The Summer Children

May 22, 2018 at 11:53 am (Butterfly Garden, Collectors Series, Roses of May) (, , , , , , )


It’s here!

The Summer Children, the third book in The Collectors Series, is out today!Join Agent Mercedes Ramirez as an unexpected case hits close to home, in more ways than one.

You may also have noticed that the series name has changed, from Trilogy to Series. That’s because there will be a fourth book, The Vanishing Season, out in 2019, and guys. GUYS.

I hope you love The Summer Children as much as I do!

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The Roses of May Cover Reveal!

March 10, 2017 at 1:02 pm (Butterfly Garden, Roses of May) (, , )

I’ve been hard at work on the last rounds of edits for ROSES and researching/planning/starting to draft the final book of the Collectors Trilogy, but I wanted to give you all a treat. THE ROSES OF MAY has a cover!

And, if I may say so myself, it is an AMAZING cover. I love it like cake. More than cake–I love it like Cadbury Crème Eggs (seriously).

What do you think?


Isn’t it fantastic? It’s going to look so great next to THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN on the shelf.

THE ROSES OF MAY comes out 23rd May 2017.

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Local Author Signing!

November 22, 2016 at 8:07 pm (A Wounded Name, Appearances, Butterfly Garden) (, , , , )

Hello, my lovelies!

I’ve been buried neck deep in edits these last weeks, but I’m emerging briefly to tell you about an amazing Local Author Event happening at Barnes & Noble Crossroads on Sunday, 27 November 2016.

I’ll be there at three o’clock with eight other Omaha area authors to sign and chat, and it would be amazing to see some of you out there. Can’t make it to the signing? You can call the store and ask about purchasing personalized copies over the phone (if you live in the US–sorry). The authors participating are:

Leo Adam Biga, with his book Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film, a collection of essays chronicling Payne’s career and creative process.

Frances Ewing, with two children’s picture books, Clarence the Happy Clown With a Frown and Erin’s Dance.

Marcia Wilson Holliway, with devotional coloring book Delight in the Lord.

Christie Bassinger, with a collection of encouraging devotionals, Heart and Soul.

Ariel Rodriguez, with her book of dreams and wonders, Legends of the Constellations: Constance.

Marla K. Benjamin with Light in the Dark, where a couple has to piece their lives back together after the unthinkable.

Bruce Arant, the author/illustrator of Golden Sower Nominee Simpson’s Sheep Won’t Go to Sleep.

Barbara Freeman, with a pair of children’s books about adorable pit bull Sugar, Sugar: A Princess Pit Bull Finds Her Family and Super Smart Sugar.

I’ll be there with Butterfly Garden, as well as a few copies of A Wounded Name.

Hope to see you there!



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Butterflies Around the World!

October 5, 2016 at 6:50 pm (Butterfly Garden) (, , )

The Butterflies have been busy these past few months!

Which means some exciting news to share with all of you. I’ve been getting a lot of questions (thank you for the questions and comments and messages!) about whether or not THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN will be available in [insert country here].

Starting in September, the book became available in German through AmazonCrossing as GARTEN DER SCHMETTERLINGE (and it’s so pretty! I don’t speak German, so I sit and stare and pet the pages from time to time)

But it’s sold in some other publishing territories as well!

In Thailand, it sold to WeLearn.
In Bulgaria, it sold to Millenium Publishing.
In Italy, it sold to Newton Compton.
and Large Print rights sold to Center Point Large Print.
In Poland, it sold to Wydawnictwo Filia.
In China, it sold to Global Group Holdings (Complex Chinese) and Shanghai Literature & Arts (Simplified Chinese).
In Brazil, it sold to Planeta Brazil.
In Italy, it sold to Newton Compton.
In Russia, it sold to Exmo.
In Turkey, it sold to Limos.
In Portugal, it sold to Penguin Random House Portugal.
In Hungary, it sold to Konyvmolykepzo.
In Indonesia, it sold to PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama.
And in the Czech Republic through Albatros.


Now, as to release dates? I have honestly no idea. This process requires all the work that went into the original book PLUS all the translation and double-checking. Covers may be different, titles will certainly be different (and, depending on the market, may not be anything like Butterfly Garden), which means your best chance of finding out when it’s going to come out in any given country is to check the publisher’s website or check with your local bookstores.

As I get more information, I will update here.

And THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH. Your enthusiasm for this book, your conversations and reviews and sharing, makes this possible.


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Butterfly Garden BIG NEWS!!!

June 22, 2016 at 9:29 pm (Book to Movie, Butterfly Garden) (, , , , )

Is everyone ready? Are we all sitting comfortably?

