Shanon Grey in Moreland

I spent Sunday with Santa and Mrs. Claus. I actually met them a couple of years ago; but, this time, my husband was with me. After I introduced them, he turned and smiled, whispering, “I just shook hands with Santa!”

Book signings are so much fun and I always meet new people, making new friends, as well as seeing some old friends. This one was extra special because of all the children that came to meet and talk with Santa. Some are quite open about what they want and others whisper it so their parents won’t hear. Then, there’s always a little one who’s all excited until they get near and then wail in fright, still watching to make sure Santa won’t forget them.

I had such a great time. And, I have to admit, I gave Santa my list. When he saw how long it is, he looked at me, threw back his head and let out a loud, “Ho! Ho! Ho!”

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Book Signing — Moreland Hometown Holiday Celebration!

Come see Shanon Grey and Santa & Mrs. Claus this Sunday at the Moreland’s Hometown Holiday Celebration, 7 Main Street, Moreland, GA! Fun for all!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving. I always say I’m going to keep it simple. And, truly, it was. Just too much, especially for two people. The turkey, the dressing, the veggies, the cranberry sauce, the potatoes (they can’t be designated as mere veggies), the rolls, and the gravy. Let’s not forget the pumpkin pie with whipped cream. We’ll have food for several days.

There are too many blessings in my life to list but I definitely find myself being thankful for my family and friends, old and new. I have had such great comments on my newest novel and just had some fun discussions with my readers. I enjoy that so much.

I have a book signing Sunday in Moreland, GA. I will post more about that tomorrow. Right now I’m off the enjoy the rest of the food coma! Love and hugs and Happy Thanksgiving! ❤

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Available now: Where the Mistletoe Grows

My newest novel, Where the Mistletoe Grows, is now live!!!
On Amazon–digital and print:
On Barnes & Noble–print can be ordered:
(I haven’t gotten the others done yet, but I will–life has interrupted me a bit.)

“He survived Covid. Just barely. Now, at the suggestion of a friend, he’s headed to Ruthorford to heal and adjust to the altered life he faces. Signing into the Abbott Bed & Breakfast under a pseudonym, Ray Grissom, the once-famous artist hopes to come to grips with the changes Covid has forced upon him.
When Bonnie, the introverted twin, steps into the elevator at the B & B, she comes face-to-face with the most captivating man she’d ever seen. Their chemistry is instant. All they can do is stare, until he steps off the elevator and is gone.
After a quick walk through what would be Ray’s haven for a week, he settles in to enjoy a fine dinner, only to suffer a stroke. The temptress from the elevator places her hand on his shoulder, instantly bringing him calm. With the help of a neurosurgeon and the descendants, Ray begins to recover, regaining far more than what he’d lost to Covid.
However, danger has come to Ruthorford, threatening descendant and non-descendant alike, and the only one that can help them is Ray. Grateful for all they’ve given him, he offers assistance, unaware it could cost him, if not his life, his sanity.”

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Happy Veterans’ Day!

I was born into a military family in a military town. I married a Vet. I know the honors and the trials surrounding our Veterans. We can’t thank them enough for all the sacrifices they make to ensure we enjoy our freedoms and our lives. As a nation, it is our obligation to give back to them. They have earned it. Please help them get the care and the gratitude they deserve.

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A Simple Thrill

Today, I received one of the simplest and one of the most wonderful parts about being a writer–the copyright for my latest novel, Where the Mistletoe Grows. It never gets old. It is now in the Library of Congress. It is mine.

Even though I’m in the middle of final edits, cover design, and all the minutiae that goes with being an author, the moment that envelope arrived with Library of Congress on the return, I stopped what I was doing, opened it, and grinned from ear to ear. I read it over and over and held it against my heart.

For all of those struggling with their writing, with the process, don’t be discouraged. Finish your work, your piece of art, and get that copyright. Then, smile like a Cheshire cat.

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Welcome October

‘Tis the season and I managed to pull out the totes from the basement to dress my cottage in the woods in her Fall finery. Given that I never remember to mark the totes, what I uncover is usually a surprise and my decor varies greatly from year to year. I so love the colors of fall and apply them liberally throughout.

