Hello, Savannah!

I’ve been exploring the lovely historic city of Savannah, Georgia this past week, doing research for THE SWEET LIFEa spin off series to my popular Cupcake Club books.  What a beautiful city this is!

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I love the Spanish moss draped live oaks that shade the residential streets, every single one of the twenty-two squares in the historic district, each with it’s own unique little park, the endless eye candy of architecture on every street, from the homes, to the churches, to the businesses.  The keyhole gardens, the River Walk, the lush green expanse of Forsythe Park, with the grand old live oak trees standing sentry on all sides. I could walk these streets for days and never get tired of the view, finding some new little treasure with each stroll.

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Today, I wanted to share a little about my stay at the beautifully restored Galloway House. Originally built in 1895 and located in the Victorian District, just south of Forsythe Park, the owners have done a remarkable job in restoring it to new glory.  When they purchased it, the property was boarded up, long neglected, the grounds gone to weed.  Twelve years ago, a crew of 20-25 workers began a twenty-one month odyssey to fully restore the home and carriage house.  The owners live on the premises, and have turned parts of the house and the carriage house into an inn, with four different fully detailed apartments. (And, just so ya know, no, this is not some kind of paid endorsement.  This place has gone on to win an avalanche of awards, deservedly so, and is booked up well in advance.  They definitely don’t need my endorsement.  But they’re getting it anyway. :)  I just loved the place and thought I’d share a bit of my stay with you all.

I stayed in the loft, which you can see at the top of the place in the photo above.  The dormer window there marks the front of the loft, and it runs, shotgun, all the way to the back of the house.  I wish I had before photos of the other apartments, but I do have them for my lovely little loft nest.   Check this out!

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This was the loft space after cleaning out the junk, in preparation for renovation.  That’s the dormer window there at the rear of the photo.

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Looking back the other direction, this is the door at the rear of the loft space.

Look at it today!

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The view as you step inside the door.  That’s the dormer window at the rear of the loft.

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Looking back at the rear door.

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A peek behind the screen at the bedroom and the cozy dormer nook.  Isn’t that amazing!  (I love before and after pictures, don’t you?)   I took these photos, but they are identical to how the place looks on their website.  I love it when a place lives up to (or, in this case, surpasses) its advertising.

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Here’s a little peek at the Carriage House and potting shed, located in the keyhole garden behind the house.  The Carriage House has two apartments, one on each floor.  And check out the garden!

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Once nothing more than a dirt patch, now a lush, tropical little paradise.

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You can’t see in this photo, but there’s a little spot tucked away to the left with two garden benches, perfect for a little break.  All in all, the perfect little hideaway for this writer.

Now you know where the first chapters of the new series were written.  Fun!

If you want to learn more about Galloway House (and see photos of their sumptuous other apartments) you can check them out here.

I checked out yesterday (sob!) so I could head down to sunny Florida to see my folks for a few days (yay!)  I’ll be heading back to Savannah in a few days to continue my research adventure.

 More to come…

(To keep of with my day to day excursions, follow me on social media.  My FB reader page here, and I’m on Instagram as @writerchick.)

 

 

 

 

 

My NCIS S14 E5: “Philly” Play-by-Play is LIVE over at USA Today!

Hello Fabulous Readers & NCIS viewers! ! It’s NCIS recap time over at USA Today. This week we welcome back hottie McBrit, Duane Henry as MI6 Agent Clayton Reeves and I’m a fan of that.

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Also? A chance to win cool stuff! See the end of the recap for a chance to win a signed trade edition (big ‘ol paperback size) of my first Blueberry Cove novel, Pelican Point. 

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AND this happening pelican bookmark charm designed exclusively for the book by the talented Joyce Taber of The Cotton Thistle.

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I know!  Go forth and read!  And enter!   Then stop back by here next week and see if you’re the Big Winner.

Good luck!

STARFISH MOON is here!

It’s here!  It’s here!! The final Blueberry Cove installment, STARFISH MOON is ON SALE NOW! I know!  My how time flies when you’re having fun in Maine.  See below for handy buyitrightthisverysecond links.  Or scroll up and click on my home page – links there, too!

RT Book Reviews gave it 4 stars with this lovely review: “…Kauffman’s lively humor and masterful hand with narrative, (results in) a solid, satisfying read.”

I hope you enjoy it, too!

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Nestled on the Maine coast, Blueberry Cove is a peaceful retreat compared to the excitement of exotic cities and foreign lands. But it’s also the best place in the world for one woman to find her heart’s true home… 

Kerry McCrae’s wanderlust has taken her to parts of the globe most people have only glimpsed in pictures. So why is tending bar at the family pub in Blueberry Cove after her Uncle Fergus’s heart attack an easier adjustment than she expected? And why hasn’t she left once Fergus is back on his feet? When tall, tanned Cooper Jax walks through the door, she knows the answer in a heartbeat…

Born and raised deep in Australia’s outback, Cooper never planned to leave the wild country he loves. But after almost a year of having Kerry—with her sparkling eyes and outrageous stories— on his cattle station, Cooper was stunned when she left. Suddenly home wasn’t the same without her. Making his way to Blueberry Cove to find her is a risk, but Cooper is counting on the passionate connection between them to convince her that the only place either of them need to be is together…

Let the honeymoon begin…

You can pick up your copy today at these handy locations…

Kobo

iTunes

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Amazon

Walmart

Target

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Also available in audio at Audible! 

