My daughter and I took a few days off and went to Salem, Mass. I worked out some plot problems and researched a sequel for GHOST OF A CHANCE. We also got to visit the Peabody Essex Museum where they had an exibit called XYZT: The Fourth Dimension. Basically, it was a number of light-based exhibits where your interaction in one way or another (movement, breath, sound) created new patterns of light. Here’s what two of those exhibits looked like!
It’s been five years since Hurricane Sandy barreled into New Jersey wreaking havoc in so many places and forever changing so many towns, especially along the Jersey Shore.
My daughter had only just opened her surf and skate shop when Sandy hit her quaint town. She was lucky that her shop didn’t suffer physical damage although the town did. Parts of the town were flooded, the boardwalk was destroyed in sections, the Great Auditorium was damaged, and a large portion of a fishing pier disappeared into the surf.
In addition to the physical damage, the economic downturn was devastating to so many small businesses including my daughter’s. But as much as she was hurting, that didn’t stop her from helping others. She sold tickets to a One Direction concert that she had fought hard to get and saved to by and she donated that money and a portion of her surf and skate shop’s income to the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting association so they could rebuild and help local residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Here are some photos of the day my daughter went to present them with a check for their rebuilding efforts. I am so proud of her and the kind and giving person she is!
I attended the Fall in Love with New England Conference last year for the first time and had such fun that I just had to do it again this year! I got to meet up with some dear friends and make new ones. Here’s an album of photos from this weekend’s festivities!
Have a great Thursday!
Today’s throwback is to the 2012 RWA Conference and my dancing shoes for the Harlequin party! I am so not a heels kind of girl. I prefer sneakers, but why not glittery ones? I’m off to the Fall in Love with New England Conference! If you’re in the area, the book fair on Saturday is open to the public and I’ll have copies of my latest release, ONE SUMMER NIGHT, in addition to favs from THE CALLING. Hope to see you!
#ThrowbackThursday – My daughter’s very first book reading! Following Jane is a fun story about a scavenger hunt created by none other than Jane Austen!
What happens when you put together a die hard Cubs fan with a die hard Mets fan? Lots of fun actually. Today is a shout out to my buddy Priscilla Oliveras and all the fun we had at RWA 2016 and the All Star Game festivities in San Diego.
A big WOO HOO as well to Priscilla on the release of her debut novel HIS PERFECT PARTNER! Congrats, my friend! I know how long and hard you’ve worked for this very special day!
I’ve had the immense pleasure of not only visiting the Turn the Page Bookstore, but also being able to sign there next to the amazing Nora Roberts! What a lovely person and an immense writing talent. Her IN DEATH series is one of my favs of all time.
This is a picture of Nora, me and little Spottie. Spottie was the hero’s beagle in THE LOST and this was taken the year THE LOST was nominated for a RITA. Spottie was with me for the whole journey that year!
If you get a chance, it is truly worth it to go to the bookstore or maybe even splurge for a night at the Inn at Boonsboro.
P.S. – Don’t forget to check out the ONE SUMMER NIGHT Pre-order Blog Tour & Giveaway and also take a moment to pop by my buddy Lois Winston’s blog for a behind the scenes look at ONE SUMMER NIGHT and an ARC Giveaway.