Did You Know the Last Train Robber in America Died in 2012 in Spartanburg, SC?

AUTHOR TALK and Luncheon
Tue Sep 22, 12:05 pmWilson CaseyWilson Casey
Trinity United Methodist Church
626 Norwood St, Spartanburg, SC

All Are Welcome!

$7.00 lunch tickets and reservations may be obtained by contacting church office: (864) 585-4884.bedlam

Wilson Casey will be speaking about the true train robbing story, the subject of his latest book. BEDLAM ON THE WEST VIRGINIA RAILS. Copies will be available for purchase and autographed inscription. $19.99 (cash or check).

Bedlam on the West Virginia Rails:
(True Crime)

Bedlam on the West Virginia Rails

Not just Trivia,
but Trivia with the Guinness World Record Holder!
Wilson Casey

bedlamBedlam on the West Virginia Rails: (True Crime)
Author: Wilson Casey

Last Train Robber in America
Died in 2012 Spartanburg, SC
Wilson Casey knew him!

Check out his Tell All New Book!
Head Bandit Firsthand Account!

He never meant to rob a moving train, nor get gunned down near the President of the U.S. It really happened.

Other history works are dead WRONG claiming Jesse James or Butch Cassidy

Tune In Radio 105.7 fm and 910 am Author Interview on the SOURCE for Spartanburg!
Fri Mar 20: Approx 8:00 am

Or listen live streaming via the internet.

Book Signing Event Sat Mar 21: 3:00 – 7 pm
Barnes and Noble, Spartanburg, SC.

FREE Calendar with Bedlam Book Purchase,
$15 Value While Supplies Last! (Directions)

Bedlam on the West Virginia Rails: (True Crime)
Author: Wilson Casey
Format: Paperback
Publish Date: Mar 16, 2015
ISBN-10: 1626198934
ISBN-13: 9781626198937
List Price:$19.99

Contact us to schedule speaking at your location.

Brookgreen Gardens Hosts Gullah Celebrity Chef

On Saturday, February 28, at 2 p.m. Sallie Ann Robinson, author and Gullah celebrity chef, will present “Cooking and Living the Daufuskie Gullah Way” a cooking demonstration of crab rice and pecan crunch cookies. Part of “The Reign of Rice Lecture Series” about the Spirituality of Rice Heritage, this winter program will be in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission. Reservations are required by calling 235-6016. Robinson will be available for book signings after the program.unnamed

Born on Daufuskie Island, off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina, Sallie Ann Robinson was among the students taught by Pat Conroy when the famous author was a teacher. Robinson has grown in her own right into the author of two celebrated cookbooks and an accomplished chef. Her culinary expertise has helped to preserve the food dishes for which her native island is famous and her work as a speaker nationwide, and as a tour guide on boat trips out of Savannah, Georgia, going to Daufuskie, have made her an authentic and much sought-after representative of Gullah culture.

Brookgreen Gardens is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and display American sculpture and regional plants, animals, and history. It is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

Reviewing Lowcountry Boneyard

Susan Boyer continues her Liz Talbot mystery series with Lowcountry Boneyard published by Henry Press. Lowcountry Boneyard is lovely writing with well-developed characters, a believable plot and plenty of interesting detail. It’s especially enjoyable for a reader who lives in or loves South Carolina, with the familiar settings, the families and traditions, even the restaurants and a touch of the supernatural. In fact, I’m pretty sure I know some of these people too. If you don’t already know about SOB (South of Broad) in Charleston, it’s easy enough to figure out.

Reading this title first was fine, although it would be preferable to first choose the Lowcountry Boil and Lowcountry Bombshell.

Watch for this one to publish in April 2015 and the following Lowcountry Bordello in November 2015.

Boyer may be unstoppable in conjuring mystery as she travels the social circles and back roads of the fascinating southern landscape.

Recommended Read: Air Force One Has Vanished

Air Force One has Vanished by David H. Brown
Air Force One has Vanished by David H. Brown

Where is the President?

Air Force One, the presidential jet, a symbol of US power that has traditionally been shrouded in so much secrecy IS MISSING…and because Air Force One is not technically a plane, but simply the call sign for any air force plane in which the president is traveling, the President of the United States is also missing!

Why is there no sitting vice president? Washington is in turmoil. Who is in charge?

So begins the new, fast-paced, highly relevant thriller by author David H. Brown whose 24-year-career as a government public relations officer gives him a unique vantage point into the inner workings of the U.S. government.

This political novel is an emotional roller coaster with a plot well-timed and seems to be plucked straight out of today’s headlines.

