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Portrait of a Sister is Up For Preorder…& More

There is a lot to catch you up on around here, so let’s get to it, shall we?

First and foremost, my very first Amish-based women’s fiction novel, Portrait of a Sister, is officially available for pre-order wherever you buy your books. It will be available in trade paperback, digital, and, eventually, large print. Pre-orders are very important to the publishers as it helps determine print runs, etc. So if you know you’re going to give this book a try, perhaps consider pre-ordering.portrait pseudo cover revealsmaller

As for the book, itself, the cover is pretty much done, but I can only offer this photographic tease at the moment (the official reveal is set for another day 🙂 ).   FYI: This is me with my wonderful editor at Kensington Publishing in NYC…

One thing I can share is the jacket copy, so here goes…

Katie Beiler was always the follower to her twin sister Hannah’s lead. That is until Hannah left their Amish upbringing for an English life—leaving Katie to find her own footing in a world that no longer looks as it once did . . .

Katie has always imagined her life being just like Mamm’s. It’s why she chose baptism and why she’ll soon marry Abram Zook. But ever since Hannah left, the only thing that truly makes Katie smile is the sketchpad in which she indulges her talent for drawing faces—a sin that, if discovered, could get her shunned by her family, her friends, and even Abram. Yet Katie sees her secret pastime as the only way to quiet a growing restlessness she’d just as soon ignore. That is until their Mamm’s untimely death brings Hannah back home to Pennsylvania, with a new outlook on life, a man she adores, and, soon, an invitation for Katie to visit her in New York City.
Suddenly, Katie is experiencing a freedom she’s never had, in a world she never imagined. She’s also spending time in the company of a fellow dreamer, someone who sees her as strong and brave and makes her laugh. But it’s when Hannah shows Katie’s drawings to a gallery owner that she truly finds herself at a crossroads between the only life she’s ever known and the powerful lure of an unfamiliar future.

Sound good? I think you’ll really enjoy taking this journey with Katie as she tries to figure out what life is best for her.

To pre-order from Indiebound.org, go HERE.

To pre-order from B & N, go HERE.

To pre-order from Amazon, go Here.

Portrait of a Sister will be available in stores starting June 26, 2018. I’ll be doing some fun events in conjunction with the release of this book, so be sure to check back here for more details as it gets closer!


In addition to all the excitement in getting ready for Portrait of a Sister, I’ve also been doing some traveling. Some was to visit friends and family, some was to meet readers of my various series.

Here are just a few pictures from my last few weeks of book-related travel…

medinasigning3This was from a signing at The Book Shoppe in Medina, NY in October. So, too, is this next one (I’m sitting with fellow author, Lynn Cahoon)…


These next few are from a murder mystery train I did in Lockport, NY. I got to meet new readers, as well as spend time with some readers who have read me for years–all while being dressed as a gangster (the theme of this particular murder mystery train)…




And then it was on to Toronto, for the annual Bouchercon Mystery Convention. What a treat it was to see more longtime readers like Dotty from N.C…


Maybe I’ll get to meet you at an event one day, too!

Until next time…



Upcoming Events

(more being added all the time)

Windsor Locks, CT
Wednesday, March 15, 6:30 p.m.
Windsor Locks Public Library
28 Main Street

Scottsdale, AZ
Saturday, March 18, 2 p.m.
The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N Goldwater Blvd #101

Tucson, AZ
Sunday, March 19, 1 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers

Scarsdale, NY
Wednesday, March 29, 1 p.m.
Scarsdale Women's Club
(private event)

Colchester, CT
Tuesday, June 20, 6:30 p.m.
Cragin Memorial Library
8 Linwood Ave.
Colchester CT 06415

Lockport, NY
Sunday, October 8.
Murder Mystery Train
**Ticketed event--limited seats left! $66 includes 6 hour train ride, interactive mystery, stop at vineyard, dinner on lake.
For info, go HERE.

Toronto, Canada
Oct. 12-15
Bouchercon Mystery Conference

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