My thanks to Joanna Campbell Slan for inviting me here to tell you about my new book.
|Kaye Wilkinson Barley|
My new book.
Never in a million years did I think I would say those words.
But after having gotten my toes wet writing a blog and then having two memoir pieces accepted for publication in two regional anthologies, my writing urges went crazy.
The result is a book I love. It’s full of things I love, and while I know it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s my heart. There's a quote attributed to Toni Morrison that many of you have probably seen--"If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."
I guess that’s what I did.
I've written the novel I wanted to write. It has magic and best girlfriends. There's pretty clothes and great food. There's laughter and love and music. Art and a perfect little gallery on a lovely little idyllic island in the Lowcountry. There's a ghost or two and a pixie named Earlene who happens to be partial to Christian Louboutins. It's impossible to put a tag on - kinda like the most interesting people I know who refuse to be placed in a single category. Eccentric and flawed. and fun.
And now, I hope to get the word out there in hopes that others with discover the joy of Whimsey. ‘Cause, guess what – I’ve started Whimsey Book Two. I guess I’m hooked after all.
How to Win Your Copy of WHIMSEY...
I'd like to give one commenter a copy of WHIMSEY: A NOVEL. All you have to do is leave a comment and we'll draw a name. The winner can choose a print version or a Kindle version. We'll come back Friday morning to announce the winner, so be sure and check back then.
Thanks, everyone! Very much. I hope you'll all give WHIMSEY a try and hope you love it.
My thanks to Joanna for having me!
WHIMSEY is Kaye Wilkinson Barley's first novel. She lives with her husband, Don, in the North Carolina mountains along with Harley Doodle Barley, the Wonder Corgi.
You can follow news about WHIMSEY here - http://kayewilkinsonbarley.blogspot.com/
Kaye is Blog Mistress of Meanderings and Muses, which you can follow here -http://www.meanderingsandmuses.com/
She also steps in as "Oh, Kaye!" once a month at Jungle Red Writers - http://www.jungleredwriters.com/
Here's what people are saying about WHIMSEY - -
- Margaret Maron, New York Times Best-Selling Author. Winner of the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity Awards, and 2013 Mystery Writers of America Grand Master
"Kaye Barley is a treasure and a delight. Her wit, wisdom, imagination--and yes, whimsy!--shine from every page."
- Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-Winning Author
WHIMSEY is a novel of southern fiction with a splash of magic and a touch of fantasy, topped with a sprinkling of humor.
The magic was already there when cigar-smoking matriarch Elizabeth Calhoun established an artist’s colony on an island off the coast of Georgia and named it Whimsey.
Elizabeth’s ghost still drops in from time to time to make sure things are going as she planned.
There’s also a wicked pixie named Earlene who fancies tight-fitting designer clothes and Louboutin stilettos.
Elizabeth’s grandniece, Emma Hamilton Foley, a once-promising jewelry designer who moved away from the island, now fears her talent has deserted her.
Along with her four best childhood friends, she has been invited to be a resident artist at Whimsey’s new upscale gallery, Les étoiles. To join them, she’ll need to regain her talent, face the demons from her past and her feelings about Eli Tatnall, whom she loved as a girl.
Will moving back to Whimsey bring the magic back?
WHIMSEY is a story of hope and affirmation, about families and best girlfriends, connections and feelings. It’s about the things in life that make us happy and the things that scare us to death. And the people who walk through life with us.