Freestyle Friday: who wants a kiss at the altar?

Book 5 in the Corsair’s Cove Chocolate Shop series! We can hardly believe it!

A wedding at the Cove! But not only is Granny Pearl’s antique Art Deco ring missing, so is the bride! Is it ghostly mischief, or is Prudence going to get cold feet this Christmas Eve and leave another groom standing at the altar?

Or will she remember in time that the sweetest life is the one you make together?

The Corsette’s short story, Kiss at the Altar, is out in the world today, and we are so excited to share it.
As usual, we had a blast sending Jamie and Brynn, Livy and Mack, Prudence and Spencer, and Eloise and Blackthorne off hither and yon to do what they do best–or not, as the case may be.
Please join us at Corsair’s Cove again to find out what’s happening next!

Just in time for the weekend, you can find your copy here for only 99 cents:

Happy reading,


Backyard Bargains & Best-Before Dates

Later in the summer I’ll be hosting a garden party to celebrate my daughter and son-in-law’s elopement. And yes, I know I’ve already mentioned it, but it’s become a delightful preoccupation. We’ll need extra seating, of course, and have been keeping an eye out for bargains. Well, look what I scored at a yard sale. For $15!

A pair of Adirondack chairs connected by a table creates a cosy spot for a tete a tete under the old apple tree.

Pairing the set with a gazing ball on a wrought iron stand creates a nice cottage look, don’t you think? Handy Man may paint the chairs at some point, but for now I’m loving them au naturel.

Spending time in our backyard is a favorite pastime and we do a lot of al fresco dining. Last night was no exception.

Salad fixings

The lettuce and beets are from our garden. I used my mandolin to julienne the carrots and beets – super quick and easy! Along with those are diced cheddar, sliced hard-boiled eggs, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, yellow peppers, chopped ham, sliced avocado, and on the far right a little jar of my favorite vinaigrette. Oh, and notice my adorable little crystal salt cellar with its silver salt spoon.

I don’t buy bottled salad dressing. For one thing, I get bored with using the same dressing over and over again. But then if I have several on hand, they hang out in the fridge forever. If you’re a bottled dressing buyer, do you check your best-before dates?

I’ve borrowed a vinaigrette recipe from Prudence Parker, the heroine in my upcoming novella, Kiss at the Cove, and she encouraged me to share it with you.

Pru’s super-simple super-tasty vinaigrette

Juice of half a lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
a drizzle of maple syrup, to taste
salt and pepper, to taste

Put all of the ingredients in a small jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake, shake, shake. Done.


Bon appetit! Until next time,