What’s Happening in Shiloh?

First of all, thank you to all who have already grabbed your copy of Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest. 

However, the best-laid plans to launch the third and final story in the Shiloh Mystery Series has been turned upside down thanks to our unwelcomed COVID Bugaboo. BUT like the characters in my Shiloh stories, the word has gotten out about Purgatory’s availability. I hope you’ll also share the GOOD NEWS with your friends and family members on how to get their copies.
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Do you know who the young girl is that ventures into Shiloh during the Lightning Bug Festival and then gets introduced on Theo and Liddy’s doorstep in Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest? Life will never be the same in Shiloh with her arrival. 

You also might enjoy what’s happening in the coming days, in-person and online.

Will you join me for a live radio interview, Wednesday, July 15th at 9 PM EDT? Click the image for more details.

Saturday, July 18th at 1 PM EDT, if you’re in the neighborhood, come by Pretty Good Books for some casual, laid-back book talk and signing time in Lagrange, GA. Click the image below for more about Pretty Good Books.

Come enjoy a casual, laid-back time for book talk & signing in Lagrange, GA

For all my hometown folks, watch for news about the rescheduled Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest Book Launch Party, coming in August. Originally scheduled for early May, the Newnan Carnegie Library in historic downtown Newnan and I are working on firming up a Saturday date as soon as the pesky COVID Bugaboo allows us to set the date. Follow me on Facebook and/or Instagram for all the latest news and event updates.

NOTE: I plan to offer periodic video announcements in the coming weeks. In them, I would like to respond to some of your questions and comments. Please contact me on social media above or email mike@tmbrownauthor.com

More reasons to grab a copy of Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest

The long-awaited finale of the Shiloh Series doesn’t disappoint. With barbecue, lightning bugs, and delightful dialogue. T.M. Brown delivers a gem of a southern novel to his faithful followers.— Renea Winchester, Outbound Train
 

Small-town shenanigans, Southern style. Theo Phillips and his wife Libby live in Shiloh, Georgia, a town graced with a mess of colorful characters and a passel of predicaments. Whether he is writing an article about the Miss Shiloh contest, advising a friend on fatherhood, pondering the political future of the town’s mayor, or struggling with how to best help an orphaned teenager, Theo faces all life throws at him with his wife Libby by his side and his faith to guide him. — Christopher Swann, NeverTurn Back and Shadow of Lions

If you cannot get to your local bookstore, here’s where you can help them and order from the convenience of your home…every book you order through BookShop benefits your local bookstore. Click the BookShop link above to learn more. Otherwise, all three of the Shiloh Mystery Novels are available wherever books are sold, in paperback and eBook.

Where Our Past Ignites Hope for Our Future

Georgia Writers Museum — A Timely Reminder of Our Past

In light of our country’s ongoing strife to defeat racism in America, there is an institution that embraces the giftedness and contributions of ALL Georgia authors. Inside the Georgia Writer’s Museum, you will discover three diverse featured authors associated with this Eatonton, Georgia landmark — Joel Chandler Harris, Flannery O’Connor, and Alice Walker. Many other noteworthy Georgia writers adorn the walls and exhibits of the museum, each selected for the body of their writing as the only criteria.

The streets of our country need to resemble the camaraderie and mutual respect that reside within the publishing world. Where else might you find the diversity of thought among the stories of our country’s checkered past.

In my humble assessment, the vast diversity of voices found on bookshelves that adorn our homes, fill our libraries, and flood our community bookstores more than not reflect this truth:

We should never attempt to erase the regrets of our past, nor censure the hopes of a better future. Change can only be nurtured and shaped in the present where regrets ignite the flames of hope.

Acceptance of new thought and story opens eyes and minds to the possibilities that reside in the hearts of our society. Every voice should be free to be heard without fear of being drowned out by the intolerance of others. We may not all agree with one another, but we can respect the value of diversity in our Country–it is the very fabric that binds us as a nation.

We need more institutions like the Georgia Writers Museum to remind us of this truth.

