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My Diary...

The winning locations of the “Send Susanna Kearsley to My Hometown” tour have been announced, and I’m happy to say I’ll be visiting some familiar friends and some new friends yet-to-be-met on my meanderings through the States in April!

Thanks to my American publisher Sourcebooks (who arrange and sponsor this tour) everyone attending one of the American events will be entered into a raffle to win a prize valued over $150 (that is, there will be a prize for EACH stop on the tour!), but you have to be present at the event to be eligible to win, so please do come out and see me if I’m close to where you live.

Here’s where I’ll be:

Anderson’s Bookshop

123 West Jefferson Ave.

Naperville, IL

Saturday, April 4, 2015

2:00 p.m.

For more details on the event or to pre-order a personally signed copy of A Desperate Fortune, visit Anderson’s website.

The Poisoned Pen Bookstore

4014 North Goldwater Boulevard #101

Scottsdale, AZ

Monday, April 6, 2015

7:00 p.m.

I am beyond honoured to have the wonderful (and wonderfully generous) Diana Gabaldon hosting me for this event (although I really feel our roles should be reversed!). Come out and join us as we celebrate National Tartan Day at the Poisoned Pen! Event details can be found both on the bookstore’s calendar, and on Diana’s website.  

Murder by the Book

2342 Bissonnet

Houston, TX

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

6:30 p.m.

I used to live not too far south of here, actually, and it’s ALWAYS a treat to be back at Murder by the Book! For directions and details, check out the store’s website.

Barrington Books

184 County Road

Barrington, RI

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

7:00 p.m.

This will be my first time ever visiting Rhode Island, and I’m really looking forward to it! To pre-order a book and/or reserve a spot at the event, just follow this link.

Central Rappahannock Regional Library

England Run Branch

806 Lyons Blvd.

Fredericksburg, VA

Thursday, April 9, 2015

7:00 p.m.

I believe I’ve managed to talk Lynn from the review site All About Romance to come do the interviewing again! Hope you’ll come join us at the England Run branch of the library for a chat followed by wine and cheese. More details are up on the library’s website.

Evergreen Park Public Library

9400 S. Troy

Evergreen Park, IL

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

7:00 p.m.

Another new place on the map for me, and one I’m looking forward to visiting! To find out more or register for the event just click here.

Westerville Public Library

American Legion

393 East College Avenue

Westerville, OH

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

7:00 p.m.

The people of Westerville voted hard to have me come visit and are pulling out all the stops to welcome me, so I hope I live up to their expectations! Please note from the address above that the event is being held at the American Legion, not at the library building. Copies of my books will be available at a book sale hosted by the Westerville Library Foundation, and you can also bring your own copies for me to sign. Registration is required. You’ll have to show either a printed email confirmation or your confirmation on your mobile device to be admitted to the event. You can find out more here and register online, or call 614-882-7277 ext. 5023. And as an added bonus, if you register before March 31 you’ll be entered for a chance to win an advanced copy of A Desperate Fortune!

St Charles City-County Library

Corporate Parkway Branch

1200 Corporate Parkway

Wentzville, MO

Thursday, April 16, 2015

7:00 p.m.

This will be my second time in Missouri, but my first visit to Wentzville! Books will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Main Street Books. The event is free, but as with most library events space is limited, so to register and save your spot please visit the library’s event page.

Daviess County Public Library

2020 Frederica Street

Owensboro, KY

Friday, April 17, 2015

6:30 p.m.

As I’ve only ever driven THROUGH Kentucky I’m looking forward to stopping this time! This evening event will begin with a “meet and greet” reception, and as with all library events please take time to register so they know you’re coming. You can do this online via the library’s web site (look under “Events”).

High Point Public Library

901 N. Main Street

High Point, NC

Saturday, April 18, 2015

2:00 p.m.

North Carolina is such a pretty of the country – I was in nearby Raleigh for the Firebird tour two years ago, and in Asheville in February, and I’ll keep coming back to the state as many times as they’ll have me! You can register for this free event by visiting the library’s web site.

Anderson County Library

Anderson Main Library

300 N. McDuffie St

Anderson, SC

Sunday, April 19, 2015

3:00 p.m.

Happily I’m finishing my spring tour in a state I know well (I’ve had family living down there for a number of years!), but this will be my first trip to Anderson. This event is part of the Friends of the Anderson County Library annual meeting, and refreshments will be available. For more information call us at (864) 260-4500 x 103 or visit their website.

With the American leg of my spring book tour finished, it will be time to launch the Canadian edition of A Desperate Fortune, coming out from Simon & Schuster Canada on April 21!

Whitby Public Library

Whitby Centennial Building (Regal Room)

416 Centre Street South

Whitby, ON

Monday, April 20, 2015

7:00 p.m.

In what’s becoming a lovely tradition, I’ll be interviewed “onstage” for this event by Ted Barris, who is himself an accomplished accomplished author, military historian, journalist, and broadcaster. He’s worked as a host or regular contributor for most CBC Radio network programs and on TV Ontario, and his writing has regularly appeared in the national press for nearly 40 years. Ted is also a full-time professor of journalism at Toronto's Centennial College and author of numerous books, including his most recent The Great Escape (yes, that Great Escape), in which he went straight to the source by interviewing some of the men involved in that famous escape by Commonwealth prisoners from a German prisoner of war camp during World War II. Ted and I always have fun in our discussions, so please come out and spend the evening with us if you can. Books will be available to purchase the night of the event through Blue Heron Books. Registration is required for this program. Register online or by calling any branch of the Whitby Public Library (Main number: 905-668-6531 x. 2010). And please note, this program is being held at the Centennial Building’s Regal Room, and not in the library building itself.    

