eBook Sale!

Great news! My first two novels are ON SALE until April 3 at all major eBook retailers! If you haven't read them yet and enjoy emotional stories with memorable characters, I hope you'll give these a try. Sailing adventures, ice storms, family drama, romance...

If you have read one or both of the novels and enjoyed them, it would be extremely helpful if you could share this news with others. Thank you so much for helping me spread the word! 

- Kerstin


Whether you’re still digging out from Winter Storm Jonas, or simply needing a break from the cold, there’s nothing better than cozying up with a good book. 

With that in mind, I have joined two fellow Kensington Publishing authors, Kristina McMorris and Ellen Marie Wiseman, to offer a “Winter Warm-up” Giveaway to one lucky reader. 

The Giveaway includes:
• Signed copies of:
• BRANCHING OUT by Kerstin March
• COAL RIVER by Ellen Marie Wiseman
• THE EDGE OF LOST by Kristina McMorris
• 1 LED flameless candle
• 1 red blanket
• 1 gourmet hot cocoa mix
• 1 coffee mug

Visit my Facebook Author page 
Simply “Comment” + “Share" by answering the question, “What do you love most about the winter season?”  
• Note: U.S. and Canada only.
• A winner will be announced on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. 

Good luck -- and stay warm!

Celebrating "BRANCHING OUT"

Thanks to everyone who joined me on December 5 to celebrate the launch of my second novel, BRANCHING OUT! It was wonderful to have the support of so many friends, family members, and book lovers!

My dream of becoming an author came true with the June 1 release of my debut novel, FAMILY TREES. Having a second novel come out six months later was something I couldn't have imagined... even in my wildest dreams. Thank you to each and every person who has helped me along the way. I am incredibly grateful.

Happy Holidays!

Inspired by Frost

When I set out to write BRANCHING OUT, the sequel to FAMILY TREES, I returned to the Robert Frost poem that I had quoted in the first novel and I found that these stanzas set the perfect tone for the continuation of Ryan and Shelby's story...

I have to be gone for a season or so.
My business awhile is with different trees,
Less carefully nourished, less fruitful than these, 
And such as is done to their wood with an axe -- 
Maples and birches and tamaracks.
I wish I could promise to lie in the night
And think of an orchard's arboreal plight
When slowly (and nobody comes with a light)
Its heart sinks lower under the sod.
But something has to be left to God.

-- "Good-bye and Keep Cold," by Robert Frost

In BRANCHING OUT, after Shelby leaves her childhood home on Meyers Orchard in Bayfield, WI, she faces new challenges and hardships which will test her strength, her convictions, and her love for Ryan Chambers.

BRANCHING OUT will be released nationally one week from today -- NOVEMBER 24!


224 N. 4th StreetPlease join us for the official launch of Kerstin March's second novel, BRANCHING OUT (sequel to FAMILY TREES)! 

The event is FREE and open to the public. It will also include:
- Special art exhibition by Chilean abstract painter, Margarita O'Rawlings
- Holiday refreshments
- Book sales by Valley Bookseller

Saturday, December 5, 2015 (7-9 p.m.)
ArtReach St. Croix,
224 N. 4th Street, Stillwater, MN
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Nestled along the shores of the beautiful Great Lakes, Meyers Orchard is where Shelby Meyers found unexpected love and strength and now must forge a new life on her own terms.

Marriage marks both a happy ending and a new chapter for Shelby Meyers. She and Ryan Chambers have overcome tremendous odds to stand together in her grandparents' orchard on the bluffs of Lake Superior, exchanging vows. Still, there are challenges old and new to contend with. Shelby struggles to find her niche among Ryan's prominent Chicago family, while her own mother remains unreliable and unpredictable, impacting her life even from afar.

Though Shelby's love for Ryan is as deep-rooted as the orchard, her rocky upbringing makes her hesitant to start a family. Before she can reconcile those feelings, a personal tragedy throws Shelby's confidence, and her marriage, into crisis. To move forward she'll have to go back to her Great Lakes hometown and her mother, and to secrets she could never have guessed at, as she resolves to branch out on her own.

After graduating from St. Olaf College, Kerstin March built a career around writing. During her start as a small town newspaper reporter, and as a public relations professional later on, she always enjoyed bringing out the personal side of news stories. Kerstin lives in Minnesota with her husband and their three children. When her family isn t scrambling with work, school, and errands, they can often be found up north, braving ice-cold swims, fish boils, and bear scares on Lake Superior's shore. Visit her on the web at www.kerstinmarch.com.


Cover Reveal

apfelbluten sommer cover.jpg

I was delighted to see the cover design for APFELBLUTEN SOMMER (Apple Blossom Summer), the German translation of BRANCHING OUT, which will be released by Egmont LYX on January 6, 2016. I find it fascinating to see how two publishers approach the design of the same story. Now, if only I had taken German in school!

