Sneak-Peek #1: Sanctuary

Here’s the first of several “Sneak peeks” at Sanctuary. In this scene, Theo and Liddy have packed up and left the shadows of Atlanta in their rearview mirror. They in the midst of their drive south to their new home in Shiloh…

On the outskirts of Albany, Liddy stirred and wiped her eyes as the late afternoon sunlight glistened between the tree tops. She cleared her throat, lowered her sunglasses from the top of her head, and surveyed the passing scenery before she asked with a drawn-out sigh, “Where are we?” I pointed to a well-timed road sign. “Albany’s 30 more miles. Looks like we’ll arrive in Shiloh a little before six.”

Sunset over cotton fields

We soon turned onto the Flint River Highway, the homestretch leg of our journey. The amber glow grew darker as the sun disappeared below the distant treetops. Liddy bit her lower lip and clenched my hand. “Do you think we did right? I mean … buying this house and leaving Peachtree?”

My wink and affirming grin brought a smile to Liddy’s relieved lower lip. “You’re right,” she said. “But how well do you think we’ll fit in?” My smiling face bobbed up and down. “Trust me. A town like Shiloh won’t allow us to remain anonymous long.”

Liddy’s attention diverted to weathered barns and sheds with rusted tin roofs along the side of the road. “We must be getting close.”

 

Weary Farm Houses & Rustic Barns & Sheds 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Though a contemporary mystery, its colorful characters are timeless and reflect values and traditions governed by their reluctance toward change.

Come join Theo and Liddy Phillips as their story unfolds after they arrive in lil’ ol’ Shiloh expecting a peaceful retirement in a town much like they grew up in decades beforehand, only to discover Theo’s curiosity about a tragic event does not receive a warm and welcome response by everyone in their new rustic town.

Click the image below and visit Amazon to purchase your copy of Sanctuary. Available in paperback or Kindle editions.

The first in the Shiloh series of Southern Mysteries by T. M. Brown. (Testament, due out early 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment or question.

God bless,

T. M. “Mike” Brown

Family Inspires My Shiloh Series of Southern Mysteries

Brannon 2008 Christmas Singing

The Source of My Inspiration – Family!

Click the link above for a brief video of one of my family memories – a gift from my grandson a few years ago.

 

 

 

Family memories inspire the most believable stories that connect with readers!

T. M. Brown, Southern & Inspirational Author

Folks have asked about my Christmas in Shiloh backstory timeline and how family plays such a key role in the story of Sanctuary. Here’s a kernel of inspiration that came from one of my grandsons performing in front of the Christmas tree when he was but five. These are the moments to be treasured and worthy of inclusion in my stories of Theo and Liddy Phillips overcoming their fears as they unravel mysteries in Shiloh. Their love of family is the fiber that binds their courage as they confront scandals and uncover dark secrets in their new small-town community.

Click the book cover image below to get your copy of Sanctuary today. Buy an extra copy or two as Christmas gifts for your book loving family or friends.

Would you like to start off 2018 with a free copy? Click the image to be taken to get your copy of Sanctuary. Remember, all who read and then leave a review before December 31st will be eligible to be selected as one of 25 Advance Readers of Testament, the sequel, coming out early 2018.

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Sharing About Sanctuary – “A Novel Idea”

Enjoy this short video that my wife took during my opening as I shared insights and a reading from the beginning chapter of Sanctuary. Sorry it cuts out as Theo and Liddy arrive into Shiloh, but guess you’ll need to get your own copy of Sanctuary for the rest of the story…

Please support your local independent bookstore. Walk in and ask them for a copy of Sanctuary by T. M. Brown. If they don’t have it on the shelf, they can easily order you a copy. (Yes, you can get your Kindle or paperback from Amazon too, but why not support the bricks and mortar retailer investing in their community?)

I look forward to you connecting here and/or on my Facebook author page

Until December 31st, I will be collecting the names of the reviewers of Sanctuary, and twenty-five will be chosen to receive advance reader copies of Testament, the sequel, due out early 2018.

T. M. “Mike” Brown

“Christmas in Shiloh” Holiday Promo

Sanctuary covers a specific timeline as Theo and Liddy’s story unfolds in the late Fall and ends on Christmas Eve in Shiloh. This makes this heartwarming small-town Southern mystery a wonderful holiday gift for family and friends.

Nothing changes about the original book cover, however the promo images infuse the “Christmas in Shiloh” imagery.

 

As a proud author-member of Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), I personally encourage you to contact your local independent bookstore to purchase your copy of Sanctuary.

For those in the Greater Atlanta area, visit Horton’s Books and Gifts in Carrollton, GA. I’ll be there on Saturday, September 23rd. They already have Sanctuary conveniently available on their online shopping page… Horton’s Online Book store

You can also visit my Facebook author @TMBrownauthor and follow the links to order your Kindle or paperback at Amazon. Or go directly to Amazon’s Sanctuary page.

REMEMBER: There are two current noteworthy promotions underway.

(1) From all the reviewers of Sanctuary, twenty-five will be selected after December 31st to receive advance copies of Testament, the sequel due to release early 2018.

TESTAMENT, available 2018 – “Shiloh wrestles with an unexpected visitor from its past…”

 

 

 

(2) On a first come first serve basis, there are four (4) Kindle versions of Sanctuary available. Just go to my Facebook Author Page and comment why you love Southern mysteries or what you find intriguing about Sanctuary. Remember this is a limited offer so don’t hesitate to respond.

For schedule of all my author events in the coming weeks please go to my Facebook author page. As the holidays approach, do you think Sanctuary might make a convenient holiday gift for your book loving friends and family members on your Christmas list.

Email me at tmcabrown@gmail.com. I’d love to hear back from you.

Thanks to the hundreds who have already invested Sanctuary so far!

Mike aka T. M. Brown

Sanctuary’s Amazon Giveaway Offer

Take advantage of the giveaway on my Amazon web page. Click the photo to find your way to enter. Contest ends on Labor Day. No strings or catches!

Sanctuary is a great Southern mystery for the holidays. Theo and Liddy leave their suburban home behind and move into their new home in sleepy Shiloh in November. The townspeople are engaged in their final preparations for their annual “Christmas in Shiloh” celebration as Theo is drawn into what happened to Jessie Masterson the night he died, and ulitmately Jessie’s cousin, John Priestly, who is sitting in prison. Theo uncovers dark secrets and scandal that their new neighbors and friends tried to sweep under the carpet, but their emotions begged for answers.

What would you do if you uncovered wrongs that needed to be made right, but the possible consequences likely come with a cost? Would you let sleeping dogs lie, or…?

Feel free to tell your family and friends about the free Kindle ebook giveaway, or order your own paperback copy today.

If you’re in the Atlanta area over Labor Day Weekend, stop by the #Decatur Book Festival. Saturday I’ll be at multiple venues thropughout the day, culminating at 5:30 in the Courtyard by Marriott Auditorium where I’ll be taking part in the Atlanta Writers Club Fiction Track Panel discussion, followed by a booksigning time. Earlier in the afternoon, you can find me and my wife at Deeds Publishing tent, where Sanctuary will be on sale throughout the festival, from 2:15 – 3:15 along with my friend Dana Ridenour, author of Behind the Mask and Beyond the Cabin. From 4:00 – 5:00, I’ll be signing copies of Sanctuary at the Atlanta Writers Club booth too.

Please visit and connect with my Facebook Author Page to learn more about all my upcoming events and the release of Testament, the sequel, at  https://www.facebook.com/TMBrownauthor/

For more details on America’s largest independent book festival follow the link below, clicking the photo. See you there. And don’t miss out on the Amazon giveaway. You can’t win if you don’t sign up.

T. M. “Mike” Brown

email: tmcabrown@gmail.com

Sanctuary: A Holidays Gotcha Mystery!

Review by Fran Lewis’s Book reviewsMJ Magazine

Sanctuary: T.M. Brown

Within this novel suited for the holidays you will meet some very unique and interesting people that live in the small town of Shiloh as they look forward to celebrating “Christmas in Shiloh”, a normally special time in this time-lost community. A serious fire that caused a well-known landmark to burn down in this town took the life of Jessie Masterson before his time. Although he saved many from the same fate, no one could save him. But there is much more. John Priestly, the well-respected head coach of the football team – a team that rose to fame and glory under his and Jessie’s leadership. Both men were respected and revered by so many of the young adults, teens and others as they created not only harmony among team members but within the community too. Establishing a place called Sanctuary where young people and anyone else could come to talk, listen, understand and worship in a different way helped foster friendships that can never be severed.

