Sunday, January 25, 2009

Book Trailer, Book Clubs and more

If you haven't seen the Book Trailer yet, check this out.
(Produced by David Martin and Glen Craney)

TIME MAGAZINE: Check out TIME magazine online. I'm quoted, along with a mention of THE PLUNDER ROOM, weighing in on Gov. Sanford's affair.

BOOK CLUBS: They've all been way much fun. Most recently, a Book Club spent TWO hours with me at The Handlebar dissecting THE PLUNDER ROOM and its multiple layers and archetypes. Great entertainment, all FREE (except for the meals and beverages, of course) ... Call The Handlebar at 864 233 6173 or email to book your Book Club!

NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN devotes nearly a full page. Peter happens to be the Music City's music critic - that alone makes him world class - AND he's one HELL of a great songwriter himself AND he writes beautiful prose. PLUS! Peter and I shared the pages of MAKING NOTES: MUSIC OF THE CAROLINAS. His new CD with Eric Brace, "You Don't Have To Like Them Both," is enchanting, filled with listenable gems, a critical darling and acclaimed all over the national press.

MAKING NOTES: If you haven't picked up your copy of the nonfiction collection of essays, MAKING NOTES: MUSIC OF THE CAROLINAS, the book is a Must-Shelf. Edited by the sublimely talented and generous Ann Wicker and published by Novello in Charlotte, NC, the handsome paperback tells you everything you need to know to stay in tune with . . . the music of the Carolinas.

MINDY FRIDDLE FANS. Her new release, SECRET KEEPERS, is out, and it's better than Publishers Weekly says it is. From the first get-you-chuckling line to the story that wraps you into the world of her widow, Mindy knows not only how to involve you in her people, but she knows how to involve you in the full range of human emotion and the human condition, as well. Her blog's a blast, too.

COOL New Website: Despina Yeargin, longtime Handlebar fan and fellow writer, has a magnificent new Website, filled with inspiration and a fabulous new publication model for stories and poetry. PLEASE check out her Alpha Publishing & Communications. Born in Greece, Despina is one of those women who delights and enchants, enthralls and inspires. One stop at her Website, and you'll get the picture.

Random thoughts: Coming up! July 24 marks the 25th anniversary of my kidney transplant. My brother, Stephen, gave me this quarter of a century of life. Without him, no Handlebar, no PLUNDER ROOM, no Whole Lot of Things; he's the Clarence to my George Bailey - it's a wonderful life. And ... my love to Kathy, always.


Barbara said...

Excellant read! I feel as if I've spent a couple of days luxuriating in a Pawley's Island hammock!

The characters are vividly depicted and have personalities that bind them, and at the same time often rub each other raw.

The Grandfather was the glue that held this stately family together. At his death the torch was passed to the loving and wiscracking grandson Randol, then all hell breaks loose!
Sharp wit and Southern detail make this a MUST read!
We all have a 'plunder room',I was inclined to examine my own that lives in my heart and mind. I hope there will be a sequal!

Wendy Burt said...

Hey John,
Thanks for the great answers to "10 Questions for..." on

You're my author of the day today (out of 600+ responses so far!)

You rock! (and roll)

Jess said...

Wish I could be at Inkwood Books tonight! If this is as close to the famed blowout, are Dan Hughes and the rest of the band going to play?

Best of luck with the book!

Alpha Publishing & Communications said...

Well...thank you for sharing my info with everyone. :)

Just read the TIME article and your quote. "holding out beggar's bowls for billions." Man, that is poetry!!!

elysabeth said...

John, I've posted on my blog about the upcoming event at the SC Welcome Center and think you should be updating your blog. Do you have a website? If not, no big deal but just figured you would have one by now. This posting is from January. I know things are crazy but updates are what readers want - lol - Will hopefully be able to meet you but not on the 15th of this month due to a conflict - E :)

Nishant said...

The characters are vividly depicted and have personalities that bind them, and at the same time often rub each other raw.

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