Forgive A Little Boasting

Sanctuary, A Legacy of Memories = Fiction Finalist, American Book Fest “Best Book” Awards 2018
Sanctuary: A Legacy of Memories by T.M. Brown
Award Finalist: 2018 Best Book Awards
Fiction: Religious
Newly retired publishing executive, Theo Phillips, and his wife, Liddy, decide to leave the shadows of Atlanta behind and return to their South Georgia roots in time-lost Shiloh. While making new friends, Theo’s interest in a memorial launches him smack dab in the middle of scandal and dark secrets. As Theo digs deeper into the mysterious fire that stole the town’s landmark courthouse and a town hero, he and Liddy’s retirement dreams take a turn that could unravel both them and the idyllic life they and many others look for in Shiloh.

Sanctuary also was a Finalist for the 2017 Book of the Year Award with Interviews and Reviews.

Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest will be the third in the Shiloh Mystery Series. It offers a twist as key characters in Shiloh adjust to the changes in their lives and new additions to lil‘ ol’ Shiloh. Coming 2020.

2019 Fall T. M. Brown Author’s Events

Meeting the growing audience of avid Souther Mystery lovers inspires my busy schedule with book three looming in the coming months (2020).
Aug 8, 2019 
6:30 PM Newnan, GA Newnan Carnegie Library Hometown Novel Night – Newnan Carnegie Library with Paul Sinor, Angie Gallion, and Toby Nix, TM Brown, Moderator
Aug 31 – Sep 1, 2019 
Noon – 2 PM, Decatur, GA – Decatur Book Festival, Atlanta Writers Club Tent Book SIgning; Sep 1 Labor Day Weekend. Moderator of Non-Fiction Author Panel (T.B… 
Sep 7, 2019 
12:00 PM, Atlanta, GA Ponce City Market – Posman Books – Author Book Signing 
Sep 14, 2019 
1:00 PM, Woodstock, GA Book Warehouse – Author book signing 
Sep 15, 2019 
3:00 PM, Canton, GA R. T. Jones Memorial Library – Inklings, Creative Expressions – Greet and Eat Fall Event Author Book Discussion and Signings 
Sep 19, 2019 
7:00 PM Hogansville, GA, Rogers Barbeque Banquet Room – Hometown Novel Night – Hogansville. Melba Moon/MJ Flournoy, Chellie Woodham Phillips, Ann Rhodes, Mary Marvella, T. M. Brown, Moderator
Sep 20, 2019 
5:00 PM Newnan, GA, Southern Fried Books – Author Book Signing – Newnan Fall Art Walk 
Sep 21-22, 2019 
12:00 PM ATLANTA, GA, Cobb Galleria Center – Broadleaf Writers Conference
Oct 5, 2019
9:30 AM Canton, GA, Canton Farmers Market – Inkling Creative Expressions
Oct 10, 2019 
6:30 PM Newnan, GA, Newnan Carnegie Library Auditorium – Hometown Novel Nights – Newnan, Roger Johns, Kim Sullivan, D. K. Marley, T. M. Brown, Moderator
Oct 12, 2019 
12:00 PM McDonough, GA, Story on the Square Bookstore – Author Book Discussion & Signing
Oct 19, 2019 
12:00 PM Carrollton, GA, Horton’s Books & Gifts – Book signing at Georgia’s oldest bookstore. My favorite local bookstore venue.
Oct 25-26, 2019 
6:00 PM Newnan, Ga, Southeastern Christian Writers Conference. Friday & Saturday 
Nov 8, 2019 
2:00 PM Fernandina Beach, FL, The Book Loft – Christmas in Shiloh Book signing
Nov 9, 2019 
12:00 PM Fernandina Beach, FL, The Book Loft – Christmas in Shiloh Book Signing 
Nov 14, 2019 
6:00 PM McDonough, GA, Story on the Square Bookstore – An Evening with Two Georgia Mystery Authors: Our Enduring Fascination with Mystery & Suspense, Roger Johns & T. M. Brown 
Nov 21, 2019 
7:00 PM Hogansville, GA, Rogers Barbeque Banquet Room – Hometown Novel Night – Hogansville Holidays Book Panel with Mark Wallace Maguire, Tim Miller, Laurs Johnson, T. M. Brown, Moderator
Nov 23, 2019 
2:00 PM Thomasville, GA, The Bookshelf – Christmas in Shiloh Holiday book signing
Dec 7, 2019 
12:00 PM Atlanta, GA, Ponce City Market – Posman Books – Author Book Signing – Christmas in Shiloh 
Dec 12, 2019 
6:30 PM Newnan, GA, Newnan Carnegie Library – Hometown Novel Nights Christmas Celebration – Larissa Reinhart, Jedwin Smith, and T. M. Brown. Sponsored by Southern Fried Books

Schedule updated regularly, stop back for updates or email T. M. Brown for information.

