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The Twentieth American Girl Book by Kathleen Ernst

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15 Days in Top 1% - Based on Pre-Orders

Partial cover image of Mining for Justice, the 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, from publisher Midnight Ink Books Kathleen's next Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining for Justice, has been ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for a running total of fifthteen days since it became available for pre-order. Source: Nielsen BookScan.

Posted March 25, 2017.



Audio Version - 30 Days to Release

Partial front book cover of the first Chloe Ellefson mystery book, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst and published by Midnight Ink Books. Audiobook CD and MP3 CD versions of the first Chloe Ellefson mystery book are set for release on April 25th. They are available for pre-order now from independent bookstores as well as from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and many other booksellers. Old World Murder has been ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales for 280 days. (Source: Nielsen BookScan.)

Posted March 25, 2017.


Varm Velkomst

Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst giving the special 'Norske' version of her Chloe Ellefson mysteries program for the Sons of Norway Green Bay WI lodge on March 21, 2017. Photo by Scott Meeker. Kathleen received a warm Norwegian-American welcome Tuesday night in Green Bay, WI. She was there to present a special 'All Things Norske' Chloe Ellefson mysteries program to the Sons of Norway lodge. In the course of the evening Kathleen was treated to a wonderful dinner, given a lovely bouquet of flowers, and offered a plate of delightful treats. The Green Bay Lodge sure knows how to fete an author!

Posted March 22, 2017.


35 Days in Top 1%

Partial front cover of the American Girl book, Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey With Felicity, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. The new American Girl book, Gunpowder and Tea Cake: My Journey With Felicity, written by Kathleen has now been ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for thirty-five days to date. (Source: Nielsen BookScan.)
 

Posted March 21, 2017.


Titletown Trip

Sons of Norway Lodge 632 Green Bay, Wisconsin logo. This Tuesday, April 21st, Kathleen will be giving the special 'All Things Norwegian-American' version of her Chloe Ellefson mysteries program for the SON Lodge 632 in Green Bay, WI. The program begins at 6:30 PM in the Trinity Lutheran Church at 330 South Broadway, and is free and open to the public.

Posted March 20, 2017.


Published 2004 - Top 1% Again

Partial front book cover of the multiple award-winning History Mystery book Betrayal at Cross Creek written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by American Girl. Kathleen's multiple award-winning American Girl historical fiction 'History Mystery' book, Betrayal at Cross Creek, has just been ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked for three days running (source: Nielsen BookScan). This tale of Scottish immigrants in the American Revolution was released thirteen years ago!

Posted March 17, 2017


EPD Ride Along

Kathleen is away today visiting the Wisconsin Village of Eagle Police Department. Readers of her popular Chloe Ellefson mystery series are well acquainted with the EPD, including Officer Roelke McKenna. Perhaps less known is the key role the real life EPD officers have generously played—from the first book forward—in helping her accurately portray the fictional EPD and the law enforcement plot points in the series. Thank you EPD!

Posted March 17, 2017.


A Memory of Muskets Evening

Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst giving her A Memory of Muskets program to the Rock County Civil War Roundtable on March 14, 2017. Photo by Scott Meeker. A dedicated group of American Civil War history enthusiasts took an hour-long journey through some of the 'history behind the mystery' in Kathleen's seventh and newest Chloe Ellefson novel, A Memory of Muskets, during the March 14th meeting of the Rock County Civil War Roundtable at the Rock County Historical Society in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Posted March 15, 2017.


Rock County Civil War Roundtable

American Civil War Union Army reenactors firing muskets. Kathleen's seventh Chloe Ellefson mystery, A Memory of Muskets, is rooted in actual events during the American Civil War, and the modern understanding and reenactment of it. These roots are the subject of Kathleen's illustrated program for the Rock County Wisconsin Civil War Roundtable. It begins at 7 PM, Tuesday, March 14th, at the Janesville Historical Society and is free and open to the public.

Posted March 13, 2017.


And The Winners Are...

American Girl Revolutionary War mystery books giveaway winners graphic. Created by Scott Meeker. The lucky winners of Kathleen's American Girl Revolutionary War Mysteries Giveaway are: Dawn Alexander, Alisha Allen, Cheryl Callies, Susan Macdonald, Chera Stories, Chris Swoboda, and Rebecca Vance. Congratulations!

Posted March 9, 2017.


25 Days in Top 1%

Partial front cover of the American Girl book, Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey With Felicity, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. The new American Girl book, Gunpowder and Tea Cake: My Journey With Felicity, written by Kathleen has now been ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for twenty-five days to date. (Source: Nielsen BookScan.)
 

Posted March 8, 2017.


Revolutionary Giveaway

Enter Giveaway Now Revolutionary Books Giveaway graphic by Scott Meeker. Two of Kathleen's American Girl books are set during the American Revolution era, Gunpowder and Tea Cakes and Betrayal at Cross Creek, and she is celebrating them with a giveaway! Seven lucky people will receive a signed and personalized copy of each. Enter before Midnight (Central US time), Wednesday, March 8th by posting a comment on either her Facebook Author page or Sites And Stories blog. Act now!