  

(Portraits by Lake Country Artist Chris Cook)

 Look!  Virtual Mini Tours! 
Learn more about our featured local writers, Harris, O’Connor and Walker. Filled with facts and stories, the tours are informative, fun, but not too long!  Check back each week as we add new episodes.  Current videos available for viewing:

Joel Chandler Harris’ Childhood

Teen Years at Turnwold

After Turnwold – Macon to Savannah

Flannery O’Connor’s Childhood
College Years at Georgia State College for Women

Alice Walker’s Childhood

College Years

Coming next:   Harris After Turnwold  

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Permanent Exhibits
Alice Walker
Flannery O’Connor
Joel Chandler Harris
UGA Hargrett LIbraries Georgia Writers 
Hall of Fame

(Click on the logo above to learn more about the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame)

A Father’s Day Message from Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest

Dear Shiloh. Mystery Fans,

With Fathers Day right around the corner, I thought it apropos to share an excerpt from my latest and the final story in the Shiloh Mystery series — Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest. Although “fatherhood” is important throughout all three Shiloh novels, in Purgatory it is a central theme. Here is an excerpt from Chapter 25 as Shiloh celebrates Father’s Day from Chapter 25:

After the choir marched down the center aisle and took their places behind Arnie on the platform, Hillary, Judy, Megan, and Pepper escorted the children into the sanctuary. Arnie stepped from his pulpit chair and sat among the youngsters on the platform steps. Jessie wriggled in Megan’s arms and cried out with his arms extended toward Andy sitting beside Pete on the front row. Pete smiled while Andy appeared caught between his urge to respond and Megan’s effort to distract Jessie. 

Lizzie and Lucy Arians sat on either side of Arnie as he addressed the congregation. “The Bible declares that children are to obey and honor both their parents. Only last month we honored the mothers in our midst. So today it’s the fathers who are being so honored.” Arnie glanced at one-year-old Jessie and smiled at Andy. “Some fathers are just beginning to understand the daunting challenge ahead of them. For others here today, your children are now honoring you because they now have developed a growing appreciation of the love you have invested in them over their lifetime.” 

Arnie winked at Hillary. “On this Father’s Day, I’d like to express as best as I can, as a father myself, why living up to the expectations our Heavenly Father has placed upon us isn’t always easy. To begin with, I believe it’s safe to say, there’s not a father in this room today who can declare they raised their children without any regrets along the journey. However, the love that grows between a caring father and his children serves as the salve that heals all wounds inflicted along the way. It’s also true, fathering a child does not make you a father. Becoming a father is one of choice, not a consequence.” 

Liddy nudged me with her elbow and whispered, “Is Pepper crying?” 

Arnie then said, “I’d like to take this time to suggest, if it’s possible, talk to your father today. Thank him for loving you. For those who are unable to talk to their father, remember that God’s your Heavenly Father. He promised to stand in the gap for those who lack a father’s love in their life. During our fellowship time, parents, please make room for your children to sit with you this morning. This is not a day to be separated.” 

Marie Masterson stepped to the pulpit microphone. While she sang How Deep the Father’s Love for Us as Mary accompanied her, the children followed the choir members as they stepped off the platform and found seats with their families. When Marie finished, Arnie shared an embrace with her before she sat beside Pete at the end of our pew. 

While Arnie reminded the church about the Cooperative Fellowship Music Jamboree next Saturday evening, I looked at Pepper who had squeezed in between Hank and Phillip. She hung onto every word Arnie said, holding Hank’s and Phillip’s hands. 

When Arnie said, “Amen” to close the service, Pepper left her seat and gave Liddy and me hugs. During our embrace, I said, “Thank you for your special gift and card.” 

Pepper’s eyes watered. “I may never know who my real father was, but I hope you don’t mind me saying that you’ve been an excellent father for me since I arrived.” 

Hank offered his arm to Pepper and said, “We need to catch up to Hal across the street in City Hall. He’s waiting for us to go to dinner.”

WHAT DO YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR FATHER’S DAY THIS YEAR? HOW WILL YOU REMIND YOUR FATHER OR FATHER OF YOUR CHILDREN HOW VALUED AND IMPORTANT HE IS TO YOU?

