I Just Got Back From Tennessee!

And, what a trip it was! I’ve never been there, except just passing through, but I’d heard great things about the state, and let me tell you, I was not disappointed. I must also tell you I didn’t really go to Tennessee, but was taken there by a friend—Kellie Elmore—via her recently released book, Magic in the Backyard. One of the most interesting things about the trip, was it involved time travel, as Kellie took me back to her youthful days, and showed me where she grew up, fell in love, and, well, how she came to be the person she is today.

I don’t know Kellie that well—in fact we’re only friends/acquaintances by way of the World Wide Web—but after reading her book of poetry, it seems we grew up together. The truth is, we grew up in places vastly different, and far apart, but with so many similarities, they seem to be the same. Kellie’s backyard wasn’t that different from mine, or yours, but, lucky for us, the times she spent there got stuck in her mind, and now she’s sharing those memories with the world.

So, if you didn’t hit the delete button when you saw the word “poetry” above, thanks for hearing me out. And, just so you know, I don’t care that much for poetry either. Oh, I write a little poetry—at least I think it qualifies as such—but as far as reading it, I don’t seek it out. But in my e-travels, I do read a bit of poetry, and about a year ago, I came across my first Kellie Elmore poem. I ain’t gonna lie to you; it blew me away. It didn’t seem like a poem, though it obviously was, but more like a short story written in a poetic fashion. And, that’s how her book reads. The other day she told me she wished she would have put more of her stories in the book, and I thought nothing of the comment—until I read the book.

You see, Magic in the Backyard doesn’t read like a book of poetry. The way Kellie put it together is magical in its own right (sheer genius, in my opinion), and it reads like a novella about a young girl—now a beautiful and talented lady—and her life growing up and living in southeast Tennessee.

So don’t be skeert off by the word poetry; get a copy of Magic in the Backyard, curl up in your favorite chair, and take a little trip with Ms. Kellie Elmore! I am telling y’all right now, you will enjoy the journey!


  1. hahahahaha! I love this! The southern accent is perfect! I could hear you speaking it! I can’t thank you enough for your awesome kindness, promoting and just well, your friendship! I am so happy, I mean SOOO happy you like my book! You make me feel all special and stuff =) hehe

    • You deserve it! I really really like yoour book!
      Be sure and hit the share button on FB, Twitter, etc.!

      • Already done! AND I will be adding this to my Features & Reviews page on my blog =)

      • Cool! Do everything you can to get the word out!

  2. I’m looking forward to it becoming available in the UK, I hear it already is on Kindle. I love Kellie’s writing style, and have appreciated her kind words of support and encouragement of my own poetry… To be honest she is one of the people I am thankful to for inspiring me to develop my own collection.

    • You will love it! I’m serious, I love Kellie’s poetry, but the book was more than I thought it would be! I read a lot of poetry, so I might have read some of yours already, but I’m on my way to check it out now.
      And, yes, Kellie has been an inspiration to me, too!

  3. Sherry Mashburn said

    Kellie: At Charlie’s suggestion, I purchased your book last night for my Nook. It was late, so I only read your introduction, but it was beautifully written. I cannot wait until tonight when I can read the rest.

  4. Thanks for the lovely words on Kellie. I will have to make it one of the first I get when I get an e-reader from a friend…he heard me say I had
    not been able to get back to reading since my cataract surgery … the lap top is cumbersome and the cat hates me to balance it on her head
    should she honor me with a cat lap nap whilst I read or type…he got a newer version as a gift and doesn’t use the other. Can’t wait.
    And Charles… I don’t know if I ever told you, I own a copy of your book
    …bought and read it before I met you on the web.
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

    • You will love Kellie’s book. It is not only classic Kellie poetry, but it is put together very well. It truly reads like a story!
      E-readers are awesome, and you can enlarge the print to whatever size suits your eye. I love the fact that I can buy a book in a matter of minutes–even seconds–and be reading it immediately.
      You might have told me you had my book, but I can’t recall you doing so. In any case, I’m thrilled you have a copy, and I hope it has encouraged you. That’s all it’s meant to do–encourage.
      Thanks a bunch, Siggi!

  5. terri0729 said

    Nice tribute to our mutual friend, Charlie!! I haven’t gotten her book yet but it is on my list of near future purchases. I love her blog and know that I will her book as well. smiles, Terri

    • You WILL love it, Terri! I love Kellie’s poems, and she put the book together wonderfully! I want to publish some of my poetry one of these days, and I hope my books come out as good as this one!

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