Issue 8, July 2012 Dear Reader, I hope this message finds you well and staying cool in summer’s heat. (To my readers in the southern hemisphere, I r


Issue 8, July 2012

Dear Reader,

I hope this message finds you well and staying cool in summer’s heat. (To my readers in the southern hemisphere, I rather envy your winter season just now!) Here in Ohio, the thermometer has been hovering around the 100-degree mark for weeks, often bringing to my mind a quote from one of Jane Austen’s letters to her sister, Cassandra: “What dreadful Hot weather we have! It keeps one in a continual state of Inelegance.”

Here’s hoping you’re managing to maintain your elegance, or at least your good humor, while we wait for a good, soaking rain to green up the grass again.

All best wishes,

In this issue:

The Deception at Lyme now available in paperback
Interview on Jungle Red Writers
Upcoming Events and Writing Workshops


The Deception at Lyme available in paperback August 7

Just in time for late-summer vacation reading (or a once-more quiet house when the children go back to school), The Deception at Lyme releases in trade paperback August 7. If you have not yet enjoyed the Darcys’ latest adventure with the characters from Austen’s Persuasion, escape the summer heat by joining our favorite Regency couple on a trip to England’s southern coast. While Darcy and Elizabeth navigate a sea of intrigue and Darcy’s sister, Georgiana, finds romance, you’ll feel cool ocean breezes and droplets of sea spray as the story transports you to Lyme Regis for a seaside holiday of your own. (I hope so, anyway!) The paperback edition (ISBN 978-0-7653-2798-7) is available for preorder now from your favorite bookseller, or read farther in this newsletter to learn how you can win a copy.

The Deception at Lyme is also currently available in three other formats: hardcover, audio, and e-book. For more information, visit my website,


Interview on Jungle Red Writers

While teaching a weeklong fiction-writing seminar as part of the Antioch Writers’ Workshop this month, I had the pleasure of spending time with fellow workshop faculty member Hallie Ephron. A master of the suspense genre, Hallie is also a Jane Austen fan, so we found ourselves to be kindred spirits and had some great conversations. Hallie blogs with several other bestselling mystery authors at Jungle Red Writers, and interviewed me about the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy series. The interview posts today, July 17, and includes an opportunity to win a copy of the new trade paperback edition of The Deception at Lyme, so be sure to drop by and leave a comment!


Upcoming Events and Writing Workshops

Visit the events page of my website for details about these and other appearances, and check back periodically for updates—additional events are in the planning process and will be posted there as soon as they are confirmed. I hope to meet you soon!


Sisters in Crime
Saturday, August 18; 12:30 p.m.
Open to the public


A Tasting With Friends: Featuring Ohio Wines, Books & Brew
Fundraiser for the Washington-Centerville Public Library
September 13, 2012; 6-9 p.m.
Benham’s Grove
166 N. Main Street
An opportunity to meet dozens of Ohio authors and illustrators, and to purchase signed copies of their books, while enjoying a beer-and-wine tasting with hors d’oeurves. Tickets go on sale soon; for details, visit the library website or call the library at 937/433-8091.


Writing Workshop: “Research for Writers”
Franklin-Springboro Public Library

Wednesday, October 17; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
More information


Mystery Writing Workshop
Thurber House

Monday, October 29; 6-8 p.m.
More information TBA


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