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IMG_0629We had a wonderful day at the Old Fort Pioneer Day last Saturday. Beautiful weather although it was a bit cool to start and at times the wind was a little gusty, but overall, a gorgeous day to be outside. We met lots of new readers and a few who were already familiar with our books. Plus, we met two family members, Mary Paris Merriken and Melinda Paris, distant cousins through Aunt Bessie’s mother, Lucinda Henderson. Christy put up a picture of us all on the CC Tillery Facebook page.

We also had the pleasure of meeting Patti Holda, Genealogy Assistant at the McDowell County Public Library who told us she’d had several people come in and request our books so she ordered IMG_0626them for the library. McDowell County Public Library also participates in an Interlibrary Loans program which makes the books available not only in McDowell County but in 65 other libraries in North Carolina.

Added to that, we had people stop by our booth and ask us if we would be interested in attending two other festivals. We were also invited to meet with two production companies about our series in the near future, which is exciting! We’ll keep you posted on events as they unfold. All in all, it was a very good day for us and our books.

IMG_0627We enjoyed some great music, including a man in a kilt walking around playing the bagpipes, and one storyteller who entertained us with stories about the history of Old Fort. We loved hearing him tell about the great flood of 1916 which we wrote about in Moonfixer

The festival offered many interesting demonstrations of everyday life during the Civil War era. Everything from basket weaving to quilting to grinding corn into corn meal like they used to do it. So glad I can go to the grocery store and buy corn meal whenever I want cornbread! And lots of people were there dressed in period dress. All of that was great since we will be writing about that time in our new series, the Brown Mountain Lights Series.

In between the re-enactments of the Civil War battles, there were a lot of soldiers walking around carryingIMG_0627 muskets. Several times during the day, the re-enactors performed a 21-gun salute using their muskets, which was as loud or louder than the cannon, pictured to the right, and which always managed to catch us by surprise. After the second time, we learned there would be two more volleys following the first which allowed us to brace ourselves. That first volley got us every single time though!

FullSizeRenderThe best part for us was that we had time in between all this to discuss the new series and brainstorm on the characters, the setting, the conflict for the first book, and the paranormal aspects and how they’re going to work.

We’re excited about the first book in this new series, and after Saturday, it’s beginning to take shape in our minds. We’ve already written the first two chapters (only a rough draft, they still need a lot of work!) and are looking forward to bringing it to you, our amazing readers, as soon as we possibly can. Stay tuned!

Just a quick post to let everyone know we’ll be selling and signing books in the Appalachian Journey series at Old Fort Pioneer Day this Saturday, April 23rd from 10:00-5:00. Looks like a fun day in the mountains with beautiful weather predicted. This festival offers something for everyone: bluegrass music, crafts demonstrations, Civil War reenactors, antique cars and equipment. For the kids, there will be storytelling, games, animals, wagon rides and more. Not to mention a variety of food! For more info, check out this article in The News-Herald.

If you’re in the area, we hope you’ll stop by and visit. We would love to personally thank our fabulous readers who have taken this series far beyond what we ever expected and who continue to keep these books on bestseller lists.

 

 

 

 

Wise Woman Audible 3And you know what that means, don’t you? Well, if you’re one of our wonderful, amazing readers of this blog and/or one of our awesome, inspiring followers on Facebook, you do …it means we’re having a giveaway! Yay!

But wait, what are we celebrating? Wise Woman, the final book in our Appalachian Journey series, was released a little over 2 months ago in ebook and it’s been on 3 bestseller lists since then. Not only that, the other three books, Whistling Woman (or as we call it “the book that started it all”), Moonfixer, and Beloved Woman are right up there on the same lists. Yahoo! And we can’t leave out the French and German translations of Whistling Woman, they’re on bestseller lists, too!

Plus, the print version has just been released and is up on Amazon … if you search for it. For some reason it’s not showing up on the Kindle page but if you’re interested, here’s the link for the paperback of Wise Woman. The audio version (narrated by the lovely Carol Herman who absolutely nails Aunt Bessie’s voice) is available now and is linked on the Kindle page.

And, of course, we have our faithful readers to thank for our good fortune so we have 20 copies of the audio version of Wise Woman to give away. That’s right, 20! So, if you’d like to hear Aunt Bessie’s story, all you have to do is comment to this post on the blog or on the corresponding post on our Facebook page. First come, first served so don’t delay!

