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A New Voice for My Words

Dear Friends,

I'm excited to let you know that the audio book for The Butcher, the Embezzler, and the Fall Guy is now available wherever you get your audio books!

Six months ago, Tantor Media bought the audio rights and it's a thrill to have this choice for readers.

Find it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or

Thanks to Tantor Media and narrator Linda Jones for your interest in and support of this book. It's Jones' new voice that my words that brings the story to life in new ways.

If you've already read the book, give it a try, and let me know what you think. I'm increasingly finding that listening to books is a complement — not just an alternative — to reading the pages in paper or on screen, and expands our experience of the written word.

Case in point: You may have caught that I recently recommended Ann Patchett's Tom Lake and now I'm listening to Meryl Streep's narration of it. Quite wonderful! So here's to all the many ways to appreciate the written word!

Check out two new events below: After all my launch events being in person, those who've wanted to participate, but weren't geographically nearby, can now. See details below.





  • October 4: Let's Talk Memoir My podcast interview with Ronit Plank was wonderful! It will be available soon and I'll announce it here next time and on social.

  • October 19: For those attending the Pages & Platforms Summit: Write Anyway I had a blast on the author's panel about the challenges we've faced and how we've overcome them. If you were on the call, thanks for attending! If you're a member of the Happily Ever After Club you can listen to it HERE.

  • LIVE INVITE (ZOOM): November 2 at 7 pm Eastern / 4 pm Pacific: National Association of Memoir Writers Virtual Book Club. In conversation with Linda Joy Myers. Live, with Q&A! Register at

  • LIVE INVITE (RADIO): November 2 at 9 pm Eastern / 6 pm Pacific: LA Talk Radio Rendezvous with a Writer. Live radio conversation with Bobbi Jean and Jim Bell. Listen at


From My Stack

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Susan Conley


This is a MUST READ for literary fiction lovers. Susan Conley is a fabulous writer and a really generous and wonderful person who hails from Maine. Suusan weaves a stealth story about our lobster industry through the eyes of an unstable mid-life couple after the husband is injured on a fishing trip. Their two beautifully characterized teenage sons struggle with everything you'd expect but in Conley's sure hands, you'll never forget them. I just loved the voices of these two sons! And all of it. Every single word. A lesson plan in great dialog and A MUST READ if you haven't already!

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Elizabeth Hay

Snow Road Station

Hay is a new author to me and hails from Canada. Snow Road Station is a beautiful meditation on love, long friendship, jealousy, aging, creatuve work, attraction, all set in a stunning place of cold, wet, and snow. Lulu Blake, a 60's aged actor who stumbles (word-wise) on stage flees from the trauma of her performance to her beloved homeland in snowy Ontario during attend a wedding. With a global financial meltdown as backdrop, Lulu reacquaints herself with a refreshing cup of fabulous characters. Faced with declining choices and the limitations of long-held dreams, she and her bet friend, Nan, stare down their lives while recognizing they've got all they need. I'm so glad Penny McConnel recommended this book to me! Just beautiful!


May these cooler, crisper, and family filled weeks be serene and restorative as we head toward winter. May there be peace in the world and in our neighborhoods. Throughout the world and in our beloved state of Maine. May their be love. May there be prayers, yes, alongside action.

My October writing desk, solace for the soul in these grief-filled days.

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