Your sanctuary can be a sacred part of a religious building as in a Christian church in which the altar is placed. It is sometimes a consecrated place or the room in which general worship is held. In this book you might say it is more of a place of protection, refuge, understanding, hope and tolerance where everyone could meet, listen, talk and find solace in their own way.

But, let’s back up for a minute and meet Theo and Liddy Phillips who moved to the South Georgia town of Shiloh were welcomed and greeted upon arriving by a group of congenial and wonderful people who opened their arms and doors to them. A town that appears to be friendly and warm, yet as you gather round the many dinner, lunch and outdoor events you will learn something lurks beneath some of their congenial smiles. Theo, formerly the chief editor of a publishing company, may have retred but of course does not want his journalistic instincts to get stale or rusty. Meeting the owners of the only newspaper in town, Larry and Martha are thrilled that he agrees to do a special, investigative feature story on the life of two members of the community: Jessie Masterson who lost his life in the fire and John Priestly who is sitting in prison for supposedly embezzling school funds.

Living in the home previously owned by Betty Masterson, John’s mother who passed not long after John was convicted, and taking this part-time assignment with the paper, he falls into an interesting daily rhythm as Liddy, Theo’s wife joins in many activities with the Pastor’s wife, Martha, and other prominent women in this small town, which happens to be in the midst of preparing for their annual Christmas in Shiloh event.

Theo dives into the archives of the newspaper with the help of the publisher’s daughter, and he realizes that there is much more to this mystery and the cause of the fire. When he questions the young people in the town, the Mayor, the Pastor, Larry the owner of the paper and others he learns that there is some doubt of John’s guilt, and that John refused to defend himself in court. Eventually everyone will learn why.

Harold Archer is the Mayor and his oldest son is Hank whose wife works for Harold at City Hall. Everyone warns Theo of Hank’s volatile personality and advises him never to deal with him alone.

What I really enjoyed reading about were the interactions between Theo and the younger people that are so polite, job oriented and have their own roots within this small town and how they interacted with Theo and the respect shown to him and Liddy is heartwarming and encouraging. I think that young adults, teens and younger children can learn some real lessons in manners, morals and family traditions and dedication.

Harold Archer’s family owns the construction company in town and profited from some of the projects by over 12 million dollars due to extras and add-ons. When John Priestly challenged the quality and rising costs of the construction work hard feelings festered. Theo visits John in prison, thanks to Joe Arians, John’s lawyer and new friend of Theo and Liddy, hopeful John will shed some light on why he did not fight the charges in court.

(You will need to read this engaging Southern mystery for the rest of the story, which climaxes during Shiloh’s grand Christmas in Shiloh holidays celebration.)

This is a town where nearly everyone opened their arms and hearts to Theo and Liddy, cusing you to wonder if God did not send them there to reunite the town and rid it of its sorrows and secrets.

Author T. M. Brown brings us inside a town filled with love, warmth and most of all heartfelt love for each other. So many lessons for young people to learn about respect, understanding, family values and most of all faith and forgiveness.

Fran Lewis: Just Reviews/MJ magazine

To order your copy, visit your local independent book retailer, Amazon or request a signed copy directly at @TMBrownauthor.

Why Shiloh for my Story’s Setting?

 

In Sanctuary, my premier Southern mystery, readers are introduced to the quaint, time-lost South Georgia town of Shiloh. The story begins as Theo and his wife Liddy desire to relocate and retire back to their country roots, after investing four decades of their lives in the shadows of Atlanta. According to the story, it is Liddy who discovers an advertisement for a quaint Craftsman home that convinced her Shiloh would be a perfect fit for them.

But, it’s what readers sense early on as they arrive in Shiloh that draws them into the story? First of all, Shiloh’s reputation paints a serene picture about this time-lost town, but like its namesake from biblical lore, reputation and present reality are subject to the whims and shortcomings of men.

Like the Shiloh of old, Sanctuary reveals that the once proud Shiloh had lost its luster and position as the county seat decades earlier. Alexandria, like Jerusalem in biblical lore, surpassed Shiloh as the center of power and influence, leaving the proud people in Shiloh with their beautiful, antebellum courthouse on the town square a victim of progress. According to the story, Alexandria blossomed during the post-WWII boom and expansion in Georgia, while Shiloh stagnated and struggled, like many real-life small towns in South Georgia. Shiloh’s conciliation came in the preserving of its beloved courthouse as it received a facelift and became reconfigured into the town’s city hall. However, the facelift and remodeling of their sesquicentenary courthouse left the edifice’s skeleton of 19th Century hewn timbers and ornate woodwork in tact. Decades later, their beloved historical courthouse would be razed to the ground and steal away the life of a town hero, who rescued others from the growing inferno.

Biblical Shiloh became the first seat of governance once Joshua and the nation of Israel completed their conquest of the Promised Land. The ark of the covenant and tabernacle that had traveled for forty years found a seemingly permanent resting place in Shiloh. Israel’s priests and judges (leaders) established Shiloh as the central seat in the Promised Land until Israel felt unsettled about the way Israel was governed, and desired to be like the other nations. Not long after Israel turned to the rule of king’s, rather than priests acting on God’s behalf, Shiloh fell victim to King David’s selection of Jerusalem as his site for his palace and the building of the new temple. A rival army burned and ransacked Shiloh not long before David ascended the throne as the second king of Israel. However, he turned his back on Shiloh and chose Jerusalem for his palace.

All that remains of biblical Shiloh in modern Israel.

The name Shiloh to this day still paints a different picture than the historical reality which its namesakes have experienced. One of the bloodiest and decisive battles fought during the Civil War became known as the Battle of Shiloh, in Tennessee.

Darley’s Painting of the Battle of Shiloh, 1862

Even the Hebrew origin of the name Shiloh means “place of peace,” but as history revealed, “peace” requires the cooperation of men to live up to the expectation of maintaining peace in their community. Sanctuary and its sequel play on the dichotomy of Shiloh’s reputation and the reality of its present state as Theo and Liddy soon discover upon their arrival to Shiloh that there’s a rift in the tranquility of the community.

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Hope you will read more here and then head over to T. M. Brown, Facebook Author page. I’d love to connect with you and offer the latest on my book tour schedule and insight into this Southern author.

Take it from this Southern boy, you won’t want to lay Sanctuary down…

Please leave any comments or questions you may have about Sanctuary or about me. Also, feel free to ask other questions concerning the upcoming sequel, Testament, an early 2018 release.

 

Sanctuary Has a Pervasive 21st Century Enemy

Premier Southern mystery in the Shiloh series of stories by T. M. Brown

The greatest threat to any Sanctuary, where hope, peace and the presence of God’s embrace reside, is the pervasive cancer of sex, violence and vulgarity.

According to recent statistics, novels replete with explicit sex, violence, and vulgarity continue to thrive as the flavor of the month in book sales. However, should authors kowtow to earthy content to increase book numbers?

Good writers engage their audience so well, scenes calling for sex, violence, or vulgarity communicate through the actions and attitudes of the characters. Thus, allowing the story to unfold without explicitly necessitating every sordid detail.

I believe an author’s responsibility is not only to entertain but also engage readers, so they sense they are witnessing the story as it unfolds.

What images race through your mind that depicts anger and rage? Do you picture contorted faces and threatening gestures, or do you need to be explicitly told? Consider this scene from my book Sanctuary:

Hank gritted his teeth as the veins on his neck swelled, and his eyes glared through me. “Well, I think you’re putting your nose into places you’ve no business being.” He uncrossed his arms and pointed at my chest. “I’m warning you. Stay away from me and my wife!”

“Hank, I’m sorry if I’ve said or done anything to upset you. Have you spoken to your father?”

“This is between you and me. Stay out of our lives.” Hank’s effort to be more composed fell apart.

