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The House On Sunflower Road

A Writer's Prayer

As writers, we put ourselves out there for all to see, and the only dressing we finally get is in the comments coming our way; comments that layer our nakedness piece by piece until we are dressed. And when we are fully dressed we do the process all over again. For what worth is a work if no one touches it with their eyes, if no mind falls into the story, and in the leaving no weight of connection propels a response? Elizabeth
March 2, 2010



The 'walks' of my mind!

Many things walk through my mind; it changes with the choice of time. For instance, during the day, I tend to write with a conscious eye, with a temperance toward word choices, almost as if I've an invisible watcher editing my thoughts before they find print; now, night time offers a different stage for my writing, I feel the mellowing of my words, my fingers fly across the keyboard with the courage of a Delilah, and thoughts sing a purer truth as the cover of darkness cheers me on. It seems most problems find an answer with only the light of the monitor in front of me. The darkness of the room lets my imagination have a free hand, no censoring of ideas, or judgment sitting on my shoulder.

The 'Memory Chair' -

"This...sitting around the fire," Wa`si said, "reminds me of my father and his friends. They would sit around the campfire gathering up its energy and before long there would be sharing time. The one designated to talk held the 'memory chair' until his story ended." He paused, as though his story mimicked the moment as the fire's strength entered into him, giving his words newly found power. "When I reached manhood, at sixteen, I was allowed to sit with the group. It was from these stories passed around from the one in the 'memory chair' that I learned the meaning of honor, and the importance of everything relative to what's around us. Best of all, I was taught that a strong man can show meekness without being weak...and shed tears without feeling shame....

Cherokee Proverb

Don't let yesterday use up too much of today!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

A New Review - Sept 6, 2009 Upstate NY

A new review: More Than A Romance
"Elizabeth Towles has a way with words. Although this cliche is often heard, it's never been more truer than it is in the case of THE LONG NIGHT MOON. This story is so much more than a romance. The author, with her gift for depth and description, takes you on a soul-deep tour of the NC hills. You meet her people, learn her ways, and at the same time, follow the the story of Darcie. Darcie is introduced to the reader as a headstrong teenager with few morals, and a stubborn desire to get what she wants from life. She has been thrown into a terrible introduction to tragedy, in the deaths of her parents, and responsibility, in an unwanted pregnancy.
When her older brother forces her to move to the 'country house', her life, and she, begin a metamorphosis which will leave you entranced, hopeful, angry, and at the end, ultimately fulfilled.
Travel with Darcie as she learns the ancient ways of the Cherokee people, and the heart-breaking joys of motherhood. Once you start reading THE LONG NIGHT MOON, you won't be able to put it down."

Saturday, August 22, 2009


Love, Tragedy, and Ancient Wisdom, Augu

'Willie" Charlotte, NC 8/22/2009


5 5

Pros: Engaging Story, Well Written, Interesting Characters, Tear Jerker, Original Plot, Deserves Multiple Readings, Romance

Best Uses: Younger Readers, Older Readers, Gift, Travel Reading, Cherokee tribal wisdom

Describe Yourself: Bookworm

This romantic account gives the reader glimpses into Cherokee tribal wisdom, and transform a promiscuous teen into a young woman of depth and character. It is filled with words, both lively and colorful, deep and emotional and will keep you page-turning until the end. The story line brings surprises/smiles and tears as you follow Darcie's journey into adulthood.

Cover for The Long Night Moon


: A Multicultural Romance, Picture of Product


Saturday, August 8, 2009

Thoughts on Researching for TLNM

I knew research was a must before I could get deep into my story; I had to place myself mentally and physically in the mountains I was about to write about. I also knew I had to reconnect to my roots that up to now had little influence on me, in fact, only a spattering knowledge that a link actually existed. As I stepped into that spiritual and native leanings, I felt them settle over me with a pull of ownership. I took no pictures, only wrote in haste, as though my time was being clocked and at some unseen moment, everything would shut down. I filled several notebooks, hoping my words were adequate in what my eyes were seeing and what my ears heard. I went back to the motel reluctantly at night, clutching my pads of words like a hard-won prize. My book progressed with each trip taken. And the pictures, I had little time to snap, are there in my book, but in word phrases...I hope your mind sees them, smells them, and then remembers them....

Monday, July 20, 2009

Reader Reviews

July 19, 2009. I have finished the book. I started reading it last night and finished it this afternoon. It gave me GREAT pleasure. I truly enjoyed it. I could hardly wait to finish it. What a wonderful story! Your descriptions made me feel as though I was right there. Te Messerle, Charlotte, NC.

July 13, 2009. Read your book over the weekend-BRAVO! Obviously a lot of time and effort went into it. ENJOYED the read and the reminders of familiar things from my home state. I wish you all the success in the world for your book. A former NC resident.

