Pinterest, Cake Plates & More

Pinterest For Fun

Searching for photos that are appealing is very engaging. Whether you are looking for garden designs, kitchen renovations or the latest Keto recipes, Pinterest can hold your interest. It’s like having access to a phenomenal number of magazines.

Recently, I decided to make a board for Cake Plates because I have a personal collection in my kitchen. Over the years, I’ve collected family heirlooms and have added garage sale finds and second hand store treasures. I use my cake plates often and take delight in displaying cookies, bars, cakes & pies. I find this very relaxing.

Pinterest For My Books

I’ve also enjoyed searching for photos that represent my Young Adult Novels, The Girlfriends as well as my Contemporary Romances, The Coopers.

Click here to see my Pinterest Boards.

Hope that you will follow my Pinterest Boards. What do you enjoy pinning on Pinterest?

What’s coming around the corner?

This is the time of year when I always ponder and reflect on the events of the previous year. It’s my way of assessing what has taken place. And like everyone that I know my life has been a series of valleys and mountains. Unexpected events were challenging. I don’t want to dwell on the negative or even summarize what took place, as many of my friends have experienced a rough ride. Whether they discuss it publicly or not is a separate issue.

Dividing my year into distinct sections

Because I worked in school settings for many years, the beginning of my life was always September. My days were spent absorbing and riding the waves of meeting new parents, kids and staff members. Heady times. Looking back, I don’t know how I survived it. Youth I suspect can carry you a long way.

Facing a New Year

Regardless of what I was doing or where I was in the world, welcoming the New Year has always been exciting for me. I was one of those kids who begged to stay up late so that I could watch the magical ball drop in New York City. I still enjoy watching television as the fireworks go off around the world.

Baja Midnight

As an older person, I sometimes don’t make it until midnight. Many years ago, while camping in the Baja, most of our festivities were completed by 9:00 p.m. And that’s the way it is today. We celebrate with champagne and toast the fact that we are still able to celebrate with friends. There is a layer of sadness as well as we remember people who are no longer with us.


Do I make them? Oh yes. Privately. Just for me. They are my touchstones. My personal reminders that even though I’m trying to be the best I can be, I am a flawed human being. But I can challenge myself to do better. So with that thought, enjoy your New Year’s Eve with family and friends.

Have a fabulous New Year’s Eve!


An eye-opener!

Well now! Full disclosure. I must confess I’m  a political junkie. I believe it’s because I lived in the province of Quebec for over fourteen years. And that province is a hot-bed of intensity.

How do I find relief?

When the news gets too overwhelming, or I get too rattled, then I resort to a social-media black out. That’s the only way I can gain balance and strength and return to my regular life of inventing stories and putting words on the page.

Last week was not the time to move away from the screen.

No, it certainly wasn’t. I was riveted to the Ford/Kavanaugh testimonies in the USA.  In my opinion it was compelling. The theatre, the blame, the arcane rules of the Senate Committee. A daughter of a journalist remarked, “Why is everybody so old?”

My post today is not to display my opinion. Although I must admit, my chosen graphic certainly makes a statement. Everyone can come to their own conclusions as to what was unfolding in front of their eyes.

After two days of watching this event and the resulting discussions,  I decided I’d had enough. I put away the controllers to the t.v and closed the doors to the armoire.

What happened next?

I resumed my life. Chores, groceries and house work were on the list. Then I went to the library and picked up a book called, all we ever wanted by Emily Giffin, Penguin, Random House, Double Day Canada, 2018. And yes, the title is all in lower-case, although it pained me to write it that way. (too OCD for words).

I enjoy Ms. Giffin’s writing so picked it up. It’s so popular that it was considered an Express Read (with a 7 day loan). I inhaled it.

And guess what?

This book explored the identical themes that I’d just witnessed on t.v. Two different worlds. Wealth and privilege versus the middle class. The dueling points of view of ‘he said’, ‘she said’.

Lies and deceptions. Truth and honesty.  Entitlement on full display.

The advance praise for this book included authors Jodi Pocoult, Harlan Coben, Elinor Lipman and Kristin Hannah. Heavy hitters in their own genres.

This is a fast-paced, timely novel that I would highly recommend.

The Irony

 This wasn’t the novel that I intended to read or needed to read, considering the timing, but it was the one I ended up choosing. I didn’t know much about this book before I launched myself into it.

And I’m glad that I did.

The Question

Do you stay current with political events or do you find it too depressing and exhausting? Or do you find it energizing?

Can you stay in your fictional world while outrageous and addictive news is unfolding?

How do you cope?

The Vancouver Writers Fest – Oct 15-21

In the heart of Vancouver, on Granville Island as well as at three off-island venues, lies an outstanding opportunity for readers and writers to immerse themselves in writerly conversations about books.

A massive number of authors attend this festival. Events are organized by genre.

Participants can choose from the following:

Adventure, Can Lit, Current Affairs, Film & TV, Feminism, Humour, Indigenous, International Authors, Interviews, Memoir, Non Fiction, On Writing, Performances, Poetry, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Thriller/Crime and Youth.

School groups are encouraged and workshops are organized specifically for youth. Those events look fascinating.

If I had the opportunity to go, I would listen to:

Miriam Toews – internationally celebrated award-winning author, who always delivers poignant, personal writing.

Jodi Picoult – best selling author of twenty-five books who tackles provocative current issues.

Kate Atkinson – a master of many genres, evoking reflection, passion and intrigue.

Check it out. There’s something for everyone! Has anyone ever attended this event? Does it appeal to you?



Bonding on the fire line

Horrific fires continue to burn throughout North America. Courageous men and women, whether they are members of hotshot crews or smoke jumpers battle immense out-of-control blazes.

However, they pay a huge price. As the fire season progresses, they suffer mental and physical fatigue. Often they experience health issues because they don’t have enough time to rest and recuperate and eat properly.

It’s a culture where the participants tend to ignore their own issues. There is peer pressure to perform. Many want to protect natural resources and structures at all costs. Bonding is intense. Friends are made for life.

Quinn Cooper, my protagonist in Finding Quinn discovers that work on the fire line is addictive and satisfying. He cannot see a place for him in the world except for this occupation.

Until he meets Kelsey Malone. Quinn has to re-think his goals in life. Take the opportunity to read Finding Quinn and discover Quinn and Kelsey’s journey.