Lacemaker's Secret
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Happy autumn! When I turn in a Chloe Ellefson mystery to publisher Midnight Ink each winter, the October release date always seems so far away. But now launch season is here!

Photo of bestselling author Kathleen Ernst taken by Scott Meeker.
This season I'm counting my blessings with extra care.  Late last spring I came down with a bad virus that confounded the doctors for weeks. 

I'm fine now, but I got no writing done for over two months. And for several weeks I didn't even feel well enough to read. 

That time reminded me that reading and writing are essential to my well-being. 

I'm grateful to be back at work, and have recently enjoyed reading several books for the pure pleasure of disappearing into a good story.   I hope the new Chloe mystery provides you with the same pleasurable escape!

  Lacemaker's Secret

After over a year spent researching, writing, and editing . . . the ninth Chloe will soon be released into the hands (and ebooks) of all my wonderful Chloe and Roelke fans.

Here's the first published review of The Lacemaker's Secret.

"In this heartfelt tale of labor and love,
Ernst produces one of her most winning combinations of historical evocation
and clever mystery." --Kirkus Reviews

And here, based on pre-orders, is what readers are doing. 
The Lacemaker's Secret sales graphic.

Now you can discover what the story is about (no spoilers) on my website's  Lacemaker's Secret  page.

  Chloe Launch Events

The initial public launch events for The Lacemaker's Secret are listed below.  Each is free . . . and you are invited!

The Peninsula Bookman logo.
Saturday - Sept. 29th - 10 AM to 5 PM
First opportunity to get an author-signed copy of The Lacemaker's Secret.  Come for a book, stay for the fall colors in lovely Door County!
The Peninsula Bookman - Fish Creek WI

Belgian Heritage Center logo.
Sunday - Oct. 7th - 10:00 AM to Noon
A rare chance to learn both about the book, and  a tragic event featured in the story, in a place and area where many scenes are set.
Belgian Heritage Center - Brussels WI

Larry Meiller Show Wisconsin Public Radio logo.
Tuesday - Oct. 9th - 11 to 11:40 AM
I'll answer questions about the newest Chloe mystery with Larry and his listeners. Catch us on-air, streaming over the web, or archived. 
The Larry Meiller Show - WI Public Radio

Mystery To Me bookstore logo.
Thursday - Oct. 11th - 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Join the fun at the official Chloe Launch Party! RSVP for free by clicking HERE. There will be stories, book-themed treats, and door prizes. 
Mystery To Me Bookstore - Madison WI

Old World Wisconsin logo.
Saturday - Oct. 13th - Noon to 5 PM
I'll be signing Chloe books where Chloe works! Stop by for one, then tour the site, and the nearby Village of Eagle where Roelke patrols.
Old World Wisconsin - Eagle WI 

Photo of The Cornish Corner storefront in Mineral Point Wisconsin.
Saturday - Oct. 20th - 1 to 3 PM
Come watch a bobbin lace demonstration, get a book signed, and explore charming Mineral Point where Chloe 8, Mining For Justice, is set!
The Cornish Collection - Mineral Point WI

Books & Company bookstore logo. Tuesday - Oct. 30th - 7 to 8 PM
It's pronounced " O-con-o-mo-wok" and I'll be there to talk with readers, answer questions, award door prizes, and sign my Chloe books. 
Books & Company - Oconomowoc WI

For a complete list of all my fall events, visit my  Calendar .

  Young Readers

The Edgerton Sterling North Book & Film Festival celebrates storytelling, poetry, and music. I was beyond honored when told...

Sterling North Legacy Award Winner Kathleen Ernst graphic.

I learned to love history as a child by reading historical fiction. It has been a privilege to share my passion with children.

Edgerton Sterling North Festival logo.
Saturday - Oct. 27th - 9 AM to 5 PM
I'll be speaking, signing books, and giving away door prizes--including two American Girl dolls! Check the schedule for times and locations.
Sterling North Festival - Edgerton WI

In related news, my most recent American Girl book is about Felicity, the Revolutionary War character created by Valerie Tripp. The Felicity 3 Book Boxed Set, containing my book and two of Valerie's, just reached a big milestone. 

American Girl Felicity 3 Book Box Set graphic.

Although I've been busy with adult projects, I still love writing for kids, and hope to do more books for them.

  Happy Autumn

I'd love to see you at one of my fall events! Most of all, in this golden season, I wish you peaceful moments with a good book in hand.

Happy Reading,
                                   Kathleen signature in script.   

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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 for Educational Television, a LOVEY Traditional Mystery Award, as well as an Edgar Allan Poe and multiple Agatha Christie mystery award nominations.

To date over 1.7M audio, ebook and print copies of her 37 published books have been sold. 

For more about Kathleen, click HERE .
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