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Monday, January 2, 2012

Monday Musings on All Things Southern

I announced last year (last month!) that I was about to do something new here. And I am. For one, giveaways. I have a library full of books I rarely know what to do with once I'm finished. Sometimes I take them to the "new and used" bookstore not far from my home. I love that place. It's called BrightLight Books, for anyone in the Orlando area who may be interested. It's Christian-owned and operated so there's a real sense of "family" when one walks in the door. They have an area in the back any theologian or theology student would salivate all over (I know I did...). And, better still, you can order online (for those of you who are not in this area). I've been known to go in, take books, get credit, "buy" books. I tell them nearly every time I go in that if they were to get WiFi and put in a coffee shop, I'd never leave. What they don't know is, I'd be sitting there writing the next novel ...

BrightLight carries my books but they really don't know who I am. I kind of like that. I go in, I'm just another reader. And shopper.

All that to say, I come out with a stack of books nearly as tall as the one I took in. I don't like to take those books back (that'd be like going to the library!), so what happens? I end up with a stack of books collecting dust and taking up space in my office. Not to mention stacks of the books written by me!

What to do ... what to do ... ?

I know! I'll give them away! Once a week I'll look over the names of all those who have left comments and, from those names, at random, I'll choose a winner. Let me know what kind of books you prefer and I'll do my best to accommodate you!

(In other words, your comments will look something like this: [comment, comment, comment]. Jane Doe. (Romance Fiction)

And that is where YOU come in! You'll have to leave comments. And hopefully encourage others to come to my page, to learn more about what I write, how I think, and what being Southern is all about.

Here's something to get us started:

Who Am I? 

I was born in 1674 and died in 1744. I was a planter, slave-owner, and author. My diaries on the secrets of plantation life were printed in the 1800s and are among the most noted in Southern literature. My home held an extensive library; I refused my wife the privilege of entering it, but she often did while I was away, taking volumes and reading them. I am called the Founder of Richmond, VA. Among my titles are: A History of the Dividing Line and A Journey into the Land of Eden.


Who am I?

9 comments:

  1. Happy New Year!

    What a great idea to get rid of your old books! I used to have the same problem! When we would get overrun with books, I would box the and take them to the Army base where we were stationed. It's amazing, but with the diversity in the military, there was rarely a book left by the next morning!

    The founder of Richmond, VA was William Byrd II. I did a report on him in 6th grade!

    Best wishes to you in the coming year!

    Bea Hall (cookbooks and romantic fiction)

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  2. OK, I had to look it up, but it's William Byrd II. But at least I learned something today!

    Kathleen Bruner (just about anything, romance, suspense, cookbooks, comedy, biographies, etc.)

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  3. Bea, I bet you have the cookbooks from The Soda Shop Gallery, don't you? :) I love mine!

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  4. Good ol' William Byrd II! Married into a wealthy family. He had an enormous library and what his wife really wanted was intellectual equality, which he refused to provide.

    Dorie Runyon (biography,comedy,historical romance, ispirational...)

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  5. Great fun to read about William Byrd II but my own revolutionary war ancestor was a lone survivor of an Indian massacre in VA who went on to serve in the AR War and later build a home called Stonehurst in Rankin, Ohio sure want to write his story soon. What to coauthor with me? What a special treat that would be after our three year mentoring relationship. Carla

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  6. Dorie, yes! He was quite the cad! Always asking God for forgiveness, though, and quite certain God gave it, even though Byrd knew he wasn't going to change. Interesting reads from Byrd!

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  7. Carla, my co-authoring days such as that are pretty much over. But thank you for thinking of me to take on such an endeavor!

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  8. Honestly, so glad I came across this after the research was done. (Now, don't you go thinkin' poorly of me, Miss Eva Marie.)

    I love your new plan! Sharing is a wonderful idea! Wouldn't it be great if we could all participate and come up with a book exchange...as my library overflows as well!

    Kristi Butler, Southern Fiction (really...not just because that's what you write!)

    Happy New Year!

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