‘Winterbay Abbey: A Ghost Story’ Welsh Cawl Soup Recipe

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I love food and especially when it’s mentioned in fiction. Whether it be treacle tarts and chocolate frogs in “Harry Potter” or the “Eat me” cakes in “Alice in Wonderland”, food described in fiction helps to bring the story to life. In my new ghost-story novel “Winterbay Abbey“, one of the characters, Duncan, is from […]

Michelle Paver’s Arctic Ghost Story ‘Dark Matter’ Puts the ‘S’ in Superb

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With Halloween fast approaching, it’s definitely the time for reading creepy ghost stories while sipping a hot cuppa tea in front of a fire. Over the past few days, I finished British author Michelle Paver‘s ghost-story novel “Dark Matter” (Orion Publishing Group), and what a treat it was. This book is now on my top-ten-ghost-stories list, […]

‘Winterbay Abbey’ Signed Copy Giveaway

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Ghosts and ghouls, my co-author John Bladek (“Lost in Ghostville”, Capstone Publishing), and I are giving away a signed first-edition copy of our ghost-story novel, “Winterbay Abbey”. The plot follows a Seattle architect who travels to a small town in Maine where he becomes entangled in the terrifying past of a menacing ghost haunting an […]

Cover Reveal for ‘Winterbay Abbey: A Ghost Story’

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I’m so excited to finally reveal the cover for my ghost-story novel, “Winterbay Abbey” today! I’ve been working on this project for two years with author John Bladek (“Lost in Ghostville”, Capstone Publishing). The concept and design was created by the very talented Scarlett Rugers. Scarlett is an award-winning designer for both traditional and independent […]

Interview with Dark Crystal Film Contest Finalist Director Joshua Hoareau

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Last year the Jim Henson Company called for entrants to submit short films based on Jim Henson’s “The Dark Crystal” for their Dark Crystal Fan Film Contest. As a long-time fan of the “Dark Crystal”, I have been eagerly awaiting the shorts’ public appearance. I was excited to return to the world of the Crystal and hopefully experience […]

Emerald City Comicon 2016 Cosplay Highlights #ECCC

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Greetings, geeks from near and far! You’ve probably gathered from this blog’s title that I got to go to Comicon this weekend! I received tickets as a Christmas present and I’ve been counting down the days since December. This was my first con and all I can say is what a fun experience! I mostly […]

The Magical Tulip Fields of Mount Vernon, Washington

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A very happy spring to you all! Hopefully you’ve been able to take advantage of all this season has to offer. The Seattle area has been blooming, and all I’ve wanted to do lately is get out and capture the magic of springtime. However, this past month has been extremely busy on the editing front. […]

A Narnia Winter Wonderland in Montana

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Happy Holidays to, you all! I hope this season you’ve been able to make special memories to cherish for a lifetime. Christmas for me has always been a time of magic and wonder. The sights of pretty twinkle lights strung on trees, lovely hung decorations, and fresh snow have always made for sparkly enchantment. After spending […]

Enchanted Fairylands in Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden

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I can’t believe it’s September already! Spring and summer seemed to fly by, and I’ve been meaning to catch up on posting about some of the magical places I went to these past months. In April I took a trip up to Vancouver and spent some time at the VanDusen Botanical Garden. What a special […]

A Real Fairy Tale Cottage in Vancouver, B.C.

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Oh, the magical things you find when traveling. I took a trip up to Vancouver, B.C. last week and was absolutely delighted to find the city’s historic “Hobbit House”! How adorable is this little fairy tale cottage? I absolutely love the roof, which is made of golden, curved shingles to resemble thatch. Builder Brenton T. […]

Purple Moleskines, Vignettes, and Vancouver Travels

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I spent a much-needed getaway in Vancouver, B.C. these past five days. The break came right after finishing the first revision edits on the ghost story novel I’m working on. The trip was the perfect way to recharge. During the holiday I did my fair share of relaxing, but I decided to buy some mini […]

Enchanting Tulip Fields in Washington (Pictures)

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday weekend. On Saturday I got to venture out to the Mount Vernon area in Washington to see the famous tulip fields in bloom for the first time. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival consists of flower fields dispersed throughout the Skagit Valley and was inaugurated in 1984. What a […]