Monday, March 31, 2014


   Today I got out my gardening journal . I started it in 1997 !  It is filled with garden plans, photos of flowers, letters, mother's day cards, but this is one of my favorites... especially if you have ever lived on a dirt road...

                             How to Drive in Mud Season

      1.  In snow, drive slow. In mud, drive as fast as you can (without bottoming out).

      2.  Stay in the ruts whenever possible. (unless the ruts of your front wheels differ
            from the rut of your rear wheels, in which case you are going sideways and best
           move on to step three.)

      3.  Hitch up the oxen.

Happy April and Mud Season !!


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Signs of Early Spring

When your birthday is on March 8, you know you were born between unforgiving Winter and Early Spring.  Soon the sugar maple trees will start to thaw , with tears of joy flowing into buckets that will be turned into the sweetest syrup.
The earth will soften from the inside , out , and make mud for dogs to get all over their paws, and cars to get stuck in. The Cardinals will have fat bright red babies, and the Robins will be dancing with the fairies. The snowdrops will begin to peek out of what is left of the snow, and the air will smell like clean laundry. 
Out at Holliday's Blueberry Acres, we will be watching the blueberry fields, and waiting for the bees to wake up. We have our gardens planned, our seeds ordered , and now we have to wait just a few more weeks.
Happy Early Spring ~

Saturday, February 22, 2014

New York Times Best Seller List !

Town in a Strawberry Swirl made the New York Times Best Seller List for Mass Market Fiction!! We are number 20 on the printed list for Sunday February 23rd. The book is also number 20 on Barnes and Noble Mass Market Fiction list! 

There have been some other well know writers in Cape Willington, Maine.  I guess the most well known is the poet,  Sebastian J. Quinn. He is best known for The Bell of Chaos, his Pulitzer prize winning poetry book. He also wrote A Drop of Peace, which was a best seller for several months.
Sadly,  he is no longer with us after meeting his maker under a pile of pumpkins.

Then there was Darkness Raven. No one actually knew his real name, or what has become of him.
His poetry started a whole group of followers. I think his most well known book was From this Lighthouse Tower.

The only other well known writer I can think of is Fred Chevus. He made the Best Seller list with his non-fiction book on the impacts of the environment on the oceans, titled How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Count The Waves. That was back in '02.  They still use that as a textbook at the Ocean Institute.

Cape Willington is a beautiful place to live. We are all inspired in some way by being here by the ocean.
Congratulations B.B. Haywood!!!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A New Year

         2014 is the Year of the Wooden Horse, promising luck and prosperity.
We certainly feel lucky. Town in a Blueberry Jam, the first book in the Candy Holliday murder mystery series, has been released as an unabridged Audio Book, narrated by Tavia Gilbert!
The fifth book in the series, Town in a Strawberry Swirl, will be on sale February 4th!  We also have the first four books in the series available in large print editions.
The artwork for all of the book covers is outstanding, and a good reason to choose our books from the many others on the shelves.
We are fortunate to have Leis Pederson, our wonderful and patient editor at Berkeley.  Kae Tienstra, our agent, is the reason we are published! James and Matthew Feeman created the beautiful Website and Facebook page for the series.
Most importantly,  Happy New Year to our readers!  Thank-you for your e-mails and comments, and for returning to Cape Willington .
Wishing you all happiness and good health in 2014 *
Beth and Rob
B.B. Haywood