Tuesday, May 23, 2017

FINDING HUGS AND TREASURES!


While you're reading this post, I'll be flying at 30,000+ feet on my way to LA and then later in the week to Southern Alaska. My beautiful children and grandchildren will be awaiting my arrival, eager to give me hugs and kisses.  After I get filled up with all their love, I often turn my attention to what others pass by and never notice.




On a visit a few years ago, we were on our way to Malibu in Southern California and stopped at a wonderful beach. In the parking lot was this huge tree. To me, it resembled a whale crashing into the water with its mouth wide open.


And at the top of this tree was the beautiful shape of a heart. I like to call these unique sightings, "aberrations of nature that resemble human or animal characteristics.

If you have read my historical novels, you know that my present day protagonist, Nancy Caldwell, loves to find extraordinary things in the ordinary. Her curiosity usually leads her into trouble. If you have heard me at any of my presentations or have talked with me, you know I tend to be as curious as she is, but hardly ever find myself in the predicaments that come across Nancy's paths. I just find inspiration.

The Old Cape Hollywood Secret

For example, in my latest, The Old Cape Hollywood Secret, Nancy Caldwell's son, Jim, moves to California to find his way in Hollywood. After he arrives, he makes a deal with his landlord to build a small patio next to his apartment in Venice Beach in trade of one month's rent. In the process of digging, he unknowingly unearths a few bones and also two clues to the possible identity of the remains. Thus begins the story.

My oldest son, Scott, did move to Venice Beach and traded a month's rent for the labor in building a patio next to his apartment, but he never found anything like Jim did in this suspenseful tale of Old Hollywood and Cape Cod in 1947 and present day.

I'm fascinated with items that are hidden by the forces of nature only to be uncovered years or centuries later.

One dark, windy, and stormy night in Juneau, Alaska last year when I was visiting the kids, we all woke to gray skies and a full tide out on Tee Harbor. My son, Tim, saw something white out on the uncovered sea floor. He walked out while we watched him from the safety of the house. The outline of his body got smaller and smaller as he went farther out across the rocky floor of the sea. He stopped, took a few pictures, picked up a five gallon pail that had blown off the deck, and returned to land.


He showed us the picture he took. The bones were about three feet long. Human or animal?
We all knew the tide always churns things up, but what was this? We talked all day about it, and in between caring for the kids, we researched online. More than likely, it was a deer. Tim, who is in the health profession, thought the pelvis was too small for a human with a leg that long and he was right, but it sure was mysterious. And what did I think? As I buttoned my sweater tighter looking out the window to the sea, I thought this could be the spark for my fourth historical fiction that will be based in Alaska and Cape Cod.

I hope you'll have an opportunity to pick up a copy of The Old Cape Hollywood Secret either online, at Struna Gallery-Brewster and Struna Gallery- Chatham, or in your local independent bookstore. Just ask for it and they'll order it for you.



Friday, May 19, 2017

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

SPRING INTO A NEW BOOK!



The Old Cape Hollywood Secret


Spring has arrived and so has my latest historical fiction, The Old Cape Hollywood Secret! It's currently available online as an ebook through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBook.  Currently you can also buy the paperback online at Amazon. The novel will appear in bookstores and in my hands by the first of May 2017.


In 1947, Maggie Foster and her cousin, Gertie, leave Cape Cod for Hollywoodland in search of glamour and fame. One girl returns home and the other disappears.  Present-day Nancy Caldwell travels to Hollywood where she discovers the paths of Maggie and Gertie. In The Old Cape Hollywood Secret, a historical thriller, Nancy's curiosity gets her into trouble again. Along the way, a missing ring and pearl studded pouch are mixed in with the search. Using alternating chapters, across seventy years, the young girls stories unfold and a murderous secret is uncovered.


As usual, my research took me to Hollywood. Of course, two of my sons live in LA, which made my travels full of fun and hugs. 
Oldest son, Scott is on the left next to his beautiful wife, Carly.
Michael, youngest son is on the right.


The Pig & Whistle  Established - 1927

The Georgian Hotel - Santa Monica - 1933

Spending a few days at the Georgian Hotel was exciting and afforded me the opportunity to experience the luxury of "Old Hollywood".

