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:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/148827564251

See y’all there…

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.

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.

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.

Hometown Novel Nights – Holiday Event

Hometown Novel Nights will host a holiday-themed event Dec. 12 at the Newnan Carnegie Library

A special holiday-themed Hometown Novel Nights will take place at the Carnegie Library on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. 

Scott Ludwig will moderate the panel of authors, which include T.M. “Mike” Brown, Jedwin Smith and Larissa Reinhart, according to Brown, founder and coordinator of Hometown Novel Nights…

Brown will be speaking on his first two books, “Sanctuary: A Legacy of Mysteries” and “Testament: An Unexpected Return” on the panel… For the rest of the article click image above or here (Laurel Huster, Newnan Times-Herald)

The first HNN Fourth Sunday Afternoon at the Monarch House, November 24. The next one will be held on December 22 with Mike Nemeth and Holly Moulder. More scheduled for 2020.

2020 Hometown Novel Nights Preview hosted by Southern Fried Books, 29 Jackson Street, Newnan, GA, January 16th beginning at 6:30 PM.

Guest speakers will be Steve McCondichie, owner of Southern Fried Books and SFK Multimedia LLC; George Weinstein, President of Atlanta Writers Club, Founder of the Atlanta Writers Conference, and author of five novels, including the latest release by SFK Press, “Watch What You Say.” Mike Brown, Angie Gallion, and Scott Ludwig will share the HNN monthly panel lineups already committed for 2020. All authors, writers, and book enthusiasts are invited to attend this informative and interactive program night. Learn what is the latest in the publishing world, author networking, and options to connect with agents and publishers, as well as, Hometown Novel Night vision going forward in 2020. A special event update will be provided at the January program that will impact everyone in attendance… you will want to be on hand to hear the news!

Direct inquiries about future Hometown Novel Nights programs by going to the HNN Facebook page or email. You can also reach HNN through its Instagram link as well.

Remember to catch the HNN Radio Program on WQEE Rock the Key 99.1 FM in Newnan, broadcast live the second Tuesday at 9:30 AM and rebroadcast throughout the month. YouTube podcast link of the radio show will be posted on the Hometown Novel Nights Facebook page.

Sponsored by Southern Fried Books

HNN Schedule of Events through 2020

Hometown Novel Nights Schedule and List of Participating Authors

October 27 Monarch House

Angie Gallion, Scott Ludwig

November 12 WQEE Radio Show

Angie Gallion

November 21 Rogers BBQ Hogansville

Edwina Cowgil, Tim Miller, Laura Johnson

November 24 Monarch House

Chellie W. Phillis, Toby Nix

December 10 WQEE Radio Show

Scott Ludwig

December 12 Carnegie Newnan – “Christmas Special”

Jedwin Smith, Larissa Reinhart, T. M. Brown (Scott Ludwig, Moderator)

December 22 Monarch House

Mike Nemeth, Holly Moulder

January 14 WQEE Radio Show

January 16 Southern Fried Books – “2020 Special Kick-Off”

George Weinstein, Steve McCondichie, T. M. Brown

(Author and Guests Gathering & Social Event)

January 26 Monarch House

Martha Boone, Tim Miller

February 11 WQEE Radio Show

February 20 Carnegie Newnan

Martha Boone, Angela McCrae, David Coppage

February 23 Monarch House

Angela McCrae, Alex McCrae

March 10 WQEE Radio Show

March 18 Rogers BBQ, Hogansville

Alex McCrae, Toby Nix, Carol James Marshall

March 22 Monarch House

Kim Williams, Doug Vinson

April 14 WQEE Radio Show

April 16 Carnegie Newnan

Mike Nemeth, Chellie W. Phillips, Christopher Swann*

April 26 Monarch House

Ane Mulligan, Tim Riordan

May 12 WQEE Radio Show

Steve McCondichie*

May 21 Southern Fried Books

(Proposed Author Gathering & Workshop)

May 24 Monarch House

Sharon Howard, Mark Maguire

June 5-7 NEWNAN LitFest (Mark Your Calendars)

