What’s Up Next – When Silence Sings

One of the challenges of being an author is promoting one book while writing another. And often planning a third. I’m in that place right now with The Christmas Heirloom currently out while I’m writing When Silence Sings (releasing Fall 2019) and toying with ideas for a novel to release in 2020. Phew! And whileContinue reading “What’s Up Next – When Silence Sings”

Appalachian Thursday – Shin Rippers

If you follow my blog and/or my Facebook page you know that I spend time tromping around in the woods almost every day. In theory, I’m taking Thistle for a walk, but I also just love being in the woods. Which is not to say they’re a perfectly safe place to be. It isn’t theContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Shin Rippers”

A Shot at Love – Releasing 10.2.2018

I’ve been sharing about the upcoming release of The Christmas Heirloom. It’s a novella collection with four generations of stories from Kristi Ann Hunter, Karen Witemeyer, me, and Becky Wade. We each wrote stand-alone stories tied together by a Luckenbooth brooch that’s passed from mother to daughter down through the decades. It was SO much fun toContinue reading “A Shot at Love – Releasing 10.2.2018”

Appalachian Thursday – Apple Butter Time

A nearby neighbor gives me free run of his apple trees. This is the kind of neighbor I like to have! While the “eating” tree has failed to produce much of anything this year, the “cooking” apples are just about right. That means I’ll soon be making applesauce and apple pies. I tried making appleContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Apple Butter Time”

Appalachian Thursday – Remembering Miss Anne

It’s funny how something can be wonderful and deeply sad at the same time. One of Appalachia’s sweet ladies is at home in heaven today. Earlier this year I wrote about my friend Anne–Queen of the May. Her 96th birthday was on May 1 and last night she slipped into forever. A child of Kentucky,Continue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Remembering Miss Anne”

Appalachian Thursday – Take Two (the summer that wasn’t)

Man friends, I’m so crazy right now that I basically gave you a repost of one of June’s blogs today. Shoot. I even used the same picture! Well, that simply won’t do. So here’s something new. It’s been hot lately even in the often refreshingly cool mountains of Appalachia. But before you complain about theContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Take Two (the summer that wasn’t)”

Appalachian Thursday – Which Winter is This?

We’ve been complaining lately about the weather. I know, I know, everyone does that ALL the time. But spring this year has really been a roller coaster ride. Windows open. Windows closed. Coats off. Coats, hats, and gloves back on. I was thinking the weather really is getting crazier. Then, this past weekend, I noticedContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Which Winter is This?”

Appalachian Thursday – Lion or Lamb?

My grandmother loved talking about whether March came in like a lion or lamb. The idea being that if the month roars in on March 1 with wind and heavy weather, then the last day of the month will be calm and pleasant. I was worried earlier today, with mild temperatures and a light drizzle–hardlyContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Lion or Lamb?”

Appalachian Thursday – Burning the Trash

I suppose it’s odd to feel sentimental about trash. Even so, I caught a whiff of burning paper the other day and was transported back to childhood days and the chore of burning the household trash. There wasn’t a trash pick-up service for a farm way out in the country. And if there had been,Continue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Burning the Trash”