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I’m not sure if we ever relayed this, but in our Brown Mountain Lights series, the Collins sisters (Sarie, Maggie and Abbie) are modeled after the Walker sisters who lived in a log cabin their father built in Little Greenbrier Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains – late 1800s going into the 1900s, holding a lifetime lease on the property for the rest of their lives after their land was made part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The six sisters (one married and moved away) cut their own wood for cooking and heating, walker sistershunted and fished, grew herbs for healing as well as vegetables and fruit, spun their own wool from sheep they raised which they dyed with berries or bark, and grew cotton and flax they turned into textiles with their father’s cotton gin which they then used to sew their own clothing, They once said, “Our land produces everything we need except sugar, soda, coffee and salt.” I can’t imagine living this kind of life without electricity or running water but they managed quite well. Here is a picture of the sisters, who from oldest to youngest were Margaret, Polly, Martha, Nancy, Louisa (pronounced Lou-eye-za), Sarah Caroline and Hettie. They each bear a strong family resemblance, don’t you think?

We are pleased to announce that we just released the ebook version of Chasing the Brown Mountain Lights, Book 4 in our Brown Mountain Lights series, at Amazon. The paperback version should be available very soon. We hope you’ll enjoy this book, as Lizzie’s life veers off in a different direction, one that spells more danger and adventure as she continues to search for her place and time in the world.

Here’s a brief synopsis:

“I’m a Stranger Here” could be the song title guiding Lizzie Baker’s life. In the five years chasingthebrownmountainlights.covershe spent on Brown Mountain during the Civil War, Lizzie wanted nothing more than to find the light that transported her back in time and return to the 20th century. While fleeing from bushwhackers, Lizzie, her friend Abbie Collins and fiancé Josh Hampton encounter a light Lizzie believes is hers. Hoping to get to safety, she pushes Abbie into the light, expecting Josh to follow. She and Abbie wake to find that this is not the Brown Mountain they remember. Trees and foliage are dying, the air smells like ash, the sky is hazy and dim. And Josh is nowhere to be found.

Shocked to learn they’ve gone forward to the 21st century, Lizzie finds this time strikingly similar to that of the 19th as the people on the mountain fight for existence in a world that is dangerous and barely survivable. While searching for her fiancé, she and Abbie encounter Jonah Hampton, a man who bears a startling resemblance to Josh. Upon learning that one of Jonah’s ancestors married a Collins, Lizzie begins to suspect that Josh did not come after her but, for some unexplainable reason, married Abbie’s sister Sarie instead.

Once more, Lizzie resorts to practicing herbal medicine by day while frantically searching for the lights by night, concerned that going back to Josh could possibly end the existence of people she’s come to care for. To make matters worse, her tenuous relationship with Jonah sets in motion a perilous encounter with an enemy from her past that could lead to her death.

Lizzie faces a hard decision as she continues to search for the lights, one that will determine her fate for the rest of her life if she finds them: to stay in the 21st century where a war within America looms on the horizon, go back to the 19th century and risk ending the lives of those she’s come to love, or return to the comfort and safety of her time in the 20th century.

 

 

 

We wanted to share the good news that Top Shelf Magazine has nominated Through the Brown Mountain Lights for their 2019 Indie Book Awards!  Below is the badge they forwarded along with a link to the certificate of nomination we received. Woo-hoo!

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We’re late in announcing this but wanted to take a moment to share the good news that Through the Brown Mountain Lights won 1st place in the 2018 TopShelf Indie Book Awards under the category Regional Fiction! I’ve copied the page from their magazine below announcing us as winner. As always, we couldn’t have done it without our beloved readers. Y’all continue to encourage and inspire us in so many ways. We always love hearing from you and want to assure you book #3 is almost finished and hopefully will be released in the very near future.

 

We didn’t win but we’re thrilled Seeking the Brown Mountain Lights was named semi-finalist in the 2018 Kindle Book Awards under the category Romance.  Although we look upon this series as more Appalachian historical fiction, we do hope our cherished readers enjoy the touch of romance we’ve instilled in the story between Lizzie and Josh.

Below is a list of the winner, finalists and semi-finalists:

That Month in Tuscany ~ Inglath Cooper  (WINNER)

  • The Boy Friend ~ Mika Jolie
  • Lavender Beach ~ Vickie McKeehan
  • WarWolfe ~ Kathryn Le Veque
  • Unloved, A Love Story ~ Katy Regnery
  • The Lords Captive ~ Cecelia Mecca
  • Leave a Mark ~ Stephanie Fournet
  • ShadowWolfe ~ Kathryn Le Veque
  • Those Sweet Words ~ Kait Nolan
  • Seeking the Brown Mountain Lights ~ CC Tillery
  • Under the Lights ~ Tia Louise
  • If the Devil had a Dog ~ T.K. Lukas
  • Fake Out ~ Eden Finley
  • We’ve Only Just Begun ~ Kathleen Ball
  • If I Didn’t Care ~ Kait Nolan
  • Crazy in Love ~ Annibelle Costa
  • Watch Over: The Deluca Family ~ Amy Reese
  • Sins of the Father ~ Nikki Landis
  • The Wallflowers Wicked Wager ~ Collette Cameron
  • Lukas ~ F.G. Adams

 

 

 

ttbml.topshelffinalistOur book Through the Brown Mountain Lights has been awarded Regional Fiction Finalist in the 2018 Indie Book Awards!

