Appalachian Thursday – Covid Cuisine

Once again, Appalachia is ahead of the curve. Last week, when people began taking this whole coronavirus business more seriously (aka panicking a wee bit), the grocery stores were hit hard. There were the usual suspects–milk and bread–but folks also started buying staples like they were planning to set up a basement shelter to waitContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Covid Cuisine”

Appalachian Thursday – WV COVID-19 National Champions

Being a native of West Virginia, I’m used to my home state coming last on way too many lists. But with just two cases of coronavirus in the state as of today, it’s nice to see the Mountain State at the bottom of the list. Which has given rise to some pretty hilarious Facebook postsContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – WV COVID-19 National Champions”

Appalachian Thursday – Bloodstoppers

Ever get a cut that just won’t stop bleeding? Or a nose bleed that goes on and on? Or maybe your dog cut his paw and you can’t figure out how to get the blood to stop! I know . . . yuck. But there are some Appalachian remedies/superstitions that could be just the ticketContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Bloodstoppers”

Appalachian Thursday – WV Schools for the Deaf & Blind

When I decided to write a story about a deaf boy who discovers a dead body (The Right Kind of Fool–Nov. 3, 2020), I knew I wanted him to know sign language. But how would a 13-year-old boy in West Virginia learn sign language? Just a little research solved the problem! The creation of theContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – WV Schools for the Deaf & Blind”

Appalachian Thursday – A Good Pig

I’ve been doing triage on some of Thistle’s stuffed toys lately. This trio of squeaky chipmunks live in a plush log. We hide treats inside and she has to remove the toys to get at them. When she was a puppy, she would have destroyed this toy in short order, but now that she’s aContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – A Good Pig”

Cover Reveal – The Right Kind of Fool

I’ve shared the GORGEOUS cover of my 2020 novel in just a few places, but now that it’s available for pre-order, it’s time to just put it out there! Ready? Go! I suggested a sunrise or sunset over my beloved Appalachian Mountains and the designers came through with flying colors–literally! The story is set inContinue reading “Cover Reveal – The Right Kind of Fool”

Appalachian Thursday – False Spring

Spring approaches in the mountains in fits and starts. Days in February alternate between bone-chilling cold and balmy. Sunday was in the 60s and sunny, Thursday in the 30s with snow. But the signs are here trying to trick us! Our neighbors’ yard is dotted with crocuses. Purple, white, and yellow cups accept sunshine andContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – False Spring”

Appalachian Thursday – A New Story!

Well, no one guessed the title of my new story, but Connie Porter Saunders and Eleanor Mercer came closest with The Right Kind of Love. So what’s the new title? The story features Creed and Delphy Raines–a husband and wife living in Randolph County, WV, who have become largely estranged since their son–Loyal–lost his hearingContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – A New Story!”

Looking Ahead – My 2020 Release

It seems like When Silence Sings JUST released and here it is time to look ahead to my new story for 2020. And I’m loving the title and the spectacular cover. I’ll start sharing the cover image more widely once the story is available for preorder, but in the meantime, I thought it would beContinue reading “Looking Ahead – My 2020 Release”

Appalachian Thursday – “It’s not real.”

I recently had my grandmother’s engagement ring restored (thank you Andy at Marthaler Jewelers!) It now sparkles like it must have when Grandpa bought it more than 60 years ago. The ring is VERY special to me. Grandma Burla was Grandpa Rex’s second wife. But he married her before I came along so I neverContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – “It’s not real.””