News From Kate Emerson
News for August 2014
8/1/14: July was a busy month and August is shaping up to be another. One
of the highlights was a group book signing at the Beyond the Sea Book Festival
in Lincolnville Beach, Maine. Here I am with fellow bloggers at Maine Crime Writers Dorothy Cannell and Kate Flora.
When not out and about, I’ve been working on the rough draft of the
second mystery writing as Kathy Lynn Emerson and featuring Rosamond Jaffrey, a
sixteenth-century gentlewoman who not only gets involved in solving mysteries
but also ends up entangled in espionage. Spies were pretty much everywhere in
England during that era. Everyone of any importance employed
“intelligencers” to keep them informed of what their rivals were up
to. In Rosamond’s case, the spy master is the man charged with stopping
plots against the queen (Elizabeth the First), Sir Francis Walsingham.
That said, my focus is on the usual things cozy mystery readers look
for—a puzzle to solve, interesting characters, and no gratuitous sex or
violence. The first book in the series, Murder
in the Queen’s Wardrobe, will be out in the U.K. in November and in
the U.S. in March 2015.
In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at the cover.
Update on July News
7/8/14: The problem with ebooks has been
resolved. The English edition is easy to find again. Yea! Credit for fast work
goes to my agent, Christina Hogrebe, and to Natasha
Simons at Gallery Books.
In other new news, there is a new historical short story forthcoming from
me, writing as Kathy Lynn Emerson. Every year, the New England Chapter of
Sisters in Crime publishes an anthology of short stories by New England
writers. I don’t write short stories very often, but this year I did have
an idea for one and submitted “The Blessing Witch” to Rogue Wave, the next volume in this
series. I’ve just been notified that my story will be included.
“The Blessing Witch” is set in 1570 in Bermondsey,
just across the Thames from the Tower of London and, not exactly
coincidentally, the same setting I’m using in the Mistress Jaffrey
Mysteries, although those take place a bit more than a decade later. The
detective and title character in “The Blessing Witch” is Old Mother
Malyn, the local herb woman. Her “Watson”
is her granddaughter, Joan, blessing-witch-in-training. The name comes from the
fact that herb women (also called “cunning people”) were reputed to
be able to unwitch those who had been bewitched. Malyn is also skilled at finding things that are lost and I
have hopes of writing other stories about her in the future. She might even
make an appearance in one of the Mistress Jaffrey novels.
News for July 2014
7/1/14: I’m still hard at work at Murder in the Mercery, but I wanted to
post this notice for anyone who may have been trying to purchase the ebook edition of The
King’s Damsel. For some reason, when the Russian language edition
became available, the English edition disappeared from some of Amazon’s
pages. It’s still there, but hard to find. Below is a direct link to the ebook in English and it includes a listing all editions of
the book. Of course you can also buy the ebook or
paperback through Barnes and Noble, iBooks and other
For folks in Maine later this month, I’ll be signing books at the
Beyond the Sea Book Festival in Lincolnville Beach on July 26 from 12-2. Also
there at that time will be fellow mystery writers Dorothy Cannell,
Kate Flora, and Tess Gerritsen.
And in Russia, the Russian edition of At
the King’s Pleasure is out. Here’s what the cover looks like.
News for June 2014
6/7/14: Not too much to report this month. I’m proofreading the
“galleys” of Ho-Ho-Homicide
(w/a Kaitlyn Dunnett), which are due back at the end
of the month. This is my last chance to catch typos and other errors, so
it’s a time-consuming task. These uncorrected page proofs are bound into
Advance Reading Copies (ARCS) and sent to reviewers, mistakes and all. So far
I’m not finding too many things that need fixing, but I did catch one
instance where a character knows something she’s not supposed to have
heard about yet. That will definitely be fixed before the book is published.
At the same time, I’m starting work on the second Mistress Jaffrey
Mystery (w/a Kathy Lynn Emerson), tentatively titled Murder in the Mercery. The first one, Murder in the Queen’s Wardrobe,
due out next spring, took place in 1582 and 1583 in England and Muscovy. This
one, set at the end of 1583, stays in England, but it includes scenes at Leigh
Abbey and an in-person appearance by Susanna, Lady Appleton, the sleuth in my
Face Down series.
News for May 2014
5/9/14: I was Guest of Honor (as Kathy Lynn Emerson) at Malice Domestic
(May 2-4) this year and, needless to say, had a wonderful time. Here are a few
photos from the weekend:
Kathy, about to venture out to the first panel, one on fan mail, with
Dorothy Cannell, Martin Edwards, Margaret Maron, Earlene Fowler, and Joan Hess.
That evening, between events, Maine Crime Writers pals Kate Flora, Barb
Ross, and Lea Wait got together for supper. Photo taken by Maddy
Saturday was a full day. I read my short story “The Kenduskeag Killer” (by Kathy Lynn Emerson) for a
podcast that will be available from Alfred
Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, then participated in a group signing
with other Kensington authors (as Kaitlyn Dunnett),
followed by the Guest of Honor interview conducted by Kate Flora. That evening
was the banquet and presentation of Agatha awards. The award is a black teapot.
Guests of Honor receive a tea cup—a BIG tea cup.
Sunday was another full day, including my scheduled book signing time.
Below is a shot of the signing area from the sixth floor balcony, and then a
April 2014 News
4/9/14: Attention Kate Emerson fans. Kate is going back to writing under
her real name, Kathy Lynn Emerson. You can read all about it, and the first
book in a new historical mystery series set in Elizabethan England, by clicking
on the link below.
March 2014 News
3/10/14: It seems I’m a best seller in Russia, Who knew? According to
my agent, the Russian language version of The
King’s Damsel was the lead title in a book club edition and ended up
selling 140,000 copies. Trust me, that’s better than most of my titles do
here in the U.S. I’m both pleased and surprised at this news, and have no
idea what it was about this book that made it appeal to that particular
February 2014 News
2/14/14: I just received word that Royal
Inheritance has won a CataNetwork’s
Reviewers’ Choice Award in the single title category. That means I can
display this graphic:
And, of course, the adjective “award-winning” can go before
the title. What a very nice way to start my day.
2/12/14: I’m hard at work on the 2015 Liss
MacCrimmon mystery (w/a Kaitlyn Dunnett).
It’s always slow going getting started. I recently blogged about that at
Maine Crime Writers. The link is here
January 2014 News
Happy New Year
1/3/14: I’m starting 2014 off with a new Kathy Lynn Emerson
mystery. It’s not yet sold, so I have no idea when it might be available
to read, but here’s the link to the post I wrote about its creation at Maine
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