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Wausau & Montello Signings - Advance Notice

  Partial front cover of Fiddling With Fate, Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 This coming weekend Kathleen is heading north on Highway 51 to sign her Chloe Ellefson mysteries at a pair of unique Wisconsin bookstores.

Saturday the 19th from 11 AM to 2 PM she'll be in Wausau at the state's oldest book store, Janke Book Store, established in 1874. 

Sunday the 20th from 1 to 2 PM she'll be in the vacation destination of Montello at Readers Realm Gallery, located in a former church.

This will be the first opportunity along the Hwy. 51 corridor to get an author signed copy of the new tenth Chloe book, Fiddling With Fate.

Posted October 14, 2019.



"A book and series you will read again and again!"

  Review of the Week grahic for Fiddling With Fate by Kathleen Ernst and Midnight Ink. This week's favorite reader review of the Chloe Ellefson mystery series was posted by JCW from Maryland on amazon.com.

"Kathleen Ernst's Chloe Ellefson books are phenomenal reads for the person who likes mystery, complex characters, history, and wants a read that not only entertains but teaches them something. I find these books to be 5-stars in each of these areas.

I cannot recommend this series highly enough! By the time you finish reading, holy toboggans will become a part of your everyday language!"

Posted October 13, 2019.



An Intimate Chloe Tour & Talk

  Photo of bestselling author Kathleen Ernst and curator Tamara Funk speaking at Chloe Ellefson mystery tour and talk at Pendarvis Historic Site in Mineral Point Wisconsin 12 October 2019. It was a blustery, wet, unseasonably cold afternoon for the Chloe Ellefson Mystery Tour & Talk at Pendarvis Historic Site in Mineral Point, WI, but the hardy group of Chloe fans who took part were well rewarded.

Curator Tamara Funk lead them on a tour of the Pendarvis buildings and objects featured in Chloe 8, Mining For Justice, followed by Kathleen's illustrated talk about the places and objects in the new tenth Chloe book, Fiddling With Fate, set in Norway.

Questions were asked and answered. Secrets and insights were revealed. And a joyful, satisfying time was shared—weather be darned.

Posted October 13, 2019.



The Oldest House

  Photo by author Kathleen Ernst of Tveismestova home at Hardanger Folkemuseum in Utne Norway. "The Hardanger Folkemuseum‘s traditional exhibits are amazing, but there is more to see at this museum in Utne, Norway! Up the hill from the museum proper is an open-air division. Two of the buildings there were original to the grounds, but most have been moved from other locations in the Hardanger area, and restored. It’s a..." more>>

Posted October 10, 2019 on the Sites And Stories blog.



Chloe Tour & Talk at Pendarvis - This Saturday

  Grpahic for Mining For Justice tour at Pendarvis Historic Site 12 October 2019. Tour where Mining For Justice takes place, followed by refreshments and a Q&A with Kathleen about the book. Then enjoy her richly illustrated program about the Chloe Ellefson mystery series—with special focus on the new Fiddling With Fate mystery.

This event will take place at Pendarvis Historic Site in Mineral Point WI on Saturday afternoon, October 12th. Afterwards Kathleen will sign her now ten Chloe mysteries (copies of which will be available for purchase in the Pendarvis gift shop).

Advance registration and purchase of a ticket are required. All proceeds go to Pendarvis. For more about the event, and how to register and buy tickets, click HERE.

Posted October 2, 2019.



"Chloe Crowd" at Fox Cities Book Festival

  Crowd photo at Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program on 08 October 2019 Fox Cities Book Festival. Over 50 enthusiastic readers showed up for Kathleen's Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program yesterday afternoon at the Kaukauna Public Library. Observing their anticipation, Mr. Ernst said, "It's a Chloe crowd, we're gonna have a good time!"

And it seemed like everyone did.

Kathleen thanks all who attended, as well as the Wisconsin Fox Cities Book Festival for inviting her, and Director Ashley Theim-Manning, Assistant Director Angela Schneider, and the rest of the Kaukauna library staff.

Posted October 9, 2019.



Fiddling With Fate Celebration - Deadline Approaching

  Norweigan bride photo by Solveig Lund in the Norske Folk Museum collection Chloe was born and raised in the charming town of Stoughton, Wisconsin—where the new, tenth Chloe mystery, Fiddling With Fate, begins and ends. Chloe's backstory, everything that makes her unique, is rooted there. So what could be better than letting Chloe readers explore her heritage with people who are actively working to preserve Stoughton’s history and Norwegian cultural traditions?

To that end Kathleen has partnered with Stoughton's Sons of Norway-Mandt Lodge, with help from the Stoughton Historical Society, to create this unique Chloe Norwegian culture program on Saturday, October 26th.

This is a ticketed event. Pre-registration is required and the deadline is October 15th. For more details, including how to register, click HERE.

Posted October 8, 2019.



Catch Chloe in Kaukauna - This Tuesday

  Logo of the 2019 Fox Cities Book Festival. Meet Kathleen Ernst, bestselling author of the multiple award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Mystery series written for adults and mature teens who enjoy books without explicit sex, violence, or gore. 

This will be the first showing in the Fox Valley of Kathleen's richly illustrated program taking readers 'behind the scenes' of her new tenth Chloe mystery, Fiddling With Fate, which begins and ends in Wisconsin and features Chloe and Roelke visiting Norway—home of her ancestors.

The Wisconsin Fox Cities Book Festival is sponsoring this free, hour-long, public program, which begins at 4:30 PM, Tuesday, October 8th, at the Kaukauna Public Library. Afterwards Kathleen will answer audience questions, give away door prizes, and sign her books (copies of which will be available for purchase).

Posted October 6, 2019.



"Cold Rain? Who Cares!"

  Photo of Leusko House at Old World Wisconsin taken by Chloe Ellefson mystery series author Kathleen Ernst. That was the attitude of a steady stream of Chloe Ellefson mystery fans who stopped by Old World Wisconsin yesterday to meet Kathleen, buy copies of the new tenth book, Fiddling With Fate, and get them signed.

Kathleen was delighted to talk with so many new and long-time readers, including a goodly number that she was meeting for the first time. It was one more example of why she says "Chloe fans are the very best."

Posted October 6, 2019.



"I so love this series."

  Review of the Week grahic for Fiddling With Fate by Kathleen Ernst and Midnight Ink. This week's favorite reader review of the Chloe Ellefson mystery series was posted by D. Zendel on amazon.com.

"It’s the only one where I’ve willingly paid paperback prices for e-books.

The author’s story-telling skill, character development, plotting, dialogue, and scene setting suck me in every time. The fact that the stories are set in real locations makes the stories seem real to me. Each book is a mix of the characters’ day to day lives, a present day mystery, and a historical mystery.

I highly recommend this series, whether you are a fan of historical writing or not. I recommend they be read in order because it enriches the reading experience, but you could read them out of order if you wanted. Ernst skillfully weaves the relevant backstory into the current plotline in such a way that you can keep up and not feel lost."

Posted October 6, 2019.



Signing Books Where Chloe Works - Today

  Old World Wisconsin logo. Join Kathleen Saturday, October 5th, anytime between Noon to 5 PM as she meets readers and signs her ten Chloe Ellefson mysteries—including the new book Fiddling With Fate—at Old World Wisconsin. This free, public event takes place in the museum's gift shop.

Kathleen worked at 'Old World' and her experiences there serve as the basis for Chloe, who also works there. They invite you to explore the places there where scenes are set in Old World Murder, The Heirloom Murders, and A Memory of Muskets. To aid you, download the free Locations Guides that can be found by folllowing the book links above.

NOTE: Access to Old World requires purchase of a ticket or a membership in the Wisconsin Historical Society membership, but you can stop into the gift shop without charge.

Posted October 5, 2019.



Kathleen Talks Fiddling and Writing

  Prairie Public Radio logo. Kathleen was interviewed about her Chloe Ellefson mystery series and life as a full-time writer by host Ashley Thornber on North Dakota Public Radio's Main Street program.

They spoke live at Norsk Høstfest, North America’s largest Scandinavian festival, on September 25th. You can listen in by clicking on the right-facing arrow below.

Posted October 3, 2019.



Fiddling With Fate Program Featured Fiddling

  Three Hardanger fiddle players performing at the Sons of Norway Idun Lodge in Madison Wisconsin 02 October 2019. Three local Hardanger fiddle players performed last night as part of Kathleen's special "Norwegian" version of her popular Chloe Ellefson mysteries presentation. Much of the program at the Sons of Norway Idun Lodge meeting in Madison WI focused on Fiddling With Fate, Kathleen's recently released tenth Chloe book.

Posted October 3, 2019.



80 Days in Top 1% of US Book Sales

  Partial front cover of Fiddling With Fate, Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 Kathleen's new Chloe Ellefson book, Fiddling With Fate, continues to has been flying off the shelves since its release in early September. As of yesterday, purchases of trade paperback copies of Fiddling had boosted it into the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million titles tracked—for a total of eighty days! (Source: NPD BookScan.)

Posted October 3, 2019.



Chloe Program in Madison WI - Tonight

  Sons of Norway Idun Lodge in Madison Wisconsin graphic. This will be the first showing in Madison of Kathleen's new, richly illustrated program taking readers 'behind the scenes' of Fiddling With Fate, her just released tenth Chloe Ellefson mystery. The book opens and closes in Chloe's hometown of Stoughton; the rest taking place in the beautiful Hardanger region of Norway.

The program will include a live performance of Hardanger fiddle music.

Kathleen will answer questions, give away door prizes, and sign her books (copies will be available for purchase). This free, hour-long public event begins at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, October 2nd, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1904 Winnebago Street.

Posted October 2, 2019.



"Fantastic!"

  Review of the Week grahic for Fiddling With Fate by Kathleen Ernst and Midnight Ink. This week's favorite review of Fiddling With Fate, the newly released tenth Chloe Ellefson mystery, was posted by Jane A. Kirkpatrick on amazon.com.

"This is one of Kathleen’s best—as if they could get any better. Rich images of Wisconsin and Norway and a mystery across the years and miles. Chloe and Roelke come alive by nearly dying. Holy toboggans I love this book!"

Posted September 8, 2019.



Mining For Justice Tour & Fiddling With Fate Program

  Grpahic for Mining For Justice tour at Pendarvis Historic Site 12 October 2019. Take a tour of Pendarvis, where Mining For Justice takes place, followed by refreshments and a Q&A with Kathleen about writing the book. Then enjoy her newly revised illustrated program of the Chloe Ellefson mystery series—with special focus on Fiddling With Fate.

This event will take place at Pendarvis Historic Site in Mineral Point WI on Saturday afternoon, October 12th. Afterwards Kathleen will sign her now ten Chloe mysteries (all of which will be available from Pendarvis).

Advance registration and purchase of a ticket are required. All proceeds go to Pendarvis. For more about the event, and how to register and buy tickets, click HERE.

Posted October 2, 2019.



200 Days in Top 1% of US Book Sales

  Partial front book cover image of Tradition of Deceit the fourth Chloe Ellefson mystery by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. The fifth story in Kathleen's Chloe Ellefson mystery series is set in Milwaukee and Minneapolis during the early 1980s and includes an historical thread about Polish immigrants in 1878 and the 1920s.