This is Brown’s ninth book. He also has been a public speaker for half a century.

See reviews or order the book from Amazon.com. 

Contact us for book signing or speaking information.

Introducing Renee Miller

We love meeting new authors, and it’s our pleasure to introduce another with a bit about her own story, and a recommendation of reading her first two novels: In the  Bones and The Legend of Jackson Murphy.

Guest post by author Renee Miller

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As I prepare to promote the publication of my second novel, THE LEGEND OF JACKSON MURPHY, I’m making the social media rounds that marketing requires. This involves some guest posts (thank you, by the way for having me) and interviews. For every book we write, authors usually find ourselves answering questions like “Where do you come up with your ideas?” and “Who or what inspired your characters?” My favorite is, “Why did you self-publish?” Or they ask who my publisher is, and I say myself, and then we fall into awkward silence.

Self-publishing was not a decision I made lightly. I kind of went into it kicking and screaming. My ultimate goal is to publish my work with a traditional publisher, but today’s industry is changing rapidly and if you want to stay in the game, you have to keep up. Publishing your own books is not an easy task, not if you’re doing it right. You’re the editor, publisher, marketing guru, and pretty much everything. You’re all of it. This requires a lot of time and energy, and if it bombs, it’s all on you. That’s a lot of pressure and it’s exhausting. I don’t recommend it if you can avoid it, but as I said, the publishing industry is changing, so self-publishing is now a tool for new authors. It’s something I had to try.

For several years now I’ve written, queried, built my “platform” and got nowhere. I’ve had requests for partials and full manuscripts from agents and a couple of publishers, but in the end, it didn’t pan out the way I’d hoped for various reasons. Now I have a stack of manuscripts pretty much ready to go (I’ll admit, all of them could use a professional edit or two before publication), but nothing else. Sure, I have publishing credits. I write for a living, so my name is all over the Internet if you read online news/content sites. But these weren’t what publishers wanted to see, I guess. So there I was.

Then I read an article, and I can’t recall where it was I read it, about the hybrid model. Indie authors choosing to self-publish to create a bit of buzz so that publishers would have proof they weren’t a risk. Interesting, I thought. I read more articles, some by self-published authors who would never go to a publisher, others by authors already published traditionally who took the indie route for off-genre titles or backlists, and a few by authors hoping to “get noticed.”

Realistically, self-publishing alone won’t get a girl noticed. Not unless you hit that lucky spot where you sell a bazillion copies and force everyone to notice you. Not likely to happen. I believe my writing is good, my characters are relatable and that I can build a base of readers that will buy future books based on the ones I have out there now. My plan is to take that reader base to a publisher eventually. I’m not going to wait to be discovered, because I don’t live in La-La Land.

So far I’ve had fantastic results with self-publishing. By fantastic, I don’t mean I’m making a ton of money. I’m selling far more books than I expected. Locally (by locally I mean Tweed, ON and surrounding area), I’m closing in on 300 books sold (combined sales of 2 books) in local stores since March, 2013. I went into this believing I’d be lucky to break 100 books, so that makes me very happy. The feedback from readers is positive as well. They enjoy my characters and the plots keep them turning the page, which any writer wants to hear.

I could probably sell more books if I tweeted links and did the blog rounds, but my marketing plan isn’t to plaster myself everywhere. Maybe that’s a mistake, but I won’t annoy people into buying my books. I see authors tweeting links to their books constantly on Twitter. My feed is full of such tweets. Probably 3 out of every 5 tweets is “Buy my book!” That’s not the way to market, in my opinion.

My marketing plan is to be present and noticeable, but not just for my books. As a reader, I love authors who get in there as real people. They interact and make you laugh, cry, or whatever, and it’s not all about the books or the writing. Chuck Wendig and Christopher Moore are perfect examples of brilliant marketing. Yes, they promote their books, but if you follow either on Facebook or Twitter, you’re going to be entertained and informed. This is what I want to do. Have I succeeded? Um…not just yet. These guys are funny and damn smart. I need to work on one of those, possibly both.

When I sat down to determine how I’d market THE LEGEND OF JACKSON MURPHY, I chose to be low-key. I didn’t do the blog tour, because I’ve done that once. It felt hokey and weird to pay someone to organize readers and reviews. It feels dirty. Anyway, the character of Jackson Murphy almost markets himself. He’s an asshole. He’s a jerk and a lot of other things we don’t like. But he’s also got a bit of everyone inside his brain. He does and says the things we might want to do and say, but we refrain from acting on the temptation because of the consequences.

Instead of asking folks to read this book, I’m daring them. Some people can say no to a dare, but those people are missing out. Ahem, in my opinion, of course.






