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Thank You Platteville!

  Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst speaking about her Chloe Ellefson mysteries Nov. 16, 2017 at the Mining Museum in Platteville, WI. It was a chilly night, but Kathleen got a warm response to her Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program from a room full of history buffs at the Mining and Rollo Jamison Museums in Platteville, WI. Thanks to everyone who attended! Kathleen will be back in the Driftless Region on March 13th to do her Chloe Ellefson and American Girl Fans programs at the public library in Darlington, WI.

Posted November 17, 2017.


Mining the Chloe Stories, Tonight

  Logo of the Platteville Wisconsin Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums. Join Kathleen in Platteville, WI where she is presenting her popular, richly illustrated  Chloe Ellefson mysteries program—with special emphasis on the new novel in the series, Mining For Justice, set in nearby Mineral Point. The 'stories behind the stories' begin at 7 PM, at the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums, where she researched the new book. It's free and open to the public, thanks to the museum's Friends group! more>>

Posted November 16, 2017.


90 Days in Top 1% of Sales

  Partial image of the Mining For Justice, Chloe Ellefson mystery #8, book cover. Written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books 2017. The eighth and newest novel in the award-winning Chloe Ellefson mystery series has 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 ninety days! (Source: Nielsen BookScan). more>>
 
Posted November 14, 2017.


Thank You Middleton!

  Chloe Ellefson mysteries program by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst November 8, 2017 at Middleton WI Public Library. A wonderful group of new and long-time Chloe readers attended Kathleen's hour-long Chloe Ellefson mysteries program last night at the Middleton WI Public Library. Thanks to all who came out on a cold night! Thanks also to the library's Friends group, whose support enabled Kathleen's presentation to be open to the public without charge. 

Posted November 9, 2017.


Coming to Platteville - Advance Notice

  Logo of the Platteville Wisconsin Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums. Next week Kathleen will be in Platteville, WI to present her popular, richly illustrated  Chloe Ellefson mysteries program. It will include special emphasis on the new novel in the series, Mining For Justice, which is set nearby Mineral Point. This is her 8th Chloe novel and her 36th published book. Join Kathleen at 7 PM, Thursday, November 16th, at the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums where she did research for the new book. This event is free and open to the public thanks to the museum's Friends group. more>>

Posted November 9, 2017.


It's Chloe Time Tonight

  Middleton Wisconsin Public Library sign. Kathleen is home from her writing retreat, and starting at 7 PM tonight she will be at the Middleton Public Library presenting her Chloe Ellefson mysteries program—with special emphasis on her newest book Mining For Justice—the eighth Chloe novel and her thirty-sixth published book. This event is free and open to the public. more>>

Posted November 8, 2017


175 Days in Top 1% of Sales

  American Girl Felicity 3-Book Boxed Set cover image. The Felicity 3-Book Boxed Set, which includes Kathleen's 2017 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 one hundred seventy-fifty days to date. (Source: Nielsen BookScan.)
 
Posted November 4, 2017.


Seeking a New Perspective

  Photo by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst of Sophie her feline muse. Kathleen sent this snapshot of her muse, Sophie, helping her work on the next Chloe Ellefson mystery during their week-long writing retreat. The Chloe 9 manuscript, to be published fall 2018, is on Kat's laptop, just off screen on the right. As you can see, Sophie is seeking a new perspective on Kathleen's work-in-progress.

Posted November 2, 2017.



Chloe Coming to Middleton - Advance Notice

  Middleton Wisconsin Public Library sign. Kathleen will be presenting her Chloe Ellefson mysteries program, with special emphasis on her newest book, Mining For Justice, the eighth Chloe novel and her thirty-sixth published book. Join Kathleen at 7 PM this coming Wednesday, November 8th, at the Middleton Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. more>>

Posted November 1, 2017.


Author and Muse on Retreat

  Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst and Sophie her Super-Muse feline companion on their way to a week-long writing retreat. Photo by Scott Meeker taken October 30, 2017. This photo was taken as Kathleen and Sophie her feline super-muse departed today for their week-long writing retreat. They'll be working on the manuscript for what will be the ninth Chloe Ellefson mystery, due out fall 2018. Fly fingers, fly, Kathleen!

Posted October 30, 2017. 


75 Days in Top 1% of Sales

  Partial image of the Mining For Justice, Chloe Ellefson mystery #8, book cover. Written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books 2017. The eighth and newest novel in the award-winning Chloe Ellefson mystery series has 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 seventy-five days! (Source: Nielsen BookScan). more>>
 
Posted October 29, 2017.


One Week Writing Retreat

  Gone Writing fall leaves graphic by Scott Meeker. Kathleen and Sophie the feline super-muse leave tomorrow for an undisclosed location. While there, they'll be working on the manuscript of her ninth Chloe Ellefson mystery, slated for release in fall 2018. Kathleen will be offline until Tuesday, November 7th. Inquiries can be directed to Mr. Ernst, who will be home keeping the office open.

Posted October 29, 2017.


Chippewa Festival's Homage to A Settler's Year

  Photo of table display of heirloom apples, autumn leaves, kitchen artifacts, and a copy of an anecdote from the non-fiction history book, A Settler's Year, about Swiss immigrants receiving a Citizenship apple. In her non-fiction history book, A Settler's Year, Kathleen shared a story about Swiss immigrants who were each given an apple when they became US citizens. The tables at Kathleen's Wisconsin Pioneers program at the Chippewa Valley Museum were adorned with heirloom apples, autumn leaves, kitchen artifacts, and a copy of the anecdote. The sold out crowd was as delightful as the displays were clever! 

Posted October 26, 2017.


Chippewa Valley Book Festival - Wisconsin Pioneers

  Logo of the Chippewa Valley Museum, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The second of Kathleen's two events at the festival is a richly illustrated program based on her non-fiction book A Settler's Year:  Pioneer Life Through The Seasons. Her presentation takes place at the festival luncheon on Wednesday, October 25th, at the Chippewa Valley Museum. Afterwards Kathleen will answer questions and sign books (copies will be available for purchase). NOTE:  Kathleen's luncheon program has sold out.

Posted October 24, 2017.


Warm Fall Creek Welcome

  Photo of 40+ person crowd attending the Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, held October 24, 2017 at the Fall Creek, Wisconsin Public Library, as part of the Chippewa Valley Book Festival. Photo by Scott Meeker. Kathleen's Chloe Ellefson mysteries program for the Chippewa Valley Book Festival was held tonight at the Fall Creek WI Public Library. Despite the cold night (frost predicted), a crowd of some 40+ readers gave Kathleen a warm welcome. Great fun!

