Adele Elliott Entertains Starkville Friends Of The Library
On Thursday, April 10, Adele Elliott had the pleasure of speaking to the Starkville Friends of the Library at the library located at 326 University Drive.
The audience, which consisted of 24 bibliophiles, was very attentive and enthusiastic as Adele talked about the evolution of her career as a writer and then read an excerpt from her debut novel, Friendship Cemetery. The reading elicited numerous outbursts of laughter, which was indicative of the humorous nature of the book.
Several questions were posed by the attendees, demonstrating an obvious curiosity about Elliott’s work.
After signing copies purchased by a number of fans, Elliott posed with event organizer Sue Minchew, as well as with Library Director Virginia Holtcamp, as she donated a copy of Friendship Cemetery to the library.
Afterward, Elliott remained at the library for an extended conversation with several of the attendees.
Launch Party For Witch Ball Scheduled For May 1
The launch event for Witch Ball, the second novel by Columbus author Adele Elliott, will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. It will take place at 417 Main Street, in the heart of Columbus’ downtown district.
Elliott will be partnering with local artists Aimee Shaw and Lesley Bailey, who will be selling their colorful acrylic paintings to raise funds for local animal rescue organization Shaw Pit Bull Rescue. All proceeds from the sale of the paintings will be dedicated to providing for the 30+ “adopt-a-bulls” in Shaw PBR’s care.
Elliott will read excerpts from Witch Ball and will sign copies purchased on-site.
Food and beverage will be provided by local merchants.
Admission to the event is free and open to the public.
For more information, please call 662.368.2211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elliott To Appear On WCBI’s “Mid-Morning With Aundrea”
During the segment, Adele will promote the launch event for her new book, Witch Ball, which is scheduled for May 1, 2014.
A video of the segment will be posted on this website for those individuals who live outside of the WCBI viewing area or for those people who are not available to watch the show at its regular broadcast time.
Adele Elliott To Speak To Starkville Friends Of The Library
Adele Elliott Is scheduled to speak to the members and guests of the Starkville Friends of the Library, as part of their ‘Books and Authors’ series, on Thursday, April 10, at 12 p.m. The event will be held at the Starkville Public Library (326 University Drive | Starkville, MS).
Elliott will speak about her career as a writer and will read excerpts from her debut novel, Friendship Cemetery. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Elliott’s Second Novel, Witch Ball, To Be Released April 15
Coming just seven months after the release of her debut effort, Friendship Cemetery, Witch Ball continues in the Southern Gothic vein for which Elliott is becoming known. According to Elliott:
Truly Moore loves to spend time with her great Aunt Fleur, a larger-than-life, quirky old lady who creates magic charms and makes a living selling accessories for figurines. The townspeople know Fleur is “different,” a sin in this “Buckle of the Bible Belt,” and many suspect that Aunt Fleur is a witch. The serenity of the town is shattered by the murder of a respected high school track coach, and as the murder becomes more and more difficult to solve, a witch hunt begins. But, not all demons have pointy tails and horns, and not all angels have wings.
Witch Ball asks to be careful who we deify, and who we vilify.
Witch Ball is available for pre-order by visiting http://www.open-bks.com/library/moderns/witch-ball/order.html.
Friendship Cemetery Garners Five-Star Reviews On Amazon
Friendship Cemetery has received four five-star reviews on Amazon, in only its first week of release.
Check out the reviews below or visit the book’s page on Amazon.
Adele Elliott Appears On TV Talk Show
Adele Elliott appeared on Mid-Morning with Aundrea, a talk show broadcast by Columbus, Miss. television station WCBI, on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 to promote her debut novel, Friendship Cemetery.
Already her appearance has received rave reviews, from people in the WCBI viewing area and beyond.
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Friendship Cemetery To Be Released On September 20, 2013
It is being published by Crooked Cat Publishing, based in the UK.
Friendship Cemetery will be available, in both paperback and e-book format, through amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, crookedcatbooks.com, and through the author’s own website, adeleelliott.com. It will be available in paperback at a variety of book signings and receptions throughout the U.S.
Elliott offers the following synopsis of the book:
Friendship Cemetery is the story of Emma Grace, a naive girl, whose perception of truth is limited by her youth, and upbringing in the very sheltered world of Columbus, Mississippi. She longs for a message from her dead father, and the acceptance of her distant and critical mother.
Emma may be unsophisticated, but she is witty and funny, with biting observations about Columbus. The city is as much a character in the novel as are the people.
The story begins with her desire to become a ghost hunter. To this end Emma spends time in the cemetery. However, she is not alone. Also, in FriendshipCemetery are Princess Kamara (a dwarf), and Tyrone (a young African-American boy).
Emma’s father slipped into the Mississippi River eight months before this novel begins. Her mother, Lenora Leigh, bid him good-bye with great fanfare at a memorial service, even though there was no body.
Princess Kamara spends her time creating quirky, folk art “sculptures” from detritus found in the cemetery. Pea (her nickname) has been even less exposed to the world than Emma. However, she is perceptive and quite comical in her actions and responses to new experiences.
Both mothers reveal disappointment with their daughters. Emma cannot dress to her mother’s “Southern belle chic” standards. Pea’s mother, Olive Shelton, has hidden her from the eyes and gossip of this town. She is consumed with love for her deceased husband, Dwayne.
Tyrone fears Kamara because he claims that her family is cursed. A hurt leg leads him to introduce Emma to Althee, a healer-woman. From Althee we learn that there is a curse on the Shelton family.
Emma, Kamara, and another friend, Beau, concoct an elaborate plot to spend the night in Friendship Cemetery in an effort to find ghosts. All does not go well. They are discovered, and must face public embarrassment, the worst thing possible in the eyes of Emma’s mother.
Emma’s mother, too, has been keeping secrets. However, secrets are impossible to keep. All will be revealed.
The main theme of “Friendship Cemetery” is that truth is limited by perception and experience. In the beginning of the novel, Emma believes Pea to be a leprechaun, which she is not.
It is also about acceptance. Pea’s defects are obvious, a physical deformity. Others’ are more subtle. Flaws such as superficiality, blind judgment, and false superiority are less apparent, but still corrosive.
“Friendship Cemetery” will appeal to adult readers and mature teens. It contains no graphic sex or violence.