Hometown Novel Nights in May

Weather in West Central Georgia is warming up as is the event schedule for Hometown Novel Nights (follow HNN on Facebook).

You’ve heard it said, April showers bring May flowers. Well, social events are returning to normal, more and more. Here’s what’s on the calendar, including live in-person hosted events beginning this month. Scroll all the way down to register for the May 20th Live In-Person Author Program hosted at the Newnan Carnegie Library, also simulcast on Zoom for those unable to attend in person. Or just follow this link to register today: Registration is required, so please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/152138374975

Read below to see why everyone is asking about Hometown Novel Nights programs introducing local authors to a growing audience of readers!

Monday evening, May 10th, starting at 6:30 PM: HNN Writers Group – virtual on GoogleMeet. Saturday, May 15th, starting at 11 AM: HNN Writers Group – Newnan in-person gathering at Corner Arts Gallery in downtown Newnan. Visit HNN Writers Group on Facebook for more details. Do you have a WIP you want to submit (up to ten pages), visit the HNN Writers Group page to submit?

Newnan Strong – Music & Arts Tornado Relief Benefit
Historic Downtown Newnan

Corner Arts Gallery & Studios’ Local Author Book Nook will be featured out front of the store with #NewnanStrong t-shirts available to show our support for the Tornado Victims still recovering from last month’s natural disaster that struck Newnan. We encourage folks to show their support by patronizing all the locally owned merchants and restaurants in downtown Newnan. They all have sacrificially donated to help in the recovery.

Hometown Novel Nights is co-hosting monthly author events at Warm Springs Cellars in historic downtown Warm Springs again this year. Belly up to the old-fashioned bar or scoot around one of the indoor tables, lounge in the cozy sitting area on a cushioned sofa, or slide under an umbrella-covered outdoor table on their gated front porch. Sip craft beers or one of the fine Georgia wines while talking with authors about their latest books.

I get the privilege of hosting Scott Ludwig as he discusses his latest non-fiction book that certainly will touch your heartstrings. Scott is the multi-talented author and columnist. His books have reached readers all over the world. —Mark your calendar!

BIG NEWS – Hometown Novel Nights returns with a live audience and authors at Newnan Carnegie Library’s Auditorium!

Follow the image link and register to attend as a live audience member or to receive a virtual link for the simulcast on Zoom of the evening event. Books will be sold and signed by the authors. The Newnan Carnegie Library benefits from the book sales, so please be sure to leave with one or more books under your arm.

Georgia Authors off a “Spice of Variety”

Here’s a sample of the latest novels from our three talented Georgia authors, and our multi-talented Scott Ludwig returns as the moderator for the evening program. Click each image for more about the three authors featured this month.

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Live audience programs are on the schedule once again. Check our calendar of events for the list of virtual and in-person events we are hosting this year.

Hometown Novel Nights April Author Program, April 15th

When the world seems to going to Hell in a hand basket we all need to find hope and inspiration in stories like those to be shared on April 15th at 6:30 PM. Three fabulous Award-winning Inspirational Story authors will talk about their writing journeys and their latest stories. This is a virtual event so register today to grab your virtual seat in the virtual audience.

Hello, Everyone!

Just your friendly neighborhood Adult Event coordinator for the Newnan Carnegie Library here! Thank you so much in your participation in our previous Hometown Novel Nights event hosted by Hometown Novel Nights. We’d like to invite you to register for our next HNN event on April 15th @ 6:30pm starring authors Heidi Chiavaroli, Gail Pallotta, and Kim Williams! It is a virtual Zoom meeting, so you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home! Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link so that you can access the live event! I hope to see you there!

Register Here:


See y’all there…

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.
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.


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.