WHIMSEY is a novel of southern fiction with a splash of magic and a touch of fantasy, topped with a sprinkling of humor.

The magic was already there when cigar-smoking matriarch Elizabeth Calhoun established an artist’s colony on an island off the coast of Georgia and named it Whimsey. Elizabeth’s ghost still drops in from time to time to make sure things are going as she planned. There’s also a wicked pixie named Earlene who fancies tight-fitting designer clothes and Louboutin stilettos.

Elizabeth’s grandniece, Emma Hamilton Foley, a once-promising jewelry designer who moved away from the island, now fears her talent has deserted her. Along with her four best childhood friends, she has been invited to be a resident artist at Whimsey’s new upscale gallery, Les étoiles. To join them, she’ll need to regain her talent, face the demons from her past and her feelings about Eli Tatnall, whom she loved as a girl. Will moving back to the Island of Whimsey bring the magic back?

WHIMSEY is a story of hope and affirmation, about families and best girlfriends, connections and feelings. It’s about the things in life that make us happy and the things that scare us to death. And the people who walk through life with us.

Audio Release: February 2014
Publisher: Kaye Wilkinson Barley
Narrated by: Susanna Burney
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins

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Meet the author
WHIMSEY is Kaye Wilkinson Barley’s first novel. She lives with her husband, Don, in the North Carolina mountains along with Harley Doodle Barley, the Wonder Corgi.

You can follow news about WHIMSEY here: kayewilkinsonbarley.com

Kaye is Blog Mistress of Meanderings and Muses, which you can follow here: www.meanderingsandmuses.com

She also steps in as “Oh, Kaye!” the first Sunday of every month at Jungle Red Writers – www.jungleredwriters.com

Kaye was also a contributor to two regional Western North Carolina anthologies – “Clothes Lines,” and “Women’s Spaces Women’s Places,” both edited by Celia H. Miles and Nancy Dillingham.

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