2022 Lake Geneva Book Tour

Right now, I’m hard at work putting the finishing touches on Mailboat V. Meanwhile, my doughty assistant Rebecca has been arranging the 2022 Lake Geneva Book Signing Tour! Here are the current dates and locations. You can also check the official events list for any updates.


The Cornerstone Shop
Meet & Greet

Saturday, August 13, 2022
12pm-4pm
And
Saturday, August 20, 2022
12pm -4pm

214 Broad St, Lake Geneva, WI

Show up any time during the event to chat with Danielle, learn more about the books, and pick up your autographed copies!


The Coffee Mill
Meet & Greet

Sunday, August 14, 2022
9am-12pm
441 Mill St, Fontana-On-Geneva Lake, WI

Show up any time during the event to chat with Danielle, learn more about the books, and pick up your autographed copies!


The Lake Geneva Library
Reading, Q&A, & Book Signing

Monday, August 15, 2022
5:30-7:30pm
918 W Main St, Lake Geneva, WI

Have a seat and let Danielle carry you away with a reading from the Mailboat Suspense Series. Afterwards, ask her anything you want to know, then pick up your autographed books!


The Milwaukee Public Library, Zablocki Branch
Reading, Q&A, & Book Signing

Tuesday, August 16, 2022
6:30-8:00pm
3501 W Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee, WI

Have a seat and let Danielle carry you away with a reading from the Mailboat Suspense Series. Afterwards, ask her anything you want to know, then pick up your autographed books!


The Matheson Memorial Public Library
Reading, Q&A, & Book Signing

Friday, August 19, 2022
2-4pm
101 N Wisconsin St, Elkhorn, WI

Have a seat and let Danielle carry you away with a reading from the Mailboat Suspense Series. Afterwards, ask her anything you want to know, then pick up your autographed books!


Dust Bunny Books
Meet & Greet

Sunday, August 21, 2022
2-4 pm
152 Center St, Lake Geneva, WI

Show up any time during the event to chat with Danielle, learn more about the books, and pick up your autographed copies!


Private Events Available!

Interested in hosting a private event with Danielle so she can meet your book club, social club, friends group, etc.? Get in touch now to schedule a date, location, and time!

Danielle can host an exclusive reading, Q&A, and signing for your group, or simply sit down to visit. She’ll bring books to sell and autograph, and she shows up for wine!

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Blue Pinwheels and Child Abuse

This week, my local county courthouse lawn was glittering with hundreds of small blue pinwheels. I assumed it was symbolic of something, but I wasn’t sure what.
I later found a story by one of our local news outlets explaining that the pinwheels are there to bring awareness to the fact that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
My attention was caught. As you know, child abuse is a primary theme in my books, the Mailboat Suspense Series. And as I recently shared, I was myself emotionally abused as a child, into my adult years.
I love that it’s “Prevention” month and not “Awareness” month. The more I research broken families, foster care, etc., the more I ask what we can do to prevent children from ever being removed from their families in the first place.
In other words, what can we do to stop child abuse and neglect at home? What can we do to get help for the parents so that the children don’t have to suffer?
I know not every broken family situation can be saved. But speaking from my own experiences of childhood emotional abuse, I can’t help but believe that my life could have been markedly different if my mother had accepted the mental health options that were available to her. Instead, it somehow became more acceptable to ignore the problems than to address them.
That’s why, for me, the problem of child abuse begins with normalizing mental health care for adults. An unhappy parent cannot raise a happy child. An unbalanced parent cannot raise a well-balanced child.
But with proper mental health care, the future could be far brighter for both the adults and the children.
So… take care of your mental health, yo. If not for you, then for the kids in your life.
P.S., for more information on National Child Abuse Prevention Month, check out the resources at the Children’s Bureau, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. And see if there are any events in your town where you can listen, learn, and/or volunteer.

Wanna know how we did in the film/TV competition?!

I recently let you all know that Charles and I made the semifinalist round of the ScreenCraft Virtual Pitch Competition, where we proposed the idea of the Mailboat Suspense Series as a TV show.

With that accomplishment, our next task was to submit a recorded pitch to try to get to the finalist round. (You can watch Charles and me here!)

Sadly, Charles and I and the Mailboat story weren’t chosen as finalists, so this ends our journey with the Spring 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Pitch Competition.

But that’s hardly the end of our journey with Hollywood. We still have such big plans!

For starters, placing as semifinalists is still a big deal. We beat out almost 1,000 other pitches to get there. This credential can only help us on our forward journey.

And let’s not forget, I’ve been approached on two separate occasions by parties interested in my film and TV rights. I’m still nursing those leads along.

The competition is really only a small part of a much larger picture.

I couldn’t imagine this journey without you, my loyal fans. Thanks for putting the wind in our sails, cheering us on and believing in an eventual film or TV adaptation. We promise to keep you posted on upcoming developments!

Meanwhile, what can you do to help?

      • Recommend my books to your friends. The more people I have on board, the more Hollywood will take notice!
      • Support my store by purchasing or pre-ordering one of my books. (Mailboat V is coming this summer!)
      • Go above and beyond by joining my Patreon page! You’ll get to read my next story AS I WRITE IT while supporting me in a very tangible way.

Thanks so much for coming with us on this thrilling cruise. We can’t wait to tell you what happens next!