Speaking to kids about writing historical fiction

I just got off the phone with the English teacher at Pine Richland middle school. She asked me to come in and speak with two groups of 65 kids about writing historical fiction as part of their STEAM initiative. She said it's not often they get a parent to represent that "A" for arts in STEAM. What

Why reviews matter…they’re gold to me!

One of the hardest parts of being an author is putting your work out there. It's terrifying. It's like sending your child out in the world without you. You devote all of this time creating a world with characters who have emotion and hopes and dreams...and failures. Will anyone care about them? Will anyone rally, cry, or swoon

5-Star Review of I’m Yours by Readers’ Favorite @ReadersFavorite

Kickin' off the new year with this review by Readers' Favorite! Thank you! If you haven't picked up your copy, the e-novella is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and The Wild Rose Press, among all other e-retailers. Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite I’m Yours is a short story by Carolyn Menke. Beautiful Audrey McCall dreams of

#4 on Amazon Hot New Releases – I’M YOURS, ’20s-set prelude to Return To Me

Fa la la! I'M YOURS is here—in time for the holidays! Only $1.99! The prelude to RETURN TO ME, this companion e-novelette spins the tale of Sadie’s mother, Audrey, who aspires to be a Broadway star during the Roaring Twenties, and the events leading up to one fateful decision that will affect generations to come.

Holiday shop at Vintage Finds on Grand Dec. 9, 7-8:30PM

Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? I will be at this gem of a store, Vintage Finds on Grand in Mars, PA on Wednesday, December 9th from 7-8:30 PM signing copies of my '40s-inspired historical romance, Return To Me on sale for $20. I'll donate a portion of the proceeds to the Genesis House of Pittsburgh,

Winners announced for my Goodreads book giveaway!

The winners have been selected for my Goodreads giveaway! Lucky me - they're eager to read and review Return To Me on their blogs. Squee! Thank you! And thank you to the 458 other people who requested -- I promise to run another giveaway soon! If you want to be alerted about my future giveaways, simply add

5-star review of Return To Me by Readers’ Favorite @ReadersFavorite

"Return to Me by Carolyn Menke takes us on a journey of how far a person is willing to go for love in the time of war...one of those novels you want to curl up with on a rainy day, hoping everything works out for Sadie and James." - Readers' Favorite Thank you, Readers' Favorite,

INCommunity Magazine feature story, in mailboxes across PA

When editor Nicole Tafe with InCommunity Magazines interviewed me back in September about my life as a writer, and what inspired me to write Return To Me, I had no idea it would turn into such a generous feature story, appearing in ten magazines, across two of the cities I've called home. The two-page spread will appear in mailboxes this month and

Pre-order prequel novella I’m Yours today, only $1.99! @WildRosePress

Ta-da! My prequel novella, I'm Yours, is now available for pre-order: only $1.99! Fans of my historical women's fiction, Return To Me, won't want to miss this companion story, set in the Roaring Twenties, that follows Sadie's mother, Audrey, and the events leading up to one fateful decision that will affect generations to come. Kindle users: click here to have Amazon auto-deliver the e-book to

Speaking on #writerslife at Carnegie Mellon, my alma mater

One step inside Carnegie Mellon's Baker Hall was all it took for a flood of memories to come rushing back. I peered down the iconic sloped hallway, which was designed to transport machinery back in the day, and then climbed this winding staircase up to the English Department -- nostalgic for my years as a student here. Little did I know

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