Events In February

Thursday 02/02/12 – 6:00 p.m.

 Carolyn McSparren discusses and signs  One Hoof In The Grave :A Merry Abbott Carriage Driving Mystery Book 2

“”This was a detailed, enjoyable mystery with convincing characters and an engaging plot…made me excited about author Carolyn McSparren. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future, which is probably one of the highest compliments I can give an author.” — Mrs. Hall’s Book Sandwich Blog on The Cart Before The Corpse

Saturday February 4th, 1:00 p.m Berenice Denton discussing & signing “Pass it on: Wild Tales & Estate Sales of Berenice Denton”.

Tuesday, 02/07/12 6:00 p.m.- Gin Phillips signs and discusses Come In And Cover Me- When Ren was only twelve years old, she lost her older brother, Scott, to a car crash. Since then, Scott has been a presence in her life, appearing as a snatch of song or a reflection in the moonlight. Now, twenty-five years later, her talent for connecting with the ghosts around her has made her especially sensitive as an archaeologist. More than just understanding the bare outline of how our ancestors lived, Ren is dedicated to re-creating lives and stories, to breathing life into those who occupied this world long before us. Now she is on the cusp of the most important discovery of her career, and it is ghosts who are guiding her way. But what do two long-dead Mimbres women have to tell Ren about herself? And what message do they have about her developing relationship with a fellow archaeologist, the first man to really know her since her brother’s death? Come In and Cover Me is the moving story of a woman learning to let go of the past in order to move forward with her own future. Written with the same warmth and depth of feeling that drew readers to The Well and the Mine, Phillips’s debut, Come In and Cover Me is a haunting and engrossing new novel.

Thursday February 9th, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.- Stephanie McAfee signs and discusses Diary Of A Mad Fat Girl- Graciela “Ace” Jones is mad:mad at her best friend Lilly who cancels their annual trip to Panama City for mysterious reasons; at her boss Catherine for “riding her ass like a fat lady on a Rascal scooter;” at her friend Chloe’s abusive husband; and especially at Mason McKenzie, the love of her life, who has shown up with a marriage proposal three years too late. Ace is never mad, though, at her near-constant companion, an adorable chiweenie dog named Buster Loo. Ace’s anger begins to dissipate as she takes matters into her own hands to take down Chloe’s philandering husband-and to get to the bottom of a multitude of other scandals plaguing Bugtussle, Mississippi. Then, she starts to realize that maybe Mason deserves a second chance after all. With a sharp and distinctive voice, Stephanie McAfee delivers a hilarious and fast-paced tale about Ace Jones and her two best friends-thick as thieves and tough as nails-navigating Southern small-town politics and prejudices, finding love, and standing up for each other all the way.

Satuday 11th, 1:00 p.m- In mid-1950s Memphis, Tennessee, twelve-year-old Molly Flanagan struggles with double vision, family drama, piano lessons, and her own self-confidence, all while feeling pulled between the religious instruction of her Catholic godmother, Byrd, and her puritanical, Baptist grandmother, Willie. Molly ultimately decides to put her faith in the Holy Ghost to protect her from the impending dangers of snakes, eye operations, piano recitals, hell, and all other looming disasters. In Margaret Skinner’s capable hands, Molly’s search for grace in the midst of trying times for her family and neighborhood is both poignant and insightful.

Thursday, February 16th 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. L. A. Weatherly discusses and signs her books Angel Fire and Angel Burn-Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces, and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil. In the first book in an action-packed, romantic trilogy, L..A. Weatherly sends readers on a thrill-ride of a road trip – and depicts the human race at the brink of a future as catastrophic as it is deceptively beautiful.

They’re out for your soul . . . and they don’t have heaven in mind.

Saturday, February 18th, 1:00 p.m.- Laurie Triplette discusses and signs Gimme Some Sugar, Darlin- Triplette pokes affectionate fun at being Southern while recording two centuries of culinary and cultural experiences in every Southern state. With over 700 recipes for both classic and modern Southern dishes plus essays and glossaries about Southern food and folk ways, the cookbook leads novices as well as insiders into the heart of Southern cooking.

Thursday, February 21st, 1:00 p.m.- William Gandy signs and discusses Grandma’s Big Vote- Mary Alice Gandy was featured on many of the major networks in 2008.  At the age of 106, she was the oldest first- time voter in America, perhaps in the world. Her grandson, local businessman William Gandy, has written a book about his grandmother’s decision to vote; offering inspiration to each of us that it’s never too late to become involved in our political process.

Tuesday, February 28th 6:00 p.m. Taylor Polites signs and discusses his new book, The Rebel Wife-Augusta Branson was born into antebellum Southern nobility during a time of wealth and prosperity, but now all that is gone, and she is left standing in the ashes of a broken civilization. When her errant  husband dies suddenly of a mysterious blood plague, she must fend for herself and her young son. Slowly she begins to wake to the reality of her new life: her social standing is stained by her marriage; she is alone and unprotected in a community that is being destroyed by racial prejudice and violence; the fortune she thought she would inherit does not exist; and the deadly blood fever is spreading fast. Nothing is as she believed, everyone she knows is hiding something, and Augusta needs someone to trust. Somehow she must find the truth amid her own illusions about the past and the courage to cross the boundaries of hate, so strong, dangerous, and very close to home. Using the Southern Gothic tradition to explode literary archetypes like the chivalrous Southern gentleman, the good mammy, and the defenseless Southern belle, The Rebel Wife shatters the myths that still cling to the antebellum South and creates an unforgettable heroine for our time.

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