Summer Sale – Shiloh Mystery Kindle Limited Offer

Summer Sale of Shiloh Mystery Novels for Kindle Readers! Remember book three coming 2020! Will you be ready? Hurry though, this is a limited time offer to grab them at $.99 price. Regularly $3.99 each unless you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber.https://www.facebook.com/events/340683710182182/

Decatur Book Festival – Labor Day Weekend

I am moderating the Inspirational Author AWC/DBF panel on Sunday, Sept 1 at 3:45PM in the Marriott Conference Center. Three awesome and very gifted published authors will be on hand to discuss their motivation and messages in their books.

Saturday, Aug 31st, I will be at the Atlanta Writers Booth from Noon until 2 PM to talk about the benefits of AWC and to sign copies of my Shiloh Mystery Series books as well.

Visit @TMBrownAuthor on Facebook to learn the latest news and schedule of upcoming book events as well. https://www.facebook.com/TMBrownauthor/

T. M. Brown is devoted to supporting locally-owned, independent bookstores. I pray they are your first choice when looking for your next good book to read.
Southern Fried Books is my local bookstore in my hometown of Newnan, GA. You can order signed copies of my books from them directly. Visit https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedbooks/

Sex, Violence, and Vulgarity

Sex, Violence and Vulgarity

According to recent statistics, novels replete with explicit sex, violence, and vulgarity continue to thrive as the flavor of the month in book sales. However, should authors kowtow to gratuitous content just to increase book numbers? 

Good writers engage their audience so well, scenes calling for sex, violence, or vulgarity communicate through the actions and attitudes of the characters. This is the real show-don’t-tell opportunity for authors. Otherwise, allow the story to unfold without all the possible explicit sordid details.

I believe an author’s responsibility is not only to entertain but also engage readers, so they sense they are witnessing the story as it unfolds. Share enough details to activate and invigorate the reader’s imagination as they engage the story.

What images race through your mind that depicts anger and rage? Do you picture contorted faces and threatening gestures, or do you need to be explicitly told?

Excerpt from Sanctuary

Consider this scene from my book Sanctuary:  Hank gritted his teeth as the veins on his neck swelled, and his eyes glared through me. “Well, I think you’re putting your nose into places you’ve no business being.” He uncrossed his arms and pointed at my chest. “I’m warning you. Stay away from me and my wife!”

“Hank, I’m sorry if I’ve said or done anything to upset you. Have you spoken to your father?”

“This is between you and me. Stay out of our lives.” Hank’s effort to be more composed fell apart.

… Hank pressed his finger into my sternum. “This is all I’m going to say to you about Jessie or John…” He thumped his finger against my chest adding emphasis to each word. “I’m truly sorry about what happened to Jessie, but John got what he deserved. And you can quote me on that. Now back off! I’m warning you.”

Pete stepped out from the shadows, unceremoniously interrupting Hank’s exchange with me. 

“Mister P, is everything okay?” Pete asked as he glared at Hank. “Hank, who’re you warning about what?”

Hank surveyed Pete and the four remaining shadows just out of the light. His finger fell to his side, but his distended veins on his neck swelled even more. “Pete, this has nothing to do with you or any of you guys!”

…Pete extended his finger just shy of Hank’s chest. “How in the blue blazes do you know it don’t involve us? If you think you can flex your muscles and intimidate one of my friends, you just made it my business.” His stern warning and unflinching stare froze Hank.

Granted a few expletives could’ve been heard, but did the scene work anyway?

Don’t Take My Word on This…

John Grisham achieved his decades-long success capitalizing on his uncanny knack of drawing his audience’s attention upon his colorful characters and settings. Doing so, he exited scenes involving sex, violence or vulgarity using innuendo. In fact, Grisham’s Theodore Boone YA mysteries found a broad new audience without much of an adjustment in his storytelling to do so. Neither should we to reach a wider audience to sell more books.

What is your opinion on the matter?