June 9 WQEE Radio Show

June 18 Carnegie Newnan

George Weinstein, Tim Riordan, Holly Moulder

NO “HNN EVENTS” JULY

August 11 WQEE Radio Show

August 20 Carnegie Newnan

August 23 Monarch House

September 8 WQEE Radio Show

September 17 Rogers BBQ Hogansville

(Proposed Author Gathering & Network Opportunity)

September 27 Monarch House

October 13 WQEE Radio Show

October 15 Carnegie Newnan

October 17-18 HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL     (Details coming for HNN Booth)

October 25 Monarch House

November 10 WQEE Radio Show

November 19 Southern Fried Books

November 22 Monarch House

December 8 WQEE Radio Show

December 17 Carnegie Newnan – “Christmas Special”

Hometown Novel Nights – WQEE Radio Show, Sept. 10th 9:30 AM

HNN/WQEE Radio Show, September 10th – Special Guest: Toni Striblin, Co-Owner of Rogers BBQ, Hogansville, GA

(Tap the image above to get the actual audio of the radio show – 15 minutes.)

Visit https://radio.free-shoutcast.com/site/36441 to listen live on the internet or tune into 99.1 FM in Newnan, GA. Podcast rebroadcast of each show will be provided here and on the Hometown Novel Nights Facebook Page.
https://radio.free-shoutcast.com/site/36441
Our Radio Show Sponsor, Southern Fried Books, 29 Jackson Street, Newnan, GA

Script used for the Radio Show (August 6, 2019)

Ryan introduction: (use the below as a guideline for your opening comments and introduction)

(Sponsor – Southern Fried Books, 29 Jackson Street, Newnan. Downtown Newnan’s only independent bookstore, and they offer a wide selection of best-sellers and award-winning books with adult, children’s and special-interest titles to suit your fancy. Many of the Hometown Novel Night authors have their books available in the Southern Fried Books local author section.)

Hometown Novel Nights“Bringing Local Authors and Local Audiences Together South of Atlanta”

In fact, this Thursday evening, August 8th at 6:30 PM, Newnan’s own Carnegie Library will host the next edition of Hometown Novel Nights with three more awesome authors on this month’s panel. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves this morning… We will share more details in just a few minutes, but first…

Host Introduction: His friends and family know him as Mike. However, he also goes by T. M. Brown, an award-winning local Southern author who proudly calls Coweta County home.

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Mike: 

Thank you, Ryan, and thank all you listeners of WQEE—Rock the Key.

Last month many of you heard the interview with my special guest, Mister Steve McCondichie, the owner of Southern Fried Books and SFK Publishing & Media. We also learned he is also an accomplished author as well. His bookstore hosted a special edition of Hometown Novel Nights back on July 18th. The  standing room turnout got to listen to and interact with two nationally-acclaimed, award-winning authors, Roger Johns and Mickey Dubrow.

I want to thank everyone who came out and enjoyed that event. I hope more and more of the listeners will discover the growing inventory of new books that Southern Fried Books is offering in its quaint location on Jackson Street—two blocks off of Court Square next door to Christy’s Restaurant.

This morning, I have another outstanding special guest, a bibliophile extraordinaire.   

  • University of West Georgia, B.S. Sports Management/Marketing – Cum Laude, 2012 
  • Owner of her own Photography enterprise since 2010
  • Co-Founder/Chief Photographer, CowetaLife.org since 2014
  • Freelance Photographer, Newnan Times Herald since 2016
  • Senior Carnegie Library Assistant, Adult Programs
    Mar 2017 – May 2019
  • Volunteer Board Member, Newnan Artist in Residence Program since last summer
  • And, most recently, Susan Crutchfield was named the Newnan Carnegie Library Director in May 2019

And, she’s a great supporter of Hometown Novel Nights.

Welcome, Susan.

I know you are no stranger to WQEE’s audience, and, in fact, only yesterday morning, you and Ryan discussed the growth of audible books. I was fascinated since I was headed to Southern Fried Books on Jackson Street in Newnan.

I am working with SFK Media to soon begin recording the narration of the first two novels in my Shiloh Mystery Series, while book three is working its way through the crucible of the publishing process, and hopefully will be on bookshelves this time next year.

For those who may not have caught your interview yesterday, “what is the biggest advantage of audible books in your opinion?”

