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Some writers I know prefer to work in windowless rooms.
Laptop overlooking a winter scene.
Not me! I like feeling connected to the outside world. Glimpses of changing weather and birds aren't distractions.
 
I think books are windows too, giving readers a peek into another time, another place, another circumstance. 

I hope that the books I write can provide you with that experience.

With that in mind, I'm excited to share my latest news!

  New American Girl Book

Gunpowder and Tea Cakes

My 1st Felicity, 20th American Girl, and  35th book.

This is a choose your own path, multiple-ending story about a modern girl who suddenly finds herself in Felicity's world!
Gunpowder and Tea Cakes - My Journey With Felicity
What if you suddenly found yourself in Felicity's world during the American Revolution?
 
Together, you and Felicity could hang out at her father's store, sip tea at the Governor's Place, or get caught up in a gunpowder plot! 

And you get to decide what happens next by choosing your own path through this multiple-ending story.

Paperback copies can be pre-ordered now from your favorite local independent bookseller or from AmazonBarnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and other national vendors. 

  New Chloe Ellefson Book

Mining for Justice

My 8th Chloe Ellefson Mystery, and 36th book. 

The manuscript is now at the publisher, the cover and story description have been posted online, and booksellers are beginning to offer print and ebook copies for pre-order!

Chloe Ellefson is excited to be learning about Wisconsin's early Cornish immigrants and mining history while on temporary assignment at Pendarvis, a historic site in charming Mineral Point.


But when her boyfriend, police officer Roelke McKenna, discovers long-buried human remains in the root cellar of an old Cornish cottage, Chloe reluctantly agrees to mine the historical record for answers.

She soon finds herself in the center of a heated and deadly controversy that threatens to close Pendarvis. While struggling to help the historic site, Chloe must unearth dark secrets, past and present . . . before a killer comes to bury her.

Chloe 8 will be released October 8th, as a  trade paperback and in multiple ebook formats. You can pre-order from your favorite independent bookstore (yay indies!) or from national vendors. For the latest, click HERE. 

 Writing Class

Start Your Novel Sure And Strong

Eighty percent of people want to write a book, but many of those who dream of writing a novel aren't sure how to begin. 
Write On Door County mailbox.
That's why I'm excited about leading a writing workshop this month! 
 
In this workshop we'll contemplate elements of fiction to consider before starting a novel: compelling characters, point-of-view, narrative distance, setting, plot structure, creating scenes and chapters, and whether or not to outline.
 
Write On, Door County is sponsoring Start Your Novel Sure And Strong, which will be held Saturday morning, February 25th. For location and registration details, click HERE.

  In Gratitude

"Mr. Ernst" and I wish you and yours the very best in these tumultuous times. Thank goodness for the escape and solace books can bring. Please stay in touch, and happy reading!  

Warm regards,
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P.S. -- Discover a complete list of my upcoming winter events by visiting my online Calendar.

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Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst at Old World Wisconsin. Photo by Kay Klubertanz.

Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst writes award-winning mysteries, and historical fiction and non-fiction for adults and young readers.
           
Over the years her work has earned numerous honors, including an Emmy, a LOVEY, and Edgar and Agatha mystery award nominations.

To date 1.7M printed, audio and ebook copies of her 35 published books have been purchased. For more about Kathleen, click
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