Thursday, September 1, 2016

Grave Heritage by @BlancheManos Pre-Order @PenLPubing to win a signed copy, link in post!

Darcy’s Grave Heritage
by Blanche Day Manos

My cozy mysteries might be called “homespun.” They are not set in metropolitan areas (except for brief visits.) They take place in small town, Levi, Oklahoma and they showcase two unassuming women, Darcy Campbell and her mother, Flora Tucker.

After the death of her husband, Darcy returns to her hometown for peace, quiet, and healing. The healing happens slowly, but the peace and quiet are hard to come by. Fans of Darcy Campbell and Flora Tucker have followed them through three mysteries: The Cemetery Club, Grave Shift, and Best Left Buried. 

The fourth Darcy and Flora cozy, Grave Heritage, will be released by Pen-L.com 
September 19.

In Grave Heritage, Levi experiences the rainiest July in history. Did the excessive rainfall have to do with dampening Darcy’s feelings for Grant? I would never accuse Darcy of being fickle, but a handsome preacher sweeps her off her feet. Both Darcy and Flora nearly lose their lives at the hands of a killer. As if this were not enough, some bewildering news about Flora’s birth father comes to light, which leads her to lament that Darcy’s heritage is not the shining one she would have wished, and is, at best, a grave one.

Writing mysteries is fun for me. If not, I wouldn’t write them. I like developing characters, making them come to life on the pages of a book, getting them into some sticky situations and watching them get themselves out. I mean this literally because my characters seem to come to life and pretty much take over. I simply record what they say and do.

I feel as if Darcy and Flora are my friends. We have become pretty well acquainted over the course of these four books. As I finish writing each mystery, I know it is my favorite. And, guess what? I really like Grave Heritage best of all.
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Grave Heritage is available for pre-order from Pen-L Publishing ... Ordering here will automatically enter you in a contest for a free, signed copy.

Or, you may pre-order from Amazon 

Remember, the release date is September 19!
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Thank you, Blanche, for allowing us into your world of writing mysteries. I know I have enjoyed having Blanche guest write a series of posts, I hope you did too.  

Blanche can be found on Facebook and on Twitter as well as at her website where she writes for her own blog.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Guest Post by "In The Reins" Romance Author Carly Kade { @CarlyKadeAuthor }

