Smith Mountain Lake Mystery Writer

Contemplations from a quiet cove on Smith Mountain Lake.

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I'm a Southern gal who loves life, my husband and our family (which, to date, includes 13 grandchildren). I enjoy being with friends and family. But I also like being alone and thinking up plots for future books. I've published two novels, both mysteries, and I'm working on my third. For more about my books, visit me at If you ever hear me say, "I'm bored," please get me to the ER immediately! Paddling my kayak and snapping pictures of the critters I see relaxes me. Beach music has the opposite effect--when I hear those old "doo-wops" I want to dance.

Monday, May 05, 2014


On Sunday, May 4, I joined local vendors, authors, dog and cat lovers at the BIG House in Huddleston, Virginia. Why? To raise funds for the Bedford Humane Society and to meet some of the sweet cats and dogs available for adoption.

Click on the picture to see the exquisite detail of the ceiling molding.

John and Mary Boyer generously opened their 12,000 square foot mansion on Toler's Ferry Road for the event. A steady stream of folks toured the spectacular house. I heard many ohhhs, ahhhs, and gasps as people appreciated the details and beauty of the interior. The home's elevator delighted those who had trouble going up and down stairs.
Jack and Sally Hutslar, owners of Alpaca By Jaca
 and Log Homes By Jack.

I had so much fun. I visited with old acquaintances, made new friends, and met talented and smart and caring people. As always, I enjoyed talking with fellow authors Becky Mushko, Lorie Long, Jane Smith, and Karen Wrigley. And I sold some of my books, too.

 Stacy of Stacy's Sweet Spot and Wendy of Hickory Hill Winery

Dogs and cats who were quartered outside greeted people interested in adopting. Bedford Humane Society cat/dog foster parents walked several of the dogs through the house. I noticed how calm and well mannered they were, even though in new and busy surroundings.   

 This adorable pooch sniffed noses with King, my stuffed,
life-sized dog with the red collar. King always 
accompanies me to book events.

King and I enjoying ourselves.
I sat in front of one of the numerous huge windows that graced the home. I liked my assigned spot, enjoyed watching and listening to the band stationed on the patio near the in-ground pool, chuckled at some of the leashed dogs' antics as they walked the 17-acre property.

Tons of hard work, organization and dedication went into this event. All I did was attend and enjoy myself. I appreciate so much the time and effort Humane Society volunteers put in to make Woofs N' Purrs a successful event. I hope that many dogs and cats were adopted or are being considered for adoption because of this. If you are interested in adopting or fostering a dog or cat, please contact the Bedford Humane Society at or 540-586-6100. These furry friends desperately need forever homes.

And if you are in the market for a fine mansion, the BIG House is for sale!