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!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Bessemer Library's First Annual Local Author Extravaganza

The Author Book Signing Extravaganza at the beautiful Bessemer Public Library was wonderful! I met so many talented people! 

Here I am posing with my book, Sweet Music on Moonlight Ridge, with Pascal the stuffed possum.

Thanks to the organizers of this event for a perfect day. Talented authors, great visitors, entertaining speakers, and great lunch served to the authors. This will be an annual event, and I look forward to recommending it next year to writers, readers, and library lovers.

And I talked to lots of people who told me about their possum experiences, encounters, and rescues!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Everyone's Talking About ... What to Read This Summer

Music, magic, and a good mystery! Woven around the discovery of a mysterious map found in the most unlikely place you can imagine, Sweet Music on Moonlight Ridge tells a story as diverse and eccentric as the country folk who populate Moonlight Ridge and the small town of Eden, Alabama. This surprising book will touch your heart, make you laugh, and may make you want to sleep with one eye open.

Did you ever go doodle-bug hunting as a child? Ever hear strange and frightening noises or catch a fleeting glance of a dangerous animal prowling in the woods? Did you listen breathlessly to scary stories told late at night? 

Or maybe you have some eccentric ancestors, family members, or neighbors who make you laugh, rejoice, or cringe!

All this and more can be found in the music and magic of Moonlight Ridge!

    Willie T. and Lily Claire

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Art © Ramey Channell

Possum d'Amour

                    First Lightning Bug Night                    

Gato With Lightning Bugs

St. Leonard's Dragon

Claire and Camille

The Red Dress

The Secret

The Marriage of Robot & Otter