As you might know (if you’re not living under a rock), President Bill Clinton and novelist James Patterson have writen the new thriller, THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING.
Mr. Clinton did an interview with the New York Times, “Bill Clinton: By the Book” — and it came out that one of his favorite novelists is … me!
Yes, I had to pick myself up off the floor.
Here’s the quote: “And I can’t wait for the next Lee Child, Harlan Coben, Robert Crais, Louise Penny, Sara Paretsky, Susan Elia MacNeal and Daniel Silva.”
And then after posting about it on social media, I heard from none other than the lovely Chelsea Clinton, who had this to say:
So happy to be in Arisaig, Scotland — where Britain’s SOE agent trainees did their paramilitary training during World War II.
Now Arisaig House (which was used as the command center) is a lovely hotel and restaurant. (Thank goodness—I’d flunk out of one of those courses within a week if not sooner!)
Here are some photos you might enjoy:
Arisaig House in the distance.
Yes, it’s official —we’re in the right place!
The flower gardens were victory gardens during WWII.
It’s a dog’s best life.
The current croquet lawn is where the SOE agents practiced jujitsu and Fairborne Sykes knife fighting. 9Our croet matches have become heated, but not that violent…)
Taken shortly before I collapsed into a lovely nap.
And you get their by the Jacobite Steam train, a la Harry Potter!
Big news here: just turned in THE PRISONER IN THE CASTLE, Maggie Hope #8 to my editor. It’s scheduled to be published on August 7, 2018!
Also, great news about THE PARIS SPY! It made the New York Times, Washington Post, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists, and is currently in its third printing after less than three months on sale!
THE PARIS SPY, Maggie Hope #8, is coming out August 8th! Here’s a video, to mark the occasion and serve as a little preview for the novel:
To celebrate, I’ll be doing a series of author talks and signings. Cities include Brooklyn, Houston, St. Louis, Scottsdale, Buffalo, Brooklyn again, and Toronto. Hope to see you!
Details for THE PARIS SPY author tour below:
267 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11215
Details: An onstage interview with historical suspense author Laura Benedict
Delighted to share the news that the women’s clothing store Talbots is featuring THE PARIS SPY and THE QUEEN’S ACCOMPLICE as part of its new summer book club.
From WWD: “As of Memorial Day weekend, Talbots will be expanding the Book Club through a partnership with Random House that will tout some of the publisher’s leading writers. Each week, a different author will be spotlighted in stores and on a designated landing page. On deck are Elizabeth Strout’s “Anything Is Possible,” Nancy Thayer’s “Secrets in Summer,” Lisa Wingate’s “Before We Were Yours,” Fannie Flagg’s “The Whole Town’s Talking” and Susan Elia MacNeal’s “The Paris Spy.” Once in full swing, shoppers will be able to get a sneak peek of chapters from their latest books, as well as exclusive interviews with big-name writers.”
Happy shopping and reading!