'Mr. Write,' next novel by Lisa Clark O'Neill, based in town inspired by Bluffton

thestoresc@gmail.comApril 15, 2014 

"Nemesis," by Lisa Clark O'Neill, is shown. O'Neill's newest novel, "Mr. Write," is based in a town she fashioned after her love for Bluffton.

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I get to meet all sorts of people at my store. Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa Clark O'Neill. If you are a fan of romance and lots of suspense, you might know who she is.

O'Neill is a best-selling author of romantic-suspense novels. She took up writing after working as an interior designer, decorative artist and Montessori art teacher. She and her family live in Atlanta.

O'Neill said she has become very fond of Bluffton. Her family has a vacation home on Hilton Head Island, and they come down as often as possible. Her newest novel, "Mr. Write," is based in a town she fashioned after her love for Bluffton. The new novel will be available for purchase at any moment on Amazon.com and will also have a Kindle version.

Can't wait to read it and see what she came up with.

  • Barbie Kennedy is a friend to many of us here in Bluffton. Barbie had an adorable children's clothing store for several years in my emporium. Her daughter Bridget was very young at the time and attended May River Montessori School next door. After closing her shop, she and Bridget moved back to Winter Park, Fla., where she grew up, so they could be near her family.

  • Bridget has grown into a beautiful young lady who now attends the College of Charleston, where she is a member of Phi Mu sorority.

    Barbie has always been very artistic. She created a charming pottery collection, hand-painted by some of her friends in Bluffton, that was sold to many local shops and last year made its debut at the Atlanta Merchandise Mart.

    Now our intrepid artist has launched a new venture. Barbie has collaborated with well-known designer Marc Michaels to create a new assortment of luxury ceramic tiles. The duo will present their beautiful designs at the International Wholesale Tile Show from April 29-May 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The tiles feature wonderful patterns and colors. To take a peek, go to www.barbiekennedydesigns.com. I am so excited for her.

  • Joanna and Bill Bateman and family lived in the historic Card House on Bridge Street for many years. Bill is an architect who loves old houses and history. After several years in the Lowcountry, the couple moved to Essex, N.Y., where they purchased another historic house on 10 acres.

  • The Abner Reynolds house was built in 1820 and is a two-story brick structure. Now that their children have grown and flown the nest, the Batemans have decided to sell and move into a smaller house. I have seen pictures of the historic house, and it is charming. I don't think any of us would care to move to New York after this past winter, but just in case, you can look the house up.

  • It seems some ladies in France have discovered something they think is better than Botox. You won't believe this, but they are buying small bottles of frog spit for $159. They say it is nature's way to rid your body of wrinkles.

  • I'm not sure what kind of frog they get to spit, so don't start a frog farm. Although next time it rains, I might just get out my crab net and listen for a croak.

  • I love the Cooking Channel. It is much more fun to watch than most of what is on television. On Hargray, the channel is 241. The program I am very fond of is called "Extra Virgin" and features an Italian chef, two adorable daughters and his wife, who was born in Brooklyn. As you might imagine, it is quite interesting.

  • The fun is on at 8 p.m. Wednesdays. I am pretty sure you will enjoy their antics as much as I do.

    Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.

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