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This has been an exciting and busy year. My second novel, Accidentally Engaged, about a tarot-card reader who has to stand in for a bride with cold feet was re-released in May with a new cover, the perfect gift for summer brides and bridesmaids alike. When it was first released, Publishers Weekly proclaimed: The sitcom-caliber humor hits its mark, and the trove of mini-mysteries will keep readers guessing and Booklist followed with: …. There are plenty of twists, turns, and secrets to be revealed that make Carter’s romances stand out from the predictable fare… readers are sure to take notice. I’m excited for new readers to discover the quirky characters and adventures of Clair Ivars, thrice-divorced, unlucky in love, psychic. Not only that, when you reach the end of the novel, you will find the opening chapter to my most recent work London from My Windows which hits the shelves at the end of July.
London From My Windows features Ava Wilder, a funny and talented woman suffering from agoraphobia. When her Aunt Beverly dies and leaves Ava her flat in London, there is a catch. In order to keep the flat, Ava will have to complete a list of things to see and do in London. It’s a tall order given that previously even going out to the mailbox was a challenge. But Ava is determined to start living her life, and soon she discovers that she won’t have to go it alone. An entire cast of London characters await to take the journey with her. I hope you enjoy the characters and world as much as I did. From London to Ireland—we move to my next piece of news.
I have completed book one in a murder mystery series set in Ireland that I am writing under the pen name Carlene O’Connor. Murder in an Irish Village will be released in February of 2016, just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day. It’s a cozy mystery set in a small town called Kilbane in County Cork, revolving around Siobhán O’Sullivan and her five siblings. With a bistro to run and siblings to mind, one wonders how Siobhan has time to find a killer, but that’s exactly what she’s called to do when Niall Flanangan is found dead in her bistro, and her oldest brother is the top suspect. I think readers will love the Irish people and settings as much as I do. Lastly, I am now working on the next Mary Carter novel, Home With My Sisters, which will be set in an adorable Bavarian village nestled in the heart of the Cascade Mountains. If you’ve never been to Leavenworth Washington during the Christmas season, you’re in for a treat. After its completion, I will begin working on the second in the Irish murder mystery series.
Although writing is enough to keep me busy, I am continuing to lead writing workshops at The Writers Loft in Chicago, and thoroughly enjoying engaging with aspiring writers as well as getting to know my new city. Anyone interested in learning more about The Writers Loft can visit thewritersloft.com.
Lastly, what would summer be without reading novels for pleasure, and so far this year I have enjoyed: The Martian by Andy Weir, Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates, and The Wrong Man by Kate White. I am looking forward to more summer books, and I am looking forward to conversing with readers and writers alike.
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Happy summer and happy reading!