Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Evergreen, the Beautiful Witch of Moonlight Ridge




The first printing of The Witches of Moonlight Ridge is all sold out. Second printing is here, just in time for holiday gifting. An added feature: a beautiful photo of our mysterious Evergreen, AKA Bessie Penny, thanks to the Hugh Mangum Collection and the generosity of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University.

Here's my poem about the beautiful witch of Moonlight Ridge.

Rain Crow
At times she wondered how it all would end
even after she must have known it was ended.
Sometimes when the wind blew, bringing rain again,
she cast her dreams aside and flew herself away.
Some say she lived alone against the dark side of the mountain,
some say her madness came from what she knew of flying.
But she always cried before the rain began,
from the darkness and the broken heart and the fever of dying.
I heard the rain crow just before a cold rain swept
down from shadows and across the cold grey morning.
A chill was in the air and the rain crow’s song sailed,
lost and lonely and full of old dreams like a bird’s wings
touched by mist and magic and dark dreams folding.
Some say she kept her secrets, alone across the forest flying.
Some say she calls the rain, she calls the rain,
from her own soul to cool the madness and the fever of living.
© Ramey Channell 2017


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Shakespeare, Witches, Capricious Canines, Unconventional School Teachers, Ruby Earrings, and Crows



The whole town's talking about those "wayward sisters" up on Moonlight Ridge! But our favorite 4th grade school teacher, a young man named Erskine Batson, gets his fair share of adulation and attention.

What's Erskine's secret for capturing the hearts of readers, students, and one mysterious lady on Moonlight Ridge?

Erskine Batson . . .
 "with one year of college under his belt, the mystifying habit of walking around in the woods cussing and reciting poetry, and every day free to do as he pleased, except Saturdays when he drove the worse-for-wear Eden garbage truck" . . . is a true Renaissance Man.

You can learn all about our unconventional 4th grade teacher, and plenty of other mysteries on the mountain, in The Witches of Moonlight Ridge




And what about that dog? 





Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Witches Have Arrived!



I'm so happy and excited to announce the arrival of The Witches of Moonlight Ridge! My book is available right now on Kindle, and the paperback can be purchased from Amazon online. 

In the second book of The Moonlight Ridge Series, Lily Claire and Willie T. are back and as spunky as ever! With seasons changing on the mountain, the two intrepid kids venture into new territories, meet surprising new characters, and learn that the mysteries and magic on Moonlight Ridge continue to lead them into new adventures.

Just in time for the holidays, The Witches of Moonlight Ridge is a terrific gift for all book lovers. 




Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Witches of Moonlight Ridge



Exciting news! Volume Two of The Moonlight Ridge Series is almost here! 

I'll soon be announcing the release date for The Witches of Moonlight Ridge, and what better way to welcome good old Southern traditions like the witching season, Halloween festivities, family get-togethers, and tales to tell on windy autumn nights!

Lily Claire and Willie T. are back, and in fine form! They meet new friends and some suspicious characters as seasons change, autumn leaves fall, and old legends come to life out on the mountain. 

I'll post updates and announcements of book release, book signings, and events.  




Sunday, April 24, 2016

What Did You Dream Last Night?



Last night, as so often happens, Robert Redford was in my dream! His visits are always such a delight. Last night I dreamed that we were at a street fair, and we stopped so that Bob (Robert Redford) could give a woman his autograph. 

In the process, somehow he managed to deface a stone marker, and a mob of angry people 
began to chase us. 


While Bob got clean away, I inadvertently became trapped in a chicken-wire enclosure covered with flowers and vines, just like Peter Rabbit caught in the gooseberry net.


As the crowd of angry street-fair attendants surrounded me. I managed to break free of the chicken wire and escaped in the nick of time.

Robert Redford and I met up with an old friend, Paul Gassenheimer, whose picture I can't find, so just imagine a short curly-haired guitar player with a mustache.

Some young guy that I didn't know offered us a tiny jar of creme because we all had become sunburned at the street fair, and I put some on my arm and said "Wow, a little of this goes a long way!"


And that was the end of that dream.

This all reminds me of one of my favorite Guster songs, "I Spy." 




Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Library Cats

Have you found anything interesting at your public library lately?

 This is Buttercup, found on the sidewalk outside the Library door. "Look, this kitten was obviously in someone's car engine!" Lost an ear and part of her tail. Now she's all grown up, and she's my Princess Buttercup.





This is Allistair. Roamed the mean streets on cold winter's days. Then got trapped in an empty building beside the Library. "Did you know there's a white cat trapped in that building next door, sleeping in the window?"  Now he''s my big snow cat, a big baby who loves to be petted, and loves to sit on the couch, where he's not supposed to be.





And this is Geffen, our most recent Library find. A patron walked up to the circulation desk and asked "Does anyone want this kitten? I found him in the parking lot." Now he's my spoiled and very cuddly baby. 








Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year 2016 with Buddy and Julie Miller



2016! New Year's Day! I need to be cooking my black eyed peas, cornbread, and potato salad, but I'm on YouTube listening to Buddy and Julie Miller! What a great way to start the New Year! I can't think of any better way.

Here are a few of my favorites.


Does My Ring Burn Your Finger


Forever Has Come to an End


Rock, Salt and Nails


Happy New Year to all my friends, and happy listening!