Pondering of the Past: Harper Lee, A Southern Literary Legacy

Harper Lee, A Southern Voice that Opened Eyes and Hearts Across America

A Southern Classic that Exposed a Broken Culture Caught in its Past

Nelle Harper Lee (1926 – 2016), simply Harper Lee to millions across America, a Southern voice for decades based on her first book, To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960. Her other book though written in the 1950s, Go Set a Watchman, did not see the light of day until 2015 and was published as a sequel to her Pulitzer Prize classic. 

Harper Lee wrote what she knew best, the Deep South of the 1930s from a child’s point of view. Harper Lee’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama provided her with ample opportunities to portray the irrationality of adult attitudes in the racist culture that permeated the South.

A footnote worth mentioning: the character in her novel named Dill was based upon her real childhood friend, Truman Capote. What were the odds that little old Monroeville, Alabama would rear up both Truman Capote and Harper Lee? Today, Monroeville, Alabama entertains thousands of visitors who flock into town to get a glimpse at the old courthouse and homes that Harper Lee wrote about in To Kill a Mockingbird. Might I suggest you might want to visit the link below to learn more-http://www.southernliterarytrail.org/monroeville.html

What’s Coming in 2023…

Shiloh Mystery Series, Fifth Anniversary of Sanctuary, A Legacy of Memories & Testament, An Unexpected Return. Watch for updated new book covers in 2023 and a flurry of personal appearances to promote the anniversary of all three Shiloh novels, including Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest. Expanded distribution and availability of the printed and e-book editions coming.

July 2023, The Last Laird of Sapelo (Koehler Books) is coming. A historical novel that explains why at the end of the Civil War virtually all the freed Geechee slaves risked their lives and found their way back to the only homes and land they ever knew. And, why for the rest of the tumultuous Nineteenth Century the Spalding family became the only permanent white residents on Sapelo Island. A unique and near-forgotten legacy linked the post-war Geechee community and the Spaldings until the last Spalding passed away and the Geechee descendants fell victim the wishes and whims of the rich and famous in the first half of the 20th Century.

Watch for more about The Last Laird of Sapelo in the coming months…

Sapelo Island

A W.O.W. Interview

Podcast aired August 16, 2022–Click the image for the podcast link.

An interview that pulled a lot of background information about my journey to become the Southern inspirational author working on publishing my fourth novel.

Head over to the bookshop tab and order your copy of any three Shiloh novels. After listening to this podcast, you’ll appreciate where the muse for the stories came from.

‘Time crept while I stirred and tossed in futile attempts to capture any semblance of actual sleep. Capitulation arrived shortly after four when I poured a cup of coffee and sat down in the living room…Okay Lord what are you trying to share with me?’ Theo Phillips, Main character Ch 20, pg. 169

When the author used the descriptor, ‘a couple of southern minutes’, I knew I was in for a treat as main characters Theo Phillips and his wife Liddy started retirement in their new hometown of Shiloh, Georgia.

The town residents began introducing themselves as soon as the Phillips arrived, inherently southern by nature, Christian in their beliefs and warm with human spirit. At first I thought there were too many people appearing one after the other and lost track of who they all were. But as they became familiar, I realized there would be no point in delaying introductions as they were all part of the Phillips’ daily life in a small town. Only a writer with personal experience in a small town could define so many characters so intricately, and so Mike Brown has. 

The tale gathers momentum as more citizens come forward with their secret truths, the weight of which has prevented them from moving ahead in life. Theo and Liddy realize they’ve been sent on a divine mission and with God’s guidance, they make themselves available where needed. 

Thank-you for this inspiring, funny and heart-warming journey with Theo and Liddy as they accept the challenge presented them and become part of the town of Shiloh. 

Shiloh Series 5th Anniversary Plans

Shiloh Mystery Series

Spring of 2018 introduced the Shiloh Mystery Series

Following the original release of Sanctuary in March 2017, the Shiloh Mystery Series began with Sanctuary’s new edition gaining the subtitle of A Legacy of Memories, and designated as book one of the Shiloh Mystery Series.

Right behind the new Sanctuary edition, Testament, An Unexpected Return became available as book two in the new Shiloh Mystery Series, March 2018.

Then Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest first launched in May 2020 by SFK/Hearthstone Press just in time for our nation’s shutdown. Within months not only did my book tour get canceled, COVID shut down SFK as my publisher too. But, Blue Room Books of Decatur arrived on the scene and republished book three in the Shiloh Mystery Series. With the pandemic hopefully in our rearview mirror, I am looking forward to 2023 when the Shiloh Mystery Series celebrates its Fifth Anniversary.

What’s Next for the Shiloh Mystery Series?

While I am busy identifying the right publisher for my latest novel, an historical novel, The Last Laird of Sapelo, The Randolph Spalding Story, I do not want to lose sight of Shiloh’s Fifth Anniversary coming next up next Spring (2023).

