Monday, February 8, 2016

Isn't the internet wonderful?


I'm traveling and I can still promote a sale on my historical fiction, The Old Cape Teapot. Isn't the internet wonderful?



I can hold my grandchildren in Los Angeles and Juneau, Alaska and take care of what I need to do. From bottles to bylines, I can make it happen.

So from Feb. 8-10 it's FREE on iTunes and .99 on Amazon!!


Free and .99 books

For those of you in New England, it's a great time to find a wonderful book to read during the storms.
Enjoy!!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Walking Crosby-Winter 2016

Crosby Scott
Tim and I are walking Crosby. No, not our new handsome grandson, Crosby Struna, but Crosby Beach in Brewster.

In the aftermath of the weekend's storm, Cape Cod proved to be lucky. We only had 5-10 inches of snow. Other states along the Atlantic coast didn't fare as well. So when the sun came out today, we left our cozy home to explore the beach at Crosby Landing.


Brewster had cleared a small circle for any hearty beach-goers. We parked, buttoned up, and headed for the beach.

A layer of gray slurry had formed about 100 yards wide. Undaunted we continued down the dune and turned to the left to a small path other people had carved out.




To our surprise, the snow, wind, and water had created a mass of ice across the top of the breakwall. It resembled an upturned boat. Then we turned to inspect the white line of ice and snow that lined the whole coastline.

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Through a combination of cold temperatures, ocean, and snow, the gray slurry had formed a dam. It was approaching high tide but the water was held back by this temporary barrier. In 28 years here on the Cape I'd never seen anything like it. I'm sure it wasn't new but I hadn't seen it.

As we walked the frozen beach, we couldn't help but be reminded of a few years ago when our oldest son, Scott, married his beautiful wife, Carly, on the beach at Crosby Landing. They even got engaged there. It's very special to the young couple. Hence, little Crosby!

 It was a beautiful summer day for their wedding. Quite a difference from the January picture.

Behind the happy couple you can see the top edges of the breakwall that was covered in a huge ice drift on January 24.  Every year when they come to Cape Cod, Crosby Landing is the first place they visit after giving us some hugs and kisses.

During the recent storm that blanketed the Cape with mounds of snow, I was cozy inside...writing. And I'm happy to say that my third historical novel is just about finished. Only a few chapters left to wrap everything up. I think it's going to be almost 88,000 words and titled, The Old Cape's Hollywood Secret. Another page turner you won't want to put down. It takes place in 1947 and present day. My character, Nancy Caldwell, follows her detective instincts on a journey from Hollywood to Cape Cod. Along the way, she solves a cold case that involves the disappearance of a young Cape Cod woman and uncovers a one-of-a-kind treasure.

Just in case, you're looking for a good winter read, my other historical fictions, The Old Cape House and The Old Cape Teapot are available on Amazon, B&N, iTunes and many bookstores on Cape Cod. See list on the sidebar. Oh, and we still have skunks but they're almost gone!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Home is where your heart is....


My three sons live far away, anywhere from 3000 to 4000 miles away. I'm grateful that my two daughters live close, one is a mere 70 miles and the other lives right in our little town. But the distance doesn't separate us from the love that we share as a family. We text, skype, and actually even call on the phone and I know that wherever my children make their home, they're happy, safe, and loved.  I think what I miss the most are the hugs, of course, my dear sweet husband is right there with open arms.

So I made a little video of our house for them to enjoy on Christmas. 


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My greatest gift to them is love and looking at the world as a magical place, where your dreams come true. I've always told them, Never Lose The Magic!

And my wish for you is the ability to enjoy the world around you through eyes filled with Love, Peace, and Wonder.
  See you next year.

Friday, December 4, 2015

The Old Cape Teapot ebook sale and ...skunk!?

                                           ON SALE  
                                          
                READ The Old Cape Teapot FOR $0.99

                           Friday 12/4/15  to Monday 12/7/15
      
    Regular Price $3.99  ebook $0.99

 

Mystery with a touch of history! Join present-day amateur sleuth Nancy Caldwell in this tale of treasure and a pair of pirates that crisscrosses centuries and locales from Antigua to Cape Cod.

Nancy uncovers a pirate mystery in the historical fiction, The Old Cape House. Was she lucky or a good detective? Now she returns in The Old Cape Teapot, the second in a series, to follow the trails of two survivors from the wreck of the 1717 pirate ship Whydah. Armed with the knowledge that in pirate culture the looted riches were equally shared, she takes us to the tropical island of Antigua and back to Cape Cod searching for clues to more treasure. Using alternating chapters from the 18th to the 21st century, danger and conspiracy follow her at every turn. What will help her this time?

 Amazon

Barnes & Noble 

iBook 


This is such a good sale. But Wait! There's more....

A few weeks ago, Tim and I were settling in for a warm cozy night by the fire. I suggested a movie and some popcorn.

"Great idea," said Tim.
   
I got up off the couch for the remote while Tim retreated into the kitchen to make popcorn. That's when I smelled something other than popcorn. "What's that smell?" I asked over the popping noises in the microwave.
   
"What do you mean?" yelled Tim from the other room.
   
I said, "I think I smell skunk!"

   
"Let me check out the back door," I said opening the porch door to hopefully find that the skunk was outside.
   
Tim responded with, "I'll see if I can smell it in the front on the road."
To our dismay, it was only inside. After airing the house out, we spent the night googling how to get rid of skunks.

