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AGT in the Smokies

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Wonderful picture of our Authors in the recent fair in the Smokies,

Photo taken by Dave Hickman

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Local Authors Festival & Craft Fair

 

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. 

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Our Front Porch

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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Support My Kindle Scout Campaign


I need your help!

 

I am participating in a reader-powered process for a publishing contract through Amazon for my novel, "Surviving Stephen."

Here's how it works: Readers browse book campaigns by authors and nominate books that they think deserve a publishing contract with Kindle Press. Amazon takes note of which books readers want and awards contracts accordingly.

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A Special Book

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).

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Tilmer Wright Jr.
Adele - I absolutely love this story. I have two teenage daughters. I have struggled their entire lives to try to be a good and lo... Read More
Friday, 31 March 2017 15:35
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FREE eBook for members and visitors

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. 

http://waynezurl.authorreach.com

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A TOO PERFECT CRIME...A summertime police story by Wayne Zurl

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.”

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First, I love the title. Goes well with your Sam Spade/Philip Marlowe-style slick plot and spare dialogue. As usual, you have a su... Read More
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Upcoming AGT Events & Opportunities to Showcase your Books

June 2017 a) Summertime in the Smokies, June 9th & 10th (10 am to 6 pm) -11th (10 am to 5 pm)

Sevierville Convention Center

Vendor info call Shannon at 423-650-1388

Authors confirmed: Dave Hickman & Gale Frances

b) Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales, June 9th - July 29th

Gatlinburg, TN

Contact Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce: 423-421-3205

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New writer's marketing forum

My friend, author Micheal Maxwell, has started a writer's marketing forum that will discuss ways to obtain more reviews, build a larger fan base and do a better overall job of marketing your books through the Internet. Anyone interested take a look at https://authorreach.mn.co/share/CTr2xtzYqRpF5MIB Membership if free.
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I joined Micheal's marketing forum at the beginning. I just finished reading an interview Micheal had with a reporter in the UK na... Read More
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Cheryl Peyton
You're welcome. I corrected pronoun.
Friday, 02 June 2017 22:44
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WHY BILL GATES READS

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.

 

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I'm particularly struck by Bill Gates' conclusions that, "You really don't start getting old until you stop learning," and "Every ... Read More
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Wayne Zurl A TOO PERFECT CRIME...A summertime police story by Wayne Zurl
22 June 2017
Thanks, Cheryl. I tried to tell this short story with almost all dialogue. I hope Raymond Chandler would approve.
Cheryl Peyton A TOO PERFECT CRIME...A summertime police story by Wayne Zurl
22 June 2017
First, I love the title. Goes well with your Sam Spade/Philip Marlowe-style slick plot and spare dialogue. As usual, you have a sure-hand with your style using smart banter between your characters. I liked the addition here of the Sherlock Holmesian ...
Cheryl Peyton New writer's marketing forum
03 June 2017
You're welcome. I corrected pronoun.
Cheryl Peyton New writer's marketing forum
03 June 2017
I joined Micheal's marketing forum at the beginning. I just finished reading an interview Micheal had with a reporter in the UK named Fiona, who asked him: "Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a publish...

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