“Pinwheels and Pearls” Book Launch Benefits Relay For Life.

Sunday, March 26th, 2017 saw the fun and exciting launch of Elyse Bruce’s Missy Barrett chapter book “Pinwheels and Pearls.”

The event benefited Relay For Life, which supports the American Cancer Society.  One dollar from every sale of the book, which can be found on Amazon.com, goes directly to Relay For Life.

It all happened at Pat & Don MacPherson’s Sweet Fanny Adams Theater in Galtinburg Tennessee.  Gatlinburg, as many will know, boasts one of the most picturesque entrances into Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The Theater is “Gatlinburg´s ONLY Musical Comedy Entertainment Attraction and the OLDEST Purveyor of Professional, Live-On-Stage, Original Musical Comedies, outrageous humor and hilarious fun in the Smokies.”  See the Sweet Fanny Adams Theater website for details.

The theater provided the popcorn…

And Elyse Bruce, along with her entourage, provided the entertainment.  Here is the author herself, treading the boards and reading from her book, “Pinwheels and Pearls.”

Here she is with Sophia Conerly of Relay For Life explaining how important the cause is and what people can do to get involved.

Captain Cancer Fighter (who figures prominently in the book) and his mom, Ann Sutton Bowman, were “drafted” to act out parts of the book while Elyse read…

And last, but not least, here is Elyse with Charlie, who won a pearl bracelet from Tobias Gatlinburg.

There were many other door prizes given as well, all of these coming from local businesses, such as Arcade City, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, Elyse Bruce herself, and Relay For Life of Sevier County. Other businesses provided coupons and other forms of support for this event, and for Relay For Life.

I’m told there will be more events coming up in the future where Elyse’s book will be featured, and the sales from this book will benefit Relay For Life.

Stay Tuned!

Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2017 Rose Glen Literary Festival

2017 was a great year for the Rose Glen Literary Festival at the Sevierville Convention Center in Sevierville Tennessee where authors from around the state and country came to sell their books and speak about the books they’ve written!

Here I am, preparing for the arrival of the attendees.  These are not all the books I have written as you can tell from perusing other tabs on this blog.   But I only had so much room on the rack, and decided to be a little selective this year with my offerings for that reason.  One of the books displayed here is by a different author: Adelaide Urqhart.

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Author Elyse Bruce was right next to me.  Most of her books were from the Missy Barrett series, but she was also marketing books she’s written which are targeted for an older audience.

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She and I are also artists.  Each year, we collaborate on a painting that is used to advertise the Festival.  We both sponsor the Festival in this and other ways because we believe in promoting, reading, literacy, writing, and our fellow authors.  Other sponsors are the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce, the Sevier County Public Library System, the Friends of the King Family Library, the Sevierville Convention Center, Old Mill Pigeon River Pottery, and WVLT 8 Knoxville.

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Here is an advertisement that includes our painting.  It was seen in print and television media in a multi-state area.

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The crowd was packed, and for good reason.

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There were a number of presenters there which were held in high regard.  This is June Hall McCash, author of “Titanic: A Love Story.”  Here she is alongside our painting.  And within the painting, is a young woman reading her book.

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Also present was Dr. Bill Bass, co-author of the Jefferson Bass “Body Farm” books.  His and co-author Jon Jefferson’s book, “Death’s Acre,” is the one being read by the fellow on the porch in the painting.

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And here is Jon Jefferson…

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And this is a picture of Elyse Bruce and I with Pulitzer Prize nominee (and the event’s keynote speaker), Ben Montgomery, author of “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail.”

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Lunch was Beef Wellington with the appropriate accompaniments.  Before and after, there were a lot of opportunities for people to interact with local, regional, and national authors.

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ArtieQ fans will be pleased to see that “Spectral Septet” was on sale at the event.  One of the stories within the book “Alien Invasion” has ArtieQ as one of the main characters.

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All in all, it was a FUN Festival.

Remember that it happens every February folks, and so if you’ve missed it, you’ll have more chances in the future to attend meetings with well-known authors, browse among the books being sold by even more authors, and… you’ll probably get a chance to meet me, too!

Thomas

“Spectral Septet” Released in Time for Halloween

Just in time for Halloween, another horror anthology from Thomas D. Taylor:

 

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“Spectral Septet:Seven Spine-Chilling Compositions”

For the main characters in this book, The Last Days are here. The question is: How will they face them?

Will a surly teenager succumb to the eerie, horrific, and monstrous repercussions of his destructive experiments? Who will survive a mass-culling of the Earth’s animals? What are the implications for the residents of Kraken when Grimtown and its haunted past reawakens? Will a little boy vanquish the demonic entity that lives in his closet? Will another boy and a pop musician survive an alien invasion? And what must be done to save the wild cats at a zoo before a cataclysm arrives?

Taylor’s horror tales twist the fabric of the universe to bring the worst terror you can imagine straight into the depths of your mind. Read these stories with the lights on….

And repent, while you still can.

112,000 words.

