I have a new book coming out!

I’ve been very quiet on the blog for the last… Oh, wow. It’s been a year and a half since I posted here? Good grief. I post weekly at GoTeenWriters.com, but with Connor starting a medical diet last February:

Even Keto kids need birthday treats!
Even Keto kids need birthday treats!

me finding out I was pregnant:

July in Lake Tahoe
July in Lake Tahoe

and Eli Christopher joining our family in October:

My four favorite people :)
My four favorite people 🙂

posting on my author site has been one of those things that got shoved off to the side. But I have news!

While I’ve been very quiet on the site and in public appearances for the last few years, I used my time to write a new book, which I just signed a contract for!



If you’re missing Veronica Mars or Downton Abbey, this is a book for you! The Lost Girl of Astor Street will release from Blink in February of 2017. This story is set in the 1920s, and it follows eighteen-year-old Piper Sail as she searches the dark underbelly of Chicago to solve the disappearance of her best friend.

Here’s an official-ish description that will be on the back cover:

In this jazz-age mystery, The Lost Girl of Astor Street, 18-year-old Piper Sail takes on the role of amateur sleuth in an attempt to solve the disappearance of her best friend. Given that Piper’s tendency has always been to butt heads with high-society’s expectations of her, it’s no great surprise to anyone that she doesn’t give a second thought to searching for answers to Lydia’s apparent abduction from their privileged neighborhood.

When Piper discovers that the answers might originate in the midst of the corruption strangling 1924 Chicago—and quite possibly lead back to the front doors of her affluent neighborhood—Piper must decide how deeply she’s willing to dig, how much she should reveal, and if she’s potentially willing to risk her life of privilege for the sake of the truth.

I turned in my edits just a few weeks ago, and I’m eagerly awaiting my first glimpse of the cover! If you want to stay in the know about this book and other 1920s projects I have in the works, you can subscribe to updates of this blog (just enter your email address on the sidebar box that says “Receive emails when I update my blog” and my author newsletter.

15 comments on “I have a new book coming out!

  1. This is exciting! 🙂 Is it mid-grade? YA?

    I like the period twist on the girl detective story. I recently realized this is one reason why I enjoy the show Agent Carter so much. Of course, Peggy Carter is an adult agent, not a young character, but the combination of detective work and period drama is fantastic. It’s like Nancy Drew actually getting to be as cool as the Hardy Boys. Haha. (I used to get bored with Nancy because of how many dull dates she went on with Ned, and how many times her dad or boyfriend swept in to save the day.) Or all the Pride & Prejudice magic, but with goals other than landing husbands.

    My husband enjoys Veronica Mars. I’ll have to check it out.

    Excited for you! Congrats.

    1. Thanks, Tineke! It’s a YA book. I’m not sure I know how to write anything else 🙂

      I haven’t watched Agent Carter yet, but it’s on my list of shows to check out. I keep hearing good buzz. I’ve always wanted to write a girl detective story but the ever-evolving technology made me nervous. When I decided to get brave and try writing my first historical, it all fit together very well 🙂

      1. That makes sense! And YA is wonderful. It’s one of my favourite genres to read (I like mid-grade slice-of-life even more). I do think it’s interesting how writers often only feel able to write in one genre. I understand that feeling. Before I audited one of Dan’s classes, I never thought I could write fiction. I am still not very good at it, but it’s been good to push out of creative nonfiction even if only as an experiment. But in the end, I bet I will always feel most at home with CNF.

  2. I was so excited when I saw this announcement. I literally gave a little happy-squeal that surprised my roommate!
    Every few weeks I would keep checking this site in hopes that your next book was ready.
    I can’t wait to read it! You are one of my favorite authors and any book of yours is well worth the wait.
    Congratulations on your new book and your new baby! Thank you for sharing all those pictures with us.

  3. I have never read any of your books, but I hear you’re a GREAT author. I’m going to pre-order your new book now. 🙂 Sounds exciting!!

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