Hello, my friends!
It’s a chilly nearly-mid-December evening up here at Quilt Villa where I’ve been sewing all day long!
Boy does it feel good to admit that.
The only thing not happy about that fact is my poor fit-bit. I am a fair weather walker, and I’m not happy if temps are below 40. LOL. Tomorrow. I’ll get out and do a longer walk tomorrow. But for now, I’ve been longing for extended stitching time and I’ve got it!
I’m taking a little after-dinner break to introduce you to a very special author, Carol Dean Jones.
I first met Carol Dean Jones when she approached me asking if she could use the background photo from one of my Quiltville Quotes as the cover of her book.
I replied that I took the photo with my phone, and I wasn’t sure if the resolution would be high enough. She said she could doctor it a bit, and before I knew it, This lovely shredded hexagon quilt became a cover!
She asked if there was anything she could do in exchange, and I told her that I would love to offer up one of her books as a give-away on my blog – and wouldn’t you know it?
She sent THREE titles for one lucky winner! And the copy of Tattered and Torn for me.
Here’s a bit about Carol Dean Jones in her own words:
I'm Carol Dean Jones, a 70-something retired geriatric social worker born in Kentucky and currently living in the West Virginia foothills. During my many years working with men and women facing the issues of aging, I learned a great deal about growing old.Sarah Miller was born out of my desire to share what I have learned. Sarah is the main character in my Quilting Cozy series and a woman of a certain age who has faced the loss of her husband, her young grandson, and the home where she raised her family. Yet, Sarah is a survivor.
Tie DiedThe story begins in Cunningham Village, a retirement community, and follows Sarah as she finds ways to make a successful adjustment to this new way of life. From taking classes at the community center, making lasting friendships, and even exploring the possibility of a romantic connection, Sarah remains steadfastly determined to continue to be a vital, active woman engaged in life.
Being an avid quilter myself, I also wanted to integrate that particular creative expression into the story and Sarah, always willing to go along with my wishes, took up quilting. She, in fact, makes the quilts (with my help, of course) for each of the book covers, as you will see as you read the stories.
Because I wanted to write about quilting and about relationships, I chose the cozy format.
A cozy is a light mystery without explicit sex, violence, or profanity. If the crime is murder, it tends to occur out of the view of the reader.
Cozies are usually organized around a hobby and a group of friends in a small community who work to solve the mystery.
In this series, the hobby is quilting and the community is a retirement village just across the park from the main street of a small town in the mid-west.
In each book, I tried to walk that fine line between giving too much and too little information about previous books in the series. Each can stand alone, but reading them in order will offer the advantage of watching characters, relationships, and situations develop over time.
I love hearing from my readers. Just leave a message on my blog at: http://caroldeanjones.wordpress.com or send me an email at: QuiltingCozy@comcast.net.
My very best wishes,
Carol Dean JonesYou can find all of the novels by Carol Dean Jones in hard copy and for kindle HERE.
I was told that the story reads the BEST from the beginning, in order, so our lucky winner is going to get novels 1, 2 and 3!
I really appreciate the easy to read print!
Sweetening the pot!
Along with Tie Died, Running Stitches and Sea Bound, I am going to throw in 2 volumes of Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks along with a stitchery complete with floss and needles by French General, a binding tool, and a Fabbie Fridge Magnet!
I hope this makes someone VERY happy this Christmas!
This is going to be a quick-running Gift-Away, and I’ll be drawing for our winner on Thursday evening, December 15th.
My progress so far!
These units are part of my Dawn’s Early Light blocks. More on these in the future!
I hope you are ready for our Mystery Monday Link-Up in the morning!
Enjoy your evening, everyone – there is some hand quilting calling my name.