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You know you’re running behind when Easter’s already over and you’re just sending out an April newsletter! It’s been a wee bit crazy around here with moving my dad to a new Memory Care facility, getting my mom’s house sold and finding her a new place, and keeping up with Emily! One of these days, I actually need to write, or I’m not going to make my September 1 deadline for the second Jo Larsen book, Walk a Crooked Line.
Speaking of Jo, here are some cool facts about her debut. In November when Walk Into Silence was a Kindle First selection, it was downloaded over 250,000 times by Prime members. In addition, it’s sold over 50,000 copies, and has over 2,000 reviews on Amazon and over 6,500 on GoodReads. I love that the book has done so well, when I’d shelved it for a decade before dusting it off and revising. Good things do come to books that wait! If you haven’t read it yet, you can order the e-book, audio, or print book here.
Another book worth waiting for: Come Helen High Water, my fourth River Road Mystery. It took over a year to write, which I hadn’t counted on! But I’m so glad my editor at HarperCollins allowed me the time I needed to tell the story I wanted to tell. Here’s the back cover description of one of the storylines (the other involves a fellow with Alzheimer’s, which hits very close to home):
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…
Come Helen High Water will be out on June 27 in digital format from HarperCollins’ Witness Impulse imprint. The audio and print versions will follow several months after. If you’d like to preorder, I can help with that! Just go here for links to booksellers.
Now for the winner of my March contest: it’s Linda R. of California! Linda wins a signed copy of Unstrung, the latest juicy novel by my friend Laura Spinella. Enjoy!
I think that’s all the news that’s fit to print this month!
Happy April and Happy Reading!