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It’s May! How can it be May? School is almost over. Summer starts next month. I wish I could push the Pause button so the days wouldn’t go by so quickly!
But since I can’t push Pause, I’ll hit Escape instead because everyone needs an escape when the weather warms up and their kids are on vacation. So here’s a great way to get away, at least in your head: check out the first three Helen books on-sale from HarperCollins at 99-cents each! It’s a celebration of Helen, since the fourth in the series, Come Helen High Water, will be released on June 27 in e-book (with audio and print to follow). So if you haven’t gotten around to reading To Helen Back, Mad as Helen, or Not a Chance in Helen, click over to my Books page and scroll down for booksellers. The first three in the series are at 99-cents for a limited time only (and I can’t remember when the deal ends!). So check it out now!
You can also pre-order Come Helen High Water. Here’s a summary of one of the plotlines:
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 involves a missing man who has Alzheimer’s. Since my dad suffers from the awful affliction, there are definitely pieces of real-life that slipped into dialogue and characters’ thoughts. My dad was a very practical man. He worked for IBM for decades, and it was a big part of his identity. He wanted me to go into business, too, and I actually started out majoring in business as a college freshman. But I hated all the classes in economics, Calculus, etc. I just wanted to write! Anyway, Dad was skeptical about my becoming a writer and not very supportive initially. But once I was published and he read my books, he became one of my biggest fans. I’m just sorry he can’t read anymore. There’s so much that’s lost with Alzheimer’s, for the person suffering and for family and friends. I’m very glad I got to dedicate Come Helen High Water to my father. He would have loved that (and I’ll tell him about it but he won’t really understand).
Happy May and Happy Reading!