Hometown Novel Writers Association

What began as an experiment, over four years ago, has grown in the number of local Georgia authors impacted and introduced, as well as in the number of programs and places growing our fledgling organization. Hometown Novel Writers also has added regular meetings and workshops for aspiring writers of all levels.

Best of all, Hometown Novel Writers has its own webpage

You can also email at hometownnovel@hotmail.com to subscribe to the new newsletter and regular email blasts regarding meetings, programs, and events on our busy calendar.

Come join us make a difference introducing local authors to local audiences south of Atlanta and where writers help writers on the road to publishing and promoting books. https://hometownnovel.com

Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest KINDLE PROMOTION

Beginning Saturday, April 2nd until April 9th, the KINDLE edition of Purgatory will be available at $.99 each and slowly rise to $1.99 and then $2.99 over the course of the promo period. So, don’t hesitate! Read and the leave a review of this award-winning thriller… recognized as a finalist in the 2021 Silver Falchion Award for Best Suspense Novel at the Killer Nashville Annual Conference last summer. It placed third for the Southeastern Writers Annual Conference’ s Hal Barnard Fiction Award in 2019. Go to AMAZON and order today..

KINDLE UNLIMTED members. Order your copy today and please leave a review as well. Every click helps, as does every review. Thanks, Mike

In Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest: Theo is knee deep in mystery—again. And it all began with a trip to an auction to help Zeb purchase a classic limo to use in the Miss Shiloh parade. Faster than you can say “come and get it”, an orphaned teenager is dropped at his door, a mobster hits town intent on making that limo his own, and a dead body is found floating in Shiloh Creek. But when Pepper and Woogie are kidnapped, Theo, Mitch, John, Hank, Camille, and more show the bad guy a thing or two about messing with folks in a small town.

“T. M. Brown’s characters are rich, the story is compelling . . . the language is clever and poetic. . . 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, and Camp Redemption

The Last Laird of Sapelo: BETA Time

The Last Laird of Sapelo: The Randolph Spalding Story finished. Worked up the query letter and synopsis. Submissions and queries to agents & publishers begin in April after BETA readers finish.

Are you a BETA reader?

BETA readers:

A person who reads a work of fiction before it is published in order to mark errors and suggest improvements, typically without receiving payment (But, can earn a complimentary advance copy of the published book.)

Do you enjoy historical novels?

Historical fiction is set in the past and pays attention to the manners, social conditions and other details of the depicted period. Authors also explore notable historical figures in these settings, allowing readers to better understand how these individuals might have responded to their environments.

 ” …the author is writing from research rather than personal experience.”

My Invitation to BETA Readers…

While visiting Darien, Georgia, two years ago, seeking a unique setting for my fourth Shiloh series novel, a day-long trip to nearby Sapelo Island altered the direction of my next novel. My tour guide, a descendant of Geechee slaves, piqued my historical curiosity with his tales of the island’s storied past. 

I pondered why after the Civil War ended, Sapelo’s freed slaves traveled over two-hundred miles to return to the island? The answer required hours upon hours of in-depth research, as well as revisiting Darien, Brunswick, Savannah, and Beaufort, as my first historical novel evolved.

The Last Laird of Sapelo: The Randolph Spalding Story is a fact-based novel about the enigmatic, youngest and most successful son of the famous Thomas Spalding. By 1861, family and friends knew Randolph as an ambitious planter who parlayed his father’s fame and generosity; a popular socialite, hobnobbing from Charleston to Savannah to Milledgeville; a high-stakes gambler and sportsman; and popular politician. But when the Civil War threatens the Georgia coast, he is called upon to face a storm of life-changing events threatening his family’s legacy, livelihood, and lands. Following his untimely tragic death in March 1862, newspapers honored him as “a pure patriot and high-toned chivalrous gentlemen, doing good service in the army of the Confederate States… His funeral procession included a large military escort and a long procession of citizens.” 

History records that Randolph Spalding’s freed slaves returned to Sapelo Island in the months following the Civil War and lived and worked alongside Randolph’s family, who moved back in 1868. For the remaining decades of the Nineteenth Century, the Spalding family coexisted on Sapelo Island with their former slaves.

Writing this story made it became abundantly clear to me history requires the seeking of obverse facts and truths from our past to best comprehend the diverse issues we face today. A host of folks I have talked with about this story agree, and I hope you do as well. 

The completed novel is 86,200 words and is ready to be sent at your request.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my work. I look forward to hearing from you. Please email me of your interest in receiving either a printed 320 page copy or a digital PDF copy downloadable on your device at home.

