Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What Vineyard?

From Janet Bolin -

The first of the Threadville Mysteries, Dire Threads, about Willow Vanderling's future adventures, is coming out next year. Meanwhile, here's what's happening to Willow and her best friend, Haylee right now:

From: Haylee in Elderberry Bay
To: Willow in NYC
Subject: I hate to say it, but..

...Willow, you were right. Not about Mike being married. He's not. But he's not very nice, either.
I shouldn't have gone with him in his pickup truck, but it was a big, shiny black one (did I ever mention my burning desire to own a pickup truck?) and besides, he owned a vineyard. I pictured glasses of delicious wine on a patio overlooking acres of grapevines...

He had acres of sickly sprigs. That would have been fine--vines grow--but on the way back to Elderberry Bay, he went into a horrible rage at a poor little old lady. The speed limit was too slow for Mike. He tailgated, then zoomed past so close she had to pull off onto the shoulder. She nearly ended up in a ditch. I made him stop. I walked the rest of the way home and ruined a brand new pair of heels.

Never again. Besides, I like red pickups better than black ones.

The little old lady drove right past me, ignoring the thumb I held out. Can't blame her.

Haylee


From: Willow in NYC
To: Haylee in Elderberry Bay
Subject: Do I need to come up there?

I thought you'd behave in a small village near your mother and her two best friends.

I'm coming to help them supervise you.

Willow


From: Haylee in Elderberry Bay
To: Willow in NYC
Subject: The guest room is ready

I have a guest room, my mother has several, and so do her friends, Naomi and Edna.

Mike had the gall to ask me out again, said I was cute when I was angry. Grrrr. (See me getting cuter...???) I refused, and now the entire village seems to know about my "vineyard" fiasco.

Believe it or not, a tour bus has started coming from Erie to Elderberry Bay! They come nearly every day, mostly the same women, and the sign on the front of the bus says THREADVILLE TOUR. Isn't that adorable?

So...when are you coming to Elderberry Bay? I mean Threadville. ;-)

Haylee


From: Willow in NYC
To: Haylee in Elderberry Bay
Subject: Maybe next month?

I've got two weeks off in the middle of October. See you then.

Willow

16 comments:

  1. Can't wait for the Threadville Mysteries to come out! Sounds like Willow will help keep Haylee out of trouble...maybe!

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  2. I'm glad Haylee recognizes the red flags going off with Mike...he is not a nice guy! It's always better to find these things out earlier...rather than later, I think.

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  3. Yes, Elizabeth/Riley, Haylee can be impetuous. I wonder if living next door to her mother makes her more impetuous... Haylee says I'm impulsive. That can't be!

    Mary, I have to thank the little old lady for not going over the speed limit. It was good that Mike showed his true colors right away.

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  4. I'm with Haylee. Grrr. Black trucks, my foot. Whatever happened to color in this world. Living color. I hope Willow gets up there fast and can help put a little color into Haylee's life!

    ~Avery

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  5. Hold everything! Is that a snake or a snakeskin I see in the photograph? Yikes! Why do I think there's a connection between that photo and Mike? Aaaaagh!

    ~ Krista

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  6. I'm glad Mike exposed his true self to Haylee before the relationship progressed any further. He's a jerk.

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  7. Avery, you don't think her life might be a little too colorful already? I can hardly wait to go up there and see her fabric store!

    Krista, a snake among the grapes? It does sort of resemble Mike, doesn't it...

    However, the picture is only of a snakeskin shed by a perfectly harmless (but very long) Eastern Fox snake in my author's back yard. The snake or one like it slithered in front of a visiting policeman last spring. He jumped and yelled. Yeah, it's a BIG snake. (And not much of a vineyard, either.)

    Yes, Dru, Mike does sound like a jerk. My author has done a disservice to the snake by comparing them!

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  8. Clearly Mike is a snake in the... uh... grapevines and it's a good thing that Haylee has put her (cute?) foot down and is getting out.

    Now to see what trouble Haylee and Willow get into together next month!

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  9. I am looking forward to a book-long trip to Threadville. But that Mike? A waste of space!


    Charlotte Adams

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  10. I love that, Jen! Mike is a snake in the grapevines! LOL!

    ~ Krista

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  11. Sounds like Mike is trouble with a capital T. And considering my history with men, I should know.
    Skye Denison

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  12. Jen, Haylee and I will do our best to stay out of trouble, but if pressed...what can we do?

    Charlotte, luckily Mike is not in Haylee's closet, so you don't have to organize him out of it. Maybe you need a new zoning commissioner in upstate NY? Just don't come down to NYC. I don't want you organizing my stash of fabrics and embroidery threads. Well, you could organize them as long as you didn't toss any.

    Krista, did Jen just come up with a new cozy title?

    Skye, yes, Haylee's judgement about men can only improve. We hope.

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  13. I think she may have! A SNAKE IN THE GRAPEVINE! Love it.

    ~ Krista

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  14. If someone writes a book with Jen's title, I'd read it...

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  15. Love these emails. Curious about Mike the snake...

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  16. When Haylee and I worked together, we seldom emailed each other, but now that she's moved from NYC way up to northwestern Pennsylvania, we keep in touch mostly through emails. I do miss living near my best friend!

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