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Ivy Tobin, writing as Rose Gardner, has had amazing
success with her ThomasMax novel, My
Life as a Doormat. Ivy has had book
signings around the country -- mostly in her current home state of
Florida. But Ivy will be moving to New York in 2016, and she has a book
signing at Barnes & Noble in Manhattan (yes, the one in New York City)
in March of 2016. Her Facebook page, "The Society for Recovering
Doormats," boasts more
than 30,000 followers.
ThomasMax Publishing was saddened to learn of the deaths of two octagenarian authors in 2013. Harry Rubin, author of a series of novels about special teams in naval operations, passed away after an extended battle with cancer. J.D. Lankford, author of Walk With Me, died unexpectedly after a fight with pneumonia in November. Our condolences to all the families, especially J.D.'s widow, Debbie. We had previously lost an author on Dec. 31, 2011. John Hensel, whose Tales of a Suburban Gypsy was released in 2009, passed away unexpectedly. John had also been instrumental in leading authors Trevor Schaible and Matt McGill to ThomasMax. He was a popular man in the New Hope, PA, area, and will be missed.
ThomasMax is proud to announce three authors nominated for 2011 Georgia Author of the Year through the Georgia Writers Assocation. Susan Lindsley is nominated for best biography for Susan Myrick of Gone With The Wind, An Autobiographical Biography. John House has been nominated for best first novel for So Shall You Reap, and Dr. Terry Segal's The Enchanted Journey is a nominee in the Inspiration category. We continued our march in 2012 with nominations for Michael Tanner's A Victorian Tragedy, Susan Lindsley's Margaret Mitchell: A Scarlett or a Melanie? and Frances Ruffin's Famiglia. We also have nominations for 2013: Carved by Martha Phillips, Grew Up Loving Elvis by Peggy Mercer (a previous GAYA winner in children's writing) and The Bottom Rail, Susan Lindsley's debut novel.
Susan Lindsley has also been nominated for an Independent Publisher Award for her biography of her aunt, and a Pulitzer Prize for biography as well.
Veteran writer Susan Lindsley joins the ThomasMax lineup with a reprint of her popular Yesterplace, followed by her family-based Myrick Memories, which Susan edited. A biography of her aunt, Susan Myrick, consultant to the movie version of Gone With The Wind was released is Feb. 20, 2011 at a special opening of the GWTW Museum in Marietta. More than fifty people turned out for the event (normally the museum is closed on Sunday afternoons). The museum ordered forty copies of the book and sold out its entire stock.
Photos from the opening: ThomasMax's Lee Clevenger and R. Preston Ward with Susan; Susan flanked by some "Windies" (GWTW fans from various locations in Georgia) and Susan being interviewed by the Marietta Daily Journal. Click on a photo to see a larger version. The book sells for $29.95 in hardcover with a dust jacket. It can be purchased through the ThomasMax website or through most booksellers. Click "Books In Print 7" above to buy the book through this website.
Terry Segal's The Enchanted Journey offers a guide to life for those agonizing over battles with personal "dragons."
Poetry anyone? With the release of Matt McGill's I'm 17 and Out of My Mind, ThomasMax published its first poetry-only book in late 2010. Now in early 2011, we offer another book of poetry, this one by Trevor Schiable, entitled The Many Leaves of Wisdom.
The winner of the 2010 ThomasMax "You Are Published" contest was Grace Looper for Southern Fire, now available through booksellers (and this website).
Michael Tanner, whose The Well of Loneliness is a part of our Divacity Press lineup, has his second novel now in print entitled Whispers in the Dark. For more information, click the Divacity Press link above.
John Hensel's pre-release party for his book Tales of a Suburban Gypsy went "beyond my dreams" with a large attendance and more than 20 books sold to party-goers.
