Happy birthday to my fifth novel, MORNING GLORY! It's in bookstores everywhere today (you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Costco, Books-a-Million, and at your favorite independent bookstores across the country)! I hope you'll stop and pick up a copy this week (first week of sales are very important to authors!). This novel is very special to me. It's set on a Seattle houseboat that I rented as my office while writing the book. I fell in love with the floating home lifestyle in the process, and I hope you will too. Happy reading, everyone!  

I recently had my photo taken by the amazingly talented celeb photographer John Keatley, who has shot photos of everyone from Bill Gates and Sarah Palin to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. John's currently working on the coolest iPhone portrait project, where he's curating hundreds of portraits captured by iPhone only. I can't get over how expressive and nuanced the photos are, and it's so inspiring to know that these were all taken with an iPhone! My favorite photos are "Ashley," "Cara" (the lipstick shot!), and "Brian." So great. And I love how John captured a moment of joy in my life. That smile was real (and so are the freckles---ha!). Thanks, John, for including me in this fantastic project!

A while ago, I told my literary agent that I wanted to write a book about cake. Yes, cake. Which, actually seems weird, since I've been writing about health for magazines for so many years---five years as a health contributor for Glamour. But here's the thing: Sometimes, life calls for cake. Tonight the boys spontaneously decided to grab a bunch of ingredients from the cabinets and attempted to make a cake. Let me list them for you: flour, bread crumbs, cinnamon, vanilla, curry powder, garlic powder (!), baking powder (proud of them for selecting that---they get it!), and an assortment of other odd things (Colby---age 2---grabbed a box of Annie's mac and cheese). And they mixed, and giggled, and in about 20 minutes, they had their pretend cake. Tomorrow we'll bake a real cake. And it will be messy, as life is. A beautiful mess. And I think I will write a cake book someday. Someday. P.S. This recipe looks really good. P.P.S. Morning Glory comes out in two weeks---squeal!

I'm so excited that my fourth novel, THE LAST CAMELLIA, has been chosen as the Amazon Kindle Deal of the Day! For today, Sunday only, you can grab a copy for your e-reader for $2.99. (Barnes & Noble, and Kobo readers, you too!) This novel blends my favorite topics: love, mystery and secrets. And, Downton Abbey fans will also enjoy the setting--an old English manor. I hope you'll download it and enjoy! (And, please share!) xo