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AUTHOR Thanks to author Tami Cox, author of Spirits of Gettysburg: Tales of a Ghost Tour Guide (as Tami Rasel), for stopping by and chatting about her newest romance novel, Boone and Molly.

Whimsical Words followers will remember Tami stopped by in March with a post about her first novel, Blue Moon Over Martinsburg. I mentioned in the intro to that post, West Virginia holds a special place in my life (and heart) – so it’s great to have an opportunity to promote another book set in WV.

Boone & Molly by Tami Cox

“When we last visited with Boone & Molly (Blue Moon over Martinsburg) – Spoiler Alert – the couple had finally gotten married in a romantic ceremony and was planning on moving away from the little town on Berkley Road. Boone & Molly, the second book in the trilogy, begins with the couple starting their new life in a new town.

Life appears perfect to Molly. She is finally attending college, they live in one of the most charming towns in West Virginia—Shepherdstown, and she is married to the man she has loved and adored since she was fourteen-years-old. Perfect that is, until she discovers Boone’s dark secret—his addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Boone’s addiction sends their life into a whirlwind of turmoil and has disastrous consequences for the young couple. Molly soon realizes that she has to make one of the most difficult choices of her life. She can stay with the man she loves more than anything and continue in her role as Boone’s enabler, or she can leave him and begin to live free from a life consumed with drugs and alcohol.

boone and molly 2 Continue on with the epic love story of two unforgettable characters in Boone & Molly.

And now, a little bit more about me, my writing, and books:

I chose to give Boone and Molly the trial of dealing with drugs and alcohol because I’ve worked as a drug and alcohol counselor and a prevention educator in York and Adams counties for the last several years. I’ve seen firsthand how drugs destroy a person’s life and also the life of their family, their loved ones, and worst of all, their children. Enabling the addict seems the compassionate thing to do. It’s not easy to turn away the person you love; unfortunately, enabling usually does nothing but prolong them from getting much-needed help.

I love the story of Boone and Molly. I enjoyed writing it and have received so many wonderful reviews from folks who also enjoyed reading Blue Moon over Martinsburg and have begged for their story to continue. Both books are an easy read and both I believe will be difficult to put down. One of my favorite reviews was from a lady who told me that when she wasn’t reading the book, Boone and Molly’s story kept playing over and over in her mind and she couldn’t wait to get back to the book.

Recently, I went into my local bank to take care of some business and the tellers told me they were all reading Blue Moon over Martinsburg, and were excited for the next book to come out. One teller told me that she was in the middle of the story, was supposed to go to a Bruno Mars concert with her husband and was so anxious to find out what happened that she took her Kindle with her to the concert. I love hearing the excitement my readers are sharing with me and how they can’t wait to find out what happens to Boone and Molly next. I’m grateful for the fans.”

Want to learn more about Tami and her books? Visit her on Facebook.

If you’re curious about her first book, Blue Moon over Martinsburg, here’s the Book Trailer to give you a taste, and you can view the Book Trailer for Spirits of Gettysburg, too.

You can buy Blue Moon over Martinsburg, Boone & Molly, and Spirits of Gettysburg from Amazon.

Thanks again to Tami Cox for her guest post. Watch Whimsical Words for more Monday Guests, Quotable Wednesdays, Saturday Owl Posts, blogs from me, and more. Have a fabulous day – Vonnie

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Animals and Nature are usually woven into my stories, poems, non-fiction, and art. I think my interest in Nature and all her creatures started when I was young. My Granny, who lived on property that joined my parent’s backyard, gardened in the early morning and was kind to the neighborhood strays and neglected animals. As a child, I could usually be found tagging along with her.

My family vacationed for a week each summer from the time I was 5 in a cabin in the West Virginia mountains. Deer, raccoons, opossums, snakes, bears, crayfish, minnows, salamanders, bats, and birds were plentiful and often encountered. Unfortunately, so were mice – but that’s a different tale!

I’ve always enjoyed growing flowers, vegetables, and berries. I’ve always loved watching wild animals and having pets. In fact, since I’m short, have never been thin, and quite enjoy a well-prepared meal, I think I’d have made a rather good (though tall at 5’2”) hobbit!

In the beginning of The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien describes the day Gandalf stopped by Bilbo’s home to warn of the coming dwarves thus: “one morning long ago in the quiet of the world, when there was less noise and more green, and the hobbits were still numerous…” More green – that sounds lovely to me.

In The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien writes that hobbits are fond of gardening. I especially like the picture painted by this quote from The Fellowship of the Ring (and I can close my eyes and see the image filmed by Peter Jackson for the movie):

Inside Bag End, Bilbo and Gandalf were sitting at the open window of a small room looking out west on to the garden. The late afternoon was bright and peaceful. The flowers glowed red and golden: snap-dragons and sunflowers, and nasturtians trailing all over the turf walls and peeping in at the round windows.

‘How bright your garden looks!’ said Gandalf.

‘Yes,’ said Bilbo. ‘I am very fond indeed of it, and of all the dear old Shire…’”

 I gaze out my window at flowers red and golden: roses, snapdragons, and butterfly weed, and at nasturtiums trailing over a brick wall, and scratch my dog behind her ear. I know I am very fond indeed of Nature, all her creatures, and of living at Wood’s Edge. In both of my short story collections, Owl Light and The Greener Forest, as well as my young adult novel, The Enchanted Skean, animals and plants play important roles. And I suspect, they will always have a special place in my creative work.

For those who’d like to listen to an excerpt from “On a Midwinter’s Eve,” the 1st tale in Owl Light, it’s the reading that begins about 14 minutes into the September 2012 “Nature and Animals” Broad Pod from Broad Universe: http://broadpod.posterous.com/september-2012-animals-and-nature In the excerpt, an owl, wolf, and the winter woods play a role. The complete story has even more animals in it.

So as Bilbo’s much anticipated Birthday Party approaches, I urge you to celebrate Nature and read (or listen to) a story featuring some of her creatures.

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I’m back from a week in the mountains of West Virginia, and I’m filled with both longing for the quiet of the deep forest and eagerness to resume my “normal” life. Coming home after a trip is always like that. I miss the excitement of adventure and travel, but relish the familiarity of Wood’s Edge.

 I think my writing is like that, too. As a writer, I was first a poet. This spring/summer, I worked hard on an essay, “Fairies, Magic & Monsters,” that appears in the latest issue of “Little Patuxent Review,” and on a number of short stories for various magazines and anthologies. By tomorrow noontime, I need to finish my next column for “Harford’s Heart Magazine” and get it emailed to my editor. And before next weekend, I really need to complete an article promised to an editor ages ago. Then, I suppose I’ll write a poem or two. You see, poetry for me is like a faded, well-worn pair of jeans — comfortable and easy to slip into.

 For those who might like to read a couple of my poems, the fabulous new anthology from Maryland Writer’s Association, “Life in Me like Grass on Fire,” contains “Harpers Ferry” and “Venus.” Per usual, I used myth, folklore, and legend in both poems. As a bonus for being part of the book, I got a chance to share “Harpers Ferry” and chat about contributing to anthologies at a meeting of the Howard County Branch of MWA in July. It was lovely to spend an evening with a group of enthusiastic readers & writers.

And isn’t that what it’s all about? Sharing the love of words with like-minded individuals. So thanks, MWA for including my poems and inviting me to participate in several special presentations based on “Life in Me like Grass on Fire.”

Now, back to my column…

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