Tammy Mentzer Brown speaking engagement and signing

A few days ago I posted the fact that several local St. Clair Publications authors were having September book signings, but was unsure as to when Tammy’s was. Then I posted the details of mine on the 3rd, the day following Labor Day.

Well, it turns out that Tammy’s is at the same time as mine! Tammy’s moving true story, A Teacher’s Prayer, has touched and inspired many young people. It relates the crushing story of her youth after the death of her father, including abuse by those who should have been steering her in the right direction. She ended up in a children’s home. Then it tells of how one of her teachers, unbeknownst to her, never gave up on her, and prayed for her well-being for years. Consequently, she was able to rise above her abusive past and begin a life of positive affirmation, a loving marriage and obtain a college degree and give birth to two fine children.

Now she is telling her story in schools, women’s groups, children’s homes and churches. She has been featured in a number of newspapers and on television. She has also developed and published a supplemental guide and leader’s edition for small groups to study her book.

Next Tuesday, September 3, she will be at a mid-day women’s luncheon at First Presbyterian Church in Tullahoma, Tennessee, telling her story and signing books

One week from today – YOU are invited!

I fully understand that for some of you, attending my book signing is impossible–largely because you are too far away. But I wanted to send out a personal invitation to all friends of my blog and facebook.

One week from today, on 9-3-2013, between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM at Linebaugh Public Library in downtown Murfreesboro, TN, home of MTSU and the Blue Raiders, I will be signing my books and offering special prices on copies I have with me. If you are there and I have run out of the book you want, and you tell me you read this blog, I will offer you the same price and mail out your copy later if it is ordered that day. But only if you mention my blog! Here is the lineup:


                                                                                                                                                                                             Retail / Special

Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches  $27.95  $25.00

The Best of Mother Goose                          $8.95    $8.00

Beyond the Thistle Patch and                    $14.95+

Before the Thistle Patch (NEW) set           $ 6.99   $1500

Prayers of Prophets, Knights and Kings  $25.99  $20.00


(early twentieth century novella based on fact)  $8.75   $7.75 

Hope to see you next Tuesday!

Let Amazon notify you first

Before the Thistle Patch will be available sooner than expected! It is already posted but not yet able to be ordered. The Amazon page may be accessed at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1935786679. Just go there now and sign up to receive first notice when it is available. It is priced at only $6.99. Adults and children alike will enjoy it!

Book number 70 about to be released

Since our inception, St. Clair Publications has submitted 70 books to the public, including those now in final stages of release. One would think that I would be the author with the most releases, but not so.

With a total of 21 titles either released of in process of release is spiritual and self-help author, Michele Doucette of Canada. She currently has two of these titles in process.

I have been the primary author of 12 released and one more about to pop on the scene. This one is a small Emma Lynn Children’s Book which is to be a prequel to my autobiographical tale of youth, Beyond the Thistle Patch. It is conveniently dubbed, Before the Thistle Patch, and begins in Canton, Ohio on the spring day of the move to the farm on which I was reared in the mountains of North Carolina in June, 1954.

Geared to pre-teens, it will also appeal to any child of the 1950s who yearns for memories of the past. It should be on Amazon in less than 2 weeks. Happy Reading.

Local September book signings

Our authors are proud of their books. And rightfully so, because they have put so much of themselves into them and our covers are so attractive as well, thanks to Kent Hesselbein.

Book signings are one way we authors get our books out to those who will appreciate our unique talents. Locally, we have two authors who have recently done signings. Peggy Ball presented her book, The A.C.T.S. of Prayer, a 365 day devotional, at Covenant Fellowship Church on Highway 55, Morrison, while Katy Ishee took her heart-wrenching true story of abuse and searching for her son, Pieces of My Heart, to the Annual meeting of Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club in Lenoir County, North Carolina in July.

