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2013 News


Happy Holidays Giveaway!

Photo of Caroline Abbott six book box set and first four Choe Ellefson mysteries. It's Kathleen's final Facebook author page and Sites and Stories blog 2013 Giveaway! The entry deadlne was Midnight US Central time, December 12th. The lucky winners are Janette Goldstein, Mary Maronde, and Laurie Wagus Miller! Each gets her choice of a Caroline Abbott six-book box set OR a set of all four Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mysteries (with each book signed and personalized by Kathleen). Thanks to everyone who entered!

Posted on Kathleen's News page December 10, 2013 (updated December 13, 2013).


Talking Holiday Food Traditions

Logo of the Larry Meiller Show on Wisconsin Public Radio.  Kathleen joins Larry Meiller on his popular midday program to discuss traditional holiday foods and how families can help preserve their culinary traditions for future generations. Originally broadcast and streamed live December 9th on the Wisconsin Ideas Network, you can listen to this 1 hour 13 minute program by clicking on the right-facing triangle below.


Posted to Kathleen's News page December 8, 2013 (updated December 9, 2013).

Free 'Chloe's World' Tour

Photo of Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum by Kathleen Ernst.  Key scenes in Heritage of Darkness are set at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum and involve its' collection. To celebrate that, a special tour will introduce you to those places and objects, including some not normally seen. The tour will be led by Kathleen and Vesterheim's Collections Manager, Alison Dwyer. It runs from 10 AM to Noon, Thursday, December 5th. The tour is free (as is admission to the museum). Spoiler Alert: Major plot points will be discussedmore>>

Posted to Kathleen's News page December 3, 2013.

Cooking With Crimespree

Crimespree Magazine logo.  Kathleen shares recipes for Lefse and Rømmegrøt Bars with readers in the latest issue of Crimespree Magazine. For those who aren't subscribers, the recipes can be found on the magazine's blog.  more>>

Posted to Kathleen's News page December 3, 2013.

Free Tickets

Photo of Father Christmas at Old World Wisconsin in December 2009  It's almost Spirit of Christmas Past time at Old World Wisconsin! The museum invites you to "warm up by crackling wood-fired stoves, and stroll through Old World's 19th-century Wisconsin village, decked out for the holidays" on Saturday and Sunday, December 7th, 8th, 14th, and 15th, from Noon to 4 PM. And in the spirit of the season, Kathleen is giving away free passes for this event. Visit Kathleen's Facebook author page for details.

Posted to Kathleen's News page November 22, 2013.

Gratitude Giveaway

Photo of Caroline Abbott 6 book set and the 4 Chloe Ellefson books.  Two lucky readers, Betty Bruns Munguia and Terry Myra, won Kathleen's Facebook '800 Likes' Gratitude Giveaway. Each gets her choice of either a boxed set of six Caroline Abbott American Girl books or a set of all four Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mysteries. The books will be signed and personalized for the winners by Kathleen. Stay tuned for additional giveaway from now through the end of the year.

Posted to Kathleen's News page November 21, 2013.

Back From Retreat

Sophie the feline muse, laying paws on Kathleen Ernst's laptop.  Kathleen is just back from a 5-day writing retreat in an undisclosed location. She was busy working to finish up the next Chloe Ellefson mystery--with the aid of Sophie, her feline muse. The photo shows Sophie's ritual 'laying on of paws' to aid Kathleen with a difficult passage.

Posted to Kathleen's News page November 19, 2013.

Thank You Decorah!

Photo of Heritage of Darkness book display at Vesterheim Museum store.  Email. "I've had a wonderful times these last few days, seeing old friends and making new ones in one of my favorite places. The charms of Decorah, and the collection and folk art classes at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, are among the reasons for making them the setting for my newest Chloe Ellefson mystery..."  more>>

Emailed November 4, 2013 to Kathleen's Decorah, IA area email list.

Kathleen Talks on Decorah's KVIK Radio 

Logo of KVIK FM radio in Decorah, Iowa.  Update. Kathleen speaks with Arleen Soltow about her Heritage of Darkness book signing tonight at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, and the Holiday Food Traditions class she and Darlene Fossum-Martin are teaching there this weekend.  Listen to this 7 minute 20 second interview by clicking on the right-facing triangle below.


Posted to Kathleen's News page October 31, 2013.

Kathleen Talks on Decorah's KDEC Radio

Radio KDEC 1240 AM Decorah Iowa logo.  Update. Kathleen speaks with Ryan Delehant about how Decorah and the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum are the setting for Heritage of Darkness, her fourth Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery. The show was broadcast in the NE Iowa/SE Minnesota area. Listen to this 7 minute 40 second interview by clicking on the right-facing triangle below.


Posted to Kathleen's News page October 31, 2013.

Discussion Guide Added

Partial image of the book cover of "Heritage of Darkness" by Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink.  Update. Kathleen has created a guide to help book groups discuss her newest Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery book. Free copies of this four-page PDF document can be downloaded from her Heritage of Darkness book page, which contains a slide show of artifacts that appear in the mystery, an interactive Google map showing where key scenes take place, and blog entries about aspects of the story.  more>>

Posted to Kathleen's Heritage of Darkness and News pages October 26, 2013.

Caroline Books in Top 1%

Nielsen BookScan logo. Update. These results are based on US sales tracking data for over 8 million printed books, provided by Nielsen BookScan, a service used by the publishing industry. Thanks AG fans!
     Six Book Caroline Abbott Box Set With Game (Books 1-6)
     Meet Caroline (Book 1)
     Traitor In The Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery (Book 7)

Posted October 25, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.


Caroline Abbott 6 Book Giveaway!

Drawing of box set of six Caroline Abbott American Girl books written by Kathleen Ernst.
 
Update. Kathleen has been focused on launching Heritage of Darkness, but she hasn't forgotten her loyal American Girl readers! That is why this week she held the giveaway of a free, first-edition, box set (with game) of six Caroline Abbott books. The winner was Donna Joyner Rizzo. So many readers enter the giveaway, that Kathleen has decided to hold more of them in November. For details...  more>>

Posted October 24, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (updated October 26, 2013).

Thanks for a Lovely Launch

Photo of readers at Heritage of Darkness launch party at Mystery To Me, Madison, WI.  Email. "Tuesday was everything I could hope for! From talking to readers on public radio's The Larry Meiller Show, to the great crowd that came to the launch party at Madison's Mystery To Me bookstore, it was a wonderful celebratory launch for the fourth book in the Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series."  more>>

Emailed October 24, 2013 to Kathleen's Madison, WI area email list.

