Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Goodreads Witches Giveaway

Are you a member of Goodreads? You can enter the Goodreads Giveaway for a chance to win a free copy of The Witches of Moonlight Ridge.

Contest runs from February 28 to March 14, 2017.

           Mr. Erskine straightened up and looked around. We heard old Bu, the hoot owl, calling from somewhere far out in the woods, and a flock of big black crows flew over and landed in a tree beside us.
            “It’s gettin’ late,” Erskine told us. “I’d better get you young people home on this Halloween night.”
            Witch Boy chose that quiet moment to let loose a loud, nerve shattering series of barks. The crows left the tree with a noisy flapping of wings, their harsh raspy voices cawing and fussing as they went.
            “Look here, it’s about to get dark on us,” Erskine announced. “We’ve stayed too long out here tellin’ tales. We best hurry on down the mountain while there’s still light enough to navigate.
            “Come on, dog,” he commanded, but Witch Boy ran off into the woods.
            “He’ll foller us,” Willie T. assured our teacher. “You don’t have to call him.”
            Erskine grabbed hold of our hands in an exuberant grip, me on one side and Willie T. on the other, took a deep breath and broke out singing the end of the Highwayman song in a strong and surprisingly pleasant voice.
            “And still of a winter’s night, they say, when the wind is in the trees …”
            And that’s the last sound we heard before the ground disappeared from beneath our feet.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Literary Event this Saturday at Pell City Library

I'll be at the Writers Anonymous
2017 Mid-Winter
Writers Conference
February 25th, 2017
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Signing copies of 

The Witches of
Moonlight Ridge

 Come visit the library 
and meet lots of Alabama authors 

Pell City Public Library
(205) 884-1015

Pell City Municipal Complex
 1000 Bruce Etheredge Pkwy
 Pell City, AL 35128

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Festivity of Witches

Me talking.

I had a spectacular book event today, hosted by a delightful group of book-loving friends. at the home of Nell Richardson, one of our hometown leading ladies. After my book presentation, reading, and discussion, we listened to Phil Ochs' (on CD) sing his very passionate and moving version of "The Highwayman," a song taken from the poem written by Alfred Noyes in 1906. This song, the tragic story of Noyes' poem, and local legends of romance and tragedy, are featured in The Witches of Moonlight Ridge, my second book of the Moonlight Ridge Series.

We talked about funny family stories, grammar school memories, and favorite teachers. Erskine Batson, the fourth-grade teacher in Witches,  inspired us to recall many of our own memorable and sometimes capricious school teachers from the past.

After our book discussion, we were served a fabulous lunch: tasty items provided by the ladies attending the meeting and an impressively delicious Lane Cake, baked by the multi-talented Bill Richardson.

I enjoyed this get-together immensely, and a good time was had by all! Thank you, Nell, thank you ladies, Susan, Ellen, Carole, Joan, who provided such excellent food, and thanks to guests and everyone who contributed to a delightful event.

Delicious Lane Cake!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Find out what's happening on Moonlight Ridge when 
"the witchin' season" comes around!

The second book in the Moonlight Ridge Series follows the adventures of Lily Claire Nash and her cousin, Willie T. Nock, two precocious children in the woods of 1950s Alabama. Ghosts, hauntings, scary tales told 'round the evening fire, witches, and famous legends weave a story of mystery, romance, and tragedy.

Paperback and Kindle edition available now from

Happy Reading!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Witches of Moonlight Ridge

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. 

"The first days of autumn on Moonlight Ridge felt like a kind of paradise. The mountain and everything on it, including the people, seemed to relax and breathe easy. After the raging heat and humidity of summer subsided just a little, we were left with gentle warm days when the air around us and the sky above us became crystal clear and expansive. Days were fragrant with the spicy scent of leaves changing colors on sweet gum, dogwood, and maple, mixed with the sharp green scent of tall pines and flourishing cedars. Nights were cooler, the mosquitoes had pretty much decided to call it quits, and dreamy sleep beside an open bedroom window was blessed by gentle, friendly breezes. . . But, as my granddaddy always said, when the witchin' season comes to Moonlight Ridge, there's just no telling which way the cat will jump!

And then, there was that dog!"


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Moonlight Ridge Series: Volume Two

Exciting things are happening this month on Moonlight Ridge. Volume 2 of The Moonlight Ridge Series will be here soon! Watch for The Witches of Moonlight Ridge from Amazon Books, Barnes & Noble, and local book stores. Book signings and events will be announced online, on this blog, and on Facebook.

Get ready for mystery and a few spooky surprises as Lily Claire and Willie T. find new adventure this autumn 'out on the mountain.'