Guest Post & Giveaway ~ Last Wool & Testament by Molly MacRae


I’m haunted by Tennessee, so what better place to locate a ghost story?
I don’t live in there anymore, but my family and I lived in Northeast Tennessee (what was Upper East Tennessee until the tourism council decided to upgrade the image) for almost twenty years, from the early Eighties through the early Oughts. Have you ever been to that corner of the world? Right up there next to Virginia and North Carolina? With its green mountain ridges shading into darker green and purple? With its shady groves and hollows? Its clattering, clear, cold mountain creeks? Have you seen the deep blues of the Blue Ridge or the smoke curling like ghosts through the Great Smokys? We miss that atmospheric landscape and the people there.
For the first ten years we lived outside Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town. The town, itself, is a snapshot from another era with Federal and Victorian era buildings, brick sidewalks, and limestone curbs. The whole town is on the National Register of Historic Places. A resident described the charm of Jonesborough to me as Williamsburg on a personal scale. I was director of the museum there and came to know the town’s history and stories and the people who loved them and preserved them.
We lived some miles out in the county on a few acres in the woods up near the Cherokee National Forest. Picture a wooden house in a clearing surrounded by eighty-foot tall trees. Deer, owls, whippoorwills, buntings, bluebirds, pileated woodpeckers. Picture little boys playing in their sandbox under those trees. Picture the occasional bear and the little boys playing inside for the next few days.
For the second ten years we lived in nearby Johnson City, where we had sidewalks, welcoming neighbors and, sometimes, the occasional bear. I ran an independent bookstore and met people who wrote about the area – Wilma Dykeman, Sharyn McCrumb, Cameron Judd, Jo Carson, Graham Landrum. I’d had a few short stories published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine by then and a novel under way. We were settled into a comfortable existence, surrounded by friends, tales, and mountains.
Until we had to move. Think of a pleasant instrumental piece playing on a record and the needle suddenly skidding across the vinyl.  ZZZoooop. Talk about a rude awakening. Suddenly, here we are in the middle of the Illinois cornfields. Have you ever seen how wide-open and flat central Illinois is? That’s okay, though. Champaign, Illinois, is a good place to be. It’s just not Upper East Tennessee. But that’s why my stories and novels and the Haunted Yarn Shop mysteries take place in Upper East Tennessee, because that place and those people got under my skin and took up permanent residence in my head.
What places have affected you like that? Are you haunted, too? 

Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Signet (September 4, 2012)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 045123782X
Series: Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery, Book 1
Buy: Ama, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


Kath Rutledge is about to learn the true meaning of TGIF—Thank Goodness It’s Fiber.…

That’s the name of the spunky group of fiber and needlework artists founded by Ivy McClellan, Kath’s beloved grandmother. Though Ivy has recently passed on, the members still meet regularly at her fiber and fabric shop, The Weaver’s Cat, which Kath has now inherited. But that’s only the first in a series of surprises when Kath returns to the small town of Blue Plum, Tennessee, to settle her grandmother’s affairs.

There’s been a murder, and it turns out her grandmother was the prime suspect. Before she can begin to clear Ivy’s name, Kath encounters a looming presence in the form of a gloomy ghost. It turns out the specter has just as much interest in solving the murder as Kath. So, with a little help from the members of TGIF—and a stubborn spirit from beyond—she sets out to unravel the clues and hook the real killer.…

Thanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of Last Wool and Testament to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only
Giveaway ends on October 2nd

Winner will have 48 hours, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

Molly MacRae spent twenty years in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Upper East Tennessee, where she managed The Book Place, an independent bookstore; may it rest in peace. Before the lure of books hooked her, she was curator of the history museum in Jonesborough, Tennessee's oldest town. MacRae lives with her family in Champaign, Illinois, where she connects children with books at the public library.

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  1. Looking forward to becoming acquainted with your mysteries. As a reader always seeking new interesting authors. From your posting definitely qualify & added to my TBR list.

  2. This sounds like a great new series!
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  3. Well, this post was a surprise. I now call Jonesborough, TN home and have since 1992. We live about 10 miles out of town with a beautiful view of the Smokey Mountains. Since you are familiar with the area, we are out 107 and across the river near Katy Creek. We aren’t far from the National Forest and the bears frequent the fields around our house. One even attacked our son several years ago. He has the scars to prove it.

    We live in an old victorian farmhouse with its own ghosts. Mostly friendly except for one who evidently didn’t like our middle daughter. But that is a story in itself and not pleasant. I went to the Book Place several times before it closed. While you were at the Jonesborough Museum, I was at Hands ON.

    I love your use of Blue Plum as the town. It is something locals will appreciate. Best of luck with this new series. To say the least, I am looking forward to it.

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