Book Review of Laura and the Shop Keeper

Laura and the Shop Keeper

Laura Yates is a young woman of Boston society and has a very independent spirit. She resents being trotted out for the many suitors that her mother presents to her. She is determined to escape the high society life and decides to become a mail-order bride. Her adventure begins on a ship, where she develops a friendship with the other passengers as the ship goes through the Panama Canal and up the west coast to California. She is unaware that she is being pursued by a lowlife who is posing as a well-to-do member of society and is determined to marry her. Death, hunger, and scorpions are just some of the obstacles she must overcome to reach her new life. Will it be worth it; will she find the love she is looking for or will she be forced to marry the lowlife chasing her?

Good clean fun to read.

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Author Interview: Eve Culley

February 6, 2018 – Joanne Troppello

Author Interview with Eve Culley

 Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?

 Story-telling has always been a part of me much like breathing is to my body. I preferred my imagination, storytelling and reading from the time I was little. In high school, I went to “state” for my storytelling and did well. Our children and grandchildren became my audience for stories until they grew out of them.

 But the storytelling refused to die and go away. Instead, hunger grew in me to put my stories on paper and books grew out of them. I write, of course, adventures for children to read, believe in, and take life lessons from them.

What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction? 

 The inspiration is the interaction between all the animals and the stories they share with me. (I write their stories down so that I can have peace with them. They are pushy!) I believe that the animals have a unique community all their own. How they live their day-to-day lives is fascinating to me, and if we listen closely, we can hear them talk as they work out their problems with one another.

 Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

 Tricky question for me. My characters are real; they are just not people. They do tend to talk to me, but unfortunately, I seem to be the only one that can hear them. It’s easier to tell folk I hear voices in my head. (grin)

 What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books? 

 To date, my most interesting research was on rodeo bucking bulls. Did you know that the bulls are bred to buck and have action figures and websites? They also have air-conditioned trailers, fly on airplanes, and get massages. It was tons of fun reading about them.


Where do you go to do your research? 

 Ninety percent of my research occurs at home on my laptop. However, if there is an unusual animal making a guest appearance that I am unfamiliar with, like the bucking bulls or companion animals, I find someone who has the knowledge I can talk with or who has an animal I can visit with for a while. So far I have been blessed, and most of the animals and people are within 50 miles or so of home.

 How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?

Are you currently working on any new book projects?

My WIP is the third book on Barn Town called More Adventures in Barn Town. It is a chapter book told from the “guard” cat POV about the animals that live in a large barn. I also have a short story that will be in a book of short stories by various authors called Seasons of Light. Pandora’s Box Gazette will publish the book by the end of this year.

Who is your favorite contemporary author? Are you currently reading any contemporary novels?

 To have to select just one favorite contemporary author is HARD!  But if I must then it would be Ann Jones (Missing (Lyn Kramer Mystery, #1). She is, in my opinion, one of the best contemporary authors I have read. Right now I am reading, Amish: To Be or Not To Be by Sandra Becker.

What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?

 I don’t have a consistent writing schedule. (I know, my bad!) I write when hubby takes a nap, when everyone is asleep at night, when grandson is on his computer and hubby is watching t.v. Truthfully, I am in writer’s mode most all the time, whether I am researching, reading or writing. I did stop for about two months last fall because I felt drained. I did practically nothing, but I’m back now. I am taking classes for promoting books, blogging, researching, reading, and lastly writing.

 Do you have any writing idiosyncrasies? 

 Would it be an idiosyncrasy that I write, research, and read in the living room surrounded by the t.v. noise (hubby), and grandson in the kitchen on his desktop online with his friends while I am on my laptop on a t.v. tray? I honestly don’t know, to me, this is a normal work environment.

 How have your friends and family received your career as an author?  Are they supportive?

 I have been very blessed to have such a supportive family and friends around me. My hubby especially is good to me with doing the cooking and laundry (I do fold the clothes.) My sister, brother, and church family also encourage me. I am very thankful to the Lord for all of them.

About Eve’s Books

 Adventures in Barn Town and Further Adventures in Barn Town are available at, Barnes and Noble and any other online bookstore.

Meet Eve Culley

My home is in the great state of Texas with my hubby and grandson. We share our 3.5 acres with goats, geese, turkeys, chickens, and ducks just inside the city limits of a small town. We also have one Great Pyrenees, two small dogs, and five cats. My hubby calls it life in a mini ark, and I wouldn’t change a thing. I also have two children’s books published with the third book in the process ready for editing. I write about the critters that live with us.

When our boys were younger, my hubby and I served as missionaries here in the U.S. which involved a lot of traveling. It was a precious time in our lives which caused us grow stronger in our faith.

