Decatur Book Festival 2012

(Photo by Laurel Grant) We had another successful showing at the Decatur Book Festival this year, marking the debut of my second novel, Brambleman. (You can see my wife, Judy, at the far right. My kids, Laurel and Nathan, also helped out a lot.)  This time we sold eBooks out of the booth by putting Smashwords.com coupon codes on postcards and offering a special deal: both Chain Gang Elementary and Brambleman for only $5. We plan to be back next year with a third novel, Party to a Crime, which is with the editor now. Below: The Chain Gang Crew  Nathan, Judy, and Laurel.

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Special Decatur Book Festival offer: The Way It Was in the South: The Black Experience in Georgia

Thornbriar Press will be back at the Decatur Book Festival this year, and we’re happy to to be promoting the imprint’s latest title, Brambleman as well as the critically acclaimed, award-winning Chain Gang Elementary. In addition, we’ll be offering the collectors edition of the groundbreaking work, The Way It Was in the South: The Black Experience in Georgia, edited by Thornbriar Press author Jonathan Grant. The special price for festivalgoers is only $15.00! This is the original hardcover first edition of the work that’s been named “Georgia Book of the Year” and Editors Choice at American Heritage magazine. Here’s just some of the praise The Way It Was in the South has received: “Truly a tour de force … incredibly detailed, sometimes…

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Thursday, Aug. 30 @ 6 p.m. — Author signing at Macon Barnes & Noble

On the way back from a trip, I stopped by the Macon Barnes and Noble this afternoon and saw that  the good people there are ready for the book signing this Thursday, August 30. If you’re in Middle Georgia, drop by. I’ll be signing copies of Brambleman and Chain Gang Elementary from 6 p.m. to whenever. If you can’t make it–and I hope you can—I’ll also be appearing at the Thornbriar Press booth at the Decatur Book Festival this Saturday and Sunday.  If you want to know more about any of these events, email info@thornbriarpress.com. Click here for more info on Brambleman. Click here for more info on Chain Gang Elementary.

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Forsyth County election results

Based on unoffical results, Sheriff Ted Paxton lost a close race to challenger Duane Piper. From the local Patch: UPDATE: 9:13 p.m. UNOFFICIAL FINAL RESULTS 25 OF 25 PRECINCTS REPORTING Sheriff Race: Paxton – 6624 and Piper – 6965 County Commision District 4 Race: Mills – 2508 and Bell – 1316 Coroner Race: Pais – 7485 and Bennett – 5510 U.S. Representative, District 9 Race: Zoller – 3075 and Collins – 2492 (these numbers only include Forsyth County) Click here for complete totals. Read more.

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SheRok speaks

A new review, posted on Brambleman‘s Amazon.com page: “I thoroughly enjoyed the main character and his interactions with the other characters. The story is inter-woven with the believable and unbelievable so well that you feel the emotion of it all. … well worth reading.” If you haven’t seen it already, check out the new Brambleman flyer. I’ve posted a downloadable pdf file  so you  can also send copies to friends. Let people know about this extraordinary book! Thanks!  

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NetGalley review: “How long will this guy be on the run?”

Just got in the following brief review from NetGalley.com.  “Love the story! The book was really long, and I occasionally caught myself thinking “how long will this guy be on the run,” or “again, seriously somenone is trying to kill him, AGAIN.” However, the pacing and actual STORY was so good, I didn’t care. Excellent read!”  – Mechelle Craig Just a reminder: If you’re a blogger, reviewer, librarian, or journalist, you can sign up to get review copies of Brambleman at NetGalley. (Link is above.)

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