Traveling with Sister Blackberry

  Traveling With Sister Blackberry Winners Chosen!

Winners from the Traveling With Sister Blackberry Summer 2010 Contest have been chosen.

We had eight winners in all.

The pictures submitted by loyal Sister Blackberry fans while on vacation, or in some cases just doing their day to day, were absolutely wonderful! Winners will receive their free copies of House of Cleaving when it is released spring 2011.

Winners are: Billie Hayes, Pam Smith, Jeree Koehler, Barbara Trevor, Diana Mills, Ivadean Gibson, Malena Jones and Maxine Myrick. To view the winners’ submitted photos click here

Next year’s contest will be “At Home With House of Cleaving.” I’ll keep you posted.

Sister Blackberry accepted an invitation to Granny Payne’s 91st birthday party. Here she is watching as Granny opens her presents. Photo by Maxine Myrick/Barbourville, Kentucky
Sister Blackberry looking at the view across the lake at Disney’s Epcot. Photo by Pam Smith/Barbourville, Kentucky
Melissa Newman’s book is “Soarin” in popularity, and on this popular ride at Disney’s Epcot. Photo by Pam Smith/Barbourville, Kentucky
Sister Blackberry up early for the sunrise over Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo by Pam Smith/Barbourville, Kentucky
Sister Blackberry explores the brand new park, Wizarding World of Harry Potter, at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Photo by Pam Smith/Barbourville, Kentucky


WINNER!!! Sister Blackberry’s great view coming into Disney’s Epcot. Photo by Pam Smith/Barbourville, Kentucky.


WINNER!!! Sister Blackberry visited Sawyer Glacier (visible in the background) at Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska during the first part of June with her good friend Ivadean Gibson from Girdler, Kentucky. Ivadean and her daughter, Claudia, took an Alaskan cruise with Royal Caribbean. Photo by Claudia Gibson Greenwood/Barbourville, Kentucky.

WINNER!!! Barbara Trevor, of Louisville, Kentucky, took her copy of Sister Blackberry way out West to Duquesne, Arizona to Patagonia. Barbara and her husband Earl stayed in a quaint little villa during thier visit. Photo by Earl Trevor/Louisville, Kentucky.


WINNER!!! Tinker Dinker Dude was busy reading his copy of Sister Blackberry over the summer. In fact, he’s done so much reading that his eye doctor prescribed some much-needed bi-focals. It changed his look from fluffy puppy to sophisticated canine, don’t you think? Photo by Billie Hayes/Williamsburg, Kentucky


WINNER!!! Devoted Sister Blackberry fan, Jeree Koelher, had eye surgery at Cumberland Valley Surgical Center in Corbin, Kentucky. Dr. Ben Mackey performed her surgery. Afterward, she was quoted as saying, “I can see completely like I did when I was a teenager. No glasses. No contacts.” Ahhhh …. The better to see House of Cleaving when it’s released in the spring!


WINNER!!! Sister Blackberry recently enjoyed a ride in the beautiful Kentucky countryside on a bicycle built for two. Photo by Maxine Myrick/Barbourville, Kentucky








This was Sister Blackberry's view from ground level while visiting the huge treehouse.

Sister Blackberry travelled to Crossville, Tennessee to visit a 94 foot treehouse.

Sister Blackberry made a stop at Halls on the River after visiting with the reader's group Twelve Novel Women in Ashland, Kentucky.

Sister Blackberry took a walk on the wild side this summer as she visited Bourbon Street during her vacation in New Orleans.









Sister Blackberry had an opportunity to visit Faulkner House Books, located in Pirate's Alley in New Orleans, Louisiana. The second floor of Faulkner House Books is where William Faulkner wrote some of his most famous prose.

Sister Blackberry on the shelf at Faulkner House Books in New Orleans.

Sister Blackberry takes in some of the natural New Orleans scenery as she gazes across the Mississippi River.


WINNER!!! Sister Blackberry was spotted during the Redbud Festival enjoying a cup of tea while cuddled up with a hand made quilt. She visited with many fans during Redbud Writer’s Row. The Redbud Festival is held each April on Union College’s beautiful campus in Barbourville, Kentucky.

Sister Blackberry visited the Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky while on official duty for the Kentucky Commission on Women.

Sister Blackberry enjoyed the sunshine just outside the Governor's Mansion in Frankfort, Kentucky during a break in a meeting with Kentucky's First Lady Jane Beshear and the Kentucky Commision on Women's annual strategic planning session.

Sister Blackberry took a moment to admire the photos of Kentucky's first ladies while she visited the Governor's Mansion in Frankfort, Kentucky.


WINNER!!! Malena Jones Reading “Sister Blackberry” at the beach in beautiful Rastanura, Saudi Arabia.
A Note to Readers

Just a Short Hiatus ... More Novels to Come

While Growing Up Wilder was my last novel, it will certainly not be my final. I have two outlines just dying to escape from my desk drawer and I often have to apologetically shove them back in when I find they have made it to the surface time and again.

I am currently working toward completing my doctorate degree (I am all but dissertation, folks!) and I am tangled up in research that uses storytelling and social media as a way to increase hope levels for individuals and entire communities.

This research is allowing me to focus on solving a problem within Kentucky's Appalachia - negative stereotypes.

Readers, please be patient. I will return to fiction shortly. Until then, please continue to share Sister Blackberry, House of Cleaving and Growing Up Wilder with your friends and family.

As always, I welcome your notes and messages.