Posted October 24, 2017.


Chippewa Valley Book Festival - Chloe Ellefson

  Logo of the Fall Creek Wisconsin Public Library. The first of Kathleen's two events at the festival is her illustrated Chloe Ellefson Mysteries - The Stories Behind The Stories presentation. This hour-long program begins at 7 PM, Tuesday, October 24th at the Fall Creek Public Library. Afterwards Kathleen will answer questions, award door prizes, and sign books (copies will be available for purchase). This event is free and open to the public, thanks to the library. more>>

Posted October 23, 2017. 


Hello Indianapolis!

  Magna cum Murder mystery conference logo. This weekend Kathleen will be a panelist at this popular Midwest crime writing festival held at the historic Columbia Club on Monument Circle. Saturday at 9:00 AM she's on the "Digging Up the Past" panel and Sunday at 10:30 AM its the "Mystery Writing in the Midwest" panel. After each, Kathleen will be signing Mining For Justice, her just released 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery book. more>>

Posted October 18, 2017.


 Last Night in Oconomowoc

  Bestselling writer Kathleen Ernst talking about her Chloe Ellefson mystery series and signing her newest one, Mining For Justice, at Books & Company bookstore in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, October 17, 2017. Kathleen reports she had "a terrific evening" with the wonderful crowd of new and long-time Chloe Ellefson readers who attended her talk at Books & Company bookstore in Oconomowoc and purchased signed copies of her just released 8th Chloe mystery book, Mining For Justice.

Posted October 18, 2017.


300 Days in Top 1%

  Partial front book cover of the first Chloe Ellefson mystery book, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst and published by Midnight Ink Books. The first book in the award-winning Chloe Ellefson mystery series has 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 three hundred days! (Source: Nielsen BookScan). more>>
 
Posted October 17, 2017.


Chippewa Valley Book Festival - Advance Notice

  Logo of the 2017 Chippewa Valley Book Festival. Kathleen will be a presenter and keynote speaker at the 2017 Chippewa Valley Book Festival. At 7 PM, Tuesday, October 24th, she'll present her illustrated Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program at the public library in Fall Creek, WI. On Wednesday the 25th Kathleen will be the keynote speaker at the festival's luncheon. The library program is free and open to the public; the luncheon requires prior registration and a fee. more>> 

Posted October 16, 2017.


 Hello Oconomowoc!

  Poster created by Books & Company Bookstore for October 17, 2017 talk and signing by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. Kathleen will be meeting readers, talking about her just-released Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining For Justice, and signing copies at the Books & Company bookstore in Oh-Con-No-Mo-Wok, WI. The fun starts at 7 PM, Tuesday, October 17th. If the rain kept you away from Old World, take heart! The forecast is for a beautiful fall evening. more>>

Posted October 15, 2017.


Rain? What Rain!

  Larry & Linda Dokken chat with bestselling author Kathleen Ernst as she signs their copy of Mining For Justice, the 8th book in her Chloe Ellefson mystery series, on October 14, 2017, at Old World Wisconsin.. This afternoon a stream of eager fans greeted Kathleen at Old World Wisconsin—despite the rain—to get signed copies of her newest Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining For Justice. Chloe fans are the greatest!

Posted October 14, 2017.


Heartland Fall Forum - Signing Today 

  Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst signing her newest Chloe Ellefson mystery at the Heartland Fall Forum for Midwest independent booksellers. Kathleen is in Chicago for this annual gathering of Midwest independent booksellers. From 1 PM (until copies run out) she'll be signing her just released 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining For Justice, at the Midnight Ink table. Sorry Chicagoland Chloe fans, this trade show is not open to the public.

Posted October 13, 2017.


Wonderful Time in Prairie du Sac

  Crowd at bestselling author Kathleen Ernst Chloe Ellefson mystery series program on October 11, 2017 at the Ruth Culver Community Library, Prairie du Sac, WI. In the afternoon it was a roomful of American Girl fans who love reading and writing. That evening it was adults who enjoy Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson mysteries. Kathleen had a wonderful time at the Ruth Culver Community Library, thanks to both groups—and the library staff and Friends members who made it all possible. 

Posted October 12, 2017.


 Signing Books Where Chloe Works - This Saturday

  Old World Wisconsin logo. Wisconsin Historical Society. Kathleen will be at Old World Wisconsin meeting visitors and signing her Chloe Ellefson adult mystery books—including the just released Mining For Justice—from Noon to 5 PM on October 14th. Come for the signing, then tour the historic buildings where key scenes in Old World Murder, The Heirloom Murders, and A Memory of Muskets take place. Site admission is not required for the signing. more>>

Posted October 9, 2016.  


Heartland Fall Forum Signing - This Friday

  Logo of the Heartland Fall Forum. This Friday Kathleen will be signing copies of her just released eighth Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining For Justice, at the Heartland Fall Forum in Lombard, IL. Heartland is a tradeshow for independent booksellers in the US Midwest; it is not open to the general public. more>>

Posted October 8, 2017.


Hello Prairie du Sac!

  Logo of the Ruth Culver Community Library in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. This Wednesday, October 11th, Kathleen will be at the Ruth Culver Community Library in Prairie du Sac, WI presenting a pair of her popular programs: American Girl Fans from 4-5 PM, and Chloe Ellefson Mysteries from 7-8 PM (with special focus on the just released Mining For Justice book). Both events are free and open to the public, thanks to the wonderful folks at the library! more>>

Posted September 8, 2017.


Author Page Tops 3500 Likes

  3500 Facebook Likes graphic. Mining For Justice has spurred a jump in Kathleen's Facebook Author page "Likes" to a brand new total. Thanks to all of Kathleen's wonderful new reader-friends! more>>

Posted October 7, 2017.



 Available October 8th - eBook Versions

  Partial image of the Mining For Justice, Chloe Ellefson mystery #8, book cover. Written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books 2017. Kindle as well as NOOK and other EPUB3 versions of Mining For Justice, Kathleen's 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery, will be available for download starting this Sunday, October 8th. To see a partial list of vendors offering this story as an ebook, click HERE.

Posted October 7, 2017.


150 Days in Top 1% of All US Print Book Sales

  American Girl Felicity 3-Book Boxed Set cover image. The Felicity 3-Book Boxed Set, which includes Kathleen's 2017 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 one hundred fifty days to date. (Source: Nielsen BookScan.)
 
Posted October 6, 2017.
 

175 Days in Top 1% of All US Print Book Sales

  Front book cover of Death On The Prairie, the sixth Chloe Ellefson mystery by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books. The sixth book in the award-winning Chloe Ellefson mystery series has now been ranked in the Top 1% of US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for one hundred seventy-five days to date. (Source: Nielsen BookScan). more>>
 
Posted October 4, 2017.
 