I would love hearing back from you. What is your opinion regarding the portraying of sex, violence, and vulgarity in novels? When is enough, enough and it becomes gratuitous? Who are some of your favorite authors?

T. M. Brown


The First Page Matters

The First Page Matters in the Sensory Appeal Test

Right after a potential reader sets their eyes on your book cover, the next critical test to pique the interest of the reader is page one of the story. Does it beg the reader to read more?

For this reason, I begin and end writing and editing with the first page. Like in real life, “first impressions matter” in establishing relationships. We don’t often get many second chances. Neither do our books should the first impression fail to pique a curious reader’s interest.

As an independent author, my books do not have the advertising and promotional blitz advantage afforded by the top publishers hawking their stable of best-selling authors. T. M. Brown does not have the name recognition of best-selling authors, such as Grisham, Patterson, Baldacci, Karon, Blackstock, etc. Like the myriad of other new books published this year, the majority lacking the deep pockets and name recognition, success boils down to passing the sensory appeal test.

What is the sensory appeal test? Does the book cover stand out when on display amongst the notable NYC published best sellers, or does it shrink almost unnoticed, overshadowed by more noticeable book covers?

Maybe its the competitive nature within me, but I desire my books to compete among the notables, the best-sellers. I prefer my books to be on the eye level front shelves in the bookstore; not relegated to shelves set aside in the back of the store. Why is that important? Okay, T. M. Brown is not a household name in the literary world, but when my book covers are displayed beside notable names that readers seek, Sanctuary, A Legacy of Memories and Testament, An Unexpected Return are exposed to more potential readers. BUT, now the sensory appeal test begins.

When either of my book covers catches the eye of a perusing reader and they pause to slide the book off the shelf for a closer look, the reader’s keen senses in the next few seconds decide the fate of my book. Without the notoriety of the more familiar author Dan Brown, it is the front cover which then earns an extended feel of the book.

My publisher utilizes heavier stock paper to print its books, and it is noticeable to the feel. The reader then flips to the back cover and peruses the carefully edited snippets about the book. If the book cover has passed the initial sensory appeal test the reader invests another critical moment and thumbs through the pages before eyeing the first page. Those first 200 or so words reign supreme over the next few seconds as the reader weighs the quality of the content of this interesting new author’s novel. Should by chance the reader flip the page or closes the book but runs their hand over the cover once again, chances are a decision is underway. In that brief moment, the weight of the first page matters.

Now It’s Your Turn

Now it’s your turn. What do you think? How much time do you give to selecting out a good novel to read? Are you narrowly focused on tried and tested bestsellers? Are you a reader who more often than not feels dissatisfied by the novels being hyped and peddled by the big New York City publishing houses.  Sadly, there is more and more pressure for the assembly production of novels by notable authors. They are easy to recognize because the author name takes up the top half of the front cover. They are promoting the author’s reputation, not the story inside.

So how do my books stack up? Do the first pages cause you to consider reading more?

Roebling Point Books & Coffee, Covington, KY

Sanctuary, page 1

Testament, page 1

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Shiloh Mystery Series Audible in Production

The following link is to an interview I enjoyed providing on WUTC with Dante’s Old South program last Fall. It includes a brief six-minute reading of the opening chapter of Sanctuary, A Legacy of Memories.

https://youtu.be/zCN0Mq_FVbM?t=915

The audible versions of both Sanctuary, A Legacy of Memories and Testament, An Unexpected Return are in production for release this Summer for those who prefer to listen to their novels.

Looking forward to what lies ahead for the Shiloh Mystery Series with Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest underway, and the audible versions of the first two novels in the series in production.
Anniversary Book Tour 2019 has begun. Visiting local bookstores, literary festivals, and libraries. Hope to see you soon. Head over to @TMBrownAuthor on Facebook for the latest news and updates.

Surviving the Indie Author Challenge

Georgia Writers Museum, Eatonton, GA

Are you ready to accept the Indie Author Challenge to never quit? Though Indie Authors must bear an enormous handicap to publish and then market in the growing sea of books on the market today, are you up to the challenge?

As an Indie-Author there are days when I feel like Brock from the movie, Facing the Giants. In this inspirational scene, Brock is challenged to bear crawl blindfolded toting a huge handicap on his back. Like Brock, I have no idea how far I must push myself to reach the goal line. I also share trying to heed the two voices screaming to determine my fate. There are the encourager’s persistent external urgings that compete to be heard above that inner voice screaming within my head, “I can’t do this! It’s too painful. It costs too much. I can’t possibly succeed.”