Mike, aka T. M. Brown

Authorpreneurship 101 Workshop

AUTHORPRENEURSHIP

Marketing and Promoting Your Books

AUTHORPRENEURSHIP: WHAT IS IT? You’ve invested hours writing and editing that story. Now what? In the highly competitive realm of books, all Authors, including well-known bestsellers, face the daunting task of getting their story in front of an interested audience. Authors cannot afford to just rush off and write another story, leaving the fate of their book(s) to chance. 

This is a program we’re all interested in: Learn how to become an Authorpreneur. Finding the right road to publishing your book is the beginning of a long road… Don’t be like Don Quixote and battle windmills. Learn about Authorpreneurship and become the bandleader for your book. Success for an author begins in writing a great story, but you do not achieve it by sending your work out into the universe and waiting for fame and book sales to materialize magically. In 90 minutes, this workshop will only be able to introduce morsels about marketing and promoting your book as an author, but you will have begun the journey to becoming an Authorpreneur.

February 12, 10:00 Am until 11:30 AM, Virtual Writers Workshop: AUTHORPRENEURSHIP—Marketing and Promoting Your Books
Register today for this FREE workshop co-hosted by the Newnan Carnegie Library. 

Not just a home for books, but so much more!

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Click the Eventbrite link to register.

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The Speakers will be our own Mike Brown, the papa of Hometown Novels, the “Inspirational Southern Author,” and author of the Shiloh Series novels; and Angela Durden, Publisher and Author of dozens of books across several genres.

T. M. “Mike” Brown

ANGELA K. DURDEN has been managing the life cycle of the word since 1992, authoring more than a dozen books across various genres as well as articles in trade publications, internal and external communications for corporations, and newspaper columns.

            Angela gained national attention in 2000 for her first book, Nine Stupid Things People Do To Mess Up Their Resumes. On her first in-studio radio interview, she advised syndicated host G. Gordon Liddy about how to best deal with a certain lengthy gap in his resume.           

In 2006, she launched the Mike and His Grandpa series of children’s books with Heroes Need Practice, Too! and The Balloon That Would Not Pop! All her titles, including the fictional thriller Whitfield, Nebraska and her own coming-of-age story Twinkle: a memoir, are available on Amazon.com.           

Angela expanded her publishing scope in 2010 when she was the co-author, coordinator, and graphic designer for Opportunity Meets Motivation, in which four women from different walks of life explain how they went into business for themselves. Other projects involving coaching writers, cover and interior book design, and editing led her to launch the Blue Room Books imprint in 2018.           

She is the 2019 president of the Atlanta chapter of Sisters in Crime, an organization of authors who write fiction and non-fiction in the genre, and a past VP. 

Holiday Events & Book Signings

Visit the Event page for all my upcoming holiday events and appearances.

Holiday gift lists should include author signed books for all your book-loving friends and family. Visit the EVENT page to see where I and many of my author-friends will be in the coming weeks before Christmas.

Please also follow me on Facebook and Instagram for up-to-date photos and event information.

Flashback: My Interview with Susan Crutchfield, Newnan Carnegie Library

Without a doubt, my interview with Susan Crutchfield was the most memorable over the past year or so. Like most authors with new books released in 2020-2021, adaptability to virtual promotions became a necessity. I managed to be blessed with several opportunities to spread the word about the release of Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest, my third Southern story, through remote interviews like this. However, none created the buzz like this one. Thank you, Susan Crutchfield and Newnan Carnegie Library.

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Click the image above to order any one of the three award-winning Shiloh Mystery Novels, or inquire at any book retail location. They all make ideal Christmas gifts… For your nearest book retailer visit: Bookshop to order all your holiday books through your local book retailer.

In Newnan, Visit Corner Arts Gallery’s Book Nook for a special holiday offer on my books.
The Bookshelf, Thomasville, Georgia, and now you can also get Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest!

Events, Programs, and Appearances in October

A busy October begins on October 1st with Octoberfest in historic downtown Newnan, Georgia–my hometown- and ends October 30th in Warm Springs narrating famous tales about graveyards, ghosts, and goblins while enjoying a Spooktacular evening among ghoulish dressed in black patrons.

Visit T. M. Brown’s Event Page for all the dates, times. and locations for events, programs, and appearances on tap in October. In the midst of the month he and his wife are racing north to visit grandkids too.

Busy Summer Schedule of Author Events for T. M. Brown & Hometown Novel Nights

Visit the EVENT PAGE for the latest updates on author and book events.

Summer Schedule of Author Events

Between July 31 through Labor Day September 6th, T. M. Brown will be racing between appearances and events featuring Hometown Novel Nights Authors as well as his own book signings. Visit the Event Page for regular updates and a complete schedule of his appearances and events beyond Labor Day in the days and weeks ahead. Hometown Novel Nights program schedules will be included, as well.

