Waverly Lee Media, LLC is a publishing venture for the purpose of bringing fiction and non-fiction to the book market, as well as offering authors a number of digital platforms for their work. They emphasize subjects focusing on the Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland area and seek authors familiar with that region, though they welcome all submissions for consideration. Their staff includes published authors and journalists with extensive writing and editing experience, including several veterans of The Washington Post, People Magazine, and House and Garden Magazine. They place great importance on photography, design, and production.
We’re pleased to announce that we received our first Waverly Lee Media title this week! Read on for info about this newly available book, and a forthcoming title:
The Middleburg Mystique
To the passerby, Middleburg, Virginia looks like just another pretty country town, with rolling fields and a quaint downtown. But writer Vicky Moon, shows that this village just 50 miles west of Washington, D.C., is not your ordinary country hamlet in The Middleburg Mystique: A Peek Inside the Gates of Middleburg, Virginia.
“The town has always included a cast of local characters,” Moon says. “And as one resident aptly notes, ‘We have one of everything here.'”
That everything includes politicians (the Kennedys, Harrimans), Hollywood celebrities (actors Robert Duvall, Elizabeth Taylor), philanthropists (Paul Mellon, the Firestones), as well as a cast of local residents that once prompted a visitor to ask, “What is it about you people out there in Middleburg? Is there something in the well water?”
The Middleburg Mystique is an inside look at the people, places, and mystique that surround this horse-crazy Virginia village.
“I often tell people that I have my finger on the pulse of Middleburg. From my second floor office on West Washington Street, I can see the brick post office out my front window. The post office is the heartbeat of this village. It’s here that the news of the day—good news and bad – some of it true and the rest vaguely true—originates. There are 1,856 mailboxes. The zip code 20118 is so highly sought after, that there is a waiting list of 20-60 names at any given time.”
-Vicky Moon, author
The Middleburg Mystique reveals why “20118” is such a desirable zip code. Through the years, there have been scandalous stories of divorce, such as when actor Robert Duvall’s wife ran off with the “hunky” pool man; and murders among the rich, like when arms heiress Susan Cummings shot her Argentinean polo-playing lover. Moon also tells stories of other less notorious, but still fascinating residents, such as 77-year-old Anna Beavers, who has spent her life collecting clothing for poor children, namely the employees of wealthy farm owners. There’s the freelance bartender who drinks his own mistakes—and often needs a ride home. And the party hostess who refused to call the rescue squad when her bartender died just as the guests were arriving—the poor soul couldn’t be helped anyway, so why ruin the festivities? The same woman taught her 13-year-old grandson how to make a perfect Whiskey Sour on the theory that it was a necessary part of his liberal arts education, along with art appreciation and opera.
Moon’s book is not just a collection of stories about the wealthy and their quirks, though. Scattered throughout are recipes for dishes served at traditional Middleburg events, such as the annual Hunt Breakfast (usually held at 2 PM). In these pages you learn how to tailgate Middleburg style—as well as make TV weatherman Willard Scott’s famous Strawberry Pie, and the ham biscuits served at Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding to Senator John Warner. Another chapter is devoted entirely to the gardens of Middleburg—and the four garden clubs that serve the area. And no description of Middleburg would be complete with some attention to the most important events in this horse-obsessed town: the fox hunts and steeplechase races.
You can purchase your copy of The Middleburg Mystique here on our website, or from any major bookseller.
Coming Soon from Waverly Lee Media
In the powerful, intoxicating atmosphere of Washington, D.C., Isabelle Benton Stoker, a stylish interior designer in Georgetown, falls in love with Johnathan Dent, a prominent and very married Virginia attorney. They spend many blissful evenings at out-of-the-way cafés and lunch-hour getaways in the iconic art museums of the Nation’s Capital. After all, if they were spotted together in a public place, who would suspect the handsome lawyer would take such a chance? When the leading candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from his home state is killed in a freak airplane accident, Johnathan Dent finds himself as the replacement candidate. He agonizes over an affair that could destroy his political ambitions, and perhaps even his career. Then again, maybe not. Gennifer Flowers, Fannie Fox and Donna Rice became famous for doing just that. Could Isabelle Stoker do the same? Equal Parts explores this classic tale of love and betrayal based on true events. It’s a story that has captivated historians since Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings, Dwight Eisenhower and Kay Summersby, John Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe and Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, among many others, and beyond…Yet, it doesn’t always have to end badly.
Available for pre-order here on our website or from any major bookseller.