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!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Is Life Stranger Than Fiction?

Is life stranger than fiction? It depends on who's talking because each person has a different answer.
In March of 2014, this upside down rainbow appeared in the sky above our house. I saw it through our skylight. I'd never seen anything like it before. If I told you what I saw, you'd think I made it up. But it was real. It's actually called circumzenithal arcs. Normal rainbows are caused when light refracts through raindrops, mist, or even sea spray. The upside down rainbows are caused by ice crystals in the air, not rain. Pretty strange? Not if you're a scientist.


Here's a double rainbow, a little more common but still unusual. It was taken in August 2015 outside the Snow Library in Orleans, MA. Double rainbows are formed when sunlight is reflected twice inside the raindrops. The second rainbow usually sits outside the first and looks dimmer. Because of the angle of the reflection, the second rainbow appears with the opposite color scheme to the first.

 Why am I writing about weird rainbows? It's just a segway into what I really want to write about, which is... Are my stories beyond fiction? Do characters in my novels resemble me and my life? Of course they do.


Let's start from the beginning. Did my husband, Tim, and I uproot our three teenagers from their birth home when we turned forty and move across country to Cape Cod like Nancy Caldwell did in The Old Cape House?  Yes, except she had four children and then one more came when they arrived on the Cape.  In actuality, I had two more children when we moved here and I was over forty years old. That's even our house on the cover of the book.


Some of my readers think that my present day character, Nancy Caldwell, is beyond fiction and totally unrealistic. How can a stay at home mom raise five children with only the support of a husband who's an artist? Well, I did.

Tim has been a professional artist for over 35 years. I may have stayed home but always worked as his accountant, business manager, and PR person. We continue to be a good team and our daughter Heather, has owned Struna Galleries – Chatham for the past eighteen years, helping us keep the business in our family.

Have I had nannies and housekeepers over the years like Nancy Caldwell? Yes, I hate to clean.


Did I ever find treasure like Nancy Caldwell? It depends on what treasure means to you. I've never found diamonds, jewels, or pieces of eight. But I did find the wreckage of an old 20th century ship.

                                              An old boot from 1900 with a wooden heel.


                                                    It had a lot of teeth marks all over it.

                                                          The carcass of a whale.

      I've dug up a toy gun from 1940, just like Nancy Caldwell did in The Old Cape House.

On the Brewster tidal flats, I found a beautiful blue flowered pottery shard. This find actually sparked my imagination for the second novel, The Old Cape Teapot.


These shards and old pipe stems are my treasures.

Can you still find treasure? Yes. Here's a link to an archived blog about treasure.

Can you still find treasure?


For those of you who doubt my characters and their actions and think they aren't believable, I want to tell you that many plot points come from real events or people I've met in my life. Finally, I like to live my life following the proverbial saying, 'what if' or 'it could happen'! I guess I'll always want to open that door, look inside the box, or take that first step into the unknown...that's what makes everything interesting.