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June 12th, 2021

I’m super thrilled to be able to share this PUBLISHERS MARKETPLACE announcement! There are so many people who helped push this story along it would take pages to thank them all, so I’ll limit my post to giving an enormous grateful shout out to my fabulous agent Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency and the amazing publishing group at William Morrow for believing in me and this book. I can’t wait to share these courageous trailblazing women with you all!!

My May Bookshelf

June 12th, 2021

My reading time was down this past month (darn wip!), but the books I did manage to get to were all fabulous! TJ Klune’s THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA was a wonderful read—a fantasy for those who wouldn’t normally choose that genre touching on themes of belonging and family and tolerance. Ann Cleeves never disappoints with her mysteries and her latest Vera Stanhope novel THE DARKEST EVENING was just what I needed. I didn’t come up for air until the end. I’m not sure why it took me so long to read THE ALICE NETWORK by Kate Quinn, but wow! Two compelling storylines that had me furiously turning pages and reading far past my bedtime. I ended the month with LAST TANG STANDING by Lauren Ho. A Bookbub recommendation, this was a funny, charming pleasure of a book perfect to curl up with on a rainy Memorial Day weekend. 

My April Bookshelf

May 2nd, 2021

Warmer days and longer evenings fueled my book binge this month. I started with Erin Morgenstern’s beautiful, reality-bending fantasy THE NIGHT CIRCUS on the recommendation of a friend. THE LAST GARDEN IN ENGLAND by Julia Kelly followed the fate of a secret garden through a century of the women who loved and cared for it. It reminded me a lot of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic. Then another Elly Griffith mystery THE LANTERN MEN (I’ll be so sad when this series ends). I picked up my first Marie Benedict novel THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTI, but it certainly won’t be my last. Loved the twists and turns as she sought to explain those missing two weeks in the author’s life. And finished off the month with BLACK BUCK by Mateo Askaripour, a novel that made me squirm uncomfortably in my seat even as I devoured the pages.

Support Indie Bookstores with

November 24th, 2020

One of my father’s most lasting gifts to me was the freedom to browse and buy from our local bookstore—no questions asked. That gift led to a lifetime love of books, reading, and indie bookstores where the person behind the counter was a friend and neighbor. 

To continue to champion indie bookstores everywhere, I’ve added buy links for my most recent titles. Shop online with them, and you’ll be supporting local bookstores all across the country, guaranteeing that the friend behind the counter is always there waiting to help you choose the perfect read.

2020 Maryland Author Award

March 2nd, 2020

I’m honored to have been selected by the Maryland Library Association as this year’s recipient of the William G. Wilson Maryland Author Award. I’ll be attending their conference in May where I plan to champion the importance of historical fiction.


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May 7 MLA/DLA Library Conference, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, Cambridge, MD