… Hank pressed his finger into my sternum. “This is all I’m going to say to you about Jessie or John…” He thumped his finger against my chest adding emphasis to each word. “I’m truly sorry about what happened to Jessie, but John got what he deserved. And you can quote me on that. Now back off! I’m warning you.”

Pete stepped out from the shadows, unceremoniously interrupting Hank’s exchange with me. 

“Mister P, is everything okay?” Pete asked as he glared at Hank. “Hank, who’re you warning about what?”

Hank surveyed Pete and the four remaining shadows just out of the light. His finger fell to his side, but his distended veins on his neck swelled even more. “Pete, this has nothing to do with you or any of you guys!”

…Pete extended his finger just shy of Hank’s chest. “How in the blue blazes do you know it don’t involve us? If you think you can flex your muscles and intimidate one of my friends, you just made it my business.” His stern warning and unflinching stare froze Hank.

Granted a few expletives could’ve been exchanged, but did the scene work anyway?

John Grisham achieved his decades-long success capitalizing on his uncanny knack of drawing his audience’s attention upon his colorful characters and settings. Doing so, he exited scenes involving sex, violence or vulgarity using innuendo. In fact, Grisham’s Theodore Boone YA mysteries found a broad new audience without much of an adjustment in his storytelling to do so. Neither should we to reach a wider audience to sell more books.

Sanctuary, a Southern mystery novel that celebrates small-town life dealing with 21st Century challenges while trying to move beyond scandal and dark secrets holding the idyllic, time-lost town of Shiloh hostage as Theo Phillips and his wife, Liddy arrive in town to retire. For more information – TM Brown FB Author Page or CoachBrown.org

The Source of My Inspiration – Family!

The Write Spirit

The Source of My Inspiration – Family!

 

http://times-herald.com/news/2017/06/the-write-spirit-man-pens-a-book-for-his-grandchildren

The Write Spirit: Man pens a book for his grandchildren

THE NEWNAN TIMES-HERALD, Jun. 24, 2017 – 6:30 AM

By JUSTON LEWIS – juston@newnan.com

(T.M.) Mike Brown had traveled parts of the United States for more than 30 years before deciding to settle in Grantville.

Brown has worn many hats over his lifetime – businessman, coach, teacher, preacher, inspirational speaker. Recently he took up the mantle of author.

According to Brown, he was eating at Redneck Gourmet with his family when first hit with the idea to draft a story. He stepped outside into the square and had a conversation with his wife, Connie.

It started with a what-if question. He asked himself, what if he could write a story about a small town to share with his grandchildren.

“I wasn’t really sure where the story would go,” Brown said. “I just wanted to do a story to my grandkids that would involve my grandkids.”

From there it was a process that took two years. Brown drafted a titleless story that was relatable to his very own life and that his grandchildren would be able to read and understand as they got older. Once all the writing and editing was completed Brown said he felt relieved.

“I was ecstatic, I felt like I accomplished something,” Brown said.

Little did he know he was just getting started with his writing journey.

During peer review the name “Sanctuary” was suggested as a title. Brown said he knew immediately that was the perfect title.

Once the story had a title, he had to find a picture, and he did such stumbling upon a picture of a burning courthouse. Brown did research on the picture and found the backstory to the picture and eventually visited Hancock County where the picture was from.

They had rebuilt the courthouse, and it was in a “timelost town” as Brown put it. The town of Sparta, Hancock’s county seat, was very similar to the fictional town of Shiloh that was the setting in Brown’s book.

Seeing this Brown, said it all had come to culmination. He finally had completed his book. He faced a few minor setbacks with the promotional period, but now he is back on schedule and is doing book signings across Georgia.

He will be hosting an author meet and greet at for Sanctuary at Corner Arts Gallery in downtown Newnan on July 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and July 6 and 13 from 6-8 p.m.

Brown says that his second book, “Testament,” is in the editing stage, and he is hoping for a fall release date.

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Go to https://www.facebook.com/TMBrownauthor/ or to discover more about my Southern novel, Sanctuary, a small-town mystery with a message of family and community inspired by Newnan, GA, just up the road from my home.

What can be more inspirational than our family? If you live near Atlanta, especially Coweta County, come checkout Newnan’s historic Court Square. There you will discover a quaint shop, Corner Arts Gallery in the shadows of the “Old County Courthouse” and the setting that inspired the setting of Shiloh, the small-town in my premier Southern novel, Sanctuary. There’s where Jenny Jones and her staff will gladly offer you a signed copy of Sanctuary.

I will be onhand to answer questions and sign more books Saturday, July 1st -10am-2pm; Thursdays, July 6 & 13 from 6-8pm for NewnaNights Mid-Summer Entertainment evenings. I also would love to celebrate the Fourth of July with you at Crossroads Church on Hwy 16, Sharpsburg, GA from 6:30 until Fireworks go off. I will be among the other vendors offering refreshments, food, games, and crafts on the church grounds.

T. M. “Mike” Brown

tmcabrown@gmail.com

“Must Read”endorsement from Southern Writers Magazine

 

Sanctuary’s PreLaunch Video Clip

Is Sanctuary the right Southern mystery for you?

 

Sometimes a short video clip says much more than a wordy response. Click on the image above to view a brief clip of a prelaunch interview conducted prior to Sanctuary’s April launch date. Then head over to Amazon to checkout the recent reviews and then order either the paperback or ebook version.

Have you added Sanctuary to your ‘Must Read’ Summer list of books?

Would you be interested in receiving a free advance copy of Testament, the sequel due out early 2018? Send an email or leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

A 5 Star Review by Linda Pifer

‘Time crept while I stirred and tossed in futile attempts to capture any semblance of actual sleep. Capitulation arrived shortly after four when I poured a cup of coffee and sat down in the living room…Okay Lord what are you trying to share with me?’ Theo Phillips, Main character Ch 20, pg. 169

When the author used the descriptor, ‘a couple of southern minutes’, I knew I was in for a treat as main characters Theo Phillips and his wife Liddy started retirement in their new hometown of Shiloh, Georgia.

Thank-you for this inspiring, funny and heart-warming journey with Theo and Liddy as they accept the challenge presented them and become part of the town of Shiloh.

Another 5 Star Review by Jedwin Smith

Here’s a mystery almost all of us can dig our teeth into, especially those born and bred in Small Southern Town, USA.

Well, as those good-ol’-boys like to say, pull up a chair and settle back for the type of old-fashioned whodunit that kept the Andy Griffin Show community spellbound for years. And while you’re at it, give ol’ T.M. Brown a well-deserved round of applause for giving the literary world a rousing mystery suitable for all audiences.

As we like to say in the South: “Well done, son!”

You can check all the other reviews on Amazon, Goodreads or visit T. M. Brown’s Facebook Author Page. While visiting take a moment to hit the “liked” button to stay informed about news on the sequel’s release and author events and specials.

 

 

Seeking ARC Readers for Testament

Long forgotten secrets hidden reveal help from the past…
A stashed leather pouch preserved the past…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Testament, Book 2 of my Shiloh series, currently in the hands of Deeds Publishing, I am enlisting those who have read my premier Southern mystery novel, Sanctuary, to become pre-launch ARC reviewers for the sequel. Those selected will receive a free “Advance Reader Copy” to read and offer a review prior to the official launch of Testament in early 2018.

If you have read or plan to read Sanctuary, please let me know if you’d like to be considered as an ARC Participant for Testament. Simply comment below or email your interest in becoming an eligible ARC prelaunch participant.

Please include your answers to these simple questions to be considered:

What was your takeaway from reading Sanctuary? What does the title Testament suggest about the sequel’s story? Which characters intrigue you the most and why?

What does the title Testament suggest about the sequel’s story? Which characters intrigue you the most and why?

Which characters intrigue you the most and why?

There’s still plenty of time for you to order and read a copy of Sanctuary to be included in this offer. Click the image below to order either the paperback or eBook version, or email me for a signed hardcopy to be mailed directly to you – postage free – a limited time offer.

ARC readers will be notified shortly after the Labor Day deadline for submitting your responses.

Click on the image to order your copy…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email: tmcabrown@gmail.com

Thank you for joining the growing network of readers who wish to learn more about Shiloh with all its colorful characters confronting 21st Century challenges to their time-lost, tight-knit community.

