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July 24, 2014 - - 

AND -  Whimsey: A Novel is now #19 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction > Women's Fiction

Thanks to all of you who have downloaded the free eBook!

It will be free for two more days.  I hope you'll give it a try, and I hope you'll tell all your friends.




July 23, 2014 - - 


Planning a trip to the beach?  
Taking your Kindle?
Well, alrighty then.
You can load a free copy of WHIMSEY; A NOVEL to take along with you.
Free for three days at amazon's Kindle store http://tinyurl.com/lgfafja )  - July 24, 25 and 26.  
I've given up trying to decide what section of your bookshelf it should go on, but you can choose one of these labels 'cause they're what others have chosen to label it, and they're all okay by me - girlfriend book, southern lit, magical realism, beach read, feel good book, lowcountry novel.  And now we can add "free EBook."
It's been compared to work by Sarah Addison Allen, Dorothea Benton Frank and Ellery Adams, which tickles the daylights out of me.

I hope you'll give it a try, and will pass the word to tell your friends and family about the free promotion.

And - I hope you enjoy it!


July 6, 2014 - -

First Sunday of the month and I get to play "Oh, Kaye!" at Jungle Reds.

Today I'm talking about some of the things I love about small town living.

I hope you'll drop by and say "Hey!" - - - http://www.jungleredwriters.com/ 

AND!

Some news about Harley's book. 

The corrected Kindle version is up at amazon.com and it's free today and tomorrow.

Right now it is ranked number 911 in free Kindle books  -  Yay!!  Get your copy right here - - - http://tinyurl.com/kre47jn !



July 4, 2014 -







Hooray - Corrections have been made to Harley's book and the promotion will resume soon, but probably not until tomorrow. It will go back to being free for 3 more days - July 5, 6 & 7. The print copies are fine, and are available for purchase (they are not included in the freebie promotion). Thanks, everyone - and I hope you all have a great 4th! (Harley says all that was exhausting - I agree).


Goodreads Book Giveaway

My Name is Harley and This Is My Story by Kaye Wilkinson Barley

My Name is Harley and This Is My Story

by Kaye Wilkinson Barley

Giveaway ends in 11 days (July 15, 2014)
1 copy available, 70 people requesting
Enter to win

July 2, 2014 - -





Harley Barley will be nine years old on Friday, July 4th. 

To celebrate, he's giving away copies of his new book, "My Name is Harley and This Is My Story." 

There are two ways to do this. 
Beginning at midnight tonight, anyone can get a free Kindle version for 3 days - July 3, 4 and 5 by going here - http://tinyurl.com/nasg76o
OR -
you can enter the give-away contest at Goodreads to win a paperback version (1 winner only!) by clicking here - http://tinyurl.com/ouw99se
The Goodreads contest ends July 15th.
Thanks, everyone!


June 17, 2014 - - 





One from Mason Canyon at her wonderful Thoughts in Progress blog - http://masoncanyon.blogspot.com/2014/06/my-name-is-harley-unlucky-13-happy.html


And one from Lesa Holstine at her wonderful Lesa's Book Critiques - http://lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com/2014/06/my-name-is-harley-and-this-is-my-story.html


Harley is a happy dog, and I'm a very proud mom.


Click HERE to buy a copy of Harley's book.  It's available in Kindle and paperback editions.



June 16, 2014 - - 


I hope to see some of you at the following events -



June 28 - 
The High Country Festival of the Book,  Boone, NC

I'll be signing Whimsey: A Novel, and moderating the mystery panel at 3:00 in the Historic Jones House in downtown Boone.  Panelists are Vickie Lane, Mike Orenduff, Millie West and Sean Keefer.

There will be lots of fun activities, food and music, and some terrific authors at the HCFB this year, including Robert Inman, Patti Callahan Henry, and loads more.






August 11 - 
Malaprop's Bookstore,  Asheville, NC

I'll be joining self-published and small local press authors for a group reading and signing at 7:00 p.m., following a 6:30 wine reception.





August 21-24 - 
Killer Nashville,  Nashville, TN

Panel assignment and signing times TBA






September - 
Quarter Moon Books & Gifts, Topsail Island, NC

I'll be doing a signing here again this year in late September.  Exact date TBA





June 1, 2014 - - 




Yes, that's right.

Harley has written a book, and today is the official launch day.

The title is "My Name is Harley and This is My Story."

It's available at amazon.com in paperback- 
http://tinyurl.com/mzqu693 , or Kindle format - http://tinyurl.com/k7sw26j .

It's an 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 photobook (94 pages), with Harley giving narrative throughout. From baby pictures up thru today. Pictures from around the house, the yard and trips we've taken. Harley did not take 
the pictures, but he chose some of his favorites that Donald and I have taken over the years. The photos also include some friends of Harley's, including Eloise, Sissyfriss Sockmonkey, LouLou Skiptoo, a 
little deer named Little Deer and a few sheep.

If you'd like to win a free copy, stop by Jungle Red - 
http://www.jungleredwriters.com/ - today and leave a comment.  I'll toss your name into the hat and will draw a winner later this evening. I am not drawing names for the winner here quite yet - ONLY at Jungle Red.  So stop by there and leave a comment, please.

June 1, 2014 - - 

And here we are again. 

The first Sunday of the month, and I'm at Jungle Red.

And . . . 

I have a surprise that I think will make some of you happy.

