I’m so excited! I’ll be doing my very first book signing Thursday night in Cleburne, TX from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. It will be at the Wright Plaza located at 115 S. Main St. 76033. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll stop by and say hello. I’ll have copies of TALES FROM THE MIST available. TFTM is a horror/paranormal anthology that includes my short story, The Consuming.
TALES FROM THE MIST will take you on a journey into the dark world of the paranormal. These twelve stories vary in their degree of horror, yet all reach across the boundaries of their genres into the chilling realms of the macabre. Witches, ghosts, shape-shifters and vampire rats are some of the creatures that reign within these pages. Authors included are: Scott Nicholson, Rhonda Hopkins, Marty Young, Cate Dean, Tamara Ward, Meredith Bond, Catie Rhodes, Greg Carrico, Mitzi Flyte, Natalie G. Owens, *lizzie starr and Stacey Joy Netzel.
Two of my friends will also be there.
David Walker will have copies of HEAVEN SENT, a collection of stories of real people’s devotion and spiritual insight to inspire and lift you up. David is a Christian husband, father and grandfather, a grounded pilot, a would-be Nashville star, and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years as a health insurance agent. Most of that career was spent in Texas, but for a few years he traveled many other states. He started writing about 20 years ago and has been a member and leader in several writers’ groups. His books, the devotional Heaven Sent and the novella series FANCY, are now available in paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats. http://davidnwalker.com/heaven-sent/
Richard Weatherly will have copies of CLOSED DOORS, A TRILOGY which includes a novella and 2 short stories. Rich Weatherly’s professional career spanned several decades. Much of that career included technical writing and copy writing. He also worked in media production and corporate photography. After retiring from the corporate world, Rich focused his attention on creative writing. He continues to work on a series of short stories, and a collection of works that will include poetry, photography and miscellaneous writings. Rich Weatherly is a descendant of one of General Marion’s militia at the Battle of Cowpens during the Revolutionary War. His maternal Great-Grandmother’s father scouted western Dallas, County and was numbered among the first 50 families to settle western Dallas, Co., Texas.
You can connect with Rich at:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Rich-Weatherly/e/B008OHMH98
Facebook, Author page: www.facebook.com/pages/Rich-Weatherly-Author/235488943239220
My Writing page of blog: http://richweatherly.com/my-writing/
It looks like the event will have a little something for everyone. The following is info from the press release from Masters Management Group (www.facebook.com/MMGServices) about the event as well as a few other links some of the authors sent me:
The local shop owners at the Wright Plaza Shopping Mall on South Main in Cleburne, have graciously offered to host a night to meet many local and a few not so local authors who are promoting a wide variety of published books. Being held Thursday March 21st, 5:30-9p, genres of books include children’s, personal stories, Christian, novels, pictorial, local history and self-help. There will also be some short presentations by some of the authors on their area of expertise or other topics they want to share with the audience. Some of the shops will also be open for you to browse through and see their wonderful selections of gifts and other items.
Most of the authors have also graciously offered to donate a copy of their books to be put in a door prize drawing, so those who attend may win a book before the night is over. There will also be a pair of tickets to one of the great Plaza Theater plays. We may have a few other surprises as well.
We invite you to come and meet many authors including Burleson’s own Sarah Nelms Churman who wrote “Powered On”about her journey from deafness to a world of hearing through the procedure of getting an Esteem implant. The story of her desire to be able to hear all those sounds that had been a mystery to her all of her life is a great story. You might also recognize Sarah from her many appearances since the YOUTUBE video that was taken as she “heard” with her implant for the very first time. You can search for it by looking for “29 years old and hearing myself for the first time” it has over 16 million views. You can locate Sarah’s fan page by going to facebook and www.facebook.com/sarahmchurman.
We are also pleased to have Sara Zink author of “20 Tips for Power Chicks” who will be sharing her book as well as the information on the publishing service she also provides for other authors wanting to get published. If you have been thinking about writing a book, or are in the process of searching for a publisher you won’t want to miss out on her presentation at 6:30 during the authors night event. You can find more about Sarah on her website http://www.SarahZink.com .
