Showing posts from June, 2014

What's on Your List?


Hello, dear readers.

Summertime and the reading is easy. Here are some pieces on my to-read list for the season.

The Sea Garden by Deborah Lawrenson

I absolutely loved Lawrenson's last book, The Lantern, and am really looking forward these three novellas that combine mystery, history, romance, and World War II. Here's one of the reviews.

The Sea Garden weaves a double spell: Lawrenson steeps her story of the invisible heroes of the French Resistance crossing borders-and here, crossing time-deep in the eerie beauty of the South of France. The result is a marvelous strange fruit: think Graham Greene with a dash of Poe.” (Sarah Blake, author of The Postmistress)

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Longbourn is billed as Pride and Prejudice'sUpstairs, Downstairs.

Reel me in, right? It's a refreshing take on Miss Austen's classic, which focuses on the servants, rather than the Bennet family. Can't wait!

“A triumph: a splendid tribute to Austen’s original…

Six Great Summer Reads All in One Place


I was very happy to see my second novel, Until My Soul Gets It Right, appear in this lovely magazine along with five other best-selling women authors. Who knows? You just might find your next summer reading book inside. Click here to check it out.

Printers Row Lit Fest Sale 2014


Celebrate Literature No Matter Where You Live

You probably know that I'm going to be signing books at Chicago's Printers Row Lit Fest tomorrow from 10 AM to 2 PM, in the Chicago Writers' Association Tent. I'm pretty excited. So excited, in fact, that I wanted to share it.

I know you can't all be in Chicago with me that day, so I've decided to pass along the festival savings to everyone.

For one week, JUNE 7-14, A WHISPER TO A SCREAM and UNTIL MY SOUL GETS IT RIGHT will both be ON SALE for Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords. Each will be just 99¢, down from the regular price of $5.99.

Just click on the links below anytime between June 7-14 to take advantage of the savings.

Please tell your friends. Thanks much!

Amazon (Kindle)

Barnes & Noble (Nook)

Smashwords (E-book)
Coupon Code: YU77N

Amazon (Kindle)

Barnes & Noble (Nook only)

Smashwords (E-book)
Coupon Code: WB25S

A Bibliophile's Guide to Chicagoland


My series, The Bibliophiles, takes place mostly in the Chicago suburbs, but in my latest book, Until My Soul Gets It Right (The Bibliophiles: Book Two), Catherine Elbert decides she needs to escape her family’s Wisconsin farm for some greener pastures, farm pun intended. ((Groan.)) Anyhow, Catherine bounces from coast to coast in search of her true self, traveling from Portland, Maine clear across the continent to San Diego, California. Eventually, she ends up in Chicagoland, my home turf.

Chicago is a great literary city with a reputation for gritty, social realism both in its fiction as well as its poetry. Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie, a tale of what can happen when a country girl loses herself in the big city is set here, as well as James T. Farrell’s Studs Lonigan, which focuses on the lives of Irish-Americans during the Great Depression. Upton Sinclair’s famous The Jungle portrays life working in Chicago’s early meat-packing plants. A part of the…