Since its 2014 release, sales of the trade paperback version of Tradition of Deceit have resulted in it being ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million titles tracked—for a total of two hundred days. (Data source: NPD BookScan.)

Posted October 1, 2019.



70 Days in Top 1% of US Book Sales

  Partial front cover of Fiddling With Fate, Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 Kathleen's new Chloe Ellefson book, Fiddling With Fate, has been flying off the shelves since its release in early September. As of yesterday, purchases of trade paperback copies of Fiddling had boosted it into the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million titles tracked—for a total of seventy days! (Source: NPD BookScan.)

Posted September 23, 2019.



"They just keep getting better!"

  Review of the Week grahic for Fiddling With Fate by Kathleen Ernst and Midnight Ink. This week's favorite reader review of the tenth Chloe mystery, Fiddling With Fate, was posted by tl on amazon.com.

"I really love the Chloe books. I have read them all. The writing style is well written and easy to read. The author is so descriptive that you really feel like you are there. I like the way the author moves between generations and then pulls everything together at the end. Everytime I say this is the best book, but I think by far, seriously, this was the best book in the series."

Posted September 23, 2019.



Norsk Høstfest Interview

  Photo of bestselling author Kathleen Ernst by Geri Gerrold Read Kathleen's interview about about her Chloe Ellefson mysteries, the new, tenth book in the series, Fiddling With Fate, and her upcoming talk and book signing this week as a featured author at Norsk Høstfest—North America’s largest Scandinavian festival—with some 50,000 people attending from all over the world to celebrate the culture and heritage of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Read the interview by clicking HERE.

Posted September 22, 2019.



Chloe Program in Madison WI - Advance Notice

  Sons of Norway Idun Lodge in Madison Wisconsin graphic. This will be the first showing in Madison for Kathleen's new, richly illustrated program taking readers 'behind the scenes' of Fiddling With Fate, her just released tenth Chloe Ellefson mystery. The book opens and closes in Chloe's hometown of Stoughton; the rest of the story takes place in the beautiful Hardanger region of Norway.

The program will include a live performance of Hardanger fiddle music.

Kathleen will answer questions, give away door prizes, and sign her books (copies will be available for purchase). This free, hour-long public event begins at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, October 2nd, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1904 Winnebago Street.

Posted September 20, 2019.



The Hardanger Folkemuseum

  Photo of the Hardanger Folkemuseum in Utne Norway taken by Mr Ernst. "If you’re traveling in southwest Norway, and appreciate folk traditions, the Hardanger Folkemuseum is a must-see. After my first visit, I knew I had to get my protagonist Chloe Ellefson there. Most of Fiddling With Fate, the 10th Chloe mystery, takes pace in Hardanger, and the museum is prominently featured. The region is famous for its folk costumes and textiles. The museum’s collection is stunning." more>>

Posted September 19, 2019 on the Sites And Stories blog.



Chloe Program at Hostfest - Next Wednesday

  Norsk Hostfest logo. On opening day, Wednesday the 25th, Kathleen will be speaking about the Chloe series at the Author's Corner in Helsinki Hall from 11:00 to 11:45 AM.  She will also be meeting readers and signing books (copies will be available for purchase) Wednesday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM at her booth in the Festival Bookstore.

Kathleen will be a Featured Author at Norsk Høstfest, North America’s largest Scandinavian festival, with some 50,000 people attending from all over the world to celebrate the culture and heritage of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Posted September 18, 20189.



Books & Company - "What a Nice Group of People"

  Photo of small part of the crowd that came to hear Kathleen Ernst at Books & Company. Kathleen extends a heartfelt thanks to everyone who came out to Books & Company last night to hear her talk about and sign copies of  Fiddling With Fate.

The bookstore staff made everything run smoothly, and Kathleen reports that it was grand to see some old friends and to make new ones. After the event one of the booksellers said, "What a nice group of people!" Kathleen concurrs.

Posted September 18, 20189.



"...until 4 am when I finished the book."

  Review of the Week grahic for Fiddling With Fate by Kathleen Ernst and Midnight Ink. This week's favorite reader review of the tenth Chloe mystery, Fiddling With Fate, was posted by Elissa on amazon.com.

"This is one of the best books in the Chloe Ellefson series. I was going to read one chapter before bed and I ended up "one more chapter-ing " myself until 4 am when I finished the book."

Posted September 15, 2019.



Fiddling, Folklore and Family Secrets

  Logo of Sheperd Express Milwaukee logo "While author Kathleen Ernst is not a Wisconsin native, she has embraced the state’s history and made it the backdrop of much of her award-winning historical fiction. This month, Ernst comes out with her 10th book in the Chloe Ellefson mystery series, Fiddling with Fate. These cliffhanging stories are set in Wisconsin in the 1980s..." more>>

Posted September 13, 2019.

 



Oconomowoc Talk & Signing - Advance Notice

  Books & Compny bookstore logo. Next week Kathleen will be talking about and signing copies of her just released tenth Chloe Ellefson mystery, Fiddling With Fate, at Books & Company, the popular independent bookstore in Oconomowoc WI.

This free, public, hour-long event will be the first opportunity in the Oconomowoc area to acquire a signed copy of the new book.

Catch Kathleen beginning at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, September 17th. more>>

Posted September 12, 2019.



Wonderful Launch Program in Stoughton

  Author Kathleen Ernst presenting her tenth Chloe Ellefson mystery, Fiddling With Fate, to the Sons of Norway in Stoughton WI 11 September 2019 Over one hundred excited readers joined Kathleen last night at the Sons of Norway-Mandt Lodge for her illustrated 'Behind the Scenes' program about Fiddling With Fate, the just released tenth Chloe Ellefson mystery about Stoughton's fictional native daughter.

The book's story begins and concludes in Stoughton, and includes a key scene set at the Lodge (photo courtesy Mandt Lodge). 

Thanks to all who came, especially to the Lodge and its members. The warmth and enthusiasm with which they've embraced the series, and Kathleen, make all her work on the series worthwhile. 

Posted September 12, 2019.



Wonderful Launch Party in Madison

  Author Kathleen Ernst receiving flowers from Mr Ernst at launch of Fiddling With Fate launch party at Mystery To Me books 10 September 2019 Excited readers eager to hear about and get signed copies of the newest Chloe mystery, Fiddling With Fate, also got to nibble on tasty Norwegian rosettes and author-made rommegrot bars, vie for door prizes . . . and hear Norwegian Hardanger fiddle music.

Kathleen, seen here receiving flowers from Mr Ernst (photo by Brian Holmes), thanks all the loyal Madison-area Chloe Ellefson fans who came to Mystery To Me bookstore to celebrate. It's readers like them who have helped make the Chloe Ellefson series a now ten book success.

Posted September 11, 2019.



"Ahh, the agonies of a serial reader!"

  Sweet Note graphic by Dee Vee Productions. Karen B.N. sent this to Kathleen about reading Fiddling With Fate.

"I am about 3/4 of the way into this story and I can't wait to finish it BUT then I won't have a new one to read! Ahh, the agonies of a serial reader. I will just have to start at the beginning and read them again. Thank you for writing a great series."

Posted September 10, 2019.



56 Days in Top 1% - Based Solely on Pre-Orders

  Partial front cover of Fiddling With Fate, Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 September 8th was the official release date for Kathleen's new Chloe Ellefson book,  Fiddling With Fate. As of that date, pre-orders for trade paperback copies of Fiddling had boosted it into the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million titles tracked—for a total of fifty-six days! (Data source: NPD BookScan.)

Posted September 9, 2019.



"This is an outstanding series..."

  Sweet Note graphic by Dee Vee Productions. Christine Gentes, writing on her Map Your Mystery blog, said this about Kathleen's Chloe Ellefson mysteries and the tenth and newest book, Fiddling With Fate.

"This is an outstanding series and I love the two eras technique of unfolding the story."

Posted September 9, 2019 on the Map Your Mystery blog.



"It will warm your heart..."

  Review of the Week grahic for Fiddling With Fate by Kathleen Ernst and Midnight Ink. This week's favorite reader review of the tenth Chloe mystery, Fiddling With Fate, was posted by T. Everton Pulyer on barnesandnoble.com.

"What do you get when you create a medley of history, culture, and murder? You get the musical mystery novel Fiddling With Fate - a charming cozy set in a small Norwegian village. It will warm your heart, appease your puzzle-solving brain, and make you want to dance a halling."

Posted September 8, 2019.



Fiddling With Fate - Official Release Date

  Partial front cover of Fiddling With Fate, Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 After a year of researching, writing, and editing, Kathleen's newest Chloe Ellefson mystery is now officially available in both trade paperback and multiple ebook formats.

Links to order Fiddling With Fate from indie bookstores, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Indigo CA, Target and others can be found HERE.

Posted September 8, 2019.



"...absolutely perfect!"

  Sweet Note graphic by Dee Vee Productions. Brenda B posted this on Kathleen's Facebook Author Page.

"My copy came this afternoon! I am over 100 pages in, and I’m thoroughly enjoying Chloe and Roelke’s newest adventure!"

A day later she posted this.

"I finished it today—it is absolutely perfect!"

Posted September 8, 2019.



Chloe's Back in Town - This Wednesday

  Stoughton Sons of Norway-Mandt Lodge logo. Did you know that Stoughton is Chloe Ellefson's hometown? This Wednesday Kathleen will be at Stoughton's Sons Of Norway Mandt Lodge to present a free, public program about Chloe, Roelke, and their tenth mystery—the just released Fiddling With Fate.

This will be the first showing anywhere of Kathleen's newly revised, richly illustrated program taking readers 'behind the scenes' of the new book.

Join Kathleen at 7 PM this Wednesday, September 11th, at the Lodge, where a key scene in the new book takes place. After the program Kathleen will answer audience questions, give away door prizes, and sign Chloe books (copies of all ten will be available for purchase). The Mandt Lodge is located at 317 South Page Street, next door to Livsreise.

Posted September 8, 2019.



Launch Party - This Tuesday

  Mystery to Me bookstore logo. Join Kathleen as she celebrates the release of Fiddling With Fate, the tenth and newest book in her multiple award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson mystery series.

Kathleen will be greeting Chloe fans, talking about the new book, and signing copies from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, September 10th. Enjoy door prizes, plates of delicious book-themed Norwegian nibbles, and a live performance of Hardanger fiddle music!

This free, public, and always fun event will be the first opportunity in the Madison area to acquire a signed copy of the new book.

Party with Kathleen as she celebrates the release of her thirty-eight published book at Mystery To Me, 1863 Monroe Street in Madison, WI. Reserve a seat by clicking HERE

Posted September 7, 2019.



"A marvelous day in Norway with Chloe Ellefson!"

  Sweet Note graphic by Dee Vee Productions. Debi E sent this to Kathleen after reading the new Chloe mystery.

"...Fiddling With Fate, is a wonderful addition to a fantastic series! I got to travel to Norway, to the very region from which my great-grandparents came. I highly recommend this book and this series."

Posted September 7, 2019.



