So Close to Home


A hard working blue collar family from Texas was trying to get ahead in the lean post-Depression years. But when war broke out they unknowingly entered the cross hairs of a German U-boat on a killing spree right off America’s shores. A heartbreaking true story, So Close to Home takes you into both the struggle to get ahead as experienced by the Downs family and the U-boats’ race against the American war machine. Neither won.

*Young adult version, "Attacked at Sea" to be published by Henry Holt in December 2020 (Christy Ottaviano imprint).

Inns & Adventures


Before you jump on a highway and zip past winding rivers and picturesque church steeples rising from the greenery, read this. Inns & Adventures will make you slow down, explore and stay the night. A combination of hiking, history and hospitality with a dash of humor, this blends guidebook nuts and bolts information with hard-earned wisdom and backwoods knowledge.

Best Day Hikes Near Boston

Outdoor adventures and hikes don't always require long drives and extensive planning. With this guidebook you can zero in on hikes close to home or those that offer specific opportunities (birding, fishing, mountain biking etc). This updated version has several new destinations like the very popular Massasoit State Park and Burrage Pond to fill out a well-rounded menu of options from the North Shore to Cape Cod. Enjoy!



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