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Me and Virginia This Morning

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Me and Virginia This Morning

Cheryl Miller, Virginia This Morning, WTVR TV, RichmondHad a great time today heading over to channel 6/WTVR-TV’s a.m. show, Virginia This Morning here in Richmond. Always a pleasure to visit and share my latest news with host Cheryl Miller (right) and the audience.

I talked about Alexandria’s Old Town, it’s colonial past, my new characters, my fictional Union Street Bakery and, of course. At the Corner of King Street. And guess what?  Today I baked! Here’s the segment.

Spring Book Tour

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Spring Book Tour

It’s been such a whirlwind spring promoting the release of my women’s fiction novel AT THE CORNER OF KING STREET the third book in my Alexandria series.  I made it as far north as Milwaukee and as far south as Dallas as I met with readers, mingled with some fabulous authors and spoke to writers about the craft of writing.  Thought I’d share a few pictures from my Spring 2015 travels.

With Mollie Cox Bryan and Avery Flynn at the Virginia Festival of the Book on March 22, 2015.

With Mollie Cox Bryan and Avery Flynn at the Virginia Festival of the Book on March 22, 2015.

With Mary Kay Andrews at the Washington Romance Writers Pre-Retreat signing on April 17, 2015.

With Mary Kay Andrews at the Washington Romance Writers Pre-Retreat signing on April 17, 2015.

The wonderful ladies of the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America on March 21, 2015. I spoke to the group about “Writing Your Novel One Draft At a Time.”

The wonderful ladies of the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America on March 21, 2015. I spoke to the group about “Writing Your Novel One Draft At a Time.”

With Barbara Vey at the Barbara Vey Reader Luncheon on April 25, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

With Barbara Vey at the Barbara Vey Reader Luncheon on April 25, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Romantic Times 2015 in Dallas, Texas with the Panelist for “Making the Leap to Mainstream,” including Megan Hart, MB, Kerry Reichs, Sophie Littlefield and moderator Kristin Harmel.

Romantic Times 2015 in Dallas, Texas with the Panelist for “Making the Leap to Mainstream,” including Megan Hart, MB, Kerry Reichs, Sophie Littlefield and moderator Kristin Harmel.

A May 18, 2015 panel at Fiction-Addiction in Greenville, SC with Courtney McKinney-Wittaker, Sarah McCoy, Kim Daisy and Margaret Bradham Thornton.

A May 18, 2015 panel at Fiction-Addiction in Greenville, SC with Courtney McKinney-Wittaker, Sarah McCoy, Kim Daisy and Margaret Bradham Thornton.

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Girls Night out on May 21, 2015 at Turn the Page Bookstore in Boonsboro, MD with Mary Behre, Erika Robuck, Nora Roberts, Kimberly Kincaid and Donna Kauffman.

AT THE CORNER OF KING STREET released on May 5, 2015!

AT THE CORNER OF KING STREET released on May 5, 2015!

And About Those Witch Bottles . . .

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Blog, Home Page | 0 comments

And About Those Witch Bottles . . .

Mary Ellen Taylor AT THE CORNER OF KING STREET image witch bottle from Wikipedia publicThere’s been a little bit of buzz about the witch bottle Addie discovers in present day Alexandria in AT THE CORNER OF KING STREET and whether or not I invented it for this book.  The answer is that witch bottles aren’t fictional.  They’re part of our history. Hundreds of years ago the fear of witches was very real.  We forget that in the colonial era and before then, death was always close.  Women wishing to protect their families against evil or even to curse others created these bottles, often under the light of the full moon. The bottle was filled with sharp objects designed to attack the evil and it was also filled with items close to the creator—buttons, strands of hair, bits of clothing, herbs and even blood.

You can see the first mention of witch bottles in AT THE CORNER OF KING STREET and find out how they’re made here.

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