Professional romance novelist Elizabeth Sinclair, whose books have sold into the millions of copies, joins the ThomasMax lineup with her book on writing, The Dreaded Synopsis. Elizabeth gives workshops at writers' conferences on synopsis-writing, and since virtually all submission guidelines for novels in all genres call for a synopsis, this book is a must for all novelists and would-be novelists.
Paul Dunn, whose A Stroll Through Fitzgerald, Georgia, In The Forties has sold well into four figures, has completed two more books, the titles of which are Tremble Chin and The Lightning Slinger of Andersonville. Both books are now available.
Harry Rubin's sixth novel, Operation Narco Sub, is now available. Fans of Harry's naval crew from his first five novels will be happy to know they're back again . . . and even happier to know a sixth yarn is in the works!
ThomasMax goes hardcover for the second and third times in early 2008 with the release of Who's Who In Peoplestown, a community-sponsored book about an Atlanta community near downtown, and William Louis Robinson's IBM Shadow Force. Robinson's book is a first for ThomasMax: hardcover with a dust jacket! To see the complete jacket in a larger size, click the small image below:
Billy Joe Smith's collection of short stories, Country Tales of a Southern Boy, sold out its initial printing in the Brunswick area. Billy was the subject of an article in The Brunswick News and is currently working on a second book.
Martha Phillips was the winner of the 2007 ThomasMax "You Are Published" Contest at the Southeastern Writers Association Conference/Workshop. Martha's Written On A Rock has been the top fiction seller from ThomasMax in 2008. See photos of Harry Rubin and Lee Clevenger before the autograph party on the final day of the 2007 workshop:
ThomasMax goes hardcover for the first time with Bubba Goes To Alabama, A Spiritual Journey by Kenneth David Mobley, former writer for performers with NBC's "Saturday Night Live."
ThomasMax has entered the field of psychology with the releases of two books, Dr. Lynn Mary Karjala's Understanding Trauma and Dissociation and a collaboration of Dr. Karjala and Dr. Mary M. Gallagher on Taming Trauma Beasties, an illustrated book designed to be read to children who are being treated for trauma. Wonder if we'll soon be seeing them on Oprah?
Randall Arnold's The Resemblance was entered in the 11th annual South Carolina Book Festival. His book did well in wholesale sales in its first few weeks of release. Randall was honored with a full-page interview by The Albany Herald.
R. Preston Ward's The Moulin Huge, his first book, has sold well through such internet sellers as Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble's website in the early months of 2008. He's currently actively working on a sequel and another novel as well.
Harry Rubin has been busy promoting his novels, as evidenced by the photos below:
At left, Harry signs books at the Vietnam Veterans Association Meeting in Hinesville, GA. Center, Harry with author Jack McDevitt and Holly McClure at Hattie's Books in Brunswick. At right, Harry poses with two club members at Dream Catchers Book Store. Click on any picture to see a larger image.
Randall Arnold's The Resemblance won the ThomasMax "You Are Published Award at the Southeastern Writers Association 2006 Conference & Workshop. If you'd like to be considered for our next contest, check out the rules here
Several ThomasMax authors, including Bill Jackson, Paul Dunn, Tim Hudson, Lee Clevenger and B. Forrest Spink signed books at Hattie's Books in Brunswick, Georgia, in June 2006. Hattie's continues to carry most ThomasMax titles. Photos from the signings included (click photos to see larger images):
Bill Jackson signs Tim Hudson at work Paul Dunn with admirers Lee Clevenger with Don from Hattie's
Lee Clevenger was also presented with a birthday cake at the authors' autograph party at the Southeastern Writers Association (click on photo to see larger image):
Lee Clevenger from ThomasMax Publishing and author Paul Dunn had television appearances on WSST-TV in Cordele, Georgia, and WALB-TV in Albany, Georgia, to promote Paul's book signing at the Fitzgerald Blue-Grey Museum on October 15, 2005. Click photos to see larger images.
Photos from Paul Dunn's book signing at the Blue-Grey Museum (at left with author Holly McClure):