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  Mac & Cheese On The Page


A reader's recent note ended with this thought: I have been rereading a lot of old favorite books. They're like comfort food for the soul. Mac and cheese on the page, so to speak.

I love the simile, especially since mac and cheese was a classic in my house when I was a child. My mom made a no-sauce casserole with cheese slices, a style she'd learned from her mother.

It remained such a favorite that decades later, she often made it (in the same casserole dish!) when Mr. Ernst and I visited.

During this challenging holiday season, I'm trying to savor small comforts. I hope you are as well! Preparing a favorite casserole, or disappearing into a beloved book, can lift spirits.
I'm hoping to lift readers' spirits by offering a Chloe Giveaway! Read on for more information.
  Large Print Giveaway!
Wheeler Publishing
Large Print Softcover 

Fiddling With Fate, the 10th Chloe Ellefson Mystery, is available in large print. And I'm giving away a copy to each of three lucky readers! 
Each winner will receive a signed and personalized. To enter, leave a comment on my Sites and Stories blog or my Facebook Author Page.  
Entries must be posted before Midnight (Central US time) this Wednesday, December 9th.  
Winners will be announced the next day. One entry per person, please. Good luck!
  Norway Tour Update

When I partnered with the Mount Horeb Area Historical Society and Group Travel Directors last year to plan a trip to Norway, COVID-19 wasn't on the radar.  
Once it hit we forged ahead, hopeful that we'd all feel safe traveling by May, 2021. The planning committee agreed that having something wonderful to anticipate could only brighten such difficult times.
 Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst holding her Chloe Ellefson mystery  Fiddling With Fate

Well, we get to enjoy that anticipation for a while longer. The Chloe Ellefson tour to Norway has been officially postponed; we now hope to travel in spring, 2022. 
I'm as excited about this trip as ever, and we are committed to making it happen. When we do arrive in Norway, we shall have special toasts all around! For a brochure, click HERE
  It's Getting Real!

I recently had a wonderful conversation with my new publisher about nitty-gritty details of the 11th Chloe mystery, The Weaver's RevengeThe book is starting to feel real!
Many of you have asked when the book will be available for pre-order or purchase. (Thank you!) The great news? We still expect the book to be in print sometime this spring.
We agree, however, that the world is still too uncertain to name a specific publication date at this time. The pandemic has caused turmoil in the printing and shipping industries, resulting in unexpected delays.

really don't want to name a date and schedule launch events only to learn that the book can't be delivered in time. When it's available for pre-order, though, you'll be the first to know! In the mean time, I'll release some additional "sneak-peeks" (including a video) about The Weaver's Revenge.
  Comfort and Joy

I'm also thinking about other ways we can connect virtually this winter. If you have any suggestions or requests, let me know. And please, stay safe and well. Mr. Ernst and I (and our feline muse Eliza) wish you joy...and comfort!
Warm Regards,
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Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst writes award-winning mysteries, and historical fiction and non-fiction for adults and young readers.  
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Over the years Kathleen's work has earned many honors, including an Emmy for Educational TV, a Daughters of the American Revolution National Award for Literature, a Major Achievement Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers, the Sterling North Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, plus Edgar Allan Poe and multiple Agatha Christie mystery award nominations . . . and more.
To date nearly 1.8 million audio, ebook, and print copies of her 38 published books have been sold. For more details, click HERE.
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