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The History of #NewYearsDay ~ #Happy2018! #2018IsHere


It's SO cold here on Cape Cod this year!Happy New Year!  Although often bitterly cold here in the Northeast (record lows this year!), I like January--it's my birthday month and my son's.  It can be a chance to relax and renew after the frenetic pace of the holidays. Plus, there's the whole idea of a fresh start and making resolutions.  Many of my most popular blog posts have discussed some of the history or mythology behind holiday traditions, for example, St. Nick, Finding Easter's date, and the Origin of Halloween. For the first week in January, I'm delving into some facts about New Year's Day and the month of January itself.  (Also, my January birthday happens to be on the 13th - see this...
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New Community for #Book Lovers! #Mystery #Romance Reads + #Giveaways ~ Join the Fun! #amreading #ABA Happy New Year


Happy New Year! I’m ringing in 2018 with some exciting news for readers:  I’m one of 12 best-selling, award-winning authors involved in a fabulous new one-stop website to satisfy your every literary desire, and we want you to be a part of it, too! Readers' Choice for the best Mystery, Suspense, Romance, Paranormal, & Urban FantasyI’m thrilled to introduce Moonlight and Mystery, the premier online magazine site providing the best romantic suspense, mystery, and page-turning reads, some with a sprinkle of supernatural, time slips, urban fantasy, or magic. What does the site offer? • Fabulous reads• Amazing prizes• FUN games and contests• Behind the scenes secrets• FREE ongoing mystery reads• C...
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Signed #Book #Giveaway! #Romance w/ Haunting #Mystery on #GoodReads


Another holiday giveaway to ring in the New Year!  A print copy of Haunted Souls, a steamy romance spiked with a haunting mystery, is up for grabs on Goodreads!  A damaged soldier, a secret baby, and a long-lost spirit collide in this page-turning novel voted the #2 Read of 2016 at Read Free.ly, a site highlighting small-press and indie books.  Check out the blurb below, and if it sounds intriguing, enter to win!  Good luck and thanks for stopping by! Four years ago, Emily Shea and Staff Sergeant Brett Leeds agreed to part with no strings attached. Sparks flew during their brief affair, but fate intervened, sending Brett overseas. When an unexpected pregnancy derailed Emily's own plans, her ...
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The History of Saint Nick ~ Visit Winter Blogfest to Win #Giveaways #free #books #giftcards!


Happy Holidays!  We're having a wonderfully relaxing Christmas morning at my sister-and-brother-in-laws' house in Massachusetts, and we woke up to quite a snow storm!  We have power and food (too much food if the rest of the family can't get here!), so all is cozy and bright, thankfully. St. Nicholas of MyraMy post on the History of St. Nick was selected as part of Long and Short Reviews' "Winter Blogfest", so if you have time, stop by!  All the posts are winter or holiday-themed, and every post offers a prize as well.  All you have to do to enter is comment over there!  My post offers a free e-book, either Silver Lake or Gull Harbor, both romance mixed with ghost stories, and both #1 Kindle...
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Send an e #Book for #Christmas! #LastMinuteGifts #Ghosts #Romance


Christmas is fast approaching!  It can be so overwhelming getting ready for the holidays...traveling or hosting relatives, finding and wrapping gifts, buying and preparing food...all added to the usual hectic pace of life.  If you've forgotten someone, run out of time, or just want to send something special to someone, why not consider an ebook?  It's easy, thoughtful, and instantaneous!  All you need is the recipient's email address to send an immediate gift.  Many ebooks cost less than the price of a card, and provide hours of enjoyment...not to mention relaxation, as reading is a proven stress-reliever.  Most of my novels combine a romantic plot-line with a haunting mystery, with first ch...
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Signed #Book #Giveaway! #Ghosts #Romance #Goodreads


I'm celebrating the holidays with a give-away!  If you're on Goodreads, click below (or here) to enter to win a signed copy of GULL HARBOR, a #1 Amazon Bestselling Romance/Ghost Mystery set on beautiful Cape Cod.  Who doesn't love a free book that promises hours of page-turning entertainment?  Steamy and spooky, this has something for everyone.  Check out the blurb below and click the Goodreads widget to enter! When Claire Linden's job sends her to the sleepy town of Gull Harbor, she never expects to encounter her ex-boyfriend. As a medium, the prospect of tackling a haunted house is less daunting than seeing Max Baron again. Throughout their passionate college relationship, he promised to l...
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Anniversary of my 1st #Publishing Contract! #amwriting #saturdaymorning


