Carla Neggers on the Joys of Reading in Autumn and the Release of Liar’s Key

by Carla Neggers, author of Liar’s Key

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The Joys of Reading in Autumn

The dog days of summer are shifting to the cool breezes of autumn. As much as we readers might love curling up with a good book by the pool or tucked in an Adirondack chair in the shade, it’s time for us to shift with those cool breezes. What’s a summer-loving reader to do?

Read by the fire

We have a woodstove with glass doors that allow us to see the fire—so romantic on a chilly autumn day. Between chapters, I add a log to the fire. When I was in Ireland on a personal writing retreat, my tiny cottage had a peat-and-coal-burning stove. I loved sitting on the floor with my toes warming near the fire while I read in the evening, while rain lashed the windows.

Read outside under a warm blanket

What’s a good wool throw for if not wrapping up with it and a book on a cool autumn day? With the leaves turning their vibrant colors around me, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon.

Read in bed under a pile of quilts

Autumn also means shorter days and colder nights. It’s a perfect time to head to bed early, slip under a stack of old, comfy quilts and read by a bedside lamp.

Read in the library

I have such great memories of slipping into a quiet corner of my small-town library as a kid and reading away a stormy autumn afternoon. With no temptation to head outside, I had no problem immersing myself in a good story.

 

Wherever and whenever I read in autumn, I love to have a mug of hot mulled cider at my side. Here’s an easy recipe:

Recipe for Hot Mulled Cider

1 gallon fresh apple cider (not apple juice)

1 tsp whole allspice

1 tsp whole cloves

4 cinnamon sticks

1 orange, thin-sliced with peel

1 lemon, thin-sliced with peel

In a large pot, combine cider with cinnamon sticks, allspice, cloves, orange slices and lemon slices and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low heat for about 40-45 minutes. May be strained. Discard spices and fruit slices and serve cider hot. It’s fun to add fresh cinnamon sticks as stirrers.

 

Happy almost autumn!

–Carla

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Find your favorite place to read in the fall and curl up with Liar’s Key, a gripping new tale of blackmail, greed and murder in the Sharpe and Donovan series. Read it today!

 

About Liar’s Key:

0916-9780778319115-bigwAn FBI legend, a mysterious antiquities specialist and a brazen art thief draw top FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan into a complex web of blackmail, greed and murder in the eagerly awaited new novel in the highly acclaimed Sharpe & Donovan series 

Emma Sharpe is suspicious when retired Special Agent Gordon Wheelock, a legend in FBI art crimes, drops by her Boston office for a visit. Gordy says he’s heard rumors about stolen ancient mosaics. Emma, an art crimes specialist herself, won’t discuss the rumors. Especially since they involve Oliver York, an unrepentant English art thief. Gordy and Emma’s grandfather, a renowned private art detective, chased Oliver for a decade. Gordy knows Wendell Sharpe didn’t give him everything he had on the thief. Even now, Oliver will never be prosecuted.

When a shocking death occurs, Emma is drawn into the investigation. The evidence points to a deadly conspiracy between Wendell and Oliver, and Emma’s fiancé, deep cover agent Colin Donovan, knows he can’t stay out of this one. He also knows there will be questions about Emma’s role and where her loyalties lie.

From Boston to Maine to Ireland, Emma and Colin track a dangerous killer as the lives of their family and friends are at stake. With the help of their friend, Irish priest Finian Bracken, and Emma’s brother, Lucas, the Sharpes and Donovans must band together to stop a killer.

No one creates exciting, action-packed romantic suspense and international intrigue like New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers.

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