Monday, October 8, 2012


A new book. A new hope.
By: Joelle Charbonneau

Today is Tuesday. I’m making breakfast, taking my son to school, answering e-mails and doing laundry as if it is a normal day. But unlike most days, today my heart will be beating a little faster and I’ll find it harder to catch my breath. Why? Because Skating On the Edge hits shelves today. 

Skating On the Edge is the third Rebecca Robbins novel to make its way into the hands of readers and the fourth book I’ve had published since I began my career in the wacky and wonderful (and often nerve-wracking) world of publishing. Most people would probably find it strange that I am more nervous with this book’s release than I was with my first. With each book I find myself more worried that I’ll disappoint the readers that have been following Rebecca’s adventures from the start. 

And yet, I can’t help being excited to see what people think of the roller derby girls of EstroGenocide or the developments in Rebecca’s love life or whether they figure out who done it before Rebecca does. Will Pop’s antics make readers smile? Will Elwood the camel still be a fan favorite? Will Rebecca’s investigative techniques (or sometimes lack of) make readers laugh?

I hope so.

So much of a writer’s life is spent in a state of hope. The hope an agent will like the book. The hope an editor will want to buy it. The hope readers will enjoy the story. And, of course, there is fear, too. Fear of being rejected. Fear of a bad review. Fear of no one picking up the book you spent so much time and care on. Fear that readers who once loved your characters find that they no longer feel the same. EEK!

So today I will make beds and go to the grocery store while combinations of fear and hope buzz through my veins. I will pretend there is no fear. I will focus on the hope that someone will see the cover and pick the book up off the shelf. That they will read the jacket story teaser, smile and walk up to the counter. And that when they are done reading, they will still be smiling.


spunky, independent heroine. . . . [She] and the quirky secondary characters will appeal to Evanovich fans.”


“A visit to Indian Falls is time superbly spent. Filled with delightful citizens, including grandfather Pop, an Elvis impersonator and hugely warm character, this loving close-knit community embraces you from the first page. Joelle Charbonneau has a fresh and lively and insightful voice, and she has created characters we’d love as friends. This is a wonderfully fun read.”

—Louise Penny, New York Times bestselling author of A Trick of the Light

Dear Reader,

Joelle Charbonneau skillfully blends murder with roller-skating to create a winning pair in SKATING ON THE EDGE (Minotaur Books; ISBN 978-0-312-60663-3; October 2, 2012; $25.99; Hardcover).

It’s Native American Summer Days in Indian Falls, and Rebecca Robbins is roped into taking a turn in the Senior Center dunk tank. That is, until her rhinestone-studded grandfather Pop needs help setting up his Elvis act. Minutes from climbing into the tank, Rebecca has to find a replacement. Roller derby girl Sherlene-n-Mean takes her place, and is promptly electrocuted and killed. It’s obvious to the police and Rebecca that this was no accident, and no one knows who the murderer’s intended target was.

With Pop cheering her on and aided by a trio of self-appointed bodyguard derby girls, Rebecca digs for answers, dodges bullets, and races to find a killer.

Author Joelle Charbonneau has worked as a professional singer and actress, and is currently a private voice instructor. Her mother was a national and world champion roller-skater. Joelle lives with her husband and toddler son in Illinois.

Best regards,
Hector DeJean

Associate Director of Publicity
Minotaur Books

Joelle Charbonneau
Author Biography

One of the hardest working authors of today, Joelle Charbonneau will have had seven books published by established publishing houses within just three years.

She’s the author of two adult mystery series: The Rebecca Robbins mysteries (her latest, Skating on the Edge, releasing Oct. 2 from Minotaur Books) and the new Glee Club mystery series (Murder for Choir, July 3, Berkley Books).

Charbonneau launches the first of her Graduation Day young adult trilogy in May 2013 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s. Early readers are calling The Testing a mix between the high school ACT and The Hunger Games.

A storyteller at heart, Charbonneau has performed in a variety of opera and musical theatre productions across Chicagoland. In addition to her stage work, she has also performed with several bands and worked as a solo performer. She now teaches private voice lessons and uses her stage experience to create compelling characters in her books. She also gives lectures about surviving rejection in the entertainment industry.

Charbonneau earned her bachelor’s in vocal performance at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and went on to DePaul University for her master’s in opera performance.

The mother of a toddler, she hardly ever sleeps. And when she’s not writing, she’s either signing, cooking or watching sports.

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Joelle Charbonneau
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