I admit, I love the Facebook memories feature, where, when you log in, you see a post you made "on this day" sometime in the past.  Or, at least I love it when it was a post about something good--like today's!  Honestly, I may have forgotten this anniversary, being as it's so close to Christmas, New Year's, and two family birthdays, not to mention it was six years ago.  But I will never, ever forget that morning.  Only my younger son was still home when I clicked on the email...he would have been almost 10 years old and still in elementary school.  The subject line only included the name of my manuscript (SILVER LAKE submission), no indication of what news might be inside, and I'd already re...
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Holiday Nut Mix ~ #recipes Homemade Gift idea #Christmas


I am not a crafty person.  I'm creative, in terms of dreaming up plot twists and developing characters, but the closest I usually get to designing gorgeous gifts or beautiful centerpieces is adding pictures I love with instructions I know I can't follow to my Pinterest boards.  I'm in awe of people who have that kind of talent. But I *can* follow simple recipes, and a few years ago, my sister-in-law, who always hosts Christmas with a dazzling display of gourmet food and stunning displays, served a nut mix that I just couldn't get enough of.  And hey, it's nuts--a good for you food, packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.  Even with the seasoning, it's ...
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Signing #Books in #Mashpee! Holiday Fair - Open House #CapeCod #Fitness Co.


As promised earlier in the week in my post on my local events, I'm doing a quick update on the Holiday Vendor Fair and Open House we're doing tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. the 9th, at the gym where I work (my day job, lol) - Fitness Company for Women on Rt. 130 in Mashpee.  While it's a women's gym, this event is open to ALL, men shopping for gifts, non-members, etc., so come on by if you're in the area!I'll have my book table set up, and I can sign and personalize copies of any of my novels--a great and thoughtful gift, for yourself (we all deserve to de-stress during the holidays, and what better way that shutting the outside world down, putting your feet up, and getting lost in a page-turning ...
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Signing #Books in #Falmouth! Holiday Shopping, Bingo, Raffles #CapeCod Cape Cod


I have a couple of events coming up this week...Wednesday the 6th, I'll be in Falmouth, at a Bingo Night and Holiday Shopping Event.  This is always a good time!  The suggested donation is $20 (proceeds this month go to West Falmouth Preschool), and that gets you 20 games (wear red and green or something holiday-themed for a bonus card!). Complimentary light appetizers and a cash bar and buffet too!The entire room is lined with vendor and artist tables, and in December,the shopping will extend to other rooms as well!Where do I fit in to this event?  There are a whole bunch of local artists and vendors setting up for shopping before and in between the games, and we've all donated to the cause...
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A #Free #Book of "Hacks" for the Holidays! #Recipes #Christmas #Lifehacks


Every year, my publisher offers a free recipe book, as a gift to our readers, filled with contributions from the authors of The Wild Rose Press.  We vote on different themes each year, and we've offered Garden Gourmet collections featuring easy meals and snacks, international recipes, cookies and cocktails, and healthy recipes in the past...these books are still available, for free, on our website!  This year, we did something a little different...our "recipes" for Garden Gourmet 2017 are actually "hacks" - shortcuts or tricks to make tasks more simple, whether they involve cooking, cleaning, or just life in general.So grab you free ebook here: A Holiday of Hacks, and discover some new ways ...
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Visiting #Newport #RI ~ #CliffWalk Mansions #Travel #RhodeIsland


My best friend and I have many adventures (or misadventures?) together, and this past weekend was no different.  Although we live 8 states apart, we manage to see each other several times a year.  We've been friends since freshman year of high school, and we've had countless crazy adventures together...seems there's always some sort of bizarre mishap when we're together, too (see the Zip Line fiasco), and our mini-vacation in Newport was no exception. My friend used some airline miles to book a ticket into Providence, Rhode Island, and I used some of our Marriott points to get us an overnight stay at their Newport hotel right on the water.  Since it was a Thursday night, we asked for--and we...
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Signed #Books for #SmallBusinessSaturday! #ShopSmall #SaturdayMorning Give the Gift of a Page-Turning Read!


