I know it's been quite a while since you signed up for my newsletter, and I wouldn't blame you if you were saying, "Kathleen Eagle? Who's that?" right about now. A VIEW OF THE RIVER, which is now scheduled for September in paperback, turned out to be quite a challenge--not to mention the sudden onslaught of grandchildren--we're up to 3--and our return to the business of raising horses.
I've also been working with the web mistress of my writers' group getting an online newsletter started for our group. Check in at www.midwestfiction.com and sign in. I promise, you'll get the latest news monthly. Now, I'll be updating my own site very soon--definitely before the end of the month. I hope I can make it more interesting for you, and I do have some tentative plans. Among them, discussion guides designed for readers groups
On to the book news...
TOMMY T GETS HIS OWN BOOK Begging for the sequel to Night Falls Like Silk since it first came out in 1997, readers bombarded me with cries of: “Give us Tommy T’s story.” I responded with Night Falls Like Silk. Said Publisher’s Weekly: “Edge-of-the-seat suspense...Her scene setting is convincing and her pacing flawless...Eagle enriches the romance genre.” (Hardcover 10/03)
Now it’s time for more readers to discover Night Falls Like Silk in paperback. Look for the March 2005 release from HarperTorch. Here’s the setup:
A connoisseur of exquisite objects, Cassandra Westbrook collects whatever catches her eye. At an art auction she is captivated by a set of old Lakota Sioux ledger drawings and by the stranger who’s bidding against her. She wins the bid, but she’s in for trouble. When both the drawings and her nephew suddenly disappear, Cassandra must turn to Thomas Warrior for answers. Thomas lifted himself from the mean streets of the inner city to become famous beyond his imaginings, but his talent is a gift that haunts his darkest hours. His creations seem to be taking on a life of their own, threatening everything he holds dear. Is Cassandra’s enigmatic lover a hero or a trickster? NIGHT FALLS LIKE SILK HarperTorch, 0-06-103244-1 March/05
MIRA BOOKS TO PUBLISH MY NEXT PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
As I said, A VIEW OF THE RIVER was a corker to write, for reasons I can't begin to explain. There aren't many characters, but there were lots of threads to be woven through to the end. Here's the setup (from the cover blurb):
If you look closely enough, you can find love everywhere. A descendant of a courageous band of Ojibwe, Birch Trueblood is now a local Shaman doing a booming business with New Age believers and tourists. With a young daughter to care for, he manages to mask his cynical attitude about life and his so-called art. But everything changes when he’s called to work his magic at an historic old house, where he meets a woman who’s about to make him a believer. Rochelle LeClair has crossed paths with Birch before—and has no reason to change her opinion that he’s a fake and a charlatan. Running Rosewood, a fledgling B&B, Rochelle is forced to come face to face with Birch again when her eccentric aunt hires him to communicate with the house’s ghostly presence, but it’s Birch’s own presence that plays havoc with her senses. As family rivalries and buried lies are exposed, the spirits of the past will come to light, along with the deepest secrets of Rochelle’s heart. A VIEW OF THE RIVER Mira Books, 0-7783-2098-7, Sept/05
I will start visiting the message board again this month. I miss it, but I've had to stay away to keep my mind clear for writing. Thanks for bearing with me. Back soon!