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Looking for the PERFECT VACATION READ
Look no farther than A Ring of Truth
Here’s what critics are saying:

 
"Brimming with dark plot on every page, this unpredictable literary thrill ride will transport you to the heart of 1930s Chicago and the love story of a lifetime." Popsugar

"A 1930s Chicagoan love story with a heavy dose of thrilling mystery...the absolutely unputdownable sequel that centers around Clive’s mysterious fortune and strange wrath of his affluent family." Bookstr

"The crème de la crème of historical fiction, A Ring of Truth is the unpredictable mystery you’ll be reading and rereading for the rest of 2017.” Brit & Co.

 
Don’t leave it behind!
Speaking of Reviews, here’s where you can help!

Every writer’s secret angst is getting reviews!  Make my day and simultaneously impress my publisher by giving me a quick review!  The more reviews I get – good or bad – the more Amazon will internally promote me!  It’s critical!  Thanks so much in advance – just a couple of words will do the trick.
Breaking News!  Book 3 has an official title:
 
A Promise Given
 
In case you were wondering, Book 3’s working title was “The Sound of Wedding Bells.”  Needless to say, the powers that be hated that one, but it gives you a clue about what might happen...! (Cover to be revealed in the coming months!)
Meanwhile...
...Fun Happenings  
  • Catch my latest recorded interview on Carolyn Pouncy’s show, New Books Network.  It was a blast!!
             
  • I was recently accepted into the prestigious Society of Midland Authors!  A very proud moment for me.  Thanks to Iris Waichler and Joseph Gustaitis for nominating me for membership! 
  • Thanks to all who came out to my book signing at the Crystal Lake Barnes & Noble!  Enjoyed meeting all of you!
  • The Murder Mystery Tour is underway!  First stop was The Book Cellar, where yours truly, DM Pirrone, Cheryl Honigford and Susanna Calkins gathered to discuss mystery.  Catch us at our next stop! 
   
And the Winner Is...       
We have a winner for the Summer Beach Reads contest! 
Thanks for all who entered!


Raquelle Frenchman!!!

Congratulations! 
 
(Take heart if you didn’t win…more contests coming!)
Author Sightings...        

With Dori Jones Yang, author of The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball
Scottsdale, AZ
 

With Mary Jo Hetzel, author of In A Silent Way
Scottsdale, AZ
 

With Betty Hafner, author of Not Exactly Love
Scottsdale, AZ
Events!
Hope you can join me at one of these fun events!
  • A conversation and book signing with fellow Chicago mystery author, Cheryl Honigford, at Cafe Book, Antioch, Il. June 17, 1-3:00 pm
  • Book signing in the Sisters in Crime booth, ALA conference, Chicago, June 23, 5-7:30 pm
  • Book signing, This Old Book, July 5th 3-6pm during Farmers Market (new!)
  • Author Fest, Lake Geneva, WI., July 8, 10-4 pm (new!)
  • Author Panel: Why Writing is Essential in the Automation Age, Round Lake Civic Center, Round Lake, Il. Aug. 2, 6:30-8 pm (new!)
  • “Meet & Greet” and book signing, Riverlights bookstore, Dubuque, Ia., July 21, 5:30-7 pm (new!)
  • Boucheron 2017, Toronto, Canada: Oct. 12-15, 2017
  • Murder and Mayhem 2017, Milwaukee, WI, Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, Nov. 4 (new!)
And Don’t Forget About the Murder Mystery Tour!

Only 2 dates left!

 

I’ll be on a panel with fellow Chicago mystery authors, Susanna Calkins, D.M. Pirrone and Cheryl Honigford visiting several Indie Bookstores around town for intriguing, suspenseful conversation and book signings! 

Dates:
  • City Lit Books, Chicago, July 13, 6:30 pm
  • Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, Forest Park, Sept. 23, 2:00 pm
Bright Heroines in Dark Times, Mystery & Suspense from She Writes Press (Murder Mystery Tour, Part 2!)

I will be joining fellow She Writes Mystery Writers Amy Peele, Jennifer Dwight, Judith Newton, Kate Jessica Raphael, and Joanne Doucette for a unique conversation about writing mystery and publishing with a hybrid press!
 

Dates:
  • Barnes & Noble, Emeryville, CA, Aug. 4, 7 pm
  • Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA, Aug 5, 7 pm
  • Dog-Eared Books, San Francisco, CA, Aug 7, 7 pm
New dates just added!
  • Nineteenth Century Club, Oak Park, Il. Oct. 23, 1 pm
  • Barnes & Noble, Naperville, Il. Oct. 24, 7 pm
  • Bookends & Beginnings, Evanston, Il. Oct. 26, 6 pm
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