Nina Stacy Thomas is retired from Georgia State University, where her final move up the ladder was in the College of Law Career Services Office. There she advised law students on their career paths and was the editor of the Career Services newsletter.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University, and has recently shown paintings in juried shows at the Art Station Gallery in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
She lives in Decatur, Georgia where her favorite activity is spending time with her son and grandson in between their work and school schedules. Since retiring she spends time with friends at dinners and lunches and attends workshops of interest. She attends church at Decatur First United Methodist Church.
In her recently published book, Appalachian Roots Revisited (...and Maneuvering Life's Briar Patch Beyond), she writes about her love of family, friends and hometown, Pennington Gap, Virginia and Appalachia in general. She includes some of life's challenges encountered and how she overcame them. Plus there is an additional chapter devoted to recipes of her beloved Grandmother, Mama King.
L.L. Wyatt was recruited, at age 21, to Greene County during Prohibition of the 1920s to break up a thriving moonshine industry. Known as the moonshine capital of Georgia, this little area east of Atlanta was the source of liquor for the best hotels in Atlanta and across the South. Young Wyatt’s battles with the bootleggers soon made him a larger than life figure. Stories of his fearlessness, his agility, his honesty and his fairness in enforcing the law rippled throughout the county Greene and swept all citizens up into the aura of L.L. Wyatt. Bolstered by a sense that God was protecting him, Wyatt was totally fearless. He was “shot at, spit upon, bitten, and cursed,” but in five years, he transformed the reputation of Greene County to one of the most crime free in Georgia. For 52 years, he was on the job confronting the ongoing battle between good and evil. Wyatt, at 70, received national acclaim and the attention of Hollywood when he stopped the car of armed bank robbers and freed two hostages.
More than a story out of the past, Sheriff Wyatt shows the reader that one person can change his/her culture. His ideals challenge law enforcement and society alike to hold a firm respect for the law while enforcing it in a manner that preserves dignity. Long before integration, Wyatt was known as “the black peoples’ friend” and the “white people’ friend.” He was a community-oriented lawman before anyone ever heard of one.
This story is set in an area rich in Georgia history described well by the author.
I just got back to Florida from the book signing in Tucker GA at the local library there. There were about 35 authors present including 9 members from Scribblers: Myself, Mary Renshaw, Luanne Scrogan, Mike & Leda Owens, Pat and Anthony Smith, Marlene Ratledge Buchanan, and David Newton (Pen Name: Samuel Wardwell). We each had the opportunity to speak about our books.
I have added the video that was taken of my presentation, as well as pictures of each of the members during their presentations.
I believe that Scribblers will be growing, as a number of the authors present were interested in the writing club. I also got to announce the new book in the next series that I am working on. "Eyewitness - The Tears of the Saints" is the first book in the Miracles of Christ series, and will be out in time for the Decatur Book Festival in August. I picked up the artwork that will be the basis for the cover from Dennis Assayac on Friday, and I am pleased with that as well.
These book signings are a necessary part of what authors need to do, and this one introduced us to the incredible diversity in the writing community, and the amazing presence of so many Christian authors. That alone made the book signing a success, and there were even some books sold.
Please do look at the pictures, and share the video to get the word out on what we are doing at Scribblers, and what I am doing as an author.
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Thanks to everyone who came to the book signing.
Grace and Peace,
Charles A de Andrade
It is official, I registered today for a 10 x 20 space, twice the space we had last year. The other Snellville writers group decided they wanted to get their own booth, so that made my mind up that I would register for a booth twice as big as last year, but not the 4 times as big that I had hoped. But as they say, you get born, you crawl, you stand and totter, you walk, and then you run!. I think Scribblers is somewhere between crawling and tottering. Hopefully next year we will be walking or maybe even running!
So, The cost of the booths was $1,350 and I order two additional tables for $70. So the total paid today was $1,420. I asked for the same area we were in last year, but this year the entire end cap of that row of booths instead of just half. I beleive that will give us the room to actually have 6 - 7 tables. There will be 4 chairs supplied by the festival, and I thought it was easier for us to bring additonal chairs and save the money. Perhaps next year I will even buy the tables, to save the additional fees for that as well! I think you can actually purchase the tables for about what we are renting them for. Of course then we have to haul them there, and haul them out!
