I spent my formative years in the quaint New England village of Groton, Massachusetts. Although Groton is not mentioned in "Saratoga", the story has several Groton “threads” in it. Three of the people mentioned in the dedication grew up with me in Groton, and they are woven (full name of each) into the story. There are also a few other people and three places from Groton mentioned in the book.
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.
Brenda is also an incredible artist. She is working on several illustrations for "Saratoga". Also, 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.
We are currently working on a second picture book, “Bob Hikes Mount Tecumseh”. Brenda's website is
Saratoga, an intriguing name for an adventurous and inquisitive teenage girl.
Adventurous as in building a bird house, buying her first car, going deer hunting, building a bird bath and more.
Inquisitive as in researching how to make a chemical free pesticide for her garden, learning the constellations and dreaming of travelling to Mars, and discovering that fried eggplant is very tasty.
Intriguing? Yes indeed, and when you start reading "Saratoga", you will find it almost impossible to put the book down without finishing it.
"Saratoga" is now available at the following links:
hardcover on Amazon
hardcover Barnes and Noble
We also have a video on YouTube of Brenda and I describing our books at
"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