South Carolina Writer’s Workshop Conference

I attended the South Carolina Writer’s Workshop conference in Myrtle Beach this past weekend. I learned many helpful techniques which I plan to use in my writing. I also had the valuable experience of meeting Lynne Marie, author of the intriguing Seahawk’s Sanctuary which has numerous five star ratings. I look forward to reading her upcoming novel, The Lion’s Lair.

Also, I had the good fortune of meetings authors, Brenda and Jane Bonds whose humorous work on adventures in a retirement community is sure to be a hit!

Labor Day Weekend

Greetings all! Author Millie West will be signing her novel, The Cast Net, at the McIntosh Book Shoppe, 919 Bay Street, Beaufort, South Carolina, from 1:00 to 5:00pm on Saturday, September 1st. Her first book signing appearance was such a wonderful success, she was invited back for seconds!

Summer Book Signing Schedule

Millie West is thrilled to sign her novel, The Cast Net, at the Little Mountain Antique Mall, on Saturday, July 14th from 11:00AM until 3:00PM. 1528 Main Street, Little Mountain, SC

She will be in Beaufort, SC at the McIntosh Book Shoppe on Friday, July 20th from 11:00AM until 3:00PM. 919 Bay Street, Come celebrate the Beaufort Water Festival with Millie!

Also, Millie will be signing The Cast Net at Fiction Addiction, 1175 Woods Crossing Road, Greenville, SC, from 11:00AM until 1:00PM, Saturday, August 4th, 2012  . Hope to see you there!

Lake Murray Magazine

I want to thank Betsey Guzior, Deena Bouknight, and Kim Kim Foster-Tobin for the wonderful article they produced on my Lake Murray garden and my novel, The Cast Net. To Deena: I love your writing, and I wish you the best with your novels. I look forward to reading them! To Kim Kim: You are truly an artist. I think your photography talents speak for themselves. To view this wonderful article please visit: http://www.scribd.com/doc/94261833/Lake-Murray-Magazine-June-2012

South Carolina Book Festival

Author Millie West will be signing her novel, The Cast Net, at the South Carolina Book Festival this Saturday from 2:00PM to 5:00PM at the Boutique of Quality Book’s Booth. I am thrilled to be there! Check out this link: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.prlog.org%2F11871298-bqb-publishing-presents-southern-novelist-millie-west-at-the-sc-book-festival.html&h=1AQHS9RtT

Many thanks to Rick Reinert and Kevin LePrince for hosting me at their King Street Gallery this past Sunday. I sold 23 books in an hour and a half and actually ran out. I wish I’d had more books. Thank you people of Charleston!!!

Wonderful Book Signing at Hair Perfections!

I really want to thank Dawn Rodgers, and her marvelous staff at Hair Perfections for the outstanding book signing event that these gracious ladies held for me on Saturday. To Mary Ann Harris: Your efforts will never be forgotten. Thank you for providing the delicious refreshments!

I was so excited! I met new friends who came just to meet me and purchase a signed copy of The Cast Net! I can’t thank you ladies enough!!

Fabulous time in Newberry!

Many thanks to Randy Berry, and his daughter, Kira, for hosting a book signing event for The Cast Net at Books on Main this past weekend. I sold every book! The barbecue at “Pork in the Park” was splendid, and I met many wonderful Newberry residents!

The day before my book signing, I attended the Mary Alice Monroe symposium in Newberry, and found her presentation on her novel, The Butterfly’s Daughter to be inspiring. She was gracious, signing a copy of her novel, and personalizing it to my daughter, Whitney and me. Mary Alice made my day when she wished me well with my first novel, and gave me a hug! What a couple of fabulous days in Newberry, South Carolina!

Barbecue and The Cast Net

I will be in downtown Newberry, South Carolina, on April 21st to enjoy barbecue at “Pork in the Park,” and will be signing my novel, The Cast Net at Books on Main, 1209 Main Street from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Hope to see you there!!

Check out this link:http://www.visitnewberrysc.com/events-calendar/details/9-Pork%20in%20the%20Park

Savannah, Georgia Book Signings

Recently, I traveled to Savannah, Georgia for two books signing events for The Cast Net. I had great success at both signings: The first at the classy boutique, Go Fish, on Broughton Street, and later in the day at Savannah’s Ladies Night Out. Many thanks to Julie Breedlove, Kim Taylor and Debbie Ryysylainen . . . what a wonderful experience!

The following day, I explored Savannah’s riverfront, and walked along Bull Street to Forsyth Park. The grand homes in that area are breathtaking. I even saw the mansion that General William T. Sherman used as his headquarters during the Federal occupation of Savannah during the waning months of the American Civil War.

I was intrigued by the mysterious Bonaventure Cemetery. The river front setting and ornate grave markers added to the mystery of the property. I wandered through the graveyard and thought of the people who lay underneath those solemn grounds. The statue of Gracie, the little girl who passed away at age six, following a bout of pneumonia, was spellbinding!

What a wonderful adventure: Successful book signings combined with exploring the beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia!

Mary B. Chesnut Symposium

Recently, I attended the Mary Boykin Chesnut symposium at the University of South Carolina. Marty Daniels, a descendant of Mary Chesnut’s, and Barbara McCarthy have published the Civil War photography album compiled by Mrs. Chesnut. I am finding the album to be fascinating!

In my novel, I have included letters from the Civil War era that delve into the ancestry of hero, Cooper Heath. While writing this portion of my novel, I was inspired by the writings I read in Mrs. Chesnut’s Civil War diary. I’m glad the photographs made it home to the Chesnut ancestral home of Mulberry!