Indianapolis Event - Advance Notice

  Magna cum Murder mystery conference logo. This will be Kathleen's first time attending this popular Midwest crime writing festival, which takes place the weekend of October 20-22, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN. She will be on two panels followed by signings of Mining For Justice, her just released 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery. more>>

Posted October 5, 2017.
 

Keynote Speaker - This Saturday

  Wisconsin Writers Association logo. This Saturday evening Kathleen will be the keynote speaker at the Wisconsin Writers Association 2017 conference. Her talk is entitled Living The Dream:  A Writing Life. Founded in 1948, WWA "is a nonprofit that encourages, educates, supports and promotes writers through its programs and services." Attendance requires prior registration and a fee. more>>

Posted October 4, 2017.


50 Days in Top 1% of All US Print Book Sales

  Partial image of the Mining For Justice, Chloe Ellefson mystery #8, book cover. Written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books 2017. The just released eighth book in the award-winning Chloe Ellefson mystery series has now been ranked in the Top 1% of US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for fifty days based almost exclusively on pre-orders. (Source: Nielsen BookScan). more>>
 
Posted October 4, 2017.


Mining For Justice at Pendarvis

  Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst gave an illustrated program about her new Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining For Justice, on October 1, 2017, at Pendarvis Historic Site, one of the locations the story takes place at in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. A capacity crowd filled the Pendarvis Historic Site Education Center behind the 1850s Martin log cabin (left) for Kathleen's Chloe Ellefson Mining For Justice program on the final day of Mineral Point's 25th annual Cornish Fest. Afterwards attendees were treated to the surprise reveal of a secret hidey hole (that even many local residents had never seen) that is featured in the mystery. 

Posted October 1, 2017.



Pasties and Mining For Justice

 

The 1862 Walker House in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, where bestselling author Kathleen Ernst signed copies of her 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining For Justice, during the 25th annual Cornish Fest dinner on September 30, 2017. The 1862 Walker House in Mineral Point invited Kathleen to sign copies of her just released Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining For Justice, during their Saturday night Cornish Fest Pasty Dinner, which over 200 people attended. A little known fact:  Kathleen wrote substantial sections of the book, including a scene set there, during several extended writing retreats at The Walker House

Posted October 1, 2017.
 

Talkin' Mining For Justice

 

Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst giving a talk about her just released 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery book, Mining For Justice, at the Opera House during Cornish Fest in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, where this story about Cornish immigrants is set. At the 25th annual Cornish Fest in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, Kathleen received sustained applause from an 80-person crowd who came inside the wonderfully restored 1915 Opera House on a beautiful fall day to hear her speak about Mining For Justice, her just released Chloe Ellefson mystery set in Mineral Point, with an historical thread about Cornish immigrants who settled there to mine lead in the 1830s. more>>

Posted September 30, 2017.


Chloe 8 - Now Shipping!

  Partial image of the Mining For Justice, Chloe Ellefson mystery #8, book cover. Written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books 2017. You can now get trade paperback copies of Kathleen's newest Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining For Justice, from your favorite independent bookstore as well as online from a variety of booksellers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and more. Let the reading begin! (Ebooks for the Kindle, Nook, etc., are due out October 8th.) 

Posted September 29, 2017.


Mining For Justice Launch Party

  Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst talking to the Mining For Justice launch party audience at Mystery To Me bookstore in Madison, WI, September 28, 2017. Last night a wonderful crowd of avid Chloe Ellefson fans came to hear Kathleen tell some of the 'stories behind the story' of Mining For Justice, ask questions about the book and the series—and get signed, personalized copies. Chloe and Roelke fans, and the folks at Mystery To Me books, are the best! 

Posted September 29, 2017.



 "We Couldn't Put It Down"

 

Logo of the Mineral Point High Street Beat website. High Street Beat is an online publication that highlights Mineral Point through the stories of locals, transplants and visitors. Today they posted this about Kathleen's newest Chloe Ellefson story, Mining For Justice:  "We just read this great book! We couldn't put it down... It is a riveting mystery set in Mineral Point, WI." more>>

Posted September 28, 2017.


 Larry & Kathleen Talk Mining For Justice

  Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst on the air September 28, 2017 talking about her newest Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining For Justice, with Larry Meiller of Wisconsin Public Radio. Today Kathleen appeared on The Larry Meiller Show to discuss Mining For Justice, the brand new eighth book in her popular Chloe Ellefson mystery series.

You can listen to a recording of the interview by clicking HERE.

Posted September 28, 2017.


 Chloe 8 Programs & Signings at Cornish Fest - This Weekend

  Logo of the Mineral Point Wisconsin Cornish Festival. Kathleen's new Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining For Justice, features an historic thread about Cornish miners who in the 1830s settled in Mineral Point, WI. Join her there for the 25th annual Cornish Festival. She'll be talking about researching and writing the story—and signing books on Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st. more>>

Posted September 27, 2017.


Chloe 8 Launch Party - This Thursday Evening

  Logo of the Mystery To Me bookstore in Madison, Wisconsin. The official launch party for the brand newest Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining For Justice, is this Thursday, September 28th, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Mystery To Me bookstore in Madison, WI. Kathleen will be talking about the story (no spoilers), awarding door prizes, meeting readers—and signing books. In honor of the story's ethnic focus, she's bringing saffron buns—a traditional Cornish treat. more>>

Posted September 26, 2017.


Larry & Kathleen - This Thursday Midday

  Logo of The Larry Meiller Show on Wisconsin Public Radio. Kathleen will be on The Larry Meiller Show from 11:45 AM to 12:30 PM this Thursday, September 28th, talking about her newest Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining For Justice. You can hear them live on the Wisconsin Public Radio IDEAS radio network or listen to them from anywhere, streaming over the internet from the WPR website.

Posted September 26, 2017.


 Chloe Launch Newsletter

  Shipping carton of Mining For Justice, the 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery book by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books 2017. Kathleen's Fall 2017 newsletter went out today, chock full of news about the launch of Mining For Justice, the eighth Chloe Ellefson mystery—and more! Read it by clicking HERE.

Posted September 22, 2017.


Mining For Justice - A Captivating Review

  Mystery Scene Magazine logo. Here's a quote from a recently released review of Mining For Justice.

"I was captivated by this novel. Ernst holds all the story threads in her hands lightly, providing the right doses of suspense, danger, and mystery in the right amounts at the right times." —Robin Agnew, Mystery Scene Magazine, Fall 2017 issue

Posted September 21, 2017.



