Well, the Atlantic City [Wyo.] Book Fest was a huge success. A total of 56 folks celebrated the release of Blood Atonement and the book of five other Atlantic City authors! One author, 90-year-old Betty Carpenter Pfaff, came from her home 115 miles away! The furthest someone traveled to attend was from Rawlins, 140 miles away.
The readings were mesmerizing. As soon as the word was out in the saloon that the next reading would begin, the saloon emptied. Most people had never attended book readings, and so many spoke how they enjoyed it.
Hoorah to Atlantic City, a tiny mountain village with a winter population now up to about 25!
Thank you to all who attended!
Today’s the day Writers AMuse Me Publishing released my debut historical novel! So many thank yous to my publisher, most especially Mary Cote!
You can purchase the book at these places:
Writers AMuse Me Publishing, trade paperback and ebooks including Kindle, Nook, and Kobo
Barnes & Noble
I’m so thrilled. Thank you for your interest!
I had the pleasure to meet R. Ben Garant and his bride on their honeymoon. They are such wonderful, thoughtful folks. Ben is known for his screenplays for the Night at the Museum movies and an eye-popping host of other movies and television shows that he wrote, directed, produced, or starred in.
Ben kindly read and reviewed my novel. Here’s his thoughts on Blood Atonement:
I thoroughly enjoyed Blood Atonement, the new historical thriller written by Barbara Townsend.
After reading and loving Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer ten years ago, and seeing a great documentary about Mountain Meadows, I became interested in the darker details of Mormon pioneer history. Barbara Townsend’s book touches on that history — it conveys a real sense of historic detail and accuracy, yet at the same time it manages to be a real page-turner.
This book is a great window into a fascinating chapter in the American Pioneer experience — and is a satisfying crime novel to boot. If you know anything about the Mormon’s migration west — or if you know nothing about it at all, you will enjoy this book.
Robert Ben Garant, Screenwriter
To Ben, thank you. I so appreciate your words and you taking your time and energy for me. I wish you all happiness, and I look forward to seeing your next works!
Mike Shay, published author and Wyoming Arts Council member, blogged about the Atlantic City [Wyoming] Book Fest on August 24, 2013. His title for his blog entry: Atlantic City set to make its debut as the smallest town in the U.S. with its own book festival.
Besides imaginative, it’s right smart of Mike to even discern this fact! My fellow authors who’ll be in on the fest laughed with me.
Several publishers have published Mike’s work. Here’s a few of his publications currently for sale:
– Deep West: A Literary Tour of Wyoming by Pronghorn Press
– The Weight of a Body by Ghost Road Press
As always, great job, Mike. Thank you for your support!
The press release for the Atlantic City Book Fest is heading out!
I’m so excited for this event. Not only is it my book release celebration, but also a gathering of our tiny town’s authors and their works.
Local legend Betty Carpenter Pfaff will attend! I’m so honored that she’ll be here and with her book Fine Gold. She’s ninety years old and grew up in this ol’ gold mining town.
I look forward to an afternoon of being with other authors and their book readings.
I’m thrilled about the book covers on the flyer. The background holds a special significance. It’s a photograph of the back cover of a book published in 1880 by Fanny Stenhouse, Englishwoman in Utah: the Story of a Life’s Experience in Mormonism. I’ll never forget the first time I read her description of her own polygamous wedding ceremony. I wept for hours. The emotion I felt was key to the emotion and character actions in my novel.