Tom Sawyer Returns has won its second award in as many years, coming in as a First Place winner in the 2022 Mystery and Mayhem Awards (CIBAs). This novel also won the Grand Prize in the 2021 Laramie Book Awards for Americana and Western fiction. Both contests are divisions 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. Read the entire review.

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 at 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

On Feb. 15, I was featured in Romancing Mark Twain, a live online event from the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT. See the replay 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? Find out in this conversation with museum director Rebecca Floyd at Mark Twain House & Museum.