You’re Invited to a Book Launch Party!

Those of you who live in Maryland (or are willing to take a short vacation), please join me for one of my book launch parties for The Carolina Emerald.

Sponsored by Dickinson Jewelers, these parties are really fun. There’s always lots of laughter and good food and drink. Since they’re held in the Dickinsons’ store, you’ll find gorgeous jewelry to drool over. And for the first time ever, I’ll be selling signed, quality paperback copies of all three books.

We’re doing two parties this year, one in the Prince Frederick store and the other in the Dunkirk store. If you live somewhere other than Calvert County, MD, the Dunkirk store is the more northern one and probably more convenient.

You can see the dates, times and locations in the photo above, but I’ll repeat below.

First, however, here’s some good news for those of you unable to attend in person: We’re going to do a Facebook Live coverage of the May 17 party. What this means is that you’ll be able to join the festivities AND ask questions live.

I’ve never done anything like Facebook Live, so will post details here when I receive them. But please mark May 17, 7 p.m. eastern standard time on your calendars.

In the meantime, here are the dates, times and locations for the launch parties:

Wednesday, May 17, 7 p.m. EST, 916 Costly Way, Prince Frederick, MD

Thursday, May 18, 7 p.m. EST, 10286 Southern Maryland Blvd, Dunkirk, MD

I hope to meet many of you in person OR on Facebook Live.

And please don’t forget to pickup your ebook copy of The Carolina Emerald. You can buy it on Amazon by clicking here.

Party Time!

Have you ever wanted to see your name appear in a book?  Well, now’s your opportunity.

To celebrate The Pirate’s Ruby, the second book in the Jeweler’s Gemstone Mystery Series, Dickinson Jewelers is holding a cocktail party at their Dunkirk, Maryland store — and the winner of one of their evening drawings will name a character in the next Kimberley West mystery.

If you’ve ever attended one of the Dickinsons’ events, you’ll know they put on a fun, high-class party.  This one features a drool-worthy display of rubies.

The party for The Pirate's Ruby features a display case of drool-worthy rubies.

The party for The Pirate’s Ruby features a display case of drool-worthy rubies.

There will be drawings for a number of great prizes, good food and lots of laughter.  I’ll be giving a talk/reading and, afterwards, signing bookmarks and booklets.

The display features a treasure chest just like the one in The Pirate's Ruby.

The display features a treasure chest just like the one in The Pirate’s Ruby.

If you haven’t been to one of the Dickinsons’ parties, please consider coming to this one.  I promise you’ll enjoy yourself.

The party will be held on Thursday, June 26 at 7 p.m.  The Dunkirk Dickinson Jewelers store is located at 10286 Southern Maryland Blvd (Rt. 4), Dunkirk, Maryland 20754.  You’ll find the store in the Safeway shopping center.

The event is free, but please rsvp to


Jewelry Store Book Party

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