Chloe Mysteries in Top 1%

Nielsen BookScan logo.  Update. These results are based on US sales tracking data for over 8 million printed books, provided by Nielsen BookScan, a service used by the publishing industry. Thanks Chloe fans!
     Heritage of Darkness (Book 4)
     Old World Murder (Book 1)
     The Light Keeper's Legacy (Book 3)

Posted October 23, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

Official Launch Party

Partial image of the book cover of "Heritage of Darkness" by Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink.  Update. You're invited to the official Heritage of Darkness launch party at Mystery To Me bookstore in Madison, WI, from 6 to 7:30 PM, Tuesday, October 22nd. Kathleen will do a reading, share stories about the book, and show artifacts. There will be gifts, door prizes, and a fantastic cake by Alisha Rapp. Learn what the red-handled murder weapon on the book cover is for: making Norwegian lefse bread, which will be available to taste with butter and cinnamon-sugar. MTM is at 1863 Monroe Street, near Camp Randall stadium. more>>

Posted October 22, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

Kathleen Talks Heritage of Darkness on Public Radio

Logo of The Larry Meiller Show on Wisconsin Public Radio.  Update. Listen to Kathleen's recent interview on Wisconsin Public Radio's popular midday program, The Larry Meiller Show. The show was broadcast statewide on WPR's Ideas Network, and streamed live over the Internet, but you can hear to it now by clicking on the right-facing triangle below.


Posted October 22, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

Barnes & Noble Releases Heritage of Darkness for Nook

Barnes & NobleNook logo.  Update. Nook e-Book copies of Heritage of Darkness are now available for immediate download from Barnes & Noble.  more>>

Posted October 20, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

Mark My Words Again: Artists and Poets

Framed sepia photo of a child taken by Jerry Weigel.  Update. Kathleen's poem, "Lost, 1867," was selected for the 2013 "Mark My Words Again" exhibition that pairs 25 poets with 25 artists. This year each artist was responsible for creating a piece of original work based on a poem by their poet partner. Kathleen was paired with Jerry Weigel, who produced this sepia tone photo. This annual program is put on by the Pump House Regional Arts Center and the La Crosse (Wisconsin) Public Library.  more>>

Posted October 18, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

Book Signing on Washington Island

Partial image of the book cover of "Heritage of Darkness" by Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink.  Update. Kathleen will be signing her newest Chloe Ellefson mystery, Heritage of Darkness, this Sunday, October 13th, from 10 AM to Noon at Islandtime Books on Washington Island, WI. Rock and Washington Islands are the setting for Kathleen's previous Chloe book, The Light Keeper's Legacy. Kathleen will be meeting readers and signing all four of her Chloe mysteries at this free and public event. She'd love to see you there! 

Posted October 9, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

New Corporate Sponsor Message

Wisconsin Public Radio logo.  Update. Kathleen Ernst, LLC is an official corporate sponsor of two WPR IDEAS Network programs: Simply Folk, broadcast Sundays from 5-8 PM, and Chapter A Day, which she sponsors Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:30-1 PM. To hear her 15-second on air sponsorship message, click on the right-facing triangle below.


Added October 8, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

Book Signing at Old World Wisconsin

Partial image of the book cover of "Heritage of Darkness" by Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink.  Update. Kathleen's newest Chloe Ellefson mystery, Heritage of Darkness, is now available, and where better to hold the first official signing than at Old World Wisconsin -- where Chloe works! From Noon to 5 PM Saturday, October 12th, Kathleen will be meeting readers and signing her Chloe mysteries at the museum store, where all four books in the series wil be for sale. The signing is free and open to the public. She'd love to see you there!

Posted October 7, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

Gratitude Giveaway of Old World Wisconsin Passes

Old World Wisconsin logo and words "book signing".  Update. While supplies last, Kathleen is giving away 2-for-1 passes to Old World Wisconsin, the wonderful historic site near Eagle, WI where the protagonist in her Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mysteries is employed. For details on how to win...  more>>

Posted October 2, 2013, to Kathleen News page.

Amazon Releases Heritage of Darkness for Kindle

Amazon Kindle logo.  Update. Kindle e-Book copies of Heritage of Darkness are now available for immediate download from Amazon.  more>>

Posted October 1, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

Caroline Books in Top 1%

Image of Nielsen BookScan logo.  Update. These results are based on US sales tracking data for over 8 million printed books, provided by Nielsen BookScan, a service used by the publishing industry. Thanks AG fans!
     Meet Caroline (Book 1)
     Six Book Caroline Abbott Box Set With Game (Books 1-6)
     Traitor In The Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery (Book 7)

Posted September 30, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

Heartland Fall Forum Signing

Heartland Fall Forum logo.  Update. Kathleen will be signing copies of Heritage of Darkness, her newest Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery, at the booth of publisher Midnight Ink, starting at 11:00 AM, Saturday, October 5th. The Forum is a new industry venue for booksellers, publishers, and others involved with independent bookselling in the Greater Midwest US, jointly hosted by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association.

Posted September 29, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

Over 240 Days 

Partial image of the book cover of "Traitor In The Shipyard" written by Kathleen Ernst, published by American Girl.  Update. Continuing brisk demand for Kathleen's latest Caroline Abbott American Girl mystery, Traitor In The Shipyard, has kept it ranked in the Top 1% of book sales for 241 days. These results are based on US sales tracking data for over 8 million individual printed books. The data comes from Nielsen BookScan, a sales tracking service widely used by the publishing industry. Thank you American Girl fans!

Posted September 28, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

 

Writing Retreat

Photo of Sophie the Cat, muse to bestselling author Kathleen Ernst.  Update. Now that Heritage of Darkness is available, but before the launch events begin, Kathleen and her faithful muse Sophie are off on a week-long retreat working on the fifth book in her award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series. Kathleen is under contract to deliver the manuscript to publisher Midnight Ink for release in 2014.

Posted September 24, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (updated September 30, 2013).

Kobo Ships EPUB Heritage of Darkness

Kobo logo.  Update. Heritage of Darkness has joined Kathleen's other Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mysteries as an Adobe EPUB format e-Book, available through Kobo-affiliated independent booksellers and the online Kobo Store.  EPUB e-Books can be read on iPad, Kobo, and Nook devices, Mac and PC systems, and Android, iPhone, and Blackberry 10 phones...  more>>

Posted September 24, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

Library of Congress Asks: What Book Shaped You?