From Professional Hockey Player to Published Novelist


By Guest Blogger/Author Luke Murphy

From a family of avid readers, even as a child, I always had a passion for books. Whether it was reading novels on road trips or writing assignments in school, literature was always part of my life.

In the winter of 2000, after sustaining a season ending eye injury while playing professional hockey in Oklahoma City, I found myself with a lot of time on my hands, and a new hobby emerged.

I didn’t write with the intention of being published. I wrote for the love of writing, as a hobby. I continued to hobby write through the years, honing my craft, making time between work and family obligations.

Then I made a decision to take my interest one step further. I’ve never been one to take things lightly or jump in half way. I took a full year off from writing to study the craft.

I constantly read, from novels in my favorite genres to books written by experts in the writing field. My first two purchases were “Stein on Writing”, a book written by successful editor Sol Stein, and “Self-Editing for Fiction Writers” by Renni Browne and Dave King.

I read through these novels and highlighted important answers to my questions. My major breakthrough from Stein’s book was to “Show don’t Tell”. I had to trust my readers. I even wrote that phrase on a sticky note and put it on my computer monitor.

The Self-Editing book helped me learn how to cut the FAT off my manuscript, eliminating unnecessary details, making it more lean and crisp, with a better flow. I learned to cut repetition and remain consistent throughout the novel.

I continually researched the internet, reading up on the industry and process “What is selling?” and “Who is buying?” were my two major questions.

I attended the “Bloody Words” writing conference in Ottawa, Canada, rubbing elbows with other writers, editors, agents and publishers. I made friends (published and unpublished authors), bombarding them with questions, learning what it took to become successful.

Feeling that I was finally prepared, in the winter of 2007, with an idea in mind and an outline on paper, I started to write DEAD MAN`S HAND. It took me two years (working around full time jobs) to complete the first draft of my novel.

The first person to read my completed manuscript was my former high school English teacher. With her experience and wisdom, she gave me some very helpful advice. I then hired McCarthy Creative Services to help edit DEAD MAN’S HAND, to make it the best possible novel.

I joined a critique group, teaming up with published authors Nadine Doolittle and Kathy Leveille, and exchanging manuscripts and information. Working with an editor and other authors was very rewarding and not only made my novel better, but made me a better writer.

When I was ready, I researched agents who fit my criteria (successful, worked with my genres, etc.) and sent out query letters. After six months of rejections, I pulled my manuscript back and worked on it again. Then in my next round of proposals, I was offered representation by the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency.

After months of editing with Jennifer, and more rejections from publishers, my dream was finally realized in April, 2012, when I signed a publishing contract with Imajin Books (Edmonton, Alberta).Luke Murphy

What happens when the deck is stacked against you…

From NFL rising-star prospect to wanted fugitive, Calvin Watters is a sadistic African-American Las Vegas debt-collector framed by a murderer who, like the Vegas Police, finds him to be the perfect fall-guy.

…and the cards don’t fall your way?

When the brutal slaying of a prominent casino owner is followed by the murder of a well-known bookie, Detective Dale Dayton is thrown into the middle of a highly political case and leads the largest homicide investigation in Vegas in the last twelve years.

What if you’re dealt a Dead Man’s Hand?

Against his superiors and better judgment, Dayton is willing to give Calvin one last chance. To redeem himself, Calvin must prove his innocence by finding the real killer, while avoiding the LVMPD, as well as protect the woman he loves from a professional assassin hired to silence them.

Dead Man’s Hand is a pleasure, a debut novel that doesn’t read like one, but still presents original characters and a fresh new voice.” Thomas Perry, New York Times bestselling author of Poison Flower

“You may want to give it the whole night, just to see how it turns out.”—William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Lincoln Letter


Luke Murphy lives in Shawville, Quebec with his wife, three daughters and pug.

He played six years of professional hockey before retiring in 2006. Since then, he’s held a number of jobs, from sports columnist to radio journalist, before earning his Bachelor of Education degree (Magna Cum Laude).

Murphy`s debut novel, Dead Man`s Hand, was released by Imajin Books on October 20, 2012.

For more information on Luke and his books, visit: www.authorlukemurphy.com, like his Facebook page www.facebook.com/#!/AuthorLukeMurphy and follow him on Twitter www.twitter.com/#!/AuthorLMurphy

Beach Music Book Author to Speak in Calabash, NC

Author Howie Thompson will discuss his new book, And the Bands Played On at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, N.C.  The presentation is part of the gallery’s ongoing Coffee With the Authors series. According to Thompson the book, which features some 60-plus bands, deejays and industry notables, tells the story of beach music from many different points of view.