T. M. “Mike” Brown

Summer is upon us…What will you be reading?

“Must Read”endorsement from Southern Writers Magazine

Whether you prefer reading the Kindle version or the paperback, Sanctuary will draw you into time-lost Shiloh. you’ll mosey alongside newcomers Theo and Liddy Phillips seeking to quietly retire near their country roots. But, God has other plans! Before they can kick back and relax on their porch, happenstance becomes God’s harbinger of past secrets, impacting their plans through unexpected providential encounters.

discover for yourself why Sanctuary has become a must read for “all audiences” this summer. Visit T. M. Brown’s Author Facebook Page. check out the latest reviews and purchase a copy for your upcoming summer vacation. quick links help you order your Kindle (free to Kindle Unlimited Subscribers) or the paperback versions. make sure to “like” the page before you leave!

For a limited time, why not request a personalized copy shipped postage-free to you. Email “Mike” at tmcabrown@gmail.com to request your signed copy – $18.95 delivered to your mailbox.

NOTE: Special Book Club offer available for orders of 6+ books. Email for details.

Reading and roasting on the beach go hand-in-hand. What will you be reading?

Have You Seen the Latest Reviews?

Have you grabbed your copy? Available in more and more retail locations.

New reviews of Sanctuary to share:

From Tim Riordan pastor at Sonrise Baptist Church in Newnan, GA.

Enjoyable Southern Fiction

Every town has its secrets, and Shiloh is no exception. When Theo Phillips decided to finally retire from the publishing business, he and his wife, Liddy, moved to South Georgia to what they thought would be a sleepy little town: Shiloh. It was probably both the empty charming home that they purchased and remodeled and Theo’s part-time job at the local newspaper that got the couple involved in the mystery of the courthouse fire. You’ll enjoy experiencing the life of a southern town and getting to know all of the interesting people of Shiloh through T. M. Brown’s novel, “Sanctuary.” I enjoyed the story and found myself being drawn into the drama. Brown does a great job presenting his believable characters and helping the reader to experience the flowing story of mystery, struggle, hope, and healing.

From Randy Gravitt, InteGREAT Leadership.

T.M. Brown’s Sanctuary drips with southern charm. The story of the small town of Shiloh is both interesting and compelling. Its citizens have anguished enough and it’s time for the truth to come out. Thanks to the town’s newest citizens and the author’s character driven story all is revealed. If you’re looking for a good read, this is your book! – Randy Gravitt, CEO of InteGREAT Leadership and author of UNSTUCK

From Kelly Potts, Interviews and Reviews

“Sanctuary” by T.M Brown is one of the best Christian mystery novels I have read in a very long time. There is significance in the name of the little southern town where retired Theo and Liddy Philips move to – Shiloh. The reader very quickly senses that the Philips’ have moved to the most perfect small town U.S.A. but there is a realization that things are not as they seem. The seemingly perfect little town of Shiloh and its residents are in dire need of redemption and forgiveness and Theo and Liddy are the perfect couple to put things in motion.

T.M. Brown takes his time unraveling the complicated storyline and developing the wonderfully memorable characters. Probably my only complaint about this novel is that there are just too many characters. I had trouble keeping them all straight at times.

Great endorsement from Southern Writers Magazine

Visit my Amazon Author Page to discover other great reviews and then select either the eBook (Kindle) or paperback copy to suit your reading pleasure.

My best reviews are from people just like you! Visit your local independent bookstore and ask for your copy of Sanctuary? Then, contact me with your own review that you’d be willing to share with friends and family members.

A gripping Southern Mystery for all audiences!

What Book Will You Bring on Vacation With You?

Is reading and roasting on the beach p.art of your vacation plans this summer?

Have you ordered your upcoming vacation novel? Check out all the rave reviews and you’ll be enticed to get your paperback or ebook copy of Sanctuary.

Available online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble, and wherever books are sold! Please support your local independent bookstore. They’re the gatekeepers for the best of the latest releases because they care the most about you, their customers.

Here are the latest reviews that reveal Sanctuary is, without a doubt, a gripping mystery written for “all audiences.”

http://www.interviewsandreviews.com/reviews/sanctuary

“Sanctuary” is one of the best Christian mystery novels I have read in a very long time….http://cozymysterybookreviews.blogspot.com

 

SANCTUARY BY TM BROWN

Summary:

Sanctuary introduces newly retired publishing executive, Theo Phillips, and his wife, Liddy, to the time-lost South Georgia town of Shiloh. They leave the shadows of Atlanta and move into a quaint home of notoriety. While making new friends, they discover twenty-first-century challenges threaten the town’s laid-back lifestyle. Theo’s interest in a memorial launches him into investigating tragic events that have left Shiloh unsettled. Theo and Liddy’s retirement dreams take a turn that could unravel both them and the idyllic life they and many others look for in Shiloh.

Review:

A novel by new author TM Brown

Theo and Liddy Phillips are newcomers to the nostalgic small town of Shiloh. Met with honest, relaxed warmth by most, this newly retired couple have arrived at just the right time. Mystery shrouds the town as the truth about a tragic fire sent a beloved coach to his death, and unsettled many. The strands of truth beg to be unraveled by Theo, a former journalist, and as he and his wife settle in, the story unwraps itself like a gift into their welcoming and compassionate lives.

Idyllic small town life and a bevy of believable and lovable characters left me wanting more as I finished the last chapter. Reading Sanctuary is like coming home to well-worn slippers and comfortable friends. A fantastic first novel by author and life coach TM Brown. I’m ready for the sequel.

  •    Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
  •    Release Date: February 1, 2017
  •     Launch Date: April 4, 2017
  •     ASIN: B01MUHGCWM
  •     ISBN: 978-1-944193-84-3

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Sanctuary by T.M. Brown

Sanctuary by [Brown, T.M.]

Sanctuary introduces newly retired publishing executive, Theo Phillips, and his wife, Liddy, to the time-lost South Georgia town of Shiloh. They leave the shadows of Atlanta and move into a quaint home of notoriety. While making new friends, they discover twenty-first-century challenges threaten the town’s laid-back lifestyle. Theo’s interest in a memorial launches him into investigating tragic events that have left Shiloh unsettled. Theo and Liddy’s retirement dreams take a turn that could unravel both them and the idyllic life they and many others look for in Shiloh.  (Summary via Amazon)

[Sanctuary] is a story about a husband and wife, Theo and Liddy, who move to a small town and become a part of something greater than they ever could have imagined.  As soon as they arrive, they are drawn to a statue of a young man in the Town Square.  Curiosity and Theo’s journalistic background draw him to this statute and its background.  As soon as he learns there are unanswered questions regarding the statute, the old City Hall building and a group of kids they’ve met, Theo digs in to learn what he can.

Shiloh is a town you want to live in, you want to have neighbors like Theo and Liddy and you want to have friends just like they have.  In Shiloh everybody knows everything, people help others even if they are strangers, and there’s a calm throughout the town.

Theo and Liddy fit right in immediately.  They are soon involved in the church, Theo is going to write some articles for the local paper, and they even have Thanksgiving with the Mayor.  They are making friends fast and getting involved in everything but is it going to be too much?  As Theo digs into the fire that burned down the old City Hall building that killed Jesse, will the outcome spark new flames?

I LOVED Sanctuary by T, M. Brown and I highly encourage you to read it !!!  I am even going to help you out by providing you with a list of the characters.  As you will see with some of the names, you can become confused very quickly….. AND I don’t want that to prevent you from reading the AMAZING story……

Review by Missi S.

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Which Selfish Generation Threatens God’s Sanctuary?

 

 

in our own eyesWhich Selfish Generation Threatens God’s Sanctuary?

Don’t slander a servant to his master, or he will curse you, and you will become guilty. There is a generation that curses its father and does not bless its mother. There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filth. There is a generation – how haughty its eyes and pretentious its looks. There is a generation whose teeth are swords, whose fangs are knives, devouring the oppressed from the land and the needy from among mankind. Prov 30:10-14 (HCSB)

Could we be our own worst enemy? Could our cancerous attitudes be devouring our nation and even God’s sanctuary?

