BOOK 1: The Carving Place is a debut novel for journalist Nancy Dandridge Patterson. The book is published by Laurel Rose Publishing of Senatobia.
BOOK 2:The Bargain, Paulette's Story is the prequel to The Carving Place. Learn more about Asa, Paulette and Buckshot, who are characters you met in the first book. New characters include the warm and generous Merry Bell, devious and dangerous Pete, and interesting librarian Winston. TIP: Read The Carving Place first!
BOOK 3: Finding Marian completes the series. You will see how Lora and Sam's relationship evolves in this third book. Unlike the others, it is set almost entirely in West Virginia—known as one of the most-haunted states. Follow Sam and Lora as they research the state's famous monster and paranormal lore and legends. But the main story is Lora's assistance to the local Sheriff's Department in solving a 40-year-old cold case.
COMING SOON. Hopefully out by May 2020.
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"Nancy has written an endearing story that will relate to many Southerners. It's lovely to see another writer tapping into her personal experiences to find her voice."
Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Perennials
WHERE TO BUY
The Carving Place is now available for purchase. You can find The Carving Place locally at The Broken Cup and at The Other Side, both in Senatobia. Books are $12, and can be mailed for an additional $3 in shipping and handling. Email for more information email@example.com.
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The Carving Place is the first in a three-part series that follows Lora Sinclair from her native Mississippi to new adventures in West Virginia. Sent to Appalachia to document customs comparable to those in Mississippi and the South, she finds carver Sam Wood and tries to balance her new-found love of the mountains with her deep loyalty to Sinclair Farm in Mississippi. You will find her friends Buck and Simsie to be delightful and endearing. Along the way Lora uncovers some family secrets that will launch readers into the next book, The Bargain. While The Bargain follows some of the original characters, its central theme is the friendship between an older woman and her young friend.
Published by Laurel Rose Publishing, Senatobia, Miss.
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The Carving Place is also available in paperback at national booksellers, and at The Other Side and The Broken Cup, both located in Senatobia.
Nancy Dandridge Patterson, a native Tate Countian, retired after a 37-year career in broadcasting and public relations. She began her career in Mississippi's small-market radio in Holly Springs, Greenwood, and Hernando before joining the staff at Northwest Mississippi Community College's NPR-affiliate station WNJC where she served as manager.
When the station closed in 1988, she transferred to the college's Public Relations Department. Her 33-year career at the college ended in 2010 after she had served for five years as director of Public Relations.
Since retirement, she fulfilled a life-long goal of learning to quilt. She has also written for area newspapers, DeSoto Magazine and Hills and Harvest magazine.
She obtained a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts, with emphasis in English, History, Sociology, and Journalism.
Patterson ended a 13-year break from horseback riding in 2015 when she began trail riding with her friends. She and her friends ride at local state parks in Mississippi and Tennessee and in the Arkansas Ozark Mountains.
She and her husband, Howard, are the parents of three grown children and four grandchildren. They live on family farmland in North Mississippi.
You can read her personal blog at nonniinbarr.blogspot.com.
If you read The Carving Place, you met Paulette, Buckshot's mother. This new book let's you learn more about Paulette and why she made a heartbreaking decision.
This book is dedicated to the friendships of women, especially the relationship between an older woman and a young girl. Merry Bell and Paulette will make you laugh, cry, and wonder.
I can't write anything without including animal characters. You'll meet Diana Ross the cat, horses Maybelline and Rowdy,
and Buddy the dog.