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The May 2018 Edition

Exciting Projects Are Ahead For 2018-19

I don’t have launch dates yet, but I’m sure looking forward to the release of the next book in the Vendetta Stone series sometime later this year, as well as participating in at least one, possibly two anthologies.

With John Neely Davis at the 2016 Southern Festival of Books in downtown Nashville.

This morning (May 7), I attended a planning meeting of the Harpeth River Writers for a 2019 anthology that is projected for summer release. We’ve got a theme, and we’re all busy writing. This is the second anthology produced by the River Harpeth Writers, following up on 2015’s By Blood or By Marriage.

For the new unnamed project, we’ll have 10 past and present members of the Harpeth River Writers contributing short stories, poetry and flash fiction. Besides myself, local authors in the Harpeth River Writers Anthology include Sandy Ward Bell, Suzanne Webb Brunson, Catherine Caffey, John Neely Davis, Ruth Lebovitz, Micki Fuhrman, Catherine Moore, Michael J. Tucker, and Bill Woods. They’re all gifted writers and great folks.

Robert Randisi and Clay Stafford at the 2016 Killer Nashville conference.

The other anthology I hope to take part in this coming year will be published by Clay Stafford Books. Clay is the founder of Killer Nashville, the annual writers conference held each August (click here to see 2018 guests). I don’t know a lot about the project, except its title Killer Nashville Presents … First Kills and that I was invited to submit a short story.

A number of other books are in the Clay Stafford Books queue, and I wish Clay all the success he deserves in this new venture. They’re going to be a lot of fun, and we hope you’ll be a part of these projects as loyal readers.

BOOKS MAKE GREAT GIFTS: As I write this, Mother’s Day is just a few lunar cycles away, and we’re all making plans to treat someone special in our lives. A day (or night) on the town complete with luncheon and a bouquet of flowers are wonderful ideas … but consider a book or gift card to your favorite bookstore.

Always remember, food nourishes the body, but books nourish the soul.

In the Authors Circle booth at the 2018 Main Street Festival.

LOOKING BACK: I was one of a dozen authors who participated in the Authors Circle booth last month at the Franklin Main Street Festival along with Bill Peach, Kathy Rhodes, Dr. Sally Burbank, Reba Stanley, Debbie and Tim Bishop, plus a few newcomers.

Later this year, you’ll find local author groups at the events like Fall Fest at the Hermitage, Killer Nashville, the Southern Festival of Books, Dickens of a Christmas, and perhaps a few others. And you’ll catch some of us at Parnassus Books and other venues. Local author Ken Vanderpool has a new book Kill The Music that he’ll be debuting at some of these fall events. Watch for it!

Hope you’ll support local authors.

And as always … thanks for reading.


61 thoughts on “The May 2018 Edition

  1. Tom, I have been reading Vendetta Stone with delight and can hardly put it down. Thank you for an exciting thriller.

    I don’t normally write authors about mistakes or typos I come across but I did catch James Michener in one in Centennial where he mentions The Old Rugged Cross being one of the hymns sung at an early camp meeting years before George Bennard (1873-1958) wrote it. That all goes to say, I’ve found only one typo so far in Vendetta. (p. 257, 4th paragraph – “…what I in mind…” needs to be “what I had in mind.” A very minor omission which you’ve probably caught already.

    Keep up the good work and thanks.


    • Sharp eye, John. I’ll have to double-check if I caught that one. Glad you’re enjoying Vendetta Stone. The sequel is targeted for a spring launch.

  2. It was great to meet you Tom at the Southern Festival of Books!
    Alan Lewis said for me to contact you. He says you do a lot of presentations at various book festivals. Is it possible to participate as an author. I am a published author in 4 genres 14x. ThorntonCline.com

    Look forward to hearing from you.

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