Biography

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CC Tillery is the pseudonym for two sisters, both authors who came together to write the story of their great-aunt Bessie Daniels Elliott in the Appalachian Journey series and have since continued writing Appalachian historical fiction with their Brown Mountain Lights series. Tillery is their maiden name and the C’s stand for their first initials.

One C is Cyndi Tillery Hodges, a multi-published, award-winning romance author who writes under the pseudonym Caitlyn Hunter.

The other C is Christy Tillery French, a multi-published, award-winning, internationally selling author whose books cross several genres.

For more information on the Appalachian Journey series, and their individual works, please visit https:cctillery.com or visit their Facebook page at https://facebook.com/cctillery or contact them at cctillery@yahoo.com.

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CC Tillery is the pseudonym for two sisters, both authors who came together to write the story of their great-aunt Bessie in the award-winning Appalachian Journey series and continued writing Appalchian historical fiction with their award-winning Brown Mountain Lights series. Tillery is their maiden name and the C’s stand for their first initials.

One C is Cyndi Tillery Hodges, a multi-published, award-winning author who writes under the pseudonym Caitlyn Hunter. Her books include the Eternal Shadows series and Winds of Fate, all paranormal romances based on Cherokee legends, as well as several contemporary romance short stories and two fantasy novellas.

The other C is Christy Tillery French, a multi-published, award-winning, internationally selling author whose books cross several genres. She is the author of The Bodyguard series and the Obsolete series, as well as several standalone novels.

Christy and Cyndi were amazed at how well their distinctively different voices meshed while writing the Appalachian Journey series. Of course, that could have something to do with the fact they both felt as if their great-aunt Bessie was sitting beside them dictating the stories as they typed. Aunt Bessie always told them if they had only one drop of Cherokee blood in them, that made them Cherokee, so maybe they did inherit at least a little of the psychic gift she told them was passed down from her Cherokee ancestors.

The question they are asked the most at readings and signings is, “Isn’t it hard writing with a partner when you’ve always written solo?” Their answer? “The only disagreement we had was whose name would come first on the cover and that was easily solved by going with the pseudonym CC Tillery.”

For more information on the Appalachian Journey and Brown Mountain Lights series, the stories and the people the books are based on, and their individual works, visit cctillery.com or facebook.com/cctillery.

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BOOKS BY CC TILLERY:

Whistling Woman, Appalachian Journey Book 1

wwshelf-unbound In the waning years of the 19th century, Bessie Daniels grows up in the small town of Hot Springs in the mountain of western North Carolina. Secure in the love of her fathers, resistant to her mother’s desire that she be a proper Southern belle, Bessie is determined to forge her own way in life. Or, as her Cherokee great-grandmother, Elisi, puts it, to be a whistling woman.

 

 

Moonfixer, Appalachian Journey Book 2

 MoonFixer96dpifrontIn the dawning years of the 20th century, Bessie Daniels Elliott leaves her home town of Hot Springs and travel over the mountains with her husband Fletcher Elliott to live in the Broad River section of North Carolina. Bessie assumes her first teaching position while trying to meet the challenges of her new life among the quaint mountain people who dub her Moonfixer.

 

 

Beloved Woman, Appalachian Journey Book 3

BelovedWomanFinalfrontTN96dpiIn the second decade of the 20th century, major events of the world resonate even on secluded and peaceful Stone Mountain where Bessie Elliott lives with her husband Fletcher. There’s a great war, one that takes away many young men, including Bessie’s kin, some never to return. Bessie’s role of healer intensifies as she treats those suffering from the Spanish flu and tries to keep it from spreading on her mountain. She defends a young woman who is in the middle of a controversy which threatens to tear their community apart and she also finds herself involved in the Suffragette movement as the women of North Carolina fight to gain their rights under the United States constitution.

Wise Woman, Appalachian Journey Book 4

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In the mid 1920s, Bessie and her husband Fletch take in their six-year-old nephew John. They are determined to give him a warm and secure home on Stone Mountain, a place where he will know he is always welcome. It isn’t long before John feels completely at home with his aunt and uncle. But their life is not without turmoil. Bessie’s healing skills are put to the test when a neighbor suffers a mysterious illness, one she and Doc Widby have no idea how to treat. Bessie and Fletch, along with the rest of their neighbors are torn apart by a foe threatening the natural beauty of their mountain. And Bessie confronts a new doctor who is involved with the Eugenics movement, a program she fiercely opposes.

