Hey y’all, let me introduce Stella, West Virginia mountain woman. She’s faced down a bunch of troubles that life has thrown in her way. Did it all with a pretty dramatic flair, too. She’s complicated. Even though she taught Sunday school for years, from time to time she packs a “Pink Lady” pistol. She dearly loves her animals, but nearly shot her own brother, in church, no less.
You can’t meet Stella without meeting Jonas, either, a big bearded Inupiaq guy that just swept her off her feet. Together they try to do right, seek God in their lives, take care of family and be as honest as they can, which is a challenge. After waiting nearly 30 years to marry, they travel to the Arctic for Stella to meet his family. And what a family! If Jonas’ family wasn’t enough of a handful, Stella’s brother Timmy Lee and his meanness continues to plague the daylights out of the happy couple.
So far, there are two books in this series, Tales of Stella and Jonas, and one more to go, probably available in the fall of 2017. The two books that are published, Drunk on Peace and Quiet and Hung Over with Grandma are available on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble (links below) or if you’re anywhere near southern West Virginia, message me and we’ll figure out a way to get you an autographed copy.
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The evening air cools down quickly these days as the sun retreats below the mountains. Brightly colored maple leaves carpet our yard and the football announcer can be heard as we drive through Peterstown on Saturday nights. Fall is here! I look forward to the whirl...read more
Bluefield State College Founders Day Celebration Such a beautiful day on Friday, both outside and inside the BSC Student Union. It was an honor to take part in the Founders Day program and heart-warming to meet those who had known Dr. Dickason. We sold several copies...read more
“A remarkable book about a remarkable man.” -James Leedy, Archivist, Bluefield State Collegeread more
Thirty copies of a galley proof of "Try and Be Somebody" (a biography of Dr. Henry Lake Dickason) arrived last Thursday and have been distributed for review and corrections. To say I am excited is an understatement! When I get calmed down, I'll post a photo of the...read more
The shipping notice was sent yesterday that the proofs of Dr. Dickason's biography are on the way! It feels almost like two years of pregnancy and the baby is finally coming... Will update and post a photo when they...read more
We live near an old slave cemetery high on Peters Mountain that needed tending. During the Boy Scout Jamboree, there were inquires for work days for the thousands of troops visiting north of here. We applied, troops from middle Tennessee cam to work in the summer...read more
In the last two weeks or so there have been over 25 lambs (I've lost count) born out in our red barn. Some have died in their first hours and some have been rejected and became bottle babies but far more have survived and are darling. We have learned that a healthy...read more
Good news! Hung Over with Grandma has been named a finalist in this year's Indie Awards! It was honored in the Multicultural category. The winners will be announced mid-May. Knowing that my story got the attention of such a prestigious group is very rewarding....read more
This past weekend, a wild, unpredictable storm hit the northeast. Sporadic rain, sleet, snow, and high winds pounded this end of the country followed by low, low temperatures. Weather predictors had trouble pin-pointing snow accumulations or exact locations but they...read more
I'm sad to report that our pet alpaca passed away last week. The dreaded worm that attacks the nervous system, for which there is no cure, stuck our farm again. Meningeal worms are spread by deer. The deer aren't harmed, they just carry the worms who leave the deer...read more