HNN Writers Workshop – April 10th with Dana Ridenour

Hello, Everyone, it’s HNN Writers Workshop time!
 
Thank you so much for participating in the Hometown Novel Night events, both author talks and writer’s workshops! We have another Writer’s Workshop coming up on Saturday, April 10th, 2021 @ 10am-11:30am starring Dana Ridenour who will discuss with us how to write compelling crime and/or police procedural scenes!

I hope you’re interested! We know that we are!
 
Registration is required, so please visit our Eventbrite page to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/148793193447
 
Dana Ridenour is a retired FBI agent and the award-winning author of Behind The Mask, Beyond The Cabin, and Below The Radar. Dana spent most of her FBI career as an undercover operative, infiltrating criminal organizations including the Animal Liberation Front, an organization of domestic terrorists. Her first novel, Behind The Mask, is fiction but introduces Lexie Montgomery, a character based on Dana’s personal experiences working as an undercover agent in the world of domestic terrorism. In addition to winning numerous literary awards, Kirkus Reviews awarded Behind The Mask the coveted Kirkus star and named the book one of the best indie books of 2016. Beyond The Cabin followed and won the 2018 Royal Palm Literary Award for best thriller or suspense novel. Below The Radar, the third book in the series, was the 2020 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner in the Fiction – Thriller – Terrorist genre as well as the 2021 Feathered Quill Book Awards Gold/First Place winner for best Adult Fiction. Dana lives in Beaufort, South Carolina where she is working on her fourth novel and a screenplay.
 
https://www.danaridenour.net/index.html
 
The very best,
 
Anthony M. Urda (He/Him)
Sr. Carnegie Assistant – Adult Programming
City of Newnan
1 LaGrange Street
Newnan, GA 30263
P: 770-683-1347

Regarding, Dana’s compelling Lexie Montgomery thrillers, her firsthand knowledge and past personal engagement as an undercover FBI agent stirs the reader’s imagination unlike other crime novels you may have read. I personally have read all three of her novels and know why they have all won multiple literary awards. I dare you to begin reading the first, Behind the Mask–it won’t be the last! T. M. Brown

Don’t forget: April 12th is the 6:30 PM Virtual HNN Writers Meeting with Angie Gallion. April 24th is the 11:00 AM In-Person HNN Writers Newnan Meeting with Mike Brown at Corner Arts Gallery & Studios.

Order Dana’s books as our way of thanking her for offering this FREE workshop!

TMB20 Promo Offer Order Page

20% Off Printed Books Promo — March 26 through Memorial Day 2021

Order by individual book title or purchase the entire three-book set. Convenient PayPal links provided below–Postage on TM Brown.

Sanctuary, A Legacy of Memories (Book 1 of 3)

$18.95 each, TMB20 Promo $15.16 each

Testament, An Unexpected Return (Book 2 of 3)

$18.95 each, TMB20 Promo $15.16 each

Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest (Book 3 of 3)

$18.95 each, TMB20 Promo $15.16 each

Three-Book Shiloh Mystery Series

Three-book series Retail $49.95 set, TMB20 Promo price $39.96 set.

TMB20 Promo–Sanctuary Anniversary–Offer, March 26-Memorial Day

Effective Friday, March 26, 2021, until Memorial Day order any or the entire series and receive 20% off the paperback price — $18.95 each, promo price $15.16 for each individual Shiloh Mystery Novel, or $49.95/series price, promo price $39.96 for all three.

This special TMB20 promo offer is available at Corner Arts Gallery & Studios, Newnan, GA (My long-time hometown book retailer); Warm Springs Cellars, Warm Springs, GA; Rogers BBQ, Hogansville, GA. Each will be stocked with plenty of autographed books with bookmarks noting the promo discount.

Upcoming appearances: Friday, March 26th, Spring Art Walk (5:00-9:00 PM) & April 3rd & May 1st, Downtown Newnan Market Day (10:00-2:00 PM)- Corner Arts Gallery & Studios.

April 10th Warm Springs Spring Fling, Noon to 5:00 PM at Warm Springs Cellars, Warm Springs, GA.

Stay tuned to additional appearance times and locations through Memorial Day in the local area to take advantage of the promo offer. Visit and follow @TMBrownAuthor on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on all my events and appearances.

If you live out of the immediate Coweta County, GA area and would like to take advantage of this limited promo offer, visit my Book Shop page and we will mail your autographed book(s) directly to you, on us! PayPal convenient ordering. Be sure to look for the TMB20 Promo offer post.