40 Days in Top 1% - Pre-Release

  Partial cover image of Mining for Justice, the 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, from publisher Midnight Ink Books The official release date for the 8th Chloe mystery is October 8th. Advance orders for Mining For Justice have already propelled it into the Top 1% of all US print book sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for forty days to date! (Nielsen BookScan.)
 
Posted September 21, 2017.


Hello Fort Atkinson, WI

  Logo of the Dwight Foster Public Library, in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. This Tuesday, September 19th, Kathleen will be at the Dwight Foster Public Library in 'Fort' presenting a pair of her popular public programs: American Girl Fans from 4-5 PM, and Chloe Ellefson Mysteries from 7-8 PM (with the first overview of the next book). Both events are free, thanks to the wonderful folks at the library. more>>

Posted September 17, 2017.


 Gone Rosemaling at Vesterheim

  Rosemaling in the Valdres Style class taught by Pam Rucinski. This week Kathleen is taking a Rosemaling in the Valdres Style class taught by Gold Medalist rosemaler (rose painter) Pam Rucinski. Kathleen has been taking Scandinavian folk art classes at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, IA for ten years. Much of what she has learned has shown up in her Chloe mysteries. more>>

Posted September 13, 2017.


400 Days in Top 1% of US Book Sales

  Partial front book cover of the American Girl Caroline book The Smuggler's Secrets written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. The final mystery in the bestselling, award-winning Caroline American Girl series, The Smuggler's Secrets, has now been ranked in Top 1% of US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for four hundred days (Source: Nielsen BookScan). more>>
 
Posted September 13, 2017.


 ALERT - Early Launch Events

  Partial image of the Mining For Justice, Chloe Ellefson mystery #8, book cover. Written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books 2017. The newest Chloe Ellefson mystery is almost here! While the official release date is October 8th . . . there will be three exciting early launch events this month! Hear Kathleen reveal 'the stories behind the story' (no spoilers) and acquire the book, early! more>>

Posted September 12, 2017.


125 Days in Top 1% of US Book Sales

  American Girl Felicity 3-Book Boxed Set cover image. The American Girl Felicity 3-Book Boxed Set, which includes Kathleen's Gunpowder and Tea Cake: My Journey With Felicity book, has now been ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for one hundred twenty-five days to date. (Source: Nielsen BookScan.)
 
Posted September 6, 2017.


Please Thank Jim Fleming & WPR Chapter A Day

  Image of Jim Fleming of the Chapter A Day program on Wisconsin Public Radio If you enjoyed Jim Fleming's abridged version of Kathleen's A Memory of Muskets, please let him know. Perhaps someday he might broadcast another Chloe mystery! 

JimFleming@wpr.org 
Chapter A Day Facebook 
WPR Listener Feedback

Posted September 1, 2017.


And Now The Exciting Conclusion

  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. Today is the 20th and final broadcast of Jim Fleming's abridged version of Kathleen's Chloe Ellefson mystery A Memory of Muskets. Listen midday at 12:30 PM (repeated at 11 PM) on the Wisconsin Public Radio IDEAS Network or streaming over the internet from the Chapter A Day webpage—where this week's episodes can still be heard. Yesterday's ended with Roelke quietly ripping Ralph Petty a new one! more>>

Posted September 1, 2017.


Lookin' for Barn Quilts 

  Color photo of a 'barn quilt' taken by author Kathleen Ernst. This week Kathleen and her sister Barbara will be up in Shawno County, Wisconsin, driving around looking for barn quilts. These are large pieces of wood (typically 8 foot square), painted to look like quilt squares, and mounted on the side of a barn. There are said to be over 300 different quilts decorating barns in Shawno County. more>>

Posted August 28, 2017.


Final Week - Aug. 28 to Sept. 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. This Monday the Wisconsin Public Radio Chapter A Day program begins broadcasting the fourth and final week of its' abridged version of the Chloe Ellefson mystery, A Memory of Muskets. Hear host Jim Fleming's half-hour readings weekdays midday at 12:30 PM (repeated at 11 PM) on the WPR IDEAS Network and streaming from the WPR website. If you miss any of the 20 episodes, each can be heard on the WPR Archives for one week after its broadcast.

Posted August 26, 2017.


The Eagle Diamond - The Story Behind the Story

  Cover photo of the Mara Kent article The plot of the second Chloe Ellefson mystery, The Heirloom Murders, includes details about the legendary Eagle Diamond. This real, 16 carat gemstone was stolen during a high-profile crime in 1964—and never recovered. To read, print, or download a detailed article about it by Mara Kent, in the Wisconsin Historical Society magazine, click HERE.

Posted August 25, 2017.


Week Three - August 21-25

  Image of Jim Fleming of the Chapter A Day program on Wisconsin Public Radio This Monday Wisconsin Public Radio's Chapter A Day program starts broadcasting week three its' abridged version of the Chloe Ellefson mystery, A Memory of Muskets. Hear host Jim Fleming's half-hour readings weekdays midday at 12:30 PM (repeated at 11 PM) on the WPR IDEAS Network and streaming from the WPR website. If you miss any of the 20 episodes, each can be heard on the WPR Archives for a week after its broadcast.

Posted August 20, 2017.


Good Times in Vernon County

  Vernon County Reads! Chloe Ellefson mysteries program, August 17, 2017, Viroqua, Wisconsin. Photo by Scott Meeker. Yesterday Kathleen spent the afternoon and evening in Viroqua, Wisconsin, talking with readers of her twenty American Girl and soon-to-be right Chloe Ellefson books. Her visit was sponsored by the county's public libraries as part of their Vernon County Reads! program. Kathleen had "a fantastic time" with the many "lovely readers" who attended.

Posted August 18, 2017.


Vernon County Tomorrow - Change

  Wisconsin map showing location of Vernon County in red. Kathleen will be away presenting her American Girl Fans program from 3-4 PM and her Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program from 7-8 PM, this Thursday, August 17th. NOTE: these programs will now be held at the Viroqua Middle School/High School Commons, 100 Blackhawk Avenue, in Viroqua. Both are free and open to the public, thanks to the Vernon County libraries.

Posted August 16, 2017


Week Two - August 14-18

  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. This Monday Wisconsin Public Radio's Chapter A Day program starts broadcasting week two of its' abridged version of the Chloe Ellefson mystery, A Memory of Muskets. Hear host Jim Fleming's half-hour readings weekdays midday at 12:30 PM (repeated at 11 PM) on the WPR IDEAS Network and streaming from the WPR website. If you miss any of the 20 episodes, each can be heard on the WPR Archives for a week after its broadcast.

