read :: write :: dream :: relax

May 10, 2017 | 2 Comments

“I’m not a ‘cruise’ person.” That’s probably what you’ve told yourself. How do I know? Because I used to say that to myself, too. It’s a floating hotel full of newlyweds and nearlydeads, I thought.

Then I went on a cruise.

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And came home a total convert. You will be, too. You’re invited to a one-of-a-kind at-sea event for readers, writers, and dreamers–May 2018. SAVE THE DATE. You’re going from Tampa to Barcelona, with port calls at Key West, La Palma Canary islands, Tenerife Canary islands, Malaga-Spain, Barcelona.

This is not just a cruise. It’s a reading and writing retreat with Elizabeth George and me, and the participation of skilled yoga instructor Cindy Peters.

If you like to read and talk about books, you should join us. If you’re interested in a writing retreat or master class with two proven instructors, bring your dreams with you. And if you’d like to practice yoga (beginners welcome) with a renowned expert, you’re going to love this.

More detailed information on each program will be provided soon.

Here’s a sneak peek:
welcome party :: hosted meals :: evening entertainment :: morning pages :: lively discussions :: mentoring sessions :: morning meditation :: evening flow :: guided workshops :: movie night :: literary trivia :: and more.

At the moment, you can sign up risk free with a fully refundable deposit. If you do it before June 30, they’ll knock off another $100 for you. In order to take part in the special program, participants need to book through Vacations by Design. They know cruises, so they’ll pick out the best stateroom for you. Call Scott at Call 800-828-4813. Tell him I sent you.

This event is super-affordable. It’s a “repositioning” cruise, meaning the ship needs to be moved from the US to Europe, so the staterooms are selling out fast.

What’s included:
*14 days of reading and writing enrichment provided by Elizabeth George, Susan Wiggs, and Cindy Peters
*Accommodations and a 24/7 staff at your beck and call
*All meals, all day and all night–award-winning menus, gorgeous ambience, endless variety and flexibility
*Days at Sea–on-board pools, climbing wall, fitness center, spa, shopping and sheer relaxation
*Entertainment by performers from all over the globe star in awe-inspiring original shows.
*Exclusive invitation-only events for readers and writers.
*Youth and Teen Program so you can bring the family. Kids are in good hands with uniquely creative, educational and totally awesome programs for all ages.

Do something good for your body, mind, and soul. See you on board!


#reading #writing #writersretreats #yoga #wellness #cruises #travel

Libraries matter. Always.

May 03, 2017 | Leave a comment

No matter what else is going on in the world, the library is still the beating heart of a community. My Saturday event at Lacey Timberland Regional Library was a perfect example. We had a room full of people from all walks of life, gathered to discuss the journey of a novel from inspiration to publication.

The highlight for me was this: 

Thank you to award-winning librarian Robin Bradford for the photo. http://

It’s fitting that my booksigning for Family Tree was all about family. Pictured above are my stepson Carter and my granddaughter Clara. My in-laws were in the audience. Family is my motivation and my reward for everything. That’s a spoiler for the talk, by the way.

Special thanks to Linda a Orca Books, the event bookseller.

Extra-sweet thanks to my publisher for the maple-licious treats. The gift basket winner was a birthday girl!

And thanks to readers everywhere for today–I woke up to the news that Family Tree is the #2 bestselling paperback in the country, #6 overall in adult fiction.

More events here. Join me!

#books #libraries #fiction #reading #family