Then that encouraging voice pleads even louder, “Don’t quit! Don’t you quit! You can do it!”

Which voice will win the day within you? Do you believe in your heart that the goal line lies just beyond your grasp though you just can’t identify how much further it lies?

Are your ears attuned to those just like you who are being inspired by you and have piped in to cheer you on? Is it your tenacity and stubborn refusal to not give up …to not quit that has spurred them to your feet? 

It is an undeniable fact: Indie Authors must carry a handicap to compete in the publishing world, and the amount of sacrifice and effort to reach the goal line is not always visible, BUT you gotta believe there are encouragers all along the way rallying you to not quit.

So for me, I will be like Brock and keep on, keeping on until I can’t go any further. And when I finally succumb and take off the blindfold, I pray the “blood, sweat, and tears” was worth it, and the goal line rested beneath my exhausted body. Because by overcoming the enormous handicap I began the Indie Author challenge carrying, others will be emboldened to accept the same challenge.

Can I count on you to encourage me and other Indie Authors to reach the goal line?

T. M. Brown, Inspirational Southern Author

Patience, Persistence & Perseverance Pays Off!

Visit AMAZON for some crazy prices on both paperback editions! Both books are celebrating their anniversary release dates. Sanctuary, A Legacy of Memories — Finalist American Book Fest “Religion Fiction” 2018! https://www.amazon.com/T-M-Brown/e/B06Y17WSJ3

Southern Writers Magazine: What Will Be Your Author Legacy?

What Will Be Your Author Legacy?

By T. M. Brown

Five years ago, my wife urged me to retire from the nine-to-five daily grind to write a novel that our grandchildren would enjoy reading. The first weeks entailed countless hours of investigating the basics — the what and how — of creative writing. Eventually, my inquiries led me to a God-sent relationship with a writing coach and editor, Kari Scare from Three Rivers, Michigan. 

Thankfully, technology bridged the 900 miles that separated us. With Kari’s guidance and ample supply of red ink, I nurtured the original premise of a story. Word after word, page after page, revision after revision, Sanctuary, A Legacy of Memories emerged thirty months later. Though a few painful bumps and bruises left their mark along the way, I now proudly enjoy sharing about my legacy of love to my grandchildren. 

Of course, one book is never enough. Thanks to the insistence of my earliest readers and my new author-friends, a year after my first novel launched, Testament, An Unexpected Return, the sequel, continued the saga begun in Sanctuary, A Legacy of Memories, and the third and presumably final installment is being written. Each features Theo Phillips, a recently retired publishing executive, and his wife, Liddy. Their journey began after they vacated their suburban home near Atlanta seeking to return to South Georgia, near their small-town roots. However, Theo and Liddy discovered their inquisitiveness, as they seek to settle into their Shiloh home, thrusts them into the midst of scandal and dark secrets surrounding a tragic death. In the sequel, Theo and Liddy become unlikely victims of a former resident’s mysterious return and reckless scheming. 

Now what? Over the holidays as I began writing the third installment, I pursued a vital third question about crafting novels – why. An author must come to grips with the motivation and internal message that each story tells. After some soul-searching, I realized the events surrounding one of my characters had played out a true-to-life, relevant role within the main story.

Without revealing too much of the story, Megan succumbed to being coerced into making a choice only a woman can make, but she learns in the story choices have consequences, and most often unintended and far-reaching too. No matter how hard anyone buries such a dark secret, eventually it surfaces to the light. I tried throughout the story to reveal a truth we should all realize, God knows all our secrets. He knew we would make the decisions we did long before we created them. Megan comes to realize that one can compound a lousy choice with more poor decisions that hurt others, but more often than not, God exposes our secrets to begin the healing process of a broken and contrite heart.

So why did I write the stories I have written and likely will continue to write? To inspire my grandchildren and readers alike to examine their choices in life and how those choices have impacted their relationships with family, friends, and most importantly with God.

To emphasize this message, throughout February, all my royalties for books sold in Coweta County, GA — where the inspiration for Shiloh began — and on Amazon so others can participate, will benefit Coweta Pregnancy Services, Newnan, GA. The campaign is duly entitled, “Megan’s Pledge.” Below is a link to find out more should you wish to take part.

So, why do you write your stories?

