Fall is coming, and I am here for it.

I totally am, and not just because fall brings the release of The Absinthe Earl! There really is something magical about fall, and maybe especially for people who love storytelling. The authors and readers and booksellers I follow on Twitter have been beside themselves ever since the first leaf fell. One of my favorite Twitter peeps is The Library Haunter, and they posted:

I took this as permission to start putting out the Halloween stuff NOW. Usually I'm a stickler about waiting until October, but I LOVE Halloween and it always seems to go by so fast. 

On that note, I have the perfect book to get you into the Halloween spirit this year, and it's by one of my favorite authors. We'll get into that, plus another book recommendation, plus info about a new release that benefits veterans and first responders, after a few updates. 

First off, as a participant in the Passport to Romance event hosted by my local Romance Writers of American chapter, I got to enter the cover for The Absinthe Earl in a contest! You can see all the pretties (and vote anonymously!) here. Voting ends at the end of the month! 

Another thing I wanted to mention is that I'm doing a countdown to the release on Instagram. Each week, I have been publishing a photo I took of the book somewhere on our farm. (This week's is above!) If you're on instagram, you can follow me here:


You can find the previous weeks' posts on my profile page, or by searching for #TheAbsintheEarl. 

I also wanted to tell you about a couple of updates to my website. The new design includes a page about my new series, to give some background on where it came from and what it's all about. For example, my love of fairies began when I was very young, and my first fairy book, Faeries by Brian Froud, was given to me by my mother. I'll be adding more information to this page over time. 

And one last housekeeping item before we move on to cozy reading recommendations: I've updated the Bookstore section of my site to include the titles at the top of my ginormous TBR pile! I figured it was an excellent way to help me prioritize, and might also give my readers some ideas for new reads. If you're reading on a budget like me, you might sign up for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books newsletter, which alerts you about promo prices for the more popular titles and also gives more information about the books than most promo newsletters. I also love my local library.

On to this month's reading recs! 

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks

Folks, Rainbow Rowell is an auto-buy author for me. Her YA novel Eleanor and Park is one of my favorite books. I also loved Carry On, and the sequel, Wayward Son, is coming out soon. (More on those in another newsletter.) Pumpkinheads is a YA graphic novel romance. How awesome is that? It gets better. It's set IN A PUMPKIN PATCH where the two teenagers work. Let me tell you, if this doesn't give you all the cozy, spooky, pumpkin-spice-latte feels, nothing will. It's a super sweet and funny story with adorable artwork. I bought it for my daughter for her birthday and thought I was going to have to steal it. But the day it came, we spent the entire day at the state fair. Poor kiddo had vertigo the next day from a spinny ride, and spent the day on the couch reading. She finished it that day, I read it the next morning, and my other daughter read it after that. Let's just say it gets my family's stamp of approval!  

The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechancis by Olivia Waite

I have been looking forward to this book for some time. First of all, because COVER LOVE. AmIright? Second, it has a LADY SCIENTIST and is set in the Victorian era. If you've read any of my books, you probably know I'm partial to those (four lady scientists, one archivist, SO FAR). Third, I've been wanting to read an f/f love story for a while, and since this one ticked all the boxes for me, it seemed like a great place to start. This book is charming, and it is feminist in the truest sense of the word. (Some pompous, patronizing male mathematicians get their comeuppance, too, so, bonus points.) I love the attention to detail, with lavish descriptions of the artist heroine's embroidery work. I also loved the twist at the end, and the resolution will leave you cheering.

Limited Run - October 8 Release

Pets in Space 4

I wanted to let you know about this upcoming anthology featuring stories by several of my science fiction romance colleagues. These are award-winning and bestselling authors, and previous volumes of Pets in Space have done VERY well and been beloved by readers. Best of all? This series of limited-run anthologies is a fundraiser for Hero-Dogs.org, a nonprofit charity that provides service animals to veterans and first responders in need. 10% of all preorders and the first month’s royalties for Pets in Space 4 go to the charity. Help a hero AND check out a bestselling anthology—WIN. You can preorder it here

That's a wrap for September! I want to close with a reminder that The Absinthe Earl is out NEXT MONTH, and preorders are gold. All the preorders go onto the first day of release, and it's an author's best chance of hitting a bestseller list!

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