June 28, 2012

Milledgeville Misfit – T.L. Gray -- Guest Post!

Every continent, every country, and every state, in the entire world, has a particular area that is the source for all things supernatural, especially when it comes to ghosts.  Having been born in the state of Georgia, there are a few famous cities that can boast of great historical significance and haunted lore, including exotic locations like Savannah and Rome.  This particular tale centers on Georgia’s original capital city, Milledgeville, which is known not only for being one of the most haunted places in America, but hosts an infamous insane asylum and federal prison. 

Milledgeville Misfit is the tale of 14-year old Juniper “Junebug” Summerville, whose city life is dull and uneventful until a tragic car accident kills her parents and steals her voice, and against her silent protests is sent to live with an Aunt and Uncle, she never knew existed, to a swamp land known for its nuts, prisoners, and most especially, it’s ghosts. 

Upon arrival at Dearborn, an antebellum plantation home, Junebug feels like a prisoner in this secluded manor.  It isn’t until she meets the six other orphans living at Dearborn that she truly comes to life.  Through their interaction, Junebug learns to laugh, love and live again, until a devastating fire on Halloween night sends her to the Milledgeville library, and creates a tear in the very fabric of her reality.  Though she regains her voice, she battles for her sanity in the Milledgeville asylum.  What is the ultimate reality for Junebug?  Three possibilities exist, but the answer is left up to the reader. 

This story began as a legend I created to tell my children around a campfire, but it kept growing deeper and longer, until I had no other choice than to write it down.  My children are now grown, and I thought that it was time to share this tale with the world, and decided to have it published with Vabella Publishing.  As I began the editing process, I met a movie writer/producer, Elisa Dimitria Bowman, from CINIGI Lighthouse Entertainment in Atlanta, and through her tutelage began writing the Milledgeville Misfit screenplay.  Perhaps soon, a new generation will be able to see the tale come to life at a nearby theatre. Until then, the story is available wherever books are sold: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com and Vabella.com.  It is also available as an eBook on the Kindle & Nook

Milledgeville Misfit is my third published novel.  The first, The Blood of Cain, was published in 2009 by Fireside Publications (soon to be released in summer 2012 as a 2nd edition by Vabella Publishing), and my second,Keezy’s 10 Awesome Rules for Teenaged Dating, was published in 2011 by Vabella Publishing.  Upcoming release, The Arcainians, the sequel to The Blood of Cain, is due for publication in the fall of 2012.  I am currently working on a new epic novel about a set of twin boys, Hunter & Chase, in a coming-of-age quest filled with danger, excitement, and magic. I hope to have the novel complete and ready for publication by spring of 2013.

About Milledgeville Misfit...

Publication Date: January 30, 2012

Fourteen-year old Juniper "Junebug" Summerville loses her parents and her ability to talk in a car accident. Against her silent protests, she is sent to live in a remote swampland infamous for its ghosts, federal prison and insane asylum. As Junebug struggles with her emotional scars, she begins to heal with help from six other orphans at Dearborn, a once famous Milledgeville Plantation. Just as she begins to enjoy the peace she’s long desired, she finds herself in a fight for her sanity when she stumbles upon a tear in the fabric that separates the possible from the impossible, and she must choose which to believe. Milledgeville Misfit is a young adult novel that deals with grief and healing, and has an ending that leaves the reader with the choice of what to believe.

Product Details
Paperback: 178 pages
Publisher: Vabella Publishing (January 30, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983433275
ISBN-13: 978-0983433279

About the author...

Remember how late night ghost stories had you jumping at every shadow and sent you diving under the covers with every bump, scratch and screech in the night? Or how about those legends that took you away on a magical adventure where you overcame unimaginable obstacles to save the day?

More than likely, it was someone like author T.L Gray who told you the tales that got your imagination so stirred. The only difference, this spinner of tales has decided to write those stories down so everyone else can share in the experience.

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