I pray you may agree — “The testament of a man lies not in the magnitude of possessions and property left to his heirs, but the reach of his legacy long after his death.” Theo Phillips 

T. M. Brown is a Southern boy at heart, although he’s lived and traveled in many states far removed from his beloved boyhood roots in Georgia and Florida. He returned to North Florida several years ago while his two sons were still in school and enjoyed traveling throughout the South for business. After his youngest son went off to college, he ventured to New Orleans to complete post-graduate studies. The last fifteen years, he has preached, taught and coached in Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida until his wife and he relocated outside of Atlanta where they have since retired to write, travel, and spoil grandchildren. 

Presenting author at 2017 & 2018 Decatur Book Festival, 2017 Milton Literary Festival, 2018 Dahlonega Literary Festival. Suspense Book 2017 finalist, Reviews & Interviews. Member of the Atlanta Writers Club, Georgia Writers Association, Chattahoochee Valley Writers Club, Georgia Writers Museum. and Broadleaf Writers Association (ATL). 2018 Best Book Award Finalist from AmericanBookFest.com for Sanctuary, A Legacy of Memories. Shiloh Mystery Series: Sanctuary, A Legacy of Memories (Jan 2018); Testament, An Unexpected Return (March 2018); Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest

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Sanctuary, A Legacy of Memories – 2018 Best Book Award Winner as Finalist in Religious Fiction

For Immediate Release  by  Palmetto Publishing Group

2018 Best Book Awards Finalist for Religious Fiction by  AmericanBookFest.com

Sanctuary: A Legacy of Memories by T. M. Brown 

Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-64111-073-0 

362 pages, paperback
Publication Date: January 19, 2018 

Sanctuary: A Legacy of Memories introduces newly retired publishing executive Theo Phillips and his wife Liddy to the time- lost South Georgia town of Shiloh. They leave the shadows of Atlanta and move into a quaint home of notoriety. While making new friends, they discover twenty-first-century challenges threaten the town’s laid-back lifestyle. Theo’s interest in a memorial launches him into investigating tragic events that have left Shiloh unsettled. Retirement dreams face twists and turns that could unravel both them and the idyllic life they and many others look for in little old Shiloh. 

This first novel in the series with the sequel, Testament: An Unexpected Return (ISBN 978-1-64111-084-6) published March 21, 2018, portrays God’s providential nudging of Theo into facing the reality that he and Liddy did not choose Shiloh, but Shiloh beckoned them to reveal the scandals and dark secrets haunting their community. And, “as those good ol’ boys like to say, things get curiouser and curiouser . . . ” 

Sanctuary: A Legacy of Memories is available for purchase through local book retailers and online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and TMBrownAuthor.com. 

About the Author 

T. M. Brown embraces his Georgia heritage thanks to the paternal branches of his family tree. Retired since 2014 from the nine-to-five life, Brown and his wife, Connie, reside near Newnan, Georgia. When not writing or traveling, the couple enjoy sharing time with their two grown sons and their families. 

MEDIA CONTACT: E-mail: info@tmbrownauthor.com 

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Southern Voice of the Past: Margaret Mitchell

Margaret Mitchell.
1900 – 1949 

A Southern Novel Nearly Gone With the Wind

After a broken ankle immobilized her in 1926, Margaret Mitchell began developing a manuscript that would become Gone With the Wind, ultimately published in 1936. The success of Gone With the Wind made her an instant celebrity and earned a Pulitzer Prize for Margaret Mitchell, and the famed film adaptation released three years afterward. Over 30 million copies of Mitchell’s Civil War masterpiece have been sold and translated into 27 languages. Tragedy struck in 1949 when Mitchell was struck by a car, leaving Gone With the Wind as her only novel.

Born and raised in Atlanta, Mitchell experienced tragic twists and turns; with the loss of her mother in 1918 and then four years later and four months after her wedding, her first husband abandoned the marriage. She wrote nearly 130 articles for the Atlanta Journal Sunday Magazine during that troubled time. By 1925 with her first marriage officially annulled, Mitchell married John Robert Marsh who encouraged her writing during her recovery from a broken ankle in 1926. By 1929, she nearly finished her thousand page Civil War and Reconstruction era story – A romantic novel, written from a Southern woman’s point of view, steeped in the history of the South and the tragic outcome of war.

Rest of the story lies in what happened next…

However, the grand manuscript remained tucked away until 1935 until she reluctantly out of fear showed it to a traveling book editor, who visited Atlanta in search of new material, and the rest is history.

