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Five Things for Friday

First off, I would like to say a huge Happy Birthday to my mother. She turns 85 today. And I love her fiercely. She is my rock, my champion, and my strength.

I could go on and on about her, but I’ve got a great list today and we have a lot to cover. So…


I got one of those emails the other day—an author you’ve read has a new book up for preorder. I sort of glanced at it, but then I saw who.
Susanna Kearsley. I had that button clicked in nothing flat.

You all know I love her books, (The Winter Sea, A Desperate Fortune, sigh)and come this fall, when The Vanished Days appears on my doorstep, future me is going to send a warm hug back to past me for being so thoughtful. You’ll thank me as well.

Really, this is a book you don’t want to miss. Then again, you could say that about any of her books. (The Firebird . . . )


So I asked you what movies and shows you loved and boy did you fill my inbox. So wonderful. And now I have to share.

I think I know what we are all going to do this weekend….

Hint: make a BIG bowl of popcorn.
Last Holiday. Because what could you do if you were fearless?
Mulan (animated) same theme, roughly, plus one of the best scores ever.
A Night at the Opera- funniest movie ever made.
Love, Actually Because I love clever plots and romance
Pride and Prejudice (Ehle/Firth version) – do I really need a reason?
When Harry Met Sally. Can never get enough of that one for laughs and love.
Jane Eyre
Death Comes to Pemberly
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
The Inheritance
Northhanger Abby
Making of A Lady
Love and Friendship
Beauty and the Beast
Mansfield Park
Last of the Mohicans
Dances with Wolves
Rob Roy
Brave Heart
The Dark Crystal
Dune (movie)
Merlin (tv show)
The Sound of Music

Now, I know I am putting my inbox in peril—but what are the books you read over and over again? I have my favorites, but I want to know what yours are…


In my quest to find the perfect sauce, I recently tried and loved this Yakisoba sauce. I’m still working out the kinks of making the perfect Yakisoba, but this sauce is pretty darn good all on its own or for throwing in with a stir fry. Give it a try.

And if you have a recipe for the perfect yakisoba, I would love to try it.

Photo Credit: Wandercooks


This past weekend was my 28th wedding anniversary. I know one is suppose to get all worked up over the “big ones”, but we both felt this one was a milestone for some odd, inexplicable reason.

We had a romantic weekend moving gravel and weeding. Because that is how we roll.

We’ve had our ups and downs, but stuck with each other and if there is one thing we always know for certain, we have each other’s back. If you’ve never the read the story of what he did to make sure my first book got published, go read My Favorite Hero. I’ll wait here.

See, told you. Through thick and thin.

I still like kissing him…


Every year I tell everyone who has aspirations to be a writer, go to the Surrey International Writer’s Conference which happens every October.

Once again it will be virtual and while I realize everyone has Zoom Fatigue—I know I do—if in the future, getting to British Columbia for a four day conference feels like an impossibility, go this year virtually.

The speakers and Master classes are out of this world. And it is the friendliest place you will ever find for writers no matter your skill set or interests.

Best of all, they have a sliding scale and the recordings will be available for 30 days after the conference. So there really is no excuse….

You’ll find all the conference information and registration here.


Have a great weekend. Hopefully you have some sunshine, a chance to sleep in, and a good book.


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Five Things for Friday

Wow! Fridays come so fast. At least this week it did. What are you up to this weekend? Or better yet, what are you reading? More on that below in this week’s Five Things:


Do you rewatch movies, like over and over? I found myself watching Captain Marvel again this week, and not long after I put it on, suddenly the entire household had gathered and we curled up and watched it.

I can’t even count how many times we’ve done this.

Why this one? I like the theme of self discovery and the power within that others can keep locked away—if you let them.

It got me thinking about the movies/tv series I turn to when I just need to be in the familiar, hear a message that resonates and I guess I am not alone in this. So I want to know, what are your favorite movies to watch over and over?


My agent asked me to find “comps” for the book that I’m finishing up. Comps are books that have the same feel, audience, or would be shelved in the same spot. Sigh, I have to go find more books.

Note: that was sarcastic, as if you didn’t know. I love finding new books.

But my search led me to NoveList – a database that is like speed dating for finding books. I accessed this through my public library since it is subscription based.

Having this sort of access makes my public library the unsung hero of finding all the things. Just dig around your library’s website or ask a librarian if they have NoveList.

What book did I find? Jojo Moyes, The Giver of Stars.

Now I have to read it, which is one of the hardships of being a writer. Again with the sarcasm. LOL.