Pop on over and see what it is - http://www.jungleredwriters.com/


May 28, 2014 - -




I don't know if y'all have been keeping up with all the happenings being planned for The High Country Festival of the Book, but if not - do check it out!

We have a lot of fun things planned, and a lot of great authors.  

We've been adding names to the participating author list as well as the exhibiting author list, so stop by the webpage to see who's been added.  We'll be adding more names in the next month, so keep checking.

There will be a writing workshop on Friday, June 27th.

There will be a dinner on Friday evening featuring Lynn Cullen, author of "Mrs. Poe."

On Saturday, there will be a lot of children's activities and each child attending gets to choose a book to take home with them.

There will also be authors galore - reading, signing, panel  sessions. 

And music!

And food!

Details for all this can be found at the High Country Festival of the Book webpage - http://www.highcountryfestivalofthebook.com/

We're also interviewing some of the participants at the Who's Who blog at the webpage and coming up with some interesting facts and trivia about many of them.

It's going to be a great event and I hope to see many of you there!


April 17, 2014 - - 

This has been a very good week for Whimsey.

The first person who compared my Whimsey to novels written by Sarah Addison Allen was Lesa Holstine.  I cried like a baby over that comparison.  Anyone who knows me, knows Sarah Addison Allen is a literary hero of mine.

Since then, there have been more of those comparisons and each one  gives me a lift and makes my heart sing.

The latest is from Miss Susie.  

Susie writes a wonderful blog called "Miss Susie's Reading and Observations" - please check it out!

And you can read her review of Whimsey right here:  http://misssusiesreading.blogspot.com/2014/04/whimsey-novel-by-kaye-wilkinson-barley.html



squeeeeee!!!

April 12, 2014 - -

"Sprinkle a piece of southern women's literature with a dash of pixie dust, and Kaye Wilkinson Barley's debut novel, "Whimsey" is the result.  Equal parts spunk and elegance, cigar smoke and iced coffee, the book delivers on the name.  "Whimsey is just that: whimsical.


Barley attributes her first novel to a quote by Toni Morrison: "If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."  With "Whimsey," that is exactly what she did.  The results of her endeavor have been compared to novels by New York Times bestseller Sarah Addison Allen and deemed "delightful" by North Carolina author Margaret Maron.


The story revolves around the Island of Whimsey, a colony of artists founded by matriarch Elizabeth Calhoun off the coast of Georgia in 1949.  The community is an artist's dream world, complete with small town camaraderie, luscious seascapes, and dark nights that promise a thousand stars.  But, there is more to the island than pretty scenery or even the talents of its residents.  The "certain something else" means that on Whimsey, the mildly supernatural becomes commonplace, and artists are rarely at a loss for inspiration.


After following a doomed marriage to Atlanta, jewelry designer Emmaline Hamilton Foley, grandniece of Elizabeth Calhou, has "lost her magic," so to speak.  It will take a devoted family and a few girlfriends who won't take no for an answer to draw her back to the island home of her youth.  With her Aunt Zoe planning a new upscale gallery to showcase local talent, Emma can only hope to recapture the spark in her own designs, in time for the grand opening.  But first, she must confront old heartbreaks, long-standing rivalries and her own loss of confidence.


"Whimsey" shifts seamlessly between reality and fantasy, enchanged glitter and everyday magic.  The story is perhaps more similar to magical realism than traditional fantasy.  In the insular world of its sprawling cast of characters, no one bats an eye at the occasional watchful ghost or sassy pixie.  And in truth, these nods to fancy are mere seasoning.  The driving force behind "Whimsey" is a more subtle magic: the love and support of family, the shared joy between friends (here, splendidly dubbed the "Wicked Women of Whimsey"), and the infectious drive of a creative community.


One might even speculate that the magical quality of the Island of Whimsey comes to stand in for those indefinable urges that inspire passion of all kinds.  Barley has created a utopia where following the desires of one's heart is both a worthy and profitable pursuit.  On Whimsey, hard work is rewarded, second chances have a chance, and no one is allowed to give up on herself.


Barley's writing is optimistic and upbeat, laced with a cheeky, good-natured humor.  The story has a southern flavor that brings to mind humid summer days on the Georgia coast.  Barley's love of the landscape is clearly evident in her multi-colored descriptions, and readers may find themselves wishing that they could be transported literally as well as figuratively to a southern shoreline at sunrise.  Also apparent is the author's appreciative eye for creative work, whether jewelry, pottery, paintings, or lace-toed stockings.


Barley says that if she could say anything to inspire women, she would tell them that they are never too old to spread their wings, to do the things they always wanted.  Her "Whimsey" presents the fictional story of a series of talented women willing to take that risk, and the book itself is proof of the living truth in her words.  Ultimately, the novel is a celebration of creativity and self-fulfillment.  For anyone who is not too grown-up to believe in the power of chasing after the things they love, or to smile at a pixie in Louboutin heels, "Whimsey" presents a fun, light-hearted read and a reminder never to stop dreaming."


"About the Author:
Kaye Wilkinson Barley, a retiree of Appalachian State University, lives in Watauga County with husband Don and "Wonder Corgi," Harley Doodle Barley.

She serves on the planning committee for the High Country Festival of the Book and is a contributing writer for several blogs, including the Jungle Red Writers and Barley's personal blog, Meanderings and Muses, which spotlights other authors worth watching.  Barley's nonfiction has been included in two Western North Carolina anthologies, "Clothes Lines" and "Women's Spaces Women's Places."

