What a Winter Break. . .

It Was Always YOU

My newest thriller, It Was Always You, has been out for a little over a month now, and I couldn’t be more thrilled (pun totally intended) with the reviews and responses from readers (Oh, and I also had the perfect excuse to get a new custom t-shirt! #1inMurder).

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A few of my favorites:

A lot of twists and turns. First time reading this author, well written. Intriguing characters and the ending is poetic.

Wow, wow, wow is all I can say. I absolutely could not put this book down. Very well written. I got so involved with the characters. Keeping me guessing as to what in the world was going on. I really loved this book. If you like a good psychological thriller, this is a good one for you.”

More twists and turns than a mountain pass in Switzerland! A truly amazing book. The characters expertly crafted, and the psychological elements on the nail, I loved every page and highly recommend this fabulous read.”

Thank you to everyone who has read It Was Always You, and big hugs to everyone who has left a rating or review for it. It cannot be overestimated how much reviews help authors get their books into the hands of future readers, and I greatly appreciate the time each reader took to provide a review or rating on Amazon and Goodreads!

Oh, and just for fun–I couldn’t help but smile at this little bit of feedback on Goodreads:

Props to the author for including a character who uses a Tori Amos ringtone on her mobile phone. I love ‘Cornflake Girl.'”

I am, if nothing else, a Tori Amos fangirl for life.

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I’ve included a few other highlights from the last few weeks in this post–what a wonderful ride it’s been so far! And, before you know it, it will be Spring Semester at Penn State.  I’m off to prep my syllabi for the next group of students. The beginning of a new semester always brings with it a sense of anticipation, joy, and excitement. There’s so much to do, to share, and to learn from each other. Here’s to another great 15 weeks!



Winter Whirlwind

With the release date of It Was Always You scheduled for American Thanksgiving, the last few weeks have been a beautiful frenzy of book news and events, along with family time and a little travel thrown in for good measure. All while Fall semester at Penn State rushes towards finals week. Phew! I’m a little exhausted, but also energized with all the good news I have to share.

I was lucky to be asked again by the Mid-State Literacy Council to participate in their holiday shopping festival at State College’s Barnes and Noble branch the weekend before Thanksgiving. Even though my book wasn’t officially out yet, Bloodhound Books made sure I’d have a stack of early edition copies for the event. Writing is such a solitary activity in many ways, so having the opportunity to interact with readers and writers in support of such an important organization in our community was thrilling. And the staff at Barnes and Noble couldn’t have been more helpful or supportive–such a great time!


Then–before I knew it–we were at publication day for It Was Always You. We were traveling for the holiday to visit family back in Youngstown, OH (where my novel is set–how fitting!) and we made sure to bring a few of those early edition copies with us to share with family and friends back in our hometown. Everyone has been so supportive throughout this entire process, and I was excited to share the final product with my loved ones.


It Was Always You has been out for a little over a week at this point. Like any other author, I’ve been anxiously waiting as reviews come in. . .



This morning, I woke up to see that my novel was the #1 New Release under Women’s Detective Fiction!  When you’re a writer, there’s nothing quite like seeing readers enjoying your hard work. It makes all of the long nights, burnt dinners, and self-doubt worth it.

I hope you enjoy It Was Always You. And if you do, please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads. As a new author working with an independent publishing house, reviews are incredibly helpful in connecting us with new readers who might enjoy our books.

Now I’m off to go work on edits for book three, The Anniversary, which Bloodhound Books will release in Spring 2020.

But don’t let the title fool you–it’s definitely not a romance 😉

Happy Reading!