Author Showcase ~ Whimsey by Kaye Wilkinson Barley


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

GIVEAWAY: Comment on this post by noon EST on March 4, and you will be entered for a chance to win an audio version of WHIMSEY. One winner will be chosen at random. Unless specified, U.S. entries only.

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:

Kaye is Blog Mistress of Meanderings and Muses, which you can follow here:

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

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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20 responses to “Author Showcase ~ Whimsey by Kaye Wilkinson Barley

  1. I’ve never listened to a book before. Well, my Mother read to me until I could read for myself. 🙂

  2. Debbie Carnes

    Sounds like a great story.

  3. Sounds interesting and perfect for an audiobook.

  4. Sounds like a fun read. I love discovering a new author. I have a commute once or twice a week and audio books keep me company. It’s a great way to do some extra ‘reading’!

  5. Good Morning, Dru Ann! I’m just popping in to thank you for helping me share Whimsey with your readers. And to thank you readers for their interest. Have a Happy Sunday, everyone!!

  6. Ann Ellison

    Sounds like such a fun read. I enjoy audio books in my car. I would love to win a copy. Thanks again for your give-aways.

  7. Maureen Hayes

    This sounds really neat. Since moving to Atlanta this past June I have taken a renewed interest in southern fiction and I love audiobooks! I use them when I walk, clean, do the dishes or create art. It is a nice addition to reading books and there are so many great voice talents out there reading these books. Thanks for a chance to win this one.

  8. Stephanie Carr

    This is a new author for me, but he story sounds terrific and would love to win a copy.

  9. Sally Schmidt

    This sounds like a fun book. I enjoy finding new authors and reading first novels. And loved your post, Kaye, over on Jungle Reds.

  10. Kathy Gonzales

    I love audio books , and from the description this book sounds awesome ! Thanks for the chance to win a copy !

  11. Diana Huffer

    I love audiobooks — they are so great to listen to on long drives or if I just want to close my eyes and get lost in the story telling. This author is new to me but I am captivated by the cover and the story! Thanks for the chance to win it! 🙂

  12. Cynthia E. Blain

    Great sounding book and since I really do love audiobooks, this would be fantastic to win. My husband and I never go anywhere without having a book on CD playing; makes the trip seem to go by so fast; Thanks for the opportunity to win it, Dru.

  13. I love audio books and this sounds like a fun book!! I love books set in the south. I have no idea why, I’ve lived in MI all my life!!!

  14. Everything I love in a book — a bit of magic, a bit of mystery, and a touch of fantasy plus a woman trying to find herself. It sounds great!

  15. This sounds like a wonderful story. Thank you for the chance to win.

  16. Ghosts and Georgia- sounds like a great combo!

  17. Debra Woloson

    Thank you for the giveaway. I would love to win this, it sounds like a great book and I have never tried an audio book before.

  18. Would love to add this one to my audiobook collection.

  19. contest is closed.