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Announcing Issue #68 of HNR – My Reviews in Print/Online!

I’m delighted to announce that the May reviews for The Historical Novel Society are now available online.  Check out the full reviews (and great articles) at: The Historical Novel Society. You can find the print views in Issue #68 of the Historical Novel Review (HNR). For this issue of HNR, I have four reviews appearing in print and online and one online exclusive (link).  I’m absolutely thrilled to continue as a reviewer for The Historical Novel Society and hope you enjoy my reviews and the many other fine reviews available.  May you find plenty of new favorites this spring! Remember to please support authors by buying authorized print and digital versions of their books.

Blurb Featured on Anna Loan-Wilsey’s Website

Last autumn I reviewed “Anything But Civil” by Anna Loan-Wilsey (review here) for the Historical Novel Society. This week, I discovered that a blurb from my review was featured as press for the book on the author’s website. How fantastic! I thought you would enjoy a peek and Ms. Loan-Wilsey was gracious enough to allow me to reprint a portion of her website for my readers: Learn more about Anna Loan-Wilsey and her Hattie Davish mysteries at her website,

Swan Gondola Makes HNS Editor’s Choice List

This winter I had the opportunity to read Timothy Schaffert’s The Swan Gondola. As of the February 2014 publication, The Historical Novel Society (HNS) selected The Swan Gondola as an Editor’s Choice book. This distinction is awarded to a small number of books each issue that are considered the best new works in historical fiction. See the full description here. This is the first review I’ve written for HNS that has been selected for this honor and I’m absolutely thrilled.  Any praise for Schaffert’s book is well-deserved and I don’t say that lightly. In my opinion, The Swan Gondola was the best book I read in 2013 and I look forward to seeing more from him in the future.  To learn more about his Gilded Age novel, The Swan Gondola, check out my review here. Timothy Schaffert will be in town next week signing his books on February 12th and 13th, hosted by Subterranean Books. Full event details available at Subterranean Books’ website, here.

National Authors Day and a Speaking Venture

The Day’s Overview: Did you know that today is National Authors Day? I didn’t either, but my aunt says it’s so and (almost) anything my Aunt A says goes, so, happy National Authors Day everybody! Today was REALLY different. Going along with my theme this month of focusing on writing and writing-related activities, today I did something I’ve never done before. I spoke in public about writing. This was my debut speaking engagement that I mentioned earlier in the week. I was on a panel with three very talented ladies and I was definitely the newcomer to the writing veterans in the group who spoke about life writing.  

Debut Speaking Engagement

Hey guys, I’m really excited about this opportunity I’ve been given by the St. Louis Writers Guild to talk about one of my passions, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  For those of you who have known me for a while, you know that I am passionate about writing and I’m absolutely thrilled about this opportunity. If you’re in the area on Saturday, I hope you’ll stop by and say hello. Both topics should be very interesting and there’ll be something for fiction and non-fiction writers alike. Keep reading to learn more and I hope you all have a great day! Workshops for Writers: Jumpstart your Novel or Memoir with Linda O’Connell, Donna Volkenannt, Jennifer Shew, and Lauren Miller Saturday, November 2, 2013 10am to Noon Kirkwood Community Center 111 S. Geyer Rd Kirkwood, MO 63122 Free for Members, $5 for Non-Members Whether the story you have to tell is a novel or a memoir, November is a great month to start writing it. Get inspired by life writers Linda O’Connell and Donna Volkenannt and novelists …