Pick of the Litter

After a two year wait for one of their pups, I had the pick of the litter from the breeder. They are selective about who gets one of their dogs. She was born November 9, 2003 in Shiner, Texas. I named her for where she was born. My granddaughter Ashleigh didn’t think Shiner was a proper name for such a pretty dog. She assumed I named the pup for a beer brewed in the town by that name.

Ashleigh thought Lulu would be more appropriate and I agreed to it as this dog was a lulu. The dog’s mother was named Belle so Lulu became Lulubelle. We have traveled nearly 100K miles together telling stories and just having fun. Not once has she tried to tell me how to drive. She just enjoys the ride and I enjoy her company.

The dog characters in my writing have developed from Lulubelle and my older dog Daisy’s traits. Lulubelle has a touching role in my latest book, Children of the Revolution. I cried when I wrote the moving scene of Adam saying goodbye to a stray dog that befriended him on the battlefield of Guilford Courthouse. Books of the Westward Sagas Series may be purchased on my website by clicking here.

Happy Birthday, Lulubelle!

So Many Stories, So Little Time

In lieu of a blog today, I encourage those in the area of Jonesborough, Tennessee to come by and enjoy a fun weekend of storytelling at the 40th Annual National Storytelling Festival.

I will be telling stories and signing books at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, October 7, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

David Bowles, On the Road Again

Television Appearance for “Children of the Revolution”

David was interviewed by Morgan King on the WJHL Daytime Tri-Cities Book Club, Johnson City, Tennessee, on October 2, 2012.

Tri-Cities Tour

I am looking forward to seeing storytelling friends and readers at the 40th Annual National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee the first weekend in October. It is the perfect setting to launch my next book and the story of the Children of the Revolution.

Book 3, Children of the Revolution in the Westward Sagas series is simultaneously being introduced in Jonesborough, Johnson City, and Greeneville during National Storytelling Week. East Tennessee is where many patriot soldiers settled after the American Revolution. Children of the Revolution is about their progeny, America’s first generation coming of age in Washington and Greene Counties.

Well known pioneers; David Deaderick, Dr. William Chester, Nicholas Fain, Christopher Taylor, Adam Mitchell, Reverends Doak, Balch, and Witherspoon all played important roles in settling the area. All are characters in the 100-year odyssey of the Westward Sagas series that includes Book 1, Spring House; Book 2, Adam’s Daughters; and Book 3, Children of the Revolution.

All events I will be participating in below are open to the public and free of charge. Hope to see you at one of the events.

The week starts with a TV appearance on the “Daytime Tri-Cities” Show with Amy Lynn and Morgan King, Tuesday morning, October 2. This will be my second appearance on their show and a great group they are at WJHL/CBS affiliate.

A book signing and reception at the Historic General Morgan Inn in Greeneville, Tennessee on Wednesday, October 3, 2-4 p.m.

Storytelling and book signing at Gracious Designs in Johnson City, Tennessee, Thursday, October 4, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., followed by afternoon tea.

Book signing in the Jonesborough Visitors Center, Thursday, October 4, 1:30-5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, October 7, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Downtown Jonesborough

Catalina Island

The Catalina Jet, a high speed catamaran, was followed by a pod of frolicking dolphins; we viewed a lone sea lion diving for his morning snack of abalone. Once on land, I rented a six passenger golf cart to tour the 76 square mile Island. On a hill, a buffalo roamed freely, its ancestors brought to Santa Catalina Island in 1924 for a movie. One hundred fifty bison now call Catalina home and have become the island’s mascot.

My goal was to tour the home of author Zane Grey, now known as the Pueblo Hotel, a small bed and breakfast in need of much renovation. Grey built the home in 1926 and spent his last years there pursuing his passions; writing, beautiful women and fishing.

What a view the famous author had of the azure blue waters. From his study, it would have been hard to work with such pleasant surroundings below. My interest in Zane Grey was kindled during a conversation with my editor, Lillie Ammann. When I expressed my concerns of writing historical fiction about family, she suggested I research a doctor by the name of Pearl Zane Grey.

Research revealed the dentist dropped his first name and authored more than ninety published books; hundreds of his works were adapted for film and later television. The Lone Ranger and Zane Grey Theater are among the most recognized. He formed his own motion picture company that became part of Paramount Pictures. Zane Grey sold over forty million books using the stories of his ancestors.

I learned a lot about this famous author while vacationing with my children and grandchildren on Catalina Island.

David and Grandson Nick in Grey’s Studio

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