Owners Tracey Bommarito and Sue McCall met each other several years ago and bonded working on Santa shops, art projects, and later on, Sweet Repeats (Tracey’s twice a year children’s consignment shop). It was during the preparations for Sweet Repeats that they visualized the top floor of the old Gass building in historic downtown Dandridge as a shop where they would carry only items handmade or repurposed in Tennessee and occasionally, the surrounding states. A one stop shop for one of a kind items you won’t find anywhere else!
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Available now in softcover on Amazon, my new book is a collection of imagined conversations with my self-possessed three-year-old Havanese dog. From the time we brought Cody home as a ten-week-old puppy, he showed an impudent attitude that I started putting into words in little dialogues I posted on Facebook. Friends liked these and eventually encouraged me to compile them into a book. The result is 125 pages of Cody’s take on dog-related topics like obedience training, boarding at a kennel, and neutering; to human-related topics like holiday celebrations, travel, and cyber-security.
Included in the book are suggestions for future dog owners based on my experiences with Cody. One is: Never get a puppy the same color as your floors; you can easily lose sight of him and panic; or you can trip over him and hurt yourself.
Although Cody got straight A’s in puppy school, he has been disdainful of commands since then. For instance, if I call out “Come!” he runs in the other direction. If I tell him to get off the sofa, he rolls on his back to mock me. Therefore, in most of our little chats he is depicted as condescending and naughty. To be fair, he’s also loving and playful, which I hope comes across, as well.
The book is divided into: Puppyhood (or, the Days of Whine and Noses), The “Willful Ones,” the “Terrible Twos,” and the “Testy Threes.” Each page is complete with one conversation and photograph of the little scamp. It is written for anyone who has grown up loving dogs.
Here are a couple of excerpts:
First Stay in a Kennel
Me: "No, she's just not available. It's a nice kennel. You’ll be able to play with other dogs and not stay in a cage."
Cody: "Will they put ice in my water?"
Me: "Probably not."
Cody: "How about giving me a treat when I do business outside?"
Me: "I'm sure they won't."
Cody: "That’s it. I wanna see my lawyer.
Cody and my Birthday
Me:"Know what I'd like for my birthday?"
Cody: "I don't have any money. I don't even have pockets."
Me: "I don't want a present. I'd just like you to come when I call you for one day."
Cody: "No can do. That's a slippery slope. Leads to sitting and staying on command. Giving paw. Pretty soon I'll turn into a robot. People are losing jobs to robots."
Me: "That's a stretch and just an excuse."
Cody: "It's a principle. But I’ll compromise with you and not knock pillows off the couch just for today."
Cheryl Peyton has a powerful ability to paint a picture with words. Six Minutes to Midnight tells the story of federal agents, charged with the secure transport of nuclear weapons, and a sociopath bent on wreaking havoc on a variety of real and imagined tormentors.
The characters are wonderful, and the best part of this thrilling story. I was particularly impressed with Albert, the primary antagonist. He’s so perfect as a bad guy that you find yourself intensely hating him early in the book. That sentiment doesn’t let up. It grows. The mania he displays is completely believable thanks to a comprehensive, three-dimensional portrait Peyton crafts along the way.
I also liked Henry, who Albert recruits as an accomplice. Henry is wonderfully quirky and borderline insane, but a lot of fun.
Dana, the main protagonist, is also very well done. She comes across just as solid and believable in her role as an agent for good as Albert does in his role as a veritable demon.
The story moves swiftly and is packed with lots of action and well-researched detail. You will want to reserve a nice chunk of your day to read the last fourth or so of the book as it climbs to its thrilling conclusion. You might not be able to put it down during that part. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Cheryl Peyton.
Note to parents: Six Minutes to Midnight is meant for adult audiences. There is a fair amount of profanity sprinkled around in it. None of it is gratuitous and it fits the personality and demeanor of the character responsible for 90% of it, but it’s there – including some “F-bombs” and the “g—d----” thing. It’s not excessive, but I would not recommend the book for kids. There are also some scenes with violence and one with a sexual assault. Again – not gratuitous. These scenes are essential to the storyline. I just always feel obligated to mention things like this in reviews so that parents can make informed decisions about reading material for their kids.
Please feel free to pass THE BOOK SHELF to your friends and family. We're so pleased with Nadine Richmond's accomplishment as editor and producer. Thank you to all the other authors for helping in the first edition. The second edition will be in three months.
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Sit-Rep on the 2017 Maynardville “Thunder Road Author Rally”
There is good news and bad news.
The good: This is a free indoor event in the library and attached senior center, and the attached civic center if the number of participating writers warrants it. You bring your own table. If you absolutely need a table, they will provide one. Chairs are provided. This was the 5thyear for this gathering of writers.
They did a lot of advertising locally and on Facebook.
This year 38 of the 45 writers signed-up actually appeared to set up shop. There was plenty for a shopper to look at.
The library does not ask for a percentage of your sales. They do ask for a donated book(s) to put in their collection, which is the largest number of independent authors within the Tennessee Library System. These books are available to all participating libraries through inter-library loans. The donation is optional.
They even have one or two volunteers to help carry your gear into the sales room.
They administer a giveaway program for any author who would like to display a book(s) as one of their door-prizes.
Every patron/customer is given an author check list to be initialed by each table holder for the customers to qualify for a door prize. This insures everyone visits every table—at least to have their form signed.