God’s Word clearly speaks about the generation that is self-serving, self-centered, and self-focused! When will we ever learn that such a period in history always leads to self-destruction? The Roman Empire imploded upon itself until its millennia empire totally collapsed because its self-created malignant cancer consumed Rome’s very heart, mind, and soul. For this very reason, we should take a serious look at the state of our nation. Will we succumb to self-manifested cancer and fall like Rome? Let us not think we will fair any different than all the great empires that have risen and fallen before or since. 

The Bible records in explicit detail how the Israelites and Judahites lost their grand sanctuary city with its Temple in Jerusalem. And as if the remnant learned nothing, centuries later the pious Jews rebuilt their sanctuary city anchored with its new Temple, bigger and grander than before, but before a century passed after they crucified the Messiah, their cancerous behavior returned and their beloved sanctuary city along with its Temple was destroyed by the same Romans who centuries later would suffer the same fate to Rome, their sanctuary city. All because both the Jews and the Romans thought they were uniquely special, perfect in their own eyes.

We may be living in such a depraved generation when everyone’s focus is inward to their own wants and desires. Even avarice and gluttony fail to satisfy our own growing voracious cancer! No longer is there a sanctuary from our self. Yet, we feel we remain the envy of all other nations! Yes, we still have a lot to offer, but the people in our country have lost respect for the values that created our country. Patriotism, love for country, has been replaced by hedonism, the love of self.

Where have all the jobs gone that shaped the American Dream? Companies with their factories and warehouses once provided excellent, reliable and stable employment, but we have raised a generation no longer wanting to get their hands dirty. We believed that everyone needed and ultimately deserved a college education to share the American Dream. Unions demanded higher wages and more benefits until companies found it more profitable to go overseas so they could better compete in the growing world marketplace created by the greediness of the same people who wanted better prices to buy more things they felt they needed. Those same companies and their executives lusted for greater profits and eliminated more and more jobs while increasing their own lavish salaries. Greed feeds upon itself like cancer and the average hard working citizen in our country becomes the first victim and the American Dream evaporates.

History is plain. Unless we restore our country’s vision to the values that made us great, we will face the same results as other great nations before us. Our country needs desperately to return to seeking after God’s will, ways, and wisdom. It is time to look after one another again, rolling up our sleeves, willing to better prepare the next generation to carry the torch of the American Dream for the good of all, not on own selfish interests. We have forgotten the Golden Rule. Our focus needs to be upon caring about our neighbors, our communities, and our country ahead of ourselves. Then and only then will God then provide the kind of sanctuary that cannot be destroyed by man.

Coach

Heed the warning Jesus gave to the Pharisees and Scribes of Jerusalem: Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. But WOE to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You lock up the kingdom of heaven from people. For you don’t go in, and you don’t allow those entering to go in. WOE to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You devour widows’ houses and make long prayers just for show. [This is why you will receive a harsher punishment.] WOE to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make one  proselyte, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as fit for  hell as you are! WOE to you, blind guides, who say, ˜Whoever takes an oath by the sanctuary, it means nothing. But whoever takes an oath by the gold of the sanctuary is bound by his oath.” Blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the sanctuary that sanctified the gold? Also, Whoever takes an oath by the altar, it means nothing. But whoever takes an oath by the gift that is on it is bound by his oath. Blind people! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift? Therefore the one who takes an oath by the altar takes an oath by it and by everything on it. The one who takes an oath by the sanctuary takes an oath by it and by Him who dwells in it. And the one who takes an oath by heaven takes an oath by God’s throne and by Him who sits on it. WOE to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You pay a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, yet you have neglected the more important matters of the law – justice, mercy, and faith. These things should have been done without neglecting the others. Blind guides! You strain out a gnat, yet gulp down a camel! WOE to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence! Blind Pharisee! First, clean the inside of the cup, so the outside of it may also become clean. WOE to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every impurity. In the same way, on the outside, you seem righteous to people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. WOE to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, and you say, “If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we wouldn’t have taken part with them in shedding the prophets’ blood.” You therefore testify against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ sins! Snakes! Brood of vipers! How can you escape being condemned to hell? This is why I am sending you prophets, sages, and scribes. Some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will flog in your synagogues and hound from town to town. So all the righteous blood shed on the earth will be charged to you, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.  I assure you: All these things will come on this generation! Matt 23:12-36 (HCSB)

What You Fear Causes You to Stumble

People will always throw stones onto your path. How you see them will change your life.
People will always throw stones onto your path. How you see them will change your life.

What You Fear Causes You to Stumble

For this is what the Lord said to me with great power, to keep me from going the way of this people: Do not call everything an alliance these people say is an alliance. Do not fear what they fear; do not be terrified. You are to regard only the Lord of Hosts as holy. Only He should be feared; only He should be held in awe. He will be a sanctuary; but for the two houses of Israel, He will be a stone to stumble over and a rock to trip over, and a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Many will stumble over these; they will fall and be broken; they will be snared and captured. Bind up the testimony. Seal up the instruction among my disciples. I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob. I will wait for Him. Isaiah 8:11-17 (HCSB)

Is there a true sanctuary that removes your fears and offers hope? Fear is a natural response God created into each of us for our own good. Fear causes us to either stand our ground and fight with all our strength or to flee with all the stamina and speed we can muster. Self-preservation is at the root of our fears. Fear increases our adrenaline level to better cope with stressful and dangerous situations. However, there are times when we realize that our fear response is not enough to conquer or escape our fears and we seek help to manage our fears.

Mankind has relied upon alliances believing that when forces are combined you can better stand up to your fears. Sadly, we only learn misery loves company! Most alliances are temporary deterrents when dealing with our fears. Fears often cause you and your ally to turn on one another in the middle of the battle because in the end self-preservation overrides common preservation. Friends turn on friends when their own lives are at risk.

In this passage from Isaiah, The northern tribes of Israel believed an alliance with Aram (Syria) was sufficient to defeat their fears; Judah allied itself with a weakened Egypt. However, neither escaped the Assyrians and later the Chaldeans (Neo-Babylonians). Both neglected the small print in their covenant with God – the” if, then” clause that would have saved them from their fears.

God is the undefeated champion for his people. God sought Isaiah to warn those who claimed to be God’s people to start acting like his people and stop relying upon their own alliances. Those who resist the temptation to rely upon their own alliances and trust God discover genuine protection, preservation, and provision that arrests their fears and anxieties. (Checkout Matthew 6:33) All the Lord requires: trust him and stop trying to deal with the fears that threaten our lives daily on your own. God declares that our fears can become stumbling stones or stepping stones.

There is only one genuine “fear” that every person faces that is common to all mankind – the fear of death. The choice is whether we will choose to make that fear a stumbling stone or stepping stone in our relationship with God. Fact: no earthly alliance can defeat the fear of death.

Oh, how history would have been changed if Israel and Judah repented and returned to the Lord as His people? How about your own history? How will you be remembered? Will your life encourage or discourage the next generation about the fears of this life?

Coach

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things (necessities of life to overcome our fears and anxieties) will be provided for you. Matthew 6:33

The Value of a Sanctuary Rests at the End of the Story

Jersualem walls
The remains of what Jerusalem believed was the walls of their sanctuary status.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Value of a Sanctuary Rests at the End of the Story!

“In a surge of anger I hid My face from you for a moment, but I will have compassion on you with an everlasting love,” says the LORD your Redeemer. “For this is like the days of Noah to Me: when I swore that the waters of Noah would never flood the earth again, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you or rebuke you. Though the mountains move and the hills shake, My love will not be removed from you, and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” says your compassionate LORD. “Poor Jerusalem, storm-tossed, and not comforted, I will set your stones in black mortar, and lay your foundations in sapphires. I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling stones, and all your walls of precious stones. Then all your children will be taught by the LORD, their prosperity will be great, and you will be established in righteousness. You will be far from oppression, and you will certainly not be afraid; you will be far from terror, it will certainly not come near you. Isaiah 54:8-14 (HCSB)

In the Book of Revelation, Chapter 21, a parallel passage echoed God’s declaration about Jerusalem as a sanctuary city.

