Award winning outback romance

I am excited to announce that Wedding Bells by The Creek – the fifth book in my Coorah Creek series, is a finalist in the Aspen Gold Readers Choice Award, presented by the Heart of Denver chapter of Romance Writers of America.  So very very thrilled. There are more details here.

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Crossing the country on a train.

I’ve just been to Montreal and back – on a train. The journey was over ten hours each way – and I loved it. 

The view from the last carriage

 

Seriously – I did. 

It’s a great way to see a new country. And there was SO much to see. 

The trip passed really quickly – well, apart from the time the man asleep in the seat across the aisle was snoring. And the hour long wait at the US-Canada border while officials checked out every passenger was a bit dull. Which was good. The last thing I want is an ‘interesting’ border crossing. 

Anywhere. 

Ever. 

Leaving New York I was underground, or at least in a cutting most of the way. The gleaming towers of the city are hidden and I’m surrounded by dark, grease stained iron beams and bare concrete walls, liberally decorated with graffiti. Continue reading

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Trying My Hand at Thanksgiving

It’s hard for someone who hasn’t grown up with Thanksgiving to understand the place it holds in people’s hearts here in the USA. However, I have seen images of the Macy’s parade on TV… so was  not about to miss the chance to join in the fun. 

The balloons being inflated

 

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The giant balloons for the Thanksgiving Day parade are inflated the night before – on the streets to the west of Central Park. 

The residents of some of the poshest apartments in the city suddenly find themselves with some rather unusual neighbours. Continue reading

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Tales to Tell

On Sunday, I visited a craft fair – with some truly beautiful things for sale – but strangely enough, I didn’t feel inspired (nor did I buy anything) until I left the huge modern conference centre and wandered up the road to a flea market. Not just any flea market – this was the Hells Kitchen Flea Market here in Manhattan.
Hells Kitchen flea market

Hells Kitchen flea market

The thing I love about flea markets is that everything there has a story to tell. All you have to do is listen carefully…

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My New Toy

My greatest fear is not the dark, or enclosed places or even spiders. It’s being trapped somewhere with nothing to read.

It happened to me once. On a delayed flight, I finished the book I was reading half way into a four hour journey. I started prowling the aisles, looking for any newspapers or magazines I could ‘borrow’ until we landed. I hated it (and I imagine my fellow passengers were a bit concerned too).

My new Kindle

My new Kindle

That’s never going to happen to me again – thanks to my new toy. Continue reading

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Take that Al Capone!

Fall foliage in the Hudson River valley

Fall foliage in the Hudson River valley

Last weekend, we hired a car and headed up the Hudson Valley looking for some of that autumn foliage for which this part of the world is justifiably famous.

It was pretty spectacular.

We also found a wonderful story about how one clever man beat prohibition… and I’m not talking about Al Capone.

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Invasion of the Romance Writers.

My first US writers’ conference this past weekend was quite something.

The New Jersey Romance Writers conference is one of the biggest of the RWA chapter conferences – somewhere around 300 writers took over a hotel and conference centre for a weekend devoted to writing, reading and romance.

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Things I like about NYC #3: Bridges

The bridges

The bridges

With the weather still good, we set out to walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn on the Brooklyn Bridge – and back via the Manhattan Bridge.
 

Both bridges are spectacular… On the Brooklyn, pedestrians have a raised walkway – looking down on the cars (as it should be). That’s if you can take your eyes away from the spectacular views.

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The Ghosts of Ellis Island.

Passengers arrive at Ellis Island

Passengers arrive at Ellis Island

I’ve been looking back at my photos of Ellis Island – and the faces that stared out at me from the walls.

What courage those people had! They were journeying into the unknown place grasping the hope of a better life. And for most, there was no chance of coming back. Continue reading

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The Gateway To a New Life

As a modern-day visitor to the US, it seemed only fitting that I should visit Ellis Island – which was the gateway to a new life for so many migrants. 12 million of them in fact.

Ellis Island

Ellis Island

The first thing that struck me … the island is tiny. It seems far too small to hold such an important place in history. Continue reading

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I Meet a Big Green French Woman

There’s something about cities with a harbour – we are always drawn to the water. New York’s harbour has a couple of things worth visiting – first and foremost of course is that statue.

There she is

There she is

 You approach via ferry. The ferry takes a swing around the island and docks on the far side – almost as if specifically designed to give us all a great photo op.

It’s hard to understand how big she is without seeing her up close.

Madame Liberty

Madame Liberty

She’s big!

I mean really big.  Continue reading

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