Archive for the ‘PROGRAMS & EVENTS’ Category

Old World Murder Giveaway

January 30, 2018

Heads-up everybody!

For the next 8 months I’m giving away trade paperback copies of my 8 Chloe Ellefson mysteries, starting now, with the first book in the series.

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To enter this month’s Old World Murder giveaway, just leave a comment below before 11:59 PM (Central US time), Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

Only one entry per person, please.

Three winners will be chosen at random from entries here and on my Facebook Author Page, and announced Thursday. Good luck everybody!

Eight Books in Eight Months

January 9, 2018

My 9th Chloe Ellefson mystery will soon zip off to my publisher, and I’m already planning the 10th! That’s a milestone, and it seems like a good time to take a look back. My husband (AKA Mr. Ernst) and I have decided to do just that this year, with some treats along the way for readers.

Here’s how “Eight Books in Eight Months” will work.

Every month, from January through August, I’ll feature one Chloe Ellefson mystery here on Sites & Stories. I’ll start by posting  a reminder about the next book to be featured. I hope you’ll read along!

The second week, I’ll look back at my process for approaching the book, share insights about the topics and places covered, and prompt some discussion. We’ll see how Chloe and Roelke have evolved over time, both individually and as a couple.

Mr. Ernst always helps me with research, and every third week he’ll post about some of the interesting tidbits he’s discovered—many of which didn’t make it into the stories.

And every fourth week, we’ll give away copies of the featured book.

Many of you have told me you started the series in the middle, or read the books out of order. This is a great time to go back to the beginning and follow, or revisit, the adventures.

So dust off your copy of the first Chloe Ellefson mystery, Old World Murder. Happy reading!

Giveaway Winners

December 1, 2017

Congratulations to Bethany Davis, Deborah Schindler Dingledy, Stephanie Romig, Rosanne Tucker-Gilliam, Madelon Willard, and Michelle Vechinsky! Each of these Giveaway winners will receive a complete set of six signed, personalized, first-release Caroline Books, published by American Girl.

Winners were chosen at random from all entries here on Sites & Stories and on my Facebook Author page.  Thanks to all who entered!

Gratitude Giveaway

November 29, 2017

In honor of my young readers, I’ve decided to hold a Six Books For Six Readers Giveaway!

Each of the six lucky winners will receive a complete set of six signed, hardcover, first-release, beautifully illustrated Caroline books, published by American Girl.

To enter, leave a comment below before Midnight, US Central time, Thursday, November 30, 2017. One entry per person. Winners must provide the name of a reader or library so that I may personalize the books.
Winners will be chosen at random from among all entries here and on my Facebook Author page, and announced on December 1.

Chapter A Day

August 4, 2017

I am delighted to report that the 7th Chloe Ellefson mystery, A Memory of Muskets, was chosen to be shared on Wisconsin Public Radio’s beloved Chapter A Day program.

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Or as my husband put it, “Holy toboggans! Chloe’s latest adventure is on the radio!”

Jim Fleming, host of the popular program, has created a special abridged version of the book.

You can hear Jim’s half-hour readings on WPR’s IDEAS Network and streaming from https://www.wpr.org/programs/chapter-day weekdays at 12:30 PM (repeated at 11 PM) Monday, August 7th through Friday, September 1st. Each episode can also be heard on the Chapter A Day webpage for one week after its broadcast date.

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Here’s what Jim had to say:

I fell for Kathleen’s book based on the setting and the characters. I had visited Old World Wisconsin years ago and was charmed by it, lured by the connection to Wisconsin’s past. Kathleen does a wonderful job of painting the cross between then and now. Throwing in a mystery and the inevitable conflicts which can threaten a compelling worksite just made it better.

What many people don’t know about Chapter A Day is that it presents abridgments of most books. I can only read 10-12 pages in half an hour, and it’s important that those 12 pages present a satisfying experience for the listener. MOM would have gone on for too many weeks if I had tried to read it all. I didn’t know what to do about it initially, but finally realized it would be possible to keep the language, the setting and the mystery if I simply removed the part of the story, or most of it, that takes place in the past. The modern story reveals enough about the past to be understood. I was sad not to be able to keep it all but am pleased with the result.

I admit, I would have loved to have the book read in its entirety. But I knew Jim would do a fantastic job with the project. He sent an audio clip from the first chapter and Mr. Ernst and I were hooked.

And the truth is, book “publishing” in the broadest sense is collaborative. Editors, to varying degrees, influence stories. Cover artists create their image of a main character or theme. Readers bring their own imagination and experiences to each book.

I was thrilled when Tantor Media produced audiobooks of the first three Chloe books, read by the talented Elise Arsenault. Elise brought her own interpretation to the mysteries.

Now we’ll hear Chloe and Roelke and friends come to life in a new way, as Jim reads his version.

Wisconsin Public Radio is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and CAD is its longest-running program! It’s been airing since 1931. I’m honored that A Memory of Muskets can be part of it.

Giveaway Winners Announced

August 4, 2017

Congratulations to JOANNE BUCHWEITZ, ROSEMARY GRANT DORFMEISTER, BEV HARRIS, HELEN MARTINEZ, VICKIE MILLER, LARRY F. SOMMERS, KATHLEEN TALMADGE, and MARY ESLER ZEINEH! Each won a signed Advance Review Copy of the next Chloe mystery, Mining For Justice.

Winners were chosen at random from over 400 entries here and on my Facebook Author Page.

I thank you all for your enthusiasm and lovely comments. It means a lot!

Mining For Justice Giveaway!

August 2, 2017

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Eight lucky readers really will get copies now! I’m giving away 8 Advanced Review Copies of the 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining For Justice–two months before the official publication date of October 8.

To enter, leave a comment below by midnight on Thursday, August 3. Winners will be chosen at random from all entries here and on my Facebook Author Page, and announced on Friday. Good luck!

Library Winners!

July 27, 2017

We have 3 winning libraries, chosen by random number generator. Congratulations to the Kaukana Library, WI (Laurie Wentworth), Lorain Main Library, OH (Joy Scaggs), and Wahoo Library, NE (Pam Lindholm)! Each library will receive a set of the audiobooks for the first three Chloe Ellefson mysteries.

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Huge thanks to all who entered. We heard from readers in 46 states, with a total of two hundred and fifty-six entries! Your passionate support of libraries was so awesome that Mr. Ernst and I are planning another Giveaway. Stay tuned!

Gratitude Giveaway!

July 25, 2017

I’m giving away three sets of the Chloe Ellefson Mystery audiobooks, 1 each to three public libraries.

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To enter your library, simply name the library, town, and state in the comment section below by midnight, Wednesday, July 26. The winners will be chosen at random from all entries here and on my Facebook Author page, and announced here on July 27.

Celebrate your local library by nominating it to win!

A Revolutionary Giveaway – Winners!

March 9, 2017

Congratulations to Chris Swoboda!  Chris’s name came out of the hat as a winner in my Revolutionary Giveaway.  The other six winners entered via my Facebook Author Page.

Chris, please contact me privately via my website form.

Thanks to all who entered!

For more information about Gunpowder and Tea Cakes:  My Journey With Felicity, click HERE.

For more information about Betrayal at Cross Creek, click HERE.