 

Listen to Kathleen on The Larry Meiller Show

  Kathleen Ernst being interviewed on The Larry Meiller Show on the Wisconsin Public Radio 05 September 2019 Thanks to the magic of digital media, you can now eavesdrop on me discussing Chloe, Roelke, and their adventures in Norway with Larry Meiller and his listeners on this popular Wisconsin Public Radio show. This show was originally broadcast on Thursday, September 5, 2019. Click on the right-facing arrow below to begin listening.

Posted September 5, 2019.



  Logo of the Dollycas Escape into a Good Book blog Prolific reader and reviewer Lori Caswell said this today about Fiddling With Fate on her Escape With Dollycas into a Good Book blog.

"Ernst is an amazing storyteller. Her imagination weaves a story filled with real history to take her readers on a delightful literary trip. The main characters are genuine, real and very engaging. Look for this book on my Best Reads list of 2019."

Posted September 4, 2019.



"It was fantastic!"

  Sweet Note graphic by Dee Vee Productions. Yesterday Kristin C. sent this sweet note to Kathleen about her new Chloe Ellefson mystery Fiddling With Fate.

"My copy arrived on Saturday and I couldn’t put it down. I finished it last night at midnight. No spoilers, so all I will say is that you’ve outdone yourself with this one. It was fantastic!"

Posted September 4, 2019.



Larry Interviews Kathleen - Tomorrow

  The Larry Meiller Show Logo

Kathleen will be Larry's guest from 11:00 to 11:40 AM this Thursday, September 5th, discussing and taking calls from listeners about her Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series, and her tenth Chloe book, Fiddling With Fate.

The long-running Larry Meiller Show on Wisconsin Public Radio has an audience of some 100,000 listeners. Broadcast on AM and FM radio stations statewide on The Ideas Network, it is also streamed live over the Web and available as a Podcast. Kathleen invites you to listen live and call-in to (800) 642-1234 with questions and comments.

Posted September 4, 2019.



A Fiddling With Fate Celebration - Advance Notice

  Norweigan bride photo by Solveig Lund in the Norske Folk Museum collection Chloe was born and raised in the charming town of Stoughton, Wisconsin—where the new, tenth Chloe mystery, Fiddling With Fate, begins and ends. Chloe's backstory, everything that makes her unique, is rooted there. So what could be better than letting Chloe readers explore her heritage with people who are actively working to preserve Stoughton’s history and Norwegian cultural traditions?

To that end Kathleen has partnered with Stoughton's Sons of Norway-Mandt Lodge, with help from the Stoughton Historical Society, to create this unique event on October 26th. Attendees will visit the Society's museum to hear about Stoughton's history, Norwegian settlement, and its role in reviving the folk art of rosemaling (rose painting).

Then at the Mandt Lodge there will be a Norwegian Hardanger Embroidery demonstration, and a live performance of Hardanger fiddle music. Both of these art forms are woven into the heart of the book. Afterwards there's a traditional Cod dinner and Norwegian dessert, and a richly illustrated program by Kathleen about the people, artifacts, and historic sites featured in Fiddling With Fate.

This is a ticketed event for which a $20 per person fee will be charged. For details about how to register, click HERE.

Posted September 4, 2019.



It's Chloe 10 Launch Time!

  Fall 2019 Newsletter graphic by Mr Ernst Read about the September Fiddling With Fate launch events, plus a very special event just for Chloe and Roelke fans—and more. Access a copy by clicking HERE.

Posted September 4, 2019.



A Most Auspicious Day

  24 Years 50 Days graphic by Mr Ernst Kathleen and Mr. Ernst 'tied the knot' 24 years ago today—a marriage that has been blessed with great love and much good fortune. And today the newest Chloe Ellefson mystery, Fiddling With Fate, hit 50 days ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—based on pre-orders!

Posted September 3, 2019.



Offering Fiddling With Fate Delivery - This Friday

  Barnes & Noble logo. Barnes & Noble is offering delivery of trade paperback copies of Fiddling With Fate beginning this Friday, August 30th. more>>

The Nook ebook version will be released September 8th.

Posted August 26, 2019.



Amazon, Books-A-Million - Shipping Trade Paperbacks Early

  Partial front cover of Fiddling With Fate, Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 These vendors have announced that trade paperback pre-orders of Fiddling With Fate will ship Sunday, September 1st—a week before the publisher's official release date!

Click on these links to pre-order from Amazon or Books-A-Million.

The Kindle ebook version will be released September 8th.

Posted August 26, 2019.



Featured Author - Advance Notice

  Norsk Hostfest logo. Kathleen will be a Featured Author at Norsk Høstfest from September 25th through the 28th in Minot, North Dakota.

Høstfest is North America’s largest Scandinavian festival, with some 50,000 people attending from all over the world to celebrate the culture and heritage of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Kathleen will be giving a program about her Chloe Ellefson mysteries, and signing copies—including the newest, Fiddling With Fate, which is set in Norway.

Posted August 25, 2019.



40 Days in Top 1%

  Partial front cover of Fiddling With Fate, Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 Pre-orders for Kathleen's tenth Chloe mystery, Fiddling With Fate, have now boosted it into the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million titles tracked—for a running total of forty days! (NPD BookScan.)

September 8th is the official release date for print and ebook versioons, including for the Kindle. For links to independent and big resellers that are taking pre-orders for Fiddling, click HERE.

Posted August 22, 2019.



Quilts & More Quilts

  A freehand patchwork quilt by Danny Amazonas. Kathleen and her sister Barbara have hit the road for a few days in search of quiltsbarn quilts along the way, and handmade quilts of cloth at the superb National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.

(At the left is a freehand patchwork quilt by Danny Amazonas on exhibit at the museum.)

Mr. Ernst and muse Eliza Jane are keeping the home office humming.

Posted August 21, 2019.



Starting to Arrive - Early!

  Partial front cover of Fiddling With Fate, Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 Kathleen has begun receiving emails from surprised and excited indie booksellers reporting they've received boxes of the tenth Chloe book, Fiddling With Fate, and that the publisher is allowing them to start selling it now!

Indies known to be selling the tenth book include Mystery to Me in Madison WI, Books & Company in Oconomowoc WI, Fair Isle on Washington Island WI, and Vesterheim Museum Store in Decorah IA. Check with your favorite store to see if they have it too.

NOTE: As of the time this was posted, the big chains were still taking pre-orders for September delivery. Click on the following links to monitor the current status of Fiddling With Fate at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and Indigo Canada.

Posted August 20, 2019.



On Air & Streaming - Advance Notice

  The Larry Meiller Show Logo Kathleen will be Larry's guest from 11:00 to 11:40 AM on Thursday, September 5th, discussing and taking calls from listeners about her Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series, and her tenth Chloe book, Fiddling With Fate.

The long-running Larry Meiller Show on Wisconsin Public Radio has an audience of some 100,000 listeners. Broadcast statewide, it can also be heard in eastern Iowa and Minnesota, and northern Illinois.

Larry's show is streamed live over the Internet and broadcast over WPR's Ideas Networkand you're invited to listen and call in with questions and comments.

Posted August 19, 2019.



Signing Surprise at Washington Island

  Photo of bestselling author Kathleen Ernst signing her Chloe Ellefson mysteries at Fair Isle bookstore on Washington Island by Mr Ernst.. It was a beautiful weekend to be back on the islandespecially as Kathleen got to meet and talk with lots of local, long-time Chloe fans.

The suprise was the unexpected early availability of the tenth Chloe mystery book, Fiddling With Fate, for sale and signing. Happy reading!

Posted August 18, 2019.



Washington Island Signing - This Saturday!

  Fair Isle Books logo. Meet Kathleen and get signed copies of her Chloe Ellefson mysteries (including The Lightkeeper's Legacy set on Washington and nearby Rock Island WI) this Saturday, August 17th, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, at Fair Isle books. Ask Kathleen aboutand place your order forher next Chloe novel, Fiddling With Fate, coming September 8th!

Posted August 15, 2019.



Great Day in Green Bay

  Photo of author Kathleen Ernst and Mr Ernst selling Chloe Ellefson books at the Belgian Farm at Heritage Hill Historic Park in Green Bay. Yesterday at Heritage Hill State Historic Park, in a shady spot at the Belgian Farm, Kathleen spent a wonderful day meeting Chloe fans, signing some 50 books, and taking readers on mini-tours of the farm where key scenes in The Lacemaker's Secret are set. She also gave a well-attended lunch hour talk about the Chloe series.

Thanks to all who stopped by. Your love of the series made Kathleen very, very happy—proving once again that Chloe fans are the best!

Posted August 11, 2019.




Lets Meet in Green Bay - Tomorrow!

  Logo of the Heritage Hill State Historic Park in Green Bay WI. Join Kathleen at Heritage Hill State Historic Park in Green Bay WI on Saturday, August 10th for their Women's History Celebration in honor of the the 100th Anniversary of Wisconsin ratifying the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote.

Kathleen will be there from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM talking about the strong, capable, independent women featured in her Chloe Ellefson mysteries -- especially the ninth book, The Lacemaker's Secret, which is set at Heritage Hill and the nearby Belgian-American community in southern Door County.

From 10 AM to Noon and 1:30 to 4:00 PM she will be at the Park's Belgian Farm signing books and talking with readers about the role it plays in The Lacemaker's Secret. (Copies will be available for purchase.)

And from 12:30 to 1:30 PM Kathleen will present her richly illustrated Chloe Ellefson mysteries program in the Heritage Hill Education Center -- with a special emphasis on The Lacemaker's Secret -- plus details about Fiddling With Fate, her tenth Chloe mystery.

Posted August 9, 2019



Hardanger Fiddles

  Musician and Hardanger Fiddle at Norsk Folk Museum in Oslo Norway "The first known Hardanger fiddle (the Jaastad fiddle) dates to 1651. The Hardanger region in SW Norway became famous for its fiddle makers—and fiddlers! When Chloe arrives in Norway..." more>>

Posted August 8, 2019 on the Sites And Stories blog.



"Secrets are not secrets forever."

  Review of the Week graphic by Deep Vee Productions. This Five Star review of The Lacemaker's Secret was recently posted on amazon.com by Ruth Nelson-Lau.

"Love this series! There is suspense, romance, and history all rolled into one book. I have read all of the books and look forward to the new book each fall."

Posted August 5, 2019.



Washington Island Signing - Advance Notice

  Fair Isle Books logo. Kathleen is returning to one of her favorite places—Washington Island WI. She'll be there to meet readers and sign copies of her award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mysteries, including both of her two Door County-based Chloe books: The Lightkeeper's Legacy, and The Lacemaker's Secret.

And Kathleen will talk about her tenth Chloe mystery, Fiddling With Fate, set for release this September 8th.

This free public signing runs 1:00 to 3:00 PM, Saturday, August 17th at Fair Isle Books on Washington Island in Door County, WI.

Posted August 1, 2019.

 


Headin' North

  Image of rural road with On the road, again text by Mr. Ernst. Kathleen is away the rest of this week—researching a new book.

Mr. Ernst and Eliza remain at home, eagerly awaiting her safe return.

Posted July 31, 2019.



Fiddling With Fate - ARC Giveaway Winners!

