The First Chapter Revealed!

Well, here it is!  I’m proud to unveil only to YOU, my faithful newsletters subscribers, the first chapter of A Veil Removed!  Hope you enjoy it!  If you have a moment, drop me a line to let me know what you think!  Preorder now to be the first to receive it! 
Chapter One
Elsie lay on the bed engulfed in darkness. The misery she felt threatened to overwhelm her. Harrison was gone. She supposed she should feel grateful—even happy—that things had turned out as they had, but she just couldn’t. Instead she felt ashamed and wretched. She turned over on her side, toward the window, not that it mattered. The thick velvet curtains covering the windows of her Palmer Square bedroom, drawn as they were now, let in little light. It must be nearly morning, though, Elsie surmised, and she felt sure that she hadn’t slept at all.

  What would she tell Henrietta? she groaned inwardly. She and Clive were due to arrive home late that afternoon. They had docked in New York the day before and were taking the train to Chicago today; at least, that was what she had been told. Elsie knew she probably wouldn’t see Henrietta for several days, as her sister would undoubtedly be caught up in the arrangements for Mr. Howard’s funeral, which had been postponed, she had heard, until Clive and Henrietta could get back from their arrested honeymoon. Poor Clive, she thought. She knew what it was like to lose a father. And how terrible for both of them to have had to abandon their lovely trip! Elsie winced at the thought that her own deviousness, her own sinful behavior, would surely add to their current woes.

  At first, she had been hopeful that perhaps her letter, in which she had revealed that she was eloping with Lieutenant Harrison Barnes-Smith, might not have reached Henrietta before she and Clive had had to rush home at the news of Alcott’s death.  She had eventually realized, though, with a sickening sort of dread, that even if her letter had arrived too late for Henrietta to have read it, both she and Clive (how mortifying!) would surely hear the news from Julia at some point, anyway.  Elsie had begged Julia to swear that she wouldn’t tell Ma what had—or had almost—happened, to which Julia had thankfully agreed, but not without warning Elsie that she could not, in truth, promise anything more.
Elsie had been surprised that fateful afternoon, as she was hurriedly packing for her evening escape with Harrison, which she had assumed was to be her wedding night, when Karl had knocked and said that she had a visitor. Elsie was horrified to think that it might be Harrison, that he had arrived early (she still had so much to do!), but Karl had informed her that no, it was not the lieutenant, but rather, a young lady, a Mrs. Julia Cunningham...

In Other News:
I had a rootin’, tootin’ good time at the Pulpwood Queen’s Girlfriend Weekend in Jefferson, TX!  You have to see this to believe it.  Get yourselves down there next January for an awesome weekend with Authors and Readers!  Next year’s theme: “Take it to the Limit” (as in the song by the Eagles).  I’m already booked, so hope to see you there!
Meanwhile, check out this fun Gallery of photos – some seriously amazing authors were there!
. . . And in Local News!
With Doug Sohn of Hot Dougs! and Greg Borzo at the Harold Washington Library to celebrate Greg’s new book, Lost Restaurants of Chicago.

At the Book Stall in Winnetka, Il. For a SWP panel on memoir. Featured authors were: Tammy Dawn Letherer, Nancy Chadwicke-Burke, and Annette Gendler.  Also on deck were Francie A Dickman and Iris Waichler!

At 57th Street Books in Chicago to celebrate Maureen Muldoon’s new book, The Spiritual Vixen’s Guide to the Unapologetic Life!  Also on deck was fellow SWP author, Iris Waichler!
Meanwhile . . . 
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  • East Dubuque Library, Book Club discussion: March 5, 6:00 pm
  • Chicago Writers Association Conference: Warwick Allerton Hotel, Chicago, Il. March 16-17
  • Murder and Mayhem Conference: Roosevelt University, Chicago, March 23, 2019
  • IBPA Conference: Marriott Hotel, Chicago, April 5-7, 2019
  • West Kentucky Community and Tech. College: Book Presentation, Paducah, Ky. April 10 Time TBD
  • Chanticleer Awards and Conference: Bellingham, WA, April 26-28, 2019
  • McHenry Library, Book Club discussion: McHenry, Il. June 6 7-8:00 pm
  • Historical Novel Society Conference: Gaylord National Hotel, Oxon Hill, Maryland, June 20-22
  • This Old Book, Book Club discussion: Grayslake, Il. July 25, Time TBD
  • Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend: Jefferson, Tx. Jan 17-19, 2020
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