The foundations of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone; the first foundation jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. The 12 gates are 12 pearls; each gate made of a single pearl. The broad street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. I did not see a sanctuary in it because the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its sanctuary. These words are a direct reflection of the Lord’s promise to God’s chosen people who were witnesses to Jerusalem’s downfall and demise during the Great Exile.

However, what seems to be the point? Is it that what the people took the greatest pride in – their gold and precious stones – will be nothing more than building materials in their new city? And, the point of the new vision is this: the most valuable thing will be who not what is in the center of the city. The Lord will reign there and shed His light (a metaphor for the revelation of wisdom and truth).

Where do you place your value in life? What do you invest your time and energy to gain? Your retirement portfolio can be the envy of your peers, but what good is your portfolio when your days come to an end. Unlike Disney and Universal Studios where fantasies come true, there is a cost to get in. God’s sanctuary city requires only a smile to affirm your faith in God’s grace to enter.

What is the focus of your life? What relationship is more important to you, financial or spiritual? Remember, Jesus declared that you cannot serve God and money equally? One will influence your interest in the other.

Coach

Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you also may be. You know the way where I am going.” “Lord,” Thomas said, “we don’t know where You’re going. How can we know the way?” Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:1-6 (HCSB)

NOTE: I believe Jesus was speaking about the ultimate sanctuary when he mentioned preparing dwelling places in my Father’s house. Sanctuary is God’s gift affirmed by Jesus, found by following his example.

 

God’s Sanctuary Found With Humility

God’s Sanctuary Found With Humility

The name of the LORD is a strong tower (impenetrable sanctuary); the righteous runs into it and is safe (set on high). A rich man’s wealth is his strong city (secure fortress) like a high wall in his own imagination. Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, but humility goes before honor. Prov 18:10-12 (NASB)

Whether at school, at work, the community, or in a church, there are people we meet almost daily that are in the wall construction business. Many of us might even offer such an enterprise on our résumé.

Our insecurities demand that we protect ourselves through the construction of impenetrable walls intending to keep others out. But, why would we want to build such barriers? According to God’s wisdom, we construct barriers out of our feelings of insecurity, but there are secure places of refuge discovered through humility.

An insecure person constructs walls in a futile effort to isolate themselves from others because they fear and therefore reject some aspect of their lives. Such a human-made sanctuary seeks to keep all those we label as unacceptable at a safe distance while preventing the same excluded people from recognizing the genuine fears and anxieties of the people cowering behind the walls they constructed to alleviate those same fright-filled concerns. However, in reality, human-made walls offer only an illusion of security; actually, walls comprised of steel, concrete, stones, and stout timbers only keep the people on the inside from seeing clearly, and they are the ones who miss out from the benefit of genuine relationships in this world.

The truth is those cowering in isolation have cut themselves off from God’s desire for us to experience trusting friendships and the love for one another as God intended. They have justified their isolation efforts by their prideful motives of self-preservation. They exist to preserve one relationship – their relationship with their “self”. What a sad and lonely existence our foolish pride can stir up in us when we allow our fears to overwhelm us.

The truly humble discover God’s strong tower where they can find refuge, where the walls are God’s design. This secure place is the only impenetrable refuge or sanctuary from the challenges in our life. However, we should always remain mindful that God never intends for us to remain isolated standing high upon his tower or behind the walls of his sanctuary. God offers refuge and sanctuary to all his children, not just the ones we feel safe accepting into our lives. A humble heart will enter to find rest and restoration before confidently stepping back out into the world God intended all of us to connect with all of his creation.

God’s true refuge or sanctuary has the unlimited capacity of accommodating all who seek his grace, peace, and mercy. His high tower likewise clarifies our proper place and purpose in life and restores our focus on God’s priorities, diminishing our selfish priorities. Constructing lasting relationships are encouraged within the confines of God’s safe place so that we can live confidently beyond the walls of his sanctuary in the real world. Inside God’s sanctuary, our fears are quelled by his love, reminding us that where love exists, fear cannot. The only price for entry into this “high tower” refuge is our “self’! We must come in humility to recognize the security that God offers us.

How about you? Are you someone who builds walls to hide behind out of insecurity and pride, or do you know the way onto God’s high tower where security comes from humility? Which leads to genuine life, and which locks you away from an authentic life? Seek God’s will, ways, and wisdom and the right choice may become evident.

Coach
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Whoever tries to make his life secure will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. Luke 17:33

Premier novel in the Shiloh series of stories, April 4, 2017. Advance orders available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The premise of sanctuary threads its way through the ongoing story about a small South Georgia town of Shiloh and how its citizens dealing with dark secrets, scandal, and sin impacting their tranquil rural community.

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Sanctuary Review by Dana Ridenour, author of Award Winning, Behind the Mask

In his debut novel, Sanctuary, T.M. Brown, introduces his readers to the cast of characters who live in the tight-knit, small town of Shiloh, Georgia. Theo and Liddy Phillips moved to Shiloh from Atlanta expecting a quiet, tranquil retirement. Little did they know that their arrival would stir old wounds and lead them to discover a buried secret in their new hometown. Theo sets out to write a newspaper article about a local man who tragically died in a fire. While researching the local hero, he discovers quite a few secrets that some people in the town want to remain a secret. Brown immerses the reader into this quaint town and allows the reader to get to know his characters. The characters are interesting and likable and the story is believable. The novel is God-driven and the language is clean. It was difficult to say goodbye to the colorful characters who reside in Shiloh. Luckily this is the first book of what will hopefully be a long series.

Ignorance, Our Greatest Enemy

Ignorance cannot win the mind of an avid reader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genuine Sanctuary is found when we teach our children and grandchildren the love of reading. A thirst for books sharpens the sword that will serve them well in the battle against ignorance and dependence upon others to shape their beliefs.

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Excerpt from Sanctuary. “Just beyond the shadows of the stores and office buildings surrounding Town Square, our new neighborhood displayed a patchwork of quaint homes with manicured lawns. Most of the homes appeared fairly modest in size and offered little doubt that more than one generation raised their families in them. Mature magnolias, moss-ladened stately oaks, as well as picturesque pecan trees stood watch over the homes. The patched sidewalks and curbs reflected decades of children on bikes, mothers pushing baby carriages and couples taking a stroll. Inconspicuous narrow alleys ran behind each row of homes. Wrought iron or painted picket fencing with ornate stone or brick walkways welcomed guests to the front porches.”

Premier novel in the Shiloh Saga series of stories, April 4, 2017. Advance orders available.

Southern Fiction – Sanctuary, April 4th Launch Date

Premier novel in the Shiloh Saga series of stories, April 4, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An excerpt from a recent pre-launch review.

‘Time crept while I stirred and tossed in futile attempts to capture any semblance of actual sleep. Capitulation arrived shortly after four when I poured a cup of coffee and sat down in the living room…Okay Lord what are you trying to share with me?’ Theo Phillips, Main character Ch 20, pg. 169

When the author used the descriptor, ‘a couple of southern minutes’, I knew I was in for a treat as main characters Theo Phillips and his wife Liddy started retirement in their new hometown of Shiloh, Georgia.

(Thank you, Linda Pifer for your extensive review. Her complete review and others will be soon published on my author web pages.)

SANCTUARY introduces newly retired publishing executive, Theo Phillips, and his wife, Liddy, to the time-lost South Georgia town of Shiloh. They leave the shadows of Atlanta and move into a quaint home of notoriety. While making new friends, they discover twenty-first-century challenges threaten the town’s laid-back lifestyle. Theo’s interest in a memorial launches him into investigating tragic events that have left Shiloh unsettled. Theo and Liddy’s retirement dreams take a turn that could unravel both them and the idyllic life they and many others look for in Shiloh.

PLEASE STOP BY FOR A SNEAK PEEK at my LinkedIn page or go to my Facebook Author page and connect for regular updates and information regarding Sanctuary’s anticipated March release. I am forever grateful to all who love Southern Fiction mysteries…

The grand antebellum courthouse in Sparta, GA rededicated in 2016 after burning to the ground in 2014.

Premier book signing event will be in Sparta, GA on April 8th, home of the antebellum courthouse that was razed in 2014 and rebuilt and dedicated in 2016. Their majestic edifice provided the inspiration for the writing of the core story in Sanctuary.

