#MyrtleMondays: Ringing in the New

Well, Dear Reader, we’re almost there: time to say farewell (or good riddance?) to 2020 and hello to 2021!  New Year’s Day is my second favorite holiday (after Hallowe’en). I just love the brimming potential and possibility of the coming months, all the exciting new plans afoot!  I’m hard at work on Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries Book 4, (coming 2022), right now, which also finds Myrtle in the brand new year of 1894. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next months bring her!


It’s still early days, but already 2021 is shaping up to be just as action-packed for Myrtle and her Learned Author as 2020 was. (With possibly less existential drama? Fingers crossed!) I am packing my calendar with Events, Engagements, and Dates of Note, and have a few highlights to preview for you.

First (well, not chronologically first) and most important, Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries Book 3, Cold-Blooded Myrtle, will be here before you know it—October 5! It seems like a long time now, but after the Dog Days of Summer, you’ll be ready for a Victorian Christmas mystery.

Remember this teaser from a couple of months ago?

I don’t have the details yet, but I can’t wait for our giant Book 3 Cover Reveal! There is a HUGE HUGE SURPRISE that I am dying to share with everyone. Stay tuned for that…

I already have several events confirmed for 2021:

January 27: Virtual School Visit with Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI

January 30: Virtual Historical Fiction Panel with Jeannie Mobley, J. Anderson Coats, Tracey Lee, and Elizabeth C. Bunce, Rocky Mountain SCBWI

May 15: Virtual appearance with the Gaithersburg (MD) Book Festival

Be sure to check my Events Page for updates on my schedule, and for information on how to book an appearance with me.

And, of course, I’ll keep bringing you fascinating glimpses into Myrtle’s world with my weekly #MyrtleMondays posts. I have so many topics I can’t wait to talk about—including several Making posts to share. Remember you can also follow our escapades on Facebook and Instagram.

What’s happening in your neck of the woods next year? Drop me a line and let me know what you’re looking forward to!

Happy New Year, all!