  Giveaway winners graphic for Chloe Ellefson mystery Fiddling With Fate by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. Congratulations to these six randomly selected winners of Kathleen's latest Chloe Ellefson Giveaway:  Megan Barry, Merry Chapman, Carol Pasbrig, Sue Wendt, Christine Witherill, and Moscato Zingler.

Each winner should immediately contact Kathleen with their full name, email, and postal address by clicking HERE. In turn they will receive their free, signed, trade paperback, Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of Fiddling With Fate—which will be rushed to them.

The official release date for this, the 10th Chloe mystery, is September 8th. Pre-orders have already resulted in it being ranked in the Top 1% of all US book sales for 35 days. Links to local and national booksellers offering print and ebook copies can be found HERE.

Posted July 30, 2019.



225 Days in Top 1%

  Chloe Ellefson mystery #9 partial front cover image. The ninth Chloe Ellefson mystery, The Lacemaker's Secret, was released last October. Based on pre- and post-release sales, it 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 two hundred twenty-five days. (Data Source: NPD BookScan.)

Lacemaker's is also available for the Kindle and other e-readers.

Posted July 29, 2019.



Fiddling With Fate - Advance Copies Giveaway!

  Fiddling With Fate Chloe Ellefson mystery ARC giveaway graphic by Deep Vee Productions. How would you like to read Kathleen's tenth Chloe Ellefson mystery, one month before it is officially released?

Six winners will be randomly selected. Each will receive a free, signed, trade paperback, Advanced Reader Copy (ARC)—which I will rush to them via priority mail. Enter to win by leaving a comment on my Facebook Author page or my Sites and Stories blog before 11:59 PM (Central US time), Monday, July 29, 2019.

One entry per person, please. The winner's names will be posted the following day on her Facebook and blog pages. Good luck everyone!

Posted July 28, 2019.



Lacemaker's Secret Event - Advance Notice

  Logo of the Heritage Hill State Historic Park in Green Bay WI. Join bestselling Wisconsin author Kathleen Ernst at Heritage Hill State Historic Park in Green Bay WI for their Women's History Celebration in honor of the the 100th Anniversary of Wisconsin ratifying the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote.

Kathleen will be at the park Saturday, August 10th, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM talking about the strong, capable, independent women featured in her Chloe Ellefson mysteries -- especially the ninth book, The Lacemaker's Secret, set at the Belgian Farm at Heritage Hill and the nearby Belgian-American community in southern Door County.

Kathleen will be at the Belgian Farm signing Chloe Ellefson books from 10 AM to Noon and 1:30 to 4:00 PM and talking with readers about the role the farm plays in The Lacemaker's Secret. (Copies of the nine Chloe books will be available for purchase.)

And from 12:30 to 1:30 PM Kathleen will present her richly illustrated Chloe Ellefson mysteries program in the lower level of the Heritage Hill Education Center -- with a special emphasis on The Lacemaker's Secret.

Posted July 26, 2019.



Norwegian Folk Dance

  Stoughton Norwegian Dancers 2019 photo by Mr Ernst "It's no secret that Chloe Ellefson, protagonist of my historic sites mystery series, loves folk dancing. In the second book, The Heirloom Murders, she dances with her Swiss ex, Markus. The 10th book, Fiddling With Fate, reveals that she was a member of Stoughton High School's Norwegian Dancers group. (Stoughton, WI, is well known for its Norwegian heritage.)" more>>

Posted July 23, 2019 on the Sites And Stories blog.



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

  Partial front cover of Fiddling With Fate, Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 Kathleen's recent reveal of her tenth Chloe Ellefson mystery, Fiddling With Fate, has helped boost it into the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for a running total of thirty-five days! (NPD BookScan.)

Fiddling arrives September 8th in print and for Kindle and other e-readers. more>>

Posted July 19, 2019.



5 Stars

  Review of the Week graphic by Deep Vee Productions. This week's favorite reader review of The Lacemaker's Secret was posted on Amazon.com by thoughtsfrommillstreet.

"I was personally drawn to this book and became totally involved in its tiniest details after hearing Kathleen Ernst speak. The research behind each of her books is her passion and it was a delight to hear her speak about how she does it.... I have not read all the Chloe Ellefson mysteries but after reading this latest installment and meeting the author I certainly intend to read all these stories...." more>>

Posted July 19, 2019.



Fiddling With Fate - Revealing Chloe #10

  Partial front cover of Fiddling With Fate, Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 Today Kathleen is revealing more new details about Fiddling With Fate, her upcoming 10th Chloe Ellefson Mystery, including the entire first chapter of the book, and more>>

Posted July 16, 2019.





350 Days in Top 1%

  Partial front book cover of Heritage of Darkness a Chloe Ellefson mystery by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. This is the fourth Chloe Ellefson mystery. Set at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa, it is one of the all-time best selling Chloe mysteries. Released in 2013, it 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 fifty days. (NPD BookScan.)

Heritage of Darkness is also available for the Kindle and other e-readers.

Posted July 11 2019.



Why Norway?

  Photo of local folk costumes at the Hardanger Museum in Utne Norway taken by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. "Cultural identity, and the many ways people explore and express their own, is one of the recurring themes in the Chloe Ellefson Mystery series. When readers meet Chloe in Book 1, Old World Murder, she takes her own Norwegian heritage largely for granted. Her feelings evolve over time, and by Book 10, she is eager to learn more about her ancestors. Mr. Ernst and I were lucky enough to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary with a trip to...." more>>

Posted July 10, 2019 on the Sites And Stories blog.



Fiddling With Fate - Revealing Chloe #10

  Partial front cover of Fiddling With Fate, Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10

Starting today, Kathleen begins revealing new details about her upcoming 10th Chloe Ellefson Mystery, Fiddling With Fate.

Order your copy now. Links to indie bookstores and online booksellers offering trade paperback and ebook copies can be found HERE.

Posted July 10, 2019.



Why Kathleen Writes Historical Fiction

  Chloe Ellefson mystery #9 partial front cover image. Beverly Wolov, a volunteer with the Smithsonian's Lace Collection, has penned a recently published review of The Lacemaker's Secret. In the following she reveals a key insight into why Kathleen writes historical fiction, including the Chloe Ellefson mystery series.

"...as a writer she likes 'to shine a bit of lamplight on stories that might otherwise be forgotten, especially those of strong women who faced extraordinary challenges, but may not have left any written records behind'."

Beverly's laudatory two-page illustrated review appears in the Summer 2019 issue of The Bulletin, a publication of the International Organization of Lace.

Posted July 8, 2019.



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

  Partial front cover of Fiddling With Fate, Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 Thanks to the many wonderful fans of the Chloe Ellefson mystery series, pre-orders for trade paperback copies of her tenth book, Fiddling With Fate, have now propelled it into the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for a running total of thirty days! (NPD BookScan.)

Fiddling arrives September 8th in print and for Kindle and other e-readers. more>>

Posted July 5, 2019.



Celebrating July 4th in Freistadt WI

  Photo of poster for Trinity Lutheran July 4th celebration in Freistadt Wisconsin. Kathleen, Mr. Ernst, and daughter Meghan had great fun today celebrating this American Holiday in the German-American community of Freistadt, Wisconsin.

There they enjoyed a day of Pomeranian folk dancing and music by the Pommersche Tanzdeel Freistadt and the Freistadt Alte Kameraden Band, toured the buildings preserved by the Trinity Freistadt Historical Society, watched the parade, and ate grilled bratwurst sausages ("brats"), German potato salad, and root beer floats. more>>

Posted July 4, 2019.



 

Belgian Roadside Chapels in Wisconsin

  Door County Wisconsin Visitor Bureau logo. Planning a trip to Door County this summer? Did you know that the most recent Chloe Ellefson mystery, The Lacemaker's Secret, is set in the Belgian-American communites of southern Door? Check out this handy guide to the local Belgian Roadside Chapels (which play a role in the mystery).

And if your schedule permits, stop by the Belgian Heritage Center in Namur. Check their website for hours. Thanks to Chloe reader Mary Beth for sharing this link. more>>

Posted July 3, 2019.



"It was a joy..."

  Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park 75th Anniversary. Kathleen is back home after an amazing visit to to help celebrate Harpers Ferry National Historical Park's 75th anniversary. Her career as a published novelist began there in 1996 with her first book, The Night Riders of Harpers Ferry. She says it was a joy to be back in that beautiful place, to see old friends, and make new ones! more>>

Posted July 2, 2019.



"Love This Series"

  Sweet Note graphic by Dee Vee Productions. Kathleen read this post on amazon.com by dog and cat mom from Wisconsin.

"I've read all of the Chloe Ellefson mysteries and am always looking forward to when the next book comes out. The author does a great job interweaving two narratives: historical fiction and contemporary mystery. The history is well-researched and the characters are well-developed and likable.

Both the historical narrative and the mystery are detailed and have enough believable plot twists to hold my interest and keep me engaged. I always learn something new about history and am inspired to visit the historical sites and locations in the book.

If you like historical fiction and cozy mysteries, you will love this series."

Posted June 30, 2019.



Wonderfully Creative Young Writers

  Photo of aspiring writers in aauthor Kathleen Ernst's writing class at Harpers Ferry West Virginia 26 June 2019. Kathleen led a workshop for these "six wonderfully creative young writers" today, sponsored by the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park as part of their 75th anniversary celebration.

Posted June 26, 2019.



300 Days in Top 1%

  Partial front cover of rebranded American Girl Josefina mystery Secrets in the Hills by Kathleen Ernst. Kathleen's American Girl Josefina mystery, Secrets in the Hills (for ages 9 and up) has reached 300 days ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million tracked—for a running total of three hundred days (NPD BookScan).

Discover why on this book's page on Kathleen's website, where you will find reviews, a preview, author's note, and links to online sources for new and used print and ebook copies. more>>

Posted June 25, 2019.



Headin' East

  Image of rural road with On the road, again text by Mr. Ernst. This afternoon Kathleen cast her fate with United Airlines, heading to the East Coast in advance of taking part in this coming weekend's 75th anniversary activities at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Mr. Ernst and Kathleen's feline muse Eliza Jane remain at home, eagerly awaiting her safe return this coming Monday.

Posted June 24, 2019.



"Engaging Books!"

  Sweet Note graphic by Dee Vee Productions. Kathleen received this delightful message from Leslie in Mt. Laurel, NJ. 

"I just wanted to thank you for your engaging books! I'm getting many ideas for places I want to visit from your books when I retire. I've spent many enjoyable nights and weekend days reading your Chloe Ellefson Mystery series from my local public library."

Posted June 19, 2019.



A Hundred More

  Facebook 4200 Likes graphic. Kathleen's Facebook Author page has now received forty-two hundred page Likes. This milestone reflects the growing interest in her Chloe Ellefson Mystery series and the approaching release of the tenth book, Fiddling With Fate.

Posted June 15, 2019.



Now at the Printer

  Partial front cover of Fiddling With Fate, Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 Kathleen's tenth Chloe Ellefson mystery, Fiddling With Fate, is now at the printer!

Orders have already propelled it into the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for a running total of over twenty-five days! (NPD BookScan.) September 8th is the official release date.

