re stacking cordwood and getting our flowerbeds ready for winter. I can’t say w’ere ready for snow, ice and sub-freezing temps! In fiction, maybe? Along with some pretty pictures of winter in Vermont? 😉

I wrote Cold Pursuit, the first book in my New York Times and USA Today Black Falls trilogy, during a particularly snowy winter in Vermont. Research was easy enough: I just looked out the window or strapped on my snowshoes and headed into the woods. It’s on sale in eBook right now for just $2.49 (that could ch… Read More

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A lovely Vermont evening at Phoenix Books

Last night’s launch party for Rival’s Break was wonderful, such fun for me as an author. I had the best time chatting with readers (a packed house!) and wandering through Phoenix Books downtown Rutland, Vermont. If you’re in Vermont during our popular leaf-peeping season, I hope you’ll stop at any of the four Phoenix Books locations. Tell them I said hi. 🙂

Many thanks to all who made this memorable evening possible!

I got so caught up in chatting with everyone that I didn’t take many photos, but here are a few. It was a beautiful evening to drive along the pictures… Read More

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Phoenix Books in Rutland on August 29!

Mark Your Calendar

I’m thrilled to be returning to Phoenix Books in Rutland on Thursday, August 29, for a launch party for Rival’s Break. We’ll chat, celebrate and have a great time! The fun starts at 6:30 PM. This is a great independent bookstore located in downtown Rutland, Vermont. There are many wonderful places to stay if you’re visiting the area for a few days.

See you then. I can’t wait!

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Loving winter, dreaming of spring

We’re deep into our Vermont winter, with snow and a frigid temperatures in the forecast. I do love New England winters (except when they drag into April!), but I find myself dreaming of spring at the moment. I spent most of the day writing by the woodstove and now I’m thinking about what I want to plant this spring, and where we want to go.

Joe and I love to travel in early spring. It’s an amazing time to take long walks on Irish lanes, with lambs prancing through grassy fields and colorful wildflowers popping up everywhere. The photo with me in my orange Irish raincoat was taken on a … Read More

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After foliage season

The “leaf-peepers” have gone home and my corner of northern New England is quiet. I love the bustle of foliage season–and its spectacular beauty–but there’s something special about this time of year, too. With the leaves off the trees, the landscape opens up. I see more of the river on my walks and runs. Fewer cars pass by, taking back roads to check out the Vermont scenery. I haven’t been asked directions in a couple of weeks.

I don’t take my phone with me as often on these quiet days. No music, no podcasts, no audio books. I let my writer’s mind … Read More

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Autumn in Vermont

Oh, what a time of year to live in Vermont. So beautiful! Lots of “leaf-peepers” on the roads, enjoying the colorful foliage, apples, pumpkins, mums and everything wonderful about fall. I’ve been writing, noodling new projects and hanging out with our gang. Nothing like a two-year-old laughing at fallen leaves.

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