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WHERE: Laurel Tree Cottage, 411 N. Third St., Kingston, TN
WHEN: Sat., June 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Rain or shine. Will be inside if rain threatens.
DETAILS: In addition to vendors selling handmade crafts and antiques, ten of our authors will be there with approximately 50 different titles including, Childrens books, Literary and Christian Memoirs, Mysteries, Science Fiction, History, Fantasy and Horror.
Authors participating: Bobbi Chapman, Cheryl Campos, Russell Fine, Frances Gale, Kaye George, BJ Gillum, Don Pardue, Cheryl Peyton, Eva Wike and Wayne Zurl.
The other day I was thinking about our front porch in Montague, Michigan. Growing up it was used as a gathering place where people were welcomed, listened to, encouraged to share, and I believe, felt loved. I never really understood the significance of all of this until mom and dad were gone, and I could no longer sit on that front porch.
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I am participating in a reader-powered process for a publishing contract through Amazon for my novel, "Surviving Stephen."
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Our library in Montague, MI was above the firehouse. I was happy to know I could go there and check out fun books to read. We didn’t have a television so our activities were simple. Reading became an important part of our lives.
One day my father said he had a surprise for me. “I want to show you something, Adele. I’m going to take you to a place where there are many books! We’re going to go to Grossman’s.” (Grossman’s was a very popular department store in Muskegon, MI).
The holidays are over. No more shopping until Valentine's Day. BUT THE GIFTS KEEP COMING. Here's a FREE copy of my award winning first novel in the Sam Jenkins Smoky Mountain mystery series. Simply click on the link and follow the directions to down load your free mobi version (for the Kindle eReader.) If you would like a different version (ePub for Nook and most other eReaders or PDF for PCs and all other devices) just send me an email (the address is provided on the "freebie page") and I'll send it to you.
I hope you enjoy A NEW PROSPECT and plan on visiting Sam Jenkins and all the boys and girls of Prospect PD often.
This piece was destined for a contest that required everyone to begin their story with the line, “Have we met before?” I got that far, but drastically exceeded the word limit. So here we are. I gave the detective/hero of this saga the name Ian MacDonald because I wanted it ending with him getting the girl. And it would have been inappropriate for the long time married Sam Jenkins to do that.
A Too Perfect Crime By Wayne Zurl 2011
I stood in front of her desk holding a gold badge in my hand. She looked on the shy side of fifty and quite beautiful. Instead of delivering my usual line, “Detective MacDonald, county police,” like an idiot I said, “Have we met before?”
She took off a pair of half lens reading glasses, tossed them on her desk, and laughed—one of the sexiest things I’d heard in a long time.
Always the professional, it took me only a moment of feeling like a putz before I replied. “I guess that sounded foolish. Or just the worst line you’ve heard all week.”
Sevierville Convention Center
Vendor info call Shannon at 423-650-1388
Authors confirmed: Dave Hickman & Gale Francesb) Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales, June 9th - July 29th
Contact Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce: 423-421-3205
Several times a year, Bill Gates releasees favorite recent reads, including a summer recommendation list for fellow passionate readers. Gates recently spoke to Time (Magazine) about his new list and his voracious appetite for the written word and the books that have influenced his life and mind. Here are a couple of questions Time posed to Mr. Gates. It offers insight into how a positive genius thinks.
Do you think reading has been essential to your success, and is it to others’?
Absolutely. You don’t really start getting old until you stop learning. Every book teaches me something new or helps me see things differently. I was lucky to have parents who encouraged me to read. Reading fuels a sense of curiosity about the world, which I think helped drive me forward in my career and in the work that I do now with my foundation.