Mid-summer 2020 update
Hello Readers! Amidst the continuing pandemic, big changes are coming up in both my personal life and writing plans. As I write this, my husband and I are preparing our home in Northern New Jersey for sale, and planning a move north, to beautiful New Hampshire, where hopefully we will “live free or die.” We are seeking a kinder, gentler lifestyle and the ability to be creative and productive without falling completely into poverty; also, to be closer to family, mostly mine. I’m a New Englander by birth (although other New Englanders tend to look down on us Connecticut-ters as if we were actually part of Florida, or worse, New York), and though our new home (yet to be determined, but definitely somewhere in the Granite State) is about 100 miles north of where I grew up, it already felt like home to me on our last trip there. There’s mountains and trees and also the sea—what’s not to like? It also has great literary associations. I’m looking forward to the move with great anticipation, but a lot of work still lies ahead.
For this reason mostly, I’m taking a sabbatical of several months from writing. The next installments of the Lucy Tamerlane series are going to have to wait a bit until I’m settled up north and able to proceed comfortably. To be honest, I have been rethinking the whole concept of that new series, especially considering the puzzling lack of reviews despite generally good and steady sales, but I’m going to go ahead with the next two books in the series and then come to some sort of reckoning about it. Hard Cider Abbey still remains in my brain and heart, and I might be looking to jump-start that series, which reassuringly continues to remain popular with my readers. So don’t be surprised if the monks reappears in 2021…
A review for Maiden Voyage (Finally!)
From Booklife (an indie-book section of Publisher's Weekly)
"Solid and unique, the writing is even and clear with an effective balance of dialogue and exposition...the focus on shady business on board an ocean liner provides plentiful opportunity for tension and intrigue. The novel feels quite original, although the concept of characters captive together in a confined space has been explored before, the author integrates fresh and unusual elements...The librarian is a well-rounded character, strong and empathetic..."