Tuesday, March 15, 2022

IT'S GONNA TAKE A MIRACLE

                                     COMING SOON . . . GOD ONLY KNOWS WHEN



From multi-award-winner and New York Times bestselling author of Whistling in the Dark, Lesley Kagen, comes her newest novel, It’s Gonna Take a Miracle, a coming-of-age story set in Wisconsin circa 1959 that captures the essence of what it means to be poor and different, overcome with grief, the struggles of women of that generation, and the saving grace of love.

Eleven-year-old Theodora "Teddy" Delaney’s already challenging world has further been turned upside down. Not only is she attempting to come to grips with the sudden loss of her father, her mother has been left penniless, and on top of everything else, her little sister, Birdie, refuses to believe their beloved dad is gone forever.

Teddy believes that she played a big part in her father’s death and the only way to make amends to him is by taking good care of her “not like everyone else” sister, Bitty. She has a To-Do list to keep her on track, her fiancĂ© for moral support, a grave digger to lend a helping hand, and she’s come up with a plan to convince her sister that their dad is dead before their mother finds out and sends both of the girls to “homes.” But with an evil neighbor watching Teddy’s every move, and a homicidal maniac threatening to cut her into little pieces, she knows it’s going to take a lot more than determination and savvy to reach her goals—“It’s gonna take a miracle and I’m not holding my breath.” 

 IT’S GONNA TAKE A MIRACLE is a deeply poignant, darkly funny, and ultimately uplifting tale about one young girl discovering that love never dies and how sometimes when you think you’re fighting to save someone else—you end up saving yourself.

 

Lesley Kagen’s critically acclaimed and award-winning novels have been selected as Indie Next Picks numerous times. Much of IT’S GONNA TAKE A MIRACLE is drawn from her own losses and inspired by the desire to lend a voice to children who are dealing with grief. Besides being a beloved author, Lesley is a mother of two, grandmother of two, a voice-over actor, child advocate, and a reading coach at a local elementary school where she also instructs the members of the Comedy Club on the most effective uses of Whoopie cushions and hand buzzers.


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Another Wonderful Review for EVERY NOW AND THEN

 What a wonderful birthday present!  A coveted starred review from Publishers Weekly!

"Kagen (The Undertaking of Tess) skillfully spins a nostalgic tale about a group of preteens who uncover their town’s terrible secret. As headstrong 11-year-olds in tiny Summit, Wis., Elizabeth “Biz” Buchanan, Frances “Frankie” Maniachi, and Vivian “Viv” Cleary spend the sultry summer of 1960 looking for adventure and trying to stay in the good graces of Biz’s Aunt Jane May, who has helped Biz’s physician father raise Biz after her mother died shortly after Biz was born. In addition to speculating about Jane May’s romantic prospects and the meddling of a busybody out to depose Summit’s elderly mayor, the girls agree on a dare to explore their town’s creepy mental hospital, Broadhurst, home to the criminally insane (including a notorious child-killer). In between harmless preteen pranks and innocent explorations, the girls enjoy an idyllic summer—until their fascination with Broadhurst as a “Chamber of Horrors” turns into a nightmare. Kagan perfectly portrays the sense of invincibility felt by the young girls, whose lives have not yet been touched by tragedy. Colorful secondary characters, especially Mayor Bud, underpin a taut plot. This fast-paced and suspenseful outing will captivate Kagan’s fans and do much to win her new ones. (Oct.)"


It won't be long now until Every Now and Then will available at your local bookstore. This story is so near and dear to my heart and I can't wait for you to read it!



Tuesday, June 30, 2020

EVERY NOW AND THEN

Morning,

Just three more months until EVERY NOW AND THEN comes to a bookstore near you! (Oct. 6th.)

I'd love to say that time is just flying by, but it took me three years to write this book and another year until it was published and I can't wait for you to read it.

Sometimes readers ask me where my inspiration comes from. For this book, stumbling upon a secret little cemetery in a stand of secret little woods while I was out hiking knocked my socks off. The three almost twelve-year-old girls in the story---Biz, Frankie, and Viv---spend a lot of time on a path that wends its way through "Founder's Woods" during the summer of '60.


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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Some Really Kind Words

I'm thrilled and humbled by these kind words about EVERY NOW AND THEN from authors I admire and respect. Hope you'll love the story, too!


Every Now and Then is a perfect summer sky of a story, in which lots of lovely blue is mixed with a few dark, descending clouds. Lesley Kagen offers a wry, winning story told in the enchanting voice of adolescence and with the pitch perfect vernacular of 1960. Filled with secrets, lies, and all the truth of what is to be human, especially in a small town, Every Now and Then is a story every heart will embrace.”
—William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author of Ordinary Grace and This Tender Land

“With a grace reminiscent of Pat Conroy’s The Prince of Tides, Lesley Kagen paints a tragic and evocative picture of a childhood summer disrupted by tragedy in 1960s Wisconsin. Every Now and Then, a haunting story of three young friends besieged by unthinkable horror, is both a memorable coming of age tale and a suspenseful page-turner. Longtime and new fans of Lesley Kagen will delight!
          Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris

 “Lesley Kagen’s Every Now and Then ticks all the best boxes. Bygone small-town life so well described you can taste it? Check! Three BFF girlfriends scraping knees and taking names and having the summer of their eleven-year-old lives? Check! Compelling escapades featuring the likes of mental institutions, escaped murderers, and witches? Check! This novel is delightful and the perfect summer read.” 
                          Laurie FrankelNew York Times bestselling author of This Is How It Always Is

“Kagen’s trademark blend of childhood curiosity and hidden mysteries shines in this richly imagined coming-of-age adventure. In the sweltering summer heat of 1960, three young friends become entangled in secrets and life-threatening evil that shakes their small Wisconsin town to its core and impacts their lives forever.”
                        Beth HoffmanNew York Times bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

"Part mystery, part coming of age, EVERY NOW AND THEN brought back wonderful memories of my childhood, when the summers were endless and my best friend and I found ourselves in the middle of numerous bizarre adventures. A rollicking good read!” 
Ellen Marie Wiseman, bestselling author of WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND and THE ORPHAN COLLECTOR   

Lesley Kagen’s Every Now and Then is a poignant, beautifully told story about family, friendship, and foul-play in a small town in Wisconsin in 1960. It centers around Biz, Viv, and Frankie—three eleven-year-old best friends—and the summer adventures that will change their lives forever. With characters that leap off the page, mysteries both innocent and evil, multi-layered humor, and twists you never see coming, this novel is delightful and unputdownable. I can’t recommend enough!
                                                                —Jane Healey, bestselling author of The Beantown Girls


"At turns nostalgic, haunting and edge-of-your-seat suspenseful, Every Now and Then is another triumph from Lesley Kagen.”
                           —Wendy Webb, #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author of Daughters of the Lake

Thursday, January 30, 2020

EVERY NOW AND THEN

So happy to let you know that EVERY NOW AND THEN is available now for preorder! Check with you local indie bookseller or all the usual places online! Thank you!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

EVERY NOW AND THEN

Hi All!

Busy preparing for Christmas and I've taken on teaching a Master Class in acting in a children's theatre as well as teaching writing and helping with my two g-kids so busy . . . busy . . . busy! But had to share that you can expect to have EVERY NOW AND THEN in your hands in October 2020.

Very excited! I love this story and hope like heck that you do, too!

xo Lesley

Friday, April 19, 2019

EVERY NOW AND THEN

Thrilled to announce that my newest novel, EVERY NOW AND THEN, will be published by Crooked Lane. Hopefully, it will be released in the summer of '20, but stay tuned for updates!