Misha Crews

Love stories about old houses and family secrets.

Hello, my friends, and Happy New Year! 🤗

I’ve spent the last few days looking back to the year that just ended. 2021 was a year of high highs and low lows. In March I lost my beloved aunt Helen, a woman whose sweet voice and ever-forward attitude I miss every day. She was the last “grown up” in my life: the last person whose job it was to shelter and encourage me. And so now, at 50, I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that I am an adult (which, as I’m sure you’ll agree, is a very silly thing to be). Much of my focus this year has been on continuing to nurture my inner child, while figuring out how to function in a world where neither of my parents nor my aunt are present.

In May my younger sister moved in with my husband and I while she looked for a new job. With much persistence, she found a great job, and in January she will be moving into a new house. I’m so proud! ❤️

When Rebecca moved in, she brought our cat Lucy with her. Lucy was our father’s cat, and she has lived with Becca since 2011. Sadly, Lucy passed away in July. She was 18 years old. We miss her every day. She and my sister were soulmates.

In the summer, my husband and I took advantage of our telework status and went on a cross-country trip. We visited Joshua Tree National Park, the Petrified Forest, and also celebrated our 25th anniversary. Love you sweetie, and thanks for sticking with me. 💕

And finally, after a 7-year writing hiatus, I published in 2021. “The House on the Hill,” a sequel to my first novel, is what I call my dream novel. It was the book that made me fall in love with writing again. “The Book of Forgotten Angels” is my novel of second chances and holds a special place in my heart.

Here are a few pics to commemorate the year just finished:

  • Mom, me and Helen – three of a kind (this photo is actually from 2012, but it’s always been one of my favorites)
  • Rebecca and Lucy – my girls
  • Petrified Forest
  • Charlie and me on our 25th Anniversary
  • Me at Joshua Tree
  • The House on the Hill: my dream novel come to life.
  • The Book of Forgotten Angels: a story about second chances and the magic of books.
  • View from my window – home sweet home

The final image is one I took this morning. This is the first light of the new year. Although the day is cloudy, I can never get enough of those mountains. Welcome, 2022! Welcome change, welcome to the new, welcome to adventures and laughter and love and light. Let’s read all the books, make all the art, hug all the hugs and accomplish all the accomplishments. Yes, there are challenges coming. Not all the days will be sunny. There will be tears, and there will be hardship. Such is the way of things. But… there is so much good stuff waiting for us out there, I can hardly stand it. 💕

So, okay, my friends, let’s do this 2022! Happy New Year! Let’s make it a great one!

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Hello my friends, and Happy Christmas Eve! I hope you are someplace warm and wonderful, surrounded by people you love.

Here in the Shenandoah Valley, there is an annual light show at the fairground. This year my husband, sister and I went to the show, and we had a wonderful time! My sister took these great pictures and I thought you’d like to see them. Below the photos is a short video of the dancing lights. I hope you enjoy these, and from my family to yours: Merry Christmas! ❤️

Seeing as how my latest novel, The Book of Forgotten Angels, is releasing today, I thought it might be fun to explore a little bit about the original novel, which inspired Mae and Levi’s quest through Angel River.

The original Book of Forgotten Angels was written by Browning Weidler in 1899. Very little is known about Weidler, except that he’s a native son of Angel River and achieved some success but little fame as a writer. He is the author of several novels and short stories. In addition to Angels, his other books include The Sound of Silver, a fictionalized account of a real silver heist, and Lucky Penny, about an impoverished orphan who becomes the toast of high society in pre-Civil War Richmond, Virginia.

In 2007, Levi Morales comes to Angel River looking for a first edition of Weidler’s Book of Forgotten Angels. At that time, the Antiquarian Booksellers Catalog lists only six known first editions, one of which was bought by another native son of Angel River, a man named Abel Stein. Mr. Stein has since passed away, so Levi reaches out to the woman who is now living in Stein’s house: Mae Wallace, owner of the Angel River Café. Mae joins Levi in his search, and the two of them embark on an unexpected journey through the myths and history of Angel River.

The original Book of Forgotten Angels is the tale of a widowed writer, Jonathan Strick, who is commissioned to write a story about angels as a Christmas gift to the wife of a wealthy man. The only problem is that Jonathan has long since stopped believing in angels. It’s up to his daughter, little Darla Louise, to help Jonathan find evidence of heavenly beings in a grim, cold world.

All of this Mae learns as she and Levi look for the first edition. And you can read about their quest today, because The Book of Forgotten Angels is now available on Kindle and in paperback! It’s funny, I love all my books, but there is a very special place in my heart for this one. I hope, hope, hope that you come to love it as much as I do.

Hugs and Happy Reading,

Misha

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P.S. Fact Check: All of these facts are fictional, but I hope you enjoyed them anyway! Browning Weidler’s “work” will be featured in upcoming Angel River novels, and you’ll be hearing about those shortly!

In the meantime, I just created a page on this website devoted entirely to Angel River. It’s not very exciting at the moment, but I have big plans for it! I hope you’ll check it out and let me know what you think.