NaNoWriMo Participant

It’s almost November. Time to prepare for NaNoWriMo. During NaNo writers strive to write 50,000 words. That’s about half the length of my novel Grow Old With Me. I’m working on a draft of the next book in the Quilt Trail Series during this special event. My goal is 2000 words/day. If I reach that goal I’ll have a few extra days for the Thanksgiving Holiday and my regular jobs.  I won’t have a complete draft  but I’ll be off to a great start.

Prayers are appreciated. I’ll post my progress on my Melinda Evaul-Author Facebook Page. If I have time I’ll post here on the website. Does anyone know how  to add the widget that shows my word count progress?

Evaul House Wears New Quilt

I’m thrilled with the new addition to our house.

Yes, Barn Quilts can grace homes too. I’d love to be on a real Quilt Barn Trail but there isn’t one in our immediate area. Don’t you love the beautiful 2 x 2 Carpenter’s Wheel painted by Cora Stroud and Marsha Cornelius? Cora teaches quilt barn painting classes at the Taproot Artisans Studio in Harmony, NC.

I’m grateful Marsha wanted to celebrate my book by giving me the block depicted on the cover of “Grow Old With Me.”



Our 1900 American Foursquare style home seems a fitting place to hang a quilt square. It is, afterall, a piece of Soddy Daisy history from the days when the coal mines thrived in the hills near our house.

We recently had to remodel the back third of the house due to storm damage. It’s nice to celebrate the renovation with the hanging of our Carpenter’s Wheel block since it also relates to the changes.

The house makeover isn’t finished – another fitting reminder that God hasn’t completed the work He began in us.


Sale During Read An E-book Week

Come help me celebrate E-book Week. The price of “Grow Old With Me,” 2011 Global Ebook Awards Finalist, is drastically reduced during Read an Ebook Week.

It’s discounted at Amazon. This link should take you to my book page.

It is available in all ereader formats from Smashwords. Enter coupon code REW75 at checkout to obtain their special discount. Follow the link to my book page.

Spread the word to your friends. Post the news on all your social websites. I want to show the truth of God’s love to as many people as possible.

Please consider writing a review on the ordering site or at your favorite book discussion site. These boost sales and give future buyers a better feel for the novel. It doesn’t have to be perfect prose. Just say, “I enjoyed reading this book.” If you want to say why you liked it, great. Oh, and those five star reviews works wonders for sales rankings. Hint, hint.

 A signed paperback version is waiting at my Store link. Those will be on Sale in the near future.

Happy Ebook Week.

Farewell Andy Barker

It saddens me to hear that the founder of Love Valley, NC passed away yesterday. Andy Barker was a visionary who leaves his influence on the history of Iredell County, NC.

 He wanted to be a cowboy so he built a town in 1954. People from around the world traveled to meet Andy and see his cowboy town.

 Andy and Ellenora Barker became my friends as I researched my novel, Grow Old With Me. We chatted in Andy’s Hardware Store, laughed around the table in his home, and talked about life in Love Valley.

I’m thankful I had the opportunity to go to Love Valley in April, hold a book signing, and autograph a copy for Andy and his wife Ellenora. It was an honor to spend time with his granddaughter, and attend church with his daughter.

Grow Old With Me is a work of fiction set in Andy’s vibrant old-west-style town. To see more pictures of Love Valley, NC visit my website

North Carolina lost a great man this week.

If God has horses in heaven, I’m sure Andy Barker is riding a fine one today. Farewell to a special man.

Spring Flings

Wow! It’s been ages since I posted. I’ve been on the road with book signings or taking care of my two grandsons.


Let’s see, I was toasty at the Mardi Gras street festival in Dayton, TN. The Red Hat ladies particularly enjoyed themselves.

The Tri-County Quilters group gave me a warm welcome. One of the members brought her circa 1920’s Carpenters Wheel quilt. You’ll find more pics on their site.

I spoke about “Navigating the Changing World of Publishing” at the Christian Writers Fellowship in Clyde, NC. It was fun to spend several days with a good friend in the Waynesville, NC area.




Spending Easter weekend in Love Valley, NC

 was unique. There’s a special place in my heart for the people in that town. “Grow Old With Me” is set in this old west-style horse lovers’ haven. Wish I’d been there on a rodeo weekend.


Hubby and I spent two wonderful nights at the Ledford Mill Bed and Breakfast while attending the Lynchburg, TN Spring in the Hollow festival. I love making new friends at book signings. The Ladies Handiwork Shop hosted me, and the town held a quilt harvest with some amazing pieces brought in by locals and tourists.


I hope you enjoy a few pictures from these trips. I have more on Facebook and  my website. Hop over there for a look. All of the photos are available as note cards.