Posted March 7, 2017.


Advance Notice

American Library Association annual Chicago Conference & Exhibition 2017 logo. Attention Librarians! Kathleen will appear at the American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago on June 24, 2017. Details TBA. more>>

Posted March 4, 2017.


Growing Likes

Graphic stating Facebook 3200 Likes. The "Likes" of Kathleen's Facebook Author page has just reached a new milestone. Kathleen thanks all her wonderful new reader-friends! more>>

Posted March 2, 2017.



Thus Begins Chloe Mystery #9

Front cover photo of writer's notebook for Chloe Ellefson mystery #9 created by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. When Kathleen starts creating a new book, she always begins with a blank new notebook. This becomes the repository of all her ideas, questions, research notes, references, etc., about the new story. Based on these, and lots of creative thinking, writing and re-writing (plus a little luck), a finished book will be released some eighteen months later. 

Posted February 21, 2017.


10 Days in Top 1%

Partial front cover of the American Girl book, Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey With Felicity, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. Kathleen's new American Girl book, Gunpowder and Tea Cake: My Journey With Felicity, has now been ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for ten days to date. (Source: Nielsen BookScan.)
 

Posted February 20, 2017.


A Week Away + A Workshop

Graphic by Scott Meeker showing snow covered bare tree limbs with "Gone Writing" text overlaid. Kathleen leaves tomorrow for a week-long writing retreat at Write On, Door County. While there she'll begin working on Chloe 9 (for release in 2018). She'll also be teaching a writing class for aspiring novelists, Start Your Novel Sure and Strong, on February 25th.

Posted February 18, 2017.


Likes Still Climbing

Graphic showing 3,100 Facebook Likes Kathleen is delighted that the number of Likes of her Facebook Author page has risen by 100 in the last week. Thanks everyone! more>>

Posted February 17, 2017.


Felicity is Back!

Color image of the Felicity Merriman American Girl doll. American Girl has today re-released its' Felicity Merriman Revolutionary War character! To celebrate her return, the company asked Kathleen to write a new Felicity adventure story—the first about her in six years! To discover 'behind the scenes' details from Kathleen about Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey With Felicity, click HERE.

Posted February 16, 2017.


10 Days in Top 1% - Based on Pre-Orders

Partial cover image of Mining for Justice, the 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, from publisher Midnight Ink Books For ten of the twelve days since it became available for pre-order, Kathleen's next Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining for Justice, has been ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked. Source: Nielsen BookScan.

Posted February 14, 2017.



New Feliticy Book - Now Shipping

Partial front cover of the American Girl book, Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey With Felicity, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. Kathleen's American Girl book, Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey With Felicity, has begun shipping to readers! This is the first new Felicity book in years (and Kathleen's 20th book for American Girl and her 35th published book overall). It is shipping now from Amazon, Books-A-Million (BAM), and your favorite independent bookstore

Posted February 13, 2017.  


Giveaway Winners

Laura Ingalls Wilder 150th Birthday Gratitude Giveaway graphic by Scott Meeker. Here are the winners of Kathleen's Laura Ingalls Wilder 150th Birthday Gratitude Giveaway: Sherry Byers, Kristen Bonner, Susanne Hantwerker Brown, Debbie Hicks Cantrell, Leslie Carter, Sheila O'Brien Glass, Candy Albright Kennedy, Teresa Mccleave, Amy Tamburro Melino, Jennifer Motl, Wendy Nix, Christine L. Peterson, Alice Reynolds, Cynthia Shores-Dobson, Kathy Snyder, and Kathy Temple. Congratulations!

Posted February 9, 2017.


Milestone Reached

Graphic stating Facebook 3000 Likes. Kathleen is delighted with the jump in the number of Likes of her Facebook Author page in response to her Laura Ingalls Wilder 150th Birthday Gratitude Giveaway. (The deadline for entering is this evening at Midnight Central US Time.) more>>

Posted February 8, 2017.


Little House Big Story Contest

Laura Ingalls Wilder Booksigning November 17, 1952 at Brown Brothers Book Store in Springfield, MO (Credit: Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum, Mansfield, MO.) Old World Wisconsin is holding a "Little House Big Story" contest—and Kathleen will be one of the judges selecting the winners. Children and adults are invited to "write a story or a poem, paint a picture, dance or even put on a play [about] how Laura Ingalls Wilder inspired them to learn more about Wisconsin, history, or their own family stories." more>>

Posted February 8, 2017.


Yet More Likes

Graphic stating Facebook 2900 Likes. The number of "Likes" of Kathleen's Facebook Author page just reached this milestone, and Kathleen thanks all her wonderful new reader-friends for their support! more>>

Posted February 7, 2017.



Laura Ingalls Wilder 150th Bday Giveaway

Laura Ingalls Wilder 150th Birthday Gratitude Giveaway graphic by Scott Meeker. Laura Ingalls Wilderthe revered author of the beloved 'Little House' books about her pioneer childhoodwas born 150 years ago today in a log cabin in the 'big woods' near Pepin WI. Laura's stories were some of the earliest that Kathleen read growing up, and influenced her writing career. In gratitude, she is giving away 15 copies of her Laura-related Chloe mystery, Death on the Prarie. Visit her Facebook Author page or Sites & Stories blog to enter.

