Thank You!… And a Few Reminders

I’d like to thank everyone for their support and encouragement over the last two weeks! It’s been a busy time between the release of my newest novel, The House on Candlewick Lane, and the cover reveal for my next novel (coming in September), Highland Peril.

For those of you who missed the reveal on social media, here’s a look at the cover for Highland Peril:


What do you think?

There are just a few things I wanted to remind people this week.

First, if you have read The House on Candlewick Lane and left a review on Amazon or your blog or somewhere else online, THANK YOU! For those of you who’ve read the book and not left a review (good or bad!), I would ask you to consider taking a couple minutes and doing so. As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, reviews are important for lots of reasons, not the least of which is that Amazon and other online retailers use the number of reviews as a touchstone for determining whether to boost promotion of a book. And if you decide to leave a review, you have my sincere thanks.

Second, since some of you have expressed an interest in following me elsewhere online, I wanted to post the list of places I regularly post.


*a note about my website: On the bottom of each page, there’s a form to subscribe to my newsletter. I invite you to subscribe if you haven’t already. I send out about four-five newsletters a year and each one has news, upcoming events, recipes, and more. I’ve been known to do giveaways, too!*







Third, I want to assure people that I haven’t forgotten the reader interviews I conducted a while back. They’re still in the pipeline and I’ll start posting them again very soon.

And last but not least, a question for you. Is there any particular topic you’d like to see addressed on this blog? If so, leave your idea in the comments below and I’ll be happy to do some posts tailored to your requests.

Until next time,


It’s Release Day!

Good Tuesday morning! When I started working on The House on Candlewick Lane a million years ago (at least it seems that way), it felt like February 7, 2017, would never arrive. But here it is, and I’m thrilled to have the book out in the world!


For those readers who may not be familiar with what the book is about, here’s the Amazon teaser, along with the link to purchase the book if you’re interested:

“It is every parent’s worst nightmare. Greer Dobbins’ daughter has been kidnapped—and spirited across the Atlantic to a hiding place in Scotland. Greer will do anything to find her, but the streets of Edinburgh hide a thousand secrets—including some she’d rather not face.

Art historian Dr. Greer Dobbins thought her ex-husband, Neill, had his gambling addiction under control. But in fact he was spiraling deeper and deeper into debt. When a group of shady lenders threatens to harm the divorced couple’s five-year-old daughter if he doesn’t pay up, a desperate Neill abducts the girl and flees to his native Scotland. Though the trail seems cold, Greer refuses to give up and embarks on a frantic search through the medieval alleys of Edinburgh—a city as beguiling as it is dangerous. But as the nightmare thickens with cryptic messages and a mysterious attack, Greer herself will become a target, along with everyone she holds dear.”

Link: click here

If you read my guest post on Just 4 My Books last week, you’ll know that I spent one semester in college as an intern at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. And even though I was only there for a few months, the organization and the work it does for families made a lasting impact on me. I learned that familial kidnapping is far more prevalent than stranger kidnapping, even though stranger kidnappings are almost always the ones we hear about on the news. The topic of familial kidnapping is explored in the book, albeit in the wrapping of a larger, more far-reaching mystery.

The House on Candlewick Lane is the first book in the Malice series, which currently consists of three books. Each book has a different main character, but you’ll find some characters that drop in throughout the series (some more than others). The second book in the series is called Highland Peril and will be out in the fall. The third book, with a working title of Death Comes to Thistlecross, will be out next year. I sincerely hope you’ll read the books and enjoy them as they introduce you (or take you back, if you’ve been there) to some of the most beautiful places in the United Kingdom.

Until next time,


P.S. Please feel free to (read: you’ll have my eternal gratitude!) spread this post far and wide!

Featured Author – Amy Reade

I’m on Lynne Fellows’s blog today with a teaser from next week’s release of my new book, The House on Candlewick Lane. Thanks, Lynne!