Speaking of treats, when I was a kid, the lunch ladies would make these Chocolate and Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies and I thought they were heavenly. I have to admit, I still love them.

Besides being super easy, they are a quick and easy treat. Also, when you make them at home, they come with no lunchroom drama of having to find a spot in a crowded cafeteria full of mean girls. ;)


So last week I had this handy diagram for writing book reviews—which a number of you do already and some of you wrote me and said you were going to give it a try—hurrah!!

Anne J wrote me and said she’s been writing reviews for a while and loves to share the books she reads. She has found that writing less is actually more—just let people know what they might like about a book you loved.

Here is her review of At the Pleasure of the Marquess by Sofie Darling.


My garden is coming alive (as are the weeds, but that is another story) and as always, what comes in first? The Rhubarb! Which I love.

Which I also share with everyone because I have a big patch, but my favorite is making Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp—which I made last weekend for a get together with friends. This recipe is quick, easy, and delish.

I even caught my bestie putting the last serving in her fridge for her Sunday breakfast. And since she is my BFF, I didn’t blame her in the least for sneaking it.

I will add, I never peel my rhubarb, but that’s up to you. Though sometimes it just peels itself. LOL.

BTW, can I say, having a bunch of fully vaccinated friends is the best thing ever. I had nearly forgotten how wonderful it is to gather, share good food, and just laugh. Get vaccinated so you can spread the joy and not Covid.

Have a great weekend and feel free to send this post along to friends and family. After all, sharing is what we do here. And if you haven’t yet, sign up for my newsletter at the top right hand side of the page–that way you will never miss a Five Things For Friday.

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Five Things for Friday

One of the rituals of spring is the return of the house sparrows next door. These little winged cuties have found a particular spot in a crevice in the neighbor’s roof and it’s there they make their annual nest.

The babies have hatched and this morning I watched Mama Sparrow shove them out of their third story home. It’s sort of horrifying at first. Out comes this little ball of fluff and they plummet toward the ground, but somehow they manage–always at the last moment–to begin flapping their little wings and begin their new journey.

I realized in many ways, we are all like those little birds. We’ve spent the last year holding ourselves so close and now, as we get vaccinated, find ourselves having to roust ourselves back into the world. At least I am. I’ve had both my shots and now am free to roam about, and yet . . . I’m that little bird who doesn’t want to be shoved out of the nest.

Just not yet.

In the meantime, I have some delightful treasures to keep you happily nesting. Or to take with you as you find your new wings.


Have you ever written a book review and posted it online? For some of you this is old hat. You love sharing your opinions, alerting friends and strangers alike to the stories you’ve loved. But if you haven’t written one, well, here is a wonderful cheat sheet to give you a start.

If you prefer, take a look at on @RomancedbytheBook‘s Instagram account. She got it from @jassilvera –author Jasmine Silvera–and so the sharing continues here.

I love what she says–that a review can be a few lines, and even just a helpful comparison to another book, or what you enjoyed specifically. So, if you are up to the task, take the last book you adored–or an old favorite– and share it somewhere online. And if you do, send me a snapshot and I’ll share some of your reviews next week.



How do you find new books to read? My all time favorite spot has been the Choice Reads shelf at my local library. It was always right there as you walked in and filled with new books from all the genres. I’ve found tons of new to me authors there. But with covid and my branch library closed to inside patrons, I’ve had to find new book haunts.

Some of my favorites: authors and librarians on Twitter. The book I am currently reading (down below) is from Mary Robinette Kowall’s recommendation on Twitter.

The wonderful book bloggers on Instagram are another source, (@Pinkcowlreads comes to mind) and the various Bookbub newsletters. Did you know, when you follow an author on Bookbub, you not only receive notices about their next book, but also emails when they recommend novels.

Where do you find great book recommendations?


My son showed his girlfriend the movie, That Thing You Do, the other night–and, of course she loved it. But how could she not, it is wonderful. But how was it, she’d never seen it? And my son said, “Mom, you’d be surprised how many people have never see it.

Time to fix that. If you are looking for a delightful, funny, heartwarming movie, with a smart and elegant Tom Hanks and just the right sort of catchy music from the 60s, please do yourself a favor and watch, That Thing You Do on any number of streaming platforms.


Fascinating book report: I present, The Heiress, The Revelations of Miss Anne deBourgh by Molly Greeley. This book is an alternative history for poor, misunderstood, Anne de Bourgh. You remember her from Pride & Predjudice–the daughter of Lady Catherine and the heiress of Rosings Park. I know I like a book when I catch myself stealing time to keep reading it. And now I am rooting for Anne.