Be one of the first to get a copy! Links to indie bookstores and online booksellers offering trade paperback and ebook copies of the new book can be found by clicking HERE.

Posted June 14, 2019.



"This was a very interesting book."

  Review of the Week graphic by Deep Vee Productions. This week's favorite reader review of The Lacemaker's Secret, was posted on Goodreads.com by Claudia in Lansing, Michigan.

"I liked the characters and the plot. It was the first time I had read anything in this series, but now I plan to start with the first book to see how it all began."

Posted June 13, 2019.



75th Anniversary - Advance Notice

  US National Park Service Harpers Ferry 75th Anniversary logo. The Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is celebrating its 75th anniversary on June 28-30, 2019—and the Park has invited Kathleen to take part! Harper's Ferry (located where Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia meet) is a fascinating place, with a rich history, and the anniversary weekend will be full of interesting activities and events. Catch Kathleen on the Writing Harpers Ferry panel from 4-5 PM, Saturday the 29th. more>>

Posted June 6, 2019.



Creative Inspiration

  Photo of Lake Superior shoreline in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan taken by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst 2019. Kathleen and her feline muse Eliza Jane are headed home today from the Upper Peninsula after a very successful week-long writing retreat. She snapped this a few days ago while seeking creative inspiration along the nearby Lake Superior shoreline.

Posted June 4, 2019.



200 Days in Top 1% of Sales

  Chloe Ellefson mystery #9 partial front cover image. The newest Chloe Ellefson mystery, The Lacemaker's Secret, was released in October. Based on pre- and post-release sales, it has now been ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books—for a running total of two hundred days. (Data Source: NPD BookScan.)

Lacemaker's is also available for the Kindle and other e-readers.

Posted May 31, 2019.



Musing Takes Many Forms

  Eliza Jane feline muse to bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. This week Kathleen and her feline writing companion Eliza Jane are busy working (each in their own unique way) on a new book manuscript at a scenic, undisclosed location on the shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Mr. Ernst remains at home.

Posted May 30, 2019.



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

  Partial front cover of Fiddling With Fate, Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 Thanks to the many wonderful fans of the Chloe Ellefson mystery series, pre-orders for trade paperback copies of her tenth book, Fiddling With Fate, have now propelled it into the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for a running total of twenty-five days! (NPD BookScan.)

Fiddling arrives September 8th in print and for Kindle and other e-readers. more>>

Posted May 28, 2019.



Away This Week

  Gone Writing Up in Da U.P. graphic. Kathleen and her feline muse Eliza Jane will be away this week at an undisclosed location in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, working on a manuscript. Mr. Ernst is remaining behind to keep the home office open. Fly fingers, fly, Kathleen!

Posted May 27, 2019.



Perfect for Murder

  Photo of bestselling author Kathleen Ernst taken by Amber Arnold published in the Wisconsin State Journal 26 May 2019. Kathleen is honored to be included with a group of talented murder mystery authors who were spotlighted in an article, Wisconsin is the Perfect Setting for Murder, published today in the Wisconsin State Journal. more>>

Posted May 26, 2019.



500 Days in Top 1%

  American Girl Felicity 3 Book Box Set image. This popular American Girl Felicity 3-Book Boxed Set includes two books by the famed author who created the Felicity character, Valerie Tripp, together with Kathleen's  Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey With Felicity book. This set 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 five hundred days! Source: NPD BookScanmore>>

Posted May 26, 2019.



"A Really, Really, Really Good Read!"

  Review of the Week graphic by Deep Vee Productions. This week's favorite reader review of The Lacemaker's Secret, was posted on Amazon.coms by Beverly W.

"The characters are engaging, the writing excellent. Everyone I have recommended this book to has it enjoyed it and thanked me."

Posted May 23, 2019.



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

  Partial front cover of Fiddling With Fate, Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 Thanks to the many wonderful fans of the Chloe Ellefson mystery series, pre-orders for trade paperback copies of her tenth book, Fiddling With Fate, have propelled it into the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for a running total of twenty days! (NPD BookScan.)

Fiddling arrives September 8th in print and for Kindle and other e-readers. more>>

Posted May 20, 2019.



Syttende Mai in Stoughton WI

  Photo of Stoughton Norwegian Dancers at Syttende Mai 2019 by Scott Meeker. Kathleen and Mr. Ernst had a fabulous time today at Stoughton's annual Syttende Mai Norwegian Heritage festival. They particularly enjoyed hearing a Hardanger fiddle concert, eating a Norwegian meal at the Sons of Norway Lodge, viewing the Children's Parade, and taking in a performance of the always wonderful Stoughton Norwegian Dancers.

Kathleen's next mystery, Fiddling With Fate, begins and ends in Stoughton—and features Chloe and Roelke visiting Norway to study Hardanger fiddle music and folk dancing (and to discover her ancestors). Fiddling arrives this September 8th.

Posted May 18, 2019.



Discover Chloe's Norwegian Roots - This Weekend

  Syttende Mai Norwegian Heritage Festival in Stoughton Wisconsin 2019 logo. Did you know that Chloe Ellefson—Kathleen's fictional (but oh so real) museum curator and reluctant sleuth—was born and raised in Stoughton, Wisconsin? It's a town with strong Norwegian roots; at one time, three-fourths of the residents spoke the language!

You can enjoy that heritage this weekend during Stoughton's Syttende Mai Festival, featuring "three days of parades, amazing food and drink, arts and music, athletic competitions, and kids’ activities steeped in centuries of Norwegian culture."

Chloe grew up performing at the festival in the Stoughton Norwegian Dancers, enjoying its many cultural programs (including lively Hardanger fiddle music), and sampling lots of traditional Norwegian foods like Krumkake and Lefse

Kathleen's next mystery, Fiddling With Fate, begins and ends in Stoughton, and features Chloe and Roelke visiting Norway to study Hardanger fiddle music and folk dancing (and to discover her ancestors). Get a jumpstart on Chloe 10 at Syttende Mai this weekend!

Posted May 15, 2019.



"Always a Winner!"

  Sweet Note graphic by Dee Vee Productions. The following is from a mystery fan who has read (and "strongly" recommended) all nine of Kathleen's Chloe Ellefson books. 

"I'm hoping one of these days she'll also publish a Chloe Ellefson cookbook, as her descriptions of the ethnic foods encountered in her novels are absolutely mouth-watering!"

Posted May 14, 2019.



Lifetime Major Achievement Award

  Photo of Council for Wisconsin Writers name tag for 2019 Major Achievement Award winner Kathleen Ernst. The Directors of the Council For Wisconsin Writers said this about why Kathleen received their 2019 Major Achievement Award today for her lifetime body of work.

"Ernst has published 37 books—mysteries, historical novels, children's books, non-fiction. That's just the books. She has also published poetry and magazine articles, produced instructional videos, and written scripts for television series. Ernst demonstrates the kind of breath that any writer can appreciate (and many of us can envy). For her to have accomplished what she has in addition to a rich career as an historian and curator is all the more impressive.

The list of awards for her writing across these different genres is longer than some people's list of publications—including, among others, seven different first-place and honorable mention awards from our own Council for Wisconsin Writers—and an Emmy.

The accomplishments already listed would be enough, but there is more, and the fact that there is still more to her list of achievements—in and of itself—is perhaps the keystone slipping into place to lock in her case as the winner of this year's award."

Past winners of the Council's Major Achievement Award include Jerry AppsNorbert BleiJane HamiltonKevin Henkes, and John Nichols

Posted May 11, 2019.



Scribble Interview - Now Streaming

  WVIK Quad Cities NPR logo. During her Quad Cities visit, Kathleen was interviewed by Don Wooten and Roald Tweet, the delightful hosts of WVIK radio's weekly Scribble program. They talked about her Chloe Ellefson mysteries, The Lacemaker's Secret, writing, and getting published. Their conversation can now be heard online by clicking HERE

Posted May 11, 2019.



Award Ceremony - Advance Notice

  Color photo of the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee Wisconsin. The Council For Wisconsin Writers will honor Kathleen for her lifetime of writing with their 2019 Major Achievement Award. She will receive it at the Council's annual banquet this coming Saturday, May 11th, at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee.

Posted May 4, 2019.



"Another A++ effort!"

  Review of the Week graphic by Deep Vee Productions. This week's favorite reader review of The Lacemaker's Secret, was posted on GoodReads by Larry F. Sommers.

"One of the most enjoyable and informative reads of Kathleen Ernst's now nine-book Chloe Ellefson series."

Posted May 1, 2019.



"It's a Masterpiece."

  Partial front cover of Fiddling With Fate, Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 Maddy Hunter, author of the delightfully humorous Passport to Peril mystery series, has written this about Kathleen's next Chloe mystery.

"Fiddling with Fate is a riveting page-turner that culminates in a nail-biting ending. It is more than superlative fiction. It's a masterpiece.

This latest installment in the Chloe Ellefson series checks all the boxes -- an historical mystery that spans two centuries, a contemporary mystery that marries heart-stopping adventure with a quest for secret identities and family heirlooms, a setting so vivid that it becomes one of the most haunting characters in the story, and the continuation of a love story that has not only survived the test of time but has flourished."

Fiddling With Fate arrives September 8th from Midnight Ink. It can be ordered now as a trade paperback and for Kindle and other e-readers. 

Posted April 28, 2019.



Happy Indie Bookstore Day!

  2019 Independent Bookstore Day logo. Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party taking place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items you can only get today.

Posted April 27, 2019.



Culture Preserved - Moline IL

  Interior photo of the Center for Belgian Culture in Moline Illinois. Before heading home from the Quad Cities, Kathleen visited Moline's Center for Belgian Culture. Most of the Belgians who settled in the area were Flemish. They arrived after the Walloon settlers in Wisconsin—subjects of Kathleen's The Lacemaker's Secret.

The Center is part museum, part library, and part gathering place. Kathleen describes it as "a wonderful tribute to local Belgian heritage." It is open to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays afternoons.

Posted April 26, 2019.



History Saved - Hampton IL

  Tom McKay, president of the Hampton Illinois Historical Society at the 1849 Brettun & Black store building they restored on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River. Tom McKay, president of the Hampton Historical Society, gave Kathleen a tour of the Society's building during her Quad Cities visit. The 1849 Brettun & Black store was built on the Mississippi River bank with its own dock where steamboats landed passengers and supplies. The store was in rough shape before the Society bought and lovingly restored it.

Black's Store Museum is open to the public on summer weekend afternoons. Check out its restored hand-cranked freight elevator. Kathleen salutes the Hampton Historical Society for all it has done and is doing to preserve this piece of American history.

Posted April 25, 2019.



Quad Cities - Wonderful Crowd

  Handmade sign for Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program by author Kathleen Ernst. Kathleen was delighted by the wonderful crowd that came for her Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program, yesterday evening in the Quad Cities. The event was sponsored by the Hampton (IL) Historical Society, the Center for Belgian Culture (Moline), and the Midwest Writing Center (Rock Island). Kathleen thanks the sponsors and all those who attended. This was her first visit to the Quad Cities and she had "loads of fun!"

Posted April 24, 2019.