Jackson Hole, Wyoming:  The Perfect Cowgirl Getaway for a Cowboy Romance Author

By Carly Kade, Author of In The Reins
I couldn’t stop bouncing in my cowgirl boots when I learned that my husband (turned cowboy) was gifting me a cowgirl getaway to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It was the perfect birthday gift for this author’s cowgirl soul!  So when Maria asked me if I’d like to write a guest post for Whiskey Tales, I immediately thought I’d share a post about how a cowgirl getaway can jump start a cowboy romance author’s creative juices.  So here’s three awesome ways to inspire your inner cowgirl in Jackson Hole, Wyoming!
  1. Stay at Hotel Jackson
Hotel Jackson is top notch and the perfect spot for a cowboy romance author’s cowgirl getaway.  The boutique hotel boasts equine and Western-themed art on just about every wall, is located in the heart of Jackson Hole and offers impeccable service!  I recommend visiting the library at Hotel Jackson.  It is the perfect location for an inspired writing session.  Once you settle into one of their plush leather armchairs in front of the fireplace and pop open your laptop, you’ll realize you are surrounded by gorgeous horse paintings and big beautiful picture books about the cowboy way!  I made some major headway on the sequel to In The Reins in their peaceful Western-lifestyle inspired library.
Hotel Jackson
  1. Horseback Ride at Local Outfitters
On the first day in Jackson Hole, we rode at Horse Creek Ranch through beautiful mountain trails.  Located just south of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, they offer one hour, two hours, three hours and half day horseback rides.  My husband and I chose one of their full day rides with lunch.  I highly recommend it!  From the back of our horses, we crossed creeks, looked out on the majestic Gros Ventre Wilderness and took in the breathtaking views of the Teton Mountain Range.   We even saw a moose and her calf during our ride!  It was a great outdoor adventure and turned out to provide some excellent research for the second novel in my horse book series!  Our guide was a born and raised Wyoming cowboy.  A regular bull rider at the Jackson Hole Rodeo, he shared his adventures training his horse as a heeler in a roping event!  
On our second day in Jackson Hole, we rode at the famous Mill Iron Ranch.  The Mill Iron Ranch has been a Wheeldon family tradition for four generations and has been in business since 1921.  The Ranch is bordered on three sides by the Bridger-Teton National Forest and the second Largest State Ran Elk Feed Yard in Wyoming.  It made for spectacular horseback riding!  I loved that their horses are born and raised on their ranch.  I recommend going for the four-hour trail ride and then attending their real cowboy cookout maybe even have a lil' whiskey too!  I felt like an authentic cowgirl (one that might have ridden back in the days when people traveled by horse rather than automobile) spending time at these two wonderful Jackson Hole Outfitters!
Horseback riding at the local outfitters in Jackson Hole
  1. Million Dollar Cowboy Bar
Do the boot scootin’ boogie at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson Hole, Wyoming!   It is like being transported back in time and is an awesome display of the true Wild West. I was fascinated as I wandered around admiring the amazing collection of western memorabilia and cowboy d├ęcor draped over all the walls!  Being inside the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar made me reminisce about writing the Silver Spur scene from In The Reins where McKennon Kelly and Devon Brooke share some of their first romantic sparks.  This is no ordinary bar.  It is the type of place where McKennon or Devon could walk through the door at any moment!  At this establishment, you don’t pull up a bar stool; you take a seat in a western saddle.   
The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is located in Jackson’s town square and is walking distance from Hotel Jackson.  Since it’s famous for its western dancing and live entertainment, I pulled on my favorite red cowgirl boots and grabbed my cowboy’s hand for some two-stepping in front of the famous stage where well-known entertainers on the country music scene have been known to play … think Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, Jr., Tanya Tucker, and Willie Nelson (just to name a few).
Million Dollar Cowboy Bar
It felt so good to unplug from the real world & have fun with my hubby turned cowboy for a week.  This cowgirl getaway to Jackson Hole really inspired my writing!  My hubby has given me the best gifts a writer could ever ask for and I recently recounted them in a blog post called "5 Gifts for the Author in Your Life" so other people with authors in their lives might gain some insight on what those best gifts are on birthdays, holidays or merely simple days! Thanks to my husband for knocking my 40th birthday out of the park. I can't wait to see what the next 40+ brings!
Carly Kade in Jackson Hole
Thank you to Maria for the opportunity to write this guest blog post.  As McKennon and Devon’s story continues, I will be sharing sneak peeks, updates and new release info on my blog for readers that can’t wait to find out what happens next for the handsome cowboy and his wannabe cowgirl.
About Carly Kade
Carly Kade is an Arizona-based equestrian author.  In her free time, Carly enjoys competitively showing her registered Paint Horse, works on her next novel, reads voraciously, and loves exploring the great outdoors.  
In The Reins, Carly’s cowboy romance novel inspired by the equestrian lifestyle has steadily climbed the charts to rave reviews.  The book has been an equestrian best seller on Amazon for more than 10 weeks and is an official 2016 EQUUS Film Festival literary selection.  The novel is available now in paperback and eBook on Amazon.  Filmed in Arizona, the book trailer is viewable at http://www.carlykadecreative.com/media-room.
Connect with Carly Kade Creative on Facebook or Twitter @carlykadeauthor.
Thank you, Carly!

In The Reins by Carly Kade 

A city-girl-gone-country, a handsome cowboy and a
horse meet by fate on a southern farm. She's looking for a
fresh start and unexpectedly falls for the mysterious cowboy.
But can a man with a deeply guarded secret open himself up
to the wannabe cowgirl in the saddle next to him?

Deeply romantic and suspenseful, In The Reins captures
the struggle between letting life move forward and
shying away from taking the reins. Passionate, captivating,
and full of equine epiphanies, this is a love story
sure to touch your inner cowgirl.





