A little history, a little romance

I’m excited to announce that I will have a book launch at Sundial Books in Chincoteague on Saturday, June 24, 10:30 a.m. to noon. This lovely bookstore is not only part of the town where Fearless Summer is set, it’s got a quick scene in the book…

I pushed open the Sundial bookstore door and slipped inside.
The store’s owner glanced over the reading glasses perched on
her nose. “Morning, Henry. What brings you here?”
I scanned the shop. I couldn’t quite say I was searching for a safe
place to hide and calm my raging nerves. “Hi, Susan. I need a book for Mom. 

She likes those beach romance books. Got anything new?”
Taking off her glasses, she nodded and came around the counter. 

“I’ve got just the thing. It’s set right here, a second-chance romance.”

Looking forward to introducing my second-chance romance at Sundial. (And yes, I know the owner’s name isn’t really Susan.)

After terrific events at Backwater Books in Ellicott City and Park Books in Severna Park, I am looking forward to introducing FEARLESS SUMMER to new readers throughout the summer. Here’s my schedule so far–

Saturday, June 17, 12 noon, Park Books, Severna Park: I’m coming back for a book signing all my own in my own hometown. I grew up in Severna Park, wrote my first article for the Village Voice when I was in seventh grade, and decided to become a writer as a young student at St. John’s.

Sunday, July 30, 11 a.m., The Greyhound, Berlin (near Ocean City): I’ve launched every novel I’ve ever written at this charming shop in America’s Coolest Small Town. I’m not biased, of course. But I did start writing about Berlin for Frommer’s soon after Julia Roberts and Richard Gere came to town to shoot Runaway Bride.

Monday, July 31, 6:30 p.m., Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, Del.: Another bookstore that’s close to my heart since we have spent many a summer vacation on the beach here. Elin Hilderbrand and Kristin Harmel are bringing their new books to this fine store—different days, darn it—but I’m still thrilled to be included in the summer fun.

Paperback editions of all my books are available at The Greyhound, a Berlin, Md. indie bookstore, as well as the usual outlets. Park Books in Severna Park will be carrying my books soon.

Set among the beaches and wild ponies that have made Chincoteague famous, FEARLESS SUMMER brings Charlotte home to help her sisters run a new shop in town. She hasn’t been home since her break-up with Henry eight years before. The possibility of meeting him almost makes her say no. Sisterly love convinces her she can handle a return to Chincoteague.

Champagne has also published two others of my PG-rated love stories. 

THE LAST GIFT is now available in paperback as well as an e-book from Champagne Books, as well as at Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.

Set sail on a Mediterranean cruise with Donna, a workaholic afraid of boats, and Scottie, a ship’s officer who loves the sea more than anything.  

Being a romantic doesn’t make you hopeless.

Champagne also published INN BY THE LAKE as well. It is available as an e-book and paperback.

Bad aim brought together the lawyer and the innkeepers’ son. Everything else drove them apart. Can the inn’s past promise them a future?

Two historical novels were previously published. You can find more information about Mary’s Civil War novel of love and courage, DIVIDED LOYALTIES, and a Jane Austen-inspired Christmas novella, LOVE LETTERS & GINGERBREAD, here.


Support a local bookstore!

My books are available on the physical shelves of The Greyhound in Berlin, Md., or the online shelves of Bookshop.org. The good folks at Park Books in Severna Park will be carrying my books soon. If you stop by, ask for them.

About me

Book signing at the beloved but now gone Greetings and Readings bookstore.

I blame my becoming a novelist on two things: National Novel Writing Month and my kids. I wouldn’t even have learned about National Novel Writing Month (affectionately known as NaNoWriMo if one of them hadn’t said, Hey Mom, you should totally do this.

So I did.

Now I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo for nearly a decade and have published five novels. Lots more are in the works. Stay tuned. MORE

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