Summer is winding down, but oh my gosh, is my garden ever winding up. I’ve eaten and frozen lots of green and yellow beans and peas, carrots and potatoes are coming on, I’ve frozen corn and tomatoes (diced, roasted and marinara), and we’ve made tons of pickles and jams: mustard pickles, bread and butters, dills, dill relish, pickled jalapenos, strawberry and cherry jam. Blackberry jelly is still to come…and so are my apples.

Needless to say I’ve been stupidly busy. :)

I also visited Prescott House on the 22nd, as part of the Romancing The Writer workshop I’m a part of every summer. The thundershowers held off until *almost* the end. Prescott House is a gorgeous historic house/museum with lovely grounds. The staff hosts us either indoors or out, depending on the weather, and provides us with lunch and it’s one of my favorite days of the summer. It’s also the house that initially inspired Foster House in The House on Blackberry Hill. :)

So what’s next? Well, finishing the first book in a new series for St. Martin’s Press. And I have a few RWA chapter events coming up in September – our 15th birthday as a chapter, and a booth at Word On The Street, a Canadian festival that takes place in several cities. This year it’s at our new, swanky library. I’m excited.

In the meantime, I can finally reveal the cover art for CHRISTMAS AT EVERGREEN INN, coming on October 13. It’s the last Jewell Cove book, and I loved writing another holiday book set in a town I love – even if it is fictional. You can read the first chapter HERE.

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Welcome back to Jewell Cove, where this holiday season, there happens to be no room at the inn…

When a December Nor’easter roars up the eastern seaboard, Jewell Cove cop Todd Ricker spends his day off being a Good Samaritan to stranded holiday travelers. But when the roads close and Todd can’t make his way home, he discovers that the Evergreen Inn is full up. Until another Good Samaritan opens her doors and offers him a place to stay…

Lainey Price is not looking forward to Christmas, but just because she’s not filled with the holiday spirit doesn’t mean she’s going to turn Todd out into the stormy night. Even if it means offering the handsome police officer the couch in her tiny cottage. But when the weather takes a turn for the worse, the two are snowed in for a wintry evening by the fire. With Christmas only a few days away, can Todd convince Lainey to open her heart to the season…and love?

I’m a little behind this month – between catching up after conference and then enjoying the long weekend with family, it’s been a little crazy around here. Oh yes – and the garden’s started to come on too and I’ve been picking peas and beans most days!

But here’s August’s calendar. I love the sentiments each month!



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