A dangerous ghost& an ex-boyfriendawait Claire inGull Harbor...The holiday shopping season is upon us, and today is Small Business Saturday.  So I wanted to do a quick post to remind people that I will gladly send out signed and personalized books to give to readers as gifts!  It’s a thoughtful and unique gift that supports small business, and my books have something for everyone—steamy romance, spooky suspense, haunting mysteries, second chances, and the page-turning unraveling of secrets from the past.  Both SILVER LAKE and GULL HARBOR have been #1 Amazon Bestsellers on several occasions, and my Young Adult novel, DIVINE FALL (appropriate for teens), is an award-winning RomCon Reader-Rated...
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De-stress w/ a new read for #Thanksgiving! #Ghosts #Romance #Books #Kindle


My happy place!The holidays are upon us! Thanksgiving is almost here, and whether you're traveling or cooking, you need to find some time to relax during what can be a hectic month.  My favorite stress-reliever is reading, and right now I'm caught up in a page-turning Psychological Suspense that I can't put down...which is a bit of a problem, since I'm hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the very first time, and my guests begin arriving tomorrow!  If you'd like an entertaining escape, try one of my #1 Kindle Bestsellers, full of steamy romance and spooky suspense.  Load up your Kindle or Nook now, and then while you're traveling, waiting in lines, or trying to carve out a few moments for yoursel...
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My #Furbabies ~ #cats #dogs #rescue #pets


One of the authors who also writes for my publisher came up with a great idea for a blog series:  "Furbaby Friday", a weekly post highlighting authors and their beloved furry writing buddies.  I'm reposting my story to share here on my own blog...and I'd love to hear about the pets that enrich your life!I come from a long line of animal lovers, and growing up, we never had less than three pets at a time.  Generally, in my adult home, that’s how many we still have, although we’ve occasionally had four.  I’m passionate about rescuing shelter animals, so I try to balance my desire to “save them all” versus the reality of the size of our house, but right now we have two cats and one dog, and eve...
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"Will Leave the Reader Breathless" #Book #Review ~ #Romance #Ghosts


I was thrilled to see a new review of my latest romance + ghost mystery, Haunted Souls, up at Reader's Favorite Book Reviews on Halloween!  Adding to the excitement, a few days later, I got an email from my publisher with the first 15 minutes of Haunted Souls being read by the narrator we chose...by December, the audio version of this steamy romance mixed with spooky suspense will be released on Audible! A damaged soldier, a secret baby, and a haunting mysterycollide in Haunted Souls In the meantime, I'm working hard to finish my fifth manuscript, tentatively entitled Dangerous Currents.  I was hoping this month to use NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) as inspiration, but these days, ...
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Drawing Inspiration from #NaNoWriMo ~ #amwriting past #writersblock #NaNoWriMo2017


Last year, I wrote about how I'd used NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, to find the inspiration to get back into writing my fourth novel, Haunted Souls, which has since been contracted and released (and is going to be made into an audio book before the end of the year!).  I was again in a rut last November, in terms of finding the time and motivation to write, so I decided I'd try to use the momentum of NaNoWriMo again to at least get a good start on my fifth novel, tentatively titled Dangerous Currents.  This manuscript has been a real challenge for me, as it has no paranormal element, but I do like to grow as a writer in terms of doing different things, and of course, I have to w...
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The Origins of #Halloween ~ Happy Halloween #Halloween2017 #Samhain #amblogging


The month of October conjures up images of turning leaves, hayrides, pumpkins, scarecrows, black cats, and of course Halloween decorations.  I love learning about the origin of the holidays we celebrate, so I did a bit of (admittedly rudimentary) research to discover some of the reasons we dress up and try to scare each other on October 31st. Originally known as All Hallows’ Eve, Halloween is linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain.  This last day of autumn was considered the time of year when the barrier between the paranormal and physical worlds grew thin.  The Christian holiday of All Saints’ Day (All Hallows) also influenced Halloween.  It was said that the souls awaiting release on Nov...
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History of Superstitions ~ #Paranormal Posts #Halloween


Some of my most popular posts have discussed the origins of certain superstitions--specifically, ones that are considered bad luck.  A superstition is a long-held belief or behavior with no rational basis.  As a fan of all things spooky, I like to research the history behind the more sinister superstitions we hold, especially around Halloween, the season that embraces the paranormal.  Of course, many of these superstitions date back to ancient times, so tracing the exact sources can be tricky...and it doing the research, it definitely appears that often times, several factors seem to have combined to create the belief or behavior.I love (and rescue) black cats, so it's safe to say I don't be...
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The Abandoned Glenn Dale TB Hospital ~ #Haunting #MD


Wide open door + stair case = hard to resistGlenn Dale TB Sanatorium and Isolation HospitalA few weeks ago, I wrote about my long weekend visit to Maryland and Virginia, the area in which I grew up.  It was a whirlwind trip, but one stop along the way deserves an entire post in honor of the Halloween season...our side trip to explore the abandoned--some say haunted--Glenn Dale Tuberculosis Sanatorium and Isolation Hospital, an enormous, 216-acre campus of 23 buildings located in Glenn Dale, Maryland. My sister works in a medical office building literally right down the street, so when I met her at work to begin our drive to a family wedding in Virginia, we decided to spend a few moments on a...
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