Talkin' with Wooten & Tweet

  WVIK Quad Cities NPR logo. During this week's Quad Cities visit, Kathleen was interviewed by Don Wooten and Roald Tweet, the delightful hosts of WVIK radio's weekly Scribble program. They talked about her Chloe Ellefson mysteries, The Lacemaker's Secret, and writing and getting published. Their conversation will be broadcast and released as a podcast on May 11th.   

Posted April 23, 2019.



Chloe Program - April 23rd

  Quad Cities Chloe Ellefson Mysteries Program graphic. You are invited to join Kathleen for a richly illustrated 'behind the scenes' tour of her award-winning nine book Chloe Ellefson mystery series—including the newest, The Lacemaker's Secret, about Belgian-American pioneers, and a 'sneak peek' at the next Chloe story!

Kathleen will also share how working at Old World Wisconsin influenced her Chloe character, how her research into police work helped shape Chloe's love interest, officer Roelke McKenna, and how she crafts their stories. Kathleen will also answer audience questions, award door prizes, and sign books (copies will be available for purchase).

This free, hour-long public event is co-sponsored by the Hampton Historical Society, the Center for Belgian Culture in Moline, and the Midwest Writing Center in Rock Island. Kathleen's program begins at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, April 23rd, at the Hampton United Methodist Church, 400 2nd Avenue, in Hampton, Illinois.

Posted April 16, 2019.



"Places we love."

  Sweet Note graphic by Dee Vee Productions. Kathleen recently received this sweet message from Nancy A. on Facebook. 

"We thought you were writing just for us because your [Chloe Ellefson] books are so personal and specific to places we love."

Posted April 13, 2019.



Take that, Bomb Cyclone

  Author Kathleen Ernst Chloe Ellefson Mysgteries program at Belleville Wisconsin Public Library 11 April 2019. Despite rain, snow, sleet, high winds, and thunderstorms—they came. Eighteen hearty souls braved the bomb cyclone last night to attend Kathleen's Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program at the Belleville Public Library. Thanks to everyone who took part, and to the librarians and the friends of the library for sponsoring the event.

The Village of Belleville (pop. 2,425) clearly supports their library; first established in 1894, it will move into a new 13,805 square foot Library and Community Center in 2020. 

Posted April 12, 2019.



"Loved this book."

  Review of the Week graphic by Deep Vee Productions. This week's favorite reader review of the ninth Chloe mystery, The Lacemaker's Secret, was posted by tl on Amazon.com.

"I loved this book. The way the author combines fiction and history makes the Chloe Ellefson series some of the best books I have ever read. This time I learned about the Belgian people who settled in the Green Bay area. I even you tubed some videos of Bobbin Lace making to see what it was all about and was amazed at the talent of people who still do this work! As usual, I'm anxiously awaiting the next one!"

Posted April 11, 2019.



Chloe's Coming to Belleville - Tomorrow!

  Belleville Wisconsin Public Library logo. The public is invited to join Kathleen for a richly illustrated 'behind the scenes' tour of her award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson mystery series. The program will include a special focus on her newest book, The Lacemaker's Secret, set in Green Bay and Door County—plus a brief reveal of the upcoming tenth Chloe mystery!

This free hour-long event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Belleville Public Library and begins at 6:30 PM, Thursday, April 11th, at the Public Library in Belleville WI

Posted April 10, 2019.



Warm Evening, Welcoming Crowd

  Mr Ernst and readers at Waupun Public Library for Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program 09 April 2019. Last night at the Waupun Public Library Kathleen enjoyed an hour with an avid group of readers—some of whom were unfamiliar with the Chloe Ellefson mysteries. Stories were shared, door prizes awarded, and books purchased. It was a fun evening. Special thanks to Pamelyn Garcia and her staff, and to the Friends of Waupun Library.

Posted April 10, 2019.



"Proud, strong women..."

  Partial front cover of Fiddling With Fate, Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 Patricia Skalka, award-winning author of the popular Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series, has written this about Chloe 10.

"Fiddling with Fate is a story about proud, strong women and bitter dark secrets. In her richly-detailed and multi-faceted mystery, Kathleen Ernest skillfully intertwines the past with the present as Chloe Ellefson searches for her family roots in Norway amid escalating danger."

Fiddling With Fate arrives September 8th from Midnight Ink. It can be ordered now as a trade paperback and for Kindle and other e-readers.  

Posted April 9, 2019.



Chloe's Coming to Waupun - Tomorrow!

  Photo of Waupun Wisconsin Public Library. The public is invited to join Kathleen for a richly illustrated 'behind the scenes' tour of her award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson mystery series. The program will include a special focus on her newest book, The Lacemaker's Secret, set in Green Bay and Door County—plus a brief reveal of the upcoming tenth Chloe mystery!

This free hour-long event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Waupun Public Library and begins at 6:30 PM, Tuesday, April 9th, at the Waupun Public Library in Waupun WI.

Posted April 8, 2019.



Eighth Printing

  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 edition of the first book in the Chloe Ellefson mystery series is now in its eighth printing since it was first published eight years ago.

During those eight years, sales of Old World Murder trade paperback copies have earned it a ranking in the Top 1% of all US Print book sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for a running total of over 370 days! (Source: NPS BookScan.)

Posted April 8, 2019.



Second Vesterheim Class

  Sample of Norwegian Hardanger embroidery created by Kathleen Ernst. Having just completed a two-day beginning Norwegian Hardanger Embroidery class at the Vesterheim Folk Arts School, Kathleen is now taking a two-day follow-on class! The image shown is of the sampler she has nearly finished creating. more>>

Posted April 7, 2019.



"Love this series"

  Sweet Note graphic by Dee Vee Productions. Kathleen discovered this delightful post by dog and cat mom.   

"I've read all of the Chloe Ellefson mysteries and am always looking forward to when the next book comes out. ...If you like historical fiction and cozy mysteries, you will love this series."

Posted April 5, 2019.



Well-Earned Time Away

  Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst at Vesterheim Beginning Norwegian Hardanger Embroidery class April 2019. Having finished off her major edits to the Fiddling With Fate manuscript, Kathleen is now in Decorah IA, taking a two-day Norwegian Hardanger Embroidery beginners class at the Vesterheim Folk Arts School. (Yes, this embroidery appears in FWF.)

Posted April 4, 2019.



Major Achievement Award

  Photo of a typewriter on the Council for Wisconsin Writers website. The Council For Wisconsin Writers has named Kathleen winner of their 2019 Major Achievement Award honoring the work of a Wisconsin writer who deserves special recognition for their literary merit. 

Past winners of the Major Achievement Award include such noted Wisconsin writers as Jerry Apps, Norbert Blei, Jane HamiltonKevin Henkes, and John Nichols

In previous years the Council has individually honored two of Kathleen's Chloe Ellefson adult mystery novels, The Heirloom Murders and Mining For Justice (Midnight Ink), and five of her children’s books:  Meet Caroline (American Girl), Hearts of Stone (Dutton), Betrayal at Cross Creek (Pleasant Company), and Retreat From Gettysburg and Ghosts of Vicksburg (White Mane).

The Major Achievement Award comes on the heels of Kathleen winning the Sterling North Legacy Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature and being named a Notable Author by the Wisconsin Library Association.

Kathleen will be receive her award at the Council's annual banquet on Saturday, May 11th, at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee. 

Posted April 3, 2019.



Manuscript Milestone

  Cover of Fiddling With Fate Chloe Ellefson Mystery book by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. Today Kathleen wrapped up her last major edits to the Chloe 10 manuscript. 

The book's Acknowledgements, Author's Note, Cast of Characters, and Dedication are still to be written. Later she will give the the final version a light review for typos, etc., before publisher Midnight Ink sends Fiddling With Fate to the printer.

As of today, all is on-track for the story's release this September 8th in trade paperback and multiple ebook formats. 

Posted March 29, 2019.



Chloe Program - Advance Notice

  Quad Cities Chloe Ellefson Mysteries Program graphic. You are invited to join Kathleen for a richly illustrated 'behind the scenes' tour of her award-winning nine book Chloe Ellefson mystery series—including the newest story, The Lacemaker's Secret, about Belgian-American pioneers and a 'sneak peek' at the next Chloe story!

Kathleen will also share how working at Old World Wisconsin influenced her Chloe character, how her research into police work helped shape Chloe's love interest, officer Roelke McKenna, and how she crafts their stories. Kathleen will also answer audience questions, award door prizes, and sign books (copies will be available for purchase).

This free, hour-long public event is co-sponsored by the Hampton Historical Society, the Center for Belgian Culture in Moline, and the Midwest Writing Center in Rock Island. Kathleen's program begins at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, April 23rd, at the Hampton United Methodist Church, 400 2nd Avenue, in Hampton, Illinois.

Posted March 29, 2019.



Five Stars

  Review of the Week graphic by Deep Vee Productions. This week's favorite reader review of the ninth Chloe Ellefson mystery, The Lacemaker's Secret, was posted on NetGallery by Susan G., an educator.

"The Lacemaker's Secret is a rare gem in the world of cozy mysteries. Part historical fiction, part mystery, but full of a unique storyline that keeps readers guessing at each and every page."

Posted March 29, 2019.



Belleville WI - Chloe Program - Advance Notice

  Belleville Wisconsin Public Library logo. You are invited to join Kathleen for a richly illustrated 'behind the scenes' tour of her nine book, award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson mystery series—including the newest story, The Lacemaker's Secretand a 'sneak peek' at the next Chloe story!

Kathleen will also share how her years working at Old World Wisconsin influenced her Chloe character, how her research into police work helped shape Chloe's love interest, officer Roelke McKenna, and how she researches and writes their stories.

And Kathleen will answer audience questions, award door prizes, and sign books (copies will be available for purchase). This free, hour-long public event is sponsored by the Friends of the Belleville Public Library in honor of National Library Week. Kathleen's program begins at 6:30 PM, Thursday, April 11th, at the Belleville Public Library.

Posted March 28, 2019.



Large Print Giveaway - Winners!

  Chloe Ellefson Mystery Large Print Giveaway Winners graphic. The winners of Kathleen's Large Print Giveaway are DIANNE MARTINAGANO, MIRIAM R. NELSON, and KATHLEEN NEWBERG! 

Each gets an author signed, personalized, large print hardcover of The Lacemaker's Secret, the ninth and newest mystery in the award-winning Chloe Ellefson series. 

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who entered!

Posted March 28, 2019.



"...a wonderful trip to take."

  Sweet Note graphic by Dee Vee Productions. Kathleen received this delightful message from Eileen in Cape Cod, MA, who describes herself as "a semi-retired librarian."  

"Thank you for another Chloe Ellefson mystery. ...Thank you also for your research, your historical fiction is so enlightening. I am a New Englander and reading about Wisconsin is such a wonderful trip to take."

Posted March 27, 2019.



Large Print Giveaway!

  Chloe Ellefson Mystery Large Print Giveaway graphic. To celebrate tomorrow's release of a large print hardcover edition of her ninth Chloe Ellefson mystery, The Lacemaker's Secret, Kathleen is giving away three signed and personalized copies!

