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Jim Hartsell speaks to the audience at Union Avenue Books on National Authors Day.

Jim Hartsell of Authors Guild of Tennessee was a featured author at the Nov. 1 National Authors Day event. Here he is talking about his winning entry book, Pushing Back, which is the first in his Boone Series, the story of a teenager on the fringes of society. In this book, Boone is sixteen years old when his family disintegrates, forcing the young man to navigate the world on his own.

He doesn’t have looks, or money, or education going for him, but he’s a decent human being trying to grow up with the odds stacked against him. He is often belittled or ignored, but like others out there on the edge of things, he has a story that deserves to be heard. “Pushing Back” is told from Boone’s point of view.

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Inspirational Quote for the Day, by Randall Carpenter

By: Randall L. Carpenter on Sat, 07 Dec 2019
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In life, we can’t walk in the shoes of others, but we can see the footprints they make. We don’t know the struggles they carry, but... Read More

Libros en Español

By: Jim Hartsell on Fri, 15 Nov 2019
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I’m pleased to announce the publication today of Spanish translations of my three children’s books. They, along with their English ... Read More


Oklahoma Book Festival

By: Susan Kite on Fri, 27 Sep 2019
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I had an incredible experience last Saturday. I attended the 2nd annual Oklahoma Book Festival as a guest presenter. It was only for my... Read More


Podcasting of "Pushing Back" continues with Chap. 7

By: Jim Hartsell on Wed, 15 May 2019
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The newest installment of Boone’s story finds him taking the truck out on the road for the first time, taking stock of his meager a... Read More


Great News!

By: Susan Kite on Thu, 02 May 2019
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Thought I would finally post my good news. I have had my kid's story, The Legend of Billy Bob Flybottom picked up by Doodle and Pe... Read More


Chapter Four of "Pushing Back" released today

By: Jim Hartsell on Wed, 24 Apr 2019
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The fourth chapter of my podcast of "Pushing Back," the first book in the Boone series, can be found along with chapters 1-3 here as we... Read More