Don't forget to meet me Saturday in Smithville at the Craft Fair and Bazaar at Smithville Church of God, Smithville, TN, beginning at 8:00 a.m. I should be there at least until noon. Bring your book if you have already purchased it and I would love to sign it. Otherwise, I will have books with me.
Thanks to all that came to my husband's retirement party this past weekend. It was a great time of reuniting but a little sad at changing direction in his life. But good times are ahead. Hope to be able to do more signings and speaking at genealogy societies, writers groups, and book clubs. Would love to come to where you are. Just message me.
Due to scheduling conflicts, the signing at the Lawrence County Library in Lawrenceburg, Tn is being rescheduled to November 17 from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. I hope this does not inconvenience anyone. It would mean a lot to me to see family and friends there. Visiting with my schoolmates from Loretto High (AND Leoma Elementary) would be an added bonus. Come by and say HI.
Tomorrow (Saturday), I will be in North Carolina, again in Jackson County. This time for another HOOPER reunion. I can hardly wait to meet these distant cousins and share a meal with them.
I then hurry back on Saturday and will be speaking to a group at the Daisy Church on "Leaving a Legacy". RUSH< RUSH. But FUN FUN.
I will tell you more about this later as plans are completed, but it looks as though I will be speaking and signing books in McMinnville, Tn, in historic downtown, at the Highland Rim Music and Art. The speaking section, if chosen, will be on taking those wonderful stories you have heard when doing your genealogy to story form, either for family enjoyment or a book....making them either totally fact, or if you are writing fiction, how to use them in your book. I love to have question and answer time at the end. Many of you are from that area, and I would love to see you there. You can come only for the signing if the lecture part is not your cup of tea.
Hendersonville, TN...a signing is coming your way in the near future. Hope to see every one!!!!
As most of you know, Sam is retiring from pastoring churches at the end of this month. This will give us more time for promoting my book and traveling. I have mixed emotions. I will miss this life that I have lived for about 40 years, but we are ready to reinvent ourselves....him in some other type of ministry perhaps and me taking my writing forward to new areas.
Speaking of writing....the book is moving along. I joined a group here in Chattanooga called the Southern Belle Lettres last night. They appear to be a great group, and I am excited about getting to know them and learn about the stories they write.
See you soon, I hope.
What a great day this has been. Really it has been a great WEEK. The signing at Clyde W. Roddy Library in Dayton was amazing!! Sold lots of book and enjoyed being with employees of Rhea Medical Center and even my boss, Dr. Lackey. You all are so supportive. It would be hard to tell you how much I appreciate you.
Sylva, North Carolina (Jackon County)was icing on the cake. This is the very place that "Revenge" took place. Time after time today, I heard things like, "I LOVED you book." "I could not put it down." And a lovely gentleman from the Genealogical Society of Jackson County took me to meet soooo many people and introduced me and told them I was the author of the book "Revenge" they have all been talking about. : ) Another great thing is I went by City Lights Bookstore in Sylva to purchase a fellow writer's book, "Tales From the Porch" by Curtis Blanton. While there, they caught my name and asked if i had any books with me and they wanted to carry it now. JOY!!!!! There is no place better than Sylva to give me that happy feeling for carrying my book.
The Tuckiseegee Lodge had sold all the books I had left with them the last time I was there and they wanted more, so I restocked them. YAY.
Thank all you that are faithful readers, that have told your friends and family about my book, and that encourage me with your requests for the next book in the series ASAP. :)
I looked on FB and saw a friends son had turned 14 and felt this sense of shock go through me. Surely not!! Wasn't it just yesterday he was born? 14 years has passed in a blur of activity. Did I enjoy those years and could I savor their memories?
I realize we live so much of our lives in a time that is not "now", but rather yesterday or tomorrow, next week, next year. I felt a jolt of the realization that hope formnext year is somewhat (lol) more limited than before. How would a person go about living every moment to its fullest? Maybe some of you have thoughts on this you could share with the rest of us. My first thought was "that sounds like a big job to me". To consciously grab each and every moment and draw from it the sweetness. Yet I desire to do just that. My moments might last 30 minutes with a sweet grandchild(ren) or a walk in nature at the changing of a season, but I shall breathe in deep the joy of the activity.
