The Nanney Clan Reunion is held the 3rd Sunday in August of each year. Round Hill Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Hudlow Road, Union Mills, NC 28167.
I will have a McDowell County fictional short story coming out in a collection this April. Look for "Strong Enough" in Malice Domestic's convention anthology: MYSTERY MOST HISTORICAL. It will be available on Amazon.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2016 includes my speculative short story "The Mountain Top," about an elderly couple living in a log cabin in the foothills of North Carolina. Retirement is not for the timid especially if the economy collapses and your neighbors are hungry and mean. Originally published in 2015 in FISH OR CUT BAIT anthology. Both available on Amazon.
Released December 2015: Short story anthology Mystery Times 2015 with "Wheels of Fortune," my short story about a nursing home cosmos. Available on Amazon.
My historical mystery is now offered in print and ebook! Look for the anthology History and Mystery Oh My! And the story "Dead Man Hanging." A survivor of the Little Big Horn solves a hotel murder during the historic North Carolina flood of 1916.
My story "Remember Me?" tells of a frightening turn of events at a high school reunion. It is published by Mozark Press with the other stories in That Mysterious Woman. Now Available at Amazon.
Check out short stories at Bethlehem Writers Roundtable. I have one about wolf-dogs in the 2014 Jul/Aug issue, "Pickin' Banjo," and my critique mate Paula Benson has a SF story, "Apple Lure."
The main character in "Dear Courtney" is trapped in a marriage that is less than perfect. The short story is included in the anthology Mystery TImes Ten 2013 on sale on Amazon and at Buddhapuss Ink.
My short spooky tale "The Blue Ridge Wreath" is included in anthology #8 at the Stupefying Stories website. http://stupefyingstoriesshowcase.com
Check out: McDowell County NCGenweb site
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Civilization is a paradox. Too many examples show a dominant group inclined to crush the culture of the defeated. In ancient times, the world lost a brilliant treasure when the Phoenicians lost their country under the rise of Macedon in the mid … Continue reading
In 1965, my friends’ Uncle Morris R. Nanney wrote about the Montford Cove Valley. The road on the far right is 221 going north to Marion, NC. The area to the right of 221 near the county line is Union Mills … Continue reading
In the last post, we were leaving the 1836 addition of the Albertus Ledbetter house, walking across the now enclosed dogtrot into the original house built by Jonathan Ledbetter in 1826 on his daddy’s plantation. My tour is given by … Continue reading
A stockade called Davidson’s or Rutherford’s Fort was the westernmost outpost for the white settlers exploring the Blue Ridge in 1730. After the Revolutionary soldiers returned to their homes with tales of available farmland, mild climates and beautiful valleys, the word spread, … Continue reading
Last month the national news kept our collective attention focused on the fires in Washington affecting thousands of families. This seems to be a yearly pattern on the west coast. A California friend travelled east this summer to her Massachusetts hometown and commented … Continue reading
As told in the last post, Reginald Nanney was bitten by a snake. He was not the only one, and there were at least two other Nanneys that did not survive their encounters. Having seen some of the five-foot rattlesnakes hiding out in this area, … Continue reading
Come to Union Mills, NC, this week on Friday night or on Saturday for great entertainment, art and concessions to support The Union Mills Learning Center in its efforts to keep alive the spirit of the community. See Chapters 34-37 for … Continue reading
****BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL IN UNION MILLS THIS WEEKEND**** (My Nanney friends are very talented. The following story was published in Images of the Blue Ridge an anthology by the Creative Writers’ Club of McDowell County in 1990. Wade wrote this story and his … Continue reading
Back in Chapter 31 of the Nanney Saga, I posted a photo of Nanney siblings, children of Col. Amous and Tempe Nanney. One of the men in the photo taken around 1927 was Martin Lee Nanney who was an Uncle to … Continue reading
A book was printed with essays and memories of many students describing the happy times at Round Hill Academy. Elizabeth Rucker Castles wrote, “For some years after the school closed as Round Hill Academy in 1925 and the name was changed … Continue reading