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Jumping Off the #Jaws Bridge! Visiting #MarthasVineyard #Edgartown #OakBluffs #CapeCod


My younger son in mid-jump off the "Jaws Bridge" on MV. Beneath him landing in the water is my nephew. Living on Cape Cod, we always have busy summers filled with visitors.  This August, we had back-to-back guests for two weeks--our best friends, and then my brother and sister and their families.  I've done posts in the past on some of our favorite places to visit with guests , but we also always try to fit in one or two new things.  Yesterday, we finally got my sister and her young kids to Martha's Vineyard, which has never worked out in the past due to the age of her children and the logistics of getting everyone onto a ferry on time to head over to this beautiful island off the Cape. In a...
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Celebrating #BlackCatAppreciationDay and Researching Superstitions ~ Love My #BlackCats #Rescue #Cats


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My Teen is Reading Again! #Books for Boys #amreading #YA


My son reading one of the ASOIAF books on the London tube during a 2016 trip Hands down, reading is my favorite pastime, and I love books so much, I write them as well.  I've always tried to get my two sons into reading, with varying results.  My younger son, who is now 17 (!!!!) was always the bigger reader, but they both could be hooked with a really great story.  The problem is, I can't always find those really compelling novels that will pull them in immediately.  And because I'm an author, they know terms like "the hook", "the conflict", "the author's voice", etc.  It's hard to argue if they tell me they can't connect with the characters or the pacing is slow.  So, five years ago, I sta...
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5* #Review! "Passion...past hurts...Brilliant" Reunion #Romance + #Ghost Mystery #FridayReads #Paranormal


Sharing a review of Silver Lake I *LOVE* from the Nom de Plume Book Review site!  This book has a special place in my heart, as it was my debut novel and I lived with the characters and the plot growing in my imagination for years before I decided to try to write it.  Then I spent years editing and revising it until I received my first publishing contract (December 16, 2011...not that the date is seared in my brain or anything :) ) Silver Lake is a reunion romance and ghost mystery...a story of second chances, painful secrets, friendship, loss, and the desire to solve a five-year-old disappearance, even in the face of frightening paranormal activity.   I've pulled out a few favorite quotes (...
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Bathroom Makeover ~ From 90s Mauve to #FarmHouse Coastal! #FixerUpper Style Cape Cod #Remodel


So thrilled with how it all came together!  Wall color is Hale Navy. After months of delays, the glass for our master bathroom shower was just installed, which means the entire remodel is officially DONE!  I couldn't wait to post the pics of the bedroom, so they're already up , but now I can share the bathroom pics as well. One of the things I asked to have to remind me of my grandparents...for reason I always like this painting, and if the medium was right, so did my Grandma Renie. I can't find any before pics, which is a relief...it was just as bad as the master bedroom in both decor and design.  For one thing, I still had the ratty (but frequently washed) shower curtain from our first hou...
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Tornadoes and Sharks...Just Summertime on Cape Cod #CapeCod #tornadoes


*Free use photo -- not the actual Cape tornado I've lived on Cape Cod for twenty years now, and the summertime shark influx has been an ongoing annual occurrence since about 2009.  Before that, the Cape didn't have a lot of reports of Great White sharks (despite the fact that the 1975 hit movie Jaws was filmed on Martha's Vineyard...view a few pics of local settings in this post ).  The first time I really remember hearing a lot about sharks here was in 2004, when a 15-foot Great White shark became somewhat stuck in a body of water near Wood's Hole.  That shark drew tons of attention, a lot of curious boaters, and became the first Great White tagged with a satellite tracking device in the At...
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Signing #Books in #Harwich! Cape Cod #Author #Romance #Suspense #CapeCod #Barnstable


I have a table this Thursday, July 25, at the Harwich Farmers' Market from 3 pm to 6 pm, and I'll be signing books along with fellow Cape Cod author Katie O'Sullivan!  We both write for the same publisher, and many of our books are set on Cape Cod.  Our genres include Romantic Suspense, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, and Young Adult Fantasy.  Come check out all the Farmers' Market has to offer ~ fresh produce, baked goods, crafts, artwork, plants, handmade soaps and lotions, and of course, visit our table and grab your next beach read!  Signed books make great souvenirs and gifts. The Harwich Farmers' Market is at Brooks Academy, 80 Parallel Street in Harwich. Harwich Farmers' Mar...
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An #Author Interview at Rad Reader Reviews! #Romance #Suspense and #writingtips #RomanticSuspense


