Archive for August, 2016

“Curious Charms” Winner!

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

The winner of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is…

…Susan Gorman!

Congratulations!! If you email me at, I’ll pop your book in the mail to you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Check back on Monday when another book will be up for grabs!

Monday Give Away!

Monday, August 29th, 2016

One of the perks of my profession is that I sometimes wind up with double copies of wonderful books. In the interest of sharing the joy (and freeing up room on my bookshelf), every Monday I’ll be giving away a new book.

This week? I have a brand new hardcover copy of Phaedra Patrick’s The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper.

Here’s the official blurb:
Arthur Pepper
Don’t miss this curiously charming debut! In this hauntingly beautiful story of love, loneliness and self-discovery, an endearing widower embarks on a life-changing adventure.

Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden.

But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam’s death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam’s possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he’s never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife’s secret life before they met—a journey that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places.

Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters with big hearts and irresistible flaws, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a joyous celebration of life’s infinite possibilities.

For a chance to win a copy of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, here’s your question:

If you had a charm bracelet, what charm(s) would be on it?

One person will be chosen at random to receive The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper. Winner to be announced on Wednesday.

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Happy Friday, all!

In between ripping up bits of my manuscript this week (oh, revisions), I indulged in Helen Simonson’s The Summer Before the War, in which World War I comes to the inhabits of a Thirkell-esque village, and Liane Moriarty’s Truly Madly Guilty, in which something goes very wrong at a barbecue and you work backwards from the fall-out to the event itself.

Right now, I’m starting The Rook and really, really wishing there were a new Ben Aaronovitch or Laura Resnick book out….

What have you been reading this week?

THE FORGOTTEN ROOM Paperback– October!

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Exciting news! The release of The Forgotten Room paperback, now with a snazzy new cover, has been moved up to October 25th!


Apologies for all the crickets chirping here on the website this summer…. I’ve been deep in revision mode for Stand Alone #4 and research mode for Stand Alone #5. I’ll have more information on both of those and some other surprise projects coming up soon!

And now back to revisions….

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, August 12th, 2016

There’s something about summer and brand new books that just goes together. In between gnashing my teeth over revisions (revisions always entail tearing of hair and gnashing of teeth– or, at least, lots of wine and chocolate), I’ve been indulging in some new to me books. This week’s haul:

— Laurie King’s The Bones of Paris, in which a hard-bitten American detective is hired to look for a missing girl in 1920s Paris and finds himself on the trail of a possible serial killer. For anyone who loves 1920s Paris and/or Criminal Minds. Laurie King is a master at bringing (historically detailed) dark alleys and darker motives to life.

— Ann Leary’s The Children, a gift from my editor (thank you, editor!), about a crumbling lakeside estate in Connecticut and the very complicated (and equally crumbling) family that lives in it, just as everything begins to fall apart. Has anyone else read Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle? Although the story is very different (no poisoning!), there was something about the narrator’s voice and the isolated situation that reminded me very strongly of that book. Definitely a stay-up-to-see-how-it-turns-out sort of book.

Up next, I have Liane Moriarty’s Truly Madly Guilty and Helen Simonson’s The Summer Before the War— although I may resort to a Georgette Heyer comfort read first.

What have you been reading this week?

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, August 5th, 2016

I’ve finally gotten around to reading some new (and new-ish) releases that I’ve had on my pile for a while.

At the top of the pile? Eleanor Brown’s The Light of Paris, a lovely book about a grandmother and a granddaughter, one in the 1920s, the other in the 1990s, trying to find their true selves in the face of the restrictions imposed by their families and society. And where better to do that than Paris?

From there I went on to Stephanie Clifford’s Everybody Rise, an exaggerated portrait of a certain segment of New York life back in the boom days before the crash, featuring a social climber who finds herself in deep water (literally, at one point).

After a brief detour into vintage British chick lit with Trisha Ashley’s Every Woman for Herself, I have Laurie King’s The Bones of Paris waiting for me next.

What have you been reading this week?