Jan Stafford Kellis

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

Salutations, Bookworms!

Winter and I have a love-hate relationship.

I hate wearing three layers and fingerless mittens just to sit around the house; I hate maintaining an organized inventory of scarves, gloves, boots, coats, hats, head bands, and ear muffs; and I hate, hate, hate slippery roads, sidewalks, porches and stairs. But when I drive home from work, I’m compelled to stop and snap a picture (see above) because it’s just so darn beautiful and most people don’t get to see sights like this, or if they do, they probably can’t pull over and document it because there’s too much traffic or the kids are crying or they’re already running late. So then I think, “winter’s not so bad,” as I perform my signature ice-shuffle dance step back to the car, hoping I don’t get wiped out by the plow.

Mark Your Calendars: TWO events coming up this week!

On Wednesday, February 10, the De Tour Public Library is holding their annual silent auction. There are over 100 items up for auction, and the best cookies in the EUP are usually plattered and served. Come in out of the cold (of course you’ll have to bundle up to get here) and bid on something interesting. The auction runs from 1 pm – 7 pm, and if you’re serious, you’ll hang out until 7 to watch your items. That’s when all the fun happens.

On Sunday, February 14, I’ll be at the Hessel Winter Market, at the Les Cheneaux Culinary School. They invited me to be the visiting author, and I’m honored to fill a table with my books. If you’re in Hessel, stop by to say hello and browse through the local farmers’ and crafters’ wares. Oh, and bring your appetite! They serve soup for lunch, and I’ve heard it’s always fabulous. The Winter Market is open 10 am – 2 pm, and you can find more information here.

Book Teaser: The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

The Silent Sister: A Novel

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2015, 368 pages). Riley McPherson has lost nearly everyone in her family: her sister to suicide, her mother to cancer, and now her father, who died suddenly and left Riley with a house full of collections and secrets she’d never expected to discover. Riley’s older brother Danny, a disabled Iraq war veteran, isn’t much help with arrangements or decisions, and Riley worries about his mental stability. The cryptic comments and odd clues from her father’s friends and associates compel Riley to look closer at her history. As she unravels the past she discovers that most of what she’s known all of her life was false.

This is an edge-of-your-seat, gasp-out-loud, twisty-turny story with fabulous, relatable characters and a satisfying ending.

If you absolutely need this book right now, you can click on the book cover above and it will take you directly to Amazon through my affiliate link. Otherwise, remember to search for it next time you’re in a book store.

That’s all the news I have for now.

Bundle up, stay warm, and read on…