  Update. Kathleen is featured in a "What Books Shaped You?" video interview of National Book Festival authors conducted by the US Library of Congress. The interview is currently posted on the 2013 National Book Festival website home page.  more>>

Posted September 21, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

B&N Ships Heritage of Darkness

Barnes & Noble logo.  Update. Barnes & Noble is now shipping printed copies of Heritage of Darkness, with copies for the Nook expected in October.  more>>

Posted September 20, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

Amazon Ships Heritage of Darkness

Amazon logo  Update. Amazon is now shipping printed copies of Heritage of Darkness, with Kindle copies available starting October 1st.  more>>

Posted September 20, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

Heritage of Darkness Now Available

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum logo Update. Vesterheim has received an advanced order of Heritage of Darkness trade paperbacks, which they are offering for immediate purchase -- online or in person -- from their store.

Posted September 13, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.





Fall Newsletter:  One Million + Chloe 4

Handwritten thank you note from autor Kathleen Ernst.  Email. Kathleen writes about her 25 books achieving the one million copies sold milestone, the pending release of her fourth Chloe Ellefson mystery, the Food Traditions class she will be co-teaching, the latest news about her newest American Girl book, and the final results of her 25 in 25 Giveaway. more>>

Emailed September 9, 2013 to all of Kathleen's email lists.


Grand Finale Winners!

Advertisement for the Kathleen Ernst 25 Books In 25 Weeks Giveaway.  Update. Dana Lowery Crenshaw, Heather Egger, and Madeline Taylor have each won a complete signed set of Kathleen's 25 published books. They were selected randomly from a list of 300 plus names of those who entered the 25 In 25 Giveaway Grand Finale. Congratulations to the winners, and stay tuned for more giveaways coming this fall.

Posted August 28, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

25 In 25 Giveaway - GRAND FINALE

Advertisement for the Kathleen Ernst 25 Books In 25 Weeks Giveaway.  Email. I began the 25 Books In 25 Weeks Giveaway to celebrate the release of my 25th book -- the Caroline Abbott American Girl mystery Traitor In The Shipyard -- and to thank all the wonderful readers who made that silver milestone possible. And now, after 6 months, 24 giveaways, and 80 winners, three readers who enter this week's Grand Finale giveaway will win a complete set of my 25 published books.  more>>

Sent August 25, 2013 to Kathleen's entire email list.

Over 200 Days

Partial image of the book cover of "Traitor In The Shipyard" written by Kathleen Ernst, published by American Girl.  Update. Continuing brisk demand for Kathleen's latest Caroline Abbott American Girl mystery, Traitor In The Shipyard, has kept it ranked in the Top 1% of book sales for 212 days. These results are based on US sales tracking data for over 8 million individual printed books. The data comes from Nielsen BookScan, a sales tracking service widely used by the publishing industry. Thank you American Girl fans!

Posted August 22, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.


Strong Pre-Orders Reported


 
Update. So many copies of Heritage of Darkness have been pre-ordered that it has ranked in the Top One Percent of printed book sales for 25 days. These results are based on US sales tracking data for over 8 million individual books. The data comes from Nielsen BookScan, a sales tracking service widely used by the publishing industry. Thank you Chloe fans!

Posted August 19, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 24 - The Light Keeper's Legacy

Partial image of front cover of "The Light Keeper's Legacy" by author Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books.  Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. In Week 24 Alina Bell-Games, Lucy Burroughs, Janet Halfman, Sandra Halgerson, and Patricia Moskop each won a free, signed and personalized copy of The Light Keeper's Legacy. The 25th and final giveaway starts this Sunday, August 25th. And it's going to be HUGE!

Posted August 18, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (update August 22, 2013).

Gone Researchin'

Black and white Chloe 5 Coming 2015 image. Update. Kathleen is away this weekend scouting possible locations for the sixth book in her award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series from publisher Midnight Ink. Her fourth Chloe mystery, Heritage Of Darkness, is set for release on October 8, 2013. Kathleen is under contract to deliver Chloe 5 for publication in 2014 and Chloe 6 in 2015.

Posted August 17, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.


Chloe Books in Top 1%

Image of Nielsen Book Scan logo.  Update. Thanks to last week's interview on Milwaukee Public Radio, all three of Kathleen's Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mysteries jumped into the top one percent of US printed book sales according to Nielsen BookScan, a sales tracking service widely used by the publishing industry.
    
Added August 15, 2013 to Kathleen's News page. 

Thank You Dallas American Girl Fans

Photo of visitors waiting to meet author Kathleen Ernst at the American Girl store in Dallas TX.  Email. This past week I had the incredibly delightful honor of spending two hours meeting wonderful American Girl fans at the Dallas American Girl Store. It was great to talk with avid young readers (some of whom are also budding writers) and the adults who nurture them. Their enthusiasm was a joy!  more>>

Sent August 14, 2013 to Kathleen's Dallas email list.


25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 23 - Changes For Caroline

Image of partial cover of "Changes For Caroline" Caroline Abbott book 6 written by Kathleen Ernst, published by American girl.  Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. In Week 23 Barbara Stefanov Campbell, Lori Doughty Hickman, and Kathy Drulard-Bishard each won a free, first-edition, hardcover, signed and personalized copy of Changes For Caroline, the sixth book in Kathleen's American Girl series for ages 8 and up.  more>>

Posted August 11, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (updated August 15, 2013).

Milwaukee Public Radio Interview

Photo of author Kathleen Ernst being interviewed by Stephanie Lecci on Milwaukee Public Radio's Lake Effect show. 

Update. In honor of National Lighthouse Day, Stephanie Lecci of Milwaukee Public Radio's Lake Effect Show interviewed Kathleen about Wisconsin's oldest light station, which is at the heart of the award-winning third book in Kathleen's Chloe Ellefson mystery series. Use the "Click to Listen" link on The Light Keeper's Legacy page to hear the interview.

Posted August 7, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.


25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 22 - Too Afraid To Cry

Partial image of book cover of "Too Afraid To Cry: Maryland Civilians In The Antietam Campaign" by Kathleen Ernst, published by Stackpole Books.  Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. In Week 22 Eva Basely, Donna Druchunas, and Don Krull each won a free, first-edition, hardcover, signed and personalized copy of her non-fiction American Civil War history book, Too Afraid To Cry, about what happened to civilians during "the bloodiest day in American history."  more>>

Posted August 4, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (udated August 8, 2013).

Thank You Miami! 

Photo of author Kathleen Ernst with staff of the American Girl Miami store 30 July 2013.  Email. On Tuesday, July 30th, I had the great honor of meeting a large number of delightful American Girl staff and fans at the Miami American Girl store. Meeting the store staff reminded me of how seriously each employee takes their work. They love to empower girls, and they take great care to help connect young readers with just the right books. more>>

Sent August 3, 2013 to Kathleen's Miami email list.