One fateful night tore them apart... will they get a second chance before a killer strikes? A few months ago, Rad Reader Reviews read my Romantic Suspense novel Dangerous Currents and asked to do an author interview, to which I enthusiastically replied I'd be thrilled!  They asked a number of really in-depth questions about the plot, characters, writing in general, and we even both contributed our picks for actors to portray the characters should the story ever hit the screen (a girl can dream, right?) and our thoughts on songs that capture the story! I'm sharing a link to the interview below, but warning...there are a few plot twist spoilers.  So if you haven't read this steamy second-chanc...
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The Haunting of Hillwood Farm #Kindle #Free days! #ghosts #paranormal #books #amreading


My latest release,  The Haunting of Hillwood Farm , is free on Kindle for a limited time!  You can download your free copy through Friday, July 19th...then enjoy this ghost mystery + romance named Best Romantic Suspense of 2018 out of hundreds of books read over the past year at N.N. Light's Book Heaven Reviews.  This title is also up for the prestigious RONE Awards coming up in October!  Keeping my fingers crossed. Blurb, link, and a few review quotes below ~  if you give it a read, I hope you enjoy Callie, Luke, and Alice's story.  All my other titles combine romance and suspense as well...some steamier than others, some spookier than others, most with paranormal elements, and I even have ...
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Bedroom Makeover ~ From 90s Mauve to #Farmhouse! #FixerUpper Cape Cod #Remodel #Design


Jinx likes the new duvet This blog is usually dedicated to book-related things, as writing and reading are my passions.  But I also post about some of my other hobbies and interests, like exploring new places, fitness, and gardening, and for the past six months, my main focus has been on remodeling our master bedroom, a space that hasn't been updated since the early 1990s when we moved in.  Decorating doesn't come easy to me, but research does...so I've been combing the internet for inspiration and pinning pictures to imitate for what seems like forever.  Like many people, we're big fans of the HGTV show Fixer Upper, and we wanted to shed our stale mauve and floral decor and do a sort of far...
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Visiting #Montreal + Taking Our Own Ghost Tour! #Canada #travel #paranormal #vacation


According to the friendly bartender, most ghost sightings occur in the upstairs bar, which was closed that night.  But I snapped pictures to see if anything showed up! I love seeing new places, and as an author of ghost mysteries--and a life-long fan of all things paranormal--I often try to visit some local haunted sites.  Sometimes inspiration for a new book strikes, like when I visited the Old Jailhouse in Barnstable Village here on Cape Cod and came up with the plot for Haunted Souls .  A few weekends ago, my husband and I traveled to Montreal, Canada, for a wedding.  I'd never been, and it's a beautiful city!  Friday and Saturday were primarily taken up with wedding activities, but we ma...
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Romance + Ghosts Beach Read + a #4thofJuly #Recipe! #1 Bestseller Cape Cod #amreading #Books #FourthofJuly #RomanticSuspense


A dangerous ghost and an ex-boyfriend await psychic Claire Linden in Cape Cod's GULL HARBOR...#1 Kindle + Nook Bestseller Who's ready for the Fourth of July celebrations?  Here on Cape Cod, the summer season officially kicks off this weekend, and things get a bit hectic!  As usual, we have a house full of guests, and plans for the beach, cookouts, and fireworks.  And while on the beach, I'll be doing my favorite thing - reading!  If you need a great page-turning beach read for the holiday, try  GULL HARBOR  - a spooky ghost mystery mixed with steamy second-chance romance, set here on Cape Cod's National Seashore.  A #1 Amazon and B&N Bestseller with plenty of heat-filled scenes to balance ou...
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My #Book Made Cape Cod IN SEASON Magazine! Recommended Beach Reads #CapeCod #amreading #RomanticSuspense


Aside from writing, I work at a gym, and a few weeks ago, members started asking if I'd seen that I was in a local magazine.  I hadn't--in fact, I had no idea what they were talking about.  I tried to google myself but got no recent results.  But then they began bringing in the copies for me, and it was true!  The June edition of Cape Cod's IN SEASON magazine had an article entitled "Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer Reading" and the author, Christine Lynch, asked three local bookstore owners and two librarians for their recommendations of the best beach reads of the summer.  To quote from the article, "here are some hand-picked suggestions from outstanding sources.  Three of the Cape's quality book...
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Final #99c #Sale Days! Steamy Second-Chance #Romance filled w/ Secrets + Suspense #CapeCod #RomanticSuspense #amreading #books


Final days for the DANGEROUS CURRENTS 99c Kindle sale!  If you need a new beach read filled with steamy romance, dangerous secrets, and a suspenseful twist, visit Cape Cod for Malorie and Dean's star-crossed love story! When a costly mistake ends Malorie Montgomery's career, she returns to Cape Cod in search of a fresh start. But her plans for a new--and quiet--life are quickly derailed when she makes a grisly discovery in the woods, and her screams bring the one person from her past she'd hoped to avoid. Dean Slater, the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart in high school, now lives in the beachfront community that was supposed to be her haven...and he's just as hot as he was six years ago. Wit...
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A $200 #Giftcard #Giveaway + #Free Reads for a Month! Join Reading Review Wars #FridayReads #Books


