On Saturday, July 30th, 11:15-1:15, USA Today Best Selling author Lea Wait's books for sale/signing include her Mainely Needlepoint Series titles, Thread and Gone, Threads of Evidence, Twisted Threads; also Shadows on a Maine Christmas, the latest in her Shadows Antique Print Mystery Series, and Uncertain Glory for young adults.
Maine author Lea Wait writes the Mainely Needlepoint series, the most recent of which is Thread and Gone, and the seven-book Shadows Antique Print Mystery series for adults, the most recent of which is Shadows on a Maine Christmas. She invites readers to friend her on Facebook and Goodreads, and to visit her website, www.leawait.com
Wait also writes acclaimed historical novels for children aged 8-14 set in nineteenth century Maine. Her most recent (an Agatha Award finalist) is Uncertain Glory, about two boys who really did publish the town newspaper in Wiscasset. It’s set during the first two weeks of the Civil War. Her young adult books are on recommended reading lists throughout the country, and have been named to student choice award lists in fourteen states.
2002 - Agatha finalist for Best First Mystery, Shadows at the Fair
2008 - Cornerstone Award for Achievement in Literature, Chatham University
2015 – Agatha finalist for Uncertain Glory
About Thread and Gone:
When a priceless antique is stolen, murder unravels the peaceful seaside town of Haven Harbor, Maine.
Angie Curtis and her fellow Mainely Needlepointers know how to enjoy their holidays. But nothing grabs their attention like tying up loose threads. So when Mary Clough drops in on the group's Fourth of July supper with a question about an antique needlepoint she's discovered in her family attic, Angie and her ravelers are happy to look into the matter.
Angie's best guess is that the mystery piece may have been stitched by Mary, Queen of Scots, famous not just for losing her head, but also for her needlepointing. If Angie's right, the piece would be extremely valuable. For safekeeping, Angie turns the piece over to her family lawyer, who places it in a safe in her office. But when the lawyer is found dead with the safe open and ransacked, the real mystery begins. . .
About Uncertain Glory:
Joe Wood has dreams; big dreams. He wants to be a newspaperman, and though he’s only fourteen, he’s already borrowed money to start his own press. But it’s April, 1861, and a young nation is teetering on the brink of a civil war. As effects of war begin to spread over Joe’s hometown of Wiscasset, Maine, he must juggle his personal ambitions with some new responsibilities. He has to help Owen, his young assistant, deal with the challenges of being black in a white world torn apart by color. He needs to talk his best friend, Charlie, out of enlisting. He wants to help a young spiritualist, Nell, whose uncle claims she can speak to the dead. And when Owen disappears, it’s up to Joe to save him.
Lea Wait skillfully draws on the lives of real people in Maine’s history to tell this story of three young adults touched by war and the tension it brings, forcing them into adulthood—before they may be ready.
About Twisted Threads:
The first in the Mainely Needlepoint series! Angie Curtis left Haven Harbor, Maine when she was 18 to escape her mother’s legacy. Now it’s ten years later, her mother’s body has been found, and she’s pulled back into a world she’d thought she’d left behind. And then the agent for her grandmother’s custom needlepoint business is murdered. Has Angie’s return home stirred up long-hidden secrets? And is she herself in danger?
About the Author:
Lea Wait grew up in Maine and New Jersey, majored in drama and English at Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned her MA and DWD in American Civilization at New York University. While raising the four daughters she adopted as a single parent, Wait worked in public relations and strategic planning for AT&T. She is now married to artist Bob Thomas.