If you like what Blue Room Books did with Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest, as much as I do, how about allowing Blue Room Books to tweak Sanctuary’s cover, and provide a completely new book cover for Testament to reflect the look of Purgatory? Likewise, just as they provided their skillful editing overview of Purgatory’s story and addition of the character list to help readers, I am game for the team at Blue Room Books to do likewise with Sanctuary and Testament. Sanctuary was my first ever novel, and though I have one of the awesomest editors and writing coaches, both Sanctuary and Testament can likewise warrant an editor’s revisit with fresh eyes.

How Can You Help

You can help me by answering a few questions.

  1. Would you like to see a freshened up Sanctuary and totally new Testament book cover look more like Purgatory’s new cover? Do you believe it would help get attention for the three books with their Fifth Anniversary release?
  2. For those who know Testament’s story, what suggestions might you offer as far the cover’s image? The scary, mysterious red-cloaked banshee admittedly is misleading to the content and tone of the story. It’s one of those oops I would like to correct.
  3. Would adding character lists to Sanctuary and Testament help future readers?
  4. Any additional comments or suggestions to help the three book series continue to reach new readers for another five or more years?
EMAIL ME WITH YOUR FEEDBACK. WHETHER GOOD, BAD, or EVEN UGLY.

For those wondering about the new historical novel’s release, I promise to give a shout out as soon as I secure the right publisher and we settle on the targeted launch date, likely a year or so away. Hang in there!

Summer Kindle Deal-Begins June 21st!

Shiloh Mystery Series – Special Kindle Offer https://tmbrownauthor.com/shop

Summer Kickoff $.99 Kindle Sale

Summer begins June 21st and so does the $.99 Kindle offer for each of the Shiloh Mystery novels… Offer runs through June 28th! So don’t miss out! Purchase one or all three to fill your summer reading time…

T. M. Browns 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

Shiloh Mystery Series News!

Now available, the newly edited and updated paperback edition of PURGATORY, A PROGENY’S QUEST, published by Blue Room Books, Decatur, GA. You can buy your copy of this award-winning third novel in the Shiloh Mystery series directly from Blue Room Books, Amazon, or from many local book retailers, including my hometown booksellers, Corner Arts Gallery, Studios & Gifts, Newnan, GA; Warm Springs Cellars, Warm Springs, GA; Rogers Pit-Smoked BBQ, Hogansville, GA; Horton’s Books &Gifts, Carrollton, GA; Pretty Good Books, Lagrange, GA

Enjoy about 15 minutes for an update from T. M. Brown about Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest
New updated edition includes the Complete Character List for the Shiloh Mystery novels. https://blueroombooks.com/tmbrown/

Paperback version of Purgatory is now available for $18.95!

The Kindle version of Purgatory is now available for $7.99!

Bookstore Order Page

Independent Book Retailers

Save money and receive convenient no risk 90 days terms on orders for all three Shiloh Mystery novels. Contact Angela Durden at Blue Room Books to place your order. They can take orders on all three books and arrange shipment directly to you at below standard industry trade discount. Ask Angela Durden for the details.

Want to order a copy of Sanctuary or Testament?

Signed copies are available at the above booksellers, Amazon, and many book retailers, i.e. The Book Loft, Fernandina Beach; The Bookshelf, Thomasville, GA; Horton’s Books & Gifts, Carrollton, GA; Pretty Good Books, LaGrange, GA; Story on the Square, McDonough, GA; Posman Books, Atlanta, GA, to name a few. Again, order through Blue Room Books or on the above BOOKSTORE ORDER PAGE. Never any shipping costs.

WANT TO ORDER THE KINDLE EDITIONS? They are only $2.99 each.

Kindle Unlimited customers can always get access to my eBooks on Amazon for no cost to download as well.

Will You Help Get the Word Out?

Leave a review on your social media, or visit TMBrownAuthor.com; TMBrownAuthor on Facebook or Instagram

Recommend any of the novels to a local book club or book retailer. Mike, aka T. M. Brown, enjoys book talks and will schedule a visit, in-person or virtually.

Recommend the Shiloh Novels to your local library. All three books are all-audience rated and library friendly for all ages.

Watch for Upcoming Author Events featuring T. M. Brown Visit the Event page of go to Facebook TMBrownAuthor for the latest news and event schedule in the coming weeks in 2022.

Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest is up for the Killer Nashville “Readers’ Choice Award”

Will you take a moment to cast your votes?

Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest is up for your Reader’s Choice Award at Killer Nashville’s 2021 Conference.

Would you kindly look at the list and cast your votes for your favorite mystery/suspense/thriller novels. You can vote for five favorites.

I am just honored to make the list.

Click the image to cast your votes for the KN Readers’ Choice Awards

Watch for my future expanded book event schedule later this summer and into the Fall. Please feel free to share this with your friends.

Don’t forget to get your on copy of all three Shiloh novels by using the bookshop link on my webpage.

Thank you!