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Chloe 8 Reveal!

January 30, 2017

I am delighted to share the news that I hit “Send” last night, turning in the manuscript for the 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining For Justice.

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Chloe Ellefson is excited to be learning about Wisconsin’s early Cornish immigrants and mining history while on temporary assignment at Pendarvis, a historic site in charming Mineral Point. 

But when her boyfriend, police officer Roelke McKenna, discovers long-buried human remains in the root cellar of an old Cornish cottage, Chloe reluctantly agrees to dig into the historical record for answers.

She soon finds herself in the center of a heated and deadly controversy that threatens to close Pendarvis. While struggling to help the historic site, Chloe must unearth dark secrets, past and present . . . before a killer comes to bury her.

Pendarvis is a fascinating site, and Mineral Point is a fascinating town…perfect setting for a mystery!

Mining For Justice will be out in October, 2017, and is available for pre-order now (Amazon now; more vendors to come).

Next Chloe Mystery Ten ARC Giveaway!

August 10, 2016

I’m doing something I’ve never done before.

Ten lucky people are about to win their very own signed Advance Review Copy of my next Chloe Ellefson mystery.

Want to read one before the book officially ships this fall?

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It’s quick and easy to enter. Just post a comment below.

The entry deadline is Thursday, August 11th, at Midnight.

I’ll pick ten winners at random from all entries here and on my Facebook Author Page. The winners names will be posted both places on Friday. You could be one of them!

Good luck!

Gratitude Giveaway Winners!

March 3, 2016

Congratulations to Sue Basler, Ellen Bogner, Claudia Daniel, Patricia Jones, Michelle Bie Love, Jane Nelson, and Bonnie Schaefer! Each won the Chloe Ellefson mystery of their choice.

Winners were chosen by random drawing from entries here and on my Facebook Author page.  Winners, please use my contact form to reach me.

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Thanks to all who entered! We’ll have another giveaway soon.

The Year Ahead

January 19, 2016

Happy 2016! I’m a bit behind because I’ve been working hard to meet a couple of deadlines. But I want to share some news about the coming year.

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Nothing is better than connecting with reader-friends in person!

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I’ll be visiting a number of libraries, bookstores, and other venues this year. I’m particularly excited about several special events:

In February, I will be in Door County, Wisconsin, for a residency with Write On, Door County. Write On is collaborating with Peninsula Music Festival on the final performance of Feb Fest III, a concert of Scandinavian music inspired by… my Chloe novels! How cool is that? I’m thrilled.

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The February 27th performance will feature works by Carl Nielsen, Edvard Grieg, Franz Berwald, and Jean Sibelius. I’ll read excerpts from my work, and sign books.  You can find all the information here.

While in Door County I will also teach a workshop called Writing Your Family Stories, Your Way on February 29.

Speaking of workshops, I’m teaching a weekend class called Exploring Your Heritage:  A Writing Sampler at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in March.

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You don’t need to be of Norwegian descent to participate! I developed these classes because so many people tell me they’d like to write about their family or community history, and don’t know where to begin.

You can always keep current with my schedule by visiting the Calendar page on my website. If you sign up for my email list, you’ll get—among other goodies—a personal invitation whenever I travel to your area.

Chloe Ellefson Mysteries

The seventh Chloe Ellefson Mystery, A Memory of Muskets, will be published in October. My first draft was much too long, and I’m still trimming, but it’s almost ready to turn in. As soon as I do, I’ll start developing the next Chloe adventure. A new location, and new ethnic group to explore…that’s all I’ll say for now.

I’ve been delighted to hear that Death on the Prairie is resonating with so many readers. Lots of us grew up reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books! I plan to finish my blog tour of Laura homesites in coming weeks, and I also want to begin a Little House book discussion. Stay tuned.

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If you need a Chloe fix, two of the historic sites featured in the books are open year-round:  Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum and the Mill City Museum.  If you can, schedule your visit to the MCM to coincide with one of the ticketed Washburn A Mill tours, which takes visitors behind the scenes.

American Girl

Many of you have asked if I have any more children’s books on the horizon. Yes, I do! I’m working on a new book for American Girl now. It won’t be published until 2017, and I can’t talk about it yet, so again…stay tuned.

Gratitude

Although this post is about looking forward, I need a moment to look back, too. I’ve heard from many lovely readers in the past twelve months or so.  Some are children.

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Isn’t this sweet?

 

Thalia

Yes, I most certainly did write back.

And some are adults.

You have created such wonderful characters – I feel like I can drive
to Eagle and meet up with Chloe and Roelke for lunch!!

I adore Chloe! Her stories keep me entertained and wanting to see
where she takes us next.

I finally read A Settler's Year and all I can say is I wish it were
called A Settler's YearS because I wanted more!

Writing books has connected me with old friends, and brought me many new ones!  Huge thanks to you all.