Attention Chloe Fans

Image of part of book cover of "The Light Keeper's Legacy" written by Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books.  Update. You have two new ways to discover more about where The Light Keeper's Legacy is set. First is a Google Map you can zoom around on and see photos and descriptions that 'pop-up' when you click on the map pins. Second is a 12-page Locations Guide with maps and even more photos and descriptions—plus Kathleen's recommendations for visiting Washington and Rock Islands. Both of these new 'Book Goodies' are free... more>>

Posted August 1, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

Off to the Printer!

Image of partial cover of the book "Heritage of Darkness" written by Kathkeen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink.  Update. The next book in Kathleen's award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series, Heritage Of Darkness, went to the printer today! The release date is October 8th.

Posted August 1, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 21 - Secrets In The Hills

Image of partial cover of "Secrets In The Hills: A Josefina Mystery: written by Kathleen Ernst, published by American Girl.  Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. In Week 21 Arletta Dawdy, Lisa Hissong, and Amy Kinglsey LaFountain each won a free, signed and personalized copy of her American Girl Josefina mystery, Secrets In The Hills, about a young girl living in Nuevo Mexico in 1826 who becomes involved in the search for a lost treasure.  more>>

Posted July 28, 2013 to Kathleen's News page. 

120 Days In A Row

Partial image of book cover of "Traitor In The Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery" written by Kathleen Ernst, published by American Girl.   Update. Kathleen's latest American Girl book, Traitor In The Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery, has been in the top 1% of US printed book sales continuously for 120 days. Source: Neilsen BookScan data published by Amazon Author Central.

Posted July 22, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

Kirsten Mystery on Nook and Kindle

Partial image of book cover of "The Runaway Friend" written by Kathleen Ernst, published by American Girl.  Update. Kathleen's Kirsten Larson American Girl book, The Runaway Friend: A Kirsten Mystery, is now available in electronic versions for the Barnes & Noble Nook and the Amazon Kindle. For details about the book and how to order a copy... more>>

Posted July 22, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 20 - The Bravest Girl In Sharpsburg 

Partial cover of "The Bravest Girl In Sharpsburg" written by Kathleen Ernst, published by American Girl.  Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. In Week 20 Vicki Fields Avery, Niki May Whilden, and Cindy Willard Yun each won a free, signed and personalized copy of The Bravest Girl In Sharpsburg. This children's novel is about three real girls living in Sharpsburg, MD during the American Civil War battle known now as the bloodiest day in American history. more>>

Posted July 21, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (updated July 25, 2013).

Caroline Books in Top 1% 

Amazon logo.  Update. Four of Kathleen's Caroline Abbott American Girl books are today ranked in the top one percent of sales out of over 8 million printed books tracked by Amazon US:

     Six Book Caroline Abbott Box Set With Game (Books 1-6)
     Traitor In The Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery (Book 7)
     Caroline's Secret Message (Book 2)
     A Surprise For Caroline (Book 6)

Added July 20, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.


Gone Rosemalin'

Photo of Turid Helle Fatland, traditional Telemark Rosemaling instructor.  Update. Kathleen is away taking a 5-day Telemark rosemaling class taught by Norwegian instructor Turid Helle Fatland at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, IA. Kathleen took her first rosemaling class there several years ago while researching the antique ale bowl at the center of Old World Murder, the first book in her award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series.

Posted July 18, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 19 - Caroline's Battle 

Partial image of cover of "Caroline's Battle" written by Kathleen Ernst, published by American Girl.  Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. In Week 19 Blake Christopher, Gaylen Marie, and Judy Montgomery each won a free, first edition, signed and personalized, hardcover copy of Caroline's Battle, the fifth book in Kathleen's award-winning American Girl children's historical fiction series about the adventures of a young girl... more>>

Posted July 14, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (updated July 18, 2013).

American Girls at Sackets Harbor

Two girls carrying their American Girl dolls at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield Historic Site tea party for Caroline Abbott.  Email. Read Kathleen's thank you to the 350+ people who attended the Caroline Abbott tea parties hosted in her home town by the Sackets Harbor Battlefield Historic Site. The email includes links to photos and a video news report... more>>

Emailed July 14, 2013 to Kathleen's Sackets Harbor email list.

25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 18 - Retreat From Gettysburg

Image of part of "Retreat From Gettysburg" book cover.  Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. In Week 18 Ann L. Barker, Lisa Martin, and Sue the Historical Dilletante each won a free, signed and personalized copy of Retreat From Gettysburg, Kathleen's award-winning children's Civil War novel about a fateful, little-known event that could have ended the war 2 years early... more>>

Posted July 7, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (updated July 11, 2013).

Thank You Chicago!

Photo of the American Girl Place Chicago store entrance.   Email. Kathleen spent 2 hours Tuesday afternoon, July 2nd, meeting, greeting, and posing with excited readers at American Girl Place in Chicago--and signing their books. Many of the girls were carrying their Caroline doll and books. For details... more>>

Sent July 3, 2013 to Kathleen's Chicago email list.

25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 17 - Ghosts of Vicksburg

Partial image of book cover of "Ghosts of Vicksburg" written by Kathleen Ernst, published by White Mane Books.  Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. In Week 17 Hope Milton Benson, Lucy Ghastin, and Tatiana Prezioso each won a free, signed and personalized copy of Ghosts of Vicksburg, the award-winning children's Civil War novel about the siege of Vicksburg, MS, which took place 150 years ago. For details... more>>

Posted June 30, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (updated July 4, 2013). 

Thank You Denver!

Photo of Kathleen Ernst signing books for fans at the Denver American Girl store June 25, 2013.  Email. Read Kathleen's follow-up message to fans and friends about her June 25th book signing at the Denver American Girl store... more>>

Sent June 27, 2013 to Kathleen's Denver and Colorado Springs email lists.


25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 16 - The Heirloom Murders

Partial image of the book cover of "The Heirloom Murders" by Kathleen Ernst, published by Midnight Ink Books.  Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. In Week 16 Lisa Kiessel Byrne, Charlotte Groth, and Kathleen White  each won a free, trade paperback copy of The Heirloom Murders, the award-winning second Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery. For details about the story and how you can enter the next givesway... more>>

Posted June 23, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (updated June 27, 2013).

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Prize

Partial image of the book cover of "Traitor In The Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery" written by Kathleen Ernst, published by American Girl.  Update. Kathleen's seventh Caroline Abbott book, Traitor In The Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery, has been chosen by Barnes & Noble as one of their Summer Reading Program prize selections. Kids who sign up, read 8 books, and bring their completed Reading Journal to a B&N store can pick a free copy of Traitor or another book on a list of children's books choosen by the company. For details about the book... more>>

Posted June 19, 2013 on Kathleen's News page.

