Chloe Ellefson Mysteries Update

The 10th Chloe Ellefson Mystery, scheduled for release in September, 2019, will be the last one released by publisher Midnight Ink—which is shutting down.

The setting for book 10!

While that isn’t good news, since the announcement I’ve been overwhelmed by the support from wonderful Chloe and Roelke fans. Thank you!

I do want to continue the series. My upbeat and savvy literary agent has already sent a proposal to a press which has expressed interest. The publishing industry wheels can grind slowly, but—fingers crossed!

In the meantime, I’m focusing on finishing Chloe 10. The manuscript is due to my editor on March 1. My recent Chloe books have been about 95,000 words in length, and I’m at 85,000 words now. I’m getting there!

Mr. Ernst and I also want to do everything we can to demonstrate to potential publishers that the series is still going strong. Thanks to you, we had a very successful launch of the 9th Chloe mystery, The Lacemaker’s Secret, in October. Now we want to keep expanding the circle of Chloe Ellefson Mystery readers.

To that end, next week we’re going to hold, here and on my Facebook page, a special Giveaway for The Lacemaker’s Secret. We hope that loyal readers who have already read the book will encourage friends to enter.

Writing online reviews, and recommending the books to your local library, are also enormously helpful.

Over the past decade, Mr. Ernst and I have had an amazing time exploring historic places and meeting new reader-friends. We’re grateful! We’re optimistic that with your help, the adventures will continue.

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23 Responses to “Chloe Ellefson Mysteries Update”

  1. Nancy R Smith Says:

    Doing what I can to spread word of your great Chloe books. Giving them as gifts and forwarding your emails to those I’ve gotten to read them. Will pray that a new publisher takes Chloe’s adventures over and continues them. Look forward to your next one. We have confidence in you!!!

  2. donamaekutska7 Says:

    Loved the lacemakers secret, I want to own it.

  3. Gayle Silberhorn Says:

    When I first saw the email, I thought it said THE LAST Chloe book. Scared me to death. I am not ready to say good-bye to her.

  4. Betty Enters Says:

    Love your books. Introduced to them by Maddy Hunter. I have shared several, given some as gifts & told others about them. Too bad that your publisher is closing. Good luck in the next step.
    Betty Enters

  5. Lois Scorgie Says:

    I ;think I know about Midwestern’s history until another Kathleen Ernst’s book is published. This time I learned about the Belgians of Eastern Wisconsin, the fire of Door Penninsula on the same day Peshtigo burned, family chapels, great aid to Belgian during WWI, especially thread to the lacemakers, Belgian food and so much more. Besides a thrilling mystery, Chloe and Roelke’s romance, I truly appreciate Kathleen’s fascinating research. I’ve encouraged many to read this series. This time I’ve added fiber artists. THANK YOU.

  6. John Sutton Says:

    this series he;lps continue to lern about my states history, love it .

  7. Carolyn Wohlers Says:

    Continue the Chloe Ellefson Mysteries series!! I am not originally from this part of the midwest and appreciate what I have learned about the original settlers of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa from Kathleen’s books. I also now have a greater understanding and appreciation of what it takes to interpret that history at the various historical sites and am more attuned to the items displayed there. I have visited several historical sites as a result of reading one of the books and plan to visit more. In addition to this, Kathleen tells a good story.

    • Kathleen Ernst Says:

      Thank you, Carolyn! I had several goals for the series when I started conceptualizing it years ago, including celebrating historic places, featuring artifacts that can help tell stories, and providing a peek behind the scenes at life in the history world. I’m so glad that you’re enjoying the stories, and especially delighted to hear that you’ve been inspired to visit some of the featured sites!

  8. Alison Brenna Says:

    Thanks to Barbara both John and I are thoroughly enjoying all your Chloe mysteries. We are looking forward to #10.

  9. Ingeborg Gerber Says:

    Love how you research your locations in depth. Also, enjoyed meeting you in Decorah and hearing about your new book taking place near my roots!

  10. Debbie Says:

    Keep up the awesome work…your audience appreciates you creativity…
    Enjoyed the event at Decorah…


    I have requested that our library system order your books.I cannot wait to read ALL of them!

  12. Mary Burt Says:

    We are waiting patiently for the new book to come out. We are hooked on the series. Keep up the good work!


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