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Edith/Maddie writing from north of Boston, finally mostly ready for Christmas and looking forward to it. Read down for a giveaway!
How did it get to be nearly the end of the year already? My 2022 writing year was full and wild, with, um, two book releases plus a novella, three short story publications, three books and two short stories submitted, a new series begun, and a new historical mystery polished and sent to my agent. Whew! I worked hard, but since it’s my dream job, I (mostly) enjoyed every day at my desk.
I also got back into the writing world in person, attending Malice Domestic (and COVID), Bouchercon, and New England Crime Bake. At Malice, I was finally able to deliver my acceptance speech for Charity’s Burden winning Best Historical Novel in 2020 and pick up my Agatha teapot.
Library and bookstore events with real-live people were so fun, as was zooming into book groups and panels all over the country.
But that’s all old news, and I’m really looking forward to 2023. First up is the release of Four Leaf Cleaver at the end of January. It’s not too late to pre-order it as a gift for your bookish loved one! You can print out a gift certificate here.
Shortly after the release, Hugh and I take off for Puerto Rico to help my son John celebrate his marriage to his beloved Alexandra. I can’t wait!
Later in the year there will be more conferences, more panels, and more books.
My next release, Murder at a Cape Bookstore, Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery #5, will be out at the end of August.
Isn’t that a fun cover? You saw it here first! The book is already up for preorder. As an illustration of how far ahead publishers work, last week my editor asked for cover ideas for #6, Murder at the Rusty Anchor, which I won’t even start writing until April!
And the Cece Barton Mysteries launch in the fall (more about that later).
But enough news. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, the solstice, or something else, I wish you a warm, delicious, and book-filled holiday.
Readers: What’s your favorite winter holiday food or drink? I’ll send one commenter one of my last two Country Store Mysteries ten-book jigsaw puzzles.