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I am on a working vacation. When you’re a writer, it’s not a contradiction in terms, because your job comes with you in your head wherever you go. So if you go someplace awesome, you’re still working. But trust me, it doesn’t suck.

First stop–Paris. I finished FAMILY TREE (coming in 2016) and started research on my next book. Here’s the Jardin de Luxembourg and it doesn’t look much like Paris but when I see beehives, I have to take a photo because, well, beehives.

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I love discovering strange shops that sell things like mushroom hunting knives. Here’s one on Boul’ St. Germain called Le Prince Jardiniere:

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My amazing husband Jerry takes the best people-watching shots. Check out this French kid taking a selfie in Place des Vosges, aka the prettiest square in Paris:

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all is calm...all is bright

all is calm...all is bright

The Nimitz came in this morn. Happy holidays!

One of the few good things about winter’s short days–the sun comes up at a civilized hour.
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I mean it. If you can’t go in person, PLEASE get this book. It’s just genius. You can’t see on the web how good it is, with oversized, thick silky paper and images that will haunt you, that you’ll want to visit again and again. This is the perfect gift for anyone who loves Paris, whether or not they’ve been lucky enough to go.

“With his incomparable eye, photographer Pete Saloutos captures the City of Light in all its timeless beauty and breathtaking romance. This collection is a true work of art, and a must-have for anyone who has ever dreamed of visiting Paris.”

#1 New York Times bestselling author, Susan Wiggs

It’s a little disconcerting….

one of my favorite plants in the garden

My friend Dan (who also happens to be my daughter’s father-in-law) sends the best e-mails. I don’t usually forward stuff but could not resist this one. I will almost forgive the yard deer who keep pruning my tomatoes and roses. Photo credit to Les Stocker for capturing the fragility and tenderness of this little critter. Update: Here is more about Rupert the Fawn: http://www.sttiggywinkles.org.uk/rupert.html

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And you thought writing was about writing. Ha! As a RITA Award finalist for Lakeshore Christmas and Fireside, I am under instructions to send in a photo of myself doing the “I’m-a-writer” sign, to be used in some fashion at this year’s awards ceremony. The memo: “We’re looking for a few good pictures. If you want to be a part of the 2010 RWA Awards Ceremony, we want a picture of you, doing the “W for Writer” with your fingers. See the example below (and/or attached). Even if you can’t come to Orlando, send your picture in anyway. Be a part of the fun!”

My friend Darlene went a little nuts, styling the shots. What do you think? Is this the face of a RITA winner???

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