Carolina beach music developed from various musical styles of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. It includes a wide variety of musical genres and influences, ranging from big-band swing instrumentals to the more raucous sounds of blues/jump blues, jazz, doo-wop, boogie, rhythm and blues, reggae, rockabilly, and old-time rock and roll.

Beach music is closely associated with the style of the swing dance known as the shag or the Carolina shag, which is the official state dance of both North Carolina and South Carolina.

Thompson begins his project by taking the advice of local club owner H. Lee Brown: to talk to legendary Charlotte, N.C. vocalist Billy Scott, who passed away in November 2012. Conversations with Scott provided ideas, experiences and invaluable insights, which served as a perfect springboard for Thompson’s book.

From there, he goes on to share stories of legends, friends, the many men and women, and the bands behind the music.  And The Bands Played On is a treasure trove of historical facts, musical culture and information.

Howie Thompson is also the author of Fat Harold: Legendary King of Shag and several sports books. He was an award-winning coach, earning three consecutive Adidas/NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year awards, two high school and youth state sportsmanship awards.

The Coffee With the Authors event at Sunset River Marketplace will be Thursday, May 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. Coffee, tea and breakfast treats will be served. The presentation is free, but seating is limited so reservations are required. Call the gallery at 910.575.5999 or send an email to lassiter@sunsetrivermarketplace.com

Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 200 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of art work in virtually every genre. Custom framing, painting and pottery classes and art workshops are also offered through the gallery. Since opening its doors in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has supported not only the visual arts, but literary and performing arts, as well. It has become a popular community center and art hub for both N.C.’s Brunswick County and nearby Horry County, S.C.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, N.C. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 910-575-5999or visit the website: http://www. sunsetrivermarketplace.com.

Iconic Historian Jack Thompson Speaks in Calabash

Jack_Photo Myrtle Beach, S.C. historian, photographer and beloved local icon Jack Thompson, will make a presentation at Sunset River Marketplace  April 11 at 10 a.m., as part of the Calabash, N.C. art gallery’s Coffee With the Author series. His book, which is titled Memories of Myrtle Beach: a Pictorial History of the Grand Strand Through the Eyes of Jack Thompson, features over 175 Grand Strand images that take the viewer on a journey through the author’s life at the beach.JackT_wall

Originally from Greenville, S.C., Jack Thompson has been photographing Myrtle Beach happenings since he stepped off a bus and accepted a job at the Myrtle Beach Pavilion back in 1951. That was Jack behind the camera snapping “mug shots” at the Myrtle Beach Jail. He was there during the heyday of the Ocean Forest Hotel and he was there to witness its implosion. Last year the state of South Carolina recognized Jack as the Official Chronicler of South Carolina’s Grand Strand and celebrated his birthday, Sept. 21, 2012 as Jack Thompson Remembering Myrtle Beach Day in Myrtle Beach.

Jack admits to his love at first sight with Myrtle Beach. “ …She has an alluring charm about her … If you give in to her promise … she will cast a spell over you and fill your shoes with sand that will sweep into your blood and melt your heart. That’s Myrtle, she’s a lady and she has my number … and continues to call!”

During the Coffee With the Authors event, Jack will discuss some of his famous images including the now defunct local Ocean Drive dance joint, The Pad; the implosion series of the Ocean Forest; and chronicling the city’s Sun Fun Festival through its 60-year run.

The event at Sunset River Marketplace is free, but space is limited so reservations are required. Call 910-575-5999 or send an email to lassiter@sunsetrivermarketplace.com.

Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 200 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of artwork in virtually every genre. Custom framing, painting and pottery classes and art workshops are also offered through the gallery. Since opening its doors in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has supported not only the visual arts, but literary and performing arts, as well. It has become a popular community center and art hub for both N.C.’s Brunswick County and nearby Horry County, S.C.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, N.C. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 910-575-5999 or visit the website: http://www. sunsetrivermarketplace.com.

Get Your Trivia Now

Meet author and Guinness World Record Holder

Trivia Guy Wilson Casey

Barnes & Noble, Spartanburg, SC, 1-4 pm, Dec. 1

Various works available including latest 2013 Golf Trivia daily box calendar.   A good idea to call ahead and reserve a copy of this and any other works, as last 5 appearances resulted in complete sellouts!

If you don’t want a golf gift, choose almost any other type of trivia content, and our Trivia Guy has published it. He’s available to emcee or entertain at your location too. Ask us for info: info@SpeakersInternational.com or send us your details and we will contact you.