I spent my formative years in the quaint New England village of Groton, Massachusetts.
I currently reside in the great Granite State (New Hampshire) with my amazing wife Brenda and our rescue dog Bonnie. We like to take walks around our neighborhood and the nearby conservation areas.
Although we both like to hike, Brenda is a veritable hiking machine. She has hiked all 67 mountains over five thousand feet in New England, while I have hiked the tallest one in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. We have also hiked Mount Monadnock several times, and enjoy that very much.
As noted elsewhere on this site, we have published a children’s picture book, “Bob Hikes Mount Monadnock”. I had the relatively easy part, writing the text. Brenda had the hard part, doing the illustrations. She did them all by free hand: no ruler and no computer.
Brenda's website is
This is a story about Saratoga, an adventurous and inquisitive girl, with a good sense of humor and a determination to make the best of every day.
But tired of being bullied because of her name, Sara, as she is known to her friends, confronts her tormentor. What will she do to get him to stop bullying her?
And although fiercely independent, Sara knows she needs help when purchasing her first car. She asks her friend Mike to help, with unexpected results.
Then, when Sara’s friend Naomi hears about a new pool at Sara's house, she can't wait to go over and take a dip. But she is in for quite a surprise when she gets to Sara's house!
And Sara has found she has feelings for three very different boys. With all the twists, turns and ups and downs of romance, she sometimes feels like she's on roller coaster ride. It's all very exciting, but will the roller coaster ever stop?
When all is said and done, Sara loves a challenge, whether riding the romance roller coaster, landing a fighting fish, or climbing the most difficult trail to the top of a nearby mountain.
These and the other adventures and challenges she encounters make this a book young girls and women will find entertaining and inspiring.
"Saratoga" is now available at the following links:
hardcover on Amazon
hardcover Barnes and Noble
Barnes and Noble Nook
"Bob Hikes Mount Monadnock"
A children's picture book
Text by Brian Macdonald
Illustrated by Brenda Macdonald
A story about a boy’s love for adventure and nature. The book is an entertaining story with the following educational items woven in to it:
Eat a good breakfast before hiking.
Wear proper clothing.
Be prepared for bad weather.
Bring plenty of water.
Follow the principle of Carry In, Carry Out.
No running on the trail.
Stay together when hiking.
A great gift idea for Christmas, birthday, christening, or any special occasion.
Autographed copies (author and illustrator) available upon request at:
603-818-4228 or firstname.lastname@example.org