Hi everybody, T.J. Jackson here. Bortnicker, LouAnne and I would just like to thank everyone who shared our two adventures in 2013 and invite you to PLEASE write some Amazon/Goodreads reviews about them to get the word out. Between Gettysburg and Bermuda it's been kind of hectic, but you should be seeing us again in the Spring of 2014. Keep checking Paul's website and the T.J. Jackson Mysteries page on Facebook for updates. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Who knows? Paul might use your ideas in an upcoming story! Well, gotta go...Bortnicker and his mom are joining us for a New Year's Eve dinner, which he's cooking. Should be interesting. See you in 2014!
Despite frigid weather, the CMS Bookfair at Barnes & Noble in Westport was a huge success for T.J. Jackson. We sold the most copies yet, and had a great time talking to readers of all ages. Special thanks to Karla Roof CMS PTA and Tricia at Barnes & Noble for organizing this great event. We hope to see you next year!
Well, we've hit the big time. This is from the Westport Barnes & Noble website:
Coleytown Middle School Bookfair Featuring Paul Ferrante:
Join Coleytown Middle School for their bookfair, featuring favorite teacher and local author of Last Ghost at Gettysburg, Paul Ferrante, with his newest book, Spirits of the Pirate House.
Thursday December 12, 2013 5:30 PM
Post Plaza Shopping Center, 1076 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880, 203-221-7955
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of speaking in the Memorial Room of Fairfield Public Library Main Branch on Post Road. What a beautiful room! I was able to share the experiences of both novels and engage in some lively Q&A with the audience, which included my parents, Nat and Clare, my brother Rich, his wife Debbie and my nephew Nicholas. Thanks to all who came to hear about the adventures of T.J. Jackson.
As of today you can find Spirits of the Pirate House on Amazon in paperback. I expect the Kindle version will follow shortly. Last Ghost at Gettysburg is available on Amazon in both forms. Last Ghost is also available through Barnes and Noble as a Nook. I encourage you to write customer reviews for both books. Please support T.J. Jackson Mysteries!
By mutual agreement, we're rescheduling the July 23 library booktalk for the fall to maximize attendance. Hopefully we can secure an evening time slot. On the plus side, I'll be able to attend a showing of my daughter Caroline's film Us and Them at the Long Island International Film Expo! Check out the film's site at the festival HERE.
As of right now we're a go for a booktalk on Last Ghost at Gettysburg in the Memorial Room of the Fairfield Public Library's main branch on Post Road from 4PM-5:30PM on Tuesday, July 23. Books will be available for sale. Hope to see you there!
This past Saturday was my much-anticipated signing appearance at the Gettysburg Civil War Wax Museum that helped kick off Commemoration Week for the 150th anniversary of the battle. Maria (aka my agent) and I had a blast, and coordinators Tammy Myers and Marilyn Justice were wonderful. It's funny how Aunt Terri and Uncle Mike were making predictions in the book (2010) for what the 150th would be like in town...boy, were they right! I'm proud to say that on our signing day Last Ghost at Gettysburg outsold every author there (and there were many) except multiple New York Times bestseller Jeff Shaara (Gods and Generals), who by the way is a nice guy. I met great people from all over the country (some decked out in Civil War garb) who loved the concept of Last Ghost. Hopefully this success will lead to return visits, and the book being sold all over town. Maria and I also got to once again traverse the battlefield and take photos of many venues involved in the plot. A fun way to spend our 27th Anniversary! Hope you enjoy this small sampling of photos from a memorable day.
Monday evening I had a real treat: hanging out with the Westport Mysterious Book Society, middle school kids who share a mystery book and then come together for some pizza and lively discussion. For the first time ever, they had the author on hand-me! We talked about Last Ghost at Gettysburg and they offered great insight and asked questions. I also received a suggestion from one member which I fully intend to use in the next book. (Thanks, Josh!) Kudos to Kris Nash, who runs this fine forum.
This past Sunday I had the pleasure of speaking at Essex Books at Gather in Ivoryton, CT. It was interesting and encouraging to present a Young Adult novel to a more "mature" audience, which included my talented sister, artist Carol Young. Thanks to proprietor Sue McCann for her hospitality and support! Check out her shop and the other establishments in this charming town.
Next stop: Monday June 10 with the Westport Mysterious Books Society, 6 PM at the Westport Public Library.
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