Friday, January 21, 2011
From Janet Bolin -
The first of the Threadville Mysteries, Dire Threads, about Willow Vanderling's future adventures, will be in stores June 7 . Meanwhile, here's what Willow has been doing:
I was excited. My new embroidery boutique, In Stitches, was almost ready for its grand opening.
Gleaming new sewing and embroidery machines were rowed up, ready for customers to discover. Every day, more spools of thread, made especially for embroidery machines, arrived. I had embroidery hoops, stabilizers, specialty scissors, and bolts of fabulous linens and cottons. For a fabriholic, this was all a dream come true.
Not only that, I could cross the street and browse in the other Threadville shops—The Stash, Tell a Yarn, Buttons and Bows, and Batty about Quilts. There was no end to the beautiful textiles and crafty possibilities in Threadville.
Like my (slightly quirky) colleagues, I was going to teach classes and workshops. I hoped my original thread art would inspire my students to buy machines and supplies from me.
With all that I could have been doing, all the fun I could have been having in Threadville, I daydreamed out my back window. My yard was covered in snow, surrounded by hedges, and went all the way down the hill to the hiking trail beside the river.
I focused on Blueberry Cottage. I planned to renovate it and rent it to tourists. Who wouldn’t love staying in a cute little cottage, only a short walk or canoe ride to a sandy beach?
The most exciting thing of all was that I could finally have something else, besides my own embroidery boutique, that I’d wanted for a long time.
Thousands of dogs were waiting to be rescued and taken to their forever homes.
What kind of dog do you think would enjoy greeting customers in my shop, playing in a big, fenced-in back yard, and accompanying me on long walks on trails and beaches?
Dire Threads, about Willow Vanderling's future adventures, is available for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books A Million
Find Willow’s biographer, Janet Bolin, on the web, on facebook, and on twitter @janetbolin.
Please return to Killer Characters tomorrow to welcome Jaymie Leighton from Victoria Hamilton's Vintage Kitchen Mysteries