Appalachian Thursday – Snow Day!

We had a snow day yesterday–a couple of inches of the white stuff, hardly anyone venturing out, bacon for breakfast, and a good book to read (not to mention one to write!). Ahhhhh. When I was a kid, of course, snow days were a bit more exciting. And in West Virginia in the 1970s, theyContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Snow Day!”

Appalachian Thursday – Moonshiners!

I love it when I describe something in one of my novels that I can clearly picture and THEN find that what I described actually exists. In Miracle in a Dry Season Casewell cleans out an old spring with a catch basin. Guess what my husband found in the woods on the mountain behind our house?Continue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Moonshiners!”

Release Day is Tomorrow!

Releasing a new book just doesn’t get old. It’s kind of like my birthday. There ought to be cake and maybe some champagne. Certainly streamers and cheering. And there’s NOTHING wrong with celebrating all week long! So today, to kick off the party, here’s a link to the first chapter of The Sound of Rain.Continue reading “Release Day is Tomorrow!”

Appalachian Thursday – WV to SC to KY

I love my latest book’s release date. Why? Well, just look at it–all ones and sevens. Maybe it’s because Dad’s a math teacher, but for whatever reason, it pleases my eye. At any rate, my fourth full-length novel, The Sound of Rain, will release next Tuesday. A handful of folks already have their copies andContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – WV to SC to KY”

The Sound of Rain 11.7.17

My wonderful editor sent me an early copy of The Sound of Rain over the weekend. There’s always something special about holding the actual copy. At last, the story I’ve been living with for more than a year is REAL. This story was inspired, in part, by a tale my great uncle Harry used toContinue reading “The Sound of Rain 11.7.17”

Appalachian Serenade Quotes to Lighten Your Day

You can still download Appalachian Serenade, the novella that kicks off the Appalachian Blessings series, for free–Kindle, Nook, or just an e-file for your computer. It’s a sweet little story, not too complicated, with a happy ending (I aim to do that EVERY time). Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book.Continue reading “Appalachian Serenade Quotes to Lighten Your Day”

Appalachian Thursday–Stinging Insects

If you read Monday’s post, you know why stinging insects are on my mind this week. Late summer and early fall in Appalachia is prime time for running into yellow jackets, hornets, wasps, and bees. First, their hives (hence their populations) have been growing all summer. Second, the bears, skunks, and other critters consider theirContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Stinging Insects”