Barley self-published her first novel, "Whimsey," in 2013 and hints that a sequel is in the works.  She will be in Asheville on April 21 for a "Whimsey" reading as part of Malaprop's Bookstore's self-published and small press local authors series.

Keep up with book signings and other events through her website, www.kayewilkinsonbarley.com"


Written by Ariel Parsons.  A graduate of Appalachian State University, a quintessential English major and self-proclaimed word junkie.

Note:  The above mentioned Malaprop's reading is being rescheduled.  Once the new date has been announced, I'll let everyone know.

April 8, 2014 - -

Wheeeeee! 

There's a lovely review of my WHIMSEY: A NOVEL in the April edition of All About Women Magazine written by Ariel Parsons. I am a very happy girl.  I'm not sure if the latest edition is available on-line yet or not (my Adobe Flash and Google Chrome seem to hate one another), but if not, it should be fairly soon - - http://www.aawmag.com/

It's always a feel good thing to read a nice review.  Always.  And to read one in your hometown magazine?  wow.  That is such a rush.

And then to top it off, to read one which has been so well thought out is something to truly, truly treasure.  Ariel Parsons liked my Whimsey.  That feels great.  But - more importantly, she "got" it.

She got what was in my heart and what I so hoped to share.  There are no words to say exactly what that means, or how it feels, to a writer.

My thanks, Ariel.  And my gratitude.








squeeeeeeee!!!!

March 3, 2014 - - 

I am interviewing myself at the High Country Festival of the Book Blog today.- http://www.highcountryfestivalofthebook.com/whos-who-blog.html

March 2, 2014 - - 

I love it when the first Sunday of the month rolls around, and I get to play "Oh, Kaye!" at Jungle Red.  Today I'm chatting about going to Birmingham and losing my status as a "panel virgin." I hope you'll drop by and say "Hey!"http://www.jungleredwriters.com/2014/03/oh-kaye-goes-to-birmingham.html

February 26, 2014

Today I'm hanging out with my blogging pal Mason Canyon at her delightful "Thoughts in Progress."

We're giving away a freebie of my Whimsey audiobook.

If you're interested, I hope you'll drop by and say "Hey!" http://masoncanyon.blogspot.com/2014/02/whimsey-novel-on-audio-plus-giveaway.html

February 19, 2014 - - 





Want to win an audiobook of Whimsey?


Just leave a comment at the give-away post at Meanderings and Muses http://www.meanderingsandmuses.com/2014/02/contest-win-audio-version-of-whimsey.html


I'll be drawing two names for the give-away, and will post them there on Friday evening.



note:  if your comment doesn't show up right away, please don't worry.  I'm moderating all comments, and I may not be at my laptop when you leave yours.  Sorry for the inconvenience.


February 18, 2014 - -



Toni Morrison once said, “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” 




and so I did.





thank you, and





Happy Birthday, Ms. Morrison!!!! 










February 12, 2014 - -



Lots and lots of pictures from Murder in the Magic City and Murder on the Menu - http://www.meanderingsandmuses.com/



February 12, 2014 - -

The audible audio edition of Whimsey: A Novel is now available through amazon.com. 

You can listen to a sample of it right here - 
http://tinyurl.com/klqrfp6



February 6, 2014 - - 

squeee!
Whimsey: A Novel is now on sale at audible.com. And will be available on iTunes and Amazon.com within the next few days.


Whimsey was narrated by Susanna Burney, who has the following books to her credit:


Fiction: THE GIRL WITH NO SHADOW, by Joanne Harris; THE MEMORY OF WATER, by Karen White


Historic Fiction: ABUNDANCE: a novel of Marie Antoinette, by Sena Jeter Naslund; FOR THE LOVE OF IRELAND, by Judy Leslie

Romance: BORN TO BE WILD, by Catherine Coulter; THE MOON LOOKED DOWN, by Dorothy Garlock

Suspense: THE EDGE OF EVIL, by J.A. Jance; THE NIGHT VILLA, by Carol Goodman; THE STEPMOTHER, by Diana Diamond

Erotica: SLAVE, TRUTH, and NEED, by Sherri Hayes

Memoir: THE RECEPTIONIST, by Janet Groth; HORSES NEVER LIE ABOUT LOVE, by Jana Harris


February 4, 2014 - - 

The panels for this weekend's Murder in the Magic City have been set, and here they are:


Schedule for Murder In The Magic City


Saturday - - - 9:00 Registration opens

9:40 -10:25 Murder:  The Long and Short of it
Paula Benson (M)
Kaye George
Toni L.P. Kelner
Denise Swanson
Bert Goolsby
James M. Jackson

10:30-11:00 GOH Julia Spencer-Fleming

11:00 Break/Signing:  Session one and Julia Spencer-Fleming

11:30 Lunch is served

12:00-12:30 GOH Robert Dugoni

12:30-1:15  Murder:  In Time
Jane Tesh
Brynn Bonner
Dee Phelps
Karen Cunningham
Flo Fitzpatrick (M)

1:15-1:45  Break/Signing: Session two and Robert Dugoni

2:00-2:45  Murder:  In Space
Jennifer Brooks
Polly Iyer
Linda Lovely
Neil Plakcy
Jaden Terrell (M)
Ellis Vidler

3:00 BASKET AUCTION ENDS

3:00-3:45  Murder:  In Four Courses, with Cocktails
Kaye Wilkinson Barley (M)
Mike Orenduff
Don Bruns
Kathleen Delaney