Sometimes I just want to make a quick stir fry and be done with the matter. But then comes the question: How to sauce it. I have a few quick concoctions but none of them are quite as good as this one that I recently found: Chinese Garlic Sauce.

The family sat up and took notice. The glorious part about it? Once you have it on hand, whatever you throw together for a late week clean out the fridge stir fry will taste like you labored over a hot wok for hours.

Be ready for adulation and high praise.

Photo credit: SauceFanatic.com (Check out this site if you are looking for other sauces—it is a veritable saucy treasure trove!)

Hope you find your wings this weekend. Or at the very least, a great book to read and review.

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Five Things for Friday

Yikes! My weeks are getting away from me again. I am working really hard to finish my next book and the days are spinning past me. I look up and it’s Saturday and I’ve forgotten everything else. But this week I made sure to get it into my schedule: Five Things.

And here they are:


As the weather warms here in Seattle (we actually had a very dry and warm April) it is time to fill pots with annuals and I am all in. I have more pots than a woman should be allowed and I fill them every year.
And right now, while the plants are all little, I have to hold onto that gardener’s hope that very soon they will be overflowing with colorful blossoms.

But then again, all I have to do is look around my garden where the lilacs and calla lilies are all madly blooming and know that very soon it will be their turn.


Sunday is Mother’s Day here in the United States and if you are like me, you might be trying to find the right gift. Might I humbly suggest my Brazen Trilogy?

It is perfect if you are still social distancing and can be sent in a flash. For mom, grandmother, aunt or even yourself.

P.S. If you are a Kindle Unlimited reader, you will find it there for your enjoyment.

The Brazen Series


It is also the beginning of graduation season, and I am thrilled that my oldest is graduating from Loyola University Chicago.

If it wasn’t for the pandemic, we would be traveling there for the ceremony, gathering with family and watching him pick up that hard earned diploma. But it is all virtual and so . . . we are home and making the best of it.

So here’s to all the kids and adults who have worked hard and have to make do with a virtual event—your dedication and perseverance in these trying times are a testament to your desire to see our world be a better place. Congratulations!!

Note: Nick hugging a very indifferent Pi. But he keeps trying!


And because we live in such an upside down place right now, I give you the Chicken Chase, if only to remind you that sometimes you are the dog and sometimes you are the chicken.
Watch the lower one–it has the perfect music.


And finally, this wonderful Scallion-Ginger Beef & Broccoli because it has moved into the steady rotation of favorites around here. We love it and I think your family will as well.

Photo credit: Eating Well Magazine

That’s all for now. Have a great weekend. And to all the moms, who have been putting in double and triple duty over the past year, hugs and all the love to you. I hope you get to put your feet up and be spoiled.


P.S. If you can get your vaccine, go for it. And if you can’t, mask up. We aren’t through this yet. But together we will be very soon.

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Five Things for Friday

Okay, technically you are getting Seven Things for the price of Five. Which still means: Free. But consider this week a bargain.


This past week I devoured Code Name: Helene by Ariel Lawhon. Clearly I am on a huge WWII reading streak, but I just keep finding them and am loving them.

This book is unique in that it is based on a real life heroine who risked everything helping to fight the Nazis.

Nancy Wake was a sassy, brave and outspoken woman who saved countless lives. Her story is inspiring and heart wrenching. I loved this book. More like this, please.


First–this Crispy Chicken Salad with Sugared Pecans is my favorite dinner salad, luncheon salad, salad when I want something so amazing salad.

With that said, this salad is A LOT OF WORK. So don’t read any further if you want to have dinner on the table in 20 minutes.

Not. Going. To. Happen.

But if you have plenty of time and want to WOW the household. Or just yourself. This is the salad to go all out on. Now you can cheat and use pre-made chicken tenders, but really, if you are going to go to all this trouble, go all the way.

Photo Credit: Food Network


I can hear you from here in Seattle. What?? She wants me to get excited about a weird ice cube tray. Au contraire, my friends. I want you to go nuts over this. I am.

I found one of these in the grocery aisle, on one those hanger things they distract you with. And I found this one on Amazon, but I don’t use it for drinks or ice cubes. I have a much better use.

I put everything other than water in it. Leftover sauce. Gravy. That half a can of chicken broth. Or bit of tomato sauce. For lemons that need to juiced asap.

