Hope everyone had a great holiday. I spent mine in Scranton, Pa. Maybe it’s true that you always return to the scene of the crime…The drive into town hasn’t changed a bit from my college days, although parts of the downtown are much improved. I was visiting my friend Anne’s family for the holiday. Her sister JoEllen has read DANU’S CHILDREN, and fortunately for me she really liked it. That’s made me brave enough to contact a couple of bookstores in the town to see if they want to stock the book. Maybe it won’t provoke lawsuits, after all…

Hey, considering what Stephen King did to his home town in SALEM’S LOT, I should have nothing to worry about. My fictional “Carbonville” is smaller and has quite a few differences. JoEllen loved that fact that I used the church sliding downhill from mine subsidence, because she could see I based it on something that happened in Scranton in the early 1900s.

Now I have the weekend to myself, and I’m trying to decide among various options, including holiday shopping, putting up my porch lights or finally finishing the latest chapter of ONE BLOOD that I really ought to read at my critique group this week. All fairly demanding…maybe I’ll just watch the “What Not to Wear” marathon on TLC instead!

About E. F. Watkins

E. F. Watkins specializes in paranormal suspense, and since 2003 has published eight novels with Amber Quill Press LLC. Her first, DANCE WITH THE DRAGON, received a 2004 EPPIE Award from the national organization EPIC (Electronically Published Internet Connection) as Best Horror Novel. Next came the romantic mystery RIDE A DANCING HORSE (as “Eileen Watkins”). Her third book, BLACK FLOWERS, was a Finalist in the Thriller category for both the 2006 EPPIEs and the 2007 Indie Excellence Book Awards. ONE BLOOD, a prequel to DANCE WITH THE DRAGON, was a finalist for a 2012 EPIC Award in Paranormal Fiction. She also has published the paranormal thrillers PARAGON and DANU’S CHILDREN. In 2013, she launched the Quinn Matthews Haunting Mysteries featuring a psychic amateur sleuth. The first in this series, DARK MUSIC, received the David G. Sasher Award at the 2014 Deadly Ink Mystery Conference, and the second, HEX, DEATH AND ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, was a finalist in Mystery for the 2014 Next Generation EBook Awards.

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