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Vol. VIII, No. 1
In this issue:
Josie Is a Bestseller!

What a wonderful holiday gift! Thank you to all of you who bought Blood Rubies—and thank you to all of you who asked your library to do so. I’m thrilled to report that Blood Rubies has made Publisher Alley’s bestseller list! Publisher Alley is a sales analysis took produced by Baker and Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of books.

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The listing is updated daily. This report is from Christmas Day, December 25, 2014.

A Josie Novella! “Booked for Murder”

A “Josie” novella is in the Jan 2015 issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. It’s called “Booked for Murder.” The story involves “modern firsts,” which generally refers to first editions of novels where the author is still alive. In “Booked for Murder,” the first edition in question was authored by Stephen King. I hope you enjoy it! Single issues are available at

Writer’s Winter Weekend Escape:
January 9-11, 2015

penHave you ever wanted to write? You can. We all have stories to tell. Come share yours with Jane and a small group of likeminded people in one of the most inspirational settings in the world, MIT’s Endicott House, just outside of Boston. You’ll discover proven strategies to write from the heart using approaches that liberate your imagination. The full agenda is here.

pen “It was probably late Monday afternoon before I came down from the high of this past weekend... I left feeling inspired, invigorated and renewed. Some people can write and some can teach, you are one of those unique individuals who can do both! Thank you for sharing your expertise so generously with us, and for putting together a program that seemed to touch us all, regardless of our different backgrounds and experiences.” Deb Carlson

“Thank you for a wonderful inspiring weekend. I really enjoyed your workshops. You have the talent to engage your audience and share all your knowledge. Your warm understanding feedback was a pleasure to hear. Thank you again. I am off writing.” Theresa Jay

“Thank you so much for the wonderful and inspiring workshop. I am looking forward to revising a few pieces that I have had tucked away in my desk for too long. Also, several of the prompts you gave us provided me with insight about where I need to go with my writing. Now I am actually looking forward to getting back to my memoir!” Jean Mudge

“I just returned from an amazing Aspiring Writer’s weekend at MIT’s Endicott House. I was absolutely WOWED by everyone’s writing, honesty and openness, including Jane’s, who shared above and beyond my expectations and turned a group of strangers into a family.” Elizabeth Dougherty

“Jane is fabulous—concise—fun!” Julie Benson Hughes

“Jane’s presentation was an eye-opener and should be a must-attend for every writer.” Lynda Keever

Questions? Email Jane directly. To register, call 617-253-5211 or email

A Visual Dinner Lecture in the Boston area:
The Lost Artifacts from the Lewis & Clark Expedition:
Thursday, January 8, 2015

endicott houseA delectable dining experience at MIT’s spectacular Endicott House just outside of Boston, featuring the dining creations of Executive Chef Edward Cerrato and a riveting visual lecture by Jane K. Cleland, discussing the lost artifacts of the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

bear claw necklaceHow is Harvard University involved? What do artichokes reveal? Join us for this enjoyable evening and find out! Questions? Email Jane directly. To register, call 617-253-5211 or email

Jane’s new book for Writer’s Digest Books,
the Working Title Is: Suspense, Structure, and Plot:
Make Your Readers Sweat

Coming spring 2016! Based on the popular workshops created for major writing conferences, including the Writer’s Digest conference, Jane reveals the secrets of creating I-can’t-put-it-down page-turners in this results-oriented craft book. Structured as a hands-on writing companion, Jane discusses how to integrate 13 techniques into your writing process. You’ll learn how to write tighter, more polished, and more suspenseful stories, the kind of nuanced, multifaceted stories that sell and that find a devoted readership.

bear claw necklace Jane loves speaking and/or leading workshops at conferences, library events, colleges, universities, women’s clubs, community clubs, and other events! Want some topic ideas? Contact Jane directly.

“Great stuff! I learned new approaches to plotting at Jane’s workshop—really thought-provoking and inspiring.”

—Donald Bain, author or ghost/?author of more than 115 books, including the global bestseller, Coffee, Tea, or Me, with more than five million copies in print. Currently, he writes both the Margaret Truman and the Murder, She Wrote mystery series

“I had the pleasure of observing Jane facilitate a seminar during Writer’s Week at Manhattanville College, where she was the Mystery Writer in Residence. She was warm, encouraging and direct, and she’s extremely knowledgeable about crime fiction, including its various genres and sub-genres. Her students were fascinated by the discussions and participated enthusiastically throughout the class.”

—Linda Landrigan, editor in chief, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

Did You Know?
Peter Carl Fabergé’s wife walked
from Russia to Finland

bear claw necklace In 1918, The House of Fabergé was nationalized by the Bolsheviks. In early October of that year all the inventory was confiscated. The House of Fabergé was no more. After the loss of his business, Peter Carl Fabergé was forced to flee. He left St. Petersburg on the last diplomatic train, making his way in stages to Germany. Meanwhile, Eugène, the Fabergés’ eldest son, travelled with his mother in darkness by sleigh and on foot through snow-covered woods and reached Finland in December 1918. Can you imagine? This historical event forms one of the pillars of Blood Rubies, the fictional tale of Fabergé eggs, antique snow globes, and obsession.

Buy the book now! Ask for Blood Rubies at your local library! Read an excerpt! Select it for your book club!

Ask Jane:
Would you consider calling into our book club?

Absolutely! I love participating in book club discussions. I’ve prepared book club discussion questions for each book in the Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series to help the facilitator lead a lively and meaningful conversation. I’m glad to call in—or visit, if I can. Email me directly with questions or invitations!


The Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries. "Ingenious ... engaging!" Publishers Weekly. Jane does Business Communications training work, too!

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