September will see at least four more of us heading out to signings locally in Middle Tennessee. I will be the first. On September 3 at Linebaugh Public Library at 105 W. Vine St. in Murfreesboro, I will be signing copies of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions and The Best of Mother Goose in a private signing from 11:00 to 1:00.

Then on September 7, Dee Hall will sign copies of her charming children’s book, Can You Imagine? mid day at Morrison Library at 130 W. Maple in that town, and Frank Tibbetts will be signing King of Hearts copies at Hastings Book Store 3905 N. Jackson, Tullahoma between 4:00 and 6:00 P.M. the same day.

Tammy M. Brown will be signing copies of her best-selling true story of abuse and redemption, A Teacher’s Prayer at First Presbyterian Church in Tullahoma also in September. Date will be announced, or contact Tammy.

One lady told me she would be at at least two of these events. So come on out. We would love to see you!





I want to give you a present for my birthday!

I thought this would get a bit of attention. I’ve been very busy for the past just over a week, jotting about the map. I’ve ridden and/or driven nearly 2,000 miles and visited family, done research and attended a convention. I’d like to settle down to some rest, but that will be a problem still, since I have a club meeting tonight, have to meet with an author in another town in the morning, then have a three day club fundraising project. They say there is ‘no rest for either the weary or the wicked.’ I hope I fit the former, as I am truly weary at this time.

But my birthday is coming up this Saturday and Rhonda has promised to take me out to dinner. I’m really looking forward to that!

This year my birthday comes on the day of the week on which I was actually born–something which has not happened in years. I decided to offer an incentive to any of my friends and readers who will order one of my personal paperback books off of the St. Clair Publications website at http://stclairpublications.com by my birthday, this Saturday, August 17.  These run from $9.00 to $27.95 retail. During my birthday week only, anyone who orders any of these books will receive a 20% rebate on the retail price. It will be paid either by PayPal or personal check after the order is received. All sales are secure, as they go through the PayPal system and you don’t even have to have a PayPal account. Simply go to the site and open an account if you don’t have one, then follow the directions.

I hope I have a happy birthday and that you enjoy your read! And ‘happy refund’ to all of you! Be sure to email me at stan@stclair.net to let me know how to pay your rebate.

The pen is mightier than the sword

It was pleasing to me to find that while I was away for the past several days visiting family and doing research for a new book, that folks were still clicking on my blog and buying our books.

The world is full of strife, and if that’s what you want to hear about and meditate upon, our news media will be happy to hand you plenty of fuel for the flame of anxiety and greed. Newspapers and television sell their products by honing in on the gross atrocities which surround us.

At St. Clair Publications we want to give you an alternative. Why not relax and order your copy of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions, and at the bottom of page 416 you will see this:

pen is mightier than the sword, The

This metonymic adage was coined by British author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in Act II, Scene ii of his 1839 play, Richelieu loosely based on a cardinal by that name:

“True, This! —
Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword.”


I much prefer the pen to the sword (or terror plot, murder, storm or pestilence). But even the pen (or computer) can do both harm and good.

For today, why not meditate upon the good.

Family is a big part of happiness

Yesterday was a wonderful day. I had the grand privilege of keeping a special grandson, Alex, while everyone else worked. We had a delightful day filled with laughing and playing games, and we took our little Min-Pin, Brody, to the kennel to visit his friends while Rhonda and I go to Ohio to visit family.

After Alex left yesterday, my friend, author Frank TIbbetts, came by to bring me another chapter of his graphic thriller, Cutter! due to be released in both hardback and paperback this fall. We had a great time going over some details.

Then last night, Rhonda and I went to Alex’s ball game. He is so committed to baseball that he plays on both the early league and late league, and is now the first baseman for his skilled team. It is such a joy being a grand parent–and in my case, a great-grandparent as well.

I will be meeting the latest great-grand for the first time next week. Angelique Rene Thoele is a bright little one and so blessed to have parents, grandparents and great grandparents who love her so much.

So if you have small family members, be sure to show them love…for love makes the world a better place!