The August 2021 First Edition

Pigskin, Papers and Publications: August Has Football, Writing and Killer Nashville Ahead

By TOM WOOD / AUGUST 10, 2021

Now that the Music City Grand Prix is in the rearview mirror, let’s turn our attention to my three-pronged passion for books, football and newspapers … not necessarily in that order.

High schools, colleges and the NFL are all in camp and the Titans’ first preseason game is Friday, Aug. 13 at Atlanta, which is intriguing because of players and coaches who switched addresses. Former Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith took over as the Falcons coach and then hired former Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees. Meanwhile, the Titans landed gifted wide receiver Julio Jones after he spent 10 sparkling years in Atlanta.

I am currently working on a college football preview for the Nashville Ledger. I also have a couple of other newspaper assignments in progress, including a story for Main Street-Nashville, a new online paper that you really should check out. I am glad to be part of their team.

Between my newspaper writing assignments, I’m pleased to announce that two of my Harpeth River Writers colleagues launch their new books. HRW, with eight active members, is a critique group that shares and edits each other’s works, so I have had a look at both and heartily recommend them.

John Neely Davis is one of the veterans of our group while Diane Harsha is the newest member. Both share a love for the written word are talented wordsmiths. I think you will enjoy both of their books. You will find information on both below, but before I do that, I would like to remind that the Killer Nashville 15th annual Writers’ Conference returns Aug. 19-22 at the Franklin Embassy Suites. This year’s Guests of Honor are Lisa Black, Nashville’s own J.T. Ellison and Walter Mosley. Walter is the recipient of the John Seigenthaler Legends Award.

While Killer Nashville is a conference primarily for mystery, thriller and suspense writers, publishers and agents, the public is invited to visit the KN Book Store to meet and get books signed by their favorite authors. Find out more here.

And now, let me introduce you to these new works by John and Diane:

Rule of the High Plains

Frank Rule, a short, bald, and bespectacled cowboy in the 1860s, has suffered grievous hardships and losses while building a reputation for solving mysteries and avenging wrongs. In this novel, Frank is trying to regain control of his life … but life won’t let him. To learn more about John’s book, click here:

‘Rule of the High Plains’ is “superb storytelling,” says author Vonn McKee, a WWA Spur Award finalist.

‘Sticks and Stones: How to Hike the Appalachian Trail in Thirteen Years’

This is Diane’s first book, a memoir that recounts her journey of hiking the Appalachian Trail over a span of 13 years. She is a Tennessee wife, mother, and FBI agent “who walks 2200 miles from Georgia to Maine when she can spare the time away from the demands of her career and the responsibilities to her family.” It’s hard for me to call Diane “Sticks” but I’ll get used to it, I reckon. To learn more about her book, click here:

In ‘Sticks and Stones,’ “you’ll find much to laugh over,” says author Gerald D. Swick.

As always, thanks for reading.

Tom Wood

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