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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For four months, we were daily companions, practicing about two hours every weekday. The Peterstown Lady Pirates were an agreeable group of girls this season, few in number but big in heart. When they ordered sweatshirts with "5 players, 1 heartbeat", I didn't know...read more
HAPPY NEWS! This email came last week: "Dear Ms. Crabtree, We are excited to announce that the book "Hung Over with Grandma" has won the Gold/1st Place award in the 2017 Feathered Quill Book Awards Program for the Best Women's Fiction category! Congratulations! We had...read more
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The second book in the Stella and Jonas series, Hung Over with Grandma, is being printed!! We expect to have it in hand next week! The book opens with a wedding: Stella says “I do” to Jonas (at the Lindside United Methodist Church) and discovers quite the surprise—a...read more
The Peterstown Heritage Festival was held on a rainy day, but there was a good crowd and lots of vendors and fun. I was set up in Market Street and Co. formerly the Terry Department Store, which is in the beginning phases of renovation. The Civil War Era Love Letter...read more
Drunk on Peace and Quiet has a sequel in the works! The working title, Hung Over with Grandma, continues the adventures of Stella and Jonas. They are off to Alaska, visiting Barrow and Atqasuk and having a wild old time on the flight back to West Virginia. Timmy...read more
We had a great vendor spot at the WV Water Festival on August 5, but it was not meant to be - true to the Festival's name, it poured rain. Like they say, some you win and some you lose and some get rained out! Then we had a family emergency call when the sun came out...read more
CNN [Chicken News Network] July 4: Lindside, WV. On an evening when loud noises and firecrackers are the norm, a Lindside man added to the festivities by screaming and jumping across a field at twilight. Roger Crabtree, 63, intended to gather eggs from a hidden...read more
Mud and loss. Bodies strewn on the Greenbrier's golf course. Unimaginable horror stories of the sounds of the night it rained 9 inches. Houses floating away. Houses burning. West Virginians with nothing but the clothes they wear and whatever was in their pockets...read more
Something about long, warm summer days invites me to write. I am imagining and writing about my main character, Stella, in her life with new hubby, Jonas. In fact, I often wonder what Stella would think about things that I see in my world. I think she would be...read more