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Dear Friends,

It’s a bittersweet moment for me as I think back over the Lakeshore Chronicles series. When Summer At Willow Lake was published, the topic was a 50th wedding anniversary, based on the celebration my family had for my parents. In fact, I dedicated the novel to them.

Yesterday, I learned the book is on the New York Times Bestseller List once again. For that I have readers to thank.

The very next day, my author copies of Starlight on Willow Lake arrived at my doorstep.

I’m so excited for you to read this new novel. Like the first Lakeshore book, Starlight on Willow Lake (aka Lakeshore #11) is dedicated to my parents. By now, they’ve been married for 61 years.

​But it’s particularly poignant, because my sweet dad passed away this month. I’m still in a fog of missing him. He loved the Lakeshore books and was always my biggest cheerleader.

In honor of my dad, here is his favorite Old Fashioned recipe. Cheers, Dad!

Just a reminder that if you preorder Starlight on Willow Lake, you can receive some fun e-mails with exclusive content about this upcoming book. Plus, you’ll be automatically entered in the drawing for a collection of swanky things guaranteed to please any reader. So if you preordered the book, or plan to, take 30 seconds to fill out this form, and you’re in!

Thanks to all for sticking with the Lakeshore Chronicles through thick and thin.


Please join me on my social networking channels, and let’s talk books! You can check out my Pinterest board. You’re also welcome to join me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Instagram, or read my blog below.

My memory is so bad that I’ve taken up the habit of pre-ordering books. For me, it’s the perfect way to remember to buy a book I’ve been dying to read.

My publisher is rewarding readers who pre-order Starlight on Willow Lake. You get exclusive extra content about and from the book, and you’re entered in a contest with lavish prizes. What’s better than that?

About that special content–I worked like a rented mule on it, so I hope you like it!

Anyway. If you preordered the book, or if you plan to, click this link to sign up for the special content and the contest. Thanks, all!


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