3:45  Announcement of Basket Auction Winners

4:00-4:30  Signing Sessions Three and Four

4:30  AUTHORS MEET ON THE STAGE FOR PHOTOS

6:30  MEET IN MEETING ROOM AT THE HOTEL FOR DRINKS AND DINNER

For more info, go here - - - http://www.murderinthemagiccity2014.com


Sunday, we'll be in Wetumpka for  Murder on the Menu, and here's the schedule for it:



Panel 1      12:40-1:10
Panel 2       1:25-1:55
Panel 3      2:25 – 2:55
Panel 4      3:10 – 3:40
I don't know these people!  Building great characters from scratch…or not.
Location, Location, Location - How settings enhance the story.
Which came first, the body or the killer?  Building a mystery
How'd I get here?  The long and winding road to publication.
Neil Plakcy
Mike Orenduff
James M. Jackson
Toni L. P. Kelner/Leigh Perry
Don Bruns
Robert Dugoni
Julia Spencer-Fleming
Karen Cunningham
Denise Swanson
Brenda Witchger/Brynn Bonner
Dee Phelps
Bert Goolsby (no FB)
Kaye Wilkinson Barley
Jaden Terrell
Jane Tesh
Ellis Vidler
Linda Lovely
Paula Benson
Jennifer Brooks
Kathleen Delaney

Kaye George

Polly Iyer



For more info on the Wetumpka event, go here:   http://www.wetumpkalibrary.com/Default.asp?ID=648&pg=Murder+on+the+Menu+2014

If you're in the Birmingham, AL area, I hope you'll join us!


February 2, 2014 - -

Today's my day to play "Oh, Kaye!" at Jungle Red Writers. I hope you'll drop by for a visit. I'm talking about cooking, baking (a little football), and all that jazz.

January 15, 2014 - - 

So. The Magnificent Margaret Fenton , Mistress of the Marvelous Murder in the Magic City Mystery Convention emailed me my panel assignment today. I'll be moderating "Murder: In Four Courses, with Cocktails." Much to my merriment, the other panel members are Kathleen Delaney, Don Bruns and Mike Orenduff. As most of you know, this is my first panel ever. Soooooo, it's obviously my first moderating gig. I'm soliciting hints, tips, suggestions and possible questions from all you smart folks.

January 5, 2014 - - -





First Sunday of the month - my day to post at Jungle Red. I'm talking about my favorite color, which would be . . . .
 I hope you'll drop by for a visit.
http://www.jungleredwriters.com/
 
 
 




January 1, 2014 - -



2013 has been a very good year for me - and I thank each of you for helping make it so. I wish you all a 2014 full of dreams come true.



December 30, 2013 - -

2013 has been a very good year.

And it just got better.

If there is one "Favorites List" I always look forward to at the end of the year, it's Lesa Holstine's. 

Did I ever, EVER, think I'd see my name there?

Pfft!

Never.

Dreams do come true - - - -

Lesa Holstine's Favorite Books of 2013 - http://lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com/2013/12/favorite-books-of-2013.html

My "Whimsey" is there along with some of my own favorites of the year.  With some of the writers I admire most, whose work is quite meaningful to me. 

Sophie Littlefield, Beth Hoffman, Chris Grabenstein, Jessica Brockmole, Louise Penny, Ellery Adams, Nora Roberts, Gail Carriger, Craig Johnson, and - - a bonus book - Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests, Seventh Edition, edited by Cynthia Orr & Diane Tixier Herald. It's a readers' advisory book, and Lesa wrote the chapter about mysteries

Y'all - Life is Good.

And Lesa Holstine is a Fairy Godmother who has helped make many dreams come true.  Including my own.

Thank you, Lesa. 


December 24, 2013 -

Merry Christmas and Happiest of Holidays, everyone!

This morning I've been listening to narrators reading auditions for the audio version of WHIMSEY: A NOVEL.   What a gift for me to be able to hear my words being read by such gifted women.  It's going to be very hard to choose a narrator from this group.  I'll be making my final decision after the holidays - stay tuned!

I've just posted a "Christmas Eve in Boone" blog at Meanderings and Muses.  I'll hope you'll drop by - http://www.meanderingsandmuses.com/ .



December 10, 2013 - -

Tickets for Murder on the Menu - Wetumpka, AL are now on sale. Many writers you know and love will be there (and some you'll meet for the first time and hopefully learn to love!). 
This is a fundraising event that takes place the day after Murder in the Magic City - http://www.murderinthemagiccity2014.com/ , and most of the authors will be participating in both events. 
If you're in the Birmingham, AL area, keep us in mind, please!
Here's a list of participating authors:

November 27, 2013 -

I've written about the Pat Conroy / Cassandra King book signing Don and I went to in Charlotte. I had the BEST time! http://www.meanderingsandmuses.com/


November 25, 2013 -
This week we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving, and I'll be celebrating my 65th birthday.  Sixty-Five!!  HOW did that happen?!  In the spirit of saying thanks for my blessings, of which there are many, I'm doing some giving.  The Kindle version of WHIMSEY: A NOVEL will be free all week.  I would appreciate you helping me spread the word, please.  And if you already have a copy, maybe consider giving a copy to a friend or family member.
 
  http://www.amazon.com/WHIMSEY-A-NOVEL-ebook/dp/B00BC3GZJ4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1369490261&sr=1-1&keywords=whimsey+a+novel

Many thanks, my friends!
 
