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Speakers for AGT Meetings, Jan. 2018 to Jan. 2019

Feb. 1st         -      Jim Farmer:  Humorous excerpts from my seven books...

 

March 1st    -     Ray Strobo:  I will talk about the book, "Founding Fathers: Atheists? Deists? Are You Sure?", how it came to be, why I think it is significant, how the Christian might use it as a resource, and some interesting facts about some of the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence the audience may not know.

 

April 5th         -   Jody Dyer:  I plan to compare/contrast different publishing platforms my clients and I are

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RECYCLE: Tin Cans into Cars or Deleted Scenes into Short Stories

 

Shake and Bake and Double-O Buckshot

By Wayne Zurl

 

This story was fabricated from an outtake which originally appeared in the Sam Jenkins novel, A NEW PROSPECT. I reworked it to create a stand-alone story. The scene was deleted prior to publication because it didn’t provide ancillary support to the basic storyline. It’s based on two actual incidents which took place in New York in the 1970s.

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Cheryl Peyton
Mesmerizing story with enough local color and details to put the reader in the middle of the action. I loved the interruptions in ... Read More
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:14
Kaye George
Lovely story! Thanks for the great read before I dive into my own work today.
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:55
Wayne Zurl
Thank you, Ladies.
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 16:07
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Review of The Great Smoky Mountain Bank Job by Wayne Zurl


 

This is a very readable collection of Zurl’s stories. He has put out several volumes of Sam Jenkins tales. As usual, these are on the long side for short stories, but you’ll zip through them. Jenkins, the sheriff of tiny Prospect, located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, solves six mysteries with the help of his Sergeant, Bettye Lambert, and others.

 

I think the title story was my favorite, but I liked them all. Jenkins is a transplant to Tennessee from the New York police department, as is Zurl himself. I especially thought “The Butlers Did It” was cleverly done. All the characters come off the page and the settings are authentic and real, too. The stories will stay with you after you’ve enjoyed them. Highly recommended for mystery readers.

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Review of The Great Smoky Mountain Bank Job and other Sam Jenkins Mysteries

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This is a very readable collection of Zurl’s stories. He has put out several volumes of Sam Jenkins tales. As usual, these are on the long side for short stories, but you’ll zip through them. Jenkins, the sheriff of tiny Prospect, located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, solves six mysteries with the help of his Sergeant, Bettye Lambert, and others.

 

I think the title story was my favorite, but I liked them all. Jenkins is a transplant to Tennessee from the New York police department, as is Zurl himself. I especially thought “The Butlers Did It” was cleverly done. All the characters come off the page and the settings are authentic and real, too. The stories will stay with you after you’ve enjoyed them. Highly recommended for mystery readers.

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Wayne Zurl
Thank you, Kaye. I appreciate the review. Glad you liked the book.
Sunday, 18 February 2018 07:26
Kaye George
You're welcome! I posted on Amazon under another name. Sorry about my clumsy attempts to load this review. It's been a while since... Read More
Sunday, 18 February 2018 11:31
Wayne Zurl
Thanks again.
Sunday, 18 February 2018 12:29
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Interview with Farragut Press Published

There are two errors in this article. 1) My father is still very much alive and 2) My third novel, Talisgate, is NOT complete. It's just getting started. Otherwise, this is a pretty cool article about me in a local newspaper.

http://www.farragutpress.com/articles/2018/01/6925.php

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Kaye George
Very nice!
Thursday, 25 January 2018 11:18
Wayne Zurl
Excellent interview, Tilmer. Congratulations.
Thursday, 25 January 2018 13:43
Tilmer Wright Jr.
I repeatedly mentioned the AGT during the interview, but she didn't include that in her article. I was hoping she would publish my... Read More
Thursday, 25 January 2018 14:04
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Future Book Signing at Barnes and Nobel

Kelly Flemings, community Business Develpment Manager of Barnes and Nobel in Chattanooga recently contacted new AGT member Denise Sherriff to discuss a potential book signing for her book, Kairos Moments, on Saturday, March 24th, at 2:00 p.m.   Mr. Flemings told Denise he was very impressed with her book and the presentation she had left for him. He further advised that he had ordered copies for the store and would be tracking their sales.    Congratulations to Denise. We're proud of you.   
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Susan L Kite
Always wonderful when Barnes and Noble takes an interest. Congrats Denise. BTW Kelly is a guy. he is a great supporter of local au... Read More
Friday, 19 January 2018 21:57
Wayne Zurl
Congratulations, Denise. The Chattanooga B&N sounds like it's very different than its Knoxville counterpart. Thanks for posting th... Read More
Saturday, 20 January 2018 06:28
Kaye George
I got a very good reception the one time I was in the store and talked to someone about a signing. I couldn't follow up, at the ti... Read More
Saturday, 20 January 2018 10:36
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A Tribute to the Late Robert B. Parker

 

Whenever someone asks me what well-known author has influenced my writing most, I tell them the late Robert B. Parker. Parker in turn had been greatly influenced by Raymond Chandler. So, I’ll assume some of his style rubbed off on me, too. Characters like Spenser and Marlowe are good role models for any all-American boy.

 

In January of 2010, Parker passed away in his Boston townhouse. I was then attending an on-line writer’s workshop called thenextbigwriter.com. News of Parker’s death made the rounds of the daily forums and elicited many sad comments and kind words. A lot of people, me included, would miss him and the characters he created.

 

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Kaye George
This is beautiful, Wayne! I enjoyed it.
Thursday, 18 January 2018 10:33
Tilmer Wright Jr.
I absolutely love the image of the landscape being glazed over like a "cheap doughnut". That gave me a chuckle and made me like th... Read More
Thursday, 18 January 2018 10:47
Wayne Zurl
Thanks, Kaye & Tilmer.
Thursday, 18 January 2018 11:00
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Eureka-what?

Recently, while trying to market my books of “science-flavored” poems, I encountered what I think is an interesting problem.  To help expose this problem and reveal a potential solution, I need to set the stage with some important context.

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My web site is finally online

 

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New You Tube video

Decided 'tis the time to blatantly advertise, so I made a You Tube video. I haven't graduated to doing anything fancy, but here is my latest. Let me know what you think. I have pasted the link. Hopefully it will take you right there. I have tried the embed video option, so if one doesn't work, perhaps the other one will?

thanks!

 

https://youtu.be/SSXoF1BX_SI

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Susan L Kite RECYCLE: Tin Cans into Cars or Deleted Scenes into Short Stories
22 February 2018
Another great story, Wayne. I have to agree with Cheryl. You have made this into a terrific stand alone.
Kaye George RECYCLE: Tin Cans into Cars or Deleted Scenes into Short Stories
21 February 2018
Lovely story! Thanks for the great read before I dive into my own work today.
Cheryl Peyton RECYCLE: Tin Cans into Cars or Deleted Scenes into Short Stories
21 February 2018
Mesmerizing story with enough local color and details to put the reader in the middle of the action. I loved the interruptions in Sam's story that built anticipation. As usual, you've written taut dialogue without padding. Really good short story. Th...

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