All of it can get frozen into these wonderful cubes which are exactly a 1/4 of a cup. So perfect for adding when you less than a whole can of something or, like here, leftover red pepper romesco sauce, which I can pull out of the freezer, thaw it in the microwave and then add it to grilled chicken breasts and they think I’ve pulled out all the stops.

Best kitchen saver/hack anywhere. You are welcome.


I’ve been in a weird mood lately. Indulge me. I have been binging through several shows and there really is no common thread here, but perhaps something for every mood? Welcome to your weekend deep dive into the sofa, and clearly, my neurosis.

Warning: This show is VERY violent. And I am hesitant to recommend it because of that. So please, consider yourself warned.

Further, if you want a really depressing, power struggle with A LOT of ruthlessly dysfunctional people—and I mean A LOT—you have found your show. That said, I am also hooked. Then again, I love Montana for its big sky and wide spaces and gorgeous vistas. And the scenery in this show just makes me sigh. And Kevin Costner.

But, yeah, some really disturbing violence.

Thunder Force

I am not going to lie. This show is ridiculous. You’ll watch it and think I’ve lost my mind.

And when you get to the scene in the middle, and YOU’LL KNOW IT when you get there, you’ll look over at your sofa mate and they’ll think you’ve lost your mind for suggesting it. But sometimes you need to laugh a bit and just shake your head. And don’t we need a story about that one goofy friend who makes our lives memorable?

The butter scene did crack me up. Just saying.

Downton Abbey
I just had to go back. I needed the wisdom of Carson and Old Lady Grantham, and to watch Mary and Edith and want to wring both their necks.

And well, the entire world of elegant dinner parties. All those dresses. And that amazing house.

So dare to go back. Settle in, wear a tiara, and drink some tea. The place and all the feelings are right there where you left them.


Sorry if I am repeating what everyone seems to be forwarding this week, but I just LOVE Prancer. What a little mutt—and just a basket of need and fury. If you haven’t read about the latest viral adorable, then start here.

Click on the photo for the story from the Today show. I hope Prancer finds the perfect forever home.

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Five Things for Friday

Just in time for the weekend–Five Things. Enjoy!


First of all, thank you to each and every one of you who email me with your ideas and kind words–I so appreciate hearing from you. And last week, Robin B. emailed me about one of her favorite Etsy vendors, Mashalaurence.

Thank you so much for sharing this link, Robin, because I was entranced by these gorgeous literary prints, such as this one of Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester. Isn’t it amazing? Go check out the other wonderful Bronte and Jane Austen inspired art.

Print by MashLaurence


Can I share my vaccine joy? My parents are vaccinated now, and I am as well, so in the last week, I had my first visit in 13 months into my mom’s apartment. She and I nearly wept as we got to do that simple ordinary thing of having a cup of coffee and catching up.

Next up, I am planning on going to see my Dad in Oregon, because I haven’t seen him since March 4th of last year–when we snapped this picture of our feet on the beach.

It was one of those odd ball Spring days in the Pacfic Northwest when the weather pretends to be summer and we decided to go to the Coast from his home in Roseburg. I’ve looked back on this photo so many times over the last year and thought of that perfect day with my dad and my sons. Do you have a picture that has carried you through?


A while back, I was buying Taco Seasoning and happened to look at the package ingredients (right after I looked at the price) and had a big moment of clarity. Half the stuff in the package I couldn’t pronounce and the other half I had on my shelf at home. How hard could it be to make my own?

Since then I have been making this out of my own cupboard: Taco Seasoning

I use it in all kinds of things–stuffed green peppers, fish, chicken, anything that needs a little kick and of course, tacos. Happy mixing.


I know I’ve recommended Lois McMaster Bujold’s Chalion books, (at least I hope I have) and lately have been working my way through the Penric novellas. If you haven’t read her, you can give them a try starting with Penric’s Demon. Sometimes a novella is just the sort of read you need, and Desdemona, Penric’s demon cracks me up every time.


I’m usually happily a homebody, but lately I’ve been getting that travel bug like most of us are—to go somewhere new. So I’ve started a travel bucket list and one of the top spots? Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.

I love looking for things, and finding a diamond? Wow! Actually I found a diamond ring once on the beach! I also found the owner as well and got a big reward which was huge for a ten year old. Clearly I have diamond hunting in my blood.

Has anyone been there? And what is on your list?

Happy armchair travels! Looking forward to the day when we can all meet up at events again.

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Five Things for Friday

Welcome to Friday, and Good Friday as well, if you celebrate Easter. Have a blessed weekend and may all your eggs be chocolate.

