The Golden Key is released!

Golden Key ebook coverAnother ebook has made it to the digital shelves–The Golden Key is now available at all major retailers. πŸ™‚

This was probably the easiest story I ever wrote, which gives me hope that perhaps I’m getting speedier about this whole process. And right now, I’d say it’s my favorite, although I always feel that way about a new book.

Here’s the blurb:

By 1918, Europe had spent over four years embroiled in the Great War. This terrible war to end all wars had consumed an endless stream of menβ€”all shot, gassed, or obliterated by artillery in the trenches. Dieter, a German farmer, has no idea how his sons met their fate. He knows only that they are dead, and his wife, Gerda, refuses to accept it.

After he brings home a golden bird, still miraculously alive after being rescued from an iron box, Gerda declares she will go find the truth about their third son, Karl, whose body was never found. In a desperate attempt to keep his wife home, Dieter volunteers to search instead.

The bird guides Dieter safely to the front, but once they reach the battleground, they find only chaos. Exploding shells pepper the muddy ground as far as the eye can see. The fighting is so savage and constant that many bodies are never recovered for burial.

As his chances of finding his son’s grave tumble from slim to none, Dieter becomes trapped on the battlefield. It seems likely he will share his sons’ fate.

But the bird has other plans…


The Golden Key is available at all major retailers. If you want to read the opening, both Amazon and Smashwords have “Look Insides.”Β

Amazon UK:Β

Amazon Canada:Β

Amazon Australia:Β

For other Amazon stores, just change the store in the address–everything else stays the same. So, for Amazon UK, all you have to do is copy the link and change to This works for all Amazon stores and links.


Barnes and Noble:Β



Happy reading. πŸ™‚

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32 comments on “The Golden Key is released!
  1. willowdot21 says:

    Good luck with this πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  2. Lovely cover and fantastic blurb, Cathleen! πŸ™‚ Sharing… xo

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    • Thank you so much, Bette. Glad you like the blurb. This November is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, and that moved me. That’s the real heart of my story–why people went out there and put their lives on the line, both the good reasons and the bad.

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  3. JM Williams says:

    Woo hoo! Congrats! Love the cover~ πŸ˜€

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  4. Downloaded a copy and looking forward to a great read, Cathleen! πŸ™‚ xo

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  6. Congratulations! Great cover and blurb!

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  7. This novelle sounds lovely, Cathleen.

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  8. I think you like this novelette because you know it’s so good. Deep emotions, an intense story, and a bit of magic. πŸ™‚ Congrats, Cathleen.

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  9. The Golden Key sounds like a great adventure-quest story, and the cover is gorgeous. Congratulations on this one and may it see all success.

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  10. Congratulations, Cathleen. World War I is one of my favorite historical eras, because it really set the stage for the events of the twentieth century. So excited to see how that setting inspired you!

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  11. Thanks, Sean. WWI has always astounded me with its sheer brutality. There was a media blackout on the thing, since all the governments concluded that if their citizens really knew what was happening at the front, they would never allow their sons and husbands to be sent there.

    It seemed a fitting counterpart to the trope of evil swallowing the world. πŸ™‚

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  12. Huge congratulations to you, Cathleen! Love the cover and the book looks intriguing 😊


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