Book Giveaway!

QSAs some of you may know, I am the Trade Editor at the University Press of North Georgia. Two of the books I’ve worked on are set to be released on September 2, 2014 — The Quiet Soldier: Phuong’s Story by Creina Mansfield and Travels in Greeneland: The Cinema of Graham Greene, 4th ed. by Quentin Falk. The Quiet Soldier is a novel that retells Graham Greene’s classic The Quiet American (my favorite Greene novel)from the perspective of Phuong, a minor character who plays girlfriend to the two leads in the original novel. Travels in Greeneland explores the movies that were made from Graham Greene’s stories and all the movies that he had a part in writing the screenplays for.

TiGBoth of these books are great for fans of Graham Greene, and they’re releasing just in time for Greene’s centennial birthday, but you can enter for a chance to win both titles early! There’s giveaways going on on Goodreads, and you can enter for a chance to win both books. The contest is open to the U.S, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia.

Enter to Win The Quiet Soldier by Creina Mansfield

Enter to Win Travels in Greeneland by Quentin Falk


Stonepile Writers’ Anthology on Barnes & Noble

All three volumes of the Stonepile Writers’ Anthology (The third of which I edited, the first two I co-edited with Matthew Pardue) are now available to purchase from Barnes and Noble (still trying to figure out what’s up with Amazon).

The first volume includes my poem “A Girl and Her Cat,” “2x,” and “Painted Glass.”

While I co-edited the second volume, none of my work is included.

The third volume includes my poem “I am a Hobbit” and a special note from me.



Christopher Moore in Atlanta

I discovered Christopher Moore and his books about 11 years ago when I was in a small bookshop in Blue Ridge, GA (the store, unfortunately, is no longer there). I picked up a book called Island of the Sequined Love Nun because, well, how could you not? The description on the backcover was the clincher. It talked about talking fruit bats, ninjas, and a sex goddess–of course I had to buy it. I haven’t looked back since. I devoured ever book he had written up until Fluke, then have eagerly awaited each successive release. I became a follower, a Fruitbat Diva of the CM Boardello.

My Interview with Christopher Moore

Today I got to meet Chris for the third time outside of the internet and in the real world. He came to Eagle Eye Bookshop in Atlanta on his book tour for his latest book, The Serpent of Venice. The talk and signing actually took place down the road from the bookstore at the North Druid Hills High School Auditorium–a wonderful decision, seeing how the place was packed. During the signing, he recognized both me and Greg and got to meet my buddy, Carol, for the first time. Unfortunately, the camera on my phone decided it didn’t like the lighting in the auditorium, and just stopped focusing, so many of my pictures came out unusable (including the several taken of me sitting on the signing table and posing while Chris wasn’t paying attention–Silly man trying to do his job and sign books!). Luckily, Carol was also taking pictures, so I’ve snagged a couple from her.

Purchase The Serpent of Venice from Amazon

O: Oz

WoZCI am obsessed with the Wizard of Oz, and not just the movie. I have multiple copies of all of the original Oz books written by Baum (though no first editions, yet!). I pick up more copies as I see them. My kitchen and dining room are decorated in an Oz theme.

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the release of the 1939 movie starring Judy Garland. As befitting such a grandiose occasion, there are multitudes of new memorabilia available. I received one of these as a gift this last Christmas: The Wizard of Oz Official 75th Anniversary Companion by Jay Scarfone and William Stillman. The companion book is a large 176 page coffee table book filled with colorful pictures and lots of information about the making of The Wizard of Oz. Though a bit unwieldy to cuddle up with on the couch, the book contains stories and facts that are new to even an obsessive fan like me. There are even a couple of myths that it debunks (the horse of a different color was not actually dyed with Jell-o, but with the same type of dyes used in Jell-O). It also contains several never-before-published pictures and stills from the making of the movie.

The companion make a great gift for a lover of the Wizard of Oz or classic films (There’s also lots of information about the special effects and make-up). There is an electronic version of this book that you can purchase if you prefer an less bulky version, but you loose the collectability and tactile memory factor, plus, the hardcover is only three bucks more. If you’re just interested in the information presented, get the ebook, but if you want it as a collectible for a fan, then definitely get the hardcover.

5/5 Stars

Purchase The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion

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Stonepile Writers’ Anthology, Vol III Order Form

The Stonepile Writers’ Anthology, Vol. III is now available to order by mail (I’ll also make an announcement when it’s available online through amazon and whatnot).

Volume III of the compilation of poetry and prose is now available. All three volumes are published and distributed through the University Press of North Georgia (UPNG), and reviews can be found on Stonepile Writers’ Anthology, Volumes I though III, are collections from writers exclusively of southern Appalachia. Volume III was edited by April Loebick.

The Stonepile Writers’ Anthology has grown into a regional phenomenon, and Volume III is proving to be the best collection yet.

This latest edition features works from Ann Hite, 2012 Georgia Author of the Year winner and author of Ghost on Black Mountain and The Storycatcher,  and Tim Westover, author of Auraria, a story about the area between Dawson and Lumpkin counties, a mere stone’s throw from the University of North Georgia, that initiated America’s first gold rush. Further, theAnthology includes works from professors, students and staff at UNG.

Rosann Kent, director of The Georgia Appalachian Studies Center, commented that “In Appalachia, place matters. It forms who we are as well as who we are not, the vessel for kindness as well as the cauldron for hatred. Where is your place? And what is your place in that place? Among these poems and short stories, you may just discover that.”

The release party is to be held at the Vickery House, 24 Vickery Drive, Dahlonega, GA, 30533, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 30, and will feature readings as well as refreshments. Books will be for sale for $19.95; UPNG will only accept cash or personal checks. More information about Stonepile Writers’ Anthology and UPNG can be found at

Stonepile Writer’s Anthology Vol. III
ISBN: 987-0-9882237-5-2

Stonepile Writers’ Anthology, Vol III Order Form

Stonepile Launch Rescheduled

I am pleased to let you know that the launch party for the Stonepile Writers’ Anthology, Vol. III (The book I edit for the University Press of North Georgia) has been rescheduled. We will be getting together on Thursday, February 20, 6-8pm at the Vickery House (Appalachian Studies Center) on the Dahlonega Campus of the University of North Georgia.
Refreshments will be provided. The launch party is free and open to the public, so bring your friends and family along!