Feeling grateful

Copies of FAMILY TREES officially shipped out to readers this week. I know it... but I can't believe it. Thanks to all who preordered the novel -- I am beyond grateful for your interest and support! I'm eagerly counting down the days until the official launch on Monday, June 1. Feeling grateful.

Sneak Peek...

FAMILY TREES will launch in a few short weeks! In anticipation, I'm posting a sneak peek of the first chapter. I can't wait to share the entire novel with you!

"As lovely and temperamental as a woman, Lake Superior could dazzle admirers one moment and then, without warning, lash out in fury. When gentle, she would allow a kayak to lightly caress her sparkling surface. And when wicked, she could take a man’s breath away and swallow him whole into her icy belly. This was home. Shelby couldn’t imagine living anywhere else."

You can read the entire chapter here: http://bit.ly/1E69Bpi

(photo: Derek Griggs)



Winners were announced today: K. Christ Brown, S. Shepherd Carlson and T. Kaminski! Please DM me with your address // or send an email via the contact page on this site so I can mail an ARC copy to you.

Thanks to all who participated!

Happy Reading -- Kerstin 

ARC Giveaway!



FAMILY TREES will hit the shelves ONE MONTH from today! To celebrate, I'm giving away 3 ARC (advanced reader copies) of the novel. 

To enter, simply "like" my author page on Facebook or Twitter and share this post with your friends. Three winners will be randomly selected on Friday, May 8, to receive a copy prior to the June 1 launch.



Also, for those interested in preordering copies, links to national booksellers are listed on the Home page of this site. I look forward to hearing from you!

Phew! 1st Book Review

My first book review has been published -- this one in the June issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS. As a debut author, this feels pretty darn good. Thanks Patsy Glans! Realistically, I know that I'll receive my share of poor reviews. But I think I'll have to sweep those under the rug so I can maintain the joy of writing :-)

One month until pub day! 

"A wonderful debut novel with adorable, but struggling characters. March is a stellar new author, and her research of the Bayfield area really shines." 

Read more at: RT Book Reviews

Heading to Germany

It was truly to see FAMILY TREES translated into German and redesigned for an international audience. Here is a look at the new cover for "Die Zeit der Apfelbluten" -- which means, "The Time of Apple Blossoms." This edition will be published by Egmont LYX and releases internationally on Nov. 5, 2015.

Now, if only I had taken German instead of Spanish in school -- then perhaps I could read it!


Goodreads Giveaway

Are you on Goodreads? If so, Kensington Publishing is running a giveaway for 25 copies of FAMILY TREES! Winning would be like sharing a birthday with the book. Book debuts. You get a free copy.

Hmm. OK, so maybe that's not the best analogy, but you get the picture :-)

You can learn more simply by clicking here: 

NOTE: Giveaway ends April 30, 2015


Somehow... some way... I did it!

BRANCHING OUT, my second novel, has been written and revised and is now going into production with my publisher! The storyline, combined with the challenge of writing this book, literally brought me to tears (which was awkward on those days when I wrote in public at the coffee shop.)

(Coming November 2015).

Getting Crafty

That moment when you look into your shopping cart and realize that your home-spun marketing idea is beginning to look like a home crafting project...

Oh, happy day!

I just received a box of galleys from my editor at Kensington Publishing and... w o w !

I'm not the first author to be published, and I certainly won't be the last -- but this is a first for me and it feels pretty darn good.

So grateful for everyone who has helped me, and continues to offer support and encouragement, as I near by June 1 debut!

Branching Out cover reveal

To say that things are moving quickly is an understatement. It's funny. The publishing process feels incredibly slow until you're in the final stages of production and suddenly, you're racing to keep up with everything in a mad dash to the finish. 

This week, while reviewing the final copy proof for FAMILY TREES and continuing to write its sequel, BRANCHING OUT, I received cover art for the second book! I was planning to wait to release it, but today, I discovered that the cover is already on Amazon, etc. 

So, what the heck. To keep up with the pace of things, and without further adieu, here is the new cover...!

2nd Book is Named


“Untitled Book #2” has a name! When the sequel to FAMILY TREES is released in December 2015, it will be called BRANCHING OUT.

More about that book in the months to come… !

Save the Date!

I am delighted to announce that FAMILY TREES has an official publication date, just in time for summer...

June 1, 2015!

It's incredible to see this book come together with copy edits, cover art, and a now a date when it will actually appear in stores!

While the launch is still months away, and will occur during a busy time (my first born's high school graduation, family birthdays, end of school, and the excitement of summer...) I will definitely find a way to mark the occasion. Even if that means throwing a shin-dig in our backyard and offering up leftover graduation cake and sandwiches to those who stop by to join in the celebration.

OK. Who am I kidding? I'm going to spring for my own cake!