Free Summer Reading Event Offered At Historic Rugby On July 12

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Heading for the beach and need a good read to take along? On Saturday, July 12, at 7 p.m. (eastern) in the Rebecca Johnson Theater (Historic Rugby Visitor Center), there will be an evening with emerging author Janie Dempsey Watts. This free event will include readings and a book signing. Copies of Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge will be available for purchase.

Set in the shadow of Lookout Mountain, Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge is a timeless story of coming home to find yourself. Avie Williams found a career and husband far from home. When her father dies, she must return to North Georgia to settle his estate. She soon recognizes that she doesn’t want to part with the home she grew up in, and the familiar surroundings helped her put a name on what was missing from her life in California. Throw in greedy relatives, a legendary Cherokee silver mine, and a new neighbor, and there is conflict, mystery, and the possibility of romance. This is a perfect book for the beach or for down time anywhere.

Janie Dempsey Watts was born in Chattanooga and grew up riding horses on the family farm just across the Georgia line. She holds journalism degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Southern California. She has written for newspapers, magazines and television and also authored five screenplays. Her essays have been published in Christian Science Monitor, Guideposts magazine, several editions of Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Georgia Backroads magazine. She is a columnist for Catoosa Life Magazine. She, too, has returned home and lives near the family farm in north Georgia.

 

 


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