Feel free to email mike@tmbrownauthor.com with any questions or special order requests.

Get one or all three award-winning Shiloh Mystery Novels today!

Enjoy all three to gain citizenship in little ol’ Shiloh. Purgatory wraps up the series unless I hear back from enough of you to encourage me to write another. In the meantime, I am writing an historical novel about the Spalding Lost Legacy on Sapelo Island and in McIntosh County, GA along the Georgia coast, 1861 to 1917! Stay tuned for more details in the coming months.

Front Porch Musings, March 18th

Hometown Novel Nights presents three outstanding Georgia columnists and authors to share their inspiration and writing journeys with our audience, March 18th at 6:30 PM. The program will be virtual and broadcast on Zoom thanks to our co-host, Newnan Carnegie Library. Visit Hometown Novel Nights Facebook Page for all the links to register for the event.

Hometown Novel Nights – Stories of the Heart Author Program

Click the image to catch the video rebroadcast for this special evening’s program.

Register for the first 2021 Hometown Novel Nights Author Panel Program co-hosted by the Newnan Carnegie Library, Newnan, GA. All monthly author programs will continue to be broadcasted on Zoom with programs beginning in May, and every other month thereafter, broadcasted live with an audience in the Newnan Carnegie Libray’s auditorium.

The Stories of the Heart program will air live Thursday, February 18th beginning at 6:30 PM. Join authors Anne Armistead, Debby Giusti, and Renea Winchester as they share a little about themselves, their writing journey, and their latest novel(s). Click the image above to register to get your Zoom links to join us.

Looking ahead, every third-Thursday Hometown Novel Nights has more entertaining programs lined up in 2021. March 18th will feature three noteworthy Newspaper Columnists in Front Porch Musings; April will feature authors of Inspirational Stories, and in May our first hybrid (live audience/virtual broadcast) program featuring authors with Beach Reads to share.

Visit here or on Facebook to learn more about Hometown Novel Nights.

Writers and published authors: Join our new HNN Writers Group featuring monthly writers helping writers groups as well as informative quarterly virtual workshops co-hosted by the Newnan Carnegie Library. Our guest speaker for the HNN Writer Workshop in April will be Dana Ridenour, award-winning author and retired FBI Undercover Agent. She will share insights into writing captivating real-to-life mystery/suspense/thriller scenes.

For writers looking to connect in a local writer’s group HNN Writer’s offers one virtual (second Monday evening) and one in-person (third Saturday morning) meeting for aspiring and experienced writers looking to become published authors. Critiques, conversation, and comments shared about the writing process and on each other’s WIP stories and articles. Visit HNN Writers Group for more info–click the image below.

What’s the story behind Lost Legacy

“My fourth novel, Lost Legacy, is a historical fiction story revealing how our past legacy inescapably shapes who we are today. The characters in the story, both fictional and actual, play out their drama in this story about McIntosh County’s storied Georgia coastal region which to this day remains cursed by its past, according to many of their residents.” T.M. Brown

Open Gates Bed & Breakfast is where my wife and I stayed to research Darien’s and Sapelo’s storied past. It was built right after the Civil War on historic Vernon Square.
Darien’s once thriving waterfront was razed in 1863 and the proud port town never recovered to its former greatness. The incident was made famous in the movie, Glory.
Behavior Cemetery is where hundreds of Geechee ancestors are buried on Sapelo. It dates back to the early 19th Century.
Sapelo Island’s moss-laden woodlands shelter far more rugged dirt roads than paved ones on the island.
South End mansion did not survive the Civil War, and today R. J. Reynolds Mansion standson the same grounds in tribute to Sapelo’s celebrated past.
Lost Legacy tells a story grounded in the Spalding family’s storied, but severed, past that at one time made McIntosh County, Georgia one of the wealthiest coastal setttlements in antebellum era in the South. McIntosh’s port city of Darien is only second to Savannah as the oldest in the Georgia’s long history. And, even today, Darien’s link with Sapelo Island, the largest lost in time antediluvian barrier island on the Georgia coast, remains intact. However, Sapelo’s dwindling Geechee population–ancestors of former slaves who once worked the plantation fields on the island-offers a stark reminder of McIntosh’s conflicted past and the role the Spalding legacy played. In Lost Legacy, two stories are tied together by a span of 150 years and four generations. What if someone claimed to be both a Geechee and Spalding descendant? How might their story be received today? Would they be accepted as a rightful descendant of the wealthy Spalding family and an African-rooted Geechee slave? Would that person receive an equally warm welcome in a world that sees only black and white? I reckon you will need to wait and see how Lost Legacy answers the question.