Want to get free books for a month and an entry into a $200 gift card giveaway for each one you read?  As promised, I have  info on a huge month-long  Read to Review Event beginning in July with a grand prize of a $200 gift card!  If you enjoy free books, we'd love to have you join the event.  We have 40 authors contributing one book each, so there will be lots of titles to choose from, and every review you post gets you entered into multiple giveaways throughout the month...plus the big grand prize $200 one!  How it works:  You sign up to be a reader and join our month-long event Facebook page (If you're not on FB we have other options, just contact me).  Between July 15 and August 15, grou...
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The Haunting of Hillwood Farm is a RONE Finalist! #Book Awards #paranormal #romance


"'Hillwood Farm' is the complete ghost-hunting package: vengeful spirits, an isolated setting, secrets, a sensual romance, and an affable, brave heroine facing off  against the dark underworld." ~ InD'Tale I am over the moon to share the news that The Haunting of Hillwood Farm is a RONE Award Finalist!  This ghost mystery/romantic suspense was given a Crowned Heart of Excellence Review by InD'Tale Magazine and thus nominated for their RONE Award.  Readers then voted for nominated titles to move to the next round to become finalists, and I'm so grateful that The Haunting of Hillwood Farm gained the votes to become one of the six Finalists. Now, my book moves forward to be read by the judges, ...
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Summer of #Romance #free + #99c #Book Fair! #amreading #FridayReads


Reading Review Wars on DANGEROUS CURRENTS Summer is here ~ Ready to fill your Kindle with Romance Beach Reads?  Click the link below to find 20 novels either on sale for 99c or FREE!  My steamy second-chance Romantic Suspense Dangerous Currents is in the fair, available at a sale price of 99c.  One fateful night tore them apart...will they get a second chance before a killer strikes?  Visit Cape Cod for a whole lot of heat spiked with secrets and suspense!  Hurry - last day of the fair is Friday, June 7 ~ but Dangerous Currents will be on sale a few more days for less than a buck :) PS there are also Fantasy and Sci-Fi deals there too! --->  SUMMER OF ROMANCE BOOK FAIR Forget the Housework, ...
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#CoverReveal! New Look for SILVER LAKE ~ Ghost #Mystery Reunion #Romance #paranormal #books


A haunting, an old flame, and secrets from the past... My first novel, Silver Lake , has had a pretty interesting journey.  I spent years thinking about it, 3 1/2 years actually writing it, a year querying and revising (5 times!), and then nine months after I received a publishing contract (woo hoo!) going through edits and production.  When you sign on with a publisher, you do so with the understanding they will make changes and they will design the cover.  The very first cover I received for Silver Lake I absolutely adored...but when I showed it off on social media, another author with my pub pointed out it was very similar to hers (cover artists often use the same stock images).  It was d...
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Another Check Donated to #PetsForVets! #Authors Giving Back #amwriting


A check for $1,725.00 to Pets for Vets Portland, Maine Chapter! A few weeks ago, I posted about my trip to Portland, Maine , to present a check for $1,725.00 to the Pets for Vets chapter there, on behalf of all the authors of Love Under Fire.  Twenty-once authors came together to write stories for a box set of Romantic Suspense, and we raised over $3,000.00 for Pets for Vets. I'm thrilled to announce the other check has been presented--this one to Pets For Vets of Washington, D.C.!  Authors Judith Lucci and Fiona Quinn were there to represent us this time.  I grew up in the D.C. area, and I wish I could have been there as well...but we were all just there in April, and I head back again in J...
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#Audiobook Tour + #Giftcard #Giveaway ~ The Haunting of Hillwood Farm is on tour! #Rafflecopter #books #amreading #paranormal


Audiobook Tour May 19 - May 25 The Haunting of Hillwood Farm is on tour!  I'm thrilled that 27 sites signed up to host this book, with combinations of spotlight features, reviews, audio teaser clips along the way...and a Rafflecopter for entry into a $10 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!  The Rafflecopter is at every stop, and there are 10 ways to enter...but commenting at the different stops gains more entries, so check out a few of the sites and say hello! We're on Day 3 today, so I'll share a few quotes from my favorite reviews so far, along with links to those posts to access the Rafflecopter.  I'm looking forward to the next 4 days of the tour, and the entire schedule can be found on each host...
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