What Momma Left Behind – Winner

If you subscribe to my newsletter, you likely saw the recent giveaway I held for a copy of What Momma Left Behind. I did the random number thing yesterday and was delighted to reach out to Barbara Klein to let her know she’d won! I love promoting Appalachian stories–especially when they’re written by dear friends.Continue reading “What Momma Left Behind – Winner”

Appalachian Thursday – COVID Characters

Lots of folks are coming up with creative ways to keep busy (and maybe distracted) during all of this self-quarantining time. Which got me to thinking about how some of my characters might handle being stuck at home. Turns out, several of them would fit right in these days. So here I am reading aContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – COVID Characters”

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 – 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”

My Favorite (Secondary) Characters

It’s sort of required for an author to feel really attached to her characters. I mean, if I don’t feel strongly about them–why should you? So Perla, Casewell, Judd, Fleeta, Colman, Serepta . . . they’re closer than family. But what I didn’t expect was how attached I’d be to so many of my secondaryContinue reading “My Favorite (Secondary) Characters”

Appalachian Thursday – How about a Christmas story?

Here’ in the mountains it’s getting to be the season for curling up with hot cocoa and a good book while the temperatures drop outside. And what could be better than a Christmas story? Oh wait–I have one of those! My novella, A Shot at Love (the one nominated for a Christy Award!), is nowContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – How about a Christmas story?”

And we have takeoff!

While my latest story technically releases tomorrow, we held the launch party for it at Sassafras on Sutton–a wonderful bookstore in Black Mountain, NC–yesterday. While I regularly speak in front of groups ranging from 10 to 200 for my job, talking about MY book to a group including MY friends isĀ  a whole other kettleContinue reading “And we have takeoff!”