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Friday, August 5, 2016

Cover Reveal and #Giveaway for SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE by Kristy Woodson Harvey @kristywharvey #GoodBooks

On my list of favorite authors is Kristy Woodson Harvey who has written Dear Carolina, and Lies and Other Acts of Love. You may have read my reviews of those two books, and you may have also read Kristy's guest post on this blog. Well, along with an action-packed touring schedule, she has been very busy behind the scenes writing the first book of a new series of books. 

SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE will be the first in The Peachtree Bluff series published by Gallery/Simon and Schuster, April 25, 2017. If it's anything like her others, I'm sure the story will be engaging and heartfelt. I'm delighted she has signed on to write a series. 

Today is the publishers cover reveal, and it is, as her others were, gorgeous. 
The kind of cover I gravitate toward automatically.  I think you'll agree!

To celebrate, Kristy is giving away a $100. Amazon gift card and several bundles of books on her blog


That's a super sweet giveaway!

Kristy's new book is available for preorder on Amazon, at Barnes and NobleIndiebound, through your local bookstore and everywhere else books are sold. I'll order mine from Bookworks, my favorite Indie!


"From the next “major voice in Southern fiction” 
comes the first in an all-new series chronicling the journeys 
of three sisters and their mother—and a secret from their past 
that has the potential to tear them apart and reshape 
their very definition of what it means to be a family."
~New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand)

And here it is! The Cover is revealed...
Slightly South of Simple

Read a little bit, get a little taste of SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE:
Caroline Murphy swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, no less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she'd spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home to her mother, Ansley.Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley's life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives might finally be forced into the open.Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart.
Go to Kristy's blog and enter the giveaway today, then share this blog post with your friends. I just know they will enjoy Kristy's writing, and some lucky ones just might be winners!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Artistic Photography?

Such an Artsy photo, I just had to post this photo. I think it's fabulous! What do you think?


Would you want to cast this model in your next photo shoot?

Monday, August 1, 2016

Guest Author Blanche Day Manos ~ Those Shivery Cozies @BlancheManos


Those Shivery Cozies
by Blanche Day Manos
I have often said that the characters in the books I write tell the story. I just put on paper what they say. Although this may seem nonsensical to some, it is really quite true.
Pre-order beginning
August 19th! 

Available everywhere in
September! 

The Cemetery Club, Grave Shift, Best Left Buried and the soon-to-be-released Grave Heritage are stories about two women sleuths, Darcy Campbell and her mother, Flora Tucker. They live in Levi, a small town in northeast Oklahoma. The area is rich in folklore, natural beauty, and mysterious happenings.
“Oh the surface,” Darcy says, “Levi seems to be a peaceful, placid town but it’s like a still pool with deadly currents swirling beneath the beauty.”
It’s those deadly currents that land Darcy and Flora in a heap of trouble. As I said, these ladies pretty much tell the story. If I write something that doesn’t sound like either one, I instinctively know it and set about re-writing. When the story is finished, it must be a believable mystery that Darcy and Flora have lived.
The first book, The Cemetery Club, involves a brush with unscrupulous men hunting for hidden Cherokee treasure. Grave Shift derived its name from two things: the shifting of the earth during two Oklahoma earthquakes, and a hidden grave which comes to light in a most unusual way. Darcy decides that some secrets are Best Left Buried in book number three.
Happily, the fourth Darcy and Flora cozy, Grave Heritage, is to be released by Pen-L Publishing this September. In it, our intrepid sleuths inadvertently become involved in yet another mystery. The danger comes at them from two points: the rainiest July in history and a heartless killer in town.
My latest cozy mystery is Moonlight Can Be Murder with a new protagonist, Ned (or Nettie) McNeil. Ned is a middle-aged woman with a healthy curiosity. She did not return to her hometown of Ednalee to be involved in a murder, but she finds herself plunged into a mystery that is forty years old. The way she discovers the deranged killer and her near brush with death keeps the reader turning pages.
A second “Moonlight” book is in the works. By the Fright of the Silvery Moon continues with Ned in the Granger Mansion in Ednalee trying to unravel a murder which seems to be connected with the history of her home.
Writing is a demanding, exciting, tiring job, but it is a work I love. I hope to keep turning out mysteries this year and the next year and the next…
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For more about Blanche's work go to www.Pen-L.com/GraveHeritage.html and https://www.amazon.com/s
Thank you once again, Blanche, for sharing your writing world with us. I am looking forward to your next article as our Guest Blogger.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