In the meantime, here a Five Things to start off your weekend with a smile and a bit of joy.


Have you seen these Miniature Book Nooks? I had no idea they were a thing until Susanna Kearsley starting making one and asked me order a painting for her because the maker would not ship to Canada.

Imagine me listening to her, “yes, yes, you want me to order a tiny painting for your character’s study which you are making in miniature. Sure no problem.” Then imagine me explaining to my husband when the package arrives. “Yes, yes, this really is a THING. She didn’t prank me.” LOL.

I’ve added the paperclip so you could see how tiny the painting is. Has anyone else made one of these? If so, send me a picture I can share with everyone.


If you haven’t met Casper the talking dog and his Dad, now is the time. First, I thought he was the cutest dog ever because he looks so much like my dear Jack. But then I fell in love with these funny videos.

Do enjoy this compilation of Dad and Caspy, which are delightful and will make you smile. It begins with one of my favorites, Smoosh Face.


I am actually not a huge cheesecake fan, but the family likes it, so every so often I stock up on cream cheese and make this Classic Cheesecake.

My all important tip to making a cheesecake is to get one of those plastic turkey roasting bags (the sort of thing I wouldn’t be caught dead using with a turkey) however when you snug it around a springform pan to make a waterproof seal, your crust won’t get accidentally soaked in the water bath. Then your cheesecake will be better than perfect.

And my oldest’s tip is to cover it in chocolate sauce and eat it for breakfast. No judgments here.


Speaking of miniatures, I recently read this article about portrait miniatures from the Regency/Georgian era. I always consider these great finds when I spot them in museums and antique shops. When I was writing The Knave of Hearts, I had this one pinned to my Inspiration page.


Being laid up for eight weeks, I got a lot of reading done. (And knitting and binging on Netflix….) so I was very excited to have a new Martha Hall Kelly book arrive the other day.

I’d ordered it months ago and it just arrived on the doorstep like an Easter basket. Almost better than chocolate. Almost…

But I’ve loved the other two books in this series, Lilac Girls and Lost Roses, so I am looking forward to the stories continuing in Sunflower Sisters.

Have a lovely Easter weekend and see you next week with Five More Things.

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I’ve notified the winners of last week’s drawing for an audiobook. Thank you to everyone who entered. And now onto this week’s list.


My mom belongs to the Quilter’s Anonymous quilt group here in Seattle and every year they have a very lovely quilt show.

One year my mother was the featured artist!

Like everything else, the show has gone virtual, which lucky us, we can all attend. So if you love quilts or fiber arts, join me in attending The QA 2021 Quilt Show.

Quilt: Hazel Hedgehog, by Izumi Harris


First of all, you know I love Kate Quinn‘s books. This isn’t the first time I’ve recommended them. And The Rose Code lives up to all my expectations. Great story, wonderful characters, lots of good twists and all the good things you expect in the hands of a skillful writer like Kate Quinn.


Looking for five seasons of amazing science fiction, suspense and adventure? Pop the corn, get all the snacks ready and watch The Expanse. My husband and I had started this a couple of years ago, watched like 2 episodes and got sidetracked watching something else.

Mistake. Big Mistake.

We came back to it recently and if we had just stuck with it to Episode Three, this would have been on the top of my Five Things back in April.

And all I can say is, Amos. More Amos. ;)


I know I keep saying this–but Instagram has become my favorite place to find books. Readers and bloggers and podcasters are all there showing their book love and my TBR grows every day because of all these fabulous accounts.

Plus I am sort of addicted to scrolling through the fun pictures, like this one that @angelareadsromance did of @pinkcowlandreads reading my book, It Takes A Hero. By the way, Angela’s artwork of romance novels is AMAZING!

Two other favorites to follow if you like to read romances, I say this tongue in cheek, because don’t we all??? Check out and follow: @mrsreidyreads and @erika.bluestocking.


Looking for a simple and easy Sunday supper? Or something to throw together for any old Monday? I love this recipe for Crockpot Whole Chicken. I’ve never liked chicken in the crockpot until I tried this recipe–and it does turn out just like grocery store rotisserie chicken–well, better because it comes out hot and hasn’t sat in a warmer half the day. *snort!*

Easy, quick and very yummy.

Photo Credit: No. 2 Pencil

Happy cooking, reading and finding new friends on Instagram. Got my second vaccine recently and now that I am free to roam, you know what I want to do? Stay home. Read. Write. You can show this girl the door out of the pandemic, but you can’t convince her to leave her books. LOL!

