• Taking a break from the 12th century

    For King and Country is in editors’ hands, and I am making a stop in late 18th/early 19th century Virginia to visit family before I head to Washington, D.C. for a conference. I’ll see Monticello for the umpteenth time – one of my favorite places on the planet. I must keep in mind that Mr. […]

  • When life gets busy…

    I give you pictures! Enjoy the sights along the cog railway headed up toPike’s Peak, Colorado. What an incredible ride. The kids and I took this ride up the summitat 14,110 feet. I remember feeling a bit light-headed at the top.Youngest son J got an awful headache – altitude sickness –not something you want to […]

  • twitter fun…

    And in case you’re wondering… I still #amrevising Battle Scars. Happy weekend to you!

  • west from Dover… January 1193

    January 1193.  A few months back, I posted about two incredible landmarks my crusader knights, Henry and Stephan, would have seen on their return to England. Had they turned slightly to the north and west from Dover, their path would take them past Canterbury Cathedral. Both knights would know the Cathedral’s history: Thomas Becket, Archbishop […]

  • my USA travel history…

    So much for my 4 day weekend plan to add new pins to my novel locations board… That didn’t happen. I got sidetracked by Hawaii and pinned this photo of Kilauea. Look at the stars and the glow of the lava. Absolutely incredible. And I am going to see that in February! Travel has always […]

  • pictures!

    When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When imagesbecome inadequate, I shall be content with silence.–Ansel Adams What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce. ― Karl Lagerfeld I find it hard to delete the bad ones…There’s still a memory there for me. — […]

  • Oxford vacation pictures

    Mondays always come too soon. I poured myself into revisions of Battle Scars and had company over the weekend, so I’ll just post a few pictures of Christ Church College at Oxford University this morning. Christ Church wasn’t established until the 1500s, so if Sir Henry passed through the area on his way from Lincolnshire […]

  • the castle and the cliffs…

    January 1193. Take away the buildings, the highways, the power lines and imagine how Dover might have appeared to Sir Henry and Sir Stephan as they sailed into the harbor. Their first sighting of England would have been the magnificent White Cliffs. The keep of Dover Castle would have been prominent atop the Cliffs… Construction […]

  • soaking in England…

    No, no…I don’t mean getting rained on. I’m talking about reveling in the sights of England. I’ve just come back from 16 days in the homeland of my crusader knights. In 1189, before they’d met, Henry & Stephan were in London, which has little resemblance to 2013 London. Though kings and queens have been crowned […]