Back in 2013, the launch party for Book 1, The Sense of Death, consisted of dinner at a local pub with my husband and a few of our close friends. This time around, I’m extending the invitation to a lot more friends, old and new—some of whom I may not have met yet except through my first book, Facebook page, or blog posts! I hope you'll join me at Kildare’s Irish Pub (18 W Gay Street) in West Chester, PA, starting at 5pm on Friday, October 23. (Starting at 6pm, you can enjoy live music by Kevin Eppler!)
The Sense of Reckoning deserves a bigger party because the list of contributors is longer! Wade Walton, in addition to being a great sounding board for, and originator of, plot ideas, once again penned a back cover blurb that really captures the spirit of the story. Wade and my sister, Mary Dalrymple, both served again as trusty beta readers, with Lynda Holl joining the team this time around.
Some roles were the same but were filled by different contributors—Jen Blood provided editorial support, pointing out where plot lines or characters needed to be fleshed out, and Rob Frankel designed a cover that’s already getting rave reviews.
Unlike my first book, I needed to do some historical research for The Sense of Reckoning—its backstory is the fire that blazed across Mount Desert Island and burned much of Bar Harbor on (surprise!) October 23, 1947. To ensure I got the details of the fire and mid-century MDI right, I worked with Sean Cox and Virginia Mellen of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society, Paul Richardson of the Bar Harbor Historical Society, and Robyn King and Kate Pontbriand of Acadia National Park’s research center. Fellow Dickinson College alum David Fried, MD, F.A.C.P., provided advice on the medical aspects of the story, and Sandra Paoli provided Italian translations. Most fun of all, Tim Stanley, Assistant Manager at the Claremont Hotel in Southwest Harbor, Maine, let me poke around the hotel (so if you ever need to hide a body at the Claremont, I know just the place).
If you’re near West Chester on October 23, I hope you can join the celebration in person!
If you’re further afield, I hope you’ll check in on Facebook for updates on the launch.
If you’re in Chester County, Pennsylvania, or an adjoining county, I’d love to attend a book club discussion of The Sense of Reckoning.
And wherever you are, please go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble on October 23 to order your copy! (Print copies available on both platforms, ebook available on Amazon.)
Happy haunted reading!