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I wish you and yours a most wonderful year.  Happy reading!

Evelyn

Gratitude Giveaway!

November 22, 2015

Congratulations to Patty Collins, Theresa Echols Haack, Nancy Gielow Hawkins, Amy Laundrie, Mary Luchsinger, and Audrey Tollefson! These names came out of the hat as winners in my Gratitude Giveaway. Thanks to everyone who entered.

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In thanks for the wonderful support you’ve given me this fall, six winners will receive a signed and personalized Chloe mystery of their choice.

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To enter, leave a comment below before midnight, Monday 11/23. One entry per person. Six names will be chosen at random from all entries here and on my Facebook Author Page. Winners will be posted on Tuesday, 11/24.

To learn more about the Chloe Ellefson mysteries, check my website.

Good luck!

Flash Giveaway Winners Named!

June 3, 2015

Congratulations to 10-Book Tuesday giveaway winners “I Love Williamsburg,” Daria Bacon, Deb Forbes, Kiki Winn, Judy Goodnight, Stacie Amelotte, Kay Eisenreich, Amanda Acklan, Kathy Bullard Stach, and Barbara A. Hesprich!

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Each will receive one of my books—winner’s choice.

Thanks to all who entered! We’ll do this again. In the meantime, happy reading.

 

Flash Giveaway!

June 1, 2015

It’s summer reading season, so I am declaring a 10-Book Tuesday.

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Leave a comment here by midnight, June 2, to enter. On June 3 I’ll choose ten names at random from entries here and on my Facebook page.

Each winner can pick any one of my existing titles. Those include Chloe Ellefson mysteries, original Caroline books, Be Forever editions of Caroline books, older American Girl mysteries, Civil War novels and nonfiction… and more.

Each book will be signed and personalized, and a hardcover if available. See kathleenernst.com for more information about the choices—and be sure to check back tomorrow. Good luck!

Coming Your Way?

April 1, 2015

One of the best things about being a writer is meeting readers!  I’ve got some great events lined up at libraries, bookstores, and historic sites this spring.

For information about these events, click HERE and a custom Google map will appear in your web browser. Click on the pins on that map to see details about each event.

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Or, you can always visit my online CALENDAR for information.

A couple of special notes:

It’s become tradition for me to reveal details about my next Chloe Ellefson mystery at the Alice Baker Library in Eagle, WI each spring. This year we’ve moved the program to Old World Wisconsin on May 17th so readers can enjoy a day on the site before gathering for the presentation.

And, an advance notice for American Girl fans! This July I’m heading back to Caroline’s home town Sackets Harbor, New York for a fun program.

I’d love to see you at an event. In the meantime, happy reading!

Caroline’s Pocket

March 5, 2015

Did you know that pockets weren’t always sewn into clothes? Girls in Caroline’s day most likely used tie-on pockets.

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In this painting, the woman has pulled up her skirt so she can reach into her pocket, which is tied on over her petticoat. (Temptation: Fruit Stall, Victoria and Albert Museum.)

In The Smuggler’s Secrets, my new mystery, Caroline has a problem when she travels to Lydia’s farm:

Caroline climbed to the loft and dug through her valise. She had no trouble finding her handkerchief, but… “Oh, feathers!” she said, frustrated.

“What’s wrong?” Lydia called.

Caroline came back down. “I forgot to bring a pocket. I do wish that pockets were just sewn into our skirts!” That would be so much nicer. She had two pockets at home that she’d stitched of cotton and decorated with embroidery. She usually tied one around her waist so it hung over her petticoat, hidden under her skirt. A little slit in the seam of her skirt let her reach into the pocket.

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In this political cartoon, you can clearly see the big pockets two women are wearing on top of their aprons. (Scandal Refuted, or Billingsgate Virtue. Collection Guildhall Library, Artist C. Williams, 1818; Reference Number v9045412, Collage 18969)

Caroline usually wears her pocket beneath her skirt, but she chooses to wear one over her skirt during a quilting bee. Doing so let her keep thread, thimble, and needle case handy.

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In this painting, a girl has reached beneath her apron to get coins.

In The Smuggler’s Secrets, Caroline makes a new patchwork pocket using scraps of cloth. I was inspired by this original pocket, which is on display at the Genessee Country Village & Museum in New York.

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If you’ve read The Smuggler’s Secrets, you know that a pocket like this one got Caroline into trouble!  (Susan Greene Historic Clothing Collection, Genessee Country Village & Museum.)

Next time you put something in your pocket for safekeeping, think how much more complicated it was to tuck things away in Caroline’s time!

Lucky Winner of 31 Books Announced!

March 4, 2015

Drumroll please…

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Kerry hails from Albuquerque, and entered here on Sites and Stories.

Huge thanks to all who entered! Your comments lifted my spirits and brightened my day. It’s just lovely to have so many reader-friends.