Caroline and Chloe in Top 1%

Amazon logo. Update. Eight of Kathleen's books are today ranked in the top one percent of sales out of over 8 million printed books tracked by Amazon US. Her three highest ranked books are:

     Six Book Caroline Abbott Box Set With Game (Books 1-6)
     Meet Caroline (Book 1)
     Heritage of Darkness (Chloe Ellefson Book 4 - Coming October 2013)

Added June 18, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.


Chloe Ellefson Mysteries On Kobo

Image of Kobo logo.  Update. Kathleen's awared-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mysteries are now available in electronic form for Kobo e-readers and apps via select independent booksellers and directly from Kobo... more>>

Posted June 16, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 15 - Danger At The Zoo 

Partial image of the book cover of "Danger At The Zoo: A Kit Mystery" written by Kathleen Ernst, published by American Girl.  Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. In Week 15 Staci E., Kris Prei, and Mary Beth Steven each won a free, first-edition, hardcover copy of Danger At The Zoo: A Kit Mystery. For details about the story and how you can enter the givesway... more>>

Posted June 16, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (updated June 20, 2013).

Heritage Of Darkness

Image of the goats head teaser ad for the "Heritage Of Darkness" Chloe Ellefson mystery by Kathleen Ernst.  Update. Heritage of Darkness is the fourth book in the multiple award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series by Kathleen Ernst. Little has been reveal about the story, which publisher Midnight ink has scheduled for release on October 8, 2013.  Kathleen posted this teaser ad about the book yesterday on her Facebook Author's Page... more>>

Added June 14, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 14 - Betrayal At Cross Creek 

Image of partial book cover for "Betrayal At Cross Creek" written by kathleen Ernst, published by American Girl.  Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. In Week 14 Jennifer Voght Bartley, Nita Howell DeJongh, Danielle Dobson, Dee Bradley Grinsrud, Ruth D. Lau and Amanda McKinnis each won a free, signed and personalized, first-edition, hardcover copy of Kathleen's multiple award-winning American Girl History Mystery, Betrayal At Cross Creek. For details about the story and how to enter the next givesway...  more>>

Added June 12, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (updated June 16, 2013).

Writing Retreat

Image saying "Chloe 5 Coming 2014" Update. Kathleen returns today from a week-long retreat spent working on what will be the fifth book in her award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series. Kathleen is under contract to deliver the manuscript to publisher Midnight Ink for release in 2014.

Posted June 12, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.


Now Available on Nook & Kindle

Partial image of "Danger At The Zoo: A Kit Mystery" cover.  Update. One of Kathleen's all-time bestselling American Girl books is now available in electronic versions for the Barnes & Noble Nook and the Amazon Kindle. For details about the Danger At The Zoo: A Kit Mystery story and how to order a copy... more>>

Posted June 11, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

Summer: A Time for Reading Books!

Photo of some early summer lupines in Kathleen's front yard.  Email. Kathleen writes about her next Chloe Ellefson book, and the one after that, her upcoming visits to American Girls stores, and to Caroline's hometown, and about reaching the halfway point in her 25 in 25 Giveaway. more>>

Emailed June 9, 2013 to Kathleen's American Girl and Chloe Ellefson lists.


Returning From the Scene of the Crime

Author Kathleen Ernst and her husband serving as live-in docents at the Pottawatomie Lighthouse on Rock Island, WI. Update. Kathleen and her husband have just returned from a week serving as volunteer docents at the historic 1858 Pottawatomie Lighthouse on Rock Island, WI. The lighthouse, Rock, and nearby Washington Island are the settings for Kathleen's latest Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery, The Light Keeper's Legacy, which was written in part during previous stays at the lighthouse. To learn about the book... more>>

Added June 6, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.


25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 13 - Caroline Takes A Chance

 Partial image of book cover for "Caroline Takes A Chance" by author Kathleen Ernst, published by American Girl. Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. In Week 13 Heather Lester, April Poulter, and Louise C. S. Ward each won a free, signed and personalized, first-edition, hardcover copy of Kathleen's Caroline Takes A Chance, the fourth book in her Caroline Abbott children's historical fiction series from American Girl. For story details and how to enter the next giveaway...  more>>

Added June 2, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (updated June 6, 2013).


 Corporate Sponsor

Image of the Wisconsin Public Radio logo.  Update. After 20 years as an individual contributor, Kathleen Ernst, LLC is now a corporate sponsor of two WPR IDEAS Network programs: Simply Folk, broadcast Sundays from 5-8 PM, and Chapter A Day, which she sponsors Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:30-1 PM. To hear her 15-second sponsorship message, click on the right-facing triangle below.


Added June 2, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

Caroline Books In Top 1%

Image of Amazon logo.  Update. These Caroline Abbott American Girl books are today ranked in the top one percent of sales out of over 8 million printed books tracked by Amazon US.

     Six Book Caroline Abbott Box Set With Game (Books 1-6)
     Traitor In The Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery (Book 7)
     Meet Caroline (Book 1)

Added May 23, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

25 In 25 Giveaway - Halfway Point

Image of some of Kathleen Ernst's 25 books being given away.  Update. We're now midway through Kathleen's '25 Books In 25 Weeks' Giveaway. Congratulations to the three dozen lucky readers who've each won a free, signed and personalized copy of one of Kathleen's 25 published books. If you haven't won yet, don't despair, there are more opportunities ahead! The next weekly Giveaway will be announced Sunday, June 2 on Kathleen's Facebook Author page and Sites and Stories blog.

Added May 23, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 12 - Whistler In The Dark

 Partial image of the book cover of Whistler In The Dark by Kathleen Ernst, published by American Girl. Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. The Week 12 winners are Diana Haustowich, Flower Murray, and Liz Veronis. Each has won a free, signed and personalized, first-edition, hardcover copy of Whistler In The Dark, one of Kathleen's award-nominated American Girl mysteries. For story details and how to enter the next giveaway...  more>>

Added May 19, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (updated May 23, 2013).



Join Me In Caroline's Hometown 

Color aerial photo of modern-day Sackets Harbor, NY. 

Email. I had a wonderful time visiting Sackets Harbor while doing research for the Caroline books. And this July I'm heading back there to take part in the first public Caroline programs to take place in her hometown! And you are invited to attend a very special tea party for American Girl fans to be held at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site... more>>

 

Sent May 15, 2013 to Kathleen's American Girl email list. 


