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Woo hoo, it’s June! I’ve got two birthdays to celebrate this month. The first is the birth of Come Helen High Water, my fourth River Road Mystery, on June 27. It’ll be released in digital and audio, followed by the mass market paperback on July 25. You can pre-order the paperback right now from Amazon, BN.com, and HarperCollins. Other online retailers should be taking pre-orders soon. To pre-order the e-book or audio so you get them immediately upon release on June 27, see my Mysteries & Thrillers Books page and scroll down for links!
In case you missed it, here’s one of the main plotlines in Come Helen High Water:
Spring has sprung, the river is rising, and when Luann Dupree, the head of River Bend’s Historical Society, vanishes into the night everyone in town is convinced she’s run off with her Internet Romeo. But her lifelong friend, Sarah Biddle, is convinced Luann is the victim of foul play. No one believes her—not even her husband, the local sheriff, so she turns to Helen Evans for help.
As River Bend’s resident puzzle-solver, Helen’s tackled many a local mystery before. So she agrees to help Sarah, even though she’s not so sure herself that Luanne is really in trouble. But as the town’s flood waters slowly recede, dead fish and muck aren’t the only things Helen finds. She begins to uncover town secrets, false identities…and the very real chance that Luanne might not be discovered alive…
The other plotline in Come Helen High Water involves a fellow with Alzheimer’s. My dad was diagnosed seven years ago, and he’s had a rough past month and several hospital stays. We’re taking things day-by-day now, and I’m grateful that I live so near and have been able to spend lots of time with him. For anyone who’s dealt with Alzheimer’s in the family, you know what a roller coaster ride it is and how rough it is for all involved. I’ve taken a lot of my feelings about this experience—and specific moments with my dad and mom—in order to, hopefully, shed more truth on what caregivers go through. It was quite a challenge, weaving in a story with such a serious topic and still making the mystery exciting and even funny. I think you’ll see what I mean when you read the book.
Oh, yes, and the second birthday in June? It’s Emily’s! Can you believe she’ll be five? I’ve got party plans in full motion, and we’re looking forward to having her friends over (and, of course, a bounce house and balloon guy!). There’s nothing that makes me happier than celebrating another milestone in Emily’s young life…one that’s also a milestone in my life! Writing books has given me so much pleasure and satisfaction throughout the past few decades (yes, decades!). But being a mom is my greatest source of joy. Who knew that motherhood in my 40s (and now my 50s!) could be so amazing? If anyone had told me how awesome it was, I might have done it sooner. Ha ha!
Happy June and Happy Reading!