The May 2015 edition

Come out to Bellevue Picnic on Saturday

The 38th annual Bellevue Community Picnic is Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at Red Caboose Park on Hwy 70, and I will be there with a talented group of local authors.

Most of you know about my book, Vendetta Stone, so I thought I TASTE O BELLEVUEwould introduce you to the other authors who will be joining me. This photo is from last fall’s Taste of Bellevue event, and several authors were participants there.

Bellevue Picnic is a family-friendly event staged by the Bellevue Harpeth Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with TN Events and the City of Bellevue. More than 70 food and craft vendors will be on hand, there are two music stages, and entertainment for the kids, plus a fireworks display at sundown.

Here is a list of confirmed authors for Saturday’s Bellevue Picnic. We hope to see you there.

Dr. Sally Willard Burbank has practiced internal medicine in Nashville since 1986. Six of the stories in her new book, Patients I Will Never Forget, have been published in Chicken Soup For The Soul. Just as the title suggests, Patients I Will Never Forget, tells the most inspiring and hilarious stories of Dr. Burbank’s quarter century in primary care. Sally is married to Nashville WannaBeatle, Nathan Burbank.

Chester Campbell is a former newspaperman and the author of five books in the Greg McKenzie mystery series and two books in the Sid Chance series. He has a trilogy of Post Cold War political thrillers and a new suspense novel titled Hellbound. Secret of the Scroll won a Bloody Dagger Award and was a finalist for Foreword Magazine’s Mystery of the Year in 2003. The Surest Poison won the 2009 Silver Falchion Award at the Killer Nashville Mystery Conference.

Blake Fontenay spent more than 25 years as a reporter, columnist and editorial writer for metropolitan daily newspapers – including the Sacramento Bee, (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, Orlando Sentinel and (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. He won several awards for editorial writing while at the Commercial Appeal. He is currently the coordinator for the Tri-Star Chronicles project at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Blake’s debut novel, “The Politics of Barbecue,” was published in September, 2012, and won the Independent Publishers Book Awards gold medal for fiction in the South region in 2013. “Scouts’ Honor,” which was released in July, 2014, is his second novel.

Bill Holley, the author of Flour Sack Shirts & Homemade Jam, was an only child, born in 1939 to sharecropper parents living in southern Middle Tennessee. His family moved five times in his first 10 years. He spent his early life jumping creeks, doing farm chores, and exploring nature. His book’s 17 short stories are based on his early rural life experiences.

Iscah is too young to be called old and too old to be called young. It is rumored that Iscah was born, and it is likely that Iscah shall one day die. As yet that theory goes unproven. When not lost in imaginary lands, Iscah lives in the city of music. Iscah’s books include Seventh Knight and The Girl With No Name.

R.D. Sherrill is an award-winning journalist who has served as crime and courts reporter for the Southern Standard Newspaper in McMinnville for nearly 25 years. While covering several thousand real-life crime stories over his career, Red Dog Saloon — inspired by stories about a honky-tonk of ill-repute in his hometown — was his first foray into fiction. He has three other thrillers as well.

Reba Stanley is a Christian Romance writer whose Garland Series trilogy was followed by her recently published A Promise Kept. Reba grew up in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, where she developed a life-long love of the arts and first come to know her Savior Jesus Christ. Reba is also a professional artist who has worked in various mediums of paint and color. She says her visual artwork is, and always will be in her blood, but writing is the form of art she has found to be the most rewarding. With her writing she expresses different stories that are fictional; but she always adds one unchanging truth: a love for and dependence on her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Paula Underwood Winters is a longtime Bellevue resident who will bring A History of Bellevue, plus Onstage and Backstage as well as Without Any Evidence.

Happy Birthdays: Around our house, May is all about birthdays. So here’s a public shout-out to my wife and stepson, Bennie and Brian, whose big days are a mere week apart. This photo was from a few years ago.

Brian usually flies in from California to celebrate the occasions, but won’t be able to make it this year. We’ll celebrate when he gets here later this summer.

Or we’re thinking of a trip out West later this year. Southwest Airlines begins direct flight service to Oakland on June 7. Bennie is getting a BIG birthday gift, but that’s about all I can say for now.

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Who’s up for a ball game? I wrote an article for the Nashville Ledger about the Nashville Sounds and their first season at First Tennessee Bank Park, which opened for business on April 17. I’ve been to one game with former Tennessean colleague Sandy Campbell, and we had a fabulous time.

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I had a great time at the North Carolina Writers Network spring conference and at Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, N.C., in late April.

BEACH VISIT HBEACH VISIT GFollowing the quick visit to Greensboro, I drove to the Outer Banks, where I did some research for a new project. The beaches were gorgeous, the weather was perfect and I got some great insights for Jackson Stone’s next adventure.

NASH3 finale2‘Nashville’ renewed: As you probably know by now, ABC has renewed ‘Nashville’ for a fourth season. I have been an extra on a whole bunch of episodes and look forward to more. Taping will resume in late July or early August.

I was a stand-in for LA actor Tim Powell  (a former Nashville resident) for the final episode, which had several cliff-hangers. As you notice in the picture, I had to shave for the role. It was fun seeing myself clean-shaven, but I’m back to my old self now.

The music on ‘Nashville’ is great and the writing has improved with every episode, and it is a great boost for the city.

Well, I better go get ready for the Bellevue Picnic. Come say hello!

And thanks for reading.

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