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Bowling Avenue Outselling Fifty Shades of Grey. (In Nashville.) (On the West Side.)

Bowling Avenue Outselling Fifty Shades of Grey. (In Nashville.) (On the West Side.)

Dear Kay, Just wanted to give a quick update on my novel. This has been such a great summer, getting to be in touch with everybody who’s been stopping in on Bowling Avenue. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read it, tell a friend about it, review it online. You know what the Department of Homeland Security says: “If you read something, say something.” By the Numbers Days since June 6 publication date: 80. Days...

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And Off It Slides into the Harbor!

And Off It Slides into the Harbor!

Dear Kay, Wish you’d been here on Monday night for the cracking of champagne on the bow of HMS Bowling Avenue. Here are some pix from the evening. It was tremendous fun, and I was honored that folks would come out on the night that The Bachelorette is on. A great surprise (other than being introduced by Ann Patchett, which was lovely) was that Tracy, our correspondent in the Middle East, managed to get parrot tulips to the store, all the...

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Beauty Pageant Mom Issues Party Invitation

Beauty Pageant Mom Issues Party Invitation

Dear Kay, At this point, I am a total pageant mom with regard to my book. Yes you are, precious book. You may only be six days old, but you are just a precious precious girl–SHOULDERS BACK! Remember the Walk! It is a daunting experience, in the extreme, to see my characters wander across the pageant stage. You go, Angus Donald! Don’t be too weird–wait, be even weirder! I didn’t make you weird enough! Thank you all for...

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Bowling Avenue Is HERE!

Bowling Avenue Is HERE!

Dear Kay, Just in time for summer reading . . . There’s a new website for the book, annshayne.com. You can read the first chapter there, order a copy, see a really scary photograph. Ordering information here, too. Needless to say, at this moment I am feeling very excited to share all this with you. All Likes, Shares, Tweets, Status Updates, Pinterests, GoodReads, Amazon reviews, airplane banners much appreciated. I really, really hope...

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Bowling Avenue: Friday the 13th Update

Bowling Avenue: Friday the 13th Update

Dear Kay, I am VERY sorry to be so out of touch, but there are times in life when events overtake everyday life. For everyone out there who has a complicated family, all I have to say is: HANG IN THERE. For those of you with simple, straightforward families, all I have to say is: HOW DID YOU DO IT? And I THINK YOU ARE FAKING IT. Bookish News A quick thank you to everyone who is wondering where BOWLING AVENUE is, and when will it be available....

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The Last Day of Winter

The Last Day of Winter

Dear Kay, Oh, what a beautiful mornin’! (Sing it, Hugh Jackman!) That ol’ weepin’ willa is laughin’ at me! I love springtime so much. I’m a sucker for it. The redbuds, whitebuds, chickweed, tulips–you can find me out in the yard staring up at the oak tree branches. My friend Joanna just made a salad out of stuff from her yard: redbud blossoms, dandelion leaves and flower, chickweed, garlic grass, bittercress...

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The Winner Has Two-Year-Old Twins

The Winner Has Two-Year-Old Twins

Dear Kay, Exotic exotic exotic. I have never read so much exoticism as in the comments everyone left in response to the little contest to win a copy of the BOWLING AVENUE proofs. China, Tortola, New Zealand, the wild Canadian east coast. The cafeteria of the Fashion Institute of Technology. Some of you ask whether a place like Missouri or Ohio or North Carolina counts as exotic. To someone like me, writing a story set in a neighborhood in...

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International Standard Book Number 978-0-9852100-0-7

International Standard Book Number 978-0-9852100-0-7

Dear Kay, All right, ALL RIGHT. You have now matched my six-part series on geothermal HVAC installation with a six-part series on the making of Honey Cowls. UNCLE! I GIVE UP! YOU WIN! I solemnly promise that I won’t do ANY MORE six-part series on anything. Except. Maybe. Get ready . . . My latest craft project: My novel. As you may recall, I started this story about eighteen months ago, and it’s been my constant distraction. I think...

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