Well, here we are yet again, welcoming another Bea book into a world amid a global pandemic. Alas, the optimism of early spring has faded, with delta pretty much scuttling my summer plans. But! It has been a lovely fall in New York, sunny and mild, with just enough chill to make the bedroom nippy at night, and KitKat season is nigh—perhaps known to you more broadly as candy season—which is immediately followed by cheese season. (Let me be the first to wish you an early Bon Fromage!)
In this newsletter you will find:
- An announcement of a new Beatrice Hyde-Clare mystery: A Malevolent Connection. Determined to make amends, Mrs. Norton adopts several secret identities to discover a nefarious plot against Bea, perpetrated by the duke’s uncle. That’s right—Kesgrave backstory! It has been a long time in the works, and I appreciate your patience. I am sure there is more to come, but for the moment there is some solid info on his antecedents. The book pubs on November 11, and you can find the preorder link here. An audiobook will follow at a laterish date.
- A teaser. Now that my kids are back in school full time, I plan to write a third book this year. I trust we all know what an extra book means—spinoff! Ah, but who? I have been thinking for a while that Mr. Twaddle-Thum is not all that he appears. Two caveats! 1) My plans frequently go awry. 2) I am not sure how to define a year. Like, 12 months, sure, but which 12 months? And do they have to be consecutive?
- A bargain alert. Before Bea, there was Emma—a hoydenish outcast who cajoles a handsome duke into helping her save her twin from marriage to a wretched, soul-crushing windbag. Intrigued? The Harlow Hoyden is on sale at Amazon for 99 cents through Monday, October 25. If that works out okay, maybe try her sister’s story.
- A pivot to merch. Huh? I created T-shirts because I can and they made me laugh during a long, strange pandemic. The designs are below. You can get them at my Redbubble store. NOTE: When you click through you are going to see a blank white T-shirt because Redbubble’s interface is baffling to me and I simply gave up. But I swear if you click through to a style and pick a color that is not white, you will see it. Also! If you see something you want, let me know. I am delighted to plaster the image on anything. And colors! I am happy to take recs on colors too.