Saturday, April 13, 2013

Guest Blogger Kaye Barley Sends You on A Scavenger Hunt

By Guest Blogger Kaye Barley


First of all, my thanks to the Cozy Chicks for having me.  I appreciate it.

I'm learning that labels have a great deal about where and how a person and/or a book is accepted, so I'm spending a lot of time trying to learn about them.

Let's start with "Cozy Chicks," for example.

"Cozy" - - - Defined by Mirriam-Webster Dictionary.com as follows:

Noun


1: a padded covering especially for a teapot to keep the contents hot
2: a light detective story that usually features a well-educated protagonist and little explicit violence
and, as an
Adjective 

1 - : enjoying or affording warmth and ease,

: marked by or providing contentment or comfort

There are additional definitions, of course, but we're just going to stick with these for now.

Which brings us to "chicks."  We all know what chicks are.  Intelligent women who rock.  Or, baby chickens, so we won't even mess with Mirriam-Webster.

So.  Today I'm joining a group of intelligent women who write light (a subjective term, at best) detective stories providing contentment or comfort, OR a group of baby chickens who might be sitting around a teapot dressed in a sweater providing warmth and ease (phrased however you prefer).

Whatever.

I'm always happy to be here, and I'm especially happy to be here this time as a writer.  A "self-published" writer (note:  a label, a true label, but a label which can bring a mighty frown to many a face, along with an assumption that it's probably dreck and not worth their time).

My novel WHIMSEY: A NOVEL, isn't a mystery, so we can't really call it a cozy even though the brilliant Lesa Holstine did compare it to Ellery Adams' work.  (squeeeee! I love her!).  And, because the Island of Whimsey does possess a bit of magic, Ellery's Charmed Pie Shoppe would fit in with the rest of Whimsey quite nicely.  Speaking of magic - Heather writes "magic."  Wonderful magic!

Actually, looking at the rest of the Cozy Chicks (did I mention that I really enjoy the
work of all these women?) I see some more things I find particularly interesting.  Cozies are known for their cats.  Leann writes a wonderful series featuring cats.  Whimsey has a cat named Pywacket.  Whimsey also has a corgi who likes to read The Wall Street Journal, a beekeeper, artists and artisans, a flower shop, a bakery, good food, vintage clothing and a group of people who love the beauty and simplicity of life in a small town (with the occasional snake in the grass).  If WHIMSEY: A NOVEL were a mystery, I guess it would be a cozy.  Since it's not a mystery, I don't know what it is.  But since it's also been compared to work by Sarah Addison Allen's (squeeeee! I I love her!), it could be called "magical realism" except there are some definitions which declare "magical realism" as dark, which WHIMSEY is not.
Sigh.

So.

Never mind.

Enough about labels.

Instead I'm going to send you on a bit of a scavenger hunt.  An easy version.

You could win a $20 gift card from The Cozy Chicks, or you could win a copy of WHIMSEY from me. That's two winners, folks!

Just go to my webpage and you'll find the first chapter of WHIMSEY.  (You'll also find a lot of other very cool stuff, so I hope you'll take a few minutes to browse around).  In the first chapter you'll be able to find the answer to three questions.  Leave your answers in the comments, and we'll draw two names.  Ellery Adams will draw the name winning the gift card, and I'll draw the name winning a copy of WHIMSEY.

Easy peasy!  Here's the webpage address - http://www.kayewilkinsonbarley.com/

Here's your three questions:

1.  Where was the protagonist, Emma, living at the beginning of the novel?

2.  What does Emma do for a living?

3.  Who does Emma receive an email from?

Thanks everyone, and if you have comments about all the labels categorizing books, I'd love to hear them.  Am I the only person who thinks the labeling has, perhaps, gone too far?

39 comments:

Aimee Hix said...

1. Atlanta

2. Jewelry designer

3. Her aunt Zoe

April Schilling said...

Hiya! Thanks for the chance at a gift card and book! The first chapter was great :)

1 Atlanta, GA
2. She designs jewelry
3. Her Aunt Zoe

Thanks again!

Dru said...

Atlanta, Georgia
Jewelry Designer
Aunt Zoe

Julie said...
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Julie said...

1. Peachtree Street, Downtown Atlanta; 2. Designs Jewelry; and 3. Aunt Zoe. Thanks!

Kaye Barley said...

Could I have made this any easier?

Thanks, everyone!!!

Jeannie D. said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win great prizes!
1. Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Ga 2. Jewelry Designer 3. Her Aunt Zoe.

Alicia said...

Fun! I'll have to put this one on my list!
1. Atlanta, Georgia
2. Jewelry Designer
3. Aunt Zoe

Michelle Steffen said...

1. Peachtree Street, downtown Atlanta
2. she designs jewelry
3. Aunt Zoe Hamilton

Terry Parrish said...

Scavenger hunts are always the most fun! My answers are:

1. Peachtree Street (Downtown Atlanta)
2. She designs jewelry
3. Aunt Zoe Hamilton

This was a fun thing to do and I really want to read this book. Amazon, here I come!

