July already??

Can’t believe the year is half over.  I’m making slow progress on Book Two, but I have a tentative title;  Lucina’s Dilemma.   I hope to have this sequel to Midwife of Normandy published in time for Christmas.  Doing things backwards, I already have the cover designed although the book isn’t finished.  Does anyone else write like this?

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The midwife from Normandy came to the Beaver Creek Author Fair


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Frosty January Sale!

The Kindle Ebook edition of Midwife of Normandy will be on sale for the entire month of January, 2017 to celebrate a brand new year.  If you haven’t read it yet, this is your chance to download the book at a rock bottom price. http://tinyurl.com/MidwifeNormandy


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Winner of Golden Inkwell Award

Carole was recently presented with the Golden Inkwell Award for Meritorious Achievement following publication of Midwife of Normandy by Honey J. Rubin, president of the Verde Writers Critique Circle. golden-inkwell-award

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Cute little book “fan”

doll-reading-bookJane Austen doll reading her very own miniature copy of my new book. She plans to write a review with her tiny quill pen on bookbub and goodreads.tinyurl.com/MidwifeNormandy.

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What Jane was thinking about..

jane-plate-2-compressed-20161201_102202Cassandra Austen painted her famous sister, but what was Jane staring at?  I like to imagine she was admiring author Carole Penfield and her husband Perry,  dressed in their regency finery for a JASNA garden party. Perhaps Jane was thinking “what an elegant couple. Perhaps I should write a story about them…”

I ordered these personalized paper plates from Zazzle to celebrate Jane Austen’s upcoming 241st birthday celebration this month..


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Rabbit Stew for Thanksgiving Dinner?

pots-on-hearthWith Thanksgiving looming, my mouth waters with thoughts of turkey and traditional trimmings.  In 17th century Normandy, Thanksgiving was not celebrated as we know it today, but Delphine Dupres enjoyed concocting new recipes for her family to enjoy.  In Chapter 7 of Midwife of Normandy, Clare receives a skinned rabbit as payment for delivering a baby and she gives it to Delphine to make ragout du lapin. If you are feeling adventurous, you may wish to cook a rabbit stew instead of turkey this year. Here is a recipe I found on the internet.  Just don’t use the mushrooms from the cellar at Maison Dupres!


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