"This is a beautiful story with strong themes of romance, family intrigue, and investigation. The writing is gorgeous and reflects the cultural and historical setting. Michelle Cox's novel is filled with deeply moving passages and emotionally charged scenes. The characters are as sophisticated as they are relatable and the plot is designed to make for the perfect page-turner."
"Michelle Cox is a talented wordsmith who knows how to flawlessly write crime and mystery. Not only is Cox a fantastic writer who knows how to build suspense throughout her book, but she is also a tremendous author because she knows to capture her reader's attention and entertain them from beginning to end."
"A Promise Given is a well-told story which had me immersed and wanting more. Well done!"
"Ms. Cox takes great care in setting the scenes for her characters. It could be the denizens of a dance club or a party in the toniest house in the city. As the reader you will feel as if you are there with the characters as all is so well depicted. I am really looking forward to the next installment in this endearing series."
A Promise Given won its first award! It placed as a finalist in Romance in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Yay!
There is a rare kind of coherence and structure to the plot of this novel that is hard to find in most works. The characterization in the novel is also quite brilliant. The author has created a few memorable characters that the reader will love to hate and hate to love." 4 out of 4 stars!
A Ring of Truth placed as a finalist in Regional Fiction-Midwest in the National Indie Excellence Awards!" Super excited!
Still getting reviews!
"Here is another wonderful mystery series set between the wars that is less Maisie Dobbs and more Amory Ames(albeit with a lower class main character) or Kate Shackleton but should appeal to fans of all between the wars mysteries or even just fiction for that matter."
And don't forget . . . It's on AUDIO!!!!
“The research behind the story is exceptional, the characters are very well drawn (even the truly irritating), and the plot is different from the ordinary... Jayne Entwistle was an excellent choice for narrator!” –Amazon reviewer
And now . . . on to the Travel Journal!
Chanticleer Conference and Awards Bellingham, Washington:April 20-22
(A Ring of Truth won first in category for mystery!)
Shambhala Center Chicago, Il.: April 26
(Loved meeting up with fellow SWP sister, Gayle Van Gils, discussing her book, Happier at Work!)
Christine Gentes’ Book Club! Round Lake, Illnois: May 3
(Had a blast discussing A Girl Like You. Book Clubs are my favorite!!!! Invite me to yours!)
Midland Author Society Gala Cliff Dwellers Club, Chicago, Il.: May 8
(Attended my first gala with the Society in the company of SWP sisters, Linda Gartz and Iris Waichler)
Little Mexican Cafe Evanston, Il.: May 15
(Impromptu gathering of the SWP sisters – Chicago chapter!)
Launch Party at the Green Mill Chicago, Illinois: May 22
(Thanks to all who came out to celebrate with me. Your support is amazing!)
Photography show and book signing Grayslake, Illinois: June 1
(Loved seeing the gorgeous work of photographer, Ernest Schweit)
Boat tour on the River Spree Berlin, Germany: June 12
(Not book related, but thought I’d include it!)
Logan Square Auditorium Chicago, Illinois: June 19
(Had a blast celebrating with Daniel Pogorzelski and Jacob Kaplan on the release of their book, Images of Logan Square.)
Contest News! . . .
On Monday June 25th, I’ll be picking four names from my newsletter subscriber list (It could be YOU!) and offer to write a family member’s story on my blog: Novel Notes of Local Lore! (But don’t worry if you’d rather not – you can always decline, and I’ll pick a new name.) Best of Luck! Can’t wait to hear YOUR stories!!!
. . . Events!
Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, June 22
ALA (American Library Association) Conference: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA. June 23, IBPA Booth, signing books at 9:30 am!
East Dubuque Public Library book club (open to the public): East Dubuque, Il., July 12, 9am
Bouchercon 2018: St. Petersburg, Fl. September 5-9
Magna Cum Murder 2018: Ballstate University, Indiana, Oct. 19-2
Booksparks/She Writes Press Retreat: Boulders Resort, Scottsdale, AZ, Nov. 1-4
Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend Extavaganza: Nacogdoches, TX, Jan 17-19, 2019