Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 wrap up

Good Lord, I have neglected this blog and for that I am truly sorry. This has probably been the busiest year of my life.  But I still managed to read 95 books ( well, at least I will have by tomorrow!)  and managed to have a successful year at my real job.

I also wrote a ton! I finished two full-length novels and three novellas and started another novel for an entirely different series.

Schonbrunn Christmas Market

I thought I would do a bit of a wrap up seeing as I got majorly side-tracked this past month with Christmas and with a spontaneous trip to Vienna, Austria (my favourite European City) to go to the Christmas Markets

In Vienna, I roamed and roamed for days and experienced the music that drips over the cobblestones and settles over the opulent decorations of the season. I sipped gluehwein under the spires of Stephansdom and saw a few concerts--- including Der Messiah at The Musikverein ( ironically, this was a spur of the moment concert and I had just seen the equally excellent Tafelmusik Messiah in Toronto the week before).

Favourite Books Read in 2016

Unmentionable, Therese ONeill

The Mark of the King, Jocelyn Green

The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson

Charlotte Bronte, a Fiery Heart, Claire Harman

Keeping the Castle, Patrice Kindl

From This Moment, Elizabeth Camden

Promised to the Crown by Aimie Runyan

Favourite Movie:

Manchester- By -the Sea


Gosh, I saw a lot of theatre this year.

It's hard to pick a favourite from Stratford's high standards to Les Miserables at the Dubai Opera to the touring return of Phantom......  I loved the pre-Broadway Come From Away.  Honestly, I don't think I could pick a favourite.  All of my dozens of theatrical experiences this year were varied.


I covered a lot of ground in Canada and the US this year! And in other continents!


Victoria and Vancouver
Prince Edward Island

Abu Dhabi and Dubai


 I didn't see a ton of TV in 2016 as I was way too busy. But I did love Poldark and Endeavour! 


I had two full length novels and one novella publish in 2016 as part of the Herringford and Watts series:

The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder
A Lesson in Love and Murder
Of Dubious and Questionable Memory

 I also published Starring Christmas with my co-author, Allison Pittman