“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!









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.


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.


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.


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


The crowd was packed, and for good reason.


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.


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.



And here is Jon Jefferson…



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.”


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.


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.


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!


What Authors And Pilots Do In Their Spare Time

Author Elyse Bruce, Author Thomas D. Taylor, and pilot Marc Hightower, subject of Elyse Bruce’s Missy Barrett Book “Barnstormin’“.  Marc runs Sky High Air Tours and flies a 1927 Waco 10 straight wing.  He’s based out of Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge airport in Tennessee.



“Shear Madness” at the Book Launch!

It was “Shear Madness” at a book launch I went to today!

But this launch wasn’t for one of my books.  It was for Elyse Bruce’s newest Missy Barrett children’s book, “Foiled Again.”  And it happened in a trendy beauty salon called Shear Madness in Sevierville Tennessee.

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Look a little closer, and you will see a Missy Barrett poster in the window!
For those who don’t know, Missy Barrett is a fictional young girl who is interested in being a detective someday. For now, she spends her time learning a little something about everything, so she can have a large knowledge base to draw on for her future detective business.

These books are good for kids in grade three and up.  They are interesting, wholesome books that emphasize the importance of family and family values.  There is lots for adults to enjoy in these books too!

Here’s Elyse reading “Foiled Again” to some of her fans…
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And here she is signing her books…

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The Missy Barrett books you see below can be found here on Elyse’s Amazon page.
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To get “Foiled Again”, go HERE!

If you are interested in getting the Missy Barrett books, or any other books that are written by Elyse Bruce, check out Elyse’s Amazon page here.

And if you are in Sevierville, Tennessee and need your hair done, or a manicure or pedicure, be sure to check out the Shear Madness, and their outstanding friendly staff of professionals!  Click on this link, or go to  http://shearmadnessbeauty.com/ to learn more about them.


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Author Thomas D. Taylor Working On New Project!

The latest news for Author Thomas D. Taylor is that he is working on a new literary project that he intends to publish in the coming months.

“Well, I have a lot of projects in the works, but this one seems to want to be published first.  I’ve just passed the 50,000 word mark on it, which represents a milestone for me whenever I am writing fiction.  If I pass that mark, it means that I am probably going to bring it to completion,” says Taylor.

What is it?

“I’m only offering limited details at this time.  I can say that it is science fiction/fantasy, set in the present day.  It will either be a novella or novel that joins a group of people at the culmination of their efforts to create an underground utopia. Before they can begin to enjoy the fruits of their labor, however, they may find themselves having to sacrifice everything they have created and achieved to save the Earth from people bent on destroying it.  It’s broad in scope in terms of its implications, and I believe for reasons I will not discuss here that it will turn out to be quite controversial.”

Look for further updates on this blog in the near future.

Over 1,000,000 Words In Print

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Message from Author Thomas D. Taylor:

Thanks everyone for continuing to read my books, stories, and articles. Your fandom is what spurs me on to write even more. As of the time of this posting, I have published more than 1,000,000 words in my own books, and tens of thousands elsewhere, and this does not even include the number of words I have published under my pen names.

Here is hoping I can provide you with millions more words to read going forward! Even as I write this, I have many works in progress.

So until next time…

Happy reading!



BREAKING NEWS: “Hemlock” now published!

Now you can get all of the Detective James Hemlock stories in one book!

Hemlock: The Collected Mysteries: Volume I” is currently available as a paperback and as a Kindle file.

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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.

Foreword by author C.H. Wilson.

167,500 words.

UPDATE: Thomas here. Just wanted to say the book is selling well as a paperback and in Kindle. Thank you to my fans for their patronage.