Appalachian Thursday — Cover Reveal

My Mom was kind of sad when she found out she could only ready my novella, Appalachian Serenade, digitally. My mother-in-law has yet to read it since she wouldn’t know how to read something on a screen. But soon, the whole world will be able to hold Appalachian Serenade in their hands and turn theContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday — Cover Reveal”

Appalachian Thursday–An Author’s Anniversary

One year ago yesterday my first, full-length novel officially released to the wide world. Now, one year later, there are two books out there with my name on them not to mention a novella (which is still free if you’ve been meaning to download it!). And a third book in the editing stages which shouldContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–An Author’s Anniversary”

Appalachian Thursday–The day Mole Hill became Mountain

Here’s another nifty tidbit of West Virginia history that may or may not ever make it into a novel. It’s surely a good story, though! In 1949, a little community in Ritchie County, WV, halfway between Clarksburg and Parkersburg, became the unsuspecting target of a CBS network radio program called “Borden’s County Fair.” Producers hadContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–The day Mole Hill became Mountain”

Appalachian Thursday–Black Bear Adventures

The black bear is the state animal of West Virginia, therefore I’m a fan. And yet, in all my 18 years of living on the family farm, I never saw one. There was a big, rolly-polly bear at the Game Farm who loved to drink soda through the bars of his cage, but he wasContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Black Bear Adventures”

Appalachian Thursday–Feet of Steel

Growing up on the farm, we pretty much took our shoes off on the last day of school and didn’t put them on again (except for church) until summer ended. I ran through the yard without a thought for bees. Walked across the rocky driveway without flinching. Hopped from rock to rock in Laurel Fork withoutContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Feet of Steel”

Appalachian Thursday–Mining My History

This week I’m dipping into one of the two boxes of family items my Dad had tucked away at the farm. My ultimate goal is to sort through everything and preserve these treasures, but for now, I’m just enjoying unearthing nuggets of pure gold. First, we have a pay stub from the Q & QContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Mining My History”

Appalachian Thursday–Ladies of a Certain Age

I have been blessed to know some of the most amazing women who grew up in these mountains and lived to ripe, old ages. Great Grandma Jane – Native of Laurel Fork, WV, lived to be 98 Grandma Burla – Native of Laurel Fork, WV, lived to be 97 Aunt Bess – Native of LaurelContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Ladies of a Certain Age”

Appalachian Thursday–Better with Butter!

Until the Harvest officially released this week. To celebrate, my publisher put together a fabulous giveaway that I couldn’t have designed any better myself. Food is such an important part of my books. Families gather around the table. Friends carry food to loved ones in times of crisis. Feasts are prepared in celebration. Just asContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Better with Butter!”

What’s in a name? (help me pick one, please!)

So now that I’m starting to think someone in the wide world out there might actually read my novel one of these days, it’s occurred to me that I need to change the female lead’s name. Currently, her name is Bess. I chose that in honor of my Aunt Bess who is quite possibly myContinue reading “What’s in a name? (help me pick one, please!)”