Deep Blue featured in the Winchester Star

by Kathleen Duhamel

Authors delve into romance and coming of age in new novels

Posted: November 6, 2015

The Winchester star

WINCHESTER — In 2013, while unemployed and bored, author Kathleen DuHamel read through the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy.

Between the content and the age of the characters, it didn’t grab the 63-year-old Winchester resident.

She then began checking out popular romance novels.

“I had a hard time finding believable romance novels for women my age,” DuHamel said.

Despite being a lifelong writer, DuHamel had never written a novel, but she decided it was time to give it a try.

Now, DuHamel has published her first novel, “Deep Blue.” She will be signing it from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Winchester Book Gallery at 185 N. Loudoun St.

There will also be a signing by author Roger Engle of his memoir “Goodbye Mister Fifteen” from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

DuHamel said that she would characterize her novel as a love story, but “there’s romance, a little bit of suspense and a lot of drama,” she said.

Unlike most romance stories, hers is about characters in their 50s and 60s. This fits into a genre known as Mature Romance, or Hen Lit.

“It’s kind of an up-and-coming niche,” DuHamel said. “I really like to celebrate the lives of older women.”

“Deep Blue” tells the story of Denver artist and cancer survivor Claire Martin, a woman who has just about given up on finding love. Her life takes an abrupt turn when she meets soul singer Robert Silver, headliner of the legendary band Deep Blue.

Silver seems like everything Martin wants — smart, with a self-deprecating sense of humor. But the musician has a checkered past that he still struggles with, including a history of panic attacks, drug abuse, a stint in rehab and the death of his wife.

When these demons resurface on tour, jeopardizing both his life and the band’s future, Martin has to decide if she is going to take a risk and stick with him.

“Deep Blue” is the first in a trilogy following these two characters, DuHamel said.

Since it’s release, the story has received a lot of good feedback, she said, especially from residents in Denver, where she used to live.

Copies of “Deep Blue” will be available at the signing.

Robert Engle will be signing his coming-of-age memoir, “Goodbye Mister Fifteen,” from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Book Gallery.

A continuation of his first memoir, “Stories From A Small Town,” this newest book tells the story of Engle as he turns 16 and prepares to receive his ticket to freedom: a driver’s license, according to

He’s ready to push the boundaries of his small town, but he discovers that the long-anticipated perks of adulthood — adventure, opportunity and love — are tempered by responsibility, hard work and sacrifice, according to By the end of the decade, Engle has a new card in his wallet: a draft card.

In his matter-of-fact tone, Engle delivers a story where character, humor and a strong work ethic help him remain steady in the face of an increasingly uncertain future.

Copies of “Goodbye Mister Fifteen” will be available for the signing.

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