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

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.

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.

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!

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!

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Hometown Novel Nights Mystery Author Night

Catch the upcoming October 15th Hometown Novel Night Mystery Author Virtual Program beginning at 6:30 PM. It will be broadcast live on Zoom, hosted by the Newnan Carnegie Library. Here’s the link to register.

Come Join Us this Thursday Evening from the Comfort of your home.

Hometown Novel Nights has three more outstanding author programs scheduled to finish 2020. Each is sponsored by the Newnan Carnegie Library.

November 19th, Ane Mulligan, Martha Boone, and Holly Moulder will join us for our regular Author Program.

On Saturday morning, November 21st, we will feature Rosalind and Maggie Bunn, Menlia Trammell, and Jacqueline Leigh on our Children’s Author Special Program, just in time for the holidays.

To finish 2020 Hometown Novel Nights has a very special holiday program of authors lined up as well… Our guest author is a nationally award-winning and best-selling Southern author. Two other special Georgia authors will join us for an entertaining program. Watch for more details and all the authors on the panel. Visit Hometown Novel Nights on Facebook and follow updates on all the upcoming HNN events.

In the meantime, here is September’s Hometown Novel Nights Author Program broadcast to get a foretaste of what you can look forward to at a future event.

Enjoy a good book to take your mind off all the election folderol we are being forced to endure. Please vote but there are better ways to engage our minds.

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2020 Hometown Novel Nights Kickoff Event

Refreshments and Door Prizes, plus lots of valuable news and information for authors and book lovers alike. Limited seating still available, reserve your free ticket today! Click the image above.

Also, put Sunday afternoon, January 26th, on your calendar for Hometown Novel Nights – Fourth Sunday at The Monarch House in Newnan.

Come join the residents, their friends, family members, and guests like you. Cozy library setting with door prizes and refreshments served.