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Happy Book Birthday to MRS. LINCOLN’S RIVAL!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | Announcements, Book News
NOW AVAILABLE: Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival

Today is the official publication day of my twenty-third novel, Mrs. Lincoln's Rival, a new Civil War tale I hope you'll love. RT Book Reviews calls it "a wonderful novel," the Columbus Dispatch praises it as "sparkling," and regarding Mrs. Lincoln's Rival as well as my previous two historical novels, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says, "In addition to simply being fascinating stories, these novels go a long way in capturing the texture of life for women, rich and poor, black and white, in those perilous years."

Mrs. Lincoln's Rival is a fictional account of the famous First Lady’s very public social and political contest with Kate Chase Sprague, memorialized as “one of the most remarkable women ever known to Washington society” (Providence Journal).

Kate Chase Sprague was born in 1840 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the second daughter to the second wife of a devout but ambitious lawyer. Her father, Salmon P. Chase, rose to prominence in the antebellum years and was appointed secretary of the treasury in Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet, while aspiring to even greater heights. Beautiful, intelligent, regal, and entrancing, young Kate Chase stepped into the role of establishing her thrice-widowed father in Washington society and as a future presidential candidate. Her efforts were successful enough that The Washington Star declared her “the most brilliant woman of her day. None outshone her.”

None, that is, but Mary Todd Lincoln.

The book tour for Mrs. Lincoln's Rival will begin on Tuesday, January 14 in Madison, Wisconsin, and will take me to several wonderful bookstores and libraries across the country. Please visit the Events page to see if I'm coming to a town near you.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013 | Announcements, Book News, Event News, Press
Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker

The Wisconsin State Journal has selected Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker as their featured book for November! Please join me for a live chat about the novel today, Tuesday, November 19, at noon Central Time.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013 | Announcements, Book News
An Elm Creek Quilts Companion

It's the official publication date of my latest book, An Elm Creek Quilts Companion: New Fiction, Traditions, Quilts, and Favorite Moments from the Beloved Series. This reader's guide to the Elm Creek Quilts series offers the resources and references readers have been telling me they want at their fingertips. I've included a short story about Sylvia, Sarah, and their friends just for fun. For more details, please click the link!

Books & Company in Dayton, Ohio

Wednesday, October 02, 2013 | Uncategorized
The Spymistress

What's round on both ends and high in the middle? Ohio, of course! This evening at 7 PM I'll be returning to Books & Company in Dayton to introduce readers to The Spymistress.

Publication Day: The Spymistress

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 | Announcements, Book News, Event News
The Spymistress

Today is the official publication day of my twenty-second novel, The Spymistress — an enthralling historical novel set during the Civil War era inspired by the life of “a true Union woman as true as steel” who risked everything by caring for Union prisoners of war—and stealing Confederate secrets.

Born to slave-holding aristocracy in Richmond, Virginia, and educated by northern Quakers, Elizabeth Van Lew was a paradox of her time. When her native state seceded in April 1861, Van Lew’s convictions compelled her to defy the new Confederate regime. Pledging her loyalty to the Lincoln White House, her courage would never waver, even as her wartime actions threatened not only her reputation but also her life.

Van Lew’s skills in gathering military intelligence were unparalleled. She helped to construct the Richmond Underground and orchestrated escapes from the infamous Confederate Libby Prison under the guise of humanitarian aid. Her spy ring’s reach was vast from clerks in the Confederate War and Navy departments to the very home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis.
Although Van Lew was posthumously inducted into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame, the astonishing scope of her achievements has never been widely known. In this riveting tale of high-stakes espionage, a great heroine of the Civil War finally gets her due.

My book tour begins on Tuesday, October 1 in Madison, Wisconsin, and will take me to many wonderful bookstores and libraries across the country:

  • Tuesday, October 1 — Barnes & Noble West Towne, Madison, WI
  • Wednesday, October 2 — Books and Company, Dayton, OH
  • Thursday, October 3 — A Likely Story, Sykesville, MD
  • Friday, October 4 — Quail Ridge Books & Music, Raleigh, NC
  • Friday, October 4 — Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Saturday, October 5 — Tattered Covered, Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Sunday, October 6 — Scottsdale Public Library, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Tuesday, October 8 — Al Ringling Theater, Baraboo, WI
  • Thursday, October 10 — Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
  • Sunday, October 13 — Cedar Falls Public Library, Cedar Falls, IA
  • Monday, October 14 — Carnegie-Stout Library, Dubuque, IA
  • Thursday, October 17 — Notre Dame Bookstore, Notre Dame, IN
  • Saturday, October 19 — Notre Dame Bookstore, Notre Dame, IN

Please visit the Events page of my website for more details.

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