A side note to all our readers who are interested in our next project, the Brown Mountain Lights Series: we spent the weekend in Morganton, NC researching, researching, researching! We should have a post up about our trip and the new series later this week!

Wise Woman e-book… should be available on Kindle within the next 12 to 24 hours. Fingers crossed it’ll be up sooner than that.

As always, we appreciate your patience. This book … okay, not sure what’s going on but it’s already available on Amazon! Yay! Needless to say we’re doing multiple Snoopy dances over here.

Enjoy! And thanks to all our readers for their patience! Y’all are the best ever and we are very blessed to have you!

Okay, it’s been a long time since I’ve even been on this site so once again I need to apologize for not responding to comments or keeping our readers in the know about what’s going on with the Appalachian Journey series. My only excuse is that MS and hot weather don’t play well together and this summer has been extremely hot here in the mountains of North Carolina. It’s finally cooling off some and the MS is calming down–thank goodness!–and we have some major news.

No, it’s not that Wise Woman will be ready sooner than our intended release date of December but it is pretty exciting, at least for us. Our awesome cover designer, Kimberly Maxwell, has been hard at work and just sent us the cover she designed for Wise Woman, Appalachian Journey Book 4! Take a look:

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You’ll notice there’s no blurb on the back. That’s on us, not Kim because we haven’t sent her one yet. The picture on the front is the one of Aunt Bessie and our dad standing in a field of wildflowers and it’s resting on top of Aunt Bessie’s photo album. The beautiful asters and clover beside the album were picked by yours truly and Kim on a pretty summer day–before this blasted heat set in. The painting on back is by our dad, of course, and shows Stone Mountain Baptist Church as it looked when he was living on the mountain with Aunt Bessie and Uncle Fletch.

Isn’t it gorgeous? Christy and I think it’s the best one yet! What do you think?

We had a wonderful time visiting with Daddy in Florida and thanks to our husbands were able to actually talk to him without interruption. Thanks for keeping you-know-who busy, guys! It was big help and we were able to get quite a few new stories, clarify some of the ones we’d already heard, and–finally!–get a glimmer of where we’re going to go with this book. Whew!

We’re back into research this week–with a little writing and editing thrown in for fun–and while I was adding the genealogy chart to the notes file–there are so many family members it’s hard to keep them all straight!–I decided to try to find Papa’s grave. We knew it was in Knoxville and at the Bookwalter United Methodist Church cemetery but for some reason had never actually looked for it the way we’ve been actively looking for Lucinda’s. So I went to the Find a Grave site and searched for John Warren Daniels and look what I found:

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Love that site! The neat thing is when I looked at the info on the site about John Warren Daniels, they actually had Lucinda’s and Green’s (they spell his name Greene) info there, too. They’re both listed as being buried in Sandy Gap Cemetery in Hot Springs which really surprised me because when we checked the Madison County Library’s book of cemeteries in Hot Springs, Sandy Gap was not listed … but there it was on Find a Grave so a big thank you to Diana (the person who added the picture of Papa’s tombstone and all the additional information on him)!

Mama is listed as his wife but Roy and Loney aren’t listed with the other children. Not sure why and we’re hoping some of Loney’s family will chime in and let us know where she’s buried so we can add it to our research file. And back when Whistling Woman first came out we received an email from Roy’s great-granddaughter and we’d love to hear from her on Roy’s grave, too!

Okay, now for some news, while we were in Florida, we were notified that the French translation of Whistling Woman had been released in the Kindle store at Amazon.fr. No print book yet, but it’s coming! The French title is Les deces arrivent toujours par trois. Neither one of us speaks French (we both took Spanish in high school) so we had to look up the title and turns out it translates to “death always comes in threes” which is essentially the theme of the first chapter. Not sure why they went with that title but after a little bit of consideration, we decided it fit well enough.

Anyway, here’s the cover:

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Same as the German cover but with a different title. As I said, neither Christy or I speak French so we have no idea how to pronounce it! Maybe one of our readers can help?

And speaking of Whistling Woman translations, we just received an email from the publisher that Madchen, die pfeifen (German edition) has been selected as one of the books they’re spotlighting in a special promotion:

Mädchen, die pfeifen (German Edition) will be included in our 4hero in the DE marketplace, starting 7/1/2015 and running through 7/31/2015. During this promotion, strategically selected titles are offered for 2,49 € and are displayed on the Amazon Homepage, supported with mailings, onsite and device campaigns.