So what is it about yoga and horseback riding? @SugarSpiceRanch combines the two for a perfect getaway!

Allison Kara (middle) with yogi friends
Saddles and Mats is one of the favorite events that is held only a few times each year at The Sugar and Spice Ranch. The next will be Labor Day weekend, September 1 ~ 5.


So what is it about yoga and horseback riding? Well, yoga, of course, is good exercise, helps you stretch out tight hamstrings that will assist with comfortable riding. It will create suppleness in your body and with practice will give you great flexibility. Yoga builds core strength and core strength helps with riding posture.

But what’s more is yoga and riding both are about being present. When you are on the mat breathing through the poses, focusing on your body, you are present in the moment. Breath and focus are important when you are riding as well,
allowing you to keep your posture, flow with the
movement of the horse and stay-in-the-moment.

Both yoga and horses make you innately seek the connection, and when it happens, it’s joyful.  It’s why the two activities go together so well and why The Sugar and Spice Ranch is happy to include Saddles and Mats in their Women’s Only packages.

This Labor Day weekend, Allison Kara is returning to The Sugar and Spice Ranch to lead the Yoga sessions. Allison studied at the Kripalu School of Yoga, the premier educational organization 'dedicated to the inquiry into what creates a fulfilled human life. They teach the art and science of yoga to tens of thousands of people each year.' Miss Leigh, the owner of the ranch is delighted to have Allison lead their yoga sessions and help each of their guests to relax and focus while enjoying horseback riding in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

Allison Kara on the mat
If you are interested in joining Saddles and Mats, it's highly recommended you book your all-inclusive stay as early as possible as they are accepting only eight women for this highly sought-after getaway retreat.

In their next few posts, they will give you the scoop on their mother and daughter weekends that will be available throughout the fall. Moms and their daughters or favorite girl get to care for and ride horses together, learn a thing or two about each other and strengthen their bond. It’s a priceless experience! They will also have information about their 2017 summer camps for which they are once again offering early enrollment discounts.


Maria is a contributor to The Sugar & Spice Ranch, "Where's Miss Leigh" Blog, where a similar article was originally published on July 23, 2016.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Guest Blogger: Cozy Mystery Writer Blanche Day Manos @BlancheManos

Photo Credit: Blanche Day Manos
I am so excited to announce that my new friend and cozy mystery Author Blanche Day Manos is our Guest Blogger and will be writing a series of posts about herself, her books, the process and her newest book due out in September. 
Blanche writes in a very genuine, down-home way. If you read some of her blog posts on her website, you'll see what I mean. Having lived most of her life in Oklahoma, she often writes vividly of that place and time, and she incorporates details from her Cherokee heritage into her stories.
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From a Classroom to a Murder Mystery


“I have another friend who is a writer,” my neighbor Levern told me. “I’d like you to meet her.”
So, Barbara’s and my mutual friend introduced us. Barbara Burgess and I discovered we were both from small towns, of Cherokee ancestry, and had heard many mysterious stories about the people who lived in the hills of Oklahoma and Arkansas. We collaborated on our first book, The Cemetery Club, and my career as a cozy mystery writer was launched. 
Barbara and I wrote three cozy mysteries together. Grave Shift and Best Left Buried followed our first book, with protagonist Darcy Campbell and her mother, Flora Tucker. Since that time, Barbara has had to take a break from writing because of illness, but I persevered. The fourth Darcy and Flora cozy, Grave Heritage, will be published in September. 


