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R.I.P. Marion Chesney Beaton

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Things I Love | 0 comments

This Scottish ball of fire known as M.C. Beaton was the prolific author of two popular mystery series starring her creatively-named detectives Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth.  I began reading her after being given an Agatha Raisin novel several years ago, and I proceeded to read every book in that series.  I moved on to the Hamish Macbeth series, which is set in her native Scotland. I then discovered that, prior to writing mysteries, she wrote hundreds (and I mean hundreds) of Regency romances.  My favorite little series of hers is a four-book Edwardian mystery series, beginning with the...

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Just Chilling

Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in Things I Love | 1 comment

Just Chilling

Winter inspires me.  During a season in which many people feel grey and colorless, trapped and isolated, I feel peace.  I enjoy the forced slow-down, the quiet solitude.  In spring, there is the pressure to perform, to look alive, to bring forth, but in winter, there are no expectations of colorful creativity.  My mind has the freedom to snuggle under the blankets.  The roots of my ideas are allowed to run deep beneath the frozen surface, where the soil is dark and rich.  Winter brings rest, where not just the body is restored, but the soul and spirit, as well.  Inspiration swirls like...

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This is Patty Crotty

Posted by on Dec 13, 2019 in Duel, Pedestal, Something Completely Different, Things I Love | 5 comments

This is Patty Crotty. She is a professor of acting and stage management at the Florida School of the Arts, which I attended for the first two years of college.  Although acting didn’t become my career, my time at FloArts was definitely not a waste.  It’s where I figured out acting was NOT for me.  It’s where I realized I was happiest on the other side of the stage—or camera.  It’s where I understood that I wanted a family before I wanted a career.  ANY career.  And it’s where I met Patty Crotty. Ms. Crotty is more than an acting teacher.  She is a life coach.  She made us bring in a current...

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Spring Thoughts

Posted by on Apr 13, 2019 in Things I Love | 0 comments

Spring is the time for new beginnings and, I hope, endings (of novels) that lead to eventual book birth. It made me think of poetry about spring. Here is one of my faves. I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud  I wandered lonely as a cloudThat floats on high o’er vales and hills,When all at once I saw a crowd,A host, of golden daffodils;Beside the lake, beneath the trees,Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shineAnd twinkle on the milky way,They stretched in never-ending lineAlong the margin of a bay:Ten thousand saw I at a glance,Tossing their heads in...

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Spring Retreat

Posted by on Apr 5, 2019 in Miscellaneous, Things I Love | 0 comments

Necessary items for an all-female writing retreat.

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The Tapestry Room

Posted by on Mar 21, 2019 in Current Project, Duel, Things I Love | 1 comment

The Tapestry Room

In Duel, I base my fictitious estate, Hampstead Hall, on the very real estate of Great Fosters in Surrey, England. Once a hunting lodge of Henry VIII, this Tudor mansion and estate is now a hotel. The Tapestry Room is one of the luxury hotel rooms, but it used to be the upstairs Drawing Room. In the novel, this room has a very important significance to the plot, and it has to do with these leaded panes. What is the mystery behind these mullioned windows? You’ll have to read Duel to find out. New projected release date of June 2019.

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