Joanne Gentry Midyette



Penny Padgette, owner and operator of THE BOOK SHELF  in downtown, Tryon, NC is hosting my book signing for REETA BOOK READS TO EVERYTHING! on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm.  Penny is a great gal and I discovered that her book store is a great place to browse and find some real literary treasures.  Make plans to drop in for the book signing in November and browse her store for some wonderful Christmas gifts for your book-loving friends and family!

The Book Shelf in Tryon, NC is awesome!


I stopped by The Book Shelf in downtown Tryon, NC today and met the owner, Penny Padgett! What a great gal!  She is now selling my new children's book, REETA BOOK READS TO EVERYTHING! and offered to have a book signing in her store in November.  We are working on finding a date right now. I encourage anyone who lives in the Tryon/Columbus/ Green Creek/Landrum area to drop in and browse her store.  She has a great selection of books there.  You can find the best sellers and some vintage books too!  She also has a great selection of children's books. 

Copies are available at Fireside Books in Shelby, NC!


I am pleased to announce that copies of REETA BOOK READS TO EVERYTHING! are now availabe at FIRESIDE BOOKS (212 S. Lafayette Street, Shelby, NC.)  You can call to reserve your copy at (704) 487-8477.  Thanks to Linda Parks and the great folks at Fireside Books!

Creative Beginnings Book Reading and Book Signing!


I had such an awesome time with the 3 and 4-year old classes at Creative Beginnings Christian Preschool in Hendersonville, NC.  During the Book Reading, we discussed the parts of the book, how to care for books and then we jumped right into the story.  The children were very attentive and gave some great input during the story.

At the Book Signing, I was privileged to meet some of the parents and grandparents who purchased the book for their children and posed for pictures with me.

It was a wonderful day.  I appreciate the hospitality of Fran Rochester and the staff of Creative Beginnings Christian Preschool!

My First Book Signing!


I held my very first book signing this past weekend at the CROOKED DOOR COFFEE HOUSE in Marion, NC.  It was a great experience!  Parker Wilson (the character of Reeta Book in the photographs) and Rachel Withrow (the photographer) were on hand to sign books and great everyone.  With the aroma of coffee wafting from inside the coffee shop, it was an awesome atmosphere to chat with folks and meet new friends.  I look forward to other signings in the future in Hendersonville, Tryon, and Forest City, NC.  Being a children's book author is such a blast!! Until next blog post...

Photo shoot with RUTHERFORD WOMAN tomorrow!


I was thrilled yesterday to receive a text from Sunny Gonzalez at RUTHERFORD WOMAN magazine in Forest City, NC.  I am scheduled with David Staley for a photo shoot tomorrow and a phone interview with Sunny on Friday.  I am excited to be one of the featured women in the upcoming fall issue of the magazine.  This will give my book some local exposure, so I really look forward to seeing what happens in the months to come.  God has been so good to me throughout this entire experience.  Although there have been major hurdles to overcome - two of them today - I am still enjoying the ride!  Writing children's books is such a joy in my life.  My precious husband has been a rock for me and will accompany tomorrow for the photo shoot.  He is a true gift from the Father of Lights. 

The first copies of REETA BOOK READS TO EVERYTHING! have arrived!!!


The UPS truck backed up to my front door, and what a thrill it was to unload the first boxes of the hardback copies of my first children's book, REETA BOOK READS TO EVERYTHING!

My first book signing will be at THE CROOKED DOOR COFFEE HOUSE in Marion, NC for Saturday, September 6, 2014 (2:00pm - 4:00 pm). (See the CALENDAR page for location information) Hardback copies of the book will be available for purchase. 

Parker Addison Wilson (REETA BOOK) , Rachel Withrow (the photographer) and I (the author) will all be available to meet your children and sign the books with a personal message for your child. 

Full-color, hardback copies (with glossy dust jackets) will be on sale for $20.00 the day of the signing.  I look forward to seeing those who live in the Marion, Woodlawn, Spruce Pine, Little Switzerland, Morganton, Nebo, Lake James, Black Mountain and Old Fort, NC areas for this special event.  Come and enjoy a cup of delicious coffee, tea or some unique hot and cold drinks while you wait to have your book signed.  We hope to see you there!

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