Posted August 13, 2017.


35 Days in Top 1% - Pre-Release

  Partial cover image of Mining for Justice, the 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, from publisher Midnight Ink Books The official release date for the 8th Chloe mystery is October 8th, almost two months away. And yet orders of Mining For Justice have already lifted it into the Top 1% of all US print book sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for thirty-five days! (Nielsen BookScan.)
 
Posted August 12, 2017.


Week One - Last Chance to Listen

  Image of Jim Fleming of the Chapter A Day program on Wisconsin Public Radio Episodes 1-5 of Jim Fleming's delightful abridged version of Kathleen's adult mystery book, A Memory of Muskets, have now aired on Wisconsin Public Radio's Chapter A Day program. If you haven't yet heard them, there's still time. Episodes can be streamed over the internet from the WPR CAD Archives for one week after each has aired. Act now!

Posted August 12, 2017. 


125 Days in Top 1% of US Book Sales

  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 seventh Chloe Ellefson mystery, A Memory of Muskets, has 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 one hundred twenty-five days. Source: Nielsen BookScan.
 
Posted August 12, 2017.


Hardanger Fiddle & Drum Concert

  Graphic by Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum. “Travel” through sound to the 1800s to hear the peasant weddings of Hardanger, Norway, with master musicians and historians Håkon Høgemo and Kjell Tore Innervik! This entertaining free informance by scholar-performers from the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway, is August 11th, 12:30-1:15 PM in the Vesterheim museum’s Bethania Church on Mill Street, in Decorah, Iowa. more>>

Posted August 10, 2017.


Advance Notice - Rosemaling Class

  Rosemaling in the Valdres Style class taught by Pam Rucinski. Kathleen will be heading to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum next month to take a class, Rosemaling in the Valdres Style, taught by Gold Medalist rosemaler (rose painter) Pam Rucinski. Kathleen has been taking Scandinavian folk art classes at Vesterheim for about ten years, and highly recommends them. more>>

Posted August 9, 2017.


Vernon County Reads - Kathleen Programs

 

Wisconsin map showing location of Vernon County.

The Vernon County Public Libraries have been holding a summer program called “Vernon County Reads”—and Kathleen is its' 2017 honored author. On August 17th she will present her popular American Girl Fans and Chloe Ellefson Mysteries programs, at 3 PM and 7 PM respectively, in the Viroqua Elementary School Cafetorium, 115 North Education Ave., Viroqua, WI. Both one-hour programs are free and open to the public.

Posted August 8, 2017. 



Week One - Broadcasts Begin Today

  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. Wisconsin Public Radio's Chapter A Day program begins broadcasting an abridged version of Kathleen's Chloe Ellefson mystery, A Memory of Muskets, today. You can hear host Jim Fleming's half-hour readings weekdays midday at 12:30 PM (repeated at 11 PM) on the WPR IDEAS Network and streaming from the CAD website. If you miss any of the 20 episodes, each can be heard on the WPR Archives for a week after its broadcast.

Posted August 7, 2017.


 Chapter A Day - What's That?

  Image of Jim Fleming of the Chapter A Day program on Wisconsin Public Radio Glad you asked! It so happens Kathleen just posted an article about Chapter A Day on her blog. Did you know that CAD is one of the very longest running radio programs in America—having first aired in 1931! Read why host Jim Fleming selected A Memory of Muskets, and what it takes him to prepare an abridged version for broadcast, click HERE.

Posted August 5, 2017.


Chloe 8 ARC Giveaway - 8 Winners Named

  Partial cover image of Mining for Justice, the 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, from publisher Midnight Ink Books In about a week each will receive a free, signed, Advance Review Copy (ARC) of the eighth Chloe Ellefson mystery book, Mining For Justice: Joanne Buchweitz; Rosemary Grant Dorfmeister, Bev Harris, Helen Martinez, Vickie Miller, Larry F. Sommers, Kathleen Talmadge, and Mary Esler Zeineh. (The official PubDate is October 8, 2017.) 

Posted August 4, 2017.


More Liking

  Facebook 3400 Likes graphic. The number of "Likes" of Kathleen's Facebook Author page has just reached a new milestone, and she thanks all her wonderful new reader-friends who made it happen! more>>

Posted August 2, 2017.



Chloe Gets Serialized - Sample

 

Image of Jim Fleming of the Chapter A Day program on Wisconsin Public Radio

Host Jim Fleming of Wisconsin Public Radio's Chapter A Day program has created an abridged version of Kathleen's Chloe Ellefson mystery, A Memory of Muskets, which he begins reading this Monday, August 7th. Listen below to Jim's narrating the opening lines.

Posted August 2, 2017.


Giveaway - Advance Reader Copies

  Partial cover image of Mining for Justice, the 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, from publisher Midnight Ink Books Want to read Mining For Justice before it officially ships this October? Post a comment on Kathleen's Facebook Author Page or her blog before Midnight, Thursday, August 3rd. Eight lucky winners will each receive their very own signed ARC of the 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery! Their names will be posted the next day—here and on those pages. 

Posted August 2, 2017. 


Volksfest Celebration - This Weekend

 

Photo of Alpen Horns resting against a stone wall at Volks Fest 2011, New Glarus, Wisconsin. Photo by Scott Meeker.

This small town music festival celebrates Swiss Independence Day and the area's Swiss heritage. It's this Sunday, August 6th, from 1-3:30 PM at the Tell Shooting Park just north of the lovely town of New Glarus, WI. Kathleen attended Volksfest while researching her Swiss-themed second Chloe Ellefson mystery book—The Heirloom Murders—and loved it.

Posted July 31, 2017



Chloe Audiobooks - The Winning Libraries

  Gratitude Giveaway Winners graphic. Created by Scott Meeker.

Thanks to the 256 people from 46 states who nominated their favorite public library to receive one of three sets of Chloe Ellefson audiobooks. The randomly selected winners are:
   Kaukauna WI Public Library - Laurie Wentworth
   Lorain OH Public Library - Joy Schaggs
   Wahoo NE Public Library - Pam Lindholm. 

Posted July 27, 2017.


German Fest - This Weekend

  Milwaukee German Fest 2017 sign. One of Milwaukee's oldest ethnic festivals, German Fest is one of the settings for Kathleen's A Memory of Muskets, her seventh Chloe Ellefson mystery. German Fest is this Friday-Sunday, July 28-30, at Milwaukee's Summerfest grounds on the Lake Michigan shoreline. more>> 

Posted July 27, 2017.