(Susan response)

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It also appears printed books have staved off the initial gloom and doom prognostications after Amazon introduced Kindle eBooks in 2007. 

Even with so many current eBook formats and sources, the market share for eBooks in general seems to have waned in the last couple of years.

What are your thoughts on the future of printed books versus digital published options? Printed books have been around for hundreds of years. Are they destined to the same fate as dinosaurs?

(Susan response)

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Finally, now that we’ve held our first Hometown Novel Nights program back in June at the library, tell us what you think about our interactive local author format.

(Susan response)

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This Thursday evening at 6:30 PM in the upstairs auditorium of the Newnan Carnegie Library, we have three more outstanding and award-winning authors on tap to talk about themselves, their writing journeys, and their books.

Toby Nix is a weekly guest columnist for the Newnan Times Herald. He will be talking about his column writing journey and his book entitled, “Columns I Wrote.”

He says about himself, “I have made about every mistake a person can make but thankfully the people in my life have better hearts than I and have seen fit to give me another chance… hopefully soon I will get back out and gig a little on the side…” 

I bet there’ll be quite a few Toby Nix fans in attendance Thursday night.

Angie Gallion is an accomplished, multi-book author who resides with her husband and two precocious daughters in Sharpsburg. However, she confesses that she “was raised on the rhythm of night trains rolling through Bushton, Illinois, where she became an outside child with a big imagination.”

She enjoys exploring complex relationships, often set against the backdrop of addiction or mental illness. Her debut novel, Intoxic, received the Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite in the General Fiction, which inspired her to since write the 4-books in the Alison Hayes Journey, a coming-of-age series. This past year she released Off the Dark Ledge, her first psychological thriller.

Angie’s also a partner and major force behind the success Hometown Novel Nights has realized over the past year.

Paul Sinor is a published novelist and a produced screenwriter who currently resides in Barnesville, Georgia. He has taught screen writing at the University of West Florida and at Shoreline College in Seattle Washington. He has an MFA in Creative Writing, A B.A in Criminology and is a retired LTCol in the US Army.

He describes himself as an “Author, Screen writer, and Producer—occasionally a handyman, if I can fix it with a wire hanger and duct tape. An All Around Renaissance Man!”

His Max Maxwell Series has received awards and accolades, and his fourth, That Old Black Magic, just got published. Here’s a hint to the nature of his political thriller novels:

“How far will the government go to protect one of its own and how far will that same government go to destroy one of its own? Max and Anna find out in the streets of New Orleans and the bayous and swamps where voodoo is practiced.”

Paul has also written the Johnny Morocco Mystery series – a 1950s Atlanta based, gripping two-book serial, and a stand-alone thriller about the rescue efforts of an American Vietnam POW.

Paul’s been a screen-writer, producer and technical adviser on several well-known television and movie productions. His story will be a real treat for everyone who joins us this Thursday evening at 6:30 PM at the Carnegie Library. 

If you’d like to know more this and future monthly programs, visit @HometownNovelNights on Facebook. Though tickets are free, please register for the event by signing up for a ticket. That’ll help Susan and I plan on enough chairs for Thursday night’s program.

For those looking ahead for the rest of 2019, Hometown Novel Nights will return to Roger’s Barbecue in Hogansville on September 19th and November 21st. We’ll return to the Carnegie in Newnan on October 10th and end the year with a Christmas themed program on December 12th. 

Each month we’ll have a panel of award-winning, published authors to introduce to you, all from the surrounding local area.

We already are beginning to plan on the 2020 slate of authors, and we have the prospect of an additional venue that we will soon disclose as well.

On behalf of Susan Crutchfield, the Newnan Carnegie Library, Roger’s Barbecue in Hogansville, Corner Arts Gallery and Studios, and of course our sponsor, Southern Fried Books—thank you. We’ll be back next month with another special guest and another preview of the next Hometown Novel Nights program. Hope you’ll tune in again on Tuesday, September 10th at 9:30 AM. 

Thank you, Ryan and Thank you, WQEE!

See you next month!

Follow the link to Hometown Novel Nights FB Page for more information of upcoming programs and author panels.

Send any comments by email to mike@TMBrownAuthor.com