Doug Petersen shares inspirational messages entitled “Thoughts of the Day.” He began sending these life-affirming thoughts of the day a few years ago. The random, spontaneous thoughts share one common theme — the focus on personal values, gratitude, serving others, and heartfelt passions. His series of books helps bring the joy of life into focus to combat everyday stress. His last book, Inspire: A Year of Daily Inspirational Thoughts was awarded the 2012 Global eBook Award for the best Inspirational/Visionary Non-Fiction.
Doug Petersen is a decorated Vietnam “Dustoff” (medical evacuation) pilot and served more than two decades as a United States Army aviator. After retiring from the military, he worked for a financial services company in Texas. Today he shares his inspirational thoughts and experiences to thousands through his free “Thought of the Day” newsletter, social media and as a professional inspirational speaker and award-winning author. Doug is also a professional member of the National Speakers Association. (www.inspirevalues.com , firstname.lastname@example.org) [information provided by Doug Petersen] Doug resides in the Benbrook area.
You can also connect with Doug at Facebook: www.facebook.com/douglasnpetersen
Shana Duty’s first endeavor at authoring a book is a collection of beautiful photos that share the memory of loved ones remembered in road side memorials. Shana’s story began as she was traveling the country with her truck driver husband Conor. He was also the one who encouraged her to finish and publish the book. In a very sad and ironic turn of events his life would serve as the ultimate inspiration, but you will have to read/visit “Crossroads“ to find out how this pictorial story ends. Shana is a resident of Burleson.
Kellie Coats Gilbert “Mother of Pearl” is the story of HOW FAR WILL A MOTHER GO FOR HER DAUGHTER? The character in the book is Barrie Graeber who has two great kids, a loving husband, and a respected job as the high school counselor in her close-knit community. Without warning, everything unravels when her teenage daughter, Pearl, is betrayed by friends and lashes out. Nothing prepares this mother for the helplessness that follows when her attempts to steer her daughter back on course fail and Pearl shuts her out . . . or when she discovers the unthinkable about her nemesis, the football coach. Emotionally riveting and profoundly moving, MOTHER OF PEARL brings us into the heart of a mother bound by an incredible burden, who ultimately finds she must recognize her own vulnerability and learn to trust in something much bigger. One of the reviews for Kellie’s book shared by Lisa Wingate, National bestselling, award-winning author of Dandelion Summer and Blue Moon Bay was “A cautionary tale for our times, Mother of Pearl is a compelling journey through loss and longing, grief and redemption, crime and justice. Kellie Coates Gilbert unfolds her story with the sensitivity of a skilled writer .” wrote Lisa. [Information taken from Kellie Coates Gilbert website] http://kelliecoatesgilbert.com/
Linda loveGarten (aka Mrs. Linda Goodwin) has recently retired from twenty years of teaching Art and Spanish in a Dallas middle school. A great lover of the beauty and spirit that’s all around but sometimes hard to see, she creates ethereal images in words, paint and various media. She holds degrees in Art, Spanish, and ancient Latin American cultures from universities in Texas and California; and has studied/traveled in Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, and China. Ms. loveGarten lives in Texas where she joyfully explores her art and travels with her husband Richard, also a retired Dallas teacher. Between them, they celebrate six grandchildren. You can get more information by visiting http://www.lovegarten.com.
Laurie Orloff author of “How To Handle Your Cranky and Stressed Out Parents (A Teen Survival Guide)” is originally from the Chicago area, has two sons and currently lives in Dallas. As well as being an author and speaker, she has been a musician since childhood. She teaches violin and viola and has been a symphony musician since she was 15 years old. After the birth of her first child, she dedicated herself to becoming the best parent she could possibly be- and discovered that much of it revolves around being a role model that is happy, optimistic, respectful and extremely adaptable! Laurie got her start on writing about parenting shortly after the birth of her first son when a letter of hers was read on 20/20 regarding nighttime sleeping arrangements for babies. She hasn’t stopped writing since then. You can find more about Laurie and her book by visiting http://www.parentteenalliance.com/book-list/how-to-handle-your-cranky-and-stressed-out-parents-a-teen-survival-guide/about-the-book.html . [Information from the website for Parent Teen Alliance]
Sharon Gresham author of “Paul’s Lifesong of Joy and Unity” is a former pastor’s wife and missionary, earned her MA Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2008 in biblical studies and systematic theology. She enjoys investigating biblical languages. She is a PhD student at B. H. Carroll Theological Institute studying Bible Theology and lives in Burleson, Texas.
