Appalachian Thursday – Favorite WV Authors

On Monday I shamelessly asked you all to vote for me to be named Best WV Author for 2020. And while I really crave that title, I’m pretty aware that I’m NOT the best WV author. So who is? Well, there are quite a few to choose from. Check out the following and you chooseContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Favorite WV Authors”

Vote for me in 2020!

It’s election season and I know we’re all tired of being told who we ought to vote for. But maybe in this instance, voting can be nothing but fun! I’ve been nominated in WV Living magazine’s Best Of series for 2020. Yup, I have the chance to be voted Best WV Author! And, let’s beContinue reading “Vote for me in 2020!”

Appalachian Thursday – Bears & Bees

We live in a neighborhood where it isn’t a matter of IF you’ll see a bear but only a matter of WHEN. One day a few years back we saw SEVEN bears in one day. We’ve since stopped putting out birdseed and that’s cut down on the traffic. Fall is a busy time for bearsContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Bears & Bees”

When a Shortcut Isn’t

I spent the past weekend at a Christian retreat in the mountains of western NC. On Saturday afternoon we had some down time and I decided to take a hike. There were all sorts of trails but the “High Falls” was listed as the most popular with it’s beautiful waterfall payoff. Done. It was, indeed,Continue reading “When a Shortcut Isn’t”

Appalachian Thursday – Signs of Autumn

Fall is my favorite time of year. And as I get out and take Thistle for walks, or write with the windows open, I’m definitely seeing signs that it’s right around the corner. Now that it’s September, I thought I’d take a moment to list some of my favorite blessings of autumn in Appalachia: Cool,Continue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Signs of Autumn”

The First Review – Phew!

Just ahead of the release of a new story, authors can expect reviews to start trickling in. There are ARCs (advanced reader copies) along with services like NetGalley providing early readers and reviewers with access. It’s nerve-wracking. No matter how confident I am when I submit those final edits, I always begin to wonder .Continue reading “The First Review – Phew!”

Appalachian Thursday – Two Months To Go

Two months from today, on November 3, my sixth full-length novel will release. If you’re looking for something OTHER than the election to look forward to, you’re welcome. If you want to support this latest release, here are a couple of things you can do while you wait: Mark the story as “Want to Read”Continue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Two Months To Go”

Monday Meanderings – Ginseng Season

I have several “pet” ginseng plants. I know where they grow and I’m not telling anyone. I like to check on them to see how they’re doing and when they produce their red seed pods around this time of year, I plant them to spur future growth. Seeds need 18+ months to germinate so ifContinue reading “Monday Meanderings – Ginseng Season”

Appalachian Thursday – Greasy Cut Shorts

I was NOT a fan of green beans when I was a kid. I liked the green okay, but not the bean! These days, though, I’m a big fan. Especially now that I’ve gotten the hang of how to cook them. I struggled to get that wonderful, tender, cooked-down quality. So I consulted my FoxfireContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Greasy Cut Shorts”