Local and Not So Local Updates

I am really happy to let people know that our local independently-owned bookstore, The Winchester Book Gallery, is now stocking my paperbacks. That in itself is a big deal in a small, conservative town in a very conservative state. But it’s even sweeter because the owners, Christine and Brian Patrick, are working with me to continue the fundraising effort for our local food bank. They have put up flyers, letting customers know that we are designating a portion of the sales of my paperbacks to the food bank, and the promotion will continue until 19 August, the date school starts back up again. If any of you reading this live nearby, please pay the Book Gallery a visit on the downtown pedestrian mall. Even if you don’t buy one of my books, support the bookstore if you can. Hopefully, we’ll have another sizeable donation for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank to help with their summer efforts.


I’m also very pleased to let you know that Miserere has had two new reviews. Please check them out and while you’re visiting, take a look at the plethora of great things on both blogs. I think Miserere could be a really valuable read for pre-teen/young adult reading groups, but have found that to be a tough audience to target. If any of you have input into the reading lists for kids who could benefit from reading a book dealing with prejudice toward all kinds of outcasts, I would welcome any suggestions.

Mary Maddox reviews Miserere:

In MISERERE Caren J. Werlinger has written an historical novel that weaves together narratives from two periods: the mid-1960s dominated by the Civil Rights Movement and the mid-1800s that saw the Civil War and the end of legalized slavery in America. The story centers on the descendants of Caitríona Ní Faolain, an Irish girl brought to America as an indentured servant.

One descendant in particular, eleven-year-old Connemara Mitchell, carries a heavy burden. Only she can lift a curse that began with Caitríona and has afflicted the family for a hundred years. But first she must uncover its secret. (Read More…)

Katie reviews Miserere for The Lesbrary:

Miserere by Caren J. Werlinger was an utterly engaging read. I was captivated from the first page and could scarcely put it down. It’s an intriguing mix of mystery, ghost story, love story, and social commentary, and Werlinger melds all of these together to create a cohesive and compelling story. (Read more…)


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