Hi all! So many of you have asked for my blackberry scone recipe (which pairs really well with Blackberry Winter, of course!) so I thought I'd share it here. Enjoy! (If you haven't bought the book, you can find it at your local bookstore, or here or here!) Blackberry Scones (Makes 8 scones) Ingredients: 1 cup blackberries (frozen or fresh) 4 cups all-purpose flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 1 stick butter 2 eggs 1 1/3 cup milk + 2 tablespoons + 3 tables spoons (the final three tablespoons are for brushing) 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons sugar Preparation: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix dry ingredients with a whisk. Mix egg with 1 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons milk, then add blackberries to the milk mixture. Set aside. Cut the butter into the flour mixture, either using a food processor, or with a fork or pastry mixing tool, and mix until the dough looks like course meal. Create a well in the dry mixture and add the wet to the dry, mixing until just combined (without smashing the blackberries too much). If the dough looks too dry, add one or two more tablespoons of milk. Form the dough into a ball, then press down into a circle on a cutting board (dough should be about 2.5 inch thick). Take a sharp knife and cut into 8 wedges. Transfer each wedge to a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes (watch them toward the end (as all oven temps vary…you don’t want the centers too get too dry or the tops too brown).

Yesterday, snow was falling in Manhattan when my editor called to give me the amazing news that Blackberry Winter had climbed two New York Times bestseller lists to #7 on the ebook fiction list, and #14 on the combined print and ebook list. (Um, look closely, and you can see that it even outsell two Fifty Shades of Gray books---just in awe, really). A big, huge heartfelt thanks to my readers for putting Blackberry Winter here. Hugs + much love to you all.

I have some really exciting news! Do you read books on a Kindle, Nook, cell phone or other e-reader, or do you know someone who does? My new New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, BLACKBERRY WINTER, has been chosen as the book-of-the-day by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple and Kobo for SUNDAY, 10/28! The e-book version has been reduced to $2.99 for Sunday only. So, for the price of a latte, you can download the novel on your e-reader, phone or iPad, and I'm tremendously honored that these retailers have chosen BLACKBERRY WINTER as their "deal of the day" and that my publisher has graciously supported it! Ultimately, I hope this allows more people to be able to read this story, and I'd be so grateful if you let your friends know (in person, on Facebook, Twitter, or by forwarding this post on!) that they can purchase the book for a deeply reduced price—on Sunday 10/28 only. Here are links to download: Amazon Barnes & Noble Kobo Apple Many thanks!

This week, a lovely artist and blogger named Patricia van Essche asked me if she could share Blackberry Winter with her fans and make a painting of my home. I was so honored! Here is the gorgeous result of her creativity! I love how she added some pumpkins to the stairway for autumn (my favorite season!).