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Meet author Keith Donnelly today at I Love Books

T. Glen Moody, Ph.D., Curator, and Katherine Scoggins • Aug 5, 2018 at 10:30 AM


At I Love Books Bookstore in the Fort Henry Mall, we have great deals on books and sidelines every day, but the deals are especially good during late summer and fall as we make room for new releases.

We have Bargain book tables; then we have Bargain - Bargain tables; then we have Bargain-Bargain-Bargain tables! We have a table celebrating our 51st anniversary with recent bestsellers at 51 percent off. Our “Gently Used” hardcovers on our library carts normally sell for 75 percent off original price, and our table of recently received Book Club Edition hardcovers are marked at $4.95 each or 6 for $20. We usually have over a hundred titles in each section and continuously add to them each day.

They're all great deals, especially if you like to collect certain authors like Patterson, Sanford, Cornwell, Clancy, Crichton and so forth. We add about 50 more of these to the sale table every day.

J. L. Stepp and his wife Dr. Lin Stepp are popular regional writers who have just published “Discovering Tennessee State Parks: A Guide to the State Parks in Tennessee” and previously published “Afternoon Hiker: A Guide to Casual Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains.” Lin also just released her newest installment in her very popular “Smoky Mountain Novels” series, called “Lost Inheritance.” All the books are available now at I Love Books Bookstore - pick up a copy and then join us for a joint book signing event with the Stepps on September 8.

For those of you that have read (or are reading) books about Tennessee’s National Parks, and outdoor adventures from popular outdoor writer John Molloy, we have another way to get your heart pounding and your blood flowing: a good old-fashioned thriller from the “Donald Youngblood Mystery Series” by Keith Donnelly.

We first introduced you to Keith and Tessa Donnelly back in April of this year. They are both natives of the Tri-Cities and have moved back to Kingsport after their home of 25 years was totally destroyed by the fires in Gatlinburg.

Keith will be signing all seven of his books from 2 to 4 p.m., today at I Love Books. We have special combo prices on the first two together and on the entire set.

He has written seven private detective books reminiscent of John Grisham’s style. Book seven, “Three Divers Deep,” was released in December of 2017 and is currently available as a bound book, as well as on Kindle and Nook.

Keith admits to not writing a word for more than two months after the loss of his home. Six months of living in various hotels and rentals gave him and his wife time to decide that their best option was to buy a house in Kingsport. The Donnellys officially returned to Kingsport on July 1, 2017.

But the area impacted Keith's writing long before that. Keith’s parents owned part interest in the Sevier Theatre Corporation that included two movie theaters in downtown Johnson City, as well as one in Jonesborough and the Skyline Drive-In Theatre. His interest in writing detective fiction stemmed from those early private eye movies.

Visiting his website, readers will find that Keith has also contributed five of Detective Donald Youngblood's favorite recipes to a cookbook entitled “Killer Recipes” by writer Susan Whitfield. The recipes - mostly from mystery writers - are creative and appealing, and all proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society. Copies of the recipe book are also available at I Love Books