Solstice 2020: taking the show on the road!

Host an online holiday gathering with a local-mystery author

Happy Holidays to all!

In this dark and quiet time near the Winter Solstice, who wouldn’t enjoy the bright company of friends for an hour – even if online? I offer to you the opportunity to Zoom-host a local-mystery author in your circle of friends or book group.

That’s right: you, me, your friends, (and a glass of wine or tea) all gathered online for a women’s circle or book group. Cozy!! Fun!!

No problem if you have not read the books, I have a mini power-point that will familiarize everyone with the main themes. After the presentation you can all ask me questions about research, writing, publishing, the books, or my mission & other projects.

Here is the official blurb I sent to the papers. You can cut and paste it into an email invite to your friends. I would very much enjoy visiting with you, via Zoom, in the next few months 🙂


Local author and art-activist, RM Allen, is now available to speak to your Zoom book group or social club about her trilogy of historical-fiction mysteries. Her quick and fun mysteries are set in familiar locations throughout downtown Exeter, NH. They bring to life some Black citizens of our past, when Exeter was home to the highest percentage of Blacks in the State.

>>“Incident at Exeter Tavern” features Black Revolutionary War soldier, Jude Hall and his family.

>>“Incident at Ioka” features Black Abolitionist poet James M. Whitfield.

>>“Incident at Exeter Depot” set in Suffragette-era, features Black entrepreneur, John Garrison Cutler, and Rebecca Walker and her family. (spring 2021)

The author has spent many hours at the Exeter Historical Society researching these unsung people. She has also dug up some strong women from our past to lead the stories such as: Tabitha Tenney, Betsy Clifford, and Dr. Alice Chesley.

The fictional sleuth is Maryvonne, a modern-day artist with French flair and an ability to peer into the past.  We follow Maryvonne around Exeter as she sets up her easel, attends art shows, book talks, festivals, and speaks with people who may seem quite familiar to you. All the things we used to do in person before the pandemic!

The Exeter Newsletter has written two pieces on RM Allen’s work, and how it relates to her activism to help shine a light on our true history. The author would be happy to be invited to your online group to give a small presentation, and answer your questions.

Both Water Street Bookstore and Amazon/Kindle carry the books, but it is not a requirement to have read the books. She has pledged 100% of the book profits, which totals $1000 so far, to benefit a tangible Black Heritage project in downtown Exeter, NH.

To extend an invitation to the author, email her at:

Published by nhgoddess

RM Allen is the author of The New Hampshire Goddess Chronicles series, small but effective books on the intersection of spirituality & environmentalism. She continues the small but effective theme in her newest writing project: the Maryvonne Mini-Mystery series, which tell a more inclusive history of New Hampshire: Incident at Exeter Tavern. Incident at Ioka, Incident at Exeter Depot and Yuletide at Exeter. All profits donated. Available at Amazon/Kindle or Water Street Bookstore. Thanks for your support!

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