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Children’s… The Ugly Princess and the Wise Fool. “A very long time ago, when all the countries you’ve ever heard of were in different places on the map, a princess was born who was not beautiful. She wasn’t even remotely pretty, and the whole kingdom was in deep shock about it…” Princess Rose doesn’t get any prettier as she grows up, but the kingdom does get over its shock. Everyone adores the skinny, buck-toothed princess, and she doesn’t mind her appearance —until the handsomest prince in the world comes looking for a bride. Despite warnings from her seafaring fairy godmother and a wise fool named Jasper, reckless Rose wishes for beauty….
Historical Fiction The Queen’s Fool. Winter, 1553. Pursued by the Inquisition, Hannah Green, a fourteen-year-old Jewish girl, is forced to flee Spain with her father. But Hannah is no ordinary refugee. Her gift of “Sight,” the ability to foresee the future, is priceless in the troubled times of the Tudor court….  This is a story of a young woman caught in the rivalry between Queen Mary and her half sister, Elizabeth, who must find her true destiny amid treason, poisonous rivalries, loss of faith, and unrequited love.  Another rich and emotionally resonant gem from this wonderful storyteller.
Cozy Mystery … Fool’s Puzzle Newly widowed, Benni’s making a fresh start.  Moving to the trendy California town of San Celina, she takes an exciting new job as director of a folk-art museum. While setting up an exhibit of handmade quilts, she stumbles upon a body of a brutally stabbed artist…and soon Benni uncovers an alarming pattern of family secrets, small-town lies — and the shocking truth about the night her husband died.
Contemporary Fiction…Nobody’s Fool. Sixty-year-old Sully is “nobody’s fool,” except maybe his own.  He’s started on a run of bad luck….The banker son of his octogenarian landlady wants him evicted; his high-strung ex-wife seems headed for a nervous breakdown; his longtime lover is blaming him for her daughter’s winding up in the hospital with a busted jaw.  But Sully’s biggest problem is the memory of his own abusive father, a ghost who haunts his every day…. Richard Russo knows the small towns of upstate New York and the people who inhabit them; he writes with biting wit and compassion.

Paranormal Mystery... The Diva’s Fool. On the night of her final performance, Opera Diva Carmen Dellamorte, famous for her passion of Tarot cards, staggers onto the Chicago Lyric Opera House stage and dies. Is it the curse of Macbeth or a malevolent plot to dethrone the queen?  Alexandria Vilkas, Chicago reporter, does more than write about the supernatural. She peeks behind the veil of death to investigate murders of the paranormal, and solving the mysterious death of a Diva is the first step on her journey.   2008 Love Is Murder Award Recipient for “Best Paranormal Mystery”.

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