I hope you’re having a relaxing Fourth. The phrase IT’S A GREAT BEACH READ is often used to describe a good book that, in my mind, you can take not only to the beach, but the pool or even under a shady tree. And if you have plenty of beach but are running short of good beach reads, may I suggest Valerie Winn’s Forsaking Mimosa. Pick up a copy tomorrow (Saturday, July 5 at 11 a.m.) at Pink Rooster Art Gallery in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and meet the nice lady who can decorate a book display like no one else!

Definitely a great beach read!

Randy Pierce and I really enjoyed signing books at a reception at the Mississippi Bar Association last weekend in Destin, Florida. We were part of a multi-author event that included author/publisher Neil White, Judge Charles Pickering, former Ole Miss chancellor Robert Khayat, and many others.

Joe signs The Long Road Home
Randy signs Magnolia Mud
I’ve read books by most of the authors in this picture. Whole lot of talent assembled here, and some very colorful shirts!
And I even got to meet one of my heroes! The cardboard cutout version, anyway. Thank ya very much!

Randy Pierce and his family made a really neat road trip in June to New York City for the annual Picnic in the Park in Central Park. If a visit to the Big Apple is on your bucket list, be sure to make Central Park part of the itinerary. This is a MISSISSIPPI event that draws people from all over the country who wind up purchasing neat items like–wait for it–signed copies of Randy Pierce’s Magnolia Mud!

A great beach read for your next trip to Central Park!

And now…it’s time to unveil a pair of book covers for the very first time! My new Oakdale suspense series novel, Director’s Cut, will be released on October 1. Protagonist Tripp Kelly is a likeable professor of film study at the local university and seems like a good guy–problem is, he’s a serial killer! I’m really excited about this book, and equally excited about the new John M. Floyd collection of humorous stories, Fifty Mysteries. As I’ve said, we’ve put together an entire collection of bite-size mysteries featuring small-town sheriff Charles “Chunky” Jones and Angela “Angel” Potts, the sheriff’s fifth-grade teacher; she’s retired these days and helps the sheriff solve crimes whether he wants her assistance or not (and corrects his grammar while doing so). Look for Fifty Mysteries in early October.

Remember, the folks who strike us as the most normal and sane may not be…

Lots and lots and lots of laughs!

When you have time, visit the recently-remodeled Dogwood Press web site at www.dogwoodpress.com for book signing schedules, photographs, and email addresses to reach us. And speaking of great beach reads, most of the Dogwood Press catalog is available for download to your Kindle:

RANDY PIERCE – Magnolia Mud
JOHN M. FLOYD – Deception
JOHN M. FLOYD – Clockwork
VALERIE WINN – Forsaking Mimosa
JOE LEE – Last Chance Texaco
JOE LEE – The Long Road Home
JOE LEE – Judgment Day
JOHN LEE – The Legend of Roger

Thanks for your time, come say hello at a book talk, and remember the sunscreen!

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