To enter, leave a comment on the giveaway post on her Facebook Author page or her Sites And Stories Blog before 11:59 PM (Central US time), this Wednesday, March 27, 2019

One entry per person, please. The winners will be chosen at random and announced the next day—here and on her Facebook and blog pages!

Posted March 26, 2019.



Waupun WI - Chloe Program - Advance Notice

  Photo of Waupun Wisconsin Public Library. You are invited to join Kathleen for a richly illustrated 'behind the scenes' tour of her nine book, award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson mystery series—including the newest story, The Lacemaker's Secret,  and a 'sneak peek' at the upcoming tenth book.

Kathleen will also share how her years working at Old World Wisconsin influenced her Chloe character, how her research into police work helped shape Chloe's love interest, officer Roelke McKenna, and how she researches and writes their stories.

And Kathleen will answer audience questions, award door prizes, and sign books (copies will be available for purchase). This free, hour-long public event beginning at 6:30 PM, Tuesday, April 9th, at the Waupun Public Library in Waupun WI.

Posted March 25, 2019.



Good Time in Montello!

  Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst speaking to Chloe Ellefson mystery fans before signing books at the Reader's Realm Gallery 24 March 2019 in Montello Wisconsin. This afternoon Kathleen and Mr. Ernst visited Reader's Realm, a beautiful independent bookstore in Montello, WI. Thanks to all who came, and to owner Kathleen Ludden for the invitation. Expect a return this fall—after Chloe 10, Fiddling With Fate, comes out!

Posted March 24, 2019.



175 Days in Top 1%

  Chloe Ellefson mystery #9 partial front cover image. The newest Chloe Ellefson mystery, The Lacemaker's Secret, was released in October. Based on pre- and post-release sales, it 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 seventy-five days. (NPD BookScan.)

Lacemaker's is also available for the Kindle and other e-readers.

Posted March 22, 2019.



Editing Chloe 10 in Oregon

  Firefly Coffeehouse sign in Oregon Wisconsin. Today Kathleen finished making her edits to the Fiddling With Fate manuscript in Oregon WI at Firefly, her "new favorite coffeehouse." Next she'll work through the comments coming from the story's editors and content experts. Kathleen must send the latest, near-final version of the book to publisher Midnight Ink by April 1st.

Posted March 21, 2019.



"So glad I spotted this book..."

  Review of the Week graphic by Deep Vee Productions. This week's favorite reader review of the ninth Chloe Ellefson mystery, The Lacemaker's Secret, was posted on Goodreads by Mary from southwest Ohio.

"I don't know which I enjoyed more the present day story and characters, the past story and characters, or the story of the the lace. These three intertwined stories made for a great read."

Posted March 21, 2019.



This Sunday in Montello WI

  Photo of The Reader's Realm bookstore in Montello Wisconsin. Meet Kathleen, bestselling author of the award-winning Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series, and get an autographed copy of any of her nine Chloe stories, including the newest, The Lacemaker's Secret, set in Green Bay and Door County, WI. Ask her about the next Chloe book, which is set for release this September. This free public signing will run from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, this Sunday, March 24th at the Readers Realm Bookstore in Montello, WI.

Posted March 20, 2019.



Editing Chloe 10 in Evansville

  Photo of tenth Chloe Ellefson mystery being edited at the Real Coffee at Daun shop in Evansville WI. This was Kathleen's 'work space' today at Real Coffee at Daun in Evansville WI. She was there editing the manuscript of her next Chloe Ellefson mystery, Fiddling With Fate.

This will be the tenth story in this popular, award-winning, Wisconsin-based series. It is scheduled for release in early September and already available for pre-order in trade paperback and ebook formats. more>>

Posted March 19, 2019.



Not Your Typical St. Patrick's Day in Palatine

  Author Kathleen Ernst speaking about her Chloe Ellefson mysteries at the Sons of Norway Skjold Lodge in Palantine IL on 17 March 2019. Kathleen wishes to thank the Sons of Norway Skjold Lodge in Palatine, Illinois and the fifty-plus people who came to hear her Chloe Ellefson mysteries program yesterday. Kathleen—a Swiss/Scottish/Dutch-American—had a delightful time discussing Norwegian Heritage with the Sons of Norway at the local Ukrainian Center on St. Patrick's Day!

Posted March 18, 2019.



Hardanger Fiddle Making

  Hardanger Fiddle hand crafted by Karen Rebholz. Yesterday Kathleen and Mr. Ernst attended a great presentation by Hardanger Fiddle maker Karen Rebholz. She spoke about these traditional Norwegian instruments, named for the Hardanger Fjord area in Norway, and about studying with a master fiddle maker in Voss. Her program took place at the wonderful Livsreise (Life's Journey) Norwegian Heritage Center in Stoughton, WI.

Posted March 17, 2019.


Palatine IL - Chloe Program - This Sunday

  Logo of the Sons of Norway Skjold Lodge in Palatine Illinois. The Sons of Norway Skjold Lodge invites the public to join them for Kathleen's richly illustrated 'behind the scenes' tour of her award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series. The program will include a special focus on Chloe's Norwegian-American heritage—plus a brief reveal of the upcoming tenth Chloe mystery! Door prizes and a book signing (copies will be available for purchase) round out this free, hour-long event—which begins shortly after 2 PM, March 17th, at the Ukrainian Center in Palatine IL.

Posted March 14, 2019.



Seven Time Winner

  2018 Constant Contact Email All Star Award logo. Kathleen was just named a 2018 All Star Award Winner for email effectiveness by Constant Contact, which provides email marketing services to 5 million small businesses and non-profits. This is the seventh consecutive year she has earned this honor. Less than five percent of Constant Contact customers are multi-year All Star Award recipients. 

Posted March 14, 2019.



Montello WI - Book Signing - Advance Notice

  Photo of Reader's Realm bookstore in Montello Wisconsin. Meet Kathleen Ernst, bestselling author of the award-winning Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series. Get autographed copies of her now nine Chloe books, including the newest, The Lacemaker's Secret, set in Green Bay and Door County. Ask her about the tenth Chloe mystery, coming this September. This free public event will run from 1-3:00 PM, Sunday, March 24th. more>>

Posted March 13, 2019.



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

  Partial front cover of Fiddling With Fate, Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 Thanks to the many wonderful fans of the Chloe Ellefson mystery series, pre-orders for trade paperback copies of her tenth book, Fiddling With Fate, have propelled it into the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked—for a running total of fifteen days! (NPD BookScan.)

Fiddling is also available for the Kindle and other e-readers. more>>

Posted March 10, 2019.



Palatine IL - Chloe Ellefson Program - Advance Notice

  Logo of the Sons of Norway Skjold Lodge in Palatine Illinois. The public is invited to join Kathleen for a Norwegian-American version of her richly illustrated 'behind the scenes' tour of the award-winning Chloe Ellefson mystery series. This free public program is sponsored by the Sons of Norway Skjold Lodge and will include a brief reveal of the upcoming tenth Chloe mystery—set in Norway!

Kathleen will share how her years working at Old World Wisconsin influenced her Chloe character, how her research into police work helped shape Chloe's love interest, Roelke McKenna, and how she researches and writes their stories. Door prizes and a book signing (copies will be available for purchase) round out this hour-long event that begins shortly after 2:00 PM, Sunday, March 17th, at the Ukrainian Center in Palatine IL.

Posted March 10, 2019.



Port Washington - Great Group!

  Kathleen Ernst presenting her Chloe Ellefson mysteries program 08 March 2019 at the Port Washington Wisconsin Public Library. Kathleen was delighted with the warm welcome she received yesterday in response to her Chloe Ellefson mysteries program. This free public event was made possible by the W.J. Niederkorn Public Library and the Port Washington Adult Community Senior Center. Thanks to both organizations—and all the wonderful Chloe fans who attended!  

Posted March 9, 2019.



Chloe Ellefson Program - Tomorrow

  Port Washington Wisconsin logo. The public is invited to join Kathleen for a richly illustrated 'behind the scenes' tour of her award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson mystery series. The program will include a special focus on her newest book, The Lacemaker's Secret, set in Green Bay and Door County—plus a brief reveal of the upcoming tenth Chloe mystery!

This free hour-long event is co-sponsored by the Adult Community Senior Center and begins at 10:30 AM, Friday, March 8th, at the W.J. Niederkorn Public Library.

Posted March 7, 2019.



Fiddling With Fate - Revealed!

  Partial front cover of Fiddling With Fate, Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 "Is there anything more exciting for an author than turning in a manuscript for a new book? Yes! Anticipating publication day. The 10th Chloe Ellefson mystery..." more>>

Posted March 3, 2019 on the Sites And Stories blog.



"Love Your Writing!!!"

  Sweet Note graphic by Dee Vee Productions. Kathleen received this delightful message from Jan H. in Illinois who wrote about how she and her sister learned of the Chloe mysteries from their dental office receptionist.

"We started in September with book one and are anxiously awaiting the new one coming out!! Really enjoyed all of them, but especially the last one on lacemaking [The Lacemaker's Secret]. We are both avid crocheters, knitters, and sewers... The book on the Civil War [A Memory of Muskets] was also one of my favorites and my sis liked the one on the flour factory [Tradition of Deceit] . Hopefully, we can visit the areas mentioned in the book this summer on some girls only trips."

Posted March 1, 2019.



Chloe 10 - Off to the Publisher!

  Page 1 of the tenth Chloe Ellefson Mystery manuscript by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. Kathleen is feeling so comfortable with the manuscript of her tenth Chloe Ellefson mystery that she just sent it to publisher Midnight Inka day before the deadline! And now you can read a 'sneak peek' of the story's opening paragraphs by clicking HERE.

Posted February 28, 2019.



"Really enjoyed...the historical aspect"

  Review of the Week graphic by Deep Vee Productions. This week's favorite reader review of the ninth Chloe mystery, The Lacemaker's Secret, was posted on Goodreads by Fred, a cozy fan from northeast Indiana.

"A wonderful addition to this very exciting series. It is well-plotted and well written with wonderful characters. I will be watching for the next book in this series."

Posted February 27, 2019.



Chloe 10 Deadline - One Week Left

  Author Kathleen Ernst writing her tenth Choe Ellefson mystery for 2019 release. This coming Friday, March 1st, is the publisher's deadline for Kathleen to turn in the manuscript for her tenth Chloe Ellefson mystery. All chapters are written and the story is close to its target of 95,000 words, but a few historical details still need to be checked and a review for typos completed. The book is set to come out September 8th!

Posted February 22, 2019.



Our Lady Of Good Help

  Sepia photo of Adele Brise. "Adele Brise was born in Belgium in 1831, and immigrated to Wisconsin with her family in 1855. The Brise family settled about 16 miles northeast of the city of Green Bay in Robinsonville, now Champion, Wisconsin. Little is known of Adele’s early years, but she was remembered as a devout young woman. In October, 1859, apparitions of the Virgin Mary occurred to Adele as she..." more>>

Posted February 22, 2019 on the Sites And Stories blog.