Thanks for investing in the Shiloh Mystery novels.

Sincerely,

T. M. “Mike” Brown
Southern Author

Bragging on my hometown of Newnan, GA

With my book launch tour to begin officially Saturday, June 6th at 1 PM on historic Court Square in downtown Newnan, GA, I figured y’all might like a peak into the quintessential downtown of a county-seat town in Georgia. Newnan also was the inspiration and model for Shiloh in my three-book series. Please enjoy.

Shiloh Mystery Series & Purgatory Launch Intro Video

Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest releases May 26th and is the final chapter of the Shiloh Mystery Series

Want to know more about Purgatory, the capstone novel of the Shiloh Mystery Series? Effective May 26th all three will be available for your reading pleasure this summer. Visit my Amazon Author Page or if possible, visit your local book retailer and request your copy of any of the three Shiloh Mystery novels.

Or, email me directly at mike@tmbrownauthor.com and I can arrange for you to order a signed copy of any of my books.

Shiloh Mystery Series: Purgatory Book Launch Events

Book Launch Author Events

(follow the above link to my @T.M.BrownAuthor Facebook page for more specifics on any particular event)

In light of recent events caused by the unexpected health crisis–aka coronavirus–we all have had to adjust to the canceling of many March, April, May, and even other future planned events. I remain hopeful that the stringent and unprecedented actions by government officials will enable all of us to return to a renewed business-as-usual status as we enter the summer. As soon as we get a handle on this COVID “bugaboo”, I will update my schedule of events as it is revised with venues reopening for pubpic engagement again. You can also watch for additional virtual promo videos regarding my third and final book in the Shiloh Mystery–Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest.

Watch for news about all the Shiloh Mystery books published through Heartstone Press (Southern Fried Karma, LLC).

Books offer an escape we all need–a reminder of what life could and should be like–and, I pray folks will enjoy Theo’s stories about Shiloh handling and coping with challenges and threats to their community in that light.

God bless. Stay safe, and trust that life will return to business as usual soon. Our sacrifices today will save lives and expedite our recovery.

Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest Book Launch Events

Corner Arts Gallery & Studio Launch Party, Saturday, June 6th, Noon – 4:00 PM, Court Square, Newnan, GA, sponsored by Hearthstone Press (Southern Fried Karma, LLC) and Corner Arts Gallery & Studios. Come and enjoy their newly expanded Local Author Book Nook as well. There will be plenty of tasty vittles and sweet tea.

JUNE Book Events:

06 Sat Purgatory Book Launch Kick-Off, Corner Arts Gallery & Gifts, Newnan, GA Noon-4:00 PM 

13 Sat Lines Between the Wines, Warm Springs Cellars, Warm Springs, GA 2:00 – 5:00 PM with Paul Sinor

18 Thu Hometown Novel Nights Author Panel (G. Weinstein & T. M. Brown) Roger’s BBQ Restaurant, Hogansville, GA, 6:30-8:30 PM

19-21 The Book Loft – Three Day Book Signings: Fri 2:00-5:00; Sat 1:00-5:00; Sun Noon – 3:00 PM, Fernandina Beach, FL 

27 Sat Book Signing, Horton’s Books & Gifts, Carrollton, GA, Noon – 4:00 PM

JULY Book Events:

18 Sat Purgatory Book Signing – Pretty Good Books, Lagrange, GA 1:00 – 4:00 PM

AUGUST Book Events:

19-21 Weekend Killer Nashville – Mystery/Suspense/Thriller Writers Conference, Nashville, TN

Third & Final Novel in the Shiloh Mystery Series. May 26, 2020 Release
An Imprint of Southern Fried Karma LLC

Shiloh Mystery Series Overview & Purgatory Book Launch Update by T. M. Brown

Please visit my Facebook Author Page @TMBrownAuthor for the up-to-date latest about my coming book tour and many of the independent book retail locations where you can purchase any of the Shiloh Mystery Books. I will be updating my webpage with additional information that you might enjoy, i.e. character lists for each story and recent reviews. You can also contact me with questions, comments, or inquiries about visiting your local area or book club group.

Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest Advance Reviews

If you’ve never treated yourself to a novel by T.M. Brown, I recommend you start turning the pages of Purgatory, which in my estimation is pure literature. This story unfolds once again amid the patchwork of furrowed cotton and peanut fields of the South Georgia Christian community of Shiloh, where the townsfolk are getting ready to celebrate the annual Lightning Bug Festival — ol’ downhome country fun at its finest. But a storm is about to erupt. While folks fret they might lose their mayor to the Congressional swamp-water intrigue of Washington, an orphaned teenage girl appears on the scene in search of a mother who is long dead. But when one of Shiloh’s citizens purchases an armored limo with a checkered history at a Sheriff’s used-car auction, the town’s tranquility is shattered by the accumulation of dead bodies and broken hearts. Here’s a story that will keep you reading throughout the wee hours. Jedwin Smith, author of I AM ISRAEL, Our Brother’s Keeper, and Fatal Treasure 

“Purgatory, a Progeny’s Quest is the third novel in the excellent Shiloh Mystery Series and I think it is the best one yet. I’ve enjoyed reading all of T.M. Brown’s books, but I think he really knocks it out of the park with Purgatory. It’s a stunning blend of mystery, inspiration, and authentic characters and settings. The setting is a southern town named Shiloh (this fictional town is based on Newnan, Georgia) and I thought the author captures a very realistic feel of time and place. I also liked the way the author weaved Christian religious inspiration into the mystery plot of the book. I highly recommend this novel.”  Lee Gimenez, Award-winning author of 15 books and Finalist for Author Academy Award

“The passage atop the day’s journal page came from Proverbs…’good people detest the darkness of evil; the wicked abhor the light of goodness’.” Theo’s morning devotions, Pg. 90 – Purgatory- A Progeny’s Quest 

Having read the first two books, this last in the Series exceeds all expectations; and as expected, many of the delightful characters so carefully described before have returned. Theo and Liddy have become trusted residents of Shiloh, frequently called upon for advice and guidance. Barbequed brisket, coffee from grounds carefully measured into a pot, and celebrations such as the Lightning Bug Festival, brighten their days. Just when you think it all a little too perfect, a founding family’s bloodlines are redefined and a new resident arrives. Your heart begins to race when two mysterious strangers intrude and skulk around town. When their plan escalates and lives are threatened, the town joins local deputies to discover their identities and motives. Of course, Theo is smack dab in the middle; where else would he be?  There’s more than sweet tea and moss-covered oaks to this tale and Mike Brown has done Shiloh proud.  Linda J Pifer, author of Ohio Girl 

Mysteries beset the citizenry of a small southern town that exudes “contagious, country-fried wholeness.” T. M. Brown peels back the layers of those mysteries like one peels an onion. As you approach the finale, better hold on to your hat! Jameson Gregg, Georgia Author of the Year, author of Luck Be A Chicken, a comic novel

T.M. Brown writes with subtlety, compassion, and understanding. His characters are rich, the story is compelling, and the denouement is more than satisfying. The story is funny and sad, the language is clever and poetic, and the book is nothing less than a gem. With skill and finesse, Brown moves the story forward at a measured pace as he introduces believable and sympathetic characters, and each of these brings depth and sometimes gentle humor to this finely crafted story. Purgatory—A Progeny’s Quest is a story of growth, and change, and hope, and renewal. It is a story of forgiveness. It is an extraordinary tale written by an exceptional author. I will read this book again. Raymond L. Atkins, author of Set List, Sweetwater Blues, Camp Redemption Georgia Author of the Year

In Purgatory – A Progeny’s Quest, book three of the Shiloh Mystery Series, T. M. Brown delivers another satisfying read of Southern Fiction with a strong sense of place and memorable characters.  Theo and Liddy Phillips right the wrongs of broken lives and hearts with Christian hope.  – Johnnie Bernhard, author of Sisters of the Undertow and How We Came to Be

The long-awaited finale of the Shiloh Series doesn’t disappoint. With barbecue, lightning bugs, and delightful dialogue. T.M. Brown delivers a gem of a southern novel to his faithful followers. Renea Winchester, Outbound Train and Farming Friends and Fried Bologna Sandwiches

TM Brown explores the intricate web of deception and family bonds in his new novel, Purgatory, A Progenys Quest. Purgatory is the third book in Brown’s Shiloh Mystery Series. 