25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 11 - Highland Fling

Partial image of the book cover of "Highland Fling" by author Kathleen Ernst, published by Cricket Books.  Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. Week 11 winners Sue Brennan Fitzsimons, Tricia Jones, and Morgan Carter Woodring have each won a free, signed and personalized, first-edition, hardcover copy of Kathleen's YA novel Highland Fling. For details about the story and how to enter the next giveaway... more>>

Added May 12, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (Updated May 16, 2013).

Children's Literature Award

Photo of Kathleen Ernst, 2013 winner of the Tofte/Wright Children's Literature Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers.  Update. The first book in Kathleen's Caroline Abbott American Girl children's historical fiction series, Meet Caroline, received the Tofte/Wright Children's Literature Award at today's Council for Wisconsin Writers' 49th annual award banquet. The event, which was attended by a treasure trove of talented Wisconsin writers, was held at the historic Milwaukee Club in downtown Milwaukee, WI.

Added May 11, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.


Mystery Readers Journal Article

Image of the cover of Mystery Readers Journal spring 2013 issue.  Update. Kathleen penned an article, "High Stakes in a Great Lake," that appears in the Mystery Readers Journal spring 2013 issue. In keeping with the issue's environment mysteries theme, Kathleen writes about how the health of the Lake Michigan fish populations plays a integral role in The Light Keeper's Legacy, the third book in her Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series.

Added May 11, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.


Sisters In Crime Newsletter Interview

Logo of the Sisters-In-Crime Guppies "First Draft" newsletter.  Update. Kathleen is the subject of a 4-page interview by author Dolores Kester in the May 1, 2013 issue of First Draft, the newsletter of the Gupies Chapter of Sisters In Crime (SinC). Writing in the "Teacher's Edition" column, Dolores does a wide-ranging interview, with special emphasis on what Kathleen has learned and done that might benefit new writers. 

Added May 11, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 10 - Clues In The Shadows

Partial image of the cover of "Clues In The Shadows: A Moily Mystery" written by Kathleen Ernst, published by American Girl.   Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. In Week 10 Pat Kitsembel, Rhonda King Rosser Murray, and Laine Sperry each won a free, signed and personalized, softcover copy of Kathleen's American Girl book, Clues In The Shadows: A Molly Mystery. Kathleen has now given away a total of 30 books, with many more yet to be won. For details about the story and how to enter the next giveaway... more>>

Added May 5, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (updated May 9, 2013).

Malice Domestic Panelist 

Image of the Malice Domestic logo.  Update. This weekend Kathleen is attending Malice Domestic, the three-day annual "fun fan" convention in Washington, D.C., that salutes the traditional mystery—best typified as having no explicit sex or excessive gore or violence. On Saturday Kathleen will join moderator Chris Roerden and fellow authors Ellen Byerrum, Carolyn Hart, and Greg Herren on the "Magical Mystery Tour: Mysteries With A Touch of Magic" panel to discuss the role of magic in their booksmore>>

Added May 3, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.


Caroline Books in Top 1% 

Image of Amazon logo.  Update. These Caroline Abbott American Girl books are today ranked in the top one percent of sales out of over 8 million printed books tracked by Amazon US.

     Six Book Caroline Abbott Box Set With Game (Books 1-6)
     Traitor In The Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery (Book 7)
     Caroline's Secret Message
(Book 2)
     A Surprise For Caroline (Book 3)
     Meet Caroline (Book 1)

Added April 28, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.


25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 9 - A Surprise For Caroline 

Image of the cover illustration of "A Surprise For Caroline" written by Kathleen Ernst, published by American Girl.  Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. The Week 9 winners are Briana Gile, Janette Goldstein, and Suzanne Mazzeo. Each has won a free, first-edition, signed and personalized, hardcover copy of Kathleen's American Girl book, A Surprise For Caroline. For details about the book and how to enter the next giveaway... more>>

Added April 28, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (updated May 2, 2013).

Books, Books, Books in Brookfield

Photo of bestselling author Kathleen Ernst leading her American Girl Fans program at Brookfield, WI, Public Library on April 25, 2013. Email. On Thursday I had the honor of sharing my Caroline Abbott American Girl and Chloe Ellefson mysteries programs with large and enthusiastic groups of readers at the public library in Brookfield, WI. It was my first visit there, but I was welcomed like a long absent friend. Behold the power of books! more>>

Sent April 27, 2013 to Kathleen's Milwaukee WI area email list.


What Great Fun in Eagle

Photo of author Kathleen Ernst giving her American Girl Fans program April 22, 2013, at the public library in Eagle, WI.  Email. I had a wonderful time yesterday doing my Caroline Abbott American Girl and Chloe Ellefson mysteries programs at the Alice Baker Public Library! Whenever I visit Eagle, I feel as if I've come home... more>>

Sent April 23, 2013 to Kathleen's Eagle WI email list.

Fox Cities Book Festival

Logo of the 2013 Fox Cities Book Festival.  Email. Last Saturday I had the honor of participating in the Fox Cities Book Festival, a wonderful annual event for everyone who loves to read! more>>

Sent April 23, 2013 to Kathleen's Fox Valley and Green Bay WI email lists.

Huge Turnout in Lake Mills

Photo of award-winning author Kathleen Ernst posing with some of her American Girl fans April 18, 2013 at the public library in Lake Mills, WI.  Email. I had a wonderful time this past Thursday presenting my Caroline Abbott American Girl and Chloe Ellefson Adult Mysteries programs at the beautiful, historic public library in Lake Mills. Given the enthusiastic turnouts, one would never guess the library was officially closed for renovation... more>>

Sent April 21, 2013 to Kathleen's Lake Mills WI email list.


25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 8 - The Night Riders of Harpers Ferry

Partial image of the book cover of "The Night Riders of Harpers Ferry" written by Kathleen Ernst, published by White Mane Kids.  Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. The Week 8 winners are Diane Bonesteel, Stephanie Lowden, and Diane S. Meyer. Each has won a free, signed and personalized, softcover copy of Kathleen's first published book, The Night Riders of Harpers Ferry. For details about the book and how to enter the next giveaway... more>>

Added April 21, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (updated April 25, 2013).


Thank you Annapolis MD and Washington DC

Image of American Girl Washington DC store.  Email. This past weekend I had the honor of meeting several wonderful groups of American Girl fans, first at the Annapolis Book Festival on Saturday, and then on Sunday at the Washington DC American Girl Store. It was a real joy to talk with so many avid young readers (some of whom are also budding writers), and with the adults who so clearly love and support them. more>>

Emailed April 17, 2013 to Kathleen's Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington DC lists.


Caroline Books in Top 1%

Amazon logo.  Update. These Caroline Abbott American Girl books are today ranked in the top one percent of sales out of over 8 million printed books tracked by Amazon US.

