Here’s a thing I do!

Can I be honest with you?

There’s a lot I don’t know how to do. A lot. And even though I consider myself a learner, there are a few things which–to this day–intimidate the snot out of me. (Is that a saying? It’s a really odd one, if so.)

Things Eryn definitely doesn’t understand:

  • Engines – I’ve tried. Well, that’s not completely true. What I try is to not let my eyes glaze over within the first five seconds of every time my husband tries to explain to me how they work. And it’s not just cars. One time there was something wrong with one of the motors in the air-blower in my classroom. When I asked the maintenance guy what was wrong with it, he told me it was the flux capacitor. I definitely believed him, even going as far as to say, “Whoa, I didn’t realize that was a real part!” I’m convinced I’m still the butt of a story he tells people. 🤨
  • Taxes – We use a CPA each year for this very reason. If I ever talk to you about taxes, or brackets, or deductions, I’m lying. I’m making it up as I go.
  • Investments – Basically see “taxes” but replace brackets with mutual funds, and deductions with stocks.

I also can’t DO a great many things. Naming all of them is a bit moot, I think. BUT I thought it might be fun to feature a thing I do do well and know a fair bit about every once in a while! Let’s call it Here’s a Thing I Do!

So … my first installment of this is … Knitting!

Am I a fantastic knitter? No. I’m not even the best knitter in my extended family. (My Mother-in-law like LEGIT knits awesome socks and wearable sweaters all the time.)

Am I better at knitting than the things on the list above? YES!

I’ve been knitting for about ten years, ever since I got a job working at a local JoAnn’s and decided to try some of the crafty things I was helping sell. My favorite things to knit are fingerless gloves, hats, and Christmas stockings.

During our first year married, I knit these stockings for my husband and myself. (Disclaimer: I did NOT make the elf. He was purchased from an adorable Christmas market.)

Aaaand I just finished this set of three Christmas stockings for my brother, his wife, and their on-the-way baby!!!

Anyway, just thought I’d share. There’s a thing I do. What are some things you do well? Thanks for stopping by!



Secret Reasons

I’m sure most of you have seen this letter from E.B White circulating around the Internet …


Recently I’ve dealt with some health issues because of stress. 99.99% of the stress was stuff I had control over, stuff I’d signed up for. I said yes WAY too much–like almost exclusively–even when it didn’t make sense, I knew I shouldn’t, or I didn’t want to. So I’ve been trying to say no more the past couple of years.

You know what I’ve found? It’s HARD to say no.

Sometimes–especially when you’re a person who people expect to say yes–it gets downright awkward after you say no. Sometimes people keep pushing until you say yes. Sometimes they get mad.

I don’t want to lie, but sometimes it’s really hard to say, “I just don’t want to.”

Enter: THIS letter! 👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼

I am using this excuse forever now.

Also, stumbled upon another letter. I don’t think there’s any lesson to learn from it, but it’s hilarious. So I’ll just leave it here.

What I’ve Been Reading

Hey website friends.

It’s been a while since I posted what I’ve been reading lately, so I thought it would be fun to let you know.

One of my more favorite activities is to go on a daily walk and listen to an audiobook. I’ll try to delineate which books I’ve read and which I’ve listened to, if that makes a difference to anyone.

Ya’ll, basically Jenny Colgan could write a grocery list and I think I would love it. My good friend recommended The Cafe by the Sea to me and I GOBBLED IT UP. Seriously. I told everyone (I think even a few strangers) about how ADORABLE it was. Obviously I had to read the sequel The Endless Beach when that came out earlier this year. LOVED. Heart broken. Tears. Laughter. Everything. Needless to say, I’m SO looking forward to the third book, Christmas on the Island, which comes out next week. I read these, but kinda wish I’d  gotten them on audio. I suppose I could listen to them again, though. Having loved Flora and the people of Mure so much, I decided to try another of Jenny’s books. Could she do it again? Could I possibly love the characters as much as I loved the ones in the last book? Yup. Guys, in Little Beach Street Bakery there’s bread, pain, redemption, and puffins that ride around in backpacks. I mean… 😍  Just basically, I ❤️ Jenny’s writing and you gotta read her stuff.

Okay, I know this book probably isn’t news to anyone at this point, but I adored it. The writing is witty and THE CUTEST and there’s a scene about paint ball that had me in tears, I was laughing so hard. 😂😂😂 I read this in ebook form, but bought a paperback just so I could loan it out to everyone I know. I can’t wait for her next book to come out in 2019. 🤗 Note: this gets a bit steamy in a few scenes and there is a bit of swearing, just FYI.

This series! Omigosh. I’ve listened to each one right as it’s released and I’ve not been disappointed yet. Fans of cozy mysteries, this series is well-plotted and the narrator gives a great performance, if you like to listen to your stories.

Can I get a slow-clap for Angie Thomas please? I mean, just check out all those awards! THIS BOOK IS A GIFT. It’s hard and you’ll ugly cry and feel frustrated and helpless, but it’s also amazing and filled with love and hope. I listened to this one as well (because I’m a total Bahni Turpin fangirl) and I CANNOT wait for the movie.

Camilla Monk takes quirky to another level with this delightful series. Island is the nerdy girl in all of us and she’s just gotten herself mixed up in an international race for money, power, secrets, and… sloths? This series is like a soap opera in all the best ways possible and never failed to surprise me (yes, that’s a space station on the cover of book four… 😂 I know). I listened to this whole series because… Amy McFadden. It’s action packed and has a few steamy bits and some swearing, but also so much humor you won’t know what hit you.

