One of my favorite magazines is Taste of Home. I keep it in my kitchen, along with Cooking Light (it’s all about balance, right?). I love the recipes that home cooks share, along with the personal stories behind them. I make a ton of these recipes, many of which become...

I spent much of my spring and summer touring for The Recipe Box. I again hit many of the wonderful indie bookstores who have supported me and my work over the years, and who pulled out all the stops to make my events so memorable and well-attended. There was an...

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!...

My new novel, The Recipe Box, is inspired by my grandmothers’ beloved recipe boxes and treasured family recipes. In fact, each chapter in the novel is centered around a family dessert (and includes the recipe!). However, I had so many recipes that I couldn’t include in the novel (it was...

It’s a small world after all … famed chef Julee Rosso, founder of Silver Palate and author of The Silver Palate Cookbook (now in the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame), lives in the same small Michigan resort town as I do. And she runs a charming inn in town (the Wickwood Inn)....

I was honored to receive a glorious endorsement for my new novel, The Recipe Box, from one of my favorite authors of all time, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Richard Paul Evans. I fell in love with Richard’s novel, The Christmas Box, many moons ago, and it not only became a beloved book in...

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...