The cost per author coming this year is $100 for the first book and then $5.00 for each additional book. I believe we will have space for 14 authors and like last year I will put together the space and time plan for the show. Right now we have seven authors committed to coming, representing 20 books.
Please review the attached spread sheet and please send me the names of the books you will have on display, and if you are not on the sheet please confirm with me that you are coming:
I charged the booth, which buys us about 21 days before I will need to pay the charge card. So, if you are planning to come to the Book Festival please bring your check to our March 14th meeting that will occur at the library. We are meeting on Thursday March 14, 2019 at the Five Forks Branch Library located at 2780 Five Forks Trickum Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30044-5865. We will be meeeting at 6:00 PM to do the filming for the Speakers Bureau.
Make your checks payable to: Scribblers - CdA Consultants Inc.
If you are not yet listed, it is because I have not heard from you diffentively that you are coming. If you do want to be included, please let me know as soon as possible. Also, let me know how many titles you will be bringing. Seven Authors have registered and we have space for at least seven more. Right now, we will have 20 books, and I suspect we will be closer to 40 once the final authors join in.
I will be sending out another e-mail tomorrow related to the Library and our next meeting.
Until then...already getting excited about August 31st and September 1!
Grace and Peace,
Please find attached to this e-mail the announcement of the potential Book Signing opportunity for Scribblers. The Dekalb Library System is having its annual Book Signing opportunity on March 30, 2019 at the Tucker Library. It appears to be open to all authors based in Georgia, and not just to Dekalb authors.
I have registered to come up for the book signing as the leader of Scribblers based in Georgia. I am not sure whether they will allow me to be there yet, but I am sure lobbying to be there.
Having said that, please let me know if you are registering for the book signing. I went in 2017 and more than covered the $25.00 registration fee, although it was not a "huge" success and I just broke about even with my costs. Also, when you register if you would let the folks know you are part of Scribblers Christian Writers group. I have asked them to put us together in an area, so we can use some of the banners etc for the group.
Please do confirm that you receive this e-mail, and be looking for another e-mail related to the Decatur book festival tomorrow or Wednesday. Also, there will be additional news related to the use of the library for future meetings.
Grace and Peace,
Join Pat Smith for the signing of her first book!
Snowball Investing tells the tale of when Pat Peoples Smith was suddenly faced with a family member’s health crisis, she was confronted with her own crisis: as a single woman, she was unprepared for retirement or any unforeseen health crisis that might come knocking at her door. Snowball Investing traces Pat’s financial footprints as she digs her way out of debt and begins to rebuild her future portfolio one financial snowflake at a time. Sprinkled with childhood stories and the school of hard knocks, she shares the exact path that she followed to pursue her goal. Pat invites you to follow her onto the slopes and allow the lessons from blizzards, mud, and perfect strangers help you: Confess the Financial Mess; Defeat the Debt Alien•Find Millions in the Mud; Build a Sizable Financial Portfolio for Retirement; Even Discover Spiritual Riches Beyond Your Imagination!…and don’t forget your shovel and a big brown sack!
Her Book Signing will take place:
1-3pm, Saturday, February 16
Beans & Butter Coffeehouse
River Oak Plaza, 851 Oak Rd
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
We'll See you there!!
Meet Georgia's Version of Elliot Ness in Claire Hertzler's book
The High Sheriff of Greene County
The True Story of the Legendary Lawman L. L. Wyatt
Saturday - March 16
11am to 2pm
The Southern Pen Bookshop
(located inside the Monroe Mercantile)
Georgia was knee deep in moonshine during prohibition. It flowed as freely as the mountain streams of North Georgia. But, the capital for moonshine was located in Greene County. A rural county east of Atlanta. It supplied Atlanta with the fiery white liquid that whetted the taste for alcohol and line the pockets of those on the wrong side of prohibition and a few that were suppose to be upholding the law.
All of this changed with a young sheriff named L.L. Wyatt. Claire Hertler's book, The High Sheriff of Greene County tells both the myth and the legend of this one man's efforts to clean-up Greene County despite the threats and dangers against him.
Welcome All Scribblers! 2019 is upon us!
I hope that you all had an absolutely marvelous Christmas! 2019 is right around the corner, and with it comes excitement over what the new year will bring for all of us. But first, an update coming out of our December meeting, since so many folks were already on the road or attending Christmas related events.
