On June 24, 2021, Tom Sawyer Returns was awarded the Grand Prize among First Place winners for the Laramie, which recognizes emerging new talent and outstanding works in the Americana and Westerns fiction genre. The Laramie awards is a division of the Chanticleer International Book Awards (CIBAs).

“Tom Sawyer Returns delivers a Civil War era thriller worthy of its leading characters. Highly recommended!”

Chanticleer Reviews

Fans of Mark Twain’s original work will appreciate the attention to detail and the care in which the story is crafted, paying homage to the original tales of Tom Sawyer and his wild adventures. But this continuation sees a deeper, more intimate portrait of Becky Thatcher – a girl grown into a woman, who’s come into her own confidence and whose sharp mind sees her through many perilous situations… Not only does Tom Sawyer Returns take the reader on an adventurous ride filled with plots and ploys, but it also provides a beautiful romance that blooms amidst the thorns of trouble.

Excerpt from Chanticleer Reviews

NBC Connecticut Interview for Romancing Mark Twain (Feb. 15, 2022)

Radio show interview with Virginia Wolf

Delve into the romantic side of Mark Twain. Listen to Virginia Wolf’s Spotlight on my Twain spinoffs & a special program the Mark Twain House & Museum.

Newspaper Interview with Hartford Courant

Romance writer E.E. Burke tackles Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, Feb 8, 2022
Novelist E.E. Burke glances at the small statue of Mark Twain on the bookcase behind her work desk. Burke has written new romantic adventures for grown-up versions of Twain’s immortal characters Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. (E.E. Burke) Full newspaper article

Mark Twain House & Museum Spotlight Event

Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. EST, I’ll be co-host of a LIVE online event from the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT. Register here.

What inspired my two novels featuring Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn? Was Mark Twain, the man we remember as a sharp-witted satirist, also a hopeful romantic? Bring your curiosity and questions to this author spotlight from the Mark Twain House & Museum. Register here.