You Might Win a Touch of WHIMSEY! - Joanna Campbell Slan

You Might Win a Touch of WHIMSEY!


My thanks to Joanna
Campbell Slan for inviting me here to tell you about my new book.
Kaye Wilkinson Barley
My new book.
Wow.
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. 

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19 replies on “You Might Win a Touch of WHIMSEY!”

  1. For years now I have had a file folder titled "Whimsey" among the serious stuff one keeps in a filing cabinet. That's where I store the magical things that come my way. Now I have a chance to read an entire book around the subject. Hoo-hoo!

    I hope I win a copy for my Kindle, but I'll surely buy it if I don't. If Margaret Maron and Joanna say good things, that's enough for me.

  2. I am always looking for something a little different and characters I can connect with.
    Good for you for following your dream.

  3. It just gets better and better, Kaye! So deeelited to see you are already on Book Number Two! Terrific! Thelma in Manhattan, where we are all feeling the loss of our dear Robin Hathaway…

  4. Hi, everyone – thanks so much for dropping by. The one thing I promised myself when I retired was to spread my wings and do more than just exist, and I have to say, life is just fun. But I do have to sometimes make myself get up and do things. It's easy for me to just sit and read all day, you know?

  5. Whimsey is just what I need to lift my spirits, bring sunshine into my life and transport me to another wonderful locale. thanks for this chance and congratulations and best wishes.

  6. From one "K. Barley" to another, congratulations on getting your book published. I can hardly wait to read it. Good luck on Book 2!

    Kathy Barley

  7. Hi, Everyone – Thanks for stopping by!

    I tried to post earlier, but it seems to have been captured by captcha (grrrrr!).

    I hope all of you will give Whimsey a try. And I hope you love it. And I also hope it gives some of you who are thinking about following your own dream, a little bit of a push to do just that!

  8. This is fun! I see some friends here and some "soon to be friends!" AND another K. Barley – I love it! (my husband's family is from Massachusetts – might you be also, Kathy??)

    Karen in Ohio – Hey! I think it's magical realism, but I've had others say not. But yes – I think it is. Those of you who are Facebook friends may have seen me swoon there last night after reading a review at Goodreads where someone said WHIMSEY reminded her of Sarah Addison Allen's books. Y'all!!!! She is my idol!!!!! Are you familiar with her? Do check her out.

    As far as the Nook version – yes, it will be, but not for a few weeks yet. And if anyone stops by Amazon to purchase a print version if it says "out of print" that's because I had to correct something on the cover. It should be back up and running in 24 hours.

    Joanna – How I envy you getting stuck in drawbridge traffic. I grew up on the water and as much as I love these mountains, I miss being on the water every day of my life.

    Thanks again, everyone!!

  9. Whimsey is such a neat word – like others above I have a file of whimsey articles I've hung onto over the years. I'd love to read your whimsical book!! Best of luck to you and congratulations.

  10. This was fun and I enjoyed reading everyone's comments. All the support is heartwarming – Thank You. I hope each of you will give Whimsey a try and I hope you love it!

    We have drawn a winning name and it's Charlotte (with the adorable Westie as her photo).

    Charlotte – do you prefer a Kindle version or a print version. Just let me know and I'll send it your way. My email address is barleykw @ appstate . edu (remove the spaces).

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19 replies on “You Might Win a Touch of WHIMSEY!”

  1. For years now I have had a file folder titled "Whimsey" among the serious stuff one keeps in a filing cabinet. That's where I store the magical things that come my way. Now I have a chance to read an entire book around the subject. Hoo-hoo!

    I hope I win a copy for my Kindle, but I'll surely buy it if I don't. If Margaret Maron and Joanna say good things, that's enough for me.

  2. I am always looking for something a little different and characters I can connect with.
    Good for you for following your dream.

  3. It just gets better and better, Kaye! So deeelited to see you are already on Book Number Two! Terrific! Thelma in Manhattan, where we are all feeling the loss of our dear Robin Hathaway…

  4. Hi, everyone – thanks so much for dropping by. The one thing I promised myself when I retired was to spread my wings and do more than just exist, and I have to say, life is just fun. But I do have to sometimes make myself get up and do things. It's easy for me to just sit and read all day, you know?

  5. Whimsey is just what I need to lift my spirits, bring sunshine into my life and transport me to another wonderful locale. thanks for this chance and congratulations and best wishes.

  6. From one "K. Barley" to another, congratulations on getting your book published. I can hardly wait to read it. Good luck on Book 2!

    Kathy Barley

  7. Hi, Everyone – Thanks for stopping by!

    I tried to post earlier, but it seems to have been captured by captcha (grrrrr!).

    I hope all of you will give Whimsey a try. And I hope you love it. And I also hope it gives some of you who are thinking about following your own dream, a little bit of a push to do just that!

  8. This is fun! I see some friends here and some "soon to be friends!" AND another K. Barley – I love it! (my husband's family is from Massachusetts – might you be also, Kathy??)

    Karen in Ohio – Hey! I think it's magical realism, but I've had others say not. But yes – I think it is. Those of you who are Facebook friends may have seen me swoon there last night after reading a review at Goodreads where someone said WHIMSEY reminded her of Sarah Addison Allen's books. Y'all!!!! She is my idol!!!!! Are you familiar with her? Do check her out.

    As far as the Nook version – yes, it will be, but not for a few weeks yet. And if anyone stops by Amazon to purchase a print version if it says "out of print" that's because I had to correct something on the cover. It should be back up and running in 24 hours.

    Joanna – How I envy you getting stuck in drawbridge traffic. I grew up on the water and as much as I love these mountains, I miss being on the water every day of my life.

    Thanks again, everyone!!

  9. Whimsey is such a neat word – like others above I have a file of whimsey articles I've hung onto over the years. I'd love to read your whimsical book!! Best of luck to you and congratulations.

  10. This was fun and I enjoyed reading everyone's comments. All the support is heartwarming – Thank You. I hope each of you will give Whimsey a try and I hope you love it!

    We have drawn a winning name and it's Charlotte (with the adorable Westie as her photo).

    Charlotte – do you prefer a Kindle version or a print version. Just let me know and I'll send it your way. My email address is barleykw @ appstate . edu (remove the spaces).

Comments are closed.