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Weekend Update

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Dear Readers & Friends:

You may have noticed it’s been a few days since I’ve attempted to cajole anyone into buying my book, The Heart Absent, which was released April 10, 2013 and is available on Kindle, Nook and Kobo. Truth be told, there’s probably only so many times I can get away with asking nicely before you guys tire of that particular song and dance and ask if I know any other tunes.

Fortunately, the answer is “yes.” In addition to hawking historical horror novels on the World Wide Web, I actually do “do” other stuff. Yep, I teach developmental writing, write (bad) poetry, parent seemingly by the seat of my pants, cook/clean on occasion, administer an arts center and wrangle cats. (Some of these things are like the other!)

Today, however, I’d like to talk about a subject nearer and dearer to The Heart Absent. While you may know “Jack the Ripper” figures largely in the novel, did you know I’ve spent the last decade studying the Whitechapel murders and that I remain fascinated by the same?

As a result of that research, I’ve got very definite ideas about who the Ripper was. Last week, I stopped in over at friend and fellow writer Jenn Loring’s blog and revealed “whodunnit.”

Another New Libri author, Debra Borys, was kind enough to host me on her site last week as well, where I shed a little light on the subject of how I sleep at night with so much darkness crowding my psyche.

In the coming month, I’ll be visiting other authors’ sites, talking about why I LOVE to write about bad, bad boys and sharing the “true” story of another character from The Heart Absent, Mary Jane Kelly. Stay tuned for dates and locations.

As the Shameless Promotion Tour rolls on, I welcome YOUR questions about Jack the Ripper, and will gladly answer them at your place or mine.

In the meantime, to those of you who’ve bought and/or read The Heart Absent before or since its release – thank you, thank you, thank you – from the bottom of my very present heart.

Until next time,
Carla E. Anderton

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A Very Special, BIG Announcement!

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Fascinated by Jack the Ripper? Like historical thrillers or mysteries with a message? You’re in luck! My debut novel, The Heart Absent, is now live on Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook Book. Pick up your copy today!

Don’t have a Kindle or a Nook? Never fear! The Heart Absent is also available on Kobo and will soon be available from Apple iBooks and in a print format (available from multiple sellers). Stay tuned for more details.

Novel synopsis: 14-year-old James Nemo spent most of his youth motherless and under the thumb of a father who hates him. These injustices he quickly forgets, however, in the arms of a beautiful young prostitute named Nelly. Reality conspires against the young lovers, and James is left, alone and angry, to confront the truth behind his mother’s abandonment. Twenty years pass. James, now a respected artist, meets Mary Jane Kelly, an Irish prostitute who bears more than a passing resemblance to Nelly. Convinced his redemption lies in her, James slowly ensnares her into his ever darkening world. His passion for her escalates to a frenzy, amidst the backdrop of Victorian London, and threatens to consume them both.

Live in or near the Pittsburgh area or just up for a road trip in general? Join me at Jozart Center for the Arts in California, PA on Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. to celebrate the release of “The Heart Absent.” I will give a brief reading from the novel followed by a short presentation on Jack the Ripper, one of history’s most infamous serial killers. Light refreshments will be served. For further details, visit the Facebook event page.

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