Williamsburg Hill

Williamsburg Hill

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Williamsburg Hill - Published

It has been a while since my last book was published, so I've forgotten everything that has to happen post-publishing...a lot! At some point, it's worthy of a blog post. So is the writing, proofreading, editing, rewriting, submitting, publishing process, which will include the nitty gritty of submitting to literary agents (and it's not pretty). But this post is about the finished product.

My book, Williamsburg Hill, is now published and available for purchase in paperback and Kindle on Amazon (Williamsburg Hill). A little back cover blurb is included below. It's mainly historical fiction, but crosses a few genres. If you're interested in the backstory of how this book came to be, a recent blog post explains it (backstory). The beautiful Ridge Cemetery plays prominently. Thank you to all who have purchased it so far. It's appreciated. Also, it's part of the Kindle Unlimited promotion on Amazon, so for those of you participating in that, it's a free read. That might apply to Prime members, as well. At any rate, thank you, and please, please, please...reviews are so very appreciated.
And that Halloween post isn't going to happen. Apologies, but I've been a little busy.

About the story...

When history touches the present through an old ghost town, its cemetery, and an ancestral piece of furniture passed down through the ages, a story connecting two generations and eras unfolds.  

Chicago, 2015.  One year after her divorce, Chicago antique dealer Rose Beecham suddenly acquires a beautiful 19th century dressing table at auction. Intending to resell it, something about the piece of furniture makes her hesitate. Tagged with the maker’s mark Dunaway Carpentry, Established 1840, Williamsburg Hill, Illinois underneath it, Rose finds a hidden compartment in one of the drawers revealing a garnet ring and an old daguerreotype of a young couple.  One other item remains hidden within the drawer, just out of reach. Instincts tell her that is the answer to the item’s provenance, and she must find a way to retrieve it. But someone else is looking for the heirloom and is determined to acquire it at any cost. With the help of Robert Moray, the Scottish man who has reentered Rose’s life, they piece together the mystery, leading her to discover ancestors that she never knew existed, and allowing a reconnection with her adoptive family.

Williamsburg Hill, Illinois, 1880.  Evelyn Williams travels to Williamsburg Hill from St. Louis to visit her aunt, and to escape a ghost from her past. She meets Frederic Dunaway, a man descended from Potawatomi heritage whose family built much of Williamsburg. Can he protect Evelyn from the person who is in search of her because of the valuable land she will inherit?  As outlaws close in, and the new railroad threatens the future of the town and stagecoach line, things aren’t as they appear to be. With danger looming, including murder, will Evelyn heed the ramblings of a grizzled old loner named Erastus who says the dead speak to him?

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Cover - Williamsburg Hill

I had plans for a Halloween blog post this month, and it still might happen since there are a few days left before the ghosts and goblins raid our candy bins. But since it's just finalized, I thought I'd first share the official front cover of my book Williamsburg Hill, tweaked just a little from the previous proof.  If there are no hiccups (and when don't those pesky nuisances catch you unexpectedly?), by this time next week both the paperback and ebook will be published.  Thanks for reading.  Hopefully that seasonal dedication to things that go boo in the dark will be written...just don't hold me to it.