I appreciate all the support you've given me and Whimsey, and wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2013 -

I hope to see some of you in Birmingham, AL in February for this terrific event.

Guests of Honor are Robert Dugoni and Julia Spencer-Fleming

Participating authors are:

Kaye Wilkinson Barley
Paula Benson
Brynn Bonner aka Brenda Witchger
Susan Boyer
Jennifer Brooks
Don Bruns
Karen Cunningham
Flo Fitzpatrick
Kaye George
Bert Goolsby
Polly Iyer
James. M. Jackson
Toni L.P. Kelner, also known as Leigh Perry.
Linda Lovely
Mike Orenduff
Dee Phelps
Neil Plakcy
Denise Swanson
Earl Staggs
Jaden Terrell
Jane Tesh
Ellis Vidler

Registration is now open -

http://www.murderinthemagiccity2014.com/registration/

And hotel information is up -

http://www.murderinthemagiccity2014.com/hotel-information/



November 7, 2013 -

"I sat up last night to finish reading Kaye Barley's WHIMSEY, a beautiful book, with Kaye's personality shining through every page. I can't decide whether she wrote a fairy tale for adults or a Cinderella story for the child in all of us, but I loved it."


So says Pat Browning, a woman I admire who also happens to be a writer I admire.

Her full 5 Star review can be seen here - http://tinyurl.com/kb2yxld   

She wrote a book I have recommended here, there and all over the interwebs; ABSINTHE OF MALICE (published originally under the name FULL CIRCLE).  And I hear she's writing a sequel . . . (tapping my toe impatiently).

But, being totally honest, I think Pat's greatest gift is her talent for memoir and narrative non-fiction.  She has graced Meanderings and Muses as a guest every year since it began, and she's one of the first people I invite back when I start working on the schedule for the next year.  She has traveled the world and offers us a peek into places many of us will never have an opportunity to visit.  She offers that peek to us with her inimitable voice and viewpoint.  We've seen her riding a camel, dining with handsome strangers in magical places.  She shares photos I wish I had taken.  And she always leaves me wishing for more. 

She does a lot of guest blogging, and I follow her wherever I can find her, including her own blog which you can see here - http://browningpat.wordpress.com/

To read words of praise from a woman who has been an inspiration to me for so many years is, indeed, a lovely, lovely thing.

Thank you, Pat!!!
 
 
 
 
 


November 6, 2103 –

In support of (print) books and indie bookstores, a group of authors gathered together in New Orleans earlier this fall to make a video where they all read aloud from Lane Smith’s It’s a Book. The project was devised by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and once it was confirmed that Lane Smith and the book’s publisher Macmillan supported the project, the taping began.  Authors graciously (and often gleefully)  stepped into a makeshift studio to read their lines with little notion of what the final outcome would look like, but nevertheless believing in the good cause the project was designed to highlight: the benefit of print books and indie bookstores.   The result has been everything they and SIBA and her member booksellers could hope for: a wonderful read-aloud of Lane Smith’s It’s a Book! 

November 3, 2013

Music can sometimes evoke a memory. Can food do the same thing? That's what I'm talking about at Jungle Red today - http://www.jungleredwriters.com/



October 5, 2013

WHIMSEY now has 21 five-star reviews at amazon.com


The latest from thriller author Shane Gericke - "Kaye Barley's words leap off the page and wedge right there in your brain next to the comfort food and hot chocolate. I love her characters, and the fantasy sequences were an unexpected joy. Check out WHIMSEY, but only if you like vibrant writing and Southern-style fun."   


September 13, 2013 - - 


 Quarter Moon Books, Topsail Island, NC


September 12, 2013 - -


Here's the WHIMSEY display

at

Topsail Island, NC

I hope some of you will be able to be there tomorrow evening, September 13, from 5-7 for our wine & cheese signing party.




   


September 3, 2013 - -

Quarter Moon Books is one of the coolest bookstores on God's green earth and I'm tickled pink to be doing an event there this month.

Check it out -




They were one of the first bookstores to take on chance on WHIMSEY and add it to their inventory.


If you're near Topsail Island, NC, join us for a wine and cheese party on Friday, September 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 where I'll be signing copies of Whimsey.




September 2, 2013 -

Happy Labor Day, everyone!

Yesterday, in honor of the long holiday weekend, and Labor Day bringing us to the end of summer, I shared a summer memory at Jungle Red which I hope you'll read and enjoy - http://www.jungleredwriters.com/2013/08/oh-kaye-celebrating-labor-day-weekend.html


August 26, 2013 - -

I'm visiting with my friend, author and editor Terrie Farley Moran today at Women of Mystery - I hope you'll drop by!

http://www.womenofmystery.net/2013/08/26/whimsey-a-novel-by-kaye-wilkinson-barley/
 





August 23, 2013 - -

Murder in the Magic City is a mystery conference for fans of all sub-genres of mystery novels.  The conference consists of panel discussions and presentations. Lunch, coffee and doughnuts, sodas, and a “goody bag” are included in the registration fee. In addition, they have a basket auction each year for charity. Baskets consist of at least one book and items related to that book/theme.

Why the “Magic City”? When Birmingham was founded around 1871, it grew so fast that people said it happened “just like magic”. Currently, Birmingham is Alabama’s largest city. There are lots of fun things to do there, including a fantastic Museum of Art, and the Civil Rights Institute is a great visit. Of course, no trip to Birmingham would be complete without seeing Vulcan, the naked statue, made even more famous by the late mystery writer, Anne George.