Please also follow T. M. Brown and Hometown Novel Nights on Facebook and Instagram. We encourage you to comment and leave questions regarding future events. For aspiring writers looking for a friendly group of writers like yourself, visit and join the conversation at HNN Writers Group.

It is great to get back out and about again!

HUGE BOOK NEWS!

Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest, is a finalist for the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for Best Suspense Novel. The winner will be announced at the Killer Nashville Conference Awards Dinner, August 21st.

Order your copy today…https://tmbrownauthor.com/shop

July Kicks Off a Busy Schedule

Let’s celebrate Independence Day 2021 with added emphasis!

A growing calendar of live events begins July 3rd

I imagine many of you are already headed outdoors again and many enjoying or looking forward to an upcoming summer vacation like me and my wife. We’ve been fully vaccinated since the first week in March, but have remained close to home for the most part. But, that’s changing quickly this summer. Here’s is my author schedule of events and appearances for July, and August and beyond is booking up fast for the rest of 2021…

July 3rd, Saturday – Great Barbecue, book talk, and lots more at Moreland’s Independence Day Celebration

Bumping elbows with the likes of Lewis Grizzard and Erskine Caldwell, and a bunch of other current author friends!

HNN Writers Group –“Writers Helping Writers”

HNN Writers Group will have three gatherings in July. A virtual Writers Workshop on July 10; A Writers Virtual WIP Critique Group, July 12th at 6:30-8:00 PM hosted by Angie Gallion Lovell (if you want a sneak preview of my new historical novel, join us. I am offering portions of my latest WIP for critique and receiving wonderful, helpful feedback. Other WIP monthly submissions testify to the talent among our HNN Writers Group. July 17th at 11 AM at Corner Arts Gallery & Studios, downtown Newnan, GA will be our next in-person HNN Writer’s Gathering where we share conversations and tackle writing challenges designed to promote “Writers Helping Writers.” Visit Hometown Novel Nights and HNN Writers Group for more inof.

Hometown Novel Nights Author Program

July 15th, 6:30 PM at Newnan Carnegie Library

We all need to chuckle more and fuss less about life… Our three celebrity columnists/authors will bring humor-filled conversations during Part II of Front Porch Musings with HNN’s very-own Scott Ludwig as moderator. You can join us live at the Newnan Carnegie Library on Court Square Newnan, or on our live simulcast feed online. Register for your seat in our audience, live or virtual.

I will be in-person and assisting with book sales that evening thanks to Corner Arts Gallery & Studios’ sponsorship of the growing HNN Local Author Book Nook inside their store.

More Lines Between the Wines Author Book Talk at Warm Springs Cellars, July 17th, 2-5 PM!

I will be joining Mike Nemeth as he shares his latest mystery/suspense novel, Parker’s Choice. Join us for a craft beer or bottle of Georgia’s finest wines as we engage in book talk!

July 24th, Freedom Gospel Festival! All-day fundraising with live music and great food to boot!

Connie and I will be promoting her out-of-this-world crafts and my books to support the Hogansville Freedom Gospel Festival. The food, music and folks attending will make it a special event. See y’all there!https://www.facebook.com/events/506100067389353?ref=newsfeed

July 31st, Saturday afternoon 1-3 PM in Lagrange, GA

T.M. Brown will be speaking at Pretty Good Books on Saturday, July 31st about the latest book in his Shiloh Mystery Series. T. M. Brown is an award-winning Southern author from Newnan, GA. In the first two books of his Shiloh Mystery Series, he has introduced Theo & Liddy Phillips as they settle into their new hometown of Shiloh, Georgia amidst shadows of the town’s past. In Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest the final book in the series, Theo faces a life-threatening decision to save his friends. In telling of all three stories, T. M. Brown has interwoven thought-provoking messages about making decisions in times of crisis and change. 

Come see Pretty Good Books’ new downtown Lagrange location! It’ll be the envy of booksellers throughout the South.

Phew! And August and beyond stacking up to being just as busy!

Hint: Connie and I will be touring Fernandina Beach with a weekend of book signing at The Book Loft, August 13-15, and then we will be spending a week touring and talking with folks about my new novel up the Georgia coast with a few days in Darien, GA to celebrate our 48th Anniversary too!

VISIT @TMBROWNAUTHOR on FACEBOOK or this webpage for more updates on events and appearances in your local area. Who knows when and where we will find ourselves as life in America enjoys Independence again.

If you’ve read any of the three Shiloh Mystery Novels, you can lend a hand by telling others about them and posting a review. Thank you, and I would love to hear from everyone who read all three Shiloh novels… Do you think a fourth is in the cards? Email or Messenger me.