Port Elgin Public Library

708 Goderich Street

Port Elgin, Ontario

Saturday, May 2, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

I moved around a lot in my childhood, but this is the town where I spent the best years of it, and where I came back to waitress in my 20s while I worked to get my first book published, so for me Port Elgin always will be “home”. I had my first ever book launch here in 1994, and it’s a longstanding tradition for me to come back to “my” library with every new book. Please come say hello if you’re nearby. For more information and directions you can check the main Bruce County Library website.

Kincardine Public Library

727 Queen Street

Kincardine, Ontario

Sunday, May 3, 2015

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

A second Bruce County stop on my way homeward this weekend! Looking forward to seeing my old friends and meeting some new ones. As with the Port Elgin event, above, you can find out more by visiting the main Bruce County Library website.

I’m pleased to be sharing my Canadian pub date with fellow author Genevieve Graham, whose historical novel Tides of Honour sets a memorable love story against the high drama of the Halifax Explosion. Simon & Schuster Canada is sending us together on what’s being called “THE TIMELESS TOUR”, because of our shared love of history.

Here’s where you can find us:

Bolen Books

#111-1644 Hillside Ave.

Victoria, BC

Saturday, May 9, 2015

7:00 p.m.

This year Bolen Books is celebrating its 40th anniversary, during the whole of which time it’s been owned by the same family, with a third generation now coming on board! And I’m honoured to announce that mutli-talented author/reviewer/journalist Robert J. Wiersema will be hosting us here. Find out more at the bookstore’s website.

Owl’s Nest Books

Fish Creek Library

11161 Bonaventure Dr. S. E.

Calgary, AB

Monday, May 11, 2015

7:00 p.m.

1975 must have been an auspicious year to found a bookstore here in Canada, because Owl’s Nest Books is also celebrating its 40th anniversary! Please note that this event is not being held at the bookstore itself, but at the Fish Creek Library. You can learn more at the event page on the bookstore’s website.  

McNally Robinson

1120 Grant Ave.

Winnipeg, MB

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

7:00 p.m.

So happy to be going back to McNally Robinson. Our event here is being co-presented with the Winnipeg International Writers Festival and hosted by award-winning author Maureen Fergus. For more information you can visit the store’s website or simply drop by and say “hi” – we’ll be, appropriately enough, in the Travel Alcove at the Grant Park store!

Blue Heron Books

Wooden Sticks Golf Club

40 Elgin Park Drive

Uxbridge, ON

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

7:00 p.m.

It’s wine and cheese night! Genevieve and I will be joined by Angie Abdou, author of the novels Between and The Canterbury Trail, for what will probably end up being a wide-ranging discussion about writing about women who are different from ourselves. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $25 (which includes one glass of wine and some nibblies). You can purchase tickets from Blue Heron Books.

RT Booklover’s Convention

Hyatt Regency Dallas

300 Reunion Boulevard

Dallas, TX

Thursday, May 14 - Sunday, May 17, 2015

One of my favourite events of the year, and a great chance to catch up with readers and bloggers and writer friends. You have to register for the convention to take part in most of the goings-on, but on Saturday, May 16, there’s a Giant Book Fair that’s open to the public for a separate ticket fee. You can also register for the Saturday only, by choosing either the “FAN-tastic Day Pass” or “Teen Day Pass” (for younger readers). Both include special parties, goody bags, themed workshops and sessions, and the Giant Book Fair. The Teen Day Pass is an especially good bargain – it’s only $30 and is good for one ticket PLUS a ticket for one chaperone (you have to bring one if you’re under 18). You can find out more by visiting the convention website.

Romance Writers of America®  Annual Conference

New York Marriott Marquis

Times Square

New York, NY

Wednesday, July 22 - Saturday, July 25, 2015

Most of the conference is for attendees only, but the annual "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing, which is open to the public, will be held on Wednesday, July 22, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the New York Marriott Marquis. (If you’ve never come to one of these before, bring a big wheelie shopping bag! Trust me). And if you do happen to be attending the conference, I’ll be joining my friends Julie James, Sherry Thomas, and Lauren Willig to present “Not So Fast: Finding Success While Writing in the Slow Lane”, a session designed to help those who, like us, can’t manage to finish a book every few months.  

News in Brief...

I’m so honoured that A Desperate Fortune has been selected by the American Booksellers’ Association as an Indie Next pick for April, and by the American Library Association as a top ten pick on the April Library Reads list.

My thanks to all the booksellers and librarians who voted to give my book this amazing vote of confidence and recognition. Your support and encouragement means the world to me, it really does, and I can’t thank you enough.

And for those who prefer to listen to their stories, I’m also thrilled to share the news that Audible has recorded A Desperate Fortune with Katherine Kellgren, who did such a great job with The Firebird. It’s available here.