I just couldn’t resist checking the Amazon.de Homepage and yep, sure enough, Madchen, die pfeifen is right there. Pretty cool, huh? And Christy just checked the book’s page on Amazon.de and we’re back on two bestseller lists. Yippee!

Okay, time to get back to writing but not before we wish everybody a Happy (and safe!) July 4th!

A = Apology… to all the readers who left comments in the last week or two. I think I’ve responded to all of them but if I missed anyone, I’m terribly sorry!

B = Bit of news … which is why I’m trying to catch up with the comments here. Christy and I will be in Florida next week. We’ll be working on Wise Woman, of course, but the main reason we’re going down is to spend Father’s Day with Daddy! Yay! For the first time since he moved down to Florida we’ll actually get to see him and talk to him on his special day. We’re so excited!

C = Clarification … (Did I spell that right? It looks weird. I hate when words do that to me!) Anyway, we’ve noticed a few of the people who have left reviews of the books on Amazon (and we thank you all!) have mentioned that the Appalachian Journey series is a trilogy and that the third book, Beloved Woman, is the last book and we just wanted to clear that up. Yes, as noted at the end of Beloved Woman, there will be a fourth book, Wise Woman. What’s that called, a quadrilogy. Nah, I know that’s not right and I know there’s a proper word for a four book series but my brain is drawing a blank right now.

The funny thing is when we started writing the first book, Whistling Woman, we thought that would be the only book. And then we finished it and realized there would have to be at least one more. So we rolled up our sleeves, dusted off our notes file and dove right in to researching and writing Moonfixer. And when we finished that one, we did the same with Beloved Woman (only we had the title as Charming Gardeners at the time). And now, after Beloved Woman we’re busy writing the fourth book, Wise Woman. We are thinking that one will be the last but … who knows?

How’s that for a cliffhanger? Meanwhile, our wonderful cover designer, Kim, has already started on the cover for Wise Woman and we’re busy writing it. So, stay tuned here (or follow us on our Appalachian Journey Facebook page) and we’ll do our best to keep you updated on all things Appalachian Journey!

 

We’re working on Wise Woman and are having trouble figuring out which way to go with it so … naturally we thought of our kind, generous, and helpful readers! If you have a minute, won’t you please leave us a comment letting us know what you want to see more of in the fourth book of our Appalachian Journey series?

What would you like to see more, or less, of in Wise Woman:

Aunt Bessie and Daddy
Family stories?

 

 

 

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Historical fiction?

 

 

 

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Cherokee folklore?

 

 

 

Cone flowers

 

Herbal medicine?

 

 

 

None of the above? All of the above?

We would not be where we are without our beloved readers and while the books need to follow along the course of Aunt Bessie’s and Uncle Fletcher’s life on the mountain, we’d really love to hear your thoughts on what you think we should focus on more!

 

Just wanted to let everyone who is interested in the paperback of Beloved Woman know that it has been approved and should be available on Amazon in the next couple of days–or as the printer said in their e-mail, “within 3-5 days.” It would’ve been available last week except when I got the print copy I noticed the cover wasn’t centered properly and I–or I should say one of the readers of the Kindle version noticed a mistake and kindly emailed us to let us know. So I made the correction and Kim fixed the cover and then I proofed it online instead of waiting for another proof copy. Hopefully, it will look exactly like what I saw on the online review!

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Whew! And now that Beloved Woman is officially finished it’s time to move on to the next one, Wise Woman. No release date yet–not even a tentative one–but you can be sure we’ll shout it to the heavens when it’s done. Stay tuned…

 

 

ww 6-smMeanwhile, all three books in the Appalachian Journey series, WhistlingMoonfixer Cover Woman, Moonfixer, and Beloved Woman are available for .99 each on Kindle until January 31, 2015! Plus, Moonfixer and Beloved Woman are available free with Kindle Unlimited (KU) membership and/or in the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library (KOLL) if you’re an Amazon Prime member.

And watch for Whistling Woman to show up there in a few days!

One last bit of news (and I hope you’ll forgive a little bit of bragging); all of the books are currently in the top 15 of Kindle’s Historical Literary Fiction bestseller list, as well as in the top 100 of two other Amazon lists, Kindle Historical Fiction and Amazon Historical. Needless to say, we’re doing happy dances and at the same time, gushing thanks to our awesome readers!

 

 

 

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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