I went to a quilt show a few weeks ago to meet up with some friends from Georgia. One of them asked me if I had any new books out, so I mentioned CRICKET’S MOON.
“It’s set in an impoverished area of north Florida.” I told her. “Cricket knows the furniture store where she works can’t stay in business much longer. With her last folding cash, she buys a lottery ticket. On the way home, she notices a full moon coming up. She cleans out her wallet, opens it so the moon shines into it and says, ‘Moon, moon …’”
And when I got to there, all three of the women said, “Fill it up, fill it up, fill it up!” We all laughed. Every Southern young lady learns that chant.
Cricket Stafford won the lottery – more money than she could have dreamed of, but she’s ready for it. She has a degree in business, and she knows that the first thing to do is to find a good lawyer. Mark Batson is more than good. He’s young, handsome and ready to help her make the town of Hazlett a better place – even though it has a long way to go to get there.
The town doesn’t know much except hard times. All the changes in the last thirty years have led to poverty, unemployment, and a drift of talent and money to somewhere else. But Cricket finds some of her biggest obstacles in her own family – and in herself.
So what would you do if you knew you’d be given over ten million dollars a year for the next thirty years? What changes could you make in your community? Then ask yourself–would it really take that much money? Or would it just take changes in yourself and the people around you?
CRICKET’S MOON, published by Awe-Struck eBooks.