Thanks for downloading Fanny Newcomb & The Irish Channel Ripper!

on February 1, 2024

It looks like over 200 historical fiction lovers downloaded Fanny Newcomb & The Irish Channel Ripper for free last month via Bookfunnel. I hope you enjoy Fanny, Sylvia, & Olive’s story and consider leaving a review on my Amazon, Bookbub, or Goodreads page (and please include “I received a complimentary copy”). Your review will help… Read More


on January 29, 2024

January’s Bookfunnel historical fiction book giveaway ends on January 31st, which means my award-winning novel FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER goes back on sale. So you’ve got two more days to download FANNY NEWCOMB and other great historical fiction on Bookfunnel FOR FREE!


on January 2, 2024

Don’t worry, Fanny’s not in jail….but my award-winning novel FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER is free this month, through a wonderful Bookfunnel historical fiction book giveaway hosted by the Paper Lantern Writers. This link will take you to the giveaway, where there are plenty other great historicals for all of us to read… Read More

An Eleanor Roosevelt admission…

on October 11, 2023

On the anniversary of Eleanor Roosevelt’s birthday (October 11th, 1884), I’m wondering…anyone else crushing on Eleanor? Oh, I know that her cousin Alice was wittier and brighter, her cousin Quinten was a combat pilot, and her Uncle Teddy and husband Franklin both served as President, but for me, it’s always been Eleanor Anna Roosevelt. And… Read More

It’s Mardi Gras History, Baby!

on February 21, 2023

In honor of today’s Mardi Gras celebration, I’m sharing the history of Mardi Gras on the Paper Lantern Writers blog. Enjoy!  

A New Publisher for Fanny Newcomb

on April 24, 2022

After a very happy five years with Sand Hill Review Press, I’m equally happy to announce that Fanny Newcomb & the Irish Channel Ripper has found a new home with Word by Word Press.   Hope you come on over to see Fanny and the other books published by Proprietor Mary F. Burns, author of… Read More

It’s Mardi Gras, Baby!

on February 28, 2022

In celebration of Mardi Gras—and the very happy fact that it’s being celebrated in New Orleans this year—I’m sharing some of my favorite vintage Mardi Gras images. And I’m also sharing one of my favorite blog posts: Your Guide to Mardi Gras, circa 1889. Enjoy!                    … Read More

Best Books about New Orleans?

on October 26, 2021

Fellow Historical Novelist Sharon Cathcart included me on her list of Best Books about New Orleans! Read what Sharon thinks about FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER and her other great NOLA picks at the new readers book site, Thanks, Sharon!

Friday July 16th Giveaway!

on July 16, 2021

For one today only–that’s today, Friday July 16th!–I’m offering a copy of my award-winning historical mystery FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER. To enter this giveaway, click on this link to my friend and fellow historical novelist Linda Bennett Pennell‘s Facebook page. Good Luck!