Arthur “Butch” Carroll signs a contract with The Ardent Writer Press to publish his novel of marijuana dealing and life in the south Alabama culture of the 1960s.

Arthur “Butch” Carroll signed with The Ardent Writer Press to publish his novel of murder and drug dealing in Alabama, Toker’s Blood – A Southern Take on Gettin’Off, Gettin’ Away and Murder in the 1960s.

Butch shows small town life in south Alabama in a different way as he reflects on the darkside of high school friends poor and well-off whose lives are changed by drug dealing and murder in the marijuana industry of the 1960s.  Along the way, he stirs in a bit of dance and romance in the back seat and dance floors of everyday southern life of an age passed, one filled with fast cars, beer, and scandal.

Butch is also the author of Confederate Jasmine, a tale of families fighting on opposite sides of that bloody war.

Steve Gierhart of the Ardent Writer Press was especially happy to finally meet Butch at the Alabama Book Festival on April 19, but was unfortunately unable to meet Butch’s talented artist wife, Betty.  Betty has conducted many shows throughout the southeast that showcase her varied work.

The Ardent Writer Press welcomes Butch into the fold.  Toker’s Blood is scheduled for publication in the summer of 2014.

Arthur "Butch" Carroll stands next to a poster of his upcoming novel on small town 1960s life and marijuana dealers, Toker's Blood, at the Alabama Book Festival.

Arthur “Butch” Carroll stands next to a poster of his upcoming novel on small town 1960s life and marijuana dealers, Toker’s Blood, at the Alabama Book Festival.

Steve Gierhart
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight.  The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful.  It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them.  While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted.  They persevered. Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses. Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination. He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.