What motivated the book editor to leave his ivory-tower office in New York City? 

Southern authors during the decades since earned a warmer reception from the dominant publishing houses as the appeal for Southern stories grew.

What Southern stories rest on your bookshelves at home as a testimony to their lasting imprint on our lives?

Sourced from Margaret Mitchell’s Biography.

 

Hometown Novel Nights – WQEE Radio Show, Aug 6th

HNN/WQEE Radio Show, August 6th

(Tap the image above to get the actual audio of the radio show – 15 minutes.)

Script used for the Radio Show

Ryan introduction: (use the below as a guideline for your opening comments and introduction)

(Sponsor – Southern Fried Books, 29 Jackson Street, Newnan. Downtown Newnan’s only independent bookstore, and they offer a wide selection of best-sellers and award-winning books with adult, children’s and special-interest titles to suit your fancy. Many of the Hometown Novel Night authors have their books available in the Southern Fried Books local author section.)

Hometown Novel Nights“Bringing Local Authors and Local Audiences Together South of Atlanta”

In fact, this Thursday evening, August 8th at 6:30 PM, Newnan’s own Carnegie Library will host the next edition of Hometown Novel Nights with three more awesome authors on this month’s panel. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves this morning… We will share more details in just a few minutes, but first…

Host Introduction: His friends and family know him as Mike. However, he also goes by T. M. Brown, an award-winning local Southern author who proudly calls Coweta County home.

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Mike: 

Thank you, Ryan, and thank all you listeners of WQEE—Rock the Key.

Last month many of you heard the interview with my special guest, Mister Steve McCondichie, the owner of Southern Fried Books and SFK Publishing & Media. We also learned he is also an accomplished author as well. His bookstore hosted a special edition of Hometown Novel Nights back on July 18th. The  standing room turnout got to listen to and interact with two nationally-acclaimed, award-winning authors, Roger Johns and Mickey Dubrow.

I want to thank everyone who came out and enjoyed that event. I hope more and more of the listeners will discover the growing inventory of new books that Southern Fried Books is offering in its quaint location on Jackson Street—two blocks off of Court Square next door to Christy’s Restaurant.

This morning, I have another outstanding special guest, a bibliophile extraordinaire.   

  • University of West Georgia, B.S. Sports Management/Marketing – Cum Laude, 2012 
  • Owner of her own Photography enterprise since 2010
  • Co-Founder/Chief Photographer, CowetaLife.org since 2014
  • Freelance Photographer, Newnan Times Herald since 2016
  • Senior Carnegie Library Assistant, Adult Programs
    Mar 2017 – May 2019
  • Volunteer Board Member, Newnan Artist in Residence Program since last summer
  • And, most recently, Susan Crutchfield was named the Newnan Carnegie Library Director in May 2019

And, she’s a great supporter of Hometown Novel Nights.

Welcome, Susan.

I know you are no stranger to WQEE’s audience, and, in fact, only yesterday morning, you and Ryan discussed the growth of audible books. I was fascinated since I was headed to Southern Fried Books on Jackson Street in Newnan.

I am working with SFK Media to soon begin recording the narration of the first two novels in my Shiloh Mystery Series, while book three is working its way through the crucible of the publishing process, and hopefully will be on bookshelves this time next year.

For those who may not have caught your interview yesterday, “what is the biggest advantage of audible books in your opinion?”

(Susan response)

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It also appears printed books have staved off the initial gloom and doom prognostications after Amazon introduced Kindle eBooks in 2007. 

Even with so many current eBook formats and sources, the market share for eBooks in general seems to have waned in the last couple of years.

What are your thoughts on the future of printed books versus digital published options? Printed books have been around for hundreds of years. Are they destined to the same fate as dinosaurs?

(Susan response)

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Finally, now that we’ve held our first Hometown Novel Nights program back in June at the library, tell us what you think about our interactive local author format.

(Susan response)

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This Thursday evening at 6:30 PM in the upstairs auditorium of the Newnan Carnegie Library, we have three more outstanding and award-winning authors on tap to talk about themselves, their writing journeys, and their books.

Toby Nix is a weekly guest columnist for the Newnan Times Herald. He will be talking about his column writing journey and his book entitled, “Columns I Wrote.”