AND - I'll be there, along with a whole bunch of great writers (including some very good buddies of mine - Yay!). 

Registration for the event opens December 1, 2013.

Keep your eye on this page as more authors are added - http://www.murderinthemagiccity2014.com/what-authors-will-be-there/
 
 
 



August 13, 2013 -

Back in 2011, I wrote a blog at my Meanderings and Muses about an author I had recently discovered - Sarah Addison Allen.  I was blown away by her writing, and became a fan and devoted follower of her work. 



As it happens, serendipity was about to come into play.  I was over the moon about being interviewed by Marlisa Mills, for Western North Carolina Magazine.  I couldn't wait to have the March, 2011 edition in my hands to read the final version when I was stopped in my tracks to see that my interview followed a wonderful interview of Ms. Allen written by Erin Campbell.  It was a very big deal to me to be invited for an interview by Marlisa, an exceptionally gracious woman, and terrific writer, who I greatly admire.  Sometimes life hands over the sweetest of gifts, and being included in the same edition of a magazine I love along with New York Times bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen was the oh so sweet icing on the cake. 



A lot of things have happened since I wrote that post.  In my life - I've published WHIMSEY: A NOVEL.



In Sarah Addison Allen's life - she has a new book coming out in February - LOST LAKE.  Her first book in three years.  Her first, to quote her from her Facebook page "post cancer book."



In addition to being a hugely talented writer, she's also a fighter who has successfully fought a battle against breast cancer.  A fight many of us have followed through her posts at FB in an amazingly honest and inimitable fashion.  The woman rocks.  She. just. rocks.



She's one of my heroes, although she has no way of knowing this.  Our only relationship is through Facebook where I'm one of her many readers and fans.  And she has MANY.  They're loyal, they love her for not only her work, but for her daily graciousness in their lives.  She's fun and funny and kind.



Jumping forward to yesterday. 



She posted a very short little something on her Facebook wall - "check out my FB friend Kaye Wilkinson Barley's WHIMSEY: A NOVEL."



This morning I work up to find my Whimsey picked up quite a few friends during the night.  People who most likely would never have discovered it without the kindness of a stranger.  Words are powerful.  We sometimes forget just how powerful. 



My thanks to the incredible Sarah Addison Allen and her friends who have decided to give WHIMSEY a chance just because of a few short words she was thoughtful enough to take the time to post at Facebook.



Life is good and today it feels pretty grand.





August 8, 2013 -

Today we lost one of the brightest lights in the literary world.

Barbara Mertz/Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels
1927 - 2013


One of my fondest memories will always be meeting her at Malice Domestic in 2011.  I chat about it here -

http://www.meanderingsandmuses.com/2013/08/meeting-elizabeth-peters.html






August 7, 2013 - -

Writing the second novel is scarier and harder than writing the first.  At least, for me it is.

But, after a false start, making the very tough decision to scrap most of what I had written, I've now got (I think!) a handle on things and Whimsey #2 is coming along swimmingly.  At least it is so far . . .

and life is good.

but you know . . .  I'm thinking I might need a beach trip for inspiration.


July 28, 2013



I have drawn a winning name out of my magic pink Willie Nelson baseball cap.

 Margaret Franson is the winner a copy of WHIMSEY: A NOVEL and a Whimsey tote bag.

 Congratulations to Margaret and my thanks to everyone who played.

 And we'll be doing this again!



July 27, 2013 - -


Reading a paragraph from my WHIMSEY for SIBA's "Parapalooza" - thanks to the brilliant Wanda Jewell and Nicki Leone for this great idea.





For more readings, visit authorsroundthesouth.com/read-this/parapalooza




July 26, 2013 - -
What a lovely and sweet way to start my day!!!!! Thank you Paige Petroff Bennett for this review of my Whimsey -


 


"I took a short vacation when I picked up Whimsey by Kaye Wilkinson Barley. I went to a delightful island off the coast of Georgia. I met up with some truly Southern Ladies and some Southern Gentlemen. I met a rather strange cat and dog, a cigar smoking lady ghost, and an evil pixie. I had a lot of laughs, a few surprises and only one or two tears ( what's a good novel without a tear or two). This story is a love story, a ghost story, a family saga, a fantasy and a comedy. Do not let yourself miss this trip. Whimsey is the author's first novel and I sure hope it is not her last."



July 25, 2013 - -



I'm having a give-away - just 'cause. 

If you'd like a copy of my WHIIMSEY: A NOVEL, AND a tote with the cover image of Whimsey on it, just drop me an email with "Whimsey Give-Away" in the subject line with your mailing address.  I'll toss all the names into my magic pink Willie Nelson baseball cap and draw one name on Sunday evening and will let the winner know by email that their name was drawn. 

Already have one?  Doesn't matter!  Get a second and give one to a friend.





And all I ask in return (of COURSE, there's payback!), is that you help me spread The Word of Whimsey.  Tell your friends, your family, your co-workers, your neighbors, your mail carrier, dentist, vet, baby/dog/cat sitter, etc. etc. etc. to give Whimsey a try. 

Send your email to barleykw at appstate dot edu - and Thank You!!!










July 20, 2013 - -

Christine McCann was recently visiting The High Country to attend The Highland Games.  She also found time for a little shopping and picked up a copy of my WHIMSEY.  Yay!  Thank you, Christine, and thanks for sharing the photo!