Chloe Audiobooks - 3 Sets for 3 Libraries

  Kathleen is giving away three sets of her Chloe Ellefson audiobooks, one set each to three deserving public libraries! You can nominate your favorite library by leaving a comment on her Sites And Stories blog or Facebook Author page prior to midnight, Wednesday, July 26th. The three winning libraries will be announced July 27th. Enter now!

Posted July 25, 2017. 


Here Comes the Judge

  Old World Wisconsin outdoor rural history museum logo. Old World Wisconsin is holding a special event celebrating the 150th birthday of beloved children's author Laura Ingalls Wilder (the subject of Kathleen's Death On The Prairie mystery). Kathleen will be there Saturday, July 22nd to judge the finalists in Old World's Little House Big Story essay contest. Winners will be announced at 1 PM. more>>

Posted July 20, 2017 


100 Days in Top 1% of US Book Sales

  American Girl Felicity 3-Book Boxed Set cover image. The American Girl Felicity 3-Book Boxed Set, which includes Kathleen's Gunpowder and Tea Cake: My Journey With Felicity book, has now been ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for one hundred days to date. (Source: Nielsen BookScan.)
 
Posted July 16, 2017.


Room With a View

  The view from the writing desk in room where bestselling author Kathleen Ernst is on a writing retreat working on her ninth Chloe Ellefson mystery for release in 2018 by Midnight Ink Books. Kathleen is away this week at an undisclosed location, busy working on the manuscript for her ninth Chloe Ellefson mystery. This photo shows the view from the desk where she is working on this as-of-yet unnamed story, which she is under contract to deliver for release next year. (The eighth Chloe mystery, Mining For Justice, comes out this October 8th.)

Posted July 12, 2017.


Advance Notice

  Image of Jim Fleming of the Chapter A Day program on Wisconsin Public Radio Wisconsin Public Radio's popular Chapter A Day program has selected Kathleen's newest Chloe Ellefson mystery, A Memory of Muskets, for serialization. Host Jim Fleming has created a special abridged version—which you can hear him reading on air and over the internet for four weeks starting August 7th. CAD has an audience of some 300,000 listeners and is WPR's longest-running program, having started in 1931. Stay tuned for details.

Posted July 10, 2017.


Fly Fingers, Fly

  Chloe Ellefson mystery #9 graphic Kathleen is away this week at an undisclosed location, working on the manuscript for her ninth Chloe Ellefson mystery book. She is under contract to deliver this as-yet-untitled work for publication in 2018 (not to be confused with Chloe 8, Mining For Justice, which is set for release this October 8th). Mr. Ernst and Sophie the feline Super Muse are staying behind to keep the home office humming.

Posted July 10, 2017.



Chloe 8 - Off to the Printer! 

  Partial cover image of Mining for Justice, the 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, from publisher Midnight Ink Books Kathleen finished the final tweaks to her 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining for Justice, and has sent it off to the printer today! The official publication date is October 8, 2017. Demand has already propelled it into the Top 1% of US print book sales for thirty days. Order it now in trade paperback and multiple ebook formats! more>>

Posted July 9, 2017. 


Colonial Williamsburg - Felicity Article

  Front cover of Trend & Tradition, Summer 2017 issue of the official magazine of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. The American Girl Felicity character is the subject of an article in the Summer 2017 issue of Trend & Tradition, the magazine of the Colonial Williamsburg historic site in Virginia. Felicity's stories, including Kathleen's newest book, Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Adventure With Felicity, are set at Williamsburg during the American Revolution. Kathleen was interviewed for the article earlier this year. 

Posted July 8, 2017. 


Happy July 4th Everyone!

  Betsy Ross and female friends sewing the first American flag. Painting by Henry Mosler (1841-1920). Americans are said to be divided about many things, but we should all be able to celebrate today—the 241st anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence—when in 1776 the thirteen American colonies declared themselves to be a new country, and no longer part of the British Empire. Today let us honor those who signed the Declaration, and all who suffered, fought, and died during the 8 year war to secure our independence. 

Posted July 4, 2017.


Memory of Muskets Review

  Logo of the Brown County Wisconsin Public Library. The following excerpt is from the At The Library column in the Green Bay Press-Gazette, June 30, 2017. "This is the seventh mystery in Ernst’s series about Chloe, but this title could stand alone. Ernst worked at Old World Wisconsin and her knowledge of the area adds authenticity. With the local setting and a relatable protagonist, this murder mystery is one that history buffs and Wisconsinites won’t want to miss." more>>

Posted July 3, 2017


More Books Available

  Audible logo. The initial 3 Chloe Ellefson mysteries are available now from Audible—and selling well. Altogether, Old World Murder, The Heirloom Murders, and The Light Keeper's Legacy provide over 30 hours of listening enjoyment. But did you know Audible also offers two of Kathleen's American Girl stories? Check out her award-nominated Betrayal at Cross Creek and Trouble at Fort La Pointe books. more>>

Posted June 30, 2017.


75 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 newest 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 seventy-five days to date. (Source: Nielsen BookScan.)
 
Posted June 30, 2017.


Gone Researching

  Chloe Ellefson mystery #9 graphic Kathleen just left on a 4-day research trip—digging into historical records and interviewing subject matter experts—for the 9th Chloe Ellefson book, due out in 2018. (Not to be confused with Chloe 8, Mining For Justice, which is set for release this October 8th.) Sophie the Feline Super Muse and Mr. Ernst remain behind, keeping the home office open. 

Posted June 28, 2017.



Deep Discounts

  American Girl pink logo. The American Girl website store is offering deeply discounted prices on their remaining stock of these Caroline children's historical fiction books: Captain of the Ship; Facing the Enemy; and Catch the Wind. Be advised that supplies are limited. more>>

Posted June 27, 2017.


100 Lucky Librarians

  Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst signing Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) of her 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining or Justice, at the American Library Association Conference in Chicago on June 24, 2017. That's how many got a free Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of the 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining For Justice, during Kathleen's hour-long signing at the American Library Association Conference in Chicago today. The rest of us can pre-order one now as an ebook or trade paperback; the official publication date is October 8th. more>>

Posted June 24, 2017.



Signing Mining For Justice ARCs

 

Logo of the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) annual convention in Chicago, Illinois.

Kathleen is signing free Advance Reader Copies of her next Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining For Justice, the 8th book in this Wisconsin-based award-winning series for adults and mature teens. Visit the Llewellyn booth (3943) in the Exhibitor area between 1:30 and 2:15 PM tomorrow. Come early; supplies are limited! (The book arrives October 8th.)

Posted June 23, 2017.


