I’m excited to share with you information about my next book!
I already shared this with my newsletter subscribers weeks ago, and they’ll also be the first to see the new book cover once my publisher finishes with it. If you’d like to be among the first to get these updates, here is the link to subscribe.
If you’re on the fence about subscribing, I only manage to send about one update a month. So it’s really not too crazy-making with gobs of emails.
Now, about the new book.
In my last newsletter, I shared lots of insider dirt about the original title, how I came up with it, and how and why my publisher thought we should change it. So I won’t go into all that again here. I’ll just share the title we landed on, and the current blurb (which will also likely change).
So here it is. Publication is currently scheduled for October 2021.
The Secret Next Door
It’s a perfect neighborhood, filled with imperfect people.
Alyson Tinsdale is giving her son the childhood she never had: a stable family, a loving home, and a great school in a safe neighborhood. When they move into the home of her dreams in one of Denver’s most sought after neighborhoods, The Enclave, Alyson works hard to fit in, and impress, the other mothers—despite the growing sense she’s out of her league among their affluent social clique.
Bonnie Sloan is The Enclave’s matriarch. Her family built this neighborhood. With her oldest son headed to Yale and her youngest starting kindergarten, Bonnie is now pursuing her own long-held political aspirations—a Colorado senate seat. But it’s her middle child, Elijah, and their private family struggles, that cast a shadow over her plans.
When the open space behind some of the most expensive homes in the community gets slated for development into an amusement facility, Extreme Golf, the neighborhood becomes deeply divided on the issue. The Enclave community page suddenly erupts with long-held grudges, grievances, and verbal abuse. Seemingly overnight, Alyson’s dream neighborhood has devolved into a war zone while her once stable marriage is fracturing before her.
The personal pressures and community conflicts ratchet with every passing day, but it’s when a thirteen-year-old is found dead beside the neighborhood lake, that simmering tensions boil over into panic.
Gossip flows, lies are exposed, and accusations are made as cracks run through the once solid Enclave foundations. The community’s faith in exterior appearance is eclipsed by the secrets every house keeps.
If you’re on Goodreads, please add The Secret Next Door to your “want to read” shelf here!