As this year-like-no-other continues, so does book awards season. First newsboy: the delight– Seven Aprils has just achieved finalist status in the Laramie Award for Americana fiction, and the Chatelaine Award for Romantic fiction. Wow, thought, I…Lovely Bellingham Washington, here, I come for the Chanticleer International Conference and Awards dinner! That was back in April…until it was moved to September. Now plans are for the whole shebang to go into Zoomlandia. But, stay tuned, of course!
How I will treasure my friends and family in person when Covid-19 is done with us!
I hope you are faring well and escaping into good stories!
Me, I’m looking for my tiara…one can never overdress for an awards ceremony via Zoom.
During these times, we turn to books to raise our spirits and give us comfort. My new novel Mercies of the Fallen is set in another perilous time in America’s history — the Civil War. Ursula and Rowan are both fallen people, plagued with traumatic pasts but facing their troubled times with courage and heart. I hope you’ll find their story uplifting.
“Civil War history, romance, intrigue, danger, and love meld together in a story any lover of historical fiction or romance will find hard to put down” –Eileen O’Finlan, author of Kelgeen and Children of Erin
Authors are creative people, and so are our readers. I love the experience of knowing a reader has truly madly deeply entered the world of my story. I recently send out copies of my upcoming novel for advance reviews. The result from an author I admire touched me in this way….
“Seven Aprils is a breathless adventure led by courageous Tess, who is a Force of Nature. From the compelling opening scene, I was ready to follow Tess anywhere, including through the horrors and heartbreaks of the Civil War, battlefields and surgery tents, trusting in her talent for survival and her gift for hope. Brimming with daring exploits, Seven Aprils treats readers to a fascinating look at 19th century gender roles and the qualities that transcend gender: intelligence, persistence, gumption, compassion, and love, above all—embodied in one unforgettable heroine.”