 

Through the Brown Mountain Lights, Brown Mountain Lights Book 1

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In August 1969, medical student Lizie Baker sets off on a trip to Woodstock with her boyfriend and two other couples. When their van breaks down outside of Morganton, North Carolina, the group decides to hike up nearby Brown Mountain while they wait for the repairs to be finished. Lizzie goes on a walk by herself, hoping to get a glimpse of the legendary Brown Mountain Lights. When she unexpectedly encounters one, she naively reaches out to touch it and is thrown  back in time to a place and lifestyle she comes to hate–the Antebellum South.

 

Seeking the Brown Mountain Lights, Brown Mountain Lights Book 2

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You don’t always get what you want in life, and no one knows that better than Lizzie Baker. All she wishes for is to go home, but in order to do that, she has to find the one light on Brown Mountain that transported her back in time from1969 to 1859. When Lizzie’s one opportunity is thwarted, she remains trapped in the antebellum South, a time she’s come to loathe, but that’s not the only reason she’s anxious to return home. The deadliest and bloodiest conflict in American history looms ever closer and she is frantic to leave this place before the Civil War and all its atrocities come to Brown Mountain.

 

Into the Brown Mountain Lights, Brown Mountain Lights Book 3

intothebrownmountainlights.kdpcoverAlthough Lizzie Baker wants nothing more than to return to her time 110 years in the future, she remains stuck on Brown Mountain, NC during the Civil War, the bloodiest conflict in American history. Very much a woman of the 1960s who believes in equal rights for everyone, Lizzie now lives in a word dominated by men, unable to offer anything more than medical treatment for slaves mistreated by plantation owners or women suffering at the hands of abusive husband.

 

Chasing the Brown Mountain Lights, Brown Mountain Lights Book 4

chasingthebrownmountainlights.cover“I’m a Stranger Here” could be the song title guiding Lizzie Baker’s life. In the five years she 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 in 1864, 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.

From the Authors

Readers liken the Appalachian Journey series to Wilma Dykeman’s The Tall Woman, Catherine Marshall’s Christy, and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series with the southern charm of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. The Brown Mountain Lights series has been compared by readers to the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

Take a journey back in time to the mountains of western North Carolina with these engaging page turners, CC Tillery’s Appalachian Journey and Brown Mountain series, which combine historical detail, romance, action, “a good solid story,” “colorful characters,” and a “talent for rich story telling.”

Press/Awards

Sisters use family stories as basis for new book by John Mabe – Hall’s Shopper News, January 2, 2012: “Sisters and authors Cyndi Tillery Hodges and Christy Tillery French have teamed up to write “Whistling Woman” a novel of historical fiction based on stories told to them by their father, John Tillery.”

Review: Sisters’ novel filled with humor, love, tragedy: 

BlueRidgeNow.com (Times-News Online) August 21, 2014 by Rebecca Perrone

“Whistling Woman” is an exquisitely written first-person narrative, which features the voice of Bessie Daniels, the co-authors’ real-life great-aunt.

 

2013finalist-300x296Whistling Woman – 2013 Finalist, Best of the Independent eBook Awards, Best Literary Fiction and Best General Fiction (Mainstream Fiction)

 

 

 

 

all-star-2._SS75_V325393184_Beloved Woman, Appalachian Journey, Book 3 – Amazon All-Star Book January 2015,

 

 

all-star-2._SS75_V325393184_CC Tillery – Amazon All-Star Author, February 2015

 

 

 

wisegoldWise Woman – Feathered Quill 2016 Gold Medal, Best Historical Fiction and Nonfiction.

 

 

 

 

 

wwshelf-unboundWhistling Woman – Runner-up, 2016 Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition

 

 

 

 

 

copy-of-bml1-kdpThrough the Brown Mountain Lights – 2018 EPIC eBook Award, Best Historical Fiction 2018_EBook_finalist                           

 

cctillery.Indie_Book_Award_Nominee (2)Through the Brown Mountain Lights – 2018 TopShelf Indie Book   Awards, 1st Place in Regional Fiction

 

 

 

BML2 for KDPSeeking the Brown Mountain Lights – Semi-finalist in 2018 Kindle Book  Award, Romance

 

 

 

 

 

cctillery.Indie_Book_Award_Nominee (2)Through the Brown Mountain Lights – 2019 Indie Book Award, Top Shelf Magazine