From the soothing sand dunes of Cape Cod to the glamour of Hollywood, The Old Cape Hollywood Secret will take you on a nostalgic journey filled with suspense, adventure, and romance. I hope you can't stop turning the page to see what happens next.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Natural Love




Heart Rock – Juneau Alaska

From Alaska to California to Cape Cod, Mother Nature has left us hints of her love. If we take the time to look, we'll find simple messages of nature's love for us.

Heart tree – Santa Barbara, California

Heart Tree - Brewster, Cape Cod


Walking a path at Pamet in Truro, Cape Cod

Granddaughter Madison found this rock in Alaska.

Granddaughter Casey
found this heart rock at low tide in Juneau, Alaska.

                                          From the Land...



                                                  ...to the Sky, nature is beautiful.
Photo by my son, Michael, below you'll find his website.



Outside my window is a blanket of snow...


...but I'm fortunate to be cozy inside contemplating Valentine's Day. Love comes in all shapes, sizes, and forms. It can be romantic, caring, or kind. I like to think that ...All you need is Love.
Happy Valentine"s Day!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Where's Barbara???

Can you find me? I really haven't been hiding. I've just been busy with everything books, the written word, speaking about and selling my books...and traveling.

Over the last 3 months, I've given six talks, participated in three panels, sold books at three events for six days, went to five meetings, two conferences, two book clubs, traveled to Alaska and soon to leave for Ohio.  Whew!

Oh, and did I mention?  I became the President of the Cape Cod Writers Center.


Some of you remember that I went to New York looking for a home for my third novel, The Old Cape Hollywood Secret. My publisher, Booktrope, closed its doors as of June 2016. I want you to know that it takes patience to succeed in the publishing world, sometimes authors wait up to 6-8 months for answers...I'm waiting.

My first two novels are still available on Amazon, iTunes, B&N, and the fine bookstores and gift shops listed in the sidebar. Of course, they're always available at Struna Galleries in Brewster and at Heather's gallery in Chatham.

One more thing before I go and re-introduce myself to my husband, Tim, I think I've been gone too much. Just kidding, he's been wonderful and very suportive.

I'm beginning my fourth suspenseful historical novel. Here's a clue. It's about Maria Hallett's descendants. The story takes place on Cape Cod and Alaska in present day and 1899. I have a lot of research ahead of me. I love history!
Check back every once in a while for events in November and December.

Friday, July 1, 2016

New York! New York!



It's been a crazy June but July looks promising. I'm headed to East 42nd Street, New York and the International Thriller Writers – Thrillerfest.

ITW is an organization of over 3,700 members, in 43 countries with 3 billion books in print...and I'm one of them.

My youngest son, Michael, will come with me. He's on vacation from L.A. and is just what I needed  as I traverse the corridors and rooms of the Grand Hyatt Hotel looking for suspense and mystery. Just kidding, he's going to explore New York with his camera while I'm networking and learning.


I've also been selected to be on a panel on Saturday afternoon discussing, with fellow authors, the prompt of: "Plotter, Pantser, or Hybrid?  After much analysis of my writing, I've decided that I'm a combination of a 'pantser' and hybrid. I tend not to stick with a detailed outline, I enjoy the spontaneity of twisting and turning my characters.  Barnes & Noble will be selling and hosting author signings for all panelists in the bookroom of the hotel. It should be fun.

Since my publisher closed its doors on June 1, 2016, I'll be meeting with several agents/publishers at the conference looking for a home for my third historical novel, The Old Cape Hollywood Secret.  Don't worry, you can still buy my other novels, The Old Cape House and The Old Cape Teapot on all the sales channels as before.

I've also had the honor of becoming the President of the Cape Cod Writers Center.
CCWC is a very prestigious source for writers here on Cape Cod and nationally. Our upcoming 54th conference will be held August 4-7, 2016.       Cape Cod Writers Conference

Some interesting trivia about the Grand Hyatt Hotel

* Built in 1919, it was called The Commodore Hotel and named after 'Commodore' Cornelius Vanderbilt. He owned The New York Central Railroad.

* It had, 'one of the most beautiful lobbies in the world'. One of the ballrooms had a circus act of elephants perform.

* It was upgraded in 1967 and in 1972 was the first hotel in New York to have in-room movies.

* By 1976, the hotel was almost broke.

* Trump bought the hotel in 1980 and modernized it. Then he covered all the wonderful architectural details with glass.

Sounds a bit too modern for me but I'm excited to see it.

Wish me luck and have a safe July 4th!