We say it a lot, but we truly mean it. We have the best readers in the world. Thank you all for your continual encouragement and inspiration. We are blessed to share this journey with you.

 

 

 

Good day, lovely readers! We wanted to let you know that the audiobook of Seeking the Brown Mountain Lights is now available at Audible.com. We have a limited number of free download codes, so those that are interested, please email Christy at BML2 for KDPctfrench252@aol.com for the download code and instructions.

Singer/songwriter Reagan Boggs, who narrated Through the Brown Mountain Lights, did the honors with this book and we think you’ll find her voice as lovely as we do. It’s amazing how she can so easily change her voice and accent to relay each character’s persona.

We’re hard at work on book #3 (untitled as of yet) and will make further announcements as it progresses through publication.

As always we cannot thank you all enough for your continued encouragement and support. We are truly blessed to share this journey with you.

Well, the creek did rise last week and we didn’t attend the Gold Festival in Old Fort last Saturday, but tomorrow looks promising for the 23rd Bluff Mountain Music Festival in Hot Springs, NC from 10 am – 5 pm.

Did you know that the Bluff Mountain Music Festival first took place in 1996 to raise funds and awareness to save Bluff Mountain, part of the Pisgah National Forest, from a destructive logging and road-building plan? A compromise was eventually reached with the timber industry and now hiking trails and a public parking area have been built where logging roads were once planned. We feel connected to this festival, as we wrote about the damage inflicted on the Appalachian Mountains by timber companies and Bessie’s efforts to save her mountain from their assault.

This is one of our favorite festivals, with the best bluegrass music throughout the day, a silent auction (to which we always donate a book), lots of artists and craftsmen selling their wares, and great food. It looks to be a beautiful day, and we hope if you attend, you’ll drop by and visit.

 

 

Did you know that in the 1800s, North Carolina was the biggest gold producer in the country until gold was discovered in California in 1848? Not many people are aware but gold was one of the reasons the US government wanted to move the Cherokee and other Native Americans out of the mountains so they could claim the land and poach the gold.

There are actually two Gold Festivals this year, and we’ll be attending the official one in Old Fort on the banks of Mill Creek at the Mountain Gateway Museum on Saturday, June 2nd, from 10-4. Activities include live music, gold and gem panning contests, gold vendors and a display by the Reed Gold Mine, a Bechtler Gold Coin exhibit and Bechtler Museum House exhibit, along with artisans and food vendors selling their wares. And for country music fans, comedian Cledus T. Judd will take the stage at 2 pm.

The other Gold Festival will be held at the Lucky Strike Gem Mine in the Vein Mountain region of McDowell County, near Marion, NC on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 from 10-6. There will be a variety of vendors, including the latest in gold mining equipment, and a lapidarist will demonstrate gem faceting. Other activities include live music, BBQ, nugget races, horseshoes, and artisans and food vendors selling their wares. At the mine, attendees can learn to sluice and crevice the river or pan for gold at the flume. The Thermal City gold mine is only two miles away.

The two festivals are within half an hour of each other, making it easy for those who would like to attend both in the same day. There is no entry fee for either festival, and as participants in past Gold Festivals, we can attest that it will be a fun day for all.

 

 

We wanted to share with our awesome readers the EPIC 2018 eBook Award for Historical Fiction we recently received for our book Through the Brown Mountain Lightsepic ebook award 2018(This was taken with my phone and doesn’t do it justice but I hope you get a sense of how beautiful it is.) And to once more thank all of you for sharing this journey with us and offering your constant encouragement and  support. We would not have gone past the first book, Whistling Woman, if not for you and cannot thank you enough for helping make all this possible.

Chasing the Brown Mountain Lights

Into the Brown Mountain Lights

Seeking the Brown Mountain Lights

Through the Brown Mountain Lightss

Brown Mountain Lights Book 1

Wise Woman

Appalachian Journey Book 4

Beloved Woman

Appalachian Journey Book 3

Moonfixer

Appalachian Journey Book 2

Whistling Woman

Appalachian Journey Book 1

Madchen, die pfeifen

Whistling Woman (German)

Les deces arrivant toujours par trois

Whistling Woman (French)

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