(Note: I am going to try to keep the latest information about "Small Town News" at the top of the blog for the time being. Newer postings can be found below. Thank you for your patience.)
The newly-formed teen advisory council, LENDS (Library, East Newton, Neosho, Diamond, Seneca), is sponsoring the first book signing for my novel, "Small Town News," 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Neosho Library.
The council includes two high school students from each of Newton County's schools: Sara Spangler and Katlyn Peterson of East Newton, Megan Davis and Jessica Uitts of Neosho, Hannah Pendergraft and Becky Wohlenhaus of Seneca, and two of my favorite former students from Diamond, Ashley Nickolaisen and Lacey Carneal.
The signing and short presentation I will make are part of the first two teen council activities, Teen Read Week, which is Oct. 16-22 and Kids Love a Mystery Month.
I will talk a little about the background of my book, my writing techniques, and checkered career, and I will take questions from the audience before the signing.
I hope to see some of you there.
In other "Small Town News" updates:
-I am scheduled to be interviewed by another local newspaper next Monday. I will let you know more afterward.
-The story in The Carthage Press should be coming out sometime by the end of the week.
-The library will be providing publicity information to Neosho media outlets to promote the signing.
Everything is moving rapidly on the "Small Town News" front.
My first signing has definitely been set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Neosho Library. I will have 40 copies of the novel available and I will definitely be happy to order more if there are not enough copies to accommodate the audience (and, of course, I am hoping that turns out to be the case).
"Small Town News" can be ordered through Amazon.com as well as Books-A-Million and IUniverse. It can also be ordered at any Books-A-Million store, which will save you shipping costs. I plan on having some outlets set up in the Joplin area sometime in the next few weeks.