Just in time for the Memorial Day Weekend, Katzenhaus Books has reduced the price of our e-book editions of
Beyond All Price and The Second Mouse Gets the Cheese to $.99. These reductions will be available on the Amazon Kindle Store, as well as on Smashwords.com and all the various e-readers they service--Apple iBooks, Nook, Kobo, Sony, etc.
Why are we reducing the price? Well, besides just being generous in honor of the start of summer reading season, we want you to be prepared for what will be coming up in the next few weeks. First, you can look for a collection of five short stories, entitled Five Tales of the Low Country. I don't have a release date yet, but the Kindle-only collection should be available sometime in July. You'll recognize some of the characters in these stories. Parts of their tales have appeared here as take-outs from The Road to Frogmore, my next major historical novel, which should be out in all formats by late September.
Beyond All Price and The Road to Frogmore are related in several ways. They are both set on the coast of South Carolina during the Civil War. Each one focuses on a strong woman who is trying to make her own way in a world that does not yet accept her ability to do so. The characters are at the same time quite different. Nellie Chase is a military nurse. Laura Towne is a doctor and a teacher, who works with newly-freed slaves to help them become productive citizens. The two women certainly know of each other, their paths cross in unexpected ways, and they know many of the same people. They struggle with the same problems--lethal diseases, threats of confederate attacks, ferocious mosquitoes, and their own inability to control the changes that are taking place in the society around them. Each woman has a story to tell, and their individual experiences cast additional light on each other's lives.
Five Tales of the Low Country will form a bridge between the two books. The stories will wrap up some of the loose ends of Nellie's time in the Low Country and introduce the new characters who arrive in South Carolina just months before Nellie and her Union regiment receive orders to depart. If you haven't read Beyond All Price, this is the perfect time to do it, so that you are ready for what comes next. And if you haven't read The Second Mouse Gets the Cheese,
you've missed the explanations of how I have gone about researching and writing these books.
Adventures lie ahead. Start reading!