     Traitor In The Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery (Book 7)
     Six Book Caroline Abbott Box Set With Game (Books 1-6)
     Changes For Caroline (Book 6)
     Caroline's Battle (Book 5)
     Caroline Takes A Chance (Book 4)

Added April 14, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.


25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 7 - The Runaway Friend

Partial cover of "The Runaway Friend: A Kirsten Mystery" written by Kathleen Ernst, published by American Girl.  Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. The Week 7 winners are Kim DuBois, Elizabeth M. Johnson, and Carol Van Handel. Each has won a free softcover copy of The Runaway Friend: A Kirsten Mystery signed and personalized by Kathleen. For details about the book and how to enter the next giveaway... more>>

Added April 14, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (updated April 18, 2013).


It's Spring, Things are Popping!

Photo of first crocuses of spring 2013 found in Kathleen Ernst's yard. Email. Kathleen writes about her upcoming American Girl and Chloe Ellefson programs, her new Chloe video, getting a children's literature award, and her 25 in 25 Giveaway. more>>

Emailed April 7, 2013 to Kathleen's American Girl, Chloe Ellefson, and Civil War lists.



25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 6 - Caroline's Secret Message 

Partial image of the book cover of Caroline's Secret Message, a Caroline Abbott book written by Kathleen Ernst, published by American Girl.  Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. The Week 6 winners are Marilyn Kamer, Sharon Perez Patrick, and Harveen Batra Roy. Each has won a free, first-edition, hardcover copy of Caroline's Secret Message, signed and personalized by Kathleen. For details about the book and how to enter the next giveaway... more>>

Added April 7, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (updated April 11, 2013).


Meet Caroline Wins Children's Literature Award

Image of Councii for Wisconsin Writers award seal.  Update. One of Kathleen's award-winning Caroline Abbot American Girl books has been recognized by the Counci for Wisconsin Writers, which has announced that the first book in the series, Meet Caroline, has earned the Tofte/Wright Children's Literature Award. more>>

Added April 1, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.


25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 5 - Midnight In Lonesome Hollow 

Partial image of the book cover of "Midnight In Lonesome Hollow" written by Kathleen Ernst, published by American Girl.  Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. The 5th week's winners are Sarah Sue Bird, Naomi Ferguson, and Donna Hilliard. Each has won a free, first-edition, hardcover copy of Midnight In Lonesome Hollow: A Kit Kittredge Mystery, signed and personalized by Kathleen. more>>

Added March 31, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (updated April 4, 2013).


Old World Memories Video

Screen shot from "Old World Memories" video by Kathleen Ernst. Update. The years Kathleen spent working at Old World Wisconsin provided much of the inspiration for her award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mysteries--especially for the first book in the series, Old World Murder. Now Kathleen has released a video that shows you why she fell in love with Old World. Watch it by clicking on the "more" link and looking in the right hand column of the Old World Murder book page. more>>

Added March 27, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.



Verona Was Great Fun

Cake decorated with the cover of "Traitor In The Shipyard: A Caroline Abbott Mystery" written by Kathleen Ernst and published by American Girl.  Email. Yesterday I had the honor of meeting a wonderful group of American Girl fans at the beautiful public library in Verona, WI. It was a joy to talk with so many avid young readers (some of whom are also budding writers) and the adults who clearly love and support them. In my program I explained how American Girl asked me to... more>>

Emailed March 27, 2013 to Kathleen's Madison WI email list.


Light Keeper's Legacy Earns Full Wheel

Cheese Wedge logo of the ReadVillage.com book review website.  Update. ReadVillage.com is an ebook review website with a Wisconsin focus. It provides "insightful book reviews, delightful blog commentary, and a daily dose of humor." The site recently reviewed Kathleen's The Light Keeper's Legacy, calling it "a great can’t-wait-to-turn-the-page story" and giving it their highest rating: 5 cheese wedges. more>>

Added March 25, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.


25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 4 - Old World Murder

Partial image of the book cover of "Old World Murder" written by Kathleen Ernst and published by Midnight Ink.  Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. For the fourth week's winners are Elizabeth Dodd, Elizabeth Hultberg Jeager, and Lisa Thompson. Each has won a signed, personalized copy of Old World Murder, the first book in Kathleen's award-winning Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series for adults and mature teens. more>>

Added March 24, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (updated March 27, 2013).


Interview by Author Linda Sandifer

Photo of bestselling author Kathleen Ernst at Old World Wisconsin.  Update. Linda Sandifer, author of thirteen published romance novels set in the West, recently inteviewed Kathleen and posted it on her Writing Out West blog. The wide-ranging interview starts with the roots of Kathleen's love of reading, covers some of the key choices she has faced as a writer, and concludes with a look at what's coming next. more>>

Posted March 21, 2013 on Linda Sandifer's Writing Out West blog.


25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 3 - Meet Caroline

Partial image of book cover for "Meet Caroline" written by Kathleen Ernst and published by American Girl.   Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. The third week's winners are Jacki Bedworth, Angelica Diaz, and Quinlyn Shaughnessy. Each has won a personalized, author-signed, first edition, hardcover copy of Meet Caroline, the bestselling first book in the award-winning Caroline Abbott historical fiction series from American Girl. more>>

Added March 17, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (updated March 21, 2013).


Ancient Art of Nålbinding

  Update. Nålbinding is a centuries-old form of knotless netting, also known as Viking knitting. Kathleen has been studying this 'lost art' and recently posted three blog entries about it:

     Nålbinding, Part 1 – An Ancient Technique
     Nålbinding, Part 2 – Getting Started
     Nålbinding, Part 3 – Going Solo

Added March 16, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.



Caroline Books in Top 1%

Amazon rankings screenshot of Traitor in the Shipyard, Caroline Mini Doll, and Caroline six-book box set. Update. Amazon is currently listing the following in the top one percent of sales of the 8 million printed books that it ranks: Traitor In The Shipyard: A Caroline Abbott Mystery; the Caroline Abbott Mini-Doll with a mini-copy of the Meet Caroline book; and the six book Caroline Abbott box set.  view>>

Added March 14, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.



Magazine Interview

Crimespree Magazine logo. Update. Kathleen is the subject of a 2-page interview by author Amy Allessio in the 50th issue of crimespree magazine. They cover a variety of topics, including Kathleen's recent releases, what she's working on now, and the mysteries she read as a child. more>>

Added March 13, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.



Marketing Award Winner

Seal of the Constant Contact 2012 All Star Award for email marketing.  Email. Constant Contact, a marketing company serving small businesses and non-profits, has given a 2012 All Star Award to Kathleen Ernst for ranking in the top 10% of their half million customers in terms of email marketing effectiveness. more>>

Sent March 13, 2013 to Kathleen's business partners email list.