Posted February 7, 2017.


Chloe Audiobooks Narrator

Photo of Elise Arsenualt, narrator of the Chloe Ellefson audiobooks from Tantor Media. Elise Arsenault is the classically trained actor, singer, and voice-over artist who will be narrating unabridged audiobook versions of the initial three books in Kathleen's award-winning Chloe Ellefson mystery series: Old World Murder, The Heirloom Murders, and The Light Keeper's Legacy. They will be released by Tantor Media in April, May, and June, respectively, and can be pre-ordered now.

Posted February 3, 2017.


Advance Notice

Logo of The Larry Meiller Show on Wisconsin Public Radio. After reading about Mining for Justice in Kathleen's newsletter, The Larry Meiller Show contacted her yesterday to schedule a live, 45-minute, on-air interview about the book. Larry's popular midday program on Wisconsin Public Radio has a statewide audience of some 100,000 listeners. Kathleen's appearance will be on September 28th.  

Posted February 2, 2017.


First Day in Top 1%

Partial cover image of Mining for Justice, the 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, from publisher Midnight Ink Books Yesterday Kathleen publicly revealed the cover and story description of Mining for Justice, her eighth Chloe Ellefson adult mystery. Even though trade paperback and ebook copies will not ship until October, pre-orders by eager fans immediately rocketed MFJ into the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked. Source: Nielsen BookScan.
 

Posted February 2, 2017.


First Day in Top 1%

Partial front cover of the American Girl book, Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey With Felicity, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. Yesterday Kathleen publicly revealed the story description of Gunpowder and Tea Cakes, which will be her first Felicity, 20th American Girl, and 35th published book. The resulting pre-orders by Felicity fans immediately rocketed GTC into the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked. Source: Nielsen BookScan.
 

Posted February 2, 2017.


Winter Newsletter - 2 New Books & More

Photo by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst showing her laptop at a desk looking outside on a snowy winter day. "Some writers I know prefer to work in windowless rooms. Not me! I like feeling connected to the outside world. Glimpses of changing weather and birds aren't distractions. I think books are windows too, giving readers a peek into another time, another place, another circumstance. I hope that the books I write can provide you with that experience. With that in mind, I'm excited to share my latest news!" more>>

Posted February 1, 2017.


Chloe 8 - Big Day

Partial cover image of Mining for Justice, the 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, from publisher Midnight Ink Books As of today, the manuscript of Kathleen's next Chloe Ellefson mystery is in the hands of publisher Midnight Ink! And the book cover and story description have been posted online!! And the first bookseller is now offering print and ebook copies for pre-order!!! more>>

Posted January 30, 2017.


Audiobook Narrators

Photo of a pair of gray headphones. Yesterday Kathleen spent time listening to possible narrators for the upcoming unabridged audiobook versions of the first three Chloe Ellefson mysteries: Old World Murder, The Heirloom Murders, and The Light Keeper's Legacy. They will be recorded and released over the next few months by Tantor Media, a subsidiary of Recorded Books. Details TBA.

Posted January 17, 2017.


Gunpowder and Tea Cakes

#1 New Release graphic. For three days in a row Kathleen's American Girl Felicity book has been the #1 New Release in the Amazon Children's Colonial American Fiction History category.

Posted January 12, 2017.


Liking Those Likes

Graphic stating Facebook 2800 Likes. The number of "Likes" of Kathleen's Facebook Author page has just reached a new milestone. Kathleen thanks all her wonderful new reader-friends! more>>

Posted January 10, 2017.



Final Chloe 8 Retreat

Graphic by Scott Meeker showing snow covered bare tree limbs with "Gone Writing" text overlaid. Kathleen is at an undisclosed location, editing the manuscript of her eighth Chloe Ellefson mystery. The deadline for submitting it to publisher Midnight Ink is January 31st; the book is to be released this fall. Kathleen will be out of communication until late Friday, January 13th. Mr. Ernst will be keeping the home office open until then.

Posted January 9, 2017.


Revealed - Kathleen's 35th Book

Partial front cover of the American Girl book, Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey With Felicity, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. Here is the cover of Kathleen's upcoming American Girl book, Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey With Felicity. It's her first ever Felicity story, and the first new Felicity book in years! It will also be Kathleen's twentieth for AG and the thirty-fifth published book in her career. Pre-order one now from your favorite local independent bookstore or from a wide variety of national booksellersincluding Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and Amazon.

Posted January 7, 2017.


Over 100 Days in Top 1%

Partial image of the front cover of A Memory of Muskets, the seventh Chloe Ellefson mystery book written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books. Kathleen's newest Chloe Ellefson adult mystery, A Memory of Musketshas now been ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for a running total of over one hundred days. Source: Nielsen BookScan.
 

Posted January 2, 2017.