McIntosh Book Shoppe

Hi all! I will be signing Catherine’s Cross and The Cast Net this Saturday, May 25th at the McIntosh Book Shoppe, 919 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC starting at 1:00 PM. Please come by for a personalized copy! Check out this link: http://www.islandpacket.com/2013/05/19/2509240/a-chat-with-millie-west-author.html

Debut of Catherine’s Cross

I had a wonderful time in Charleston, SC yesterday at the Reinert LePrince Gallery on King Street. I debuted my second novel, Catherine’s Cross. The response from customers was outstanding. I was thrilled when several people stopped by and said they had read my first novel, The Cast Net, and loved it! They then purchased Catherine’s Cross! I had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Also, I’d like to thank Randy and Kira Berry at Newberry, SC’s Books on Main,  and Rhonda and Betty at Prosperity, SC’s Towne Square Antique Mall for recently hosting me for successful book signing events! Many thanks!

I will be presenting The Cast Net and Catherine’s Cross at the South Carolina Book Festival, this weekend, May 18th and 19th at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

Big Mama’s Collards!

The heroine of my upcoming novel Catherine’s Cross, Jenks Ellington,  discovers a wonderful recipe for collards after moving to Beaufort, South Carolina. Having never had collards cooked with a little molasses, Jenks quickly finds that a few unique ingredients used in Big Mama’s greens make them fabulously delicious! To get the full recipe for this scrumptious dish go to author, Pat Branning’ s website to purchase Shrimp, Collards and Grits! Jenks is glad she did! https://www.shrimpcollardsgrits.com/

Debut of Catherine’s Cross

Hi all! My second novel, Catherine’s Cross, will debut in May of 2013-just a couple of months away! Like my first novel, The Cast Net, Catherine’s Cross, is a mystery / suspense novel with a love story.

Here’s a short description: When Jenks Ellington experiences a sudden, alarming sense of panic about her identical twin sister Gigi, she has to wait until nearly midnight before learning the reason her her unease: Gigi has drowned while diving for artifacts in a Low Country river near Beaufort, South Carolina. Although Beaufort County detective Seth Mason is suspicious of Gigi’s diving partner, there is no evidence of foul play. But, when Gigi’s Port Royal home is broken into and ransacked, Jenks discovers two clues–one on which leads to a Gullah medium.

In a painstaking search for answers, Jenks delves more deeply into her twin’s life. Along the way, her bond with Detective Mason reaches unexpected depths. And what secrets could medium Meta Jane be holding? Was Gigi’s death really an accident?

Preorder Catherine’s Cross at: http://shop.boutiqueofqualitybooks.com/Catherines-Cross-9781937084912.htm

 

South Carolina Writer’s Workshop Conference

I attended the South Carolina Writer’s Workshop conference in Myrtle Beach this past weekend. I learned many helpful techniques which I plan to use in my writing. I also had the valuable experience of meeting Lynne Marie, author of the intriguing Seahawk’s Sanctuary which has numerous five star ratings. I look forward to reading her upcoming novel, The Lion’s Lair.

Also, I had the good fortune of meetings authors, Brenda and Jane Bonds whose humorous work on adventures in a retirement community is sure to be a hit!

Chan Chich Adventure

I recently had a fantastic adventure in Belize while doing research for my upcoming novel, Catherine’s Cross, which will be released in May, 2013. My daughter, Whitney, and I flew from Belize City in a Cessna 172 piloted by Alisa, with Javier Flying Service. We landed at Gallon Jug, named by British mahogany loggers in the nineteenth century after they found gallon jugs left by Spanish explorers centuries before.

We spent the next several days exploring the wonder that is Chan Chich. Built on the plaza of a Maya ruin, Chan Chich is a jungle resort with cabanas, a lodge, fabulous cuisine, nine miles of walking trails, and bird and animal watching. There are several species of large cats on this estate, including the puma and the jaguar.   .

My daughter and I spent many hours with guides, Gilberto and Marvin as we explored the ancient settlement. We saw some Maya sites excavated by archaeologists,  but others that had been looted several decades ago by thieves. We also learned about the medicinal qualities of native plants, and watched many species of birds. I was amazed by the call of the howler monkey whose growls and howls can be heard for miles. One of the visitors to the lodge spotted a jaguar on a trail, and a motion sensitive camera caught the image of the elusive creature for all of us to see!

In my upcoming novel, Catherine’s Cross, part of the action takes place in the jungles near Chan Chich which is in the Orange Walk District of Belize. I feel excited about my presentation of the area in my novel, and I hope you will want to read about this historically rich and natural area of Belize. Many thanks to Elder, Irma and his staff for helping with my research. We had an amazingly wonderful time!

Labor Day Weekend

Greetings all! Author Millie West will be signing her novel, The Cast Net, at the McIntosh Book Shoppe, 919 Bay Street, Beaufort, South Carolina, from 1:00 to 5:00pm on Saturday, September 1st. Her first book signing appearance was such a wonderful success, she was invited back for seconds!

Summer Book Signing Schedule

Millie West is thrilled to sign her novel, The Cast Net, at the Little Mountain Antique Mall, on Saturday, July 14th from 11:00AM until 3:00PM. 1528 Main Street, Little Mountain, SC

She will be in Beaufort, SC at the McIntosh Book Shoppe on Friday, July 20th from 11:00AM until 3:00PM. 919 Bay Street, Come celebrate the Beaufort Water Festival with Millie!

Also, Millie will be signing The Cast Net at Fiction Addiction, 1175 Woods Crossing Road, Greenville, SC, from 11:00AM until 1:00PM, Saturday, August 4th, 2012  . Hope to see you there!

Lake Murray Magazine

I want to thank Betsey Guzior, Deena Bouknight, and Kim Kim Foster-Tobin for the wonderful article they produced on my Lake Murray garden and my novel, The Cast Net. To Deena: I love your writing, and I wish you the best with your novels. I look forward to reading them! To Kim Kim: You are truly an artist. I think your photography talents speak for themselves. To view this wonderful article please visit: http://www.scribd.com/doc/94261833/Lake-Murray-Magazine-June-2012

South Carolina Book Festival

Author Millie West will be signing her novel, The Cast Net, at the South Carolina Book Festival this Saturday from 2:00PM to 5:00PM at the Boutique of Quality Book’s Booth. I am thrilled to be there! Check out this link: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.prlog.org%2F11871298-bqb-publishing-presents-southern-novelist-millie-west-at-the-sc-book-festival.html&h=1AQHS9RtT

Many thanks to Rick Reinert and Kevin LePrince for hosting me at their King Street Gallery this past Sunday. I sold 23 books in an hour and a half and actually ran out. I wish I’d had more books. Thank you people of Charleston!!!