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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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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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FREE Guide on How to Write a Book in 20 Steps by a Best Selling Author

Best selling writer Jerry B. Jenkins (no relation to my recurring main charaster, Sam Jenkins, or to my maternal side of the family) has asked me to post a link to his new guide on how to write a book in 20 steps from beginning to end on my personal website. After doing that, I thought the AGT members might be interested in obtaining a copy. Here's the link to Jerry's site.  https://www.jerryjenkins.com/how-to-write-a-book/

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Cheryl Peyton
I recommend that every writer take advantage of this free offer. The guide is written in clear, simple sentences and the suggestio... Read More
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 18:04
Wayne Zurl
Cheryl, I downloaded it, too. If we each learn one thing, we're ahead of the game. Maybe Jerry will learn something from one of us... Read More
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 19:02
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Fishing for Elvis

Another tale of growing up in the south, written by my sister, Penny C. Lofton - please visit her website, https://growingupsouthern.net, to read more of her stories.....

 

OCTOBER 7, 2017 ONEPENNYTHOUGHTS

 

It was an annual tradition in our small southern hometown. Everyone gathered at the little lake in the middle of town for the annual 4th of July picnic, games and the ever important “Fishing Contest.”

Being a family of five kids, it was a free event that soon became the highlight of our summers. Sure we had a bigger lake for swimming, biking down the hills until we fell into someone’s front yard or the opportunity to go up the tower in town and spit down at the tourists, but it was this fishing contest that always became our nemesis. None of the kids in the family had ever won this fishing contest, though we tried with every kind of bait you could buy or make. We felt that the rule of using cane poles was what was holding us back. Whoever caught the big one with a cane pole? Worse than that was that one of the requirements was we had to build our own cane pole. Lord Almighty, insult upon insult.

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Lolly Gagging and Dilly Dallying

One of my sister's short stories from her website, https://growingupsouthern.net - tales from our childhood..... 

JULY 13, 2017 ONEPENNYTHOUGHTS

 

It was another scorcher of a day in central Florida. The kind of day that when they said you could fry an egg on the sidewalk and you went and got an egg just to try it out.

We four kids were on the side yard, lying in the shade of the big oak tree. The grass was at least three degrees cooler there than in the sun, but it was three degrees we enjoyed. Our Mother, still pregnant, apparently decided to step outside and try to motivate us. “Why are you kids lolly gagging and dilly dallying around? Don’t you have anything better to do today?” she questioned. We knew better than to remark that she, herself, had been sequestered on a rocking chair most of the day. Her mood had not been what you would want to call happy since the rising heat caught up with her rising belly, so we stepped lightly. “We’re trying to think of something to do,” I answered, knowing that it would buy us some time. It worked because she went back inside, probably to the rocker, but I wasn’t gonna question her.

“I wonder,” I said aloud to no one in particular, “just who is lolly or gagging or dilly or dallying? If I had a choice, I want to be Dilly,” I announced. Well, I had their attention now because I saw their heads move. “What do you mean?” questioned the older sister. “Do you think Mom and Dad have renamed us these ridiculous names for some reason?,” I asked. “It seems as though she always calls us Lolly Gagging Dilly and Dallying. If she didn’t have intentions of calling us by our Christian names but rather by these somewhat silly names, I would think there has been a change that we don’t know about,” I explained to the heathen surrounding me. I felt like a lawyer in some of those Gunsmoke shows we watched. I turned to my side to get a better look at my audience.

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It seems as though this ice cream run happened yesterday the way Penny tells the story; and she perfectly captures the mental gymn... Read More
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 12:51
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A Writer's Poem

(Something all writers can identify with - written  by my sister, Penny Lofton.....I invite you to visit her website, https://growingupsouthern.net, to read her hilarious stories about growing up in the south)

 

I'm sitting here and I hear Simon & Garfunkel's song "The Sound of Silence" and thought... I could write a song to that music about writing! Here it is! Sing along to the tune of "The Sound of Silence" and have a laugh.

Hello keyboard my old friend I’ve come to type with you again ‘cause a story softly creeping Left its words while I was sleeping And the thoughts that were left are planted in my brain and still remain … until I write the story

Within my thoughts I walk alone I know the story must be done ‘Neith the shadow of my frenzied fright I know the words must be just right When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of the laptop light I curse the night … until I write the story

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Tilmer Wright Jr.
Great! Gave me a good chuckle this morning. Thanks for sharing.
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Cheryl Peyton
Gaile, I'm glad you shared a sample of your sister Penny's clever pieces. I'd say she doesn't have writer's block at all. I actual... Read More
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 09:54
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A Powerful Story about Guns in America

Wayne Zurl has written and shared with us a sad but powerfully moving story about guns in America. He has broad experience in this area and it shows in his writing. He describes in brilliant detail the pain and trauma suffered by victims of gun violence in our country. "Paper Trail" is a story about the senseless killing of children and adults at the hands of a psychopath and the frustration of law enforcement who must deal with the aftermath of such horrific acts. As the slaughter of innocents continues unabated, we should all be ashamed for we allow such carnage by not standing up and defiantly saying, "Enough!" How many of our children, mothers, fathers husbands and wives must die before sensible gun control laws are passed to limit the violence? This is a story for all of us. 

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All I can say is amen!
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Wayne Zurl The Dreaded Thought of Gun Control
11 October 2017
Thanks, Bobbi. I'll bet the marmots weren't happy.
bobbi Chapman The Dreaded Thought of Gun Control
11 October 2017
I absolutely agree, Tilmer. At my son's school in Idaho, the kids would bring guns to school and leave them in their pickups. After school, the kids would hunt ducks, geese, and marmots. There was never a problem.Bobbi
Wayne Zurl FREE Guide on How to Write a Book in 20 Steps by a Best Selling Author
10 October 2017
Cheryl, I downloaded it, too. If we each learn one thing, we're ahead of the game. Maybe Jerry will learn something from one of us.
Cheryl Peyton FREE Guide on How to Write a Book in 20 Steps by a Best Selling Author
10 October 2017
I recommend that every writer take advantage of this free offer. The guide is written in clear, simple sentences and the suggestions are practical, realistic, and helpful. I opted for the download to keep for reference.
Cheryl Peyton Lolly Gagging and Dilly Dallying
10 October 2017
It seems as though this ice cream run happened yesterday the way Penny tells the story; and she perfectly captures the mental gymnastics kids go through to scam their parents. This brought back pleasant memories of hi-jinks I pulled with other idle m...

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