First letter to readers

Dear Fellow Reader,

I hope this October finds you well and the cooler weather means you’re scouring the bookshelves at libraries and bookstores and online to find new worlds to explore and new lives to live inside the hearts and minds of a multitude of new characters.

In less than two months, my first middle-grade story, ONE IF BY LAND, TWO IF BY… SUBMARINE will be published by Curiosity Quill! December 11 is the big day!

Eight years ago I decided I’d write a book and told my husband I figured it would take ‘maybe a year’. Fortunately I married a very patient man. I’ve also announced each fall through the last 15 years that I’m done adding new garden areas to our yard. He now politely nods and goes back to whatever he’s doing.

I’m excited for you to meet my characters Kep, Max, Tela, and T.J. as they arrive in Boston, 1775, and attempt to save the country at its very birth.

When Paul Revere is kidnapped by a time traveler determined to change the outcome of the American Revolution, thirteen-year-old Kep Westguard is sent to Boston, 1775, to take his famous midnight ride. Kep’s four-person team has twenty-four hours to light the famous lanterns at Old North Church, warn Lexington and Concord that the British are coming, and rescue John Hancock and Samuel Adams from hanging as traitors to the crown.

As the clock ticks, one teammate is arrested as a runaway slave, a British watchman stops another from lighting the lanterns, and Kep nearly drowns when he attempts to cross the Charles River in a Patriot inventor’s prototype wooden, hand-crank submarine. When Hancock and Adams ask Kep to sneak a trunk of critical papers out from under the eyes of the British Army during the Battle of Lexington, Kep has to decide how much he’s willing to sacrifice for his country. If he fails, there will be no America to return to.

I got my first four reviews on Goodreads! I am SO excited and grateful to those who took the time to read and review! After having lived with these characters in my head for so long, it is a joy to send them out into the world.

Best wishes to all for a fall full of great stories – both on the pages of books and in the hours of your days!