Reviewers: Get your copy of Brambleman on NetGalley!

My second novel is now listed on the popular website where reviewers go to get free copies of books. No muss, no fuss. If you’re a book reviewer, check it out here. Down-and-out Atlanta writer Charlie Sherman has no idea what madness awaits him when a mysterious stranger convinces him to finish a dead man’s book about a horrific crime that’s gone unpunished for decades. What Charlie inherits is an unwieldy manuscript about the mob-driven expulsion of more than 1,000 blacks from Forsyth County, Georgia in 1912. During the course of his work, Charlie uncovers a terrible secret involving a Forsyth County land grab. Due to its proximity to Atlanta, the stolen farm is now worth $20 million—and a sale is pending.…

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Forsyth County deputy: Supporting Duane Piper cost me my job

Forsyth County politics is interesting, I’ll say that. I recently got a press release alleging sign stealing, and another one claiming misuse of county information in a campaign. In addition to the ethics complaint alleging illegal campaign mailings that I covered in a previous post, there’s this.  Blame it on an impolitic facebook post. WSB-TV has the report on the termination of Deputy Rodney Pirkle, who claims that his facebook post stating that he was supporting incumbent sheriff Ted Paxton’s opponent, Duane Piper, cost him his job.  

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Is Forsyth County’s state senator getting illegal campaign help?

(Note: The ethically challenged Forsyth County legislator depicted in Brambleman is not based on any real person, living or dead. But it could happen. Just sayin.) It looks like Forsyth County’s financially troubled state senator, Jack Murphy, is getting some extracurricular (and ethically questionable) help in his attempt to fend off challenger Steve Voshall in the July 31 primary. Murphy, along with several other incumbents, has benefitted from mailings put out by a shadowy group called  “Georgia Republican Senate Caucus Promotion PAC.” According to Georgia political website Peach Pundit, “This ‘PAC’ is not actually a political action committee at all, but in fact has registered as a independent political committee. This has a specific meaning as an IPC has transparency requirements for income and…

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President resigns same day FAMU sued over band hazing death

UPDATE:  Ammons originally planned to step down on Oct 11. Now the resignation is immediate. Read more. From the Associated Press: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The president of Florida A&M University submitted his resignation Wednesday, the same day the university was sued by parents of a drum major who died during a hazing. It was unclear if the two events were related. James Ammons announced the resignation, which takes effect Oct. 11, in a letter to the chairman of the university’s governing board. He said his decision came after “considerable thought, introspection and conversations with my family.” The parents of Robert Champion, the drum major who was killed, applauded the move, calling it part of a necessary “house cleaning” at the university. Read…

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Decatur Book Festival Special! Buy Brambleman, get Chain Gang Elementary free

I’m promoting sales of my new novel with an eBook giveaway. If you purchase a paperback or eBook copy of Brambleman, I’ll give you the eBook version of my novel, Chain Gang Elementary (retail value $4.99, now “back to school” priced at $2.99). This offer includes bookstore sales as well as purchases at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble online, Smashwords.com, and all other digital booksellers. Here’s a helpful link to direct you to your retailer of choice. And if you live in Forsyth County, Macon, Alpharetta, Norcross, Georgia, local Barnes and Noble stores have signed copies of Brambleman available. Just buy the book and send an email to info@thornbriarpress.com. We’ll send you a question about the book; when you answer it, we’ll send you a coupon for…

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Brambleman Review: “Welcome to Cumming”

This most interesting Amazon.com review of Brambleman comes from Meg Gerrish under the heading “Welcome to Cumming”: As my grandfather brought me from the airport to the new home where he and my grandmother would live out their retirement years, on a hilltop overlooking Lake Lanier, he said with much scorn, “Welcome to Cumming. This is where they hung two Negroes for still being in town when the sun went down.” When the murders occurred, I don’t know, I was just 13. He stated that welcome in 1966. So when I heard about this book and that Forsyth County had a grave history of ethnic cleansing beyond the murder of those two men, I was interested. The writer does a great job…

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