Stay safe. Wear that mask. All best wishes for a fabulous week.

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Do you like rooting for the little guy? Here is the video for you. In Penguin v. the Orcas, our hero is a plunky little penguin who finds itself being chased all over by a band of orcas, and finds a way to escape that is a delight. Enjoy.


When new shows arrive, I always get excited because I love good mystery shows but not police dramas. Shows like, Person of Interest, or The Pretender. The Equalizer, with Queen Latifah in the starring role checks all the boxes. Cool, savvy heroine? Check. Nerdy tech? Check. People in need of a someone to save the day and a unlikely heroine? Check. Check. If you get a chance, check it out.


Now I am huge fan of Beatriz Williams, but I absolutely loved her latest book, Her Last Flight. I’ve been reading a lot as I’ve been recuperating from surgery and this one made me glad to have to be “off my feet and reading.”

This book is a re-imagined Amelia Earhart, that both breaks your heart but gives you a wonderful, thrilling story of early flight and finding oneself. I loved, loved, loved it. I think you will too.


Do you like Rice Krispie treats? I do. And the boys in the house? Devour them. Then I found these. These can only be described as “Decadent.” Be warned. My favorite Rice Krispie Treats. (Who knew the trick is more marshmallows. Then again, perhaps that’s the solution to all life’s problems: more marshmallows.)

Photo Credit: Sprinkle Some Sugar


More audiobook news. Mad About the Duke is now available in audiobook for you listening lovers. And I have five download codes for some lucky Five Things readers. Send your entry in to email hidden; JavaScript is required. I’ll draw five winners next Thursday.

If you can’t wait, Mad About the Duke is available through Audiobooks and Audible.

Note: To download your prize you will need a free Audiobooks account.

See you next week for more books, treats and things to discover.

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Five Things For Friday + A Live Event Today

So, I’ve been absent for a bit. From my heart, I’ve missed all of you.

First it was the holidays, and then it was January. And then I had foot surgery. And now, I am finally walking again–hurrah!!–and ready to get back to sending out newsletters once more.

And thank you to everyone who has written in the meantime to politely ask me to get going again. And a special thanks to those who nagged. You know who you are and you are loved. ;)

Coming back here is also out of a sense that we are all struggling as we go this one year anniversary week since everything got upended. We are tired, tired, tired of all this, and we need our friends, our comforts, and delightful distractions more than ever. Let’s hang in there together.

So what have I been collecting since mid-December? The usual. Books, binging delights, and of course, things to eat.


TODAY–yes, Today, Friday March 12th at 6pm EST–I am part of a live panel on YouTube discussing Wallflowers in Romance. Joining me are the delightful Cat Sebastian, Lenora Bell, and Stacy Reid. It should be a real kick. Join us on here.


I have been dying to share this book since I read it last fall. I’m not gonna lie, advance copies are one of my favorite parts of being an author. And Band of Sisters, which came out this week, is a delight to read. It has that cozy warmth of Call of the Midwife and all the strength of perseverance in friendship. Lauren Willig‘s fine writing and emotional core are here in this delightful story of a group of Smith College graduates who went to France during World War I.


With it being St. Patrick’s Day next week, well, of course I’ll be making this Irish Soda Bread. I make it every year and don’t know why I don’t make it more often. But the best part of it–having it for breakfast toasted. Nummy.

So are you a currants in your soda bread person? Raisins? Caraway seeds? Carrying around grandma’s recipe from the old country? Do tell.

Photo credit: Elise Bauer, Simply Recipes


Not enough books for you? I found this blog post, 15 Immersive Historical Fiction Books About Overlooked Events on Modern Mrs. Darcy the other day. I’m not one for clicking on these “27 Times Celebrities…” or “18 Ways to Get Your Spouse to…” but 15 books? That’s my catnip and click bait.

P.S. I loved this one:


I know I’ve gone on and on about Instagram before, but I have been finding the best books from book bloggers there–it’s become my favorite place to find new authors and books. Looking for some great bloggers/booklovers to follow? Try: @plottrysts, @thehistoricalshelf or maybe, @miss_melissalee. Pretty, pretty book pictures and lot’s to discover. You can find me there at @elizboyle.

Maybe you recognize this stepback from a book you might have read…. Since it is Friday, I won’t make you work too hard, it’s Love Letters From a Duke.

Photo credit: @miss_melissalee

Have a great weekend! Please, continue to wear that mask–it saves lives.

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