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"...your best yet"

  Review of the Week grahic for Fiddling With Fate by Kathleen Ernst and Midnight Ink. This week's favorite reader review of the newest Chloe Ellefson mystery, was sent by postal mail to Kathleen by Roger B. from Decorah, Iowa.

"My wife gave me your latest book (FIDDLING WITH FATE) for Christmas. I just finshed reading it. I didn't know there was so much to learn about Hardanger fiddles and Norwegian folk dancing. You wove a plethora of historical information into the story. The book is your best yet.

Posted January 26, 2020.

Chloe Ellefson Program - Advance Notice

  Wisconsin State Rosemaling Association logo. The Wisconsin State Rosemaling Association has invited Kathleen to their Spring General Meeting to present her illustrated Chloe Ellefson Mysteries program at 1:15 PM on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at the Fire Station in Stoughton, WI. Additional details will be released later.

Posted January 25, 2020.

Washington Post quotes Kathleen's book

  Too Afraid to Cry - Maryland Civilians in the Antietam Campaign by bestselling author Kathleen Ernst An excerpt from Kathleen's first non-fiction book, Too Afraid to Cry: Maryland Civilians in the Antietam Campaign was quoted in an article entitled Maryland house had part to play in the Civil War published today in the Washington Post Real Estate section.

Posted January 24, 2020.

"Keep writing!!!"

  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 came to Kathleen from Suzanne H.W. of St. Peters, Missouri.

"Love your Chloe E. series.... You write with the right balance of mystery, romance (not too graphic), history, scenic description, and good dialogue. Keep writing!!!"

Posted January 20, 2020.

"You have enriched our lives."

  Sweet Note graphic by Dee Vee Productions. Kathleen recently received these sweet sentiments from reader Maueen C.

"Have long been an admirer of your research, your writing skills and creativity for an audience young and mature. Thank you! You have enriched our lives."

Posted January 11, 2020.

150 days in Top 1%

  Partial front cover of Fiddling With Fate, Chloe Ellefson Mystery #10 As of yesterday, pre- and post-release purchases of Fiddling With Fate trade paperbacks 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 running total of one hundred fifty days! (NPD BookScan.)

Kindle and other eBook versions of Fiddling are also doing well.

Posted January 6, 2020.

"Not so with Fiddling With Fate."

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

"It can be difficult to read the latest book in a series when you have not read any of the others. Not so with Fiddling With Fate.

Ernst divides the narrative into past and present in the Hardanger region, giving the reader glimpses of the struggles that 19th century farmers encountered, and the lack of options for women.

Despite obstacles in both present and past, and despite a murder that seems to be linked to their quest, Chloe and Roelle find their way, helped by Chloe's extraordinary gift for sensing things beyond what can be touched and seen.

Posted January 5, 2020.

National Recognition Award

  Daughters of the American Revolution logo. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) has chosen to honor author Kathleen Ernst for "outstanding achievement in her artistic field" with their American Heritage Women in the Arts Recognition Award for Literature.

Kathleen was nominated for this national award by the Wisconsin Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (WSDAR). State Regent Brenda T. Majewski explained why they proposed her for this recognition.

"Education, historic preservation, and patriotism are the missions of the DAR. Literacy, American history, and classroom participation fall under our service projects. [Kathleen's] books fall easily into these categories, particularly the research that goes into the back stories of the Chloe Ellefson series."

National DAR President General Denise Doring VanBuren will present the award to Kathleen at an afternoon reception in her honor, to be held April 16, 2020, during the WSDAR Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Green Bay, WI.

The DAR was founded in 1890 and has 185,000 members, including 1,500 in Wisconsin. This non-profit, non-political, volunteer women's service organization is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and educating America's children.

Posted January 1, 2020.