July 3, 2013 -

And here's the latest review up at Amazon from Elaine Drennon Little (who, I hear, has her own book out - "A Southern Place.")

"Whimsey--Harper Collins /Webster's Dictionary defines it as " a sudden passing fancy." In Whimsey, a novel by Kaye Wilkinson Barley, it refers to a mystical island off the coast of the Carolinas, serving as a nirvana-like home for artists and artisans of the visual, spiritual, and creative arts. My first question, as I began to devour this lovely piece of southern Americana, was of course "does such a place exist?" I wanted to go there, to mingle among the natives, absorb their culture, and then hopefully become one with this magical pseudo-family of the gifted and talented.

I've read about many artists colonies; I've even applied and been rejected from a few, but this one seemed altogether different from the rest. On the positive side, the residents all spoke my language--a sweet, dipthonged drawl served best with sweet tea, shrimp salad sandwiches and desserts that made me drool as I read. They also welcomed stronger drink--from mimosas and mint juleps to wine, bourbon, and punch bowls full of happy liquids that invite all to share the laughter.

On the downside, there were fairies, pixies, spirits of "the other kind" and regular, normal people (who could converse with fairies and shed an effervescent glittery substance wherever they went!) There were also a few family ghosts who favored verandas and porches and told a decent story, when prompted to do so.

Aside from Dickens's A Christmas Carol and a few isolated Stephen King books, I don't naturally cotton to speaking with the dead or with non-human entities, yet I couldn't seem to put this book down. Barley makes these mystical creatures as easy to converse with as my cat on a cold night. The only thing I DIDN'T like was that I can't visit this place--the author was simply too greedy to share the isle of Whimsey's whereabouts, email, or dot com address.

She does, however, share several authentically scrumptious-looking recipes for southern and low country food.

Don't let the ghosts and pixies scare you away. If you're in need of a short vacation for talented, mystical artists like yourself, whisk yourself away to the magic of Whimsey. If we can't really GO there, at least we can pretend... "


Thank You, Elaine!!!!

June 25, 2013 -

Today I'm blogging about The High Country Festival of the Book at the Whimsey "Me Blogging" page.

June 21, 2013 -

I've been remiss in adding here what people are saying about "Whimsey," but suffice to say the reviews continue to be extraordinary!  I hope you'll check amazon.com and Goodreads.com 

Here's the latest review - - - "Kaye Wilkinson Barley captures the flavor of the Lowcountry every bit as accurately as a Pat Conroy novel. Whimsey was a delightful read with a bonus of recipes. I really enjoyed Whimsey from start to finish and I look forward to a sequel(s). Very fine premise and Barley's knowledge of the arts is superb. I would recommend this book for anyone liking Anne Rivers Siddons, Dorothea Benton Franks, Mary Alice Monroe or Cassandra King books. Well done Ms. Barley!

wow 

Thank you, Dee Phelps!



June 20, 2013 -

Today at amazon.com WHIMSEY: A NOVEL is NUMBER ONE in the Kindle Store in Contemporary Fiction Lowcountry Novels!
Yay!!!
AND it's #2 in "Contemporary Women Lowcountry Fiction."
Thanks, everyone, for your support!



June 19, 2013 -

A New Whimsey Give-Away - See Details at the "Events" Page! - http://www.kayewilkinsonbarley.com/p/events.html


June 16, 2013 - -

The High Country Festival of the Book in Boone, NC is next weekend.  June 21 & 22.  Keep an eye on my "Events Page"  for updates, including an excellent article by The Mountain Times.


June 6, 2013 - -

New Whimsey Contest happening NOW!  See the Whimsey Events Page on how to enter -

http://www.kayewilkinsonbarley.com/p/events.html



June 4, 2013 - -

A give-away coming soon!
Watch for details at my "Events" page - http://www.kayewilkinsonbarley.com/p/events.html
In the meantime, if you can't wait for the give-away contest, the Whimsey tote bags are now available for sale here - -


June 3, 2013 - -

Today I'm visiting my friend Janet Rudolph's place - Mystery Fanfare.  I hope you'll drop by!

http://mysteryreadersinc.blogspot.com/2013/06/kaye-wilkinson-barley-on-self-publishing.html


June 2, 2013 - -
Mornin'!
Today is my day to play as "Oh, Kaye!" at Jungle Red.
Fix yourself a cup of coffee and come visit, please -
http://www.jungleredwriters.com/2013/06/oh-kaye-more-that-you-learn-more-places.html



June 1, 2013 -

I'm spending today on the Island of Whimsey





May 31, 2013 - -

Mark your calendars - The High Country Festival of the Book - June 21 & 22!  Right here in Boone, North Carolina!  If you're able to attend, please come by and say "Hey!"

Read all about it here - http://www.highcountryfestivalofthebook.com/




May 24, 2013 - -
Psst! I'm having a Whimsey Event this weekend. Check out my "Events Page" for details. Happy Memorial Day, everyone!











May 22, 2013 -

This is the final week for my

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Whimsey by Kaye Wilkinson Barley

Whimsey

by Kaye Wilkinson Barley

Giveaway ends May 25, 2013.


