Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Interview with Leo Daughtry, Author of Talmadge Farm

 


Leo Daughtry is a life-long resident of North Carolina. He grew up among the tobacco fields of Sampson County which served as inspiration for his debut novel, Talmadge Farm. After graduating from Wake Forest University and its School of Law, he established a private law practice in Smithfield, N.C. He was a member of the N.C. House and Senate for twenty-eight years, including serving as House Majority Leader and House Minority Leader. When not practicing law, Leo enjoys spending time in Atlantic Beach with his wife and daughters. For more information on Leo or Talmadge Farm, please visit www.leodaughtry.com.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up on a tobacco farm in eastern North Carolina, in Sampson County. My family grew tobacco, sold fertilizer and seed, and managed a tobacco auction. It was our whole world.

When did you begin writing?

I’ve had the idea for Talmadge Farm in my head for decades, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I began to get serious about getting it down on paper. My daughters encouraged me; I think they were tired of hearing me talk about my idea for a book! 

What is this book about?  

Talmadge Farm, set in 1957, is about three families who live together on a tobacco farm in North Carolina. Wealthy landowner Gordon Talmadge enjoys the lavish lifestyle he inherited but doesn’t like getting his hands dirty; he leaves that to the two sharecroppers – one white, one Black – who farm his tobacco but have bigger dreams for their own children. While Gordon takes no interest in the lives of his tenant farmers, a brutal attack between his son and the sharecropper children sets off a chain of events that leaves no one unscathed. Over the span of a decade, Gordon struggles to hold on to his family’s legacy as the old order makes way for a New South.


What inspired you to write it?

I lived through changing times, particularly the 1950s when there was nearly complete segregation in the South, especially in rural areas. I witnessed first-hand people who enjoyed privilege that was unearned as well as racial injustices that denied Black people access to the same opportunities as white people. Then in the 1960s, everything began to change. Sharecropping disappeared as new opportunities became available, and young Black people began to migrate North or join the Army. I wanted to create a story that showed characters dealing with these changing times.

And a farm with sharecroppers is a bit of a pressure cooker environment, a codependency fraught with resentment. You have the farm owner’s family – in many cases people of wealth and entitlement – living just down the driveway from the sharecropping families. The sharecroppers were poor and had limited options, so they felt stuck living on a farm that didn’t belong to them doing backbreaking work with no way out. It’s a situation that lends itself to drama: families with major differences in class/race/socioeconomic status living in such close proximity to one another.

Was the road to publication smooth sailing or a bumpy ride?

Let’s just say that getting this book published was a long and difficult process! 

What is one piece of advice you would like to share with aspiring authors everywhere?

If you have a story to tell, commit to getting it down on paper. Whatever that might look like for you, make it happen. Start today. I wish I had done this years ago.

What is up next for you?

I’m excited for people to read Talmadge Farm and to hear their reactions.


Sunday, June 23, 2024

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - June 24

Welcome to It's Monday! What Are You Reading?



It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.   

Welcome back! Here we are at the last Monday of the month. How is that possible? I know last week flew by for us. Dealing with insurance since the car accident took forever, but I hope everything will be resolved today. This week will be hectic, since we leave Friday for our favorite place.


Theo is ready for the beach!

Dance recital for the Lil' Diva was this weekend. She is such a beautiful dancer, and we have enjoyed watching her grow up there. She also teaches part-time. My photos aren't great, but they all looked lovely on stage. 





The blog was mostly quiet last week. Without my car, I haven't listened to anything on Audible. I did, however, read through some of this one. I need to finish it soon.


I am done with this biography from Melissa Gilbert. This was much more to my liking than her first one.


I ended up enjoying this book, too. Need time to write a review. 


The vacation book list is growing. The last two are new arrivals. 











Upcoming events:
  • Interview with Leo Daughtry, author of Talmadge Farm - June 24
  • Is Truth Stranger Than Fiction? You Decide... by JB Miller - July 3 (Review)
  • The Righteous Arrows by Brian J. Morra - July (Review)
  • Knowing by Mark Cox - August 22 (Review)
  • Death in St. George's by M. A. Monnin - August 23 (Review)
  • Hollywood Underworld by Lindy S. Hudis - August 30 (Review)


You can read the latest Christmas news at the Christmas Year Round blog. Check it out here!

Looking forward to your comments and to visiting your blogs. Enjoy your week!

Sunday, June 16, 2024

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - June 17

Welcome to It's Monday! What Are You Reading?



It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.   

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a nice week. As is typical when we are planning to leave for vacation at the end of the month, my schedule is hectic. In addition to a closing coming up today, some of us spent two days at the Wilbraham Peach Blossom Festival. It was a ton of work and a ton of fun! On Sunday, I worked in the morning, but took the afternoon off to spend with family. We played games together, which was awesome. On our way to take the man of the house out for ice cream, our car was hit. We are all fine. My car is not. So, if I don't visit your blog right away, please don't take offense. My jampacked scheduled for Monday just got busier as I deal with insurance and other blah things like that. Please pray they can fix my car, since I just paid it off in October and was looking forward to not having a car payment for a while. 


HB Real Estate at the Wilbraham Peach Blossom Festival


On the reading front, I downloaded this book from NetGalley for an August review.


I posted a First Chapter Review of this rockstar romance. You can read my review here.


 I read more of this one Saturday night. I have a couple more chapters to go.  


I finished this one on Sunday. Look for a review soon. 


My brain is so tired that I haven't read much of this one lately. The topic, however, is fascinating. 


All these are coming on vacation. 