Kindle:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M2XLXO8

Paperback:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/153950963X

My Oblique Brush With J.K. Rowling

The other day, I may have done author J.K. Rowling a favor.

In one of my social media feeds I noticed that there was someone on Fiverr who, for five dollars, would send you something purporting to be from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  I’m not going to state specifically what it was this person was offering, but suffice it to say, in my opinion, this “service” looked very unprofessional, and I doubted that J.K. Rowling or her publishers had licensed this person to perform this service. In other words, the purveyor of this service may have been infringing on copyrights and trademarks owned by Rowling and her publishers, to say nothing about any monies he might have been earning off of them.

So…

I gathered up the information and sent it to the firm that is responsible for dealing with these matters, and I received a reply thanking me for sending them the information.

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Why did I do it? I’m honest.  That’s why.

Doesn’t J.K. Rowling have enough money?  Anyone who wants as much money as J.K Rowling has ought to go out and earn it as she has done.

Can’t she let someone people profit off of her work? Not unless she wants to.  Until then, Harry Potter is literally her business.

As an author, I understand that bread and butter is hard to earn, and stealing someone else’s intellectual property takes away from an author’s dinner table -no matter how wealthy and successful the author may be.  If someone wants to make lots of money and eat like a king (or a queen), the way to do that is to work as hard as the “rich” person did to get what they have.

Rowling herself wasn’t rich when she began writing Harry Potter, yet the Harry Potter books are best-sellers.  The next best-selling author could be any one of us who is reading this if we only put in the time and effort. And yes, maybe “luck” was on her side when her books got picked up for publication, but you know what?  Anyone else who wants to be just as “lucky” as she is needs to make an attempt as she has done, and with an original idea, not a stolen one.

What did I get for reporting someone who may be profiting off of Rowling’s work without her permission?

A nice thank you, and the knowledge that I have done the right thing.

That’s more than enough for me.

Thomas D. Taylor

 

 

Research Takes You In Many Different Directions…

My wife and I were doing research for some of our upcoming books today. You’d be amazed at where being an author could take you.

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Excerpts from “Hemlock: The Collected Mysteries (Volume 1)”

People interested in getting a glimpse into Detective Jame’s Hemlock’s life and the horrors he discovers during his investigations should have a look at this…

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“Hemlock: The Collected Mysteries (Volume 1)”

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Excerpt from “No Crocodile Tears Permitted”

Hemlock was not familiar with any kind of demonology, but had he been, he would have quickly understood that the worst specimens of fallen angels were represented here. They were laid out like chess pieces on a board, with the bare middle rows of the field forming a kind of street through the nightmare. There would be no way that a person could traverse the track without perturbation and accumulating dread, knowing that such lifelike representations of the most accursed ambassadors from the infernal regions of Hell were looking down upon him.

They were mind-bending creations. Each one was an amalgam of earthly creatures and creatures of no kind the earth had ever seen. One was a many legged creature with a body that seemed to be composed of mostly eyes and pinchers. Another was a many-headed animal with screaming mouths, and multiple tongues. There was no way to describe most of them, but it made Hemlock shudder when he thought of the sculptors who must have spent untold hours working on them. To be so close to them, and to look at them for days as the final forms were slowly chiseled out of the rock, or marble, or concrete, or whatever material happened to comprise each varying shape… It would drive a sane man mad, though it might delight a wicked man, and feed an insane man’s mania.

Excerpt from “The Loop in the Underground”

But he didn’t have time to pursue that line of thought. There was a clicking sound and Plum was on the line.

“Ah, Mr. Hemlock. I see you’ve found another one of my little hiding spots.”

“Yep. Have your wounds healed yet? I seem to remember that during our last encounter I stabbed you with a machete and punctured you with a bullet or two.”

“I’m fine, thank you. You do realize that your calling me right now seals your fate, don’t you? I have men and women going down there to finish you off?”

“Are you so extraordinarily stupid as to think that I haven’t planned for that? If they come down here, they’ll die. If you want to save their lives, you would do well to call them off.”

“They are expendable, and will be rewarded in Hell if they die. They know this, which is why they will come for you no matter what you have waiting for them.”

Excerpt from “Death Screams Eternal”

There was a splintering, tearing sound, and the boy fell through the floor and into the crawl space beneath the chapel.

Bones broke his fall.

Hundreds of bones.

Thousands of bones.

Maybe tens of thousands of bones.

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Detective James Hemlock used to think Hell and Earth were two separate places, but then his investigations uncovered a worldwide cult the likes of which no sane man or woman had ever before seen.

Its members have infiltrated our universities, our militaries, our governments, and the planet’s biggest corporations. And deep beneath the ground, in dim-litten grottos and catacombs, Hemlock discovers that cannibalism, mass-murder, and demon worship are just some of the rites and rituals that this gruesome and deranged organization uses to try to bring on the apocalypse.

Hemlock -one lone man- may be all that stands between sanity and the final destruction of the world.

WARNING: This book is not for the faint-hearted. Author Thomas D. Taylor doesn’t show his characters any mercy, and he won’t show YOU any mercy, either.

167,500 words