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I'm a writer living in Oakland with my wife, three dogs, four cats, and too many spinning wheels and instruments to count.
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She's carried a torch for him for years. Now they're both feeling the heat… As the owner of the Cypress Hollow gas station and garage, Fiona Lynde is not one for pretty dresses or fussy make-up. In fact, most days she forgets to brush her hair. But she does have one guilty little secret—she's been in love with Abe Atwell for over ten years. The only problem is Abe—the town's handsome harbormaster—barely knows she exists. But then Fiona petitions the council to demolish a deserted old lighthouse, just as Abe is equally determined to preserve the local landmark. Why does... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Books
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A poignant novel about loss, lies, and the unbreakable bonds of family. Three years after a horrible tragedy took her son and tore her family apart, artist Kate Monroe is beginning to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. At a gala showcasing her triumphant return to the art world, Kate’s world is rocked again when the daughter she gave up for adoption twenty-two years ago introduces herself. Pree is the child Kate never knew and never forgot. But Pree has questions that Kate isn’t sure she’s ready to answer. For one thing, she never told Pree’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2013 at Books
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CHAPTER ONE Danger lurks in every ball of cashmere. – Eliza Carpenter Cora sat on an overturned apple basket in front of her storage shed, her legs splayed out, the heels of her old blue cowboy boots resting in the dirt. The fire engine had driven away minutes before, Jake... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2013 at Cora's Heart Excerpt
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Cora has been hurt too many times. And by one man in particular . . . Abandoned by her mother and widowed in her mid-twenties, Cora Sylvan has learned the hard way that you should take nothing in life for granted. So everything is planned out to the nth degree – from how to run her farm on a shoestring, to how to survive a major earthquake. Unfortunately there's nothing in those notes to cover the return of the infuriatingly handsome Mac Wildwood. Her husband's cousin. The man she loved and lost. And Mac, it seems, has a shattering plan... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2013 at Books
Hi Rosemary, That's a good question. I do the math while knitting. If I'm making a 44in chest (which is what fits me), then I make sure my gauge at the widest point of the chest is getting 44 inches.... that seems to work for me. (Gauge is tricky! but it does help to keep an eye on it...) Have fun knitting!
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2012 on A Knitting Post at Yarn-A-Go-Go
Excellent, excellent point, Susan. Thank you for bringing it up, and I appreciate you doing so!
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2012 on Depression. There. I Said It. at Yarn-A-Go-Go
Order of novels: 1. How to Knit a Love Song (Eliza's Gift in Australia) 2. How to Knit a Heart Back Home (Lucy's Kiss in Australia) 3. Wishes & Stitches (Naomi's Wish in Australia) 4. Cora's Heart (release date, winter 2013, Australia -- date pending for US/Canada/UK) Detailed order and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2012 at Book Order
I'm so far, far, far behind in blogs, just catching up, and I wanted to say I'm so very sorry for your loss. Hugs to you.
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happy blogiversary! I should figure out when mine is. Huh. Yay you! Sorry for the moth. :(
Toggle Commented Apr 17, 2012 on Eight Years at just maryse
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what song is that? (I totally just typoed "what shong?" I'm slurring in typing!)
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2012 on LACE! and zomg so much to tell you! at Yarn-A-Go-Go
Smartass. I updated the blog for you.
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2012 on Mutant at Yarn-A-Go-Go
I used lifelines two times, both at the beginnings of repeats where I was scared I might run out of yarn (didn't even come close...) :)
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2012 on Fountain Pen Shawl at Yarn-A-Go-Go
I usually use my Clean It All cleaner, and feel pretty good about it, although about once a year, I buy a green toilet bowl cleaner (from Seventh Generation) that's all non-toxic.....
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2012 on Let's Talk Cleaning at Yarn-A-Go-Go
good question -- the baking soda is in the bathtub recipe. :) I just took a shot of everything I love to use.....
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2012 on Let's Talk Cleaning at Yarn-A-Go-Go
Janine! I love that hat!!!
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2011 on Updates and Swings at Yarn-A-Go-Go
GREAT advice. I'm a Dropbox fan myself, but I also have an external hard-drive and email myself every document at the end of every day. Also, I use a flashdrive and an auto-backup online company. I might be a little paranoid. :)
Toggle Commented Nov 21, 2011 on How to Revise Your Novel at Yarn-A-Go-Go
@Megan, I think that was my problem, too. I understood some of the conflict, but none of the solution. So it's made me feel a little better to figure out that this is what I can do. Thank you for a lovely, considerate comment. Blessings back to you.
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2011 on Occupy Oakland at Yarn-A-Go-Go
Wishes and Stitches Press Release (PDF) Includes interview October, 2011 Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2011 at Press
15 Minutes with the Author - audio KYMN 1080AM with Terri Knight, 11-21-11 Rachael Herron Crafts a Life in Stitches San Francisco Chronicle, September 2011 Where I Write Shelterpop, August 2011 A Chat with Blackstone Audio and Grover Gardner Blackstone Audio Inc, July 2011 Romantic Times Lovefest with Nicole Peeler Romantic Times, LA, April 2011 Aloha with SOS SOS Aloha, March 2011 The Dreaded Rewrite Romance University, November 2010 Chicklit Writers Chat with Melina Kantor Chicklit Writers, April 2011 Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2011 at Press
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It has always been Naomi Fontaine’s dream to practice small-town medicine—an ambition that brought her to Cypress Hollow, the charming, tight-knit community her late friend, knitting guru Eliza Carpenter, loved so well. But no matter how hard she tries, Naomi can’t seem to fit in here. Then rugged Rig Keller moves in to take over half of Naomi’s medical practice, and instantly charms everyone in town . . . including Naomi. Rig saw what a broken relationship did to his brother, and has no interest whatsoever in getting serious. But the temptation to play doctor with his new partner is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2011 at Books
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"When life unravels there's always a way to knit it back together again, many times into something even better. Honest, funny, and full of warmth, Herron's tales, each inspired by something she knit or something knit for her, will speak to anyone who has ever picked up a pair of needles. From her very first sweater (a hilarious disaster, to say the least) to the yellow afghan that caused a breakup (and, ultimately, a breakthrough), every piece has a moving story behind it. This beautifully crafted and candid collection is perfect for the knitter who loves to read and the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2011 at Books
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A Cypress Hollow Short Story that fits between the first and second book: When cashmere-mogul Janet marries the cowboy, she knows she'll have a lot to learn about roughing it. Tom lets her pay for the wedding, but he insists on handling the honeymoon. The budget-minded Tom, however, chooses a tropical destination which might be a little too…casual. If a newly-married couple spends their first week as man and wife trying to keep their clothes on, can the sparks still fly? Available for $.99 for Kindle, Nook, and all other formats at Smashwords! Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at Books
I would LOVE to knit and chat everywhere, but of course, I can't, logistically. But I can come to your local yarn store or book club, free, courtesy of Skype. Just have five or more people who've read my book and I'll skype in for an hour or so to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2011 at SkypeBookClub
Sorry! I've been meaning to fix that. In the meantime, there's this: http://www.yarnagogo.com/knitting/2009/07/book-two-sweater.html
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2011 on Don't Forget! at Yarn-A-Go-Go