Coming up in 2020: A new series, called Love Along the Wires, about telegraphers in Victorian London. Did you know that telegraphy was one of the first occupations where women were basically on par with men, working right alongside them? In the nineteenth century and into the twentieth, countless women made a good living in this career. In this series, they’ll find plenty of challenges and success in the workplace–and romance, too!
Here’s the cover for Line By Line, the first book in the series.
Alice McNeil plans to travel through life unencumbered by love. A seasoned telegrapher, she’s just acquired a coveted position at an important firm and is living her life’s dream. But when she meets Douglas Shaw, the company’s ambitious junior director, her resolutions face challenges she could never have imagined. They form a friendship, seeing in each other the same integrity and driving work ethic. Despite the increasing warmth of their feelings, both are determined to keep things strictly business. Anything else is not in their plans. However, Alice accidentally raises the ire of a vindictive coworker. When the man lays plans to destroy Alice’s livelihood and reputation, Douglas discovers his own career and so much more are also on the line…
I’m excited to be able to share this new series with you!
Join me, Deb Marlowe, and Glenn Meganck at the Wake County West Regional Library in Cary, North Carolina for a lively conversation about books and writing. Tea and cookies will be provided. Bring your favorite tea cup! More details below and in the side bar.
Every two years, the Historical Novel Society, a wonderful organization comprised of novelists and readers, holds their annual conference in the United States. At this year’s conference, they’ve added a new event, open to the public. It’s the Reader Festival, which will take place on Saturday afternoon, June 22, 2019, at the Gaylord Resort and Conference Center in National Harbor, just outside Washington, DC.
The Reader Festival will include a choice of workshops, author panels with Q&A, and even an opportunity to learn Scottish country dancing! Capping off the Reader Festival is a multi-author book signing. It’s a great opportunity to discover new authors. I’ll be participating in the book signing, so be sure to come by my table to say hello!
Tickets to the festival are available for just $5.00 if ordered in advance. (Cost is $10.00 at the door.) Click HERE for more details about the event and information on how to order tickets.
I hope you’ll join me and many other avid historical novel readers for this exciting and engaging event!
I’m so happy that The Artful Match is now out in the world, and is available at bookstores and eReaders near you!
All this week, I’m sharing photos on Facebook of pictures that I used as inspiration for The Artful Match. I hope you’ll stop by and enjoy learning more about the background of this book.
If you are in the area of Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, I’m holding a painting party to celebrate the release of THE ARTFUL MATCH! Because the heroine of the book, Cara Bernay, is an artist, I thought it would be fun to dive into the painting experience for a few hours. We’ll be making a painting of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, a beloved symbol of North Carolina. There is a tie-in of sorts to THE ARTFUL MATCH. The story includes a hurricane — something we North Carolinians are very familiar with! — and a shipwreck, which lighthouses are of course designed to prevent. Everything you need to make the painting is provided, including instruction, and every participant will receive an autographed copy of THE ARTFUL MATCH. There will also be snacks and beverages provided, and the facility offers wine and beer for sale. Doors open at 2:30 for socializing, and the painting starts at 3 pm. Cost is $35 per person. To reserve your spot, be sure to sign up HERE.
MORE FUN NEWS! My website is currently under construction (in the background). I’ll have a new website up soon, with a fresh look and fun links for you to enjoy.
My thanks to all the readers who have enjoyed these books! Happy reading!