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Holy CATS am I an unreliable blogger. I see it’s been a couple months. I’ve mostly been busy trying to figure out new things to fight with my husband about. We ran through the old stuff a couple weeks into quarantine. For real, though, I’m growing sick of myself, and this desperation has driven me to reach out to you, via my blog. What are you up to? What’s the best TV show you’ve seen lately, the kindest thing a neighbor has done, the weirdest food you’ve eaten and/or ordered online?

I ordered a case of turkey gravy two days ago. A. Case. And I have no turkey in the house. I’m calling the gravy meat wine, and I have no regrets.

Book news: Unspeakable Things has sold over 100K copies since January! Thank you. Thank you thank you thank you. It’s such a personal project, and my 20th book in a real “below the radar” writing career (hahaha that's the professional author way of saying I once received a $1.29 royalty check), and so to have it reach so many people is incredibly affirming.

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Bloodline, my next small-town suspense novel, releases December. You can read the description here. Also, if you like creepy, I encourage you to check out Jennifer Hillier’s Little Secrets. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough on this fabulous new release. If you’re more in the mood for a cozy, Golden Era mystery, you can’t beat Erica Ruth Neubauer’s Murder at the Mena House.

I also have three new books in the works: one inspired by the "satanic panic" that swept the US in the mid80s and hit (trigger alert: this following link goes to a New York Times article dealing with the sexual abuse of children) Jordan, Minnesota, particularly hard (it will have a 14-year-old protagonist; the themes of children who are not believed and communities that collectively look away are still haunting me), another featuring a character from Unspeakable Things all grown up (it’s a serial killer thriller), and a third a retelling of the Medusa myth centered around female fury. That last one will be in the vein of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon. I’ll keep you updated on all three projects, and you can sign up for my newsletter if you'd like more regular updates.

Be well!

p.s. If you’re looking for the Unspeakable Things epilogue, it lives here.
p.s.s. I just opened an online creative writing school, classes available to all. Check it out here.
p.s.s.s. If you are a woman interested in signing up for my At-home Yoga, Writing, and Meditation Retreat May 16-20, you can find out more here.

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