This book is DELIGHTFUL. DE. LIGHT. FUL. It’s a sweet YA and it seriously had me grinning and snorting in laughter. Just basically imagine the cutest possible outcome when a girl heads to Scotland to see her sister get married to a Scottish “prince” on reality TV, and that’s what you’ve got with this book. I wish I was this witty when I was a teenager. 😂 The banter in this book is a treasure.

LOVED this cozy mystery series. It’s a must-listen, for sure. The narrator’s accent really brings the Irish setting to life. Looking forward to book four.

Another cozy, and a CUTE one at that. Loved this first book in a new series so much I’ve already preordered book two. Listened to this one and thought the narrator did a great job with the characters and pacing.

Okay, I’m finishing off with one of my most favorite books from the past year or so. I have our local YA librarian to thank for recommending this gem. It is EVERYTHING. For an avid YA fantasy reader, this was the perfect book for me. It’s got multiple POVs, which I normally don’t love (especially after Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle–um… raise your hand if you skimmed Roran’s chapters to get to more dragons 🙋🏻‍♀️) but Tomi Adeyemi pulls it off. I loved every character, even the ones I started out hating. There’s magic and adventure and giant leopards with horns people ride. I mean, what more can you ask for? Again, listened to this one because it’s read by the awesome Bahni Turpin. Every time I think about having to wait until next year for book two I just want to cry, but it’ll be worth it.


Those are just a few highlights from 2017 and 2018 (gah, it’s been that long since I last posted about what I’m reading?). Obv I’ve always got a million cozies in my reading/listening pile, there’s my yearly read through of The Book Thief ❤️❤️❤️, anything new by Sophie Kinsella, and the occasional classic (reading some awesome books from the Brontë sisters right now to prep for my next Pepper book). Hope everyone’s reading some great books! Feel free to post any of your suggestions in the comments!

I’m off to finish up the third Stoneybrook mystery!



Welcome to Stoneybrook!

The day is here!

I’m so excited to announce that my new series is out today. Cue all the dancing and arm flailing! 👯‍♀️👯‍♀️👯‍♀️💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻🤗🤗🤗🤗

Book one, A Crafty Crime, is out now! Books two and three are up for preorder. I cannot wait for you to meet Hadley, Paul, Suze and the whole Stoneybrook gang. 😊 This new series takes place just over the mountains from Pine Crest, in a river valley full of heart, striped awnings, farmers markets, gossipy townspeople, and a few murders!

For this series, I’ve partnered with the amazing Marisa McClellan from Food in Jars. She’s seriously talented and THE NICEST! Each book will feature two of her recipes, but you can check out her website to find many more.

Ready for the books?

A Crafty Crime

Even small towns have secrets…

Hadley James is finally living the life she’s always wanted: making jam and selling it at the local farmers market. When a cat-sitting job turns into a murder investigation, life no longer seems so perfect. 

Her twin brother, a deputy sheriff, is on the case but they’ve always done everything together and she can’t help but get involved. Following a trail of crafty clues, the James twins learn that their sleepy town might be harboring more darkness than they could’ve imagined.



A Fresh Kill

Competition stings…

There’s nothing like the Stoneybrook farmers market in summer. Fresh flowers, organic veggies, delicious jams… and a dead body. When an outsider turns up murdered, all the evidence points to his rival, Stoneybrook’s beloved florist.

Unable to believe a pillar of their community could be guilty of such a heinous crime, Hadley dives head-first into the investigation. Sure, she’s busy looking for a new house, running her business, and dealing with her ex—who’s back in town—but Hadley is determined to find the truth before the wrong man goes to jail.


And… coming soon…

Life and Death in the Woods

The newest book in my Pepper Brooks Cozy Mystery series releases today!

Thoreau found peace in the woods. All Pepper finds is trouble. 

Nothing ruins a camping trip faster than a dead body. Pepper Brooks planned a peaceful week in the woods with friends to get away from the stress of daily life. When her dog, Hamburger, sniffs out a murder victim, suddenly the woods feel as far from the tranquil Walden Pond as possible. 

Pepper and Alex refuse to let law enforcement brush the case aside… they know there’s more to the story. Their investigation unearths long-buried secrets from Pine Crest’s past, some of which hit uncomfortably close to home. 

This case is more than a murder mystery. For Pepper, it just got personal. 

Get Your Copy on Amazon Now!

The book will go up to full price next week, so get your copy today for just 99 pennies.

Readers, I’m so excited for you to read this one. I’m so proud of the character Pepper is turning into. And, yes, I know I made her up, but I’m telling you these characters have minds of their own! She’s come a long way from the know-it-all college girl who went around accusing everyone of murder. 😂😳😬

Next up in the Pepper series is….

For this book, we’re in the throes of winter in Pine Crest. Pepper is living and breathing Brontë sisters, researching for a big grad-school paper. And, is it just her, or are the creepy happenings around Pine Crest reminding anyone else of the pages of the sisters’ brooding books? When a body is found near the mysterious mansion on the hill, Pepper can’t shake the feeling that she’s being watched… or followed.

Literally Stalked is set to release late 2018… but in the meantime, stay tuned for a new series in the works! More info to come. 🤗🎉🧡🤩 As always, thanks for reading!



“Brush” Up!

Okay everyone, it’s time to pull Civil Disobedience and Walden off your bookshelf, blow off the dust (if your copies look anything like mine 😳), and brush up on your Thoreau! Literally Offed is coming in the next few weeks and it’s full of nature, books, and more “sticky” situations for Pepper and her friends.