So thrilled to receive a glowing review from Library Journal, the publication for America’s libraries and librarians. They wrote: Cozy Cottage has been in Adie Lou's family for generations, and it's always been her happy place. When she's divorced by her cheating husband, she leaves her fancy house and job in...

THE SUMMER COTTAGE was selected by Amazon Books as one of April’s Best Books of the Month in the Heartfelt Fiction category! Thrilled as Amazon selects only a few books a month for their “Best Books” categories, and Heartfelt Fiction is the perfect fit for The Summer Cottage!...

I’m thrilled to have an original essay in the October/November Thanksgiving issue of Country Woman magazine. The essay is about baking with my grandma in her kitchen on Thanksgiving (and the way she vented her pies with a signature “S” for Shipman, her only sign of ego) and the impact...

Congrats to the FIVE LUCKY WINNERS who entered the Author Buzz giveaway to win a copy of THE RECIPE BOX! Thrilled for the winners and thankful to the hundreds and hundreds of readers who entered the contest! If you did not win and would like to receive a personalized, autographed...

Big Congratulations to Laurie Scheck and Irma Ramirez! There were so many entries we decided to give away 2 baskets! Congratulations to the winners, and Happy Reading & Baking!...

This summer, I took my first extended, non-work-related vacation in nearly a decade. I spent a glorious few weeks in Italy (Capri and the Amalfi Coast, which will likely figure in a future book!), drinking wine, eating pasta, visiting villages. The trip was more amazing than I could have imagined,...

I was humbled and honored to raise over $8,000 in one night for my community’s incredible arts center! An overflow crowd packed The Saugatuck Center for the Arts for Martins & Musings, where I entertained the crowd with stories of my life on the road as an author. I also...

Over the past two years, I’ve done nearly 100 events across the United States. I’ve visited bookstores, libraries, book clubs, women’s groups and community centers. I’ve spoken to a handful of readers and to an auditorium filled with hundreds of people. As an author, I spend much of my time...

I so love writing for Good Housekeeping! The magazine’s editors and readers truly “get” what I write. Last year, I wrote an essay on my grandmothers’ charm bracelets and lives that appeared in the magazine, and I recently penned a deeply personal essay that appeared on Goodhousekeeping.com. The essay about...

I was honored to learn that The Charm Bracelet was chosen as a Michigan Notable Book of the Year. Each year, hundreds of books are nominated and a select few are chosen by the Library of Michigan as their best books of the year. The chosen books are by Michigan...