Dollface Author J.D. Frost and Other Ardent Writer Press Authors Featured at Barnes and Noble at Hamilton Place Mall in Chattanooga!

On Saturday, October 18, Barnes and Noble at Hamilton Place Mall in Chattanooga, Tennessee was the location of a multi-author book signing from authors in the Coffee Tree Writers Group and elsewhere in North Alabama, most of whom are represented by The Ardent Writer Press. The manager of Barnes and Noble, Kelley Flemings, asked that Ardent Writer Press extend invitations to several Alabama authors to attend and was a gracious host for all of us. Barnes and Noble was a busy place that Saturday afternoon, despite football.

Of special note was the appearance of J.D. Frost, whose crime thriller, Dollface, has had heavy exposure to the local crowd. Dollface is set in Chattanooga.  J.D. was accompanied by his wife, Donna.

Carol Ealons showcased her excellent non-fiction portrayal of the birth of jazz and swing in Alabama, Tuxedo Junction-Right Back Where I Belong. Carol’s sister-in-law, Sandra Pratt, attended, driving Carol who was recuperating from recent surgery. Charles Farley, author of 4 books and mystery novels, including the well-received biography of Bobby “Blue” Bland, Soul of a Man, was on hand. Charles will be published in March 2015 by the Ardent Writer Press for his historical fiction novel, The Hotel Monte Sano, a tale of romance and mystery in Huntsville, Alabama in the 1890s. Doyle Duke, author of the novel, Extended Vacation, and a critique entitled The Amazing Deception, was also in attendance along with the editor of The Ardent Writer Press, Steve Gierhart, representing his fantasy time-mash up, Shadow of the Conjurer.

J.D. Frost, author of Dollface, and his wife, Donna, set up at Barnes and Noble

J.D. Frost, author of Dollface, and his wife, Donna, set up at Barnes and Noble

The Frosts and Charles Farley talk about the business.

The Frosts and Charles Farley talk about the business.

Doyle Duke and J.D. Frost, fellow members of the Coffee Tree Writing Group in Huntsville Alabama

Doyle Duke and J.D. Frost, fellow members of the Coffee Tree Writing Group in Huntsville Alabama

 

 

Group Shot of Attending Authors (L-R; Duke, Gierhart, Farley, Ealons, Pratt, The Frosts)

Group Shot of Attending Authors (L-R; Duke, Gierhart, Farley, Ealons, Pratt, The Frosts)

Some of the books and novels of Charles Farley.

Some of the books and novels of Charles Farley.

Steve Gierhart and Carol Ealons talk about her future manuscript about Sammy Lowe

Steve Gierhart and Carol Ealons talk about her future manuscript about Sammy Lowe

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.