Subscribe to receive future story updates. In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy reading my Shiloh Mystery Novels, published by Southern Fried Karma, LLC/Hearthstone Press.

2021 HNN Guest Author Programs

2021 begins February 18th with “Stories of the Heart” Authors being featured. Thanks to the Newnan Carnegie Library as our regular program co-sponsor and gracious host, whether virtual broadcasted or utilizing their spacious auditorium for our programs, Newnan Carnegie Library has been a godsend to our efforts to introduce and engage authors with a growing audience for the past three years.

On this page we will update the latest information about upcoming 2021 programs featuring some of the best published authors throughout our region south of Atlanta along the I-85 corridor and often beyond. Our expanded virtual broadcast capabilities which made 2020 a success after the health crisis shut down our live programs, we are already planning on slowly shifting from all virtual to hybrid (virtual/live) programming. We are now reaching authors and a growing audience beyond our immediate area. When restrictions ease, we will be broadcasting live programs from the Newnan Carnegie auditorium with authors in-person and from time-to-time on a live video feed. This flexibility going forward will continue to expand our audience reach while attracting best-selling authors to share their journeys and personal stories with our expansive and far-reaching audience.

Here is what is coming in February:

Follow the link to Facebook and register to participate by following the Eventbrite link provided in the description details. This program will continue to be a virtual broadcasted event.

Writers be certain to locate the information about Hometown Novel Nights new HNN Writers Group offering monthly interactive writer small groups and quarterly workshops, co-hosted and sponsored by the Newnan Carnegie Library.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/979319765584924

Or find more information under Hometown Novel Nights tab on TMBrownAuthor.com

HNN Writers Group Begins

HNN Writers Group: Writers Helping Writers begins in 2021!

Join today to discover quarterly workshops for writers of all levels of experience. Every month there are virtual and in-person small groups of writers gathering to exchange and discuss their writing projects.

Whether you are a nascent writer just beginning your literary journey or published and working on expanding your literary works, HNN Writers offers you a community of eager wordsmiths desiring to engage, encourage, and enlighten.

HNN Writers Group workshops are co-sponsored by the Newnan Carnegie Library in historic downtown, Newnan, GA. Hometown Novel Nights sponsors monthly author panel programs introducing new and established local/regional authors to an eager audience, and has been doing so for nearly three years. The HNN Writers Group is an extension to provide assistance to more local and regional writers so they can become published authors too.

Visit the HNN Writers Group on Facebook. Sign up and join in with both virtual and in-person monthly “Writers Helping Writers” meetings.

Here is a video clip of the guest speakers at the recent inaugural workshop co-hosted by the Newnan Carnegie Library.

https://www.facebook.com/NewnanCarnegie/videos/462691711419360 or visit the Hometown Novel Night playlist of videos at T.M. Brown (Mike) on YouTube.

Whether a seasoned, published author or novice seeking writing and publishing help, HNN Writers Group and the Hometown Novel Nights programs offers an opportunity for you to grow and prosper as an author.

As 2021 continues and the health crisis restrictions ease, we will be sharing all our programs in a hybrid format–events co-sponsored by the Newnan Carnegie Library will be broadcast in front of a live audience with authors and guest speakers live and on remote video feeds. Sign up today and you can find the right writers group to meet your interests and format requirement. Downtown Newnan GA is located 35 minutes south of Atlanta Airport off I-85. We support authors from the surrounding area in Coweta, Fayette, Troup, Meriwether, Harris, and Carroll counties. Authors from all around Greater Atlanta have participated our Hometown Novel Nights author programs and will serve as guest speakers at our HNN Writers Workshops.

Feel free to email or message with any questions or comments.

2021 Kicks Off HNN Writers

Are you a writer who aspires to collaborate with other writers to improve your writing? Writers write in isolation but writers need not be isolated from opinions and advice along the arduous task of writing your story to reach your desired audience.

January 21st at 6:30 PM will be the first of four quarterly workshops co-hosted by the Newnan Carnegie Library and Hometown Novel Nights This first inaugural workshop will be broadcast live on Zoom – get your broadcast link by registering here to register on Eventbrite or go to HNN Writers .

