Warmer days and longer evenings fueled my book binge this month. I started with Erin Morgenstern’s beautiful, reality-bending fantasy THE NIGHT CIRCUS on the recommendation of a friend. THE LAST GARDEN IN ENGLAND by Julia Kelly followed the fate of a secret garden through a century of the women who loved and cared for it. It reminded me a lot of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic. Then another Elly Griffith mystery THE LANTERN MEN (I’ll be so sad when this series ends). I picked up my first Marie Benedict novel THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTI, but it certainly won’t be my last. Loved the twists and turns as she sought to explain those missing two weeks in the author’s life. And finished off the month with BLACK BUCK by Mateo Askaripour, a novel that made me squirm uncomfortably in my seat even as I devoured the pages.
One of my father’s most lasting gifts to me was the freedom to browse and buy from our local bookstore—no questions asked. That gift led to a lifetime love of books, reading, and indie bookstores where the person behind the counter was a friend and neighbor.
To continue to champion indie bookstores everywhere, I’ve added Bookshop.org buy links for my most recent titles. Shop online with them, and you’ll be supporting local bookstores all across the country, guaranteeing that the friend behind the counter is always there waiting to help you choose the perfect read.
I’m honored to have been selected by the Maryland Library Association as this year’s recipient of the William G. Wilson Maryland Author Award. I’ll be attending their conference in May where I plan to champion the importance of historical fiction.
I was honored to be invited to participate in SPINE Magazine’s monthly author-curated feature listing six books at the top of my TBR pile. Click the link to read the article and maybe find a few books to add to your bedside table.
A few photographs from the amazing HNSNA conference held this year at the Gaylord in Washington DC’s National Harbor. It was my first time attending, but will definitely not be my last. The weekend started with dinner hosted by my fabulous agent where I got to eat lots of Italian food; drink wine; and chat books, history, and writing with my fellow Lyonesses. And it ended with a book signing seated between two historical heavy-hitters Jennifer Robson and Kate Quinn. Next year–HNSUK in Durham?
Southern Writers Magazine interviewed me for their March 2019 edition. I had a fantastic time chatting about author pen names, the craft of writing, favorite authors, and my latest release, THE WAY TO LONDON. Below is a wonderful little teaser they sent me, but you can check out the full article here: https://www.southernwritersmagazine.com/buy-online.html.
Thanks to my amazing readers, SECRETS OF NANREATH HALL hit #1 on bookseller Arnold Busck‘s paperback bestseller list in Denmark! I couldn’t be more thrilled.
I’m thrilled to announce that the review site Fresh Fiction has chosen THE WAY TO LONDON as a “Fresh Pick” for March. You can read their full review HERE. What could be better than that, you say? A sale! Beginning March 5th for a limited time, the ebook is just $1.99!