Chloe Ellefson Program - Advance Notice

  Port Washington Wisconsin logo. The public is invited to join Kathleen for a richly illustrated 'behind the scenes' tour of her award-winning, Wisconsin-based Chloe Ellefson mystery series. This free program will include a special focus on her newest book, The Lacemaker's Secret, set in Green Bay and Door County—plus a brief reveal of the upcoming tenth Chloe mystery!

Kathleen will also share how her years working at Old World Wisconsin influenced her Chloe character, how her research into police work helped shape Chloe's love interest, Roelke McKenna, and how she researches and writes their stories. Door prizes and a book signing (copies will be available) round out this hour-long event that begins at 10:30 AM, Friday, March 8th, at the W.J. Niederkorn Public Library in Port Washington, WI.

Posted February 22, 2019.



"Warning: book series can be addicting."

  Sweet Note graphic by Dee Vee Productions. Teresa R. recently posted this sweet note on Kathleen's Facebook Author page about her experience reading the Chloe Ellefson mysteries

"Symptoms include going to bed early to squeeze in another chapter and researching the locations referenced for the next road trip. Side effects include buying a copy of Old World Murder for daughter who happens to live in Waukesha County." 

Posted February 20, 2019.



Kathleen Ernst Interview

  Map Your Mystery Blog logo. "What is the title of your newest book? How many books have you published?"

My newest is The Lacemaker's Secret: A Chloe Ellefson Mystery (Midnight Ink, 2018). It's the 9th book in the series, and my 37th published book! It took me a long time to hone my craft well enough to break in, so I find that number a bit astounding." more>>

Posted February 19, 2019 on the Map Your Mystery blog.



The Lacemaker's Secret - New Milestone

  150 Days in the Top 1% graphic. Thanks to Kathleen's many wonderful Chloe Ellefson fans, this week trade paperback sales of the The Lacemaker's Secret surpassed one hundred fifty days ranked in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked! (NPD BookScan.)

Lacemaker's is also available for the Kindle and other e-readers.

Posted February 16, 2019.



2 Weeks to Chloe 10 Deadline

  Photo of Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 manuscript by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst. Kathleen took this photo of her 'work space' at the coffee shop where she has been reviewing the manuscript of her tenth Chloe Ellefson mystery. She finished writing the story earlier this week, and is now busy smoothing rough prose, confirming historical details, and editing it down to about 95,000 words. Kathleen will remain at this until she sends the manuscript to Midnight Ink on February 28th. Another mocha, Kathleen?

Posted February 14, 2019.


"A fellow librarian introduced me to..."

  Sweet Note graphic by Dee Vee Productions. Taryn wrote about the Chloe Ellefson mysteries on Kathleen's Sites And Stories blog. 

"A fellow librarian introduced me to the Chloe series about 3 years ago. I read the first and was hooked. I thoroughly enjoy the characters, the stories and the way history is seamlessly woven into the plots."

Posted February 9, 2019.



-13F Wind Chill Didn't Stop'em

  Food Traditions Writing Workshop by Kathleen Ernst at Write On Door County 08 February 2019. This afternoon Kathleen switched from writing Chloe 10 to teaching her Food Traditions writing workshop at Write On Door County. It filled up in advance and almost everyone was able to get theredespite the frigid temps! Kathleen says it was a great (and hardy) group and that she had a wonderful time with them.

Posted February 8, 2019.



"Interesting and well written"

  Review of the Week graphic by Deep Vee Productions. This week's favorite reader review of the ninth Chloe mystery, The Lacemaker's Secret, was posted by T. DeGuelle of Wisconsin on Amazon.com.

"This was an excellent representation of the local area and history of the Door/Brown County area. As a lifetime resident and being of Belgian heritage, I felt she did a fantastic job of representing the culture. It accurately represented the Belgian faith and customs. She tied a mystery of the missing Belgian lace into the story. The characters were strong, faithful, hard working and kind. The book accurately describes the struggles they endured."

Posted February 7, 2019.



Writing Retreat - Update

  Photo of wintery Wisconsin scene by author Kathleen Ernst. Kathleen sent this wintery scene photo, taken on her Chloe 10 writing retreat this week. The snow proved too deep for the contemplative walk she attempted, but Kathleen says the peaceful setting is helping her get lots of writing done. Fly fingers, fly, Kathleen!

Posted February 6, 2019.



Food Traditions Workshop - This Friday

  Photo of Springerle cookies by Kathleen Ernst. This Friday Kathleen will take the afternoon off from writing the tenth Chloe Ellefson mystery . . .  to teach a free writing workshop! Come learn how to recall, record, and celebrate the food traditions of your family or community. It's open to adults and teensno writing or culinary experience needed. Participation is free, but prior registration is required. Seats are limited and will be filled on a first come basis. Join Kathleen from 1-4 PM, February 8th, at Write On Door County in Fish Creek, WI. more>>

Posted February 4, 2019.



Writing Retreat

  Stylized Snow on bare branches "Gone Writing" graphic by Scott Meeker. Kathleen just departed for a week-long solo winter writing retreat. She will use the time for researching, writing, and editing the manuscript of her tenth Chloe Ellefson mystery. It is due into publisher Midnight Ink at the end of this monthfor release on September 8th. Fly fingers, fly, Kathleen!

Posted February 3, 2019.



9 Book Lacemaker's Giveaway - Winners

  9 Lacemaker Mysteries Giveaway Winners graphic. The winners of Kathleen's 9 Book Lacemakers Giveaway are JACKI BEDWORTH, SUE GALLAGHER, KAY JOHNSON, KAREN MAYERS, HOPE MCLEOD, CINDY PATTERSON, LINDA ROEHRIG, BETH ROGERS, and MARGARET WURTH. Congratulations!

Each gets an author signed, personalized, trade paperback of The Lacemaker's Secret, the ninth and newest mystery in the award-winning Chloe Ellefson series. 

Each winner should immediately contact Kathleen with their signing, personalization, and postal mailing information by clicking HERE.

Posted January 31, 2019.



9 Book Lacemaker's Giveaway - Starts Now

  9 Lacemaker Mysteries Giveaway graphic. Kathleen is giving away nine trade paperback copies of her ninth Chloe Ellefson mystery:  The Lacemaker's Secret. To enter, leave a comment on the giveaway post on her Facebook Author page or her Sites And Stories Blog before 11:59 PM (Central US time), Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Only one entry per person, please. The winners will be chosen at random and announced the next day, here and on her Facebook and blog!

Posted January 29, 2019.



Chloe Ellefson Mysteries Update

  Photo of bestselling author Kathleen Ernst in Norway taken by Mr Ernst. "The 10th Chloe Ellefson Mystery, scheduled for release in September, 2019, will be the last one released by publisher Midnight Ink—which is shutting down. While that isn’t good news, since the announcement I’ve been overwhelmed by the support from wonderful Chloe and Roelke fans. Thank you all! I do want to continue the series. My upbeat and savvy literary agent has already sent a proposal to a press which has..." more>>

Posted January 25, 2019 on the Sites And Stories blog.



"I normally don't read mysteries..."

  Sweet Note graphic by Dee Vee Productions. This arrived recently from Ginny Nelson in Wisconsin. She wrote about how her great-great-grandparents escaped the Great Fire of 1871 by hiding in a field as flames surrounded their farm and consumed their home.

"As far as I know, none of my Belgian ancestors made lace, but otherwise the early settlers [in The Lacemaker's Secret] could have been my relatives. ...you nailed the Belgian history in Wisconsin!"

Posted January 25, 2019.



Foodways Writing Workshop - Register Now!

  Photo of Springerle cookies by Kathleen Ernst. JUST ANNOUNCED. Kathleen will be teaching how to recall, record, and celebrate the food traditions of your family or community. This half-day workshop is open to adults and teensno writing or culinary experience needed. Participation is free, but prior registration is required. Seats are limited and will be filled on a first come basis. Join Kathleen from 1-4 PM, February 8th, at Write On, Door County in Fish Creek, WI. more>>

Posted January 24, 2019.



"Eagerly awaited..."

  Review of the Week graphic by Deep Vee Productions. This week's favorite reader review of The Lacemaker's Secret was posted by D. Zendel of New Mexico on Amazon.com.

"I have worked alongside people like Chloe, smart, dedicated people who should be making way more money than they are for protecting and preserving a state’s natural and cultural resources, but who stay for the love of history and the properties they are charged with caring for. She is very real to me..." more>>

Posted January 23, 2019.



Libby's Legendary Banana Bread Pudding

  Photo of Libby's Legendary Banana Bread Pudding by Kathleen Ernst. "Sometimes you just need some comfort food—something steaming and fragrant and utterly delicious. The 9th Chloe Ellefson Mystery, The Lacemaker’s Secret, begins at just such a moment. ". . . Libby turned and cracked the oven door. A rich wave of banana, vanilla, and cinnamon swirled into the room. “Please tell me that’s Libby’s Legendary Banana Bread Pudding." more>>

Posted January 22, 2019 on the Sites And Stories blog.



Discussion Guide - Now Available

  Chloe Ellefson mystery #9 partial front cover image. Good news for mystery book discussion groups! Kathleen just posted a Discussion Guide for her newest Chloe mystery. Download a free copy from The Lacemaker’s Secret pageor by clicking HERE.

Posted January 15, 2019.



Belgian Spice Cookies

  Wikipedia photo of Lotus brand Speculoos cookies. "The latest Chloe Ellefson Mystery, The Lacemaker’s Secret, celebrates Belgian heritage, so of course my research included foodways. I quickly came across references to Belgian Spice Cookies, also called Speculoos. These crisp spiced shortbread cookies..." more>>

Posted January 8, 2019 on the Sites And Stories blog.



"Kept me guessing!"

  Review of the Week graphic by Deep Vee Productions. This arrived yesterday from Ann Thomas in Massachusetts.

"Just finished Lacemaker's Secret and loved it. You bring so much history into your books that I am always learning about fascinating characters. This recent book really kept me guessing! I will be 86 in a few weeks, and have read your previous Chloe adventures. Looking forward to the next!"

Posted January 7, 2019.



Messages Lost

  Upgrade Breaks Script graphic by Mr Ernst. Each page on this website has a Contact link leading to a form that can be used to sent Kathleen a message. Yesterday she was shocked to learn that during the last six weeks all those messages sent to her were lostbefore she received them—and cannot be recovered.

One of the joys of being an author is hearing from readers, and Kathleen is very conscientious about replying to the messages she gets. If you sent her a message anytime between 11/24/2018 and 1/5/2019, she asks that you please resend it using her now repaired message form. Thank you.

Posted January 6, 2019.



"Fabulous author"

  Sweet Note graphic by Dee Vee Productions. From reader Paul Bunyan comes this review of The Lacemaker's Secret.

"Kathleen Ernst is a fabulous author. Her stories make me want to jump in the car and visit the historical sites."

Posted January 3, 2019.



133 Days in Top 1%

  Chloe Ellefson mystery #9 partial front cover image. The newest Chloe Ellefson mystery, The Lacemaker's Secret, was released on October 8th. Based on pre- and post-release sales, it has spent one hundred thirty-three days in the Top 1% of all US Print Book Sales—out of over 8 million books tracked. (NPD BookScan.)

Lacemaker's is also available for the Kindle and other e-readers.

Posted January 1, 2019.