See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.
Enter to win






May 19, 2013 -

Today I'm visiting my friends at The Crime Writers' Chronicle BlogSpot - come by and say "Hey!"  http://www.crimewriters.blogspot.com/
AND - a little more news.  Squeeeeeee! WHIMSEY is #3 at Amazon overall in "Lowcountry Novels." And NUMBER ONE in Kindle "Lowcountry Novels." Holy Kittens, as my friend Luan Stauss would say. Thanks, everyone - this would not be happening without so much support from all of you. SMOOCHES!!


May 15, 2013 -

Today I am a happy girl! 

I went to Amazon to see how Whimsey is doing.

I typed "Lowcountry Novels" in the search box and Whimsey is #15!!!  Yay!!!!  There it is, right behind some of my favorite writers, including Dorothea Benton Frank and Anne Rivers Siddons.

And THEN - to top that - it's #4 in Lowcountry Novels in the Amazon Kindle Store!!!  wow.

Y'all - Life is Good. 

And I thank each of you for supporting me, and Whimsey, from the beginning.  Hugs to you all!


May 12, 2013 -

Happy Mother's Day, everyone!!!

here's a photo of me and my mom from this past Christmas -



She's just the best, and I love her to the moon and back.

I've been doing a little blogging at my other place - Meanderings and Muses.  I've been a little absent from there recently, and trying to make up for it as I can.

I wrote a bit about an advance reading copy I received this week from Louise Penny of her latest Three Pines novel, "How The Light Gets In."  Are you familiar with the series?  Ooooh - it is divine!  If you haven't read any of the books yet, I suggest (as does Louise) you start with Book #1, "Still Life."  Let me know what you think, please!

AND - Donald and I celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary yesterday.  I blogged about it too.

So scoot over to Meanderings and Muses if you have a minute, please, for a little visit - http://www.meanderingsandmuses.com/

and wishing you all the best.


May 9, 2013 -

I'm having a Give-Away at Goodreads!  Check out my "Events" page for details!



May 8, 2013 - -

I'm home from the Malice Domestic convention and I'm blogging about it at the "Me Blogging" page.


If you're new to the Whimsey page and here for a little browse about, or if you're looking for something in particular, just click on the page tabs on the right. 

I hope you enjoy your visit, and will check back often. 

The "Events" tab is where I'll be listing places I'll be, including blogs around the web where I often do give-aways.

Notice how easily you can now order a copy of WHIMSEY?  Just click the "Buy Whimsey: a Novel" page tab to your right and you have several buying options, and hopefully one will suit your personal preference.  And again, I thank you all for your support.

Whimsey is gaining new readers every day, and it's because of those of you who discovered it early and helped spread "The Whimsey Word," and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

New bookstores are adding it to their shelves and slowly, but surely, people are hearing about the magical Island of Whimsey. 

I am now busy at work on Whimsey Book #2.  (which I'm going to be blogging about soon, so if you're interested, be sure and check the "Me Blogging" page which you can click to on your right). 








note to those who wish to leave comments. I had to enable the "Comments Moderation" feature.  If your comment doesn't show up, it means I'm away from the computer and unable to moderate.  But, not to worry - I always come back! And I always love finding comments. Thanks for understanding, and thanks for visiting.  

12 comments:

Carol N Wong said...

Wow! I love it. I want to live there.


Charlotte said...

Very nice, like all of it.

Anonymous said...

My first comment did not record - so I will try to repeat ... Kaye, you do a wonderful job in making your friends feel like really old friends1 That is a gift! I look forward to your being our guest May 19 on Crime Writers Chronicle at www.crimewriters.blogspot.com All best, Thelma Straw in Manhattan

Earl Staggs said...

Looks terrific, Kaye. Clean, neat, friendly, charming. Good job!

Kaye George said...

Congratulations, again, to my favorite other Kaye! Your new blog is off to a good start. I nominated it for the Liebster Award this morning. If you'd like to accept, details are at http://travelswithkaye.blogspot.com/2013/04/liebster-award.html

Anonymous said...

Hi
I loved the first Chapter of your book! I can't wait to find It at the bookstore later today & get reading the rest! Wish I could get over to the island today too!
1) Emma is living on Peachtree Street on the 28th floor in Atlanta.
2) Emma designs jewellery for a living
3) Emma receives an email from her Mom's sister - her Aunt Zoe Hamilton

Have a great weekend.

Brenda

Libby Dodd said...

I just this minute finished Whimsey. It is delightful. I LOVE Earlene! What a champ to have in your corner.
One question:
When Reese attacked Emma and actually pulled out hair, why didn't they call the police? That was a pretty tangible thing to report.
I look forward to more visits to Whimsey Island.
As the family motto says in Dorthy Sayer's Lord Peter Whimsey novels: "Where my Whimsey Takes me"

Libby Dodd said...

I've posted reviews on Goodreads, B&N, and Amazon. Best wishes.

Kaye Barley said...

Libby, Hi! Thank you so much for leaving reviews and I'm so happy you enjoyed your visit to Whimsey!

As to why Emma didn't call the police . . . I don't know. Emma and Earlene just kinda took the whole story out of my hands and ran with it, so I just let 'em.

I'm writing Book #2 right now, and to tell the truth, I think they're about to shanghai the story yet again. sigh.

Libby Dodd said...

If Emma and Earlene have an agenda, I guess you could do a lot worse than going with it!

Sharon Ervin said...

This is "Hello" from Oklahoma, where the morning temperatures are low 50s and the wind is "light and variable."

Sharon Ervin said...

This is "Hello" from Oklahoma, where the morning temperatures are low 50s and the wind is "light and variable."