Amazon Ranks Traitor In Top 1%

Partial cover image from Caroline Abbott American Girl mystery "Traitor In The Shipyard" by Kathleen Ernst. Update. In the twelve days since its release, sales of Traitor In The Shipyard have propelled it into the top one percent of the 8 million plus printed books that Amazon publishes sales rankings for. Traitor is the seventh book, and the first mystery, in Kathleen's award-winning Caroline Abbott series for American Girl... more>>

Added March 10, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.


25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 2 - Hearts Of Stone

Partial image of the book cover of Hearts Of Stone written by author Kathleen Ernst.  Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. The second week's winners are Carolyn Joy McDaniel, Kristie Pulvermacher, and Cathy Weber. Each has won a signed, first edition, hardcover copy of Hearts Of Stone, the Editors' Choice Selection of the Historic Novels Review and recipient of the Society of Midland Authors' Children's Literature Award. For details on how to enter the next giveaway...  more>>

Added March 10, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (updated March 14, 2013).


Malice Domestic Panelist

Malice Domestic logo image  Update. Malice Domestic is a three-day annual "fun fan" convention in Washington, D.C., saluting the traditional mystery—best typified as having no explicit sex or excessive gore or violence. Kathleen has been invited to join moderator Chris Roerden and fellow authors Ellen Byerrum, Carolyn Hart, and Greg Herren on the "Magical Mystery Tour: Mysteries With A Touch of Magic" panel to discuss the role of magic in their mystery books on Saturday, May 4th.  more>>

Added March 9, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.


25 In 25 Giveaway - Week 1 - Trouble At Fort La Pointe

Image of cover painting by Jean-Paul Tibbles to the children's historical mystery "Trouble at Fort La Pointe" written by Kathleen Ernst.   Update. Kathleen is holding 25 weekly giveaways--one for each of her 25 books--in honor of the publication of her 25th book, Traitor In The Shipyard. The first week's winners are Gary Konrad, Judy Northrup, and Sydney Paulsen. Each has won a signed, rare, first edition, hardcover copy of Kathleen's very first American Girl mystery, Trouble At Fort La Pointe, which was nominated for the national Edgar Award for Best Children's Mystery of the year. For details on how you can enter the next weekly giveaway...  more>>

Added March 3, 2013 to Kathleen's News page (updated March 7, 2013).


Caroline Books in Publishers Weekly

Publisher's Weekly logo Update. Kathleen's Caroline Abbott books are prominently featured in a foldout ad attached to the cover of the "Children's Books Spring 2013" issue of Publishers Weekly. Founded in 1872, PW is the international book publishing industry's premier news magazine, widely read by publishers, booksellers, librarians, literary agents, authors, and the media. Meet Caroline, the first book in the seven book series, has been listed several times on PW's Top 25 Children's Bestsellers list.

Added March 1, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.


 Caroline Books in Top 1% of US Sales


 
Update. The following are currently ranked in the top one percent of the 8 million printed books tracked by Nielsen BookScan, which provides the data Amazon and Publisher's Weekly use: Traitor In The Shipyard (released today); the Caroline Abbott Mini-Doll with a mini-copy of the Meet Caroline book; the six book Caroline Abbott box set; and the Meet Caroline and Caroline's Secret Message paperbacks.  view>>

Added February 26, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.

25 Books In 25 Weeks Giveaway!

Photo of Kathleen Ernst, author of 25 published books for adults and young readers. Email. With this week's release of her 25th published book, Traitor in The Shipyard, Kathleen has announced a "silver celebration" in honor of her readers. She will be holding 25 weekly giveaways, during which she will be giving away multiple, personalized, signed copies of one of her Chloe EllefsonCivil War, or American Girl books. To enter...  more>>

Sent February 24, 2013 to Kathleen's entire email list.



New CAROLINE ABBOTT Adventure

Partial cover image from Caroline Abbott American Girl mystery "Traitor In The Shipyard" by Kathleen Ernst.  Email.  My next Caroline book comes out February 26th -- and it's a mystery! When Caroline learns that British spies may be lurking in Sackets Harbor, she is worried... Traitor in The Shipyard is written for readers age 8 and up, especially those who enjoy mysteries and historical fiction...  more>>

Sent February 12, 2013 to Kathleen's American Girl email list.

 


LOVEY Award Winner

Photo of author Kathleen Ernst holding the 2012 Lovey Award for Best Traditional Mystery book. Photo taken February 2, 2013 at the Love Is Murder mystery writer's conference in Chicago.  Email. The Light Keeper's Legacy has just received the LOVEY Award for Best Tradional Mystery book. The award was bestowed by vote of the attendees at Love Is Murder in Chicago, the Midwest's premier mystery/romantic suspense/thriller conference.  more>>  

Sent February 4, 2013 to Kathleen's Chloe Ellefson email list.


Caroline In Top 1% of US Sales

Update. The following are currently in the top one percent of the 8,000,000 printed books tracked by Nielsen BookScan: the six book Caroline Abbott box set with game; the Meet Caroline and Caroline's Secret Message softcover books; and the Caroline Mini-Doll, which comes with a miniture copy of the Meet Caroline book. (Nielsen provides the data Amazon and Publisher's Weekly use to rank books.)  view>>

Added January 31, 2013 to Kathleen's News page. 


Thank You Mineral Point

Kathleen Ernst, author of the Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series, speaking at the Mineral Point WI Public Library, January 24, 2013.  Email. Thank you for supporting my presentation last Thursday at the beautifully renovated Mineral Point Public Library! It was a cold evening, but everyone who attended gave my husband Scott and me a warm, friendly welcome. more>>

Sent January 29, 2013 to Kathleen's Mineral Point WI email list.


Award Brings Writer's Residency

Logo of the Wisconsin Writers Award by the Council of Wisconsin Writers.  Update. The Powers Prize for Best Fiction Book that Kathleen's second Chloe Ellefson mystery, The Heirloom Murders, earned from the Council for Wisconsin Writers included a weeklong writer's residency at the historic village of Mineral Point, WI. She used her time there last week to begin writing the fifth Chloe book, which is to be released in 2014.

Posted January 29, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.


Chloe 4 Manuscript In

Color image of the cover of the fourth Chloe Ellefson mystery, Heritage of Darkness, due out fall of 2013.  Update. Earlier this month Kathleen submitted the manuscript for her fourth Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery to her publisher, Midnight Ink, for release in fall 2013.

Posted January 29, 2013 to Kathleen's News page.