Vernon County Libraries - Chloe Vesterheim Tour

  Partial image of the front cover of the 4th Chloe Ellefson mystery, Heritage of Darkness, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books. From the June 22, 2017 La Crosse Tribune: "Our summer 2017 “Vernon County Reads” author, Kathleen Ernst, used Vesterheim as the inspiration for her book, “Heritage of Darkness.” Vesterheim plans to mold our tour around the plot of this mystery novel, featuring amateur sleuth Chloe Ellefson’s adventures at the museum." For more details about the tour—which is open to the general public—and how to register, click HERE.

Posted June 22, 2017.


Midsummer's Day Newsletter

  Midsummer celebration at Old World Wisconsin in the early 1980s. Photographer unknown. Kathleen's latest newsletter went out today, chock full of news of the current and upcoming Chloe Ellefson mysteries, plus suggestions for Summer Getaways. Read it by clicking HERE.

Posted June 21, 2017.


5 Years Running

  Constant Contact 2016 All Star Award logo. Kathleen just received a 2016 All Star Award for email effectiveness from Constant Contact, which provides email marketing serves to some 5,000,000 small businesses and non-profits. This is the fifth consecutive year Kathleen has earned this honor. Less than six percent of Constant Contact customers are multi-year All Star Award recipients. 

Posted June 19, 2017.


Distinguished Company

  Partial cover image of Mining for Justice, the 8th Chloe Ellefson mystery by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, from publisher Midnight Ink Books Kathleen's eighth Chloe Ellefson mystery, Mining For Justice, arrives early this October, and pre-orders for it have already exceeded those of any of the previous seven Chloe books. Yesterday on the Amazon.com MFJ page it said that customers who bought it also ordered the next books by Sue Grafton, William Kent Krueger, and Louise Penny.

Posted June 15, 2017.


Third Chloe Audiobook - Now Shipping

  Audiobook CD case front image for The Light Keeper's Legacy, the third Chloe Ellefson mystery by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. The unabridged audiobook of The Light Keeper's Legacy is now available as a download or as Audio and MP3 CD sets. To see a list of vendors providing these formats, click HERE. Listen to a short sample below.
 

 Posted June 24, 2017.



Flag Day - Born in Wisconsin

  Photo of Bernard J. Cigrand, first to celebrate Flag Day, starting in 1885 in Fredonia, Wisconsin. The tradition of flying the American flag on June 14th was begun in 1885 by school teacher Bernard J. Cigrand in his Stony Hill School classroom in Fredonia, Wisconsin! more>>

Posted June 14, 2017.


Hello North Lake, WI

 

Photo of the North Lake Wisconsin Town Hall Library.

This Sunday, June 11th, Kathleen will be at the Town Hall Library in North Lake, presenting a pair of hour-long presentations: her American Girl Fans program starting at 12:30 PM, and her Wisconsin Pioneer Life program beginning at 2:30 PM. Both are free and open to the public, but space is limited for the American Girl event, so a ticket is required. more>>

Posted June 10, 2017.

Author & Muse - Home Again

  Sophie the Feline Super Muse cautions writer Kathleen Ernst about an edit she is making. Kathleen and Sophie are back from their week-long writing retreat, reporting that they made good progress on Chloe 9. Kathleen says having a block of quiet time is incredibly helpful when she is still figuring out the story. Sophie adds that it also helps to have a talented feline ghostwriter!

Posted June 9, 2017.


300 Days in Top 1%

  Photo of the Caroline Abbott BeForever Three Book Box Set by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, from American Girl Books. Kathleen's American Girl Caroline 3-Book Boxed Set has now been ranked in the Top 1% of all US printed book sales—out of 8 million books tracked—for a running total of 300 days. Source: Nielsen BookScanmore>> 

Posted June 2, 2017.

Away Writing Chloe 9

  A rode by the water in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Kathleen just left with Sophie the Feline Super Muse for a week of dedicated writing at a remote, undisclosed location, where they'll be working on the 9th Chloe Ellefson mystery. (Chloe 8, Mining for Justice, comes out in October and can be pre-ordered now in print and ebook formats.)

Posted June 2, 2017.


Memorial Day

  Tintype photograph of 1st Sergeant James Francis Cantwell, Company G, 80th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Union Army, American Civil War, 1861. What we now know as Memorial Day was begun in 1866 by women in Columbus, Mississippi, who laid flowers on the graves of Civil War soldiers (both Confederate and Union) buried in the local cemetery. The custom spread throughout the Southern states, and was adopted (some say co-opted) by veterans of the Northern Army. Now the day is dedicated to remembering all of America's military veterans.

Posted May 29, 2017.


Second Chloe Audiobook - Now Shipping

  Image of Tantor audiobook CD box front cover for the award-winning book The Heirloom Murders, the second Chloe Ellefson mystery, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. The unabridged audiobook of the second Chloe Ellefson mystery, The Heirloom Murders, is now shipping! Listen below to a 3 minute 30 second sample.
 

 Posted May 23, 2017.



It's Syttende Mai

  Oslo Norway Syttende Mai Constitution Day & Children's Day parade 2012. Photo credit ANSA via ThorNews. In Norway, Syttende Mai (May 17), is celebrated as Constitution Day and as Children's Day. On this day in 1814 Norway adopted its Constitution, which led in time to its independence. In 1870 Norwegian school children began celebrating the day by marching to the Royal Palace in Oslo where, for over 100 years, the Royal family has reviewed the parade.  

Posted May 17, 2017.


Tours Start in Two Weeks

  Sunrise silhouette of 1857 Pottawatomie lighthouse on Rock Island, Wisconsin. Photo by Scott Meeker. For the past 8 years, starting Memorial Day weekend, Kathleen and "Mr. Ernst" have served as docents at the beautifully restored 1854 Pottawatomie Lighthouse on Rock Island, at the tip of Door County, WI. They won't be there this year (sadly), but the lighthouse will be open and free tours given from 10 AM to 4 PM daily starting May 27th. The lighthouse and island are key settings for The Light Keeper's legacy, the third Chloe mystery. more>>

Posted May 13, 2017.


Weary Traveler Returns

  Home Again, At Last graphic by Scott Meeker. After two weeks away on her 'Family, Friends, and Sharpsburg' road trip, Kathleen is safely back home. Mr. Ernst and Sophie the Feline Super Muse rejoice! All is as it should be, again.

Posted May 12, 2017.




