Royal Wedding Bingo!

wedding bouquetAre you going to watch Harry and Meghan tie the knot on Saturday? I’m planning to set my alarm for oh-God-hundred to take it all in. I’m all prepared. I have scones and tea, I made a funky little fascinator to accompany my couture jammies, and I have little Union Jacks to wave while I cheer.

If you’re watching with others, add to the viewing fun by playing Royal Wedding Bingo. This is a little game I pulled together. It’s exactly what it sounds like – Bingo boards with the names of guests who will most likely be in attendance. Be the first to get five in a row and you’re the winner!

I had great fun preparing the game, and now I’d like to share it with you. If you would like to download your own printable copy, just click here (for a Word document)  or here (for a PDF version). You’ll receive four playing boards and a sheet telling you how all these folks are related.

Enjoy, celebrate, and God Save the Queen!



DIY Fascinator!

The royal wedding is almost upon us,  and the authors at Coffee, Cupcakes, and hat 1Contemporaries are celebrating big time.  We’re talking about wedding traditions, the guest list, the food, and – of course – what to wear. And since a royal wedding absolutely requires a fancy little hat (aka a fascinator) – even if you’re just watching it on the telly in the comfort of your own home –  I wanted to share my method of making one yourself. It used supplies you can get at any craft store for VERY little money. Because I don’t know about you, but it’s not like I get invited to enough of these weddings to drop a major chunk o’ change on a hat.

hat 2The materials:

  • a circle of felt (mine is about 4 inches/10 cm across)
  • a small comb or barrette
  • four or more circles of tulle, about twice the size of your felt
  • fake feathers
  • fake jewels
  • a hot glue gun.

(Sorry about the blurry photo. My camera was in a mood.)


Plug in your glue gun and let it heat up.

Glue the barrette or comb in the middle of your felt circle.

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Let it sit for a minute until the glue isn’t sticky. Then flip it over, squeeze a circle of glue into the middle of the felt, and stick most of your tulle circles (save one or two) into the glue. NOTE: I found it very helpful to use a disposable chopstick to press the tulle down into the glue.)

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When those first circles are mostly set, fold/roll your remaining tulle into a cone shape and glue that above the existing glue circle. (See photo above.) You want this one to stand up a bit, so try to glue it at an angle. Again, a chopstick is your best friend here.

Now add feathers. I glue on about three or four – the back layer – let them dry a few seconds, then add more.

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Break for a moment to chase the curious cat off the counter (where he knows damned well he’s not supposed to be!) before he connects with the glue gun. Because who has time to run to the vet today?

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Squeeze another dab of glue into the center and apply your shiny jewels.

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Let it all sit until you’re positive that all the glue is cold and set. You do NOT want to rush this and end up with hot glue in your hair! But once you’re sure it’s safe, go ahead and clip your fascinator into place. Then run to the mirror and admire your posh self. You are totally ready for this wedding!


FIRST CAME BABY Release and Winner!

Cover 9781335449160_LPAt last, at last, First Came Baby is in the world!

It’s such a delight to finally be able to share this story with all of you. And yes, it’s a little bittersweet, as this marks the last visit I’ll be making to Comeback Cove. But oh, what a wonderful time we’ve had. And how better to wind up the series than with a book that includes my favorite elements – babies, family, and second chances – while also answering the question of Comeback Cove’s legendary long-lost treasure?

Oh, wait! There is one other special way to celebrate, and that’s by announcing the winner of my most recent contest! Gail H. won the beautiful alpaca fingerless gloves and hat set from Awamaki, the organization which was the inspiration for the group Boone works with in this book. Gail, be watching your inbox for instructions on how to claim your prize!


I have so loved introducing readers to my little make-believe corner of the world. Thank you, one and all,  for sharing this ride with me.

With thanks and joy –



The Legend of Comeback Cove

Comeback CoveIn 1924, at the height of Prohibition, Charlie Hebert was the most infamous rum runner in the Thousand Islands. No one knew the river and its hidden coves the way he did. No one could slip through the American patrols as easily. No one else took as much pure joy in taunting the authorities while carrying out what he laughingly referred to as a public service, delivering contraband liquor to the poor thirsty Americans.

And no one else was foolish enough to fall for the daughter of one of those thirsty Yanks. Except Daisy Sheridan was anything but poor. And her father wasn’t nearly as easy to deceive as the authorities.

Charlie and Daisy’s courtship was mostly a thing of the night, of furtive trips to the dock followed by races across the dark waters of the Saint Lawrence to one of the many hidden places Charlie knew. He begged Daisy to elope with him but her grandmother was dying. Much as she wanted to be with Charlie, she could not ruin her grandmother’s last weeks of life. Their compromise was to have Charlie smuggle in a trusted friend, a pastor, who married them in secret one moonlit night. The plan was to spend as much time together as they could until her grandmother’s death and then run away together.

Then Daisy found out she was pregnant.

Dying grandma or not, they had to get away. But Charlie, who had never held back when it came to his own safety, knew that their escape route would take them directly through the American patrols. He never hesitated to play hide and seek when it was just him, but he refused to risk the welfare of Daisy and their unborn child. It was time to play his hidden ace.

During his many days spent exploring the islands in search of places to hide, Charlie had stumbled across something that took his breath away, something so out of his experience that at first he couldn’t even fathom what it was.  It took many secret visits before he accepted that he had stumbled across a stash of items looted from the White House before it was burned in the War of 1812.

Charlie had no problem breaking laws he regarded as idiotic, but he had an appreciation of history and knew that the items he had uncovered should be returned to the Americans. When it became clear that he and Daisy would need to flee he sent one item from the trove to the Americans with a proposal: he would reveal the location of the rest of the items in return for safe passage for Daisy and himself.

His proposal was accepted.

On the designated night, Daisy kissed her grandmother goodbye, left a note for her parents, and joined Charlie. What happened next was never fully sorted out, but what no one disputes was that the darkness erupted with gunfire. Charlie pushed Daisy down, shielding her with his body as he raced their boat back across the waters. They eluded the gunmen but it was too late. Charlie had been hit.

Daisy got them to his family in Comeback Cove, but it was too late. Charlie died without ever regaining consciousness. He never got to tell his family that he and Daisy were married. Never saw his son.

Never told anyone where to find the treasure.