Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer…
If you’ve never heard of this song by Nat King Cole, listen to it here:

It will instantly put you in a happy mood!

Indeed, these summer days are certainly proving to be crazy, and we’ve had our share of hazy days. But lazy? Not so much!

Keep reading to see what I’ve been up to lately…

A Page from my Travel Journal. . .

Exhibit 1:

Literary Ladies of the Lakes Book Club
Grayslake, Il.
June 21, 2018
Didn’t have to travel far for this one… I hosted at my house!  These lovely ladies have been kind enough to let me join as a member! 

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, LA
June 22, 2018
A Promise Given placed as a finalist in Romance!

Exhibit 2:

Exhibit 3:

Book Signing in the IBPA booth at the ALA (American Library Association) Conference
New Orleans, LA
June 23, 2018

Tuesday Morning Book Club
East Dubuque, Il.
July 12, 2018
We forgot to take a group shot!!
Exhibit 4:

Exhibit 5:

Book Launch for Nancy Chadwick Burke’s, Under the Birch Tree

The Grove, Glenview, Il.
July 15, 2018
. . .And in Other News!
  • I was recently a guest on Cindy Kohlmann’s “Voice of the Tri-States.” Listen in here:
  • Had a blast as a guest host on Breathless, Bubbles and Books for a live Facebook chat.  You can still scroll through the conversation here:  Tag me so I’ll be sure to see your comment or question! 
  • A Promise Given seems to be following in the footsteps of its predecessors and has also placed on the long list for Chanticleers’s Goethe Awards (Historical Fiction post 1750).  Yay! 
  • Special thanks to for this great review:  “Cox’s highly descriptive writing completely pulls you into the time period.  In fact, her writing style was definitely my favorite part of the book, and was the element that really pulled everything together.  A Girl Like You is the perfect mix between historical fiction, romance and murder mysteries.”
  •  I’ve recently hit 8,000 followers on Twitter!  If you’re one of them – Thank You!! If not, hop on over to @michellecox33 and join the conversation!    
Contest News!

Congrats to Newsletter Subscriber,

Linda Johnson!
Linda won this beautiful Vera Bradley beach tote, matching towel, and awesome summer reading pack!
Thanks to all of you for subscribing!

Stay tuned for the next contest, which will include, along with another stack of my favorite books, this beautiful Downton Abbey necklace in keeping with the theme of A Promise Given!
Events . . . !
  • Bouchercon 2018: St. Petersburg, Fl. September 5-9 (New development: I’ll be speaking/moderating on 2 panels!)
  • Magna Cum Murder 2018:  Ballstate University, Indiana, Oct. 19-21
  • Booksparks/She Writes Press Retreat: Boulders Resort, Scottsdale, AZ, Nov. 1-4
  • Galena Lit Fest: Galena, Il. Jan. 13-15? Exact date and time TBD (Just added!)
  • Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend Extravaganza: Nacogdoches, TX, Jan 17-19, 2019 (I’ll be signing books on Jan. 19 11:30 am-12:15 pm)
  • East Dubuque Library, Book Club discussion, Feb. 12, 6:00pm (Just added!)
. . . Novel Notes of Local Lore!
I’ve had a great response so far to my invitation to write YOUR family member’s story in my weekly blog, Novel Notes of Local Lore.  If you have a cool story about a parent, grandparent or strange ancestor, contact me!  I’ll do all the writing – you just have to do the talking!  It’s been really fun so far!  Some of you have asked whether these stories need to have a Chicago connection…the answer is: no!  (Special exception!) 
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