The next morning we scoured the foundation of the house and gallery for any signs of entry. We first found only one, it was under the lattice work that hides the bottom of the gallery porch. Then we noticed some furious digging near several other sections. After lifting a few porch floorboards we found their entry. They had gone in by the porch, then dug under the old carriage house, that is now the gallery, then crossed over to an opening by our addition and into one of the bays in our basement.

Then we made a plan. We found that they do not like noise and lights because they are nocturnal animals.    

So...we tried to discourage them.

We put spotlights, dirty kitty litter, and ammonia soaked rags to replicate the presence of a different animal around the hole. We did this for at least two days, then we thought talk radio would do the trick for annoying noise and put a radio on in the basement. 24/7!!!  At night we turned it down a little because we had to sleep.
   
On the third day, Tim decided to stay up and see if he could see them leave for the night. He attached heavy roping to the top of the area they dug so we could see if they went in or out. 

That night, we stayed up and finally heard a thud around 2AM in the basement. We quietly went out into the gallery, looked out the door and down to the foundation for any sign of movement. Two ropes were pushed out signaling the skunk left. As Tim grabbed a shovel to begin digging up the dirt to seal off the opening, a second skunk came out! And went right back in! At that point we went to bed. The next morning we called in the Calvary. 

 Perry LePews. Yes, that's the company's name. It caused us to snicker but then they got down to business.
They set one trap at the entrance of the porch to catch them on their way out and another near the second entrance hole.


After two more days they caught them both, using cat food.

So we asked them what they were going to do with our two furry friends. They said they would release them on the property. 

What!?? Yes. It's the humane way and also a law in Massachusetts. They keep them in the traps for two more days with food and water. The methodology is to make the animals uncomfortable so they never come back. It also gives the homeowner a chance to secure their house.

And so while our two uninvited guests were in jail, they secured the house and closed the entry.

Then they released them back in our woods. But the story doesn't end here. Someone came back and tried to get in again. There was one spot way on the other side of the foundation that was missed when they put the heavy gauge wire in and under the dirt closing off the entry. Yes, you guessed it. They returned. We are now waiting to see, via a camera supplied by LaPews,  to see who is visiting us again. Stay tuned for more.

Oh, and don't forget, my historical fiction thriller, mystery, THE OLD CAPE TEAPOT, is on sale for $0.99! 
P.S. You can be sure the skunk scenario will be in my fourth novel.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Read The Old Cape House FREE!

Here's your chance to get an ebook copy of The Old Cape House for FREE from November 9 - 14 Get it FREE on Amazon!




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Stay tuned for my next blog, "What smells so good? Skunk!!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Collections on Cape Cod


Storm clouds blew over the East Coast last week. Crosby Landing Beach, in Brewster, received its share of Mother Nature's fury. It was windy, rainy, and chilly on the morning Tim and I took a walk down the dog path that parallels the coastline. At its end, the narrow path turns left and over a dune for the return to the parking lot on the beach. 



 A smooth sandy drift blocked our passage. As we walked around, we found a surprise.



Someone had found a bottle opener/corkscrew and placed it on the fence post. A remnant of fun from the beach this past summer. Thinking of foot safety, I picked it up for our collection of lost objects we've come across on the beach.



Over the years on Cape Cod, we've collected some unusual objects. 

As you know, I collect other things. Whenever I travel, walk, or explore, I'm always watching and listening.  I find interesting people who tell me their stories, their histories, and memories. I use experiences from my youth.  I incorporate feelings or images that I come across on my daily walks. There are old houses, cranberry bogs, ancient paths, and hidden treasures not yet uncovered on the beach or on a nearby field. All waiting to be discovered, if you only look. And I always look!

When I craft my novels, I pull on everything that comes across my life's journey. 

In my latest novel, The Old Cape Teapot, my contemporary character, Nancy Caldwell, visits her son on Antigua. He's in the Peace Corps on the island.  While there, she meets a direct descendant of a pirate survivor from the pirate ship Whydah that sunk off the coast of Cape Cod in 1717. 

Well...I do have a son who served in the Peace Corp on the island of Antigua and based some of the story on my own experiences when I visited him back in the late nineties.

ANTIGUA 




Did I sleep surrounded in netting to keep the lizards out of my bed? Of course. 


 Did my son, Tim, build an orphanage for special needs children? Yes.


Was there a small cafe at the end of the road by his little house? Yes, and I did eat goat stew!

Have I ever met a real pirate? Have I ever found treasure? The answers to these questions I intend to keep secret.  But I will tell you that I'm always searching. I hope you are too! 

My third historical novel, The Old Cape's Hollywood Secret, will be coming in the summer of 2016. Nancy Caldwell takes you back to1947 in Hollywood and on Cape Cod.  This time it's an adventure/ thriller with a touch of history and the glamour of old Hollywood.

Check out where I'll be over the month of October under EVENTS.






Tuesday, August 18, 2015

 From Pirates to Art, Wine, and Words. I'll be at the Whydah Pirate Museum tomorrow, Wednesday 8/19 from 11–2PM in Provincetown on MacMillan Pier talking about pirates and Sam Bellamy and Maria Hallett.


Then on Tuesday 8/25 from 4–7PM, I'll be at the Cape Cod Museum of Fine Art in a benefit for Dream Day on Cape Cod.

 I hope you will come out and support this fine cause –Dream Day on Cape Cod- and meet nine wonderful authors!