He says about himself, “I have made about every mistake a person can make but thankfully the people in my life have better hearts than I and have seen fit to give me another chance… hopefully soon I will get back out and gig a little on the side…” 

I bet there’ll be quite a few Toby Nix fans in attendance Thursday night.

Angie Gallion is an accomplished, multi-book author who resides with her husband and two precocious daughters in Sharpsburg. However, she confesses that she “was raised on the rhythm of night trains rolling through Bushton, Illinois, where she became an outside child with a big imagination.”

She enjoys exploring complex relationships, often set against the backdrop of addiction or mental illness. Her debut novel, Intoxic, received the Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite in the General Fiction, which inspired her to since write the 4-books in the Alison Hayes Journey, a coming-of-age series. This past year she released Off the Dark Ledge, her first psychological thriller.

Angie’s also a partner and major force behind the success Hometown Novel Nights has realized over the past year.

Paul Sinor is a published novelist and a produced screenwriter who currently resides in Barnesville, Georgia. He has taught screen writing at the University of West Florida and at Shoreline College in Seattle Washington. He has an MFA in Creative Writing, A B.A in Criminology and is a retired LTCol in the US Army.

He describes himself as an “Author, Screen writer, and Producer—occasionally a handyman, if I can fix it with a wire hanger and duct tape. An All Around Renaissance Man!”

His Max Maxwell Series has received awards and accolades, and his fourth, That Old Black Magic, just got published. Here’s a hint to the nature of his political thriller novels:

“How far will the government go to protect one of its own and how far will that same government go to destroy one of its own? Max and Anna find out in the streets of New Orleans and the bayous and swamps where voodoo is practiced.”

Paul has also written the Johnny Morocco Mystery series – a 1950s Atlanta based, gripping two-book serial, and a stand-alone thriller about the rescue efforts of an American Vietnam POW.

Paul’s been a screen-writer, producer and technical adviser on several well-known television and movie productions. His story will be a real treat for everyone who joins us this Thursday evening at 6:30 PM at the Carnegie Library. 

If you’d like to know more this and future monthly programs, visit @HometownNovelNights on Facebook. Though tickets are free, please register for the event by signing up for a ticket. That’ll help Susan and I plan on enough chairs for Thursday night’s program.

For those looking ahead for the rest of 2019, Hometown Novel Nights will return to Roger’s Barbecue in Hogansville on September 19th and November 21st. We’ll return to the Carnegie in Newnan on October 10th and end the year with a Christmas themed program on December 12th. 

Each month we’ll have a panel of award-winning, published authors to introduce to you, all from the surrounding local area.

We already are beginning to plan on the 2020 slate of authors, and we have the prospect of an additional venue that we will soon disclose as well.

On behalf of Susan Crutchfield, the Newnan Carnegie Library, Roger’s Barbecue in Hogansville, Corner Arts Gallery and Studios, and of course our sponsor, Southern Fried Books—thank you. We’ll be back next month with another special guest and another preview of the next Hometown Novel Nights program. Hope you’ll tune in again on Tuesday, September 10th at 9:30 AM. 

Thank you, Ryan and Thank you, WQEE!

See you next month!

Follow the link to Hometown Novel Nights FB Page for more information of upcoming programs and author panels.

Send any comments by email to mike@TMBrownAuthor.com

What is Hometown Novel Nights?

Event Venues in Hogansville and Newnan, GA
Three Author Panel each month talks about themselves, their writing journey, and their books.
Follow the link to a brief video introduction to Hometown Novel Nights

Authors looking to participate should follow the link above to Hometown Novel Nights Facebook page and message us or email TM Brown directly.

Hometown Novel Nights is expanding in 2020 to Senoia, GA and making its program available to bookstores throughout the Greater Atlanta area. Our goal is to connect local authors with local audiences in an engaging, interactive, and informative format to introduce homegrown talent. Who knows which of the authors at Hometown Novel Nights will become the next National Bestselling Author from Georgia?

Southern Writers Magazine – Summer Catalog 2019

There’s still plenty of time left before school begins again. Here is a great catalog go Summer reads with quick order links to finish your summer vacation with plenty of good reading to fill those lazy days at the beach, poolside, or swinging on a hammock.

If you’d like to order either of my Shiloh Mystery novels directly from me and receive them signed, please visit Southern Fried Books, Newnan, GA to order. They are my exclusive hometown book retailer with plenty of my special printed editions on the shelf, signed for immediate delivery. You csn also email me directly: mike@tmbrownauthor.com