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A pair of books with connections to Logan County and southern Kentucky will be featured this weekend at a signing event at Barnes & Noble in Bowling Green.

Secrets of Willow Shade by Jean Thompson Kinsey and Christmas Hotel: The Christmas Hotel Series, Book 1 by Saundra Staats McLemore will both be featured from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Barnes & Noble.

The Secrets of Willow Shade, a historical fiction novel, is actually set in Logan County.

Secrets of Willow Shade by Jean Thompson Kinsey is set in rural southern Kentucky in the late nineteen-seventies.

In Secrets of Willow Shade, Maddy Kennedy uncovers evidence leading her to believe she may be a descendant of the infamous Jesse James family. Another self-proclaimed descendant believes James left a large inheritance. He wants his share and is willing to kill to get it. She finds her real father, but he denies knowing her or her deceased mother. All clues lead to dead ends until her estranged husband, Kenneth offers to help.

Kinsey prompts readers to laugh, cringe, and root her on as she takes Maddy down country roads leading to a deserted cemetery, a shaky swinging bridge, and a dark, chilling cave, a possible hideout for a murderer.

Kinsey’s print books can be ordered through most physical bookstores. Her eBooks are available at Barnes & Noble and other online stores.

Jean Kinsey will discuss and answer questions about Secrets of Willow Shade. With the purchase of the first two books, she is giving away a gift card for the download of her 2nd e-Book in her Logan County Trilogy, Shadows in the Shade. The complete Logan County trilogy is now available in eBook format for Nook, Kindle, and most eBook readers. Her first novel, The Light Keepers Daughter will also be available.

About the Author

Jean Thompson Kinsey is a native of and still resides in Kentucky. Her parents, Mirl and Woodrow Thompson, moved to a farm in Simpson County in 1941. She attended Prospect Hill Grade School and Franklin-Simpson High Schools. Jean spent most of her summers and holidays with her grandparents in Logan County. The folklore in her Willow Shade series came from these summer experiences. Logan County suspense trilogy is plotted around a fictional legend of the descendants of Jesse James.


Christmas Hotel: The Christmas Hotel Series, Book 1 by Saundra Staats McLemore is a Christian inspirational novel

Set in Franklin, Kentucky and partly in Nashville, Tennessee – Christmas Hotel: The Christmas Hotel Series, Book 1 by Saundra Staats McLemore follows the devastating story of Jerilyn Marlene Seifert who receives the dreaded telegram she’s prayed she’d never have to read. Her Navy husband Ken has perished in the bombing at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 07, 1941.

Devastated, she boards a train for Nashville, to meet her husband’s estranged family, but at a train stop along the way she discovers to her horror her purse has been stolen. Now widowed, four months pregnant, and penniless, Jerilyn finds herself stranded in Franklin, Kentucky - a complete stranger.

Terrified for her future, she must learn to trust again. But is that even possible?

Jerilyn drifted from the Lord years ago, and she feels unworthy to ask Him for help, until she stumbles upon a mysterious diary that will change her life forever.

McLemore has said that she intends for the novel to show how God’s direction, love and grace can help people through the most difficult times.

Christmas for Lucy is the sequel to Christmas Hotel and is currently available as an eBook only and available at www.barnesandnoble.com, www.amazon.com ,and the publisher’s web site www.desertbreezepublishing.com. Christmas for Lucy is set in Bowling Green, Kentucky and Franklin Kentucky.

About the Author

I was born and raised in the Dayton, Ohio area, and I am the daughter of Warren and Christine Staats. My father is deceased, but my mother, who was born in Lancaster, KY, lives close to me in New Carlisle, Ohio. I have been married to my husband Robert McLemore for thirty-two years. Robert is a graduate of Franklin Simpson High School class of 1970. Robert’s mother Sue Harris McLemore was born and raised in Simpson County and graduated from Franklin Simpson High School class of 1942. She currently resides at Chandler Park Assisted Living in Bowling Green, Kentucky. I am the mother of one son, Gerald Anthony Staats. I have one sister, Joy Staats Lightcap, and a deceased brother, Gerald Martin Staats, who was killed in the Vietnam War in 1970. Since 1984, I have served as the President and founder of McLemore & Associates, Inc., a nationwide sales and marketing business for the performing arts. My passion has always been history, and I enjoy reading historical Christian fiction. I attend Huber Heights Baptist Temple in Huber Heights, Ohio. I also reside in Huber Heights, which is a small town nine miles northeast of Dayton, Ohio. The other two members of our family are my cat Charley and my Cocker Spaniel Daisy. I have written four novels Abraham and Anna and Joy out of Ashes, Christmas Hotel, and Christmas for Lucy. Christmas Redemption is a work in progress, due out in the autumn of 2014. Christmas Redemption is set in Franklin, KY and it’s the third novel in the Christmas Hotel Series.

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