Sometimes people ask me how I got from the classroom to the bookshelf. (I was a kindergarten teacher for many years.) I tell them it was an easy step since I’ve always enjoyed books and writing and encouraged my kindergarteners as well as my son and grandchildren to love reading. As for the genre, well, cozy mysteries are not the hard-core, graphic kind; rather, they are gentler, with most of the violence taking place off-screen.

Although Darcy and Flora’s hometown looks placid and quiet on the surface, such is not the case. This mother-daughter pair faces danger and heart-stopping moments with regularity, but, fortified with coffee and encouraged by Darcy’s old flame, the sheriff of Ventris County, they make sure that justice always wins. A couple of years ago, I began a new series with a new protagonist, Ned McNeil. The first book is Moonlight Can Be Murder. A sequel, Fright of the Silvery Moon is a work in progress. 

A few years ago, I left my native Oklahoma and moved to NWArkansas. It’s a beautiful area, close to my children, and is the perfect place to pursue my writing career. I’ve started a writers’ critique group which meets in my home. We encourage and inspire each other.

Cozy mysteries have satisfactory endings. Life isn’t always like that, but the books I write are! They are great to read when a storm pounds the house or snow settles softly on trees and fence posts. A cup of coffee and a warm fire is the perfect setting for reading, but cozies are intriguing any time of year. Hopefully, the further adventures of Darcy Campbell and Flora Tucker will continue for a good, long while.
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I'm thankful to Blanche for sharing her books with us. Please feel free to find Blanche on her website, Facebook or on Amazon and please share this post so that others could learn about her and her writing. I am a big supporter of indie book stores so I would be delighted if you had a look at Blanche's books at your local independent book store. My favorite indie bookstore is Bookworks in Albuquerque, NM.
Photo Credit: Blanche Day Manos

Come back to see the next of Blanche's posts August 1, 2016 ... and leave a comment below to let us know you're a cozy mystery fan.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Journey of a Reluctant Writer

Catch up with my girl Marsha on her adventure into blogging at Journey of a Reluctant Writer. Not only is she baring her soul as a Language Arts teacher who admits that writing is her challenge, but she also has some pretty cool pictures of her recent trip to Cali.

Hey, didn't we all think the Language Arts teacher was supposed to be the perfect writer?

Photo Credit: Journey of a Reluctant Writer

Monday, April 18, 2016

Hallowed ground at the Sugar & Spice Ranch

There is a quiet grace that descends in the evening at the Sugar and Spice Ranch. The land the ranch sits on feels like hallowed ground, and easily you realize it is a special place, and you are experiencing a particular time. Watching the changing sky over the hills while sitting on the porch of the ranch house is almost a quiet meditation.
After a day riding in the arena, there is simple joy in just relaxing and walking the grounds watching the horses in the pasture where they live simply and naturally in a herd. There’s a joy in seeing God’s creature live in the manner intended.
It’s no wonder mothers experience bonding with their daughters, and friends grow closer, and families create memories. Experiencing a connection with horses opens the heart, and the soul and on this land, it is almost a spiritual moment.

Originally posted in WHERE"S MS. LEIGH | MARIA NORCIA SANTILLANES | APRIL 15, 2016

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016

Simply Priceless at the Sugar and Spice Ranch

Happiness has a smell; it has a feel, and it has a touch! It's the smell of a barn in the early morning, that heady perfume, it's the velvety nose of a happy horse looking for kisses and it's the soft hand to guide, direct and teach a new rider to embrace the world through the gait of a horse. Those words describe the heart experience of The Sugar and Spice Ranch in Bandera, TX headed up by a very special boss-lady and cowboy-girl, Ms. Leigh McCourt