Wonderful Day in Sharpsburg

  Photo of a cake with the words Welcome Back To Sharpsburg Kathleen written on top. Taken May 9, 2017. Photographer unknown. Kathleen is back among friends on familiar ground, the historic town of Sharpsburg, MD. Decades ago she spent considerable time there researching her non-fiction American Civil War history book: Too Afraid to Cry: Maryland Civilians in the Antietam Campaign. Yesterday she did a school program, then spent the evening at the public library talking about her book. She says it was wonderful reconnecting with so many dear friends. 

Posted May 10, 2017.


Chloe Audiobook in Two Weeks

  Image of Tantor audiobook CD box front cover for the award-winning book The Heirloom Murders, the second Chloe Ellefson mystery, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. The unabridged audiobook of the second Chloe Ellefson mystery will be released May 23rd. Order it now from independent bookstores or Amazon, audible, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and others. The Heirloom Murders has been ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales for 165 days (Source: Nielsen BookScan). more>>

Posted May 9, 2017.


Too Afraid to Cry - Sharpsburg MD

  Partial image of front book cover jacket of Too Afraid to Cry: Maryland Civilians in the Antietam Campaign, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, published by Stackpole Books. Kathleen will be at the Sharpsburg Public Library to present her richly illustrated program about the experiences of civilians before, during and after the 1862 Civil War Battle of Antietam—"the bloodiest day in American History." The presentation is based on her non-fiction history book, Too Afraid to Cry: Maryland Civilians in the Antietam Campaign. It begins at 7 PM, Tuesday, May 9th, and is free and open to the public. more>>

Posted May 7, 2017.



Old World Murder - Now on Audible

  Audible logo. The unabridged audiobook of the first Chloe Ellefson mystery, Old World Murder, is now available for download from Audible, "the world's largest library of audiobooks." more>>

Poasted May 2, 2017.


On the Road, Again

  Rural 2-lane country road on a Summer day. Photo by Scott Meeker. Kathleen's away for the next two weeks, visiting family 'Out East' and doing a program at Sharpsburg, Maryland (for details see her Calendar). 'Mr. Ernst' and Sophie the Feline Super Muse are remaining behind, keeping the home office humming. Drive safe, Kathleen!

Posted April 30, 2017. 


Rising Up

  Facebook 3300 Likes graphic by Scott Meeker. The "Likes" of Kathleen's Facebook Author page have just reached a brand new total. Kathleen thanks all her wonderful new reader-friends! more>>

Posted April 29, 2017.



Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day!

  Independent Bookstore Day 2017 logo. According to their website, the Independent Bookstore Day organizers says it's "a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  Indies are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity." This Saturday, join the celebration at your local indie bookstore! more>>

Posted April 28, 2017.


Enjoying Spring, Dreaming of Summer

  1969 AMC Rambler sedan driver's side rear bumper with Escape to Wisconsin sticker and yellow Wisconsin license plate with 1983 sticker. Photo by by Scott Meeker. Kathleen's latest newsletter went out today, with news that the first of three Chloe Ellefson audiobooks is now shipping, plus an article about the American Girl Felicity Generation, suggestions for Summer Getaways—and more. Read it by clicking HERE.

Posted April 26, 2017.


Premier Chloe Audiobook - Now Shipping

  Front cover image of the audiobook CD holder for the first Chloe Ellefson mystery, Old World Murder, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, narrated by Elise Arsenault, published by Tantor Media. The unabridged audiobook of the first Chloe Ellefson mystery, Old World Murder, is now shipping! Listen below to the 3-minute scene in which Chloe and Roelke first meet.
 

 Posted April 25, 2017.

 


Hello Decorah

  Decorah Iowa Public Library. Photographer and date of image unknown. Kathleen will be doing her A Settler's Year: Pioneer Life Through The Seasons program this Monday, April 24th, at the Decorah Iowa Public Library. This free, public event begins with a reception at 6:30 PM followed at 7 PM by Kathleen's hour-long program. Afterwards she will answer questions, give away door prizes, and sign books (copies of which will be available for purchase). The event is sponsored by the library's Friends group. more>>

Posted April 22, 2017.


50 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 fifty days to date. (Source: Nielsen BookScan.)
 
Posted April 17, 2017.


25 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—based on pre-orders (source: Nielsen BookScan). The story is set for release in trade paperback and ebook formats on October 8, 2017. To pre-order now, Click HERE.

Posted April 15, 2017.



Celebrate Libraries

  Celebrate National Library Week - April 9-15, 2017 - American Library Association (ALA) graphic. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and promote library use and support. All types of libraries—school, public, academic and special—participate. more>>

Posted April 11, 2017.


350 Days in Top 1%

  Partial front book cover of the American Girl Caroline book The Smuggler's Secrets written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. The third and final mystery in the bestselling, award-winning Caroline American Girl series, The Smuggler's Secrets, has now been ranked in Top 1% of US Print Book Sales—out of over 8M books tracked—for three hundred fifty days (Nielsen BookScan). more>>
 
Posted April 10, 2017.


Great Time in Oregon (WI)

  Crowd watching bestselling author Kathleen Ernst giving a program about her Chloe Ellefson mystery books, for the Oregon, Wisconsin, Public Library, April 8, 2017. What a delightful way to spend a Saturday. At 1 PM Kathleen gave her American Girl Fans program at a tea party sponsored by the Oregon Public Library. Nothing like a room full of girls, their dolls, and adult caregivers—all excited about reading and writing—to bring joy to an author's heart! And at 3 PM Kathleen was rewarded by an avid group of adult readers—including many Roelke fans—who attended her Chloe Ellefson mysteries program.

Posted April 9, 2017.


Chloe Audiobook Sample

  Front cover image of the audiobook CD holder for the first Chloe Ellefson mystery, Old World Murder, written by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst, narrated by Elise Arsenault, published by Tantor Media. An unabridged audiobook of the first Chloe Ellefson mystery, Old World Murder, comes out April 25th. Listen below to the 3-minute scene in which Chloe and Roelke first meet.
 

 Posted April 7, 2017.



American Girl Fans & Chloe Ellefson Programs

  The Oregon Wisconsin Public Library logo. Kathleen will be presenting a pair of free, public programs this Saturday afternoon, April 8th, at the Oregon Wisconsin Public Library. From 1-2 PM it will be her American Girl Fans program for a girls tea party at the Oregon Senior Center (contact library for a reservation). From 3-4 PM she'll be doing a new version of her Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program. more>>

Posted April 6, 2017.


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 have 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 new blank 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 twenty 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 have 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 Wilder—the revered author of the beloved 'Little House' books about her pioneer childhood—was 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 have 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 booksellers—including Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and Amazon.

Posted January 7, 2017.


Over 100 Days in Top 1% of US Book Sales

  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 Muskets, has 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.