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I'm a voracious reader, a book reviewer, a writer. I do reviews for some local publications, blog for the Cit-Times as "the Village Witch" and work as a freelance writer and tarot card reader. When I'm not reading or writing, I garden and act as a priestess in my community.
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I have returned here like an old-style prodigal because I have left bookselling and returned to writing. I am very active on Facebook and do the occasional tweet but thought it best to return here and see how this mule plows.

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Rainy Afternoon of Book Signing

Friends!  Are you on the receiving end of this slow and steady rain?  I wouldn't have thought we could stand much more water but am grateful for full rain barrels and a garden I don't have to water.

The first wee printing of my book has sold out and the second printing arrived late Wednesday. I am very grateful for its reception, especially amongst folks who remember these old techniques or heard tell of them from elder relatives. Like this one, from the mother of a friend and…

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Posted on July 13, 2012 at 12:28pm

Announcing Book Release

Here's the press release announcing publication of my little book! I'm about to get excited about this whole thing. 

re: a friendly and useful book from Asheville’s Byron Ballard and Silver Rings Press

Silver Rings Press, an imprint of indie publisher rENEGADE pLANETS pUBLISHING, Candler, NC, is pleased to announce the publication of “Staubs and Ditchwater: a Friendly and Useful Introduction to Hillfolks’ Hoodoo” by H. Byron Ballard.  Ballard, a popular blogger…

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Launch Party for Staubs & Ditchwatrer

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Accent on Books is pleased to celebrate H. Byron Ballard's book "Staubs and Ditchwater: a Friendly and Useful Introduction to Hillfolks’ Hoodoo" with a launch party on Friday, June 15th at 6PM. The book is Ballard's first and is published by Silver Rings Press. Ballard will speak about the process for creating "Staubs and Ditchwater", read a little from the book and copies will be available for purchase.  Light refreshments will be served.  For…

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At 4:08pm on April 5, 2012, Charles F. Price said…

We'll work something out that fits Ruth's schedule.  Sorry, her schedule is worse than Obama's.

At 9:28am on April 4, 2012, Charles F. Price said…

I thought we all should've attended naked but nobody backed me up.  Hope we can see you soon--Ruth's schedule is a killer and I've just about become a hermit up here in my holler.  I hardly go anywhere.  I do bathe on occasion.

At 12:08pm on April 3, 2012, Cynthia Drew said…

Cannot wait for the slingshot to hurl me back toward happiness. Criminy, between Mercury and Mars, things will be fine for about ten minutes before Mercury goes retro again. Sorry, I'll stop being a wet blanket now. Charles seems pretty chirpy, though.

At 11:44am on April 3, 2012, Charles F. Price said…

Ruth's fine.  She's a caregiver consultant for Project CARE out of Park Ridge Health in Fletcher.  She works with folks whose loved ones have dementia.  She serves six WNC counties and stays on the go while I sit home and peck at the computer slowly becoming more and more obscure despite my best efforts.  I did write an afterword for Brian Knopp's collaborative novel Naked Came the Leaf Peeper, which some folks thought was amusing.

At 11:27am on April 3, 2012, Cynthia Drew said…

I am in a pout this morning and don't really know why. Except that I am usually predisposed to growls, pouts, funks and ennui at best during Mercury's retrograde. When does this end, oh, when will it ever end? Am willing to kick up some dust to liven things up around here.

At 11:23am on April 3, 2012, Charles F. Price said…

Hey, Byron, I've missed you and all the crew there.  Since marrying Ruth I hardly ever go to Asheville.  Got a new book coming out next spring--nonfiction, believe it or not!  You can check it out on my blog: charlesfprice.blogspot.com.  My sequel to Nor the Battle to the Strong is in the hands of my publisher, languishing there seemingly forever. What have you written?  How are you?  What's up?  I LOVE you!  Charles

At 11:13am on April 3, 2012, Patrick Covington said…

I think the Older Brother stole it away.

At 11:03am on April 3, 2012, Patrick Covington said…

Yep -- guess I should take care of that. Although that placeholder does have a kind of this-is-the-way-I-am-before-my-first-cup-of-coffee feel to it.

At 10:34am on April 3, 2012, Celia Miles said…

Within the hour we are gone--and yeaaaa to the book. You know I'll be at its launch!

At 10:15am on April 3, 2012, Celia Miles said…

Beats me, Byron! I'm new to being on here. But soon off to explore stone circles. Wheeee. I hope you are writing up a storm!

 
 
 

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