Locally, author collaborative/critique groups will be available to meet on a monthly basis beginning in February. Share your latest scene or article with other writers for feedback and advice. Talk about editing, story elements, queries, publishing, event planning, etc. Share ideas and links to helpful websites to help one another become better writers.

There is no cost other than your investment in becoming the best writer you can be.

Hometown Novel Nights 2020 Virtual Author Programs

2021 Programming Being Scheduled Now–Do You Want to Be a Part of Hometown Novel Nights?

We returned August 20 with our first virtual live author panel event thanks to the Newnan Carnegie Library. More will be added to the calendar in the coming weeks bringing more Georgia authors to our local audience that continues to grow daily.

Here is the August 20 video–learn more about the HNN program. Sign up to learn more about future author events — in-person and virtual in the coming months.

Updated 2020 Hometown Novel Nights Schedule

VISIT HOMETOWN NOVEL NIGHTS FACEBOOK for the latest news and updates on events. You can also check in to our growing INSTAGRAM PROFILE as well.

(Authors in italics need to be confirmed)

August 8 Warm Springs Cellars Sharon Marchisello, 2nd t.b.a. author, 3rd t.b.a. author

August 20 Carnegie Newnan Scott, Host with Angie Gallion, Valerie (Rogers BBQ, if needed) Valdes, Pat McKee

September 5 Pretty Good Books Scott Ludwig, Lynn Horton

September 12 Warm Springs Cellars Scott Ludwig, Lauren McGuire

Scott and Lynn enthralling an audience at Warm Springs Cellars

September 17 Newnan Carnegie Library, T. M. Brown Hosts Mark Wallace Maguire, Barbara Conrey, and Caroline Cole

HNN Monthly Programs offer virtual audiences and authors from beyond our local area.

October 10 Warm Springs Cellars T. M. Brown, Angie Gallion

October 15 Carnegie Newnan Sharon Marchisello, Angela McRae, and “Sisters in Crime Panel” others (In-person event, subject to the local health crisis limitations)

Due to audio issues during Roger Johns portion of the HNN program, here is an added special interview between HNN’s Angie Gallion and Roger Johns conducted afterward.

November 19 Newnan Carnegie Library T. M. Brown hosts Martha Boone, Ane Mulligan, and Holly Moulder (Virtual Zoom Event)

November 19th with Martha Boone & Ane Mulligan (Holly Moulder was unable to participate).

November 21 Newnan Carnegie Library-Special Holiday Children’s Author Program – Menlia Trammell, Jacqueline Leigh, Rosalind & Maggie Bunn (Virtual Event)

Register by clicking the hot link above or the image.

December 17 Carnegie Newnan Library-Bren McClain, Chellie Woodham Phillips, and Kathy Manos Penn

https://fb.me/e/Aizn4pAJ = Register today for your Eventbrite Zoom link to participate.

NOTES:

Hometown Novel Nights team is preparing for more programs in concert with the Newnan Carnegie Library, Newnan, GA, as well as more special events at Warm Springs, GA and other great venues. As 2021 allows us to provide more program options, we will provide a mix of virtual and live audience events in the coming months. Visit Hometown Novel Nights Facebook or Instagram for up-to-date event information.

Warm Springs Cellars – Lines Between the Wines with added possibility of adding author at the Goose and Hog location (bikers outdoor burgers & beer)

Pretty Good Books, Lagrange – good bookstore venue for limited book talk and then take advantage of a 2-3 hour time slot to meet and greet patrons at the store.

AUTHORS & BOOKSTORES: Contact us about scheduling an event with us. Virtual programs allow us to bring together broader audiences with more talented authors. Or contact Mike through the TMBrownAuthor.com contact page. NOTE: We are actively scheduling programming for 2021, until sometime this spring, events will remain virtual and eventually convert to a hybrid live audience/virtual briadcast format, thanks to the Newnan Carnegie Library as our co-host for all our events.

We also have launched our HNN Writers Group where creativity is rooted in a community of writers helping and encouraging one another. Visit our Facebook Group page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/979319765584924

Click below to join us January 21 for the inaugural HNN Writer’s Group!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hnn-writers-group-tickets-133122215129?fbclid=IwAR1-mRrITRw7SZjx4Wk8NTAt8BWBHzP5CfIFLr6LT3moQ7WbfCoVxw4d-GI