Joining us for the meeting was Sarah Grimes. Sarah does graphic arts and is proficient at creating Book Covers for authors who need that type of assistance. She can be reached at either email@example.com or 404-539-5937. Her graphic arts side is a part time work, so please leave her a message and she will get back to you. Sarah comes to the group through Luanne Scrogan, one of our authors.
I personally know how important it is to have a quality cover for your books. Part of what Scribblers is about, is bring to all its members the different expertise that a traditional publisher would provide for an author. In this new world, especially when so many authors self-publish, having the resources available is important. Thank you, Luanne, for recommending Sarah to our group.
We are still in the need for proof readers, editors, and other artists to aid us all with our books, and with our marketing. If you have any recommendations, please invite them to our meeting, and let me know who you know that can help us. I am speaking with Joe at Trinity Press, and he has a good editor that I hope to be introducing to everyone soon.
Also joining us for the meeting was Tony Miller. Tony was recommended to us by a new member David, who I met while attending the book signing at Southern Pen last month. Tony is a retired library administrator, who is amazingly aware of what the library systems look for in placing books on their shelves, and he is a writer as well. Please welcome Tony to the group as well.
Attached to this e-mail you will see the Scribbler 2018 plaque each member was given at the December meeting. If you did not receive a plaque, please see me at the January meeting to get yours! I look forward to us growing as a group of writers, and this plaque is a reminder that you were a Scribbler in 2018!
Our next meeting will occur on Thursday January 17. 2019 at 6:00 PM at the Crossings Restaurant in Norcross GA. I have asked for the side room, behind the bar, with the hope that as we grow larger that location will permit us all to hear one another better.
For the January meeting we will be adding a new section to the meeting. What I am calling: “Author Focus” will give two/three authors the opportunity to share current works they are working on for the group to comment on. It will also be the opportunity for the author to share what they need from the group in order to help them succeed. For the January Meeting the following authors will have the 10 minutes “in the Sun”. Mike Owens, Luanne Scrogan, and Charles de Andrade will be speaking.
Anytime an author wants a review of something new they are working on, we will circulate a selection of their project to everyone about 2 weeks before the meeting. For my section, I will be talking about Marketing and the plan to use the Amazon platform to our advantage as authors. Please be looking forward to the next e-mail that will come out shortly after the New Year starts.
I you are interested in "Author Focus" for February, please let me know.
Finally, I would like to gather each of your goals for 2019 at the January meeting. This will give us all the opportunity to share what we are working towards in 2019. I shared my goals with you for the December meeting. Please write out your goals for the meeting and provide me with a copy.
I look forward to seeing everyone in January.
Please let me know if you are able to make the January meeting, so I can provide the Restaurant with the correct head count.
See you in the new year!
Grace and Peace,
You ever have one of those days, where you are writing, and your forget to save what you are writing, and then the computer glitches, and all the work simply disappears into the digital abyss, never to be found again!
Ah yes…it happened twice to me today. E-Mails are notorious for that!
So, a lesson…save often, or have a photographic memory of what you were writing!
Anyway, this Thursday December 20th, 2018 is our last Scribblers meeting for 2018! We will be meeting at the Crossings Restaurant in Norcross at 6:00 PM. This is our third Christmas as a formed group and we have much to celebrate, and a lot to look forward to in 2019. Please let me know if you are coming, so I can give the Restaurant the right head count.
I know that some of you are already traveling, like Pat and Anthony Smith, who I believe are on their way to sunny Florida! If you can not make the meeting, I want to thank you personally for 2018. Each of you have added considerably to the joy of this year.
As we look forward to 2019, I have some goals for us as a writer’s group.
On the personal side, I also believe it is good to have goals for yourself for 2019. Here are mine related to my own writing:
Anyway, if you each would write out you own goals for your writing for 2019, I would like to collect those, so we can follow-up with each other to see how we are doing at achieving those goals.
Finally, attached to this e-mail is the current prayer letter from Bill and Noy Peeler. As normal, it is a wonderful reminder of the work of our Lord in every corner of this world. Our value as human beings is not in how much we own, or how much we can earn, where we live, or what we do for a living but in that amazing life we are given by the Lord, who is bringing us into his kingdom. Please do read the letter, as it helped me again focus on what is really important this season. I am looking forward to Bill and Noy’s return in 2020 and seeing these letters formed into a book.
Well, thanks, and hope to see you all on Thursday.
Grace and Peace,