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A couple of new books are coming this spring. Baby, Take a Bow, is the fifth in the Grace Street series. When Camden’s friend Rufus’s ex-wife Bobbi is murdered and her baby is missing, David Randall has to juggle several different mysteries to solve the case. Camden also encounters a restless spirit trapped within a mirror, and another ghost haunting the hot dog restaurant.
The Monsters of Spiders’ Rest is the third in the Three Worlds series of fantasy novels. Flickfoot, an intelligent spider, and his spider friends Plinks and Jellyroll are alarmed when their creator’s grandson, Tylin, shows up to take over their house. But there are much more dangerous monsters in the forests, monsters who plan to invade the neighboring town of Specter. Can Flickfoot convince Ty of the danger? Can he even convince him that the spiders are his friends?
My new fantasy novel, A Small Holiday, is now available!
Belinda Banner promised her mother she’d look after her younger brother, Jay, but when a well-dressed stranger named Ivor comes to her door with a tempting job offer, she sets aside her normal caution. She regrets her decision when she and Jay are carried off through a blinding light to Ivor’s world of Belfair where Jay is expected to play the lead in an elaborate play for the annual festival. Jay is immediately delighted by the director of the play, a round yellow blob of self-importance named Parvan, who has been banished by his people to Belfair to learn humility. In Jay, Parvan sees a way to win his way back home, but he and Belinda clash.
Desperate to return to her world, Belinda insists Ivor take them back. He says he can’t predict the doorways of light. While Jay is rehearsing, Belinda helps Parvan’s neighbor, a handsome young man named Martin, out of a serious depression by finding his living musical reeds. Martin encourages Belinda to dance, a talent she has set aside in order to care for Jay.
Yet there is something sinister about Ivor, and no one in this peaceful world believes her warnings. And Jay becomes more and more involved with the exciting opportunities this new world affords.
A Small Holiday is the second in the Three Worlds series from Silver Leaf Books.
I try not to pay too much attention to my reviews, good or bad, but this time, I’m making an exception. Evil Turns, the latest Madeline Maclin Mystery, will be published this May, but already has a good review from Kirkus. Kirkus is a book review magazine that’s been around since the 1930s, and it’s not always easy to get a review, especially a favorable one. As a former librarian, I often used Kirkus to determine if a book was suitable for my library, so when I received word about the review, I had a little Twilight Zone moment. And I have to admit with another Madeline book and several more Grace Street mysteries in the works, it’s nice to have validation.
Butterfly Waltz is now available from Amazon.
Kings River Life is offering a copy of Just You Wait. You can follow this link:
And here’s a short report on Book’Em North Carolina, the event I took part in this past weekend. First of all, thanks to everyone involved with this event. It was extremely well organized, and the people of Lumberton and Robeson Community College couldn’t have been nicer. Although the turn out was smaller than anticipated, it was great to talk to readers and writers!
I’m heading to Australia and New Zealand this month, so my other events will be later in the summer. Stay tuned!
Thanks to everyone who joined my online release party for Just You Wait! Over 2000 people stopped by — ah, the power of the Internet!
And thanks to those of you who braved the cold to come to Pages Books in Mt. Airy, NC, for my first signing of the new book. I’ll be at the Mt. Airy Public Library Wednesday, February 25 at 1 PM for a reading and Q&A session with the library book club.
For another more traditional event, if you’re in the area, join me Saturday, February 28, for Book “Em North Carolina at Robeson Community College, 5160 Fayetteville Road, in Lumberton, NC. This will be my first time at this huge event, which will be from 9:30 until 4:30, and will feature over 75 authors, panels, discussions, things for kids to do, and it is all free. Proceeds from book sales go to help literacy organizations and the local police department.
Jane at Pages Books & Coffee, Valentine’s Day, 2015