Anonymous said...

What a great first chapter.

1. Downtown Atlanta
2. She designs jewelry
3. Aunt Zoe

Tess Tipton said...

Atlanta, Ga.
Jewelry designer
Aunt Zoe

beth hemstreet said...

peachtree street-atlanta
designs jewelry
her aunt zoe

Anonymous said...

1. Peachtree Street - Atlanta, GA
2. Jewelry Designer
3. Aunt Zoe

Anonymous said...

1. A condo overlooking downtown Atlanta, Georgia
2. Jewelry Designer
3. Her Aunt Zoe Hamilton

I can't wait to read the rest of the story.

Laurie Kraft said...

1. High rise condo in Atlanta
2. Jewelry designer
3. Aunt Zoe

IYamVixen2 said...

1. Where was the protagonist, Emma, living at the beginning of the novel? In an apartment 28 floors up in Atlanta

2. What does Emma do for a living? She designs jewelry

3. Who does Emma receive an email from? Her Aunt Zoe

IYamVixen2 said...

Labeling has gone too far, but some people need them. Like bookstores who like to shelve books in a certain spot. But what if their label is different than the book searcher's label idea and the book searcher is searching the wrong shelves?
Simple is better, but not all books or genres are simple. Blends are fun as far as I am concerned.

RGP1950 said...

Another book to add to my "must read" list. Hurry up summer so I can get to reading. The answers: Atlanta, designs jewelry, but she does't think she's vrry good at it, Aunt Zoe.

Kaye Barley said...

Y'all are the best!!!!

I know it's an easy contest, but (you guessed it!) I just wanted to entice (isn't that a nice word for trick?) you into sampling Whimsey. I'm thrilled that so many of you are enjoying it. Thank you.

Kaye

Babs B said...

1. Peachtree Street, Atlanta GA
2. Jewelry designer
3. Aunt Zoe

Thanks!

Stephanie said...

1.Lived in Atlanta
2.A jewelry designer
3.Her Aunt Zoe

Jennifer Bacle said...

1. Peachtree St. Atlanta GA in a high-rise.

2. Jewelry designer

3. Her Aunt Zoe.

CherylR said...

Cozy is enough of a label for me and this definitely qualifies as cozy.
She is living in a high rise in Altlanta, designing jewelry (or trying to) and gets an email from her Aunt Zoe

Karen B said...

1. High rise condo in Atlanta GA on Peachtree Street.
2. Jewelry designer.
3. Her Aunt Zoe.

cyn209 said...

1 - Atlanta, GA
2 - jewelry designer
3 - Aunt Zoe

Ellery Adams said...

It has been a blast having you here today, Kaye! And folks, if you haven't ordered Whimsey yet, what are you waiting for? :)

Angie said...

1. In a condo on Peachtree St in Atlanta GA
2. She designs jewelry
3. Her Aunt Zoe

Your books looks really good!!! Thanks for doing this

Anonymous said...

1. Atlanta, Georgia

2. Jewelry designer

3. Aunt Zoë Hamilton

Anonymous said...

1. Peachtree Street - Atlanta, GA
2. Jewelry Designer
3. Aunt Zoe

Jeni Wyatt said...

1. Atlanta
2. she designs jewelry
3. Aunt Zoe

Can't wait to read the rest, Kaye! Come see us in IG Greer sometime!

Betty said...

I thought I did make a comment! Had a hard time getting into this.

1. Downtown Atlanta
2. Emma designs Jewelry.
3. Aunt Zoe sent her an email.
I read your 1st chapter and liked it so well, am hoping to finish the book!

Angela Holland said...

1. Atlanta, Georgia
2. Jewelry designer
3. Aunt Zoe

Thank you for the chance to win.

griperang at embarqmail dot com

Elaine Klingbeil said...

1. Atlanta, Georgia
2. She designs jewelry
3. Auntie Z (Zoe)

Thanks! That was fun!

Book Dragon said...

Am I too late?
1. Atlanta
2. jewelry
3. Zoe Hamilton

That was fun!

bookdragonslair at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

A great first chapter

1. In a condo above Peachtree Street in Atlanta, GA
2. Jewelry Designer
3. Auntie Zoe - aka Zoe Hamilton

Tammie Wheeler said...

1. In a condo in Atlanta
2. Jewelry designer
3. Her Aunt Zoe
I really enjoyed the first chapter. It made me want to read more.

Ellery Adams said...

April, you won the gift card and Alicia, you won the copy of Whimsey! If you all are on Facebook, you can message us your info and congrats!

Kaye Barley said...

Thanks, Ellery!!!! This has been fun and I appreciate being a Cozy Chick for a day.

And a huge Thank You to everyone who dropped by, took the time to read my first chapter, play our little game and leave a message. It means a lot and I appreciate it. AND - I hope you will all give Whimsey a try and I hope you love it! Let me know, okay?