We’re back from two weeks in Scotland, London and Paris. The trip was both pleasure and “business”: I took copious notes in two small museums in Scotland that I hope will help me with the new series I’m working on. (and I could even read my handwriting when I typed them up on my laptop!) Here’s a photo of Wellwood House, the charming country house hotel we stayed at in Pitlochry, Scotland. Below it is the Atholl Palace Hotel, which houses a fascinating glimpse into its past in the basement. Other highlights of the trip included a boat ride down the Seine, watching hundreds of men in kilts at the Glamis Gathering, and studying the fabulous jewels in the Victoria and Albert Museum. I’ve come home sworn to resume my diet after eating my way through Europe. Wish me luck with that.

News: May 31 is the last day to bid on all six Courtesan Court books for the Brenda Novak Auction. The link is here. This is also the last day to enter the website contest for a box of books and swag from the RT Booklovers Convention. And if you pre-order Lord Gray’s List, it’s only $7.95 at the moment, an amazing deal for a trade paperback! I have no idea how long this is going to last… Here’s the Amazon link.

Next month’s contest will have Silver Jubilee goodies I picked up in London! Check back tomorrow to enter.