“I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about who I am, because I don’t know where I came from. I’m a mystery to myself.”
That’s what Deputy Shelby Lake tells us at the beginning of my novel THE DEEP, DEEP SNOW. In addition to wrestling with the disappearance of a young boy, Shelby also wrestles with her own past. She was left on a doorstep when she was just a baby, and she never knew the identity of her mother — or why she was abandoned. Those questions have always haunted her.
Shelby’s riddle lingers over THE DEEP, DEEP SNOW, which was an Edgar Award finalist and a New York Times bestseller. Now the answer to the riddle is here.
THE URSULINA tells the story of Shelby’s mother, a woman named Rebecca Colder. When she was just a girl, Rebecca came face to face with what she believed to be a mythical beast called The Ursulina…a monster like Bigfoot or Sasquatch. Ever since, she’s been obsessed with finding the Ursulina again. That quest will become enmeshed with the struggle of Rebecca’s job, life, and marriage — and it will lead her inexorably to the most excruciating choice a mother can make.
This novel may be the most emotional story I’ve ever written. I hope you enjoy the tale of Rebecca and The Ursulina. It’s available now exclusively from Audible — with amazing narration by actress January LaVoy — and the print and e-book editions will follow on February 1.
“I found myself wondering where the beast was, and what it really was, and why it hadn’t killed me.
Somehow I knew, I already knew even as a girl, that we would meet again.”
THE URSULINA is real. And it’s available today, exclusively from Audible, with amazing narration by January LaVoy.
This book works hand-in-glove with my earlier novel (and Edgar Award finalist) THE DEEP, DEEP SNOW — although perhaps not in ways that you’re expecting. Like that book, it’s a gripping, emotional mystery, and also one of my personal favorites among my books. In fact, I have to say I’m prouder of this two-book set than just about anything I’ve done. I hope you enjoy the shocking twists and turns — and the moving climax — as Deputy Rebecca Colder tells you her story.
You’ve been waiting almost two years for the follow-up novel to my Edgar Award finalist and New York Times bestseller THE DEEP, DEEP SNOW. That book was a huge hit, with more than 20,000 reviews on Audible for the audio edition, narrated by the amazing January LaVoy. Well, the new novel is almost here. THE URSULINA will be released on June 24, exclusively from Audible. And January is back to do the narration. (For all of you print and e-book fans, don’t worry: Blackstone will be releasing those editions in 2022.)
You may recall the story of the Ursulina from the first book…it’s a mythical beast that stalks the forests, much like Bigfoot or Sasquatch. But to Deputy Rebecca Colder of Black Wolf County, it’s no myth. And people are dying. This book takes us on Rebecca’s dark journey to reveal the truth about the Ursulina…a journey that will lead her to the most excruciating choice a mother can make.
Here’s what January LaVoy said about the experience of narrating this new book: “When we finished recording this audiobook, there was a moment of silence, and then my engineer said, kind of reverently, ‘Wow.’ I said, ‘I know!!’ Not to imply that we’re jaded – we’re not – but we record a *lot* of books together, and the impact of this one was different.”
I hope you feel the same way about this book. It’s available for pre-order right now from Audible or Amazon. If you’re not an Audible member, you can try it for free — and when you do, you’ll be able to order and keep THE URSULINA at no charge. (And don’t forget to listen to THE DEEP, DEEP SNOW, too.)
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