Come and Sit

Today we got to announce some AMAZING NEWS about The Butterfly Garden: it’s been optioned for film by Anonymous Content and PalmStar Media!

Beverly is Very Excited


You can read the official announcement on Deadline , but I’ll pre-empt a few of the most common responses (and answer some other questions I’ve gotten in quantity) below.



The option actually translates pretty literally: they’ve purchased the option to pursue development. It might move forward, it might not (because as strange an industry as publishing is, Hollywood is so much stranger) but Anonymous Content and PalmStar Media have the chance to play with it and see where it goes. It’s not a guarantee, but it’s a HUGE step in an exciting direction.


No, no, and um…NO.

If this moves forward, I will have zero input on casting. Excitement is amazing and wonderful, and I hope you are excited, because this is awesome! But I will have absolutely no influence on roles or actors or anything of that nature.


See answer the first–at least point, we can’t even be sure it’s going to move forward, so let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.

Wish Really Hard


If it doesn’t come up on Amazon or your favorite retail page, the rights may not have sold for that territory. Best bet? If you’re comfortable reading in English, Book Depository ships worldwide! You can also e-mail publishers in your country and express interest. My Contacts page has been updated with addresses for foreign rights queries. Hopefully my creepy darlings will continue to make their way into the wider world.


YES! (If you live in the US; sorry)

My local Barnes & Noble has it in stock, and can take orders over the phone for signed copies to ship out from the store. Because the books will be leaving from the store, rather than the warehouse, there is a shipping charge, but the books are signed and, given the pertinent information and a day or two’s grace for my getting in there, can be personalized. The phone number is: 1-402-393-6223, and store hours are Sunday: 10am-7pm CT, Monday through Saturday, 9am-9pm CT.


I’m sorry, but no. I do have an author page (sidebar) and you are welcome to leave comments or questions or messages there–it makes my day when you do! But my personal facebook is just that, and it’s for the people I actually know. Being online, it can be difficult to separate out what’s professional from what’s personal, but for my own introverted sense of well-being, that is a line I have to maintain. You are more than welcome to follow me on Twitter or tumblr or my author facebook, and I’ve got my e-mail up on my Contacts as well, but my personal facebook stays separate.



There will be a companion novel out next year, entitled Roses of May, and while it’s not a direct sequel, we will be following our Butterflies and FBI team for a time. The bulk of the story shifts to a new case, a new story, but some things don’t leave us so easily. Is it surprising if Butterflies have a way of lingering?


One more thing.


For all your reviews, your conversations, emails, comments, tweets, your enthusiasm and the way you’re talking it up, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. You’re amazing. The response to this book has absolutely blown me away and I am so, so grateful.


More news as I learn it!





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Follow the Butterflies

April 30, 2016 at 9:24 pm (Butterfly Garden) (, , , )

We’re one month away from the release of THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN, and I don’t know about you guys, but I am really excited!

I have more announcements on the way, as we pull closer to June 1st, but for now…want to know a little more about the book?

Back in March, Thomas & Mercer invited me to film a video short describing my book in fifteen seconds. Have you ever tried to describe your favorite back in that short an amount of time? IT’S NOT EASY. Now try it with one you wrote*.


BUT! Largely thanks to a wonderful filming team, the mission was successful! And now you can watch (and even watch me crack up with relief!)

So are you as excited as I am?

Come back around through the next few weeks for more news!





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A First Look at The Butterfly Garden

March 17, 2016 at 7:36 pm (Butterfly Garden) (, , , , )

I think I’ve finally reached the point where I can’t bring myself to apologize for radio silence anymore. It’s just kind of what it is. BUT! I have news!


On the heels of THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN, another book sold! Coming next year, the Butterflies will have a companion novel, following our favorite FBI team as an old case comes back to haunt them when a young woman starts looking into her sister’s murder. I am *extremely* excited about this one, provided I can ever figure out how to write it. Turns out, writing a book after the fact is a very, very different thing than writing it before the sale.

Also, THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN will be coming out in Germany! It’s in translation now, but it’s expected out later this year, and I will be good and give you all that information as soon as it becomes available. There’s some other exciting stuff in the works, so expect even more announcements in the nearish future! (I know, you’ll actually hear from me more than twice this year. Isn’t that crazy?)

And the best piece, at least for today, I HAVE A COVER! When we started looking at cover ideas, this was the first one, and I think we all latched onto it immediately as YES THIS IS IT WHO THE HELL WAS SACRIFICED TO THE COVER GODS TO ACHIEVE THIS MASTERY?! So, you know, we’re rather fond of it.


It’s simple, and striking, and ever so slightly ominous, and if that doesn’t entirely encapsulate the book, nothing does.

Drop a line below, tell me what you think!


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