I admit that part of my decorating frenzy has been spurred on by the fact that I sent my newest novel to my editor and, rather than bite my nails to the quick, I thought I’d apply that nervous energy into something constructive. Now, I will head back to the basement in search of some of my fun Halloween decorations. More to come!

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I Write What I Am

We came to the mountains of Georgia after losing everything to a hurricane. One of the things you don’t lose in a disaster is who you are. I spent my whole life dealing with just who I was in the scheme of things. From early on, I knew I was different. I knew I had a huge imagination. I didn’t realize that other people couldn’t see what I could in mirrors. My grandmother caught me trying to teach a friend, much to the friend’s frustration, what I saw. Later, my grandmother told me to just tell her–that others might not see what I saw. But, it was a little late. The friend had told others and I was teased unmercifully in school, called a freak at best.

After one particularly frustrating day, I got mad and grabbed a boy’s arm. He screamed, saying I’d pinched him. I hadn’t. I’d just touch his arm. I tried to show the teacher and she jumped back and laughed, saying I’d just picked up some static electricity. I got off easy. From then on, I tried not to touch people. As I grew older, I learned to control it, somewhat. One consequence of that was that I would throw off heat–to the point that I got teased in college and people would either move closer, joking that they needed to get near “the furnace” or move away to get away from the heat. But I didn’t shock people much. To this day, I blow light bulbs and surge electronics if I’m not careful.

Living in my woods is a solace. Some days, when things get frustrating, I walk to my trees and place my hand against a trunk and feel calm flow into me. I’m not sure if I’m dissipating my excess energy to them or them are putting their calm into me. Most times it works. When it doesn’t and I blow more bulbs, I keep a rod around for grounding. There’s a reason I don’t put my laptops on my lap.

Hence, Ruthorford. I created a place where they were a bit different. Of course it’s fiction, but it is also a release. My residents know what it’s like to be bullied. My descendants know what it’s like to be different and try to live among others. My characters are allowed to enjoy their differences.

I decided to write this for all those out there like me. At my book signings and after, I’ve had people telling me they loved that I wrote about the possibilities of humans and what we can look forward to. I’ve had others ask me questions, telling me stories about themselves. It is for those I write this.

Everyone is different. Everyone is unique. Everyone has abilities that others don’t. Come to Ruthorford and find out more about people and their differences. Just remember–it’s fiction….maybe.

Welcome to Ruthorford. Enjoy any of my novels or my newest, Descendant Rising:

As the heat turns up in Ruthorford, Ozzy arrives, accompanying a Marine brother home for the last time. The lone survivor of a horrific helicopter crash, Ozzy hasn’t had time to begin to heal, neither mentally nor physically. Yet, coming to this small town will give him far more than he’s lost–ready or not.

Descendant Rising by Shanon Grey (Available digital and print.)

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Smashwords July Summer/Winter Sale!

Smashwords July Summer/Winter Sale is here! Most of my eBooks are 50% off. Enjoy!

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Shanon Grey at Moreland!

Shanon Grey at Moreland

I am finally back in my recliner, recovering from the long, hot, but great, day at Moreland. We arrived a little after 8 a.m. in order to secure a spot close by, then went in to finish set-up (and, yes, I had to turn my table around). The picture of me is before the doors even opened and, by then, I’d already gotten rid of the head band with the black flower (one of my nods to the 1940’s).

There were lots of people and everyone seemed happy to be out and about. Of course, many were waiting for them to start serving the BBQ, which is famous. I saw some old friends and made some new ones, sold books to repeat customers and some new customers, gave out bookmarks and goodies for the kids–which was a huge success. Several asked for my contact information so they can arrange for me to talk to their book clubs. By the end of the day, I even donated a signed set of my books to the Coweta Public Library. All in all, it was a great day for Shanon Grey.

The other pictures are from when I grabbed my camera and ran around to get shots of others at the event. A whole hall was dedicated to the VFW, American Legion, and Marine Corps League. Across from them were tables full of military history. A band, playing 40’s music was at the end. Since they were on break, I didn’t get a picture of them. It’s a huge event hall, filled with many vendors from jewelry, to paintings, to food, as well as other authors.

Everything wound down a little after 2 p.m. when we broke down the displays and repacked the SUV. Andy has gone to get Olive Garden so neither of us need to fix anything and I plan to sit and vegetate for the next two days.

Happy 4th to all!!!

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