Monday, May 28, 2012

Posting over at Colonial Quills today in the Spinning Room where were chat around our "spinning wheels".

Today's topic: Memorial Day We are discussing those who served in history (including our ancestors)and those soldiers commemorated in historical fiction.

Please join me there...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Historical Mother's Day

Carla & Mom with reenactor, Rebecca Olson (no relation)

My Mom and I spent the day on Saturday celebrating an early Mother's Day. I was delighted to have Mom, who is my "first editor" (the one I send all my writing to first to do grammatical edits and a brief critique/content review), join me for the day doing some fun historical things!

Civil-War Maine Reenactors Fashion Show
First we went to the historic Good-Will Hinckley School, campus of an orphanage founded by G. W. Hickley in 1889, to enjoy a Civil War period fashion show. This was put on by the Civil-War Maine reenactors as a fundraiser for a weekend event which we also plan to attend. It was a wonderful 2-hour presentation and they served refreshments including "Lincoln Cake" (a lemon flavored sponge-type cake). Of course, you can expect another post on this with lots of pictures.

L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley, Maine

Then we visited the old L. C. Bates Museum, on the campus. This natural history museum hosts much of the personal collection of the founder of the school, as well as many donations through the years. It feels like you have taken a step into turn of the century (19th/20th, that is) lost archives, but it is so interesting. Its curiosities include wildlife, audubon, sealife, fossils, rocks & minerals, Maine Native American cultural displays, and even 19th century carriages. They even had some cool busts of some of my favorite historical friends (saving for another post).

Audubon room

Carriage cellar

Messalonske Steam, Maine
Then we went back and my huz took us over to the lake for a little walk and then we headed to the Riverside Farm Market Restaurant out for a wonderful dinner that sits on the edge of a vineyard and a river (the one that continues behind my house!).  It is the epitome of casual elegance - gourmet food, perfect service, and beautiful live music.

Riverside Farm Market

Lobster Lozada

The only thing that was missing was my two sons - one working today and the other in Spain on vacation.  But it was a special day nonetheless doing some of my favorite things, enjoying time spent with Mom!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

New Book Cover

So excited to have received the image for my newest book cover! Pattern for Romance is book #8 in the Abingdon's Quilts of Love series. I'm writing this novel now and it will release in June of 2013! I'm happy to have had the chance to contribute to the cover art. The top image of the quilt I took in a Maine gift shop (incidentally, the same day as the vehicle accident that injured my wrist). I suggested the bottom image as it depicts a Colonial American room. My story takes place in Colonial Boston.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Colonial Quills celebrates 1 year! Huzzah!

I'm thrilled to share that Colonial Quills is celebrating our 1st anniversary! I hope you'll stop by and visit to see what we've been up to. There are lots of great giveaways and it will be a great time.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Continuing my Blog Tour!

Last week I joined Ginger Solomon over at A Bed of Roses...Thorns Included to talk about my debut novel The Shadow Catcher's Daughter.

Tuesday and Wednesday this week I visited Novel PASTimes for a two day interview with another chance for readers to win a copy of The Shadow Catcher's Daughter.

Interview Day 1 
Interview Day 2

Friday I'll be visiting with Laura Frantz with another giveaway!

I do hope you'll join me. Blessings to you all!