I think your book is AWESOME! The story caught me right away, the descriptions put me into every scene, and the characters kept me reading. The book is so well written, I am pleased to say I've met the person who wrote such an extraordinary book. I loved it! James Dick, Branch Manager for Walmart, Albemarle Rd, Charlotte, NC

5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Tragedy, and Ancient Wisdom, August 8, 2009
By Gayle P. Nastasi "gayze" (Middleburgh, NY United States) - See all my reviews
Elizabeth "Willie" Towles has woven a magical story, laced with emotion and peppered with a touch of spice, of how love, tragedy, and ancient tribal wisdom transform a young girl into a woman of depth and character. Follow the story of Darcie, a promiscuous teen who is suddenly forced to face a troubled destiny. The death of her parents, and an unwanted pregnancy begin her tale, which ends in a bitter-sweet love so deep, that it will bring you both smiles and tears.

Willie Towles accents this romantic account with wonderful glimpses into the spiritual lives of her Cherokee characters, and paints a wondrous portrait of the beautiful North Carolina hills. Her words are colorful and lively, deep and emotional, and I guarantee that they will keep you page-turning until you reach the end.

5.0 out of 5 stars The Long Night Moon, Excellent book!, August 31, 2009
By Chaytor Chandler (Cornelius, NC) - See all my reviews
I was so completely captivated by The Long Night Moon one morning at breakfast, I found myself very close to being late for work. I ran out of the house, flew into the parking lot and with a few minutes to spare, I read the rest of the section in my car! This is what a great book should do. Full of tension and romance, with a touch of Native American tradition and lore, this book draws you in and doesn't let go until the very last word. The characters are alive with emotion, and Ms. Towles' mastery of imagery puts you right in the middle of the beautiful North Carolina mountains. You will laugh and cry along with the characters as they struggle with sudden life changes thrown their way. Job well done, Ms. Towles. I do hope there is a sequel. I am eager to find out what everyone is up to next.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Endorsements for THE LONG NIGHT MOON

"I love Elizabeth Towles' writing. She writes with a poetic eye and brings scenes and people alive with her description, yet never slows down her story." --Judith H. Simpson, aka Rosalind Foxx, Sara Logan.

"I read the final draft of this story in the beautiful North Carolina Mountains one weekend. It was difficult to put Elizabeth's book down and on reading the last page, I wanted to immediately pick up her next book."--Virginia G. Sykes, licensed Marriage & Family Therapist.

A note from me--ET.
I sincerely hope when this book is read, the people, and the story remains in the heart of the reader. Elizabeth Towles

Thursday, June 4, 2009

'The Watcher'..text from The Long Night Moon

"Tell me about Norman Normans," she said. She watched Wa`si's eyes go suddenly round.
"So you've met 'The Watcher'. When was this?"
"Well, he came here on the day you left with Nunda, wait a minute. What did you call him? The Watcher? Are we talking about the same man?" Her eyes mimicked his.
"We are. That's what my people, and others, call him. He seems to have a third eye that sees things...guiding him where's trouble, especially in the last few years."
"I don't think we're talking about the same person, " Darcie said, shaking her head.
"Tall, skinny, drives a Bookmobile?" He saw the doubt still on her face. "Years ago, he showed up in town driving an old Volkswagen loaded with books. His story was that his mother, a librarian, died, leaving him with thousands of books. He lent them without charge and people soon got used to him. He seems harmless enough, but..."

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Book Release

Some moments later, he pointed toward the sky, "Look there, it's a full moon. My people call this The Long Night Moon since it happens around the time of the year's longest and darkest nights." He kissed her cheek. "It's a good and me...seeing this together." His voice went soft. "I've heard it rumored that when lovers see the full moon, life will bless them, but only, if their hearts are right."
"You just made that up, " she punched him.
"No," he shook his head. "No, the legend of The Long Night Moon has been..."'
"Sssh, I'm not talking about that part, it's the lovers' thing. And you did, too...make it up."
"What makes you say that?"
"I saw your right eye twitch," she snickered. "It does that when you're teasing me."
"Okay, little Miss-Know-It-All; but it sounds right...don't you think?"

Qualla's Folly, a house that holds trouble within its walls. See you there, Elizabeth.

This book is out in print now. Please contact me by email: or this blog site, or 704-536-5134 or My friends (listed above) will be waiting to greet you. I've asked them to be on their best behavior...but we'll see.... Elizabeth Towles

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Another of our lovely animal characters--text from The Long Night Moon

This is Alex, an African Grey...and a smart bird, he is.

Under head feathers of a startling white, his onyx eyes looked out with keen awareness; his head tilted to either side, his stare fixated on Darcie.

He began lifting his feet, one at a time, his body rocking from side to side. "Hey, hey, hey, it's her Norman, I tell's her."

He gave a sharp snap of his bill, and went still....

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Nunda--text from The Long Night Moon

As she moved about the house, she mouthed silent thanks to the restless voices that had kept at her all morning; and to the truck that seemed to have more sense of where she was needed than she did. She must remember to tell the council members of this day. They would more than likely agree with her thinking...Insight disguises itself in many simply has to follow its guide!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The The Long Night Moon

The long hair around his mouth glowed stark white against the blackness of his squared off nose; the glaze from his topaz and onyx eyes speared the air. His raw, wild, stench spread out around him....

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Eagle

...he's master of his path, with the wind under his wings...

Sunday, April 5, 2009