Like his previous novels, Sanctuary, A Legacy of Memories and Testament, An Unexpected Return, his newest novel Purgatory, A Progenys Quest is set in the small town of Shiloh, Georgia. Since moving to Shiloh, Theo and Liddy Phillips have learned this small town has its share of buried secrets and mysteries. When an unexpected visitor with a dark secret shows up on their doorstep asking for help, the two are catapulted into another Shiloh mystery. As Theo begins to unravel the first mystery, a strange turn of events brings danger to their town putting lives in peril.

Purgatory explores forgiveness and the true meaning of family. The heart of this novel is the character development. The author has the ability to make you fall in love with his colorful characters. I found Purgatory both entertaining and refreshing. It is a page-turner suitable for all audiences. – Dana Ridenour, award-winning author of Behind The Mask, Beyond The Cabin and Below The Radar. 

Small-town shenanigans, Southern style. Theo Phillips and his wife Libby live in Shiloh, Georgia, a town graced with a mess of colorful characters and a passel of predicaments. Whether he is writing an article about the Miss Shiloh contest, advising a friend on fatherhood, pondering the political future of the town’s mayor, or struggling with how to best help an orphaned teenager, Theo faces all life throws at him with his wife Libby by his side and his faith to guide him. Thanks for the opportunity to read Purgatory. Christopher Swann, author of Shadows of the Lions and Never Turn Back

Helene Furst of Morning Beans Blog wrote the following about Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest

As always, author T.M. Brown does not fail in making his reader feel right at home in his novels. Opening up this book, I was transported right back to where I was last time I visited Shiloh in Testament. Those of you who have not yet stopped in to Shiloh for a visit may want to retrace your steps and begin with Sanctuary, the first novel. Make sure that you have Testament on order, and prepare for a long, comfortable visit with Theo and Liddy, the Archers and the rest of the locals in Shiloh.

“Believe with all your heart that God alone is the master of your life and then reflect that belief each day through every word spoken and deed performed even when it means unconditionally caring for the needs of others above your own.” -Theo Phillips, TM Brown

In Purgatory, familiar characters fill the pages, coming together to support and assist the young and orphaned Pepper. Knowing only who her mother was, and reeling from the loss of her beloved grandmother, this stoic and lovable freckle-faced teen will slide right into your heart. Throughout the novel, various characters we have heard of or met briefly in the past, show up to worry the townsfolk after Zeb, one of Theo’s good friends, purchases an armored limo at auction. Shady people start hanging around town amidst the summer celebrations, and we once again find retired, mild-mannered Theo at the center of a high energy plot. The story unfolds as smooth as silk, words turn to images as you flip page after page, lost within the grip of a master storyteller’s tale. Theo’s devotional journal will bring clarity to your own life, as well his, as you ponder the daily events afoot in this small town. The plot twist comes when you least expect it, adding a mix of suspense and real worry for the characters you have come to adore. I’d say more, but then you’d get the whole story – this is a MUST READ for the summer!

You will not be disappointed in this heroic tale set in the fictitious, rural town of Shiloh, Ga. Heroic actions and steadfast devotion keep the plot moving and you on the edge of your seat. I honestly could not put this book down. Five stars!

Thank you Mike for the note that Theo and Liddy will return once more, although outside their hometown of Shiloh. I’ll be patiently waiting!🥰

  • Publisher: Hearthstone Press
  • Release Date: May 26,2020
  • ISBN: 2370000752710
Third & Final Novel in the Shiloh Mystery Series. May 5, 2020 Release
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