Connect with Eve on her websiteblogFacebook, and Twitter.

 A special thank you to Eve Culley for being interviewed today at Pandora’s Box Gazette. You can read her column here the 2nd Monday each month.

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Eve’s Corner: Valentine’s Day 1970

Since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, we asked one of our regular monthly contributors, Eve Culley to share a special memory for this holiday of love. You can read her regular monthly column on the 2nd Monday each month at Pandora’s Box Gazette.


Valentine’s Day 1970

By Eve Culley

 I was a new bride of eight days and trembling with excitement about my very first Valentine’s Day as a married woman. Our engagement had been fairly short much to the dismay of my mother. The whirlwind began at the end of summer. I was newly graduated from high school and Don had just returned from military service. He wanted to be married immediately and I wanted to be your typical June bride. February was a compromise between the two dates and really the only bit of control we had over our wedding plans. We wanted a small wedding. Mother threatened to have Don arrested for kidnapping, to lock me in my room, or to send me to my grandmother who lived many states away from home. All very serious threats that could occur.

Don and I remained firm and Mother, the general in charge of our home, took command of our wedding. You see, Mother and Daddy had married in 1941 at the J.P.’s house and similar wedding plans for us would not be tolerated. Mother prevailed like a steam roller. It was to be the wedding she had never had and IF we were to be married it would be according to her plan (colors, flowers, dresses) with little input from Don or me. When Don or I did venture an opinion about how we would like something to be done, it was met with “Oh, you don’t want that done that way!” Mother would then lava flow right over us with how she wanted things to be done. It was a beautiful event, but not the wedding Don and I wanted.

 Needless to say we were excited about Valentine’s Day. It would be our first adventure as a married couple. Ours to plan and dream over. We were looking forward to this day with great anticipation. To that end the love of my life went all out. He made the reservations the day we got engaged. We were to dine at a very upcoming restaurant with all the frills that entailed. The restaurant had a very beautiful view overlooking the Missouri River and the setting sun. He specified a table next to the large rock fireplace with a view of the river.  Afterwards we had a very nice room reserved to continue our lovely evening.

I had spent months looking for the right dress to wear. The perfect shoes, hair style and make-up were selected. This night was to be magic. This was our night.

We arrived at the restaurant and were escorted to our table. Waiting for me at the table was a single long stem red rose. All our favorite foods were ordered. We had a lovely view and enjoyed ourselves immensely.  The hotel room was extra nice and included a bottle of champagne on ice. It was a dream come true and became the wedding night we hadn’t had. (Another disaster story for another time.)

Fond memories remain almost fifty years late

Meet the Author

My hubby and I were missionaries in the 70’s and 80’s raising money for Bibles, New Testaments, Book of John, paper, ink and helped set up a couple of print shops in churches. We traveled with our 2 small boys with our base here in Texas.

With our family grown and grand-children galore, we live in west-central Texas with a barn full of critters enjoying the country life.


Connect with Eve on her website or on Twitter.

Thank you to Eve Culley for sharing her special Valentine’s Day memory with us today. You can read her regular column on the 2nd Monday each month here at Pandora’s Box Gazette.

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Be Still My Heart.

Received this in my text msg. today.  Made my eyes tear!  A reader who had told me how much their daughter loved the first book, bought the second book.  Said they would start reading it tonight. I also was made aware of the fact that the book would be going to Show and Tell. Oh, be still my heart.


Rorey and my books

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Books to check out.

I have mentioned this before but feel like it is worth mentioning again. Several other children and young adult authors and I have joined together to host a FaceBook page for other authors children and YA books.

Our goal is to promote books from new authors and established authors.  I would like to ask that you check it out and let me/us know what you think.



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My Best Quarter Yet!


I am so excited. My books finished the year-end quarter as the best yet!

Promoting books is hard work. Hard lessons are learned as I go. I am finding that being an author is not for the faint of heart and that a thick skin is a must. However, there are precious treasures along the way.  Authors who take time to reach out, nurture, and encourage others who are just getting started. I am grateful and try to follow their examples by sharing with others the gems I have received. I think that this is the way to grow.

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a four-star review of Further Adventures in Barn Town

Meet Stripe, the soft-hearted, tough talking guard cat of Barn Town. I’m not sure how Eve Culley does it, but I can hear this tomcat’s voice as he patrols his territory, sounding like some gumshoe from an old movie. Law enforcement personnel and outlaws, humor and pathos, merriment and mayhem—all have their place in this Barn Town mosaic. I believe this story will foster empathy in children, and perhaps inspire them to make up their own stories about animals they know.
I received a free copy of this book, and a favorable review was not required.
I have posted my review on Amazon and Goodreads.
Thank you.
Margaret Welwood
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