April 22nd, Aiken SC “Wine and Sign” Book Event offers a great venue for Southern Fiction lovers. My wife and I look forward to participating.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/TMBrownauthor/ to learn of all my future book events in the coming weeks.

Advance book orders now available leading up to April 4th launch date. All books will be signed and shipped the first week in April.

T. M. Brown, “Mike” to my friends!

T. M. Brown is a Southern boy at heart, although he’s lived and traveled in many states far removed from his beloved boyhood roots in Georgia and Florida. He returned to his Southern roots several years ago while his two sons were still in school and regularly traveled throughout the South before returning to college shortly after his youngest son graduated. In the last fifteen years he has preached, taught and coached in Alabama, Georgia and Florida until his wife and he moved outside of Atlanta and retired to write, travel, and spoil grandchildren.

email: tmcabrown@gmail.com

Trying to look clam but getting anxious about Sanctuary’s release next month.

Sanctuary Sneak Preview – April 4th Release Date

I am pleased to reveal the book cover my premier novel in the Shiloh Saga series of stories.

SANCTUARY introduces newly retired publishing executive, Theo Phillips, and his wife, Liddy, to the time-lost South Georgia town of Shiloh. They leave the shadows of Atlanta and move into a quaint home of notoriety. While making new friends, they discover twenty-first-century challenges threaten the town’s laid-back lifestyle. Theo’s interest in a memorial launches him into investigating tragic events that have left Shiloh unsettled. Theo and Liddy’s retirement dreams take a turn that could unravel both them and the idyllic life they and many others look for in Shiloh.

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Thanks for all your support and encouragement as I have transformed my devotional thoughts into true-to-life situations that my characters in Shiloh face. My Facebook author page offers constant updates anticipating the book’s release on April 4th, and then news about the sequel, Testament, due out this fall.

God bless and spread the news.

Coach, aka T.M. Brown

Premier novel in the Shiloh Saga series of stories, April 4th, 2017

“Shiloh 1” reserved for the mayor!

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All Southern Fiction offers vivid word imagery that bring its colorful characters and time-lost settings to life in the mind’s eye of the reader. Sanctuary is no exception. Preview readers have asked where is Shiloh? Are the characters based on real people?

Harold’s ‘Shiloh 1’ vehicle in Sanctuary

T M “Mike” Brown, Author Page

The abandoned mansion outside of Shiloh found in Chapter One.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Creating a separate author web page for my Shiloh stories. SANCTUARY is the premier book, March 2017 release by Deeds Publishing, Athens, GA. TESTAMENT is the first of the sequels, Fall 2017 release.

