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In the Cradle Lies Ready for Preorder

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Just a quick note to say that the second book in the Tree of Life Series, In the Cradle Lies, is available for preorders now. This is the time of year when we say, “Where did the summer go?” Mine went into edits on In the Cradle Lies and finishing the writing of When I […]

Let ’Em Eat Cake!

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At my book club meeting last night, one member, who LOVES to bake (and we love to have her bake) made me a special cake to celebrate the release of The Inn at Hidden Run. It’s a carrot cake, which I enjoy but don’t get to eat very often because usually people make it with […]

Let’s Partaay! Release Day!

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The dream of this day began a long time ago, when I received the gift of an editor who said, “If you could write anything you’d like, what would it be. We’d like to hear your ideas.” I let my mind drift in an entirely new direction than what I’d been writing. And the Tree […]

Hop into Spring

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If you haven’t heard about the Hop into Spring event on Facebook–going on right now until May 4–you might want to join the fray. Live chats with authors, free books, and a grand prize of a $100 Amazon gift card. Every day between 10-12, there’s something going on. I’ll be live-chatting on Saturday, May 4, […]

Welcome to Canyon Mines

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I moved to Colorado 23 years ago. I’ve lived in California (twice) and the Pacific Northwest (gorgeous!), but the Midwest, where I grew up outside Chicago, seems to be in my bones (Go Cubs!). A number of times when I’ve written about small towns, they were situated in the Midwest, such as here or here […]

Tree of Life Website

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The Tree of Life series begins with The Inn at Hidden Run on May 1, 2019 and continues with a new book every six months through the end of 2020. If you’d like to keep up with alerts on news about the series, you can sign up at the series website here. Also, please enjoy […]

Meet Nolan: Can’t Shop, But He Can Cook

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If you missed reading about Jillian from The Inn at Hidden Run, you can meet her here. Nolan Duffy is her dad. They share a restored Victorian Home in Canyon Mines, Colorado, where they have settled into their grooves where Jillian works from home all the time and Nolan commutes three days a week to […]

Meet Jillian, Genealogist Extraordinaire

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In a few weeks, The Inn at Hidden Run will release, and right there on page 1 you’ll meet Jillian Parisi-Duffy. This is the first book in my new Tree of Life series, so as I created Jillian, I settled in to get to know her not just for one story but four. A few […]