Happy reading!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Want a free book?

Hello Big Red Heart Month!

I’m celebrating by giving away stuff!  Namely, advanced copies of my April 29th release, STARFISH MOON….AND!  A matching canvas book tote.  I know!

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Want in?

Well, check out my current NCIS recap over at USA Today.  Entry details at the end of the recap.

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Winner announced at the end of next week’s recap.  Good luck!

New Year! New NCIS Recap! New Giveaway! It’s good to be 2016.

We’re already zooming into 2016!

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NCIS is back on our tv with new episodes and I’m recapping them for USA Today. Check out my latest and enter to win a signed copy of my current release, SNOWFLAKE BAY, along with a matching canvas book tote. Entry details at the end of the recap here. (And yes, open to readers everywhere! No episode viewing required.  But who doesn’t want to watch Mark Harmon for an hour or so?)

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Can’t wait to snag your own copy?  Have I got great news for you! SNOWFLAKE BAY is on sale at most online e-book retailers for only $1.99! (And pssst…while you’re there, check out SEA GLASS SUNRISE, on sale at $2.99.  And the Blueberry Cove novel that started it all, PELICAN POINT, also on sale for $1.99)

I know! It’s good to be a new year. :)

 

Booksigning in Boonsboro!

What are you doing this weekend? I have an idea! Come see me in Boonsboro, MD!

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I’ll be signing copies of the first two books in my Brides of Blueberry Cove series this Saturday, December 5th, at Turn the Page Bookstore in the beautiful little Civil War town of Boonsboro, Md along with Nora Roberts, Sonali Dev, Tiffany Snow, and a host of other authors!

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The whole town gets into the holiday spirit that day, with lots of other special events happening all up and down Main Street.  Come and enjoy this warmer-than-usual winter weather and have a happening small town kind of day!

Too long of a road trip? Hop on over to their website and take part in they Virtual Booksigning!  Simply shop online for the books being signed that day. Purchase and tell them how you want the books signed, we’ll take care of it that day, then the shop will ship them out to you right after the event is over. I know! Fabulous and easy way to stuff a number of stockings all in one click!

I really hope to see some of you there!

My NCIS recaps are BACK…and so are the fun Giveaways! Hurry up and enter already! :)

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My recap for the latest NCIS episode is LIVE over at USA Today….and we’re having a fun giveaway to go with!

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Win a signed copy of my brand new release, SNOWFLAKE BAYand win this lovely bookmark charm designed exclusively for the book by the fabulous Joyce Taber of The Cotton Thistle!   Check out her website here and see the other pieces she’s designed exclusively for my Blueberry Cove books!

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Check out the recap ~ the entry details are at the end of the post!  Winner announced next in next week’s recap.  Good luck!

Don’t want to wait?  You can purchase SNOWFLAKE BAY here: AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-a-MillioniBooksWalmartTarget

Happy reading!

Happy Book Release Day for SNOWFLAKE BAY!!

It’s here, it’s here!

Book 2 in my Brides of Blueberry Cove miniseries, SNOWFLAKE BAY, is on the shelves!!

You can buy it here: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, iBooks, Walmart, Target

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There’s no place like seaside Blueberry Cove, Maine, at Christmas—and there’s nothing like a wedding, the warmth of the holidays, and an old crush, to create the perfect new start…

Interior designer Fiona McCrae has left fast-paced Manhattan to move back home to peaceful Blueberry Cove. But she’s barely arrived before she’s hooked into planning her big sister Hannah’s Christmas wedding—in less than seven weeks. The last thing she needs is for her first love, Ben Campbell, to return to neighboring Snowflake Bay…

As kids, Fiona was the bratty little sister Ben mercilessly teased—while pining after Hannah. But Fi never once thought of Ben like a brother. And that hasn’t changed. Except Fi is all grown up. Will Ben notice her now?  More importantly, with her life in a jumble, should he? Or might the romance of the occasion, the spirit of the season, and the gifts of time ignite a long-held flame for many Christmases to come…

Something old might just become something new… 

Includes a DIY wedding cake recipe!

“Kauffman’s stories show that the bravery to reach for a connection is all we need to discover joy.”  –Publishers Weekly on Sandpiper Island

“Charming characters, emotion galore, a small town—you’re going to love Donna Kauffman!” —Lori Foster

I’m celebrating over at USA Today with a fun “6 Questions With…” Interview.  Check it out! (You’ll make my parrot very  happy if you do.  He’s such a celebrity now. :)

Happy reading!

Win Advance Copy of SNOWFLAKE BAY!

Goodreads & Kensington have teamed up to give away an advance copy of my the next in my Brides of Blueberry Cove miniseries, SNOWFLAKE BAY (on sale Sept 29!!)

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Contest is open until August 31.  So hurry up an enter already!

Technical Difficulties…

I’m having issues with being able to post to the blog (you can see it, but I can’t post to it…FUN!)

So while I have a functional window of this thing working, just want to let you know that the winner of last week’s Blog Giveaway has been announced in my weekly USA Today Dancing With The Stars dish fest!

There is a new Giveaway going on as well – and it’s a good one, so don’t miss out!

Head on over HERE and check it all out.  (Entry details at the end of the recap.)

Hopefully we’ll get this straightened out by next week’s post!

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