More news about the book launch is forthcoming…

T M “Mike” Brown, aka Coach Brown

tmcabrown@gmail.com

Shiloh Saga: Jessie’s Story – Preview

CHAPTER 1

A rare Indian summer gripped Georgia with hazy, hot and humid conditions expected in early September, not the first Sunday in November. Beads of sweat trickled unabated down my cheeks and soaked the collar of the fresh cotton polo I just yanked over my head before I wrung the sweat out of my other shirt and tossed it into the back of the rental trailer hitched to our pearl blue Expedition. Liddy was gawking out her passenger window for one last look back at the colonial brick suburban house we had called home for the last seven years.
I jumped into my seat, buckled up and asked my wife of forty years, “Any regrets?” I then shifted our vehicle into gear but rested my foot on the brake and waited for her answer.
Without hesitation Liddy raised her window and turned her gaze straight ahead. A smirk appeared. “Nope, Let’s roll! We’ve got a moving truck to meet at the new house tomorrow afternoon.”
My foot slid to the accelerator and the trailer jolted as we began our southward journey to Shiloh. Liddy’s gaze remained fixed for the first few minutes while she caressed the manila envelope stuffed with photos, brochures and paperwork pertaining to the classic 1920s Craftsman-style house we decided to purchase for our retirement. Liddy dozed off soon after we turned south onto US Highway 19. I moved the envelope from her lap to the space between her seat and the center console and settled myself in for the afternoon drive to our destination an hour past Albany and just west of the Flint River.
The sprawling gated-communities and shopping centers that thrived under Atlanta’s ever-present shadow faded in my rearview mirror. As we passed Cornerstone Books where I retired as chief publishing editor, I offered a farewell salute. Further down the highway, a palette of autumn colors decorated the farms, fields and forests along the historic route into Albany.
Liddy stirred long enough to adjust her position and placed a small pillow between her head and the window. I glanced toward the apple of my eye as she fell back to sleep, but her age-defying beauty always commanded a second look. Looking at her jogged my memory to the first day my eyes fell upon her at the Athens campus commons forty years ago. My smile over the memory faded when I saw the stranger in the rearview mirror. Gray infiltrated the dirty blonde hair, and crow’s feet pointed to the sagging eyelids. After an extended sigh, I reminded myself that I was but sixty-two and, thanks to Liddy, walked away from my job, not from life.
When Liddy first suggested I consider early retirement, I changed the subject. Undeterred, Liddy sat me down, looked me in the eyes, and said, “Theo Phillips, I need for you to listen carefully. It’s time you realized that you can afford to hire yourself to do whatever you’ve always wanted to do. I want you to walk away from a job you’ve grown to resent. Why not invest the time to write your own stories like you’ve always envisioned doing?”
Once I embraced the idea, Liddy moved into action. She arranged the sale of our home, scoured a mountain of listings, and made enumerable phone calls and weekend trips. I remember the day Liddy announced our home had a buyer and then laughed as she spread a collection of photos and papers on the kitchen table of a picturesque, historic home located in a South Georgia community aptly named Shiloh. Liddy believed that God directed us to this house so close to both of our childhood homes. I agreed, and a day later I received further confirmation of God’s divine assistance when our cash offer for the house was accepted.
On the outskirts of Albany, Liddy stirred and wiped her hazel eyes as she struggled with the setting sunlight glistening between the tree tops. She cleared her throat and lowered her sunglasses from the top of her head. Her shaded eyes surveyed the passing scenery before she asked with a drawn-out sigh, “Where are we?”
I pointed to a well-timed road sign just ahead of us. “Albany’s 30 miles. Looks like we’ll arrive in Shiloh a little before six.”
The news earned a smile as she stared out the window again. A couple of miles down the road she inquired, “What were you thinking about while I was asleep?”
My cheeks tightened as I confided, “How lucky I was to have stolen the heart of the prettiest girl that ever graced the Athens commons and how pretty she still is today.”
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Our focus changed as soon as we turned onto the homestretch just south of Albany. The amber glow darkened as it settled below the trees in the distance. Liddy bit her lower lip, clenched my hand and blurted, “Do you think we did right? …I mean…buying this house and leaving Peachtree? I mean…do you think this’ll be our last move?”
My response came after a chuckle. “Hun, the vetting process you orchestrated in finding this house earned my full confidence. I don’t have any reservation about this house or the move to Shiloh.”
Her cheeks reddened. “Me neither, but I wanted to be certain you were okay. I’m actually looking forward to sinking deep roots here and making a slew of new friends.”
My wink and smirk brought a smile to Liddy’s relieved lower lip. I trusted that God’s fingerprints were plastered all over this decision, and I couldn’t shake the feeling that Shiloh offered more than a new home.
Liddy interrupted our silence once again. “You’re right! I think Shiloh will be everything we expect, but how well do you think we’ll fit in?”
My grin bobbed up and down. “Trust me! I’ve no doubt Shiloh won’t allow us to remain anonymous long.” Liddy joined my laughter and agreed that Shiloh would be like the small towns we remembered growing up, where even strangers passing through town were addressed as “friend” or “neighbor,” and names were exchanged during a hearty handshake or hug.
Liddy’s attention diverted to the barns and sheds with rusticated siding and tin roofs along the side of the road. “We must be getting close!” In her excitement she begged me to stop when she saw an abandoned mansion with discolored columns and dangling shutters that no longer protected the shattered windows. With critters and termites likely the only tenants, the grand old home screamed for more than a facelift and fresh paint. We decided to save the close up inspection for another day as the Expedition’s automatic headlamps turned on and attacked the growing dark shadows climbing onto the road ahead. Plantation oaks with dangling moss led the way into Shiloh, and distant lights offered a sincere welcome.
The highway became Main Street, and Liddy asked me to slow down as she pointed to the drug store and next-door barber shop among the other quaint shops along the Town Square. She became giddy when she spotted the movie theatre with its lit marquee. Without regret, Shiloh lacked the big-name retail stores and instead held firm to the family-owned shops and businesses all but gone in most small towns in the South.
The Chamber of Commerce brochure depicted an antebellum era red brick court house anchoring the center of Shiloh. Instead, we discovered a brick and granite City Hall with a grand portico surrounded by manicured grass, gardens and red brick walkways. We also noticed a life-like bronze statue of a man anchored on one corner of the Town Square. Liddy asked, “I wonder who that is? He looks so young. There’s nothing in the literature about it.” I could only shrug my shoulders.
Although I was more than ready to exit our vehicle, Liddy insisted we drive by our house. She navigated us to the corner property just two blocks from Town Square. The word SOLD stood out on the Arians Real Estate sign in the front yard. Liddy’s anxiety left little doubt about her desire to see more of the house, but darkness, the growl of our stomachs and fatigue suggested otherwise. Not far from our house, Liddy exchanged smiles with two red-haired girls playing out front of one of the beautiful mansions that remained among a neighborhood of elegant but dated homes.
At the southern end of town we drove past Shiloh’s school complex that brought back memories of our own school days. However, the buildings and grounds appeared to have received more renovations than merely a fresh coat of paint. The football stadium behind the school was impressive and larger than one would expect for a town the size of Shiloh.
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We turned back onto Main Street, and a yellow and blue neon sign directed us to the Shiloh Motel. “Thank goodness! There’s our motel. I’m sure goin’ to be glad to crawl out from under this steering wheel. Besides, I’m famished!” I groaned.
As we pulled into the parking lot, Liddy lowered her window, smelled the aroma from the restaurant next door. “Hey, check it out! …Bubba’s BBQ! Smells good…Let’s hurry up and get checked in. I’m hungry too!”
When we opened the door of the motel office, we startled a silver-haired woman dressed in a blue and white flowered frock sipping iced tea through a straw. She pulled off the paper towel bib and wriggled out of her cushioned chair. A large platter held remnants of her dinner, a couple of catsup lathered fries alongside a neat stack of sucked-clean rib bones. After she stood, she muted Aunt Bea from Andy of Mayberry and focused on inspecting and adjusting her dress as she approached. As her smile caught our eye, she produced a shrill greeting we’d never forget. “Welcome foks to Shiloh. Y’all mus’ be Mista an’ Missus Phillips! We’ve been expectin’ y’all.”
Liddy froze and managed only a nod. I continued to the counter and fought back a burgeoning chuckle. Instead, I feigned a cough before I greeted our pleasant hostess with a suitable grin.
“I’m Barb, Barb Patterson. Me and my husband Bubba own the best motel and barbecue restaurant in Shiloh.” Her cheeks flushed as she muffled a cackle with her hand. “Oh, me! Oh, my! Truth be told, we own the only motel and barbecue restaurant in town!” Then she broke into a full-belly laugh.
With a polite smile, I chuckled at her indulging humor. “Well Barb, thanks for such a pleasant greeting. We’re glad to be here too after our long drive from Atlanta. This is my wife, Liddy…” I reached back and pulled Liddy beside me. “I believe the two of you spoke on the phone this morning. I’m Theo Phillips.”
“Y’all mus’ be plum tuckered out from your long drive.” Her fingers flittered in the direction of my hand reaching for my wallet. “Just keep your wallet in your pocket for now.” Then she slid a registration form and pen in front of me. “Just sign right here. We’ve got our best room reserved for you. We’ll deal with the formalities in the morning.”
As I slid the signed form back to her, I noticed our names and new address already filled in. “Thanks! But, I’m curious, how’d you know our new address?”
Barb muffled another high-pitched snicker. “Honey, Mista Nick, he’s the realtor in town and also a good friend, well, he stopped by right after lunch and told us about you and that you’re buying Miss Betty Priestly’s old home.” She stared at Liddy’s amazed look and continued, “Besides, everyone in Shiloh knows the Priestly house. Y’all sure are getting a mighty special home.” She pulled the form off the counter and asked, “Will you need one or two keys.” I lifted up one finger and promptly received a brass key attached to a yellow plastic tag bearing a number 10 on it.
Liddy regained her composure and reached out to greet our capricious but jovial hostess. Barb responded, “Honey, if you need anything, just dial the desk.” Then Barb grasped Liddy’s hand between both of her hands and said, “Miss Liddy, it’s a real pleasure to be the first to welcome y’all to Shiloh.”
Liddy grinned and said, “Thank you, Miss Barb. We’re so glad to be here too.” After Liddy retrieved her hand from Barb’s grasp she nonchalantly wiped her hand against the back of her jeans. Liddy then asked, “How late is the restaurant open? We’re famished!”
Barb said, “Just hold one second…” She dialed the mustard yellow rotary phone on her desk and tapped her fingers on the counter as she waited for an answer at the other end. “Cecil? The Phillips just arrived and they’re mighty hungry. Will you take special care of ‘em…maybe seat them at a nice winda’ table? …Thanks, Ceec! You’re a doll.” Barb returned the phone onto the receiver, looked up and said, “Miss Liddy, y’all are all set. I sure hope y’all are hungry! Bubba’s award winning smoked ribs are ‘specially good tonight!”
Liddy smiled, glanced in the direction of the platter behind Barb. “Yes ma’am sounds great. I think we’ll give those ribs a try. We haven’t eaten since we left Peachtree.”
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As soon as we entered the rustic Bubba’s BBQ Restaurant, a tall, slender African-American gentleman with an uncanny likeness to Morgan Freeman approached us. He wore a monogrammed white bib apron that provided ample evidence of a long, busy day and had a damp towel draped over his shoulder. His deliberate, deep voice greeted us. “Y’all mus’ be the Phillips. Welcome to Bubba’s. My name’s Cecil and that’s Bubba slaving over there at the cook pit.”
Cecil yelled, “Bob, say hello to the newest foks in town, the couple Mista’ Nick spoke about this afta’noon.” Bubba, a man with graying dark hair and an equally short and wide stature, spun around and offered a raised hand and a sweaty smile before he quickly returned to the carousel of meat cooking over the smoke pit.
Cecil directed us to a table with a clear view of the passing traffic on Main Street. Liddy and I took the menus but after a glance from Liddy and without opening the menus, I said, “Barb highly recommended Bubba’s ribs, so how about two platters with some sweet tea too!”
Cecil affirmed our choice with a wide toothy grin before he scooted towards the kitchen and yelled to Bubba, “Two more Ribs!”
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We both joked about how we felt ready to bust by the time we shoved our near empty platters aside. When Cecil inquired about dessert, Liddy just raised her hands and shook her head. After we paid for the meal, we decided to stretch our legs and ventured into the center of town.
When we reached Town Square, Liddy sat on a nearby bench and focused upon the unique architecture of Shiloh Baptist Church across the street while the bronze statue we saw earlier when we drove through town caught my interest. Spotlights shone upon the young man’s chiseled face. He wore a collared polo shirt with “SHS” monogrammed above a single fleur-de-lis over his heart. A coach’s whistle dangled from his neck, and a Bible rested in one hand while the other pointed upward. The life-like detail monopolized my attention until my eyes drifted to the plaque at the base. My journalistic instincts stirred as I bent over and slowly absorbed the words I read aloud.
“JESSIE MASTERSON, BELOVED COACH AND TEACHER, SACRIFICED HIS LIFE SAVING THE LIVES OF TWO OTHERS THE NIGHT THE ORIGINAL COURT HOUSE BURNED DOWN, DECEMBER 8, 2010.”
I stood with my arms crossed and reflected upon the possible story told by the two dozen words on the plaque until Liddy clutched my elbow and interrupted my thoughts. I looked into her weary eyes and realized it was time we headed back to the motel. Before we left Town Square hand-in-hand, I peered over my shoulder at Jessie Masterson and then down to Liddy. “I was thinking… what a tragedy. I just might be curious enough to check out his life story.”