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View More: http://photographybynicolejohnson.pass.us/laurenjohnweddingWelcome to my online home. This is where I open the door and invite you inside to meet my literary family: my twelve nonfiction books, four podcasts, and 200 magazine articles–many available right here–as well as the historical mysteries written by my alter ego, Mary Miley. My gothic suspense, Stolen Memories, was released in February and came in second for the Daphne award for historical suspense! My fifth corporate history was delivered to the client in November. And the third in my Roaring Twenties series, Renting Silence, had its international debut August 31 and was released in the U.S. on December 1. The fourth in that series is slated for 2017. Looking ahead, I’ve completed the first in a new mystery series set in Chicago during my favorite decade–the 1920s–time to send it off to my agent and see what she thinks!   

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News & Events

Renting Silence Debuts Today!

December 1, 2016

Renting-Silence-coverAt long last, the third in the Roaring Twenties series comes to the U.S.! It is now available in bookstores and online, and should be available in libraries within a few weeks. If you can’t wait that long, click on the clover on the right hand side of this page and read the first chapter.
“A little sparkle, a hint of sex, some wily Prohibition-era shenanigans, and one smart cookie in the lead make this a great read.” –Booklist, 10/15/16

Articles & Podcasts

Downton Abbey Exhibit: Virginia Historical Society lecture

Downtown-image2_mediumI recently gave a talk at the Virginia Historical Society as part of their Downton Abbey exhibit, “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times.” My talk was titled Weird-but-True Things Most People Don’t Know about the Roaring Twenties. It’s a light, but serious, presentation which lasts 40 minutes (plus Q&A). In it, I share some of the surprising things I learned during my research for my Roaring Twenties mystery series, things I have incorporated into my novels. The VHS always records its Banner Lecture speakers, so here it is. I recommend pouring yourself a glass of wine before you click START.