Camille Faye of Joplin recently released her debut novel, Voodoo Butterfly, on amazon.com – the perfect read for this spooky time of year! “My book combines the genres of women’s fiction with paranormal romance. With Halloween right around the corner, I want to get this book into the hands of readers who love a good ghost story!” Camille grew up in a haunted house, which has obviously sparked her fascination with the paranormal. Before becoming a full-time writer, Camille reported for an NBC affiliate and taught writing at universities in Missouri and Illinois. Camille finds time to write during her baby’s nap time and is an active member in the Joplin Writers Guild*. She found the “muse” for this debut novel during a family trip to New Orleans, where she dreamt of a woman who had the power to change evil people into good people.
About Voodoo Butterfly: When twenty-five-year old Sophie Nouveau inherits her grandmother’s voodoo shop she knows nothing about voodoo….or her family’s history with “Mind-Changers” who have the power to change evil people into good ones. To complicate matters, someone doesn’t want Sophie in New Orleans and sends a series of death threats to scare her away from her new enchanted life. Tipped off by her grandmother’s ghost, Sophie realizes her mind-changing spell’s been missing one magic ingredient: true love. If Sophie cannot experience transformative love, she cannot make her spell work, and she will be powerless to fight back when confronted by the one who wants her dead.
Camille will be hosting a virtual Voodoo Butterfly Book Party (on Facebook) from 6–9pm on Wednesday, November 19. Join for games, party favors (like ebooks, gift cards, and a free psychic reading), as well as a live psychic reading by Psychic Angela Thomas. Since it is an online party, you can “show up” in your PJs at home or even during your kid’s soccer game (via tablet/phone).
*The Joplin Writers Guild is a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild that meets in the Joplin Public Library meeting room every second Thursday of the month (next meeting is Nov. 13) at 6pm. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. All levels of writers attend – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. Connect with the Joplin Writers Guild on Facebook.
Join Local Color Art Gallery & Studio’s annual art auction fundraiser for Mwaganza International on Saturday, November 8 from 7–9pm. This event combines art, food, and live music. Local and out of state artists donate their art to be auctioned off. Funds from the silent auction go toward Mwangaza International’s Christmas Project. The project reaches out to 700 children victims of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is an opportunity to enjoy great art and give to a worthy cause. Local Color members are very proud to cooperate in helping these needy children. For more information, go to www.mwangazaint.org.
Spend Second Saturdays getting creative with Art Feeds! These K-5 grade workshops are open to the community and organized around a fun, imaginative theme. Each workshop costs $25 for online pre-registration (or $30 at the door), and includes 4 projects as well as a snack. Workshops will be held at St. Paul’s Preschool and led by Art Feeds personnel. Sign up for any or all of them, but hurry because spots are limited!
Touch, Touch, Textures
Saturday, November 8, 9–11:30am
Sticky, Gooey, Slippery, Bumpy, Slimy and More! Come explore your sense of touch with projects that are all about texture! We will create using a wide variety of materials- join us for a super sensory morning of fun!
The deed as been done! More than a dozen teams participated in Rockwell Comes to Life last week at Spiva. Mark Neuenschwander, 9art Photography, photographed the reenactments of Rockwell paintings that are now on display in Spiva’s 3rd Street window gallery. Trust us, it’s worth a visit – so many creative participants!
The winning image will be selected by popular vote and will receive a Norman Rockwell prize package. All teams will receive one complimentary copy of their photograph. Go vote for your favorite! Voting ends in tandem with the Norman Rockwell exhibit on November 8, 2014.
- MSSU SOUTHERN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT – Fri, Nov. 7 at 7:30pm at Taylor Auditorium, MSSU
- THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW – Fri & Sat, Nov. 7 & 8, 10pm at Joplin Little Theatre
- THE FALL HIP HANDMADE MARKET – Sat, Nov. 8 from 10am–6pm at The Roxy Event Center
- EMPTY BOWLS FUNDRAISER – Thu, Nov. 20 from 11am–2pm & 5–8pm at Phoenix Fired Art
For more information, visit the Joplin Community Arts Calendar and search by date of respective event!