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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. From Kathi Ford:
    As a new subscriber to the CFR newsletter I have read with interest your country legends of the past articles. My mother’s scrapbook is full of clippings from the late 1940’s about Elton Britt. What can you tell me about him?
    And Tom’s reply:
    Hope you’re enjoying the CFR newsletter, Kathi. Gotta admit I’m more familiar with Elton John than Elton Britt. But I will do an article on the legend of Mr. Britt in the near future. Thanks for bringing him to my attention.

  2. Can you tell me how to get a CD of Archie Campbell’s
    “Rindercella”? We enjoyed hearing that so much on
    Hee Haw.

    • Hi Wilma,
      Check out Ernest Tubb Record Shop’s online store, maybe the Time-Life Hee Haw series or check with the CFR News publishers at 615-673-2846.
      Thanks for reading.

  3. I got this note the other day from reader/author Turner French, thought I’d share:

    When I picked up Vendetta Stone, I didn’t realized I’d signed up for an all-nighter! Great characterization and plotting kept me awake until the end. It was a stone-cold good book!
    Warning: don’t pick up this novel and expect to be able to put it down until the last page. To paraphrase from your work, “Thou shalt not pass up this great read.”

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