Mollie Mims “Johnson County History Book” and “Images of America Cleburne” is a Cleburne native who has been in publishing since she was a youngster. Mollie is a former employee of the local Cleburne Times Review. She researched the local history of Cleburne and Johnson County compiling stories and tracking down the “thousand words” held in many historical photographs. Her books are not only informative they are beautiful catching a distant home town that so many of us remember in bits and pieces of time. You can order Mollie’s book at http://www.amazon.com/Cleburne-Images-America-Arcadia-Publishing/dp/0738571199 . Or better yet come and purchase directly from her at our event.
Michele Nelson Schmidt author and illustrator of “ Jonathan James and the What if Monster” shares on her “WHAT IF MONSTERS WEBSITE” that she has a MAGICAL LIFE! She gets to go all over the country visiting schools and telling kids all about her books and how she was able to finally be doing what she loves for a living. Her current book and upcoming books are part of the USBORNE publishing company. A local sales rep for their company Alyssa Truman has been on a personal mission to bring the author to Johnson County to share it with all the kids in our community. Alyssa also has reached out to local businesses and individuals to make sure each child who would like a book can have the opportunity to get one. In a recent facebook post Alyssa shared “I belong to the most amazing community EVER!!! I am in awe and humbled”, after a local networker Coralee Flug, developer of the online networking groups called Connections helped her network and gain support to purchase at least 25 books for those kids who might not be able to purchase them during the visits to local schools.. The CONNECTIONS groups all have the motto that we are all stronger together than we are apart, and the business owners all pull together to help when asked. Schools currently on the schedule include Nola Dunn in Burleson and Deer Creek in Crowley. Michelle will also be visiting with Pathway Preparatory Christian Academy in Joshua, which is an open event for parents with school age children. You can still purchase books by contacting Alyssa through her online bookstore at www.alyssasbookshop.com or visit Michelle on her site www.whatifmonsters.com .
Here’s a few more links for Michelle and her books:
Buy the books at: https://L2007.myubam.com/search?q=michelle+nelson
Scott Odom author “Stand Up – I lost my leg to cancer, not my dream” shares how he always dreamed of growing up about becoming a professional athlete. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer at age fourteen. His dreams and life were put on hold while he fought the horrible disease. The team that Scott now plays with is the AMP1 guys and they have traveled all over showing that they can play basketball much like anyone else. In his book, Scott shares how he was discouraged by the fact that the only teams were using wheelchairs only to compete. And that is how AMP1 was founded. He says “I wrote a book to tell my story about the things I went through with cancer and losing my leg. I talk about my life before and my life during and after this disesae. Also how I got back in the game and how I dealt with all the things I had to deal with not only cancer but as an amputee. I hope my story is one of inspiration, motivation, and encouragement.” Scott is now starting the process to take his beloved AMP1 to 501c3 status and work towards creating the league he and many others believes will be a big part of competitive basketball. You can learn more about Scott and Amp1 by visiting their site at http://www.amp1basketball.com.
Tracy Marroquin is our host for this event and the owner of Simply Zinful. She is going to be having a wine tasting and serving snacks in her shop. When asked about hosting the event Tract said “I would love to host this, I enjoy offering opportunities for the community to share and enjoy this space as well as giving all our shops the opportunity to gain new customers”. Tracy also hosts several evening events every month including “First Friday at the Wright Plaza” , “Girls Night out at the Wright Plaza” and an annual Wine Festival. She also added “Our wine festival is in the planning stages already for this year and promises to be bigger and better than last year with more wineries, vendors and some other great surprises. Watch for date and ticket sales opening soon!
Wow! Lots of great stuff, right? I do hope you’ll check out this event. You can join on facebook to get up to the minute information: https://www.facebook.com/events/412649022153769/
If you’re there, please stop by my table. I’d love to chat with you a few minutes and meet you face to face.