Upcoming events:
  • Is Truth Stranger Than Fiction? You Decide... by JB Miller - July 3 (Review)
  • The Righteous Arrows by Brian J. Morra - July (Review)
  • Death in St. George's by M. A. Monnin - August 23 (Review)
  • Hollywood Underworld by Lindy S. Hudis - August 30 (Review)


You can read the latest Christmas news at the Christmas Year Round blog. Check it out here!

Looking forward to your comments and to visiting your blogs. Enjoy your week!

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

First Chapter Review & Giveaway: Rock Crush and Roll by Hunter Snow

 


I received a digital copy of this first chapter from Goddess Fish Promotions. Read all the way through to learn more about this book tour's giveaway. 

BLURB: Tyler Robertson is a music manager. Cary Kingston is the biggest rock star in the world. She's sworn off dating musicians. And he's a confirmed bachelor.

But when their working relationship turns into something more, she wonders if she's falling for the rock star or the person.

You can't always get what you want... but sometimes you can.


COVER: Isn't this the best cover! You know it's a contemporary romance by its design, the title is clever, and love that vibrant cover. 

FIRST CHAPTER: Tyler Robertson and her colleague, Kim, do all the grunt work managing bands for their boss, Sebastien. It's a thankless task that requires babysitting these rockers. 

After dropping off a drummer's passport so he can make it to his next gig, Tyler and her trusty canine companion, Rory, head to the office to do some paperwork. That's when they are surprised by Cary Kingston.

Cary is the biggest rock start represented by SDM, and he's an international rockstar. When Tyler agrees to help him with his fan mail, she can't help but drool over the guy. But what would he want a girl like her for? 

KEEP READING: Definitely! What a fun read! Between pop culture references, the drudgery of the job that you know somehow Cary is going to save Tyler from, and the witty banter, how could I not continue? The author sets up Tyler's life before introducing Cary into the mix. Reading ahead, it looks like Rock Crush and Roll will be told from both of their points of view, which will give the reader a better glimpse into each character. Would love to polish this one off soon.


READ AN EXCERPT!

“She hates my music,” Cary told Vegas as he climbed into their chauffeured SUV. 

Vegas turned his head. “What?” 

“Tyler Robertson.” His tone became impatient as he went on, “She hates my music, Vegas. It’s kind of obvious.” 

He shrugged. “What the f*** do you care?” 

“What did she say? Does she think I’m a has-been?” His biggest fear in life was becoming obsolete. His records weren’t selling like they used to and hit singles were few and far between. He’d rather die than have his new love interesting thinking he was passé. 

“She hasn’t said anything.” Vegas arched an eyebrow. “At least not to me. What’s gotten into you, man?” 

Cary slid down in his seat and scrolled through his phone. “Nothing,” he said dismissively, not wanting to talk about it even though he’d been the one to bring it up in the first place. Tyler was the first woman in years, maybe ever, who’d made him feel insecure.


  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tellwell Talent (December 16, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 332 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1739047605
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1739047603

I received a digital copy of this book from the publicist. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.



After (barely) surviving a career in the music industry, Hunter Snow now lives to tell its tales. She writes contemporary romances from her home in the Pacific Northwest. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. 

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Wishes



Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  

Welcome back to Tuesday! Hope you're having a good week. REALTOR Day on Beacon Hill was fun. I'm glad, however, to be back home and concentrating on other things. At least I got some good exercise walking around the state house. 

This week it is time to look at books on your friends' wish lists to see if you want to grant any wishes. I've tried it once and received a book from my list, so I sent one in return. Here is how it works:

List the TOP TEN books you’d love to own and include a link to your wish list so that people can grant your wishes. Make sure you link your wish list to your mailing address or include the email address associated with your e-reader in the list description so people know how to get the book to you. After you post, jump around the Linky featured at That Artsy Reader Girl and grant a wish or two if you’d like. Please don’t feel obligated to send anything to anyone!

I put together my book list last time Bookish Wishes were done, but I've also added a few books since then. You can check out Cheryl's Book List here. These are my...

TOP TEN BOOKISH WISHES











Have you read any of these? What are some bookish wishes you are looking to have granted?

Sunday, June 9, 2024

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - June 10

Welcome to It's Monday! What Are You Reading?



It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.   

Welcome back to Monday! I am posting this early because I am in Boston participating in REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill. It is so fun to visit our state legislators and discuss issues facing property owners across the Commonwealth. 

Last week was a mixed bag. We lost a good friend. A client of mine lost her mother unexpectedly, so please keep her family up in prayer. Met my oldest sister for breakfast one morning. Had inspections at a listing of mine that is under contract. Sunday evening, our family got to play a couple of games of UNO, which we haven't done in forever. I received a new editing project as well.


Front flower beds doing nicely


Showings on Saturday


Friday night we ate at a local Mexican restaurant


Theo's Sunday afternoon walk

Posted a First Chapter Review of this book. There are a couple days left for the giveaway. 


Also highlighted this book last week. The author has an amazing giveaway. You can read about it here.


On the reading front, I am almost done with this one. 


I decided to stick with this one because the content is great. I've been listening in the car between appointments. 


I didn't get to this one, but might read some this week. 


All these are coming on vacation. 







Upcoming events:
  • Rock, Crush, and Roll by Hunter Snow - June 12 (First Chapter Review)
  • Is Truth Stranger Than Fiction? You Decide... by JB Miller - July 3 (Review)
  • The Righteous Arrows by Brian J. Morra - July (Review)


You can read the latest Christmas news at the Christmas Year Round blog. Check it out here!

That's it for me. I won't be visiting your blogs until later. Looking forward to your comments. Enjoy your week!