After the end of the sale, (1 PM) the library staff sets up a complimentary buffet lunch. It’s partially pot-luck and they ask that if you are eating, you bring something, but that is optional. They will not deny anyone a meal.
The bad: There was fairly limited attendance. Of the AGT members there, I seem to have been the big seller of the day with a whopping 3 books. Russ, BJ, Sharon and Sue each sold one book. I didn’t get Jim Hartsell’s sales information before leaving. Let’s hope Jim checks in with better results, so I can relinquish my dubious honor.
The incidental: This is a very social event. Many of the non-AGT writers all know each other from other book sales all around the state and the area and spend much time socializing. Book sales seem to be immaterial to most/many of the participants.
I'm pleased to announce that my latest book is now available!
Frank Carver continues his adventures in this book. In the first story, The Time Travler, Frank is confronted by a man who wants to report a murder that hasn't happened yet. The man claims to have visions of both past and future events, and he presents Frank with enough evidence to convince him that the man may be telling the truth.
Hello AGT members and website visitors,
My new anthology is in the final stages of publication. I just received the semi-final PDF version that will be used to produce the hardcopies and all eBook versions. Now, the publisher asked me to look for "Advanced Copy" readers who are willing to read the book and within 30 days after it goes up for sale, post a reveiw at Amazon and/or Goodreads.
If anyone is interested, please send me an email address where you'd like this PDF file sent. Please note: This copy contains several typos or errors that have been found and will be corrected before the true final vversoins are released to the public.
Okay, here's the information on the new book:
THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN BANK JOB and other Sam Jenkins Mysteries
Six novelettes originally produced as one hour audio books are now available for the 1st time in print.
Murder in a Wish-Book House
V is for Vitamin?
Fate of a Floozy
The Great Smoky Mountain Bank Job
Hurricane Blow Up
The Butlers Did It
Back cover summary:
When your high school classmate shows up on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List, can your police career get any more interesting? As a favor to a beautiful treasury agent, Prospect, Tennessee’s police chief Sam Jenkins handles a cold case robbery-homicide and clears the forty-three year old mystery of THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN BANK JOB.
In MURDER IN A WISH-BOOK HOUSE, Sam investigates the most grisly murder of his career. Then, in V IS FOR…VITAMIN?, he works with an eighty-four year old partner to solve a suspicious death in a nursing home where all the suspects are well beyond their prime.
Hollywood meets the Smokies in FATE OF A FLOOZY when an academy award winner is murdered during her love affair with a much younger man. HURRICANE BLOW UP and THE BUTLERS DID IT pits Jenkins against some very lethal characters when he tackles eastern European hoods who intend on causing mayhem in Prospect, and bank robbers who flee to the far corners of southern Appalachia to escape capture.
Thank you all,
Rockwood Grand Vista Bay will host a book fair for local authors on November 4, 2017. At present this is a one time event, but may blossom into a regular venue for local writers depending on attendance. Contact AGT member Russ Fine for more details.
Congratulations to Trent Harris and WCYN Cynthiana, KY for an excellent podcast on the Tobacco Wars in Kentucky history. Trent interviewed me about my book, Nick and Viola: A Kentucky Family Tragedy in the Tobacco Wars (1904-1911). He also interviewed Wayne Kearns, a local tobacco farmer whose family also experienced the tobacco wars. Trent is a skillful producer. Perhaps he was inspired to take on this topic because Nick Muntz is his great-great grandfather!
An Authors Guild of Tennessee demonstration at the July meeting at the Faith Lutheran Church in Farragut on how to give a presentation when speaking to a private audience. President Bobbi Phelps Wolverton and board member, Joan McIntee, show their books and table displays. Most members of the Authors Guild give presentations to groups, clubs, and organizations..
On Oct. 24, several AGT authors attended a reception given by Knoxville Soap, Candle and Gifts owner Jodi Bowlin to celebrate the new association between her and the Authors Guild of Tennessee. She is planning to have book-signings and readings by the local authors. You can find out about upcoming events on Jodi's website and on this website.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 29, 2015
Members of the Authors Guild of Tennessee will participate in the 53rd Annual Lenoir City Arts & Crafts Festival, Saturday, June 6, 9 - 5 and Sunday, June 7, 10 - 4. The Festival is held in Lenoir City Park, entrance on Hwy. 321, just south of the Fort Loudoun dam.
Authors Guild of Tennessee (AGT) will be selling books written by sixteen of our authors. Books will be displayed in Booths 128 and 130, three spaces down on the left from the entrance to the Festival.
The 6th Annual Pet Fair at Village Veterinary Medical Center / Dream Katcher Lodge held on Saturday, May 2nd was so much fun! My booth was located next to the German Shepherd Rescue booth at the entrance of Dream Katcher Lodge; it’s a good thing, for me, that they did not bring rescue dogs with them or I would have something else to write about!
The second book in the Mobis Trilogy is now available.
The Bintorga Tree continues the story of Amara Hanahban from the first book, The Last Senoobians, as she travels to Nanzema to start a new life among the Bretin after leaving her family and friends on Karyntis.
The Authors Guild of Tennessee is a newly-formed association of independently-published writers who live in our area. While some of the books are set in East Tennessee, the books cover a broad spectrum of subjects and interests including: mystery, crime-noir, childrens literature, poetry, true-life novels, science fiction, humor and biography.
The writers started the group to better serve the public by offering their books in collaboration and personally through book-signings and meet-the-author events, several of which have been scheduled for this summer and fall, with others to be determined for the future.