Monday, April 12, 2010

Ann B. Ross and Miss Julia Renews Her Vows - 2 weeks from today!

On Monday, April 26, 2010 Burry Bookstore and Black Creek Arts Council
are co-hosting an author luncheon from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm.
Author Ann B. Ross will be speaking, reading,
and signing copies of Miss Julia Renews Her Vows.

The luncheon will be held in the Gallery at Black Creek Arts Center, 116 West College Avenue, Hartsville.

Tickets are $35 and include a copy of Miss Julia Renews Her Vows, lunch catered by Bizzell's Food and Spirits and the opportunity to hear Ann speak, read, and have her personalize your book.

To register on-line, click here.

Miss Julia's long-held determination to make an honest woman of Hazel Marie is finally realized and not a moment too soon. The wedding is not the traditional one that Hazel Marie always dreamed of, but it does get the job done-to Lloyd's delight and Miss Julia's great relief. As Julia says, "the conception of the Pickens twins might not have been legal, but at least their birth will be."

But Miss Julia doesn't have long to rest easy, for her old adversary, Doctor Fred Fowler, is back in town, offering classes in STOKING THE EMBERS to couples wanting to bring passion back into their marriages. Along with keeping Sam from learning of her long-ago humiliating tryst with Dr. Fowler, Miss Julia has to handle the return of an old acquaintance, Francie Pitts Delacorte, who has already buried five husbands and now has her eye on Sam-plus Francie is accusing Etta Mae Wiggins of breaking and entering, assault and battery, and the infliction of great bodily harm.

From springing Etta Mae out of the clutches of the law to the solving (with Lloyd's help) of the crime, Miss Julia also puts Dr. Fowler in his place, confesses her misstep to Sam, and renews her vows to Sam in the best possible place for such a solemn commitment.

Ann B. Ross is the mother of two daughters and one son, and the grandmother of four grandsons (including twin boys) and two granddaughters, both of whom are her namesakes. When her children were in college, she decided to complete her own education, enrolling in the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Literature. Reluctant to return to an empty nest, she continued her education by enrolling in the English Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned both the Master's and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Afterwards, she taught Literature and the Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Ann's writing career began in the early eighties when two mysteries were published as original paperbacks: The Murder Cure and The Murder Stroke. A few years later, her first hardcover book was published: The Pilgrimage, an adventure story set in the nineteenth century. All three books are now out of print.

The publication of the first Miss Julia book, Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind in 1999, set Ann on a full-time writing career. This book went through six reprintings in less than a year, and was ranked #9 on the Independent Booksellers' seventy-six most highly recommended books for 1999. In addition, the book was named to the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers list. The paperback edition of the same book was listed in The Best Books of the First Five Years by BookSense, as one of the titles independent booksellers most enjoyed handselling. The book was also published by Readers Digest Condensed Books, appearing in twelve foreign languages. Miss Julia Takes Over was one of seven nominees for the Book of the Year Award (2001) by the Southeastern Booksellers Association. You can visit her website and see an interview of Ann at this link.

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