One of the most touching experiences at the ranch has to be the mother and daughter camp experience. There
isn't anything better than the bonding that occurs between mother and daughter when they work together to
care for horses and learn basic ranch duties. Relying on each other, learning together, sharing work and when
the day comes to a close, sharing a beautiful sunset.  
Whether it's a time for mom and child to open their heart to each other in the dark of night or a quiet time spent in watching each other, moms gain a keen understanding of their child's ability and daughters learn a new respect for their parent. 
Bonding with a child is a continuous process of a lifetime and one that reaps the highest rewards, the love that glues family. Horses open up the heart space for that to happen; they are a kind of impetus for building a relationship, for confidence in oneself and each other. Caring for a horse, even for a short time, making sure the horses needs are taken care of builds nurturing skills and discipline. Horses teach humans to trust themselves by trusting in the human. When people work together as a team to care for horses, they learn about each other and most importantly, themselves. They begin to see themselves in a different light. 

I don't know that anyone could put a price tag on a lifetime relationship as important as that of a child and their parent or the experience of building that relationship. I don't know that anyone would. 
But I do know the experience that mothers and daughters leave "The Sugar and Spice Ranch" with is indeed priceless.
Originally posted in WHERE"S MS. LEIGH | MARIA NORCIA SANTILLANES | MARCH 15, 2016

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Review: Lowcountry Boneyard by Susan M. Boyer { @susanmboyer }

"I'd bet my mamma's pearls these folks are eccentric." ~Liz

Susan Boyer's Liz Talbot Mystery series is a cozy paranormal delight. Set in South Carolina's lowcountry with a few fictional places thrown in for good measure, the setting is a delight, and recognizable to anyone who has spent time in the lowcountry.

A paranormal element adds quite a bit of fun to the storyline. Colleen, the guardian spirit, is quite the character popping in when she is most needed and sometimes when she isn't. The mortal characters each seems to have a nice depth to them, with a bit of down home southern humor.

A quick read, Lowcountry Boneyard twists and turn with multiple villains and hidden family secrets that keep you guessing along the way.


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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Review of Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews { @mkayandrews }

I haven't read anything by Mary Kay in quite some times, so it was nice to pick up this book that had been sitting on my TBR pile for so long.

An enjoyable story with a bit of intrigue, a bit of romance and a bit of comedy, but it was also a bit slow in places and didn't have much depth. The tense relationship between jealous Kullen Kane and florist Cara Kryzik could have been an exciting element of intrigue had it been developed more, but overall it was a nice story.



I like Mary Kay's stories and will continue to follow her work. Her next book will be The Weekenders, which will be available May 17, 2016, and can be pre-ordered now. It sounds like it will be a good story!

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Review of The Sound of Glass by Karen White { @KarenWhiteWrite }

The New York Times bestselling author of A Long Time Gone 
now explores a Southern family’s buried history, 
which will change the life of the woman who unearths it, 
secret by shattering secret. 

Ever since first being introduced to her writing, I have found Karen White's work to be enjoyable, a story well told. I enjoy seeing flawed characters find themselves. We are all flawed in a way, we each carry baggage sometimes much to heavy to bear.

The Sound of Glass hit those pressure points for me. Characters who are vulnerable and who have life events that create a nick in their personality. A rich interplay of people who have not much in common but everything in common. A story that is not quick but cleverly moderate in pace so that one has time to feel the characters, the setting and the intrigue that haunts the background of this story.

Beautifully written, heartfelt and slowly simmering, I loved this story about how generations carry scars, a family is sometimes created through tears and secrets always rise to the surface.


“We travel with the same packed bags we’ve always had, 
until we take the time to unpack them.” 
― Karen WhiteThe Sound of Glass

Synopsis: "It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward’s husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news—Cal’s family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Cal’s reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt. 
Charting the course of an uncertain life—and feeling guilt from her husband’s tragic death—Merritt travels from her home in Maine to Beaufort, where the secrets of Cal’s unspoken-of past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral Heyward home on the Bluff. This unknown legacy, now Merritt’s, will change and define her as she navigates her new life—a new life complicated by the arrival of her too young stepmother and ten-year-old half-brother. 
Soon, in this house of strangers, Merritt is forced into unraveling the Heyward family past as she faces her own fears and finds the healing she needs in the salt air of the Low Country."   www.karen-white.com
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