Just 4 My Books

As part of the Mystery Authors International group, (#MysteryAI), each month I’m going to feature one of our members and share some of their books, links and maybe even an insight into their writing life.

Amy Reade is the first to take the spotlight, with her latest novel, to be released on February 7th,  The House on Candlewick Lane. amy-reade

USA Today bestselling author Amy M. Reade is a recovering lawyer living in southern New Jersey. The House on Candlewick Lane is the first of The Malice Novels, Amy’s gothic suspense series set in the United Kingdom. The second book in the series, Highland Peril, will be released in the fall of 2017. She is currently at work on the third book. Amy is also the author of Secrets of Hallstead House, The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor, and House of Hanging Jade, all standalones. She loves reading, cooking…

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Fun Facts: Scotland Edition


It’s getting very exciting around here: The House on Candlewick Lane is released just two weeks from today! To get everyone in the mood to read about Scotland, and Edinburgh in particular, I have put together a list of some facts about Scotland you may  not have known.

The first fact on today’s list, and by far my favorite, is that the unicorn is Scotland’s national animal.

Second: Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, was the first city in the world to have its own fire brigade.

Third, the first recorded appearance of the Loch Ness Monster was in 565 AD.

Fourth, Scotland is home to the oldest tree in Europe, a 3,000-year-old twisted yew.

Fifth, the raincoat was invented in Scotland. And bonus fact: it was invented by a man named “Macintosh.”

Sixth, it is believed that the world’s first toilet was invented in Orkney, Scotland, in 3,000 BC.

Seventh, one of Scotland’s most famous products, whisky, was actually invented in China.

Eighth, Scotland’s national flower, and one of its national symbols, is the thistle.

Ninth, Scotland has the highest proportion of redheads in the world, at 13% of the population. About 40% of the population carry the recessive gene for red hair.

Tenth, the game of golf originated in Scotland in the 15th century.

Eleventh, Scotland is comprised of 790 islands, 130 of which are inhabited.

Twelfth, “Alba” is Gaelic for “Scotland.”

And finally, in 2004 Edinburgh became UNESCO’s first “City of Literature.”

This photo was taken on the Isle of Skye earlier this year:


Do you have a favorite fun fact? Do you know of others that I didn’t mention here? Share them with us!

Until next week,


Time for some laffs – Lawyers – Where would we be without them!

A little humor for your Thursday…thanks to Sally Cronin!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life


Lawyers get a bad rap and yet they are the first ones we run to when we are in trouble with the law.. or the wife… or the husband…. still they are good source of humour.


As his investment business grew… James realised that he needed to employ a corporate lawyer to protect his interests and those of his clients. He set about interviewing young lawyers. After several applicants had failed to impress him, he sat down with a smartly dressed young man and explained to him that the nature of the business meant that integrity was of the highest importance and asked him if he was an honest lawyer.

The young man considered the question for a moment and then answered.

“Let me show you how honest I am… my parents leant me 50,000 pounds to complete my law degree and I paid it back after I tried my…

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More Best Bloggers Blogging to check out …

What a treat to find Reade and Write listed on Susan Toy’s list of recommended blogs today! And what a lineup of other bloggers- I hope you’ll check them out, as I’m doing. Thanks again, Susan!

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

While it was impossible for me to have followed, listed, and awarded in my earlier post every blog I know of that is good, I didn’t want anyone to think they’d been forgotten. So here’s an additional list of blogs, many written by published authors, that are always interesting and informative, and will provide you with great reading! (Some of these bloggers review books, interview authors, run guest posts, reblog regularly from other blogs, and promote new publications, as well as offering solid information on writing and getting published and the book business in general, so if you are an author you would be wise to check out all the blogs on this list.)


And some have reviewed and interviewed me, as well as hosted my guest posts!

Links are included as well for those authors who have been promoted on my blog, Reading Recommendations.

Nicholas C. Rossis

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