ReadOut 2021

Growing up, the public library was one of my favorite places to go. As Fran Leibowitz has said, reading shouldn’t be a mirror, it should be a door. My local public library was a doorway that opened the world to me–it encouraged my curiosity, wonder, and imagination.

I’m both honored and excited to participate in Read Out 2021: A Festival of Lesbian Literature hosted by the LGBTQ Resource Center at the Gulfport Library in Gulfport, Florida. Over 80 authors are participating in the hybrid event that includes live and pre-recorded sessions with author readings, spoken word artists, comics, and entertainment between sessions.

I’ll be reading from my novel Aspen in Moonlight in the Pearls: Mystery & Fantasy session on Saturday, February 26, at 12 pm CST / 1 pm EST. There will be other great writers reading, including my friend and fellow author, Karen F. Williams. It’s going to be fun, I hope you’ll join us!

Click Here to register. Did I mention that it’s free? Yeah, it’s FREE! and open to an international audience.

Public libraries rock!

Reviews of Aspen in Moonlight on Goodreads

AspenInMoonlight_hires“Oh, what a fascinating and intelligent book! I confess, I neglected household things to finish this story, and I suggest you do the same! This is one of the best books you will read for a long time.”  – Gayle, Goodreads review, 10/26/2019

Reviews are coming in for Aspen in Moonlight on Goodreads!

Before I started reading them I cringed, anticipating some painful criticism of my debut novel, but I was pleased to see an overall rating of 4.5 stars and thoughtfully written reviews.

Reviewers who were looking for an action-packed, high drama, paranormal story were a bit disappointed. However, those looking for a story that allows you to feel the textures of a place, especially the natural world, and encourages you to immerse yourself into the space of the story were quite pleased.

“…this book delivers a slow, sensitive journey from wariness to trust set against the beautiful wilderness of Colorado….The one thing that stood out for me at first is how real the setting is. Ms. Wacker really knows the area, down to the smallest detail from the scent of the forest after rain to the species of native plants and animals. This attention to detail really lent the story an authentic, truly real feeling…”    – Mildred, Goodreads review, 10/25/2019

I’m very appreciative of all the readers who have taken the time to post a review. If you read my (or any) book, please considered posting a review or just assign it some stars. You really help support authors, publishers (especially small, independent ones), and other readers.

Have a great day!

Aspen in Moonlight…coming soon!

AspenInMoonlight_hiresI am delighted to announce that my first full-length novel, Aspen in Moonlight, will be published this fall by Bold Strokes Books! The title and the cover design should give you a big hint that the story takes place in Colorado. (Click on the cover image for details.)

Much of the story unfolds in the fictitious mountain town of Buckhorn located along the edge of real-life Roosevelt National Forest and not too far from Rocky Mountain National Park. While writing is not always an easy task, it’s been a pleasure to write and dream about my old haunts, the places I know and love.

The natural world inspires me deeply, it nurtures my soul and my creativity. In fact, I do some of my best thinking while walking in the woods, crossing fields, or getting my feet wet in a creek. In this story, the environment of the Rocky Mountains is as much a character as Melissa and Sula.

If you like a good romance, a little intrigue, the excitement of discovering the unexpected, and marveling at seemingly impossible possibilities, then you’ll enjoy this novel.

* Available for pre-order from Bold Strokes Books and Amazon. *