Speaking of activity, LOL, I will be at the Clyde W Roddy Library in Dayton TN this Thursday afternoon from 4-6 p.m. I would love to see friends and readers there. If you already have a book and want it signed, i will be glad to do that. There will be books that can be purchased for $10 each, and I will be signing. Just come by and say hello!
In spite of last's week ER visit and fever over the weekend, the book has progressed. I am right at 2/3 finished with the book.
"Sorrow" continues to sell and I love the feedback I am getting from the readers, like "I could not put it down", "I am ready for the next one. I can't wait", and "I have told everyone I know that reads that they have to read this book". Thank you so much for sharing these with me. It keeps me writing!!!
The Hoopers and Watsons are dealing with "bad blood" in the next book. Life is never easy in the North Carolina Mountains, even at the eve of the turn of the century. It is 1895 in Jackson County as I write. Children have married. Babies have and are being born. I can't wait until you read it.
I had a really great weekend with a group of wonderful ladies in Pigeon Forge where I spoke at their retreat. I heard great testimonies and wonderful reports. They were awesome.
On the way home, I went by Jackson County North Carolina, the setting for Revenge. (It will also be the setting for "Bad Blood" that will be out before too long.) I enjoyed showing a friend all the places that are vital to the book and show her the town of Sylva. We ate at "Hoopers" restaurant on Main Street. It is the most beautiful town. I met some people from Florida, that bought my book and I signed it for them. They were the sweetest couple, soon to be married 49 years. I talked with a gentleman at Hoopers that knew my cousins. It was almost like it was my hometown (LOL).
Being there inspired me all over again and I wrote on "Bad Blood" like a mad-woman last night. I plan on doing the same every night and all through the weekend for the next two weeks. Talk to you soon and hopefully meet you at the number of signings I have in October.
This weekend I will be speaking on Saturday to a group of ladies in Pigeon Forge. Soooo excited about this. There is nothing like a group of ladies when we get together. LET THE FUN BEGIN!!!
Last week's signing at Waynesboro was super. But since then, sales have dwindled a little (the first major slowdown and concerned me.. I am new at this.). I would love for any of you that will to post my book again on your FB or websites to see if there is someone of your friends that may have meant to buy it but have forgotten about it. I welcome all reviews on Amazon and all the book sites you may belong to (i.e. Goodreads, etc).
Looking foward to October and into November when the signings are more frequent. I hope to meet many more of you.
I am writing on "Bad Blood" but need to kick it in high gear. When I am away at signings, it will give me a great opportunity to concentrate on writing in between.
Keep thinking about me....and tell others. I think about you,my readers, more than you know. Your encouragement keeps me going.
I will be at the Wayne County Public Library in Waynesboro TN on September 15 from 10:00 until 1:00. Come by and see me. It's just after homecoming game the night before, so hopefully lots of you will be in town. Also there is a huge festival on the Square in town. FUN FUN!!!!
I have added another tentative signing in North Carolina in October (more about this another day).
We dedicated three new additions to our family this weekend at church. My son and daughter-in-law were blessed with three beautful siblings all under five years of age (when they got them). All was final in July and this was a super weekend of dedication and making them a permanent part of the PHILLIPS family (we actually already had but this was a formality).. We had 6 in a horse show on Saturday. 15 grandchildren. WOW!!! I would have never believed it if you told me this back in High School. (LOL).
Writing on Bad Blood is exciting but having to push to find the time the last week. Next week HAS to be better.
See you Wayne Countians on Saturday. I will have books with me if you have not already gotten yours.
Woohoo. I am sitting at almost one-half finished on BAD BLOOD. Then the real work starts. EDITING!!! Then sending to the editor!! It's a process.
PLUS I will definitively be at the Wayne County Public Library in Waynesboro TN on September 15 from 10:00 until 1:00. Come by and see me.
This week I have been working as Photographer at the Senior Adult Retreat on Signal Mountain, taking pictures and preparing a DVD for them to take home. It has been so much fun. My sister was a great help too.
My book was going like hot cakes up here on the mountain. At the same time, I was selling on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback. WOW. Great fun.
I wrote on the next book "Bad Blood" this week also. It came easily (not always the case in writing) as I wrote more about Nathe and his colorful family!!
Everything seems to be set for the signing in Waynesboro, TN on Sept 15 at Wayne County Public Library. Hope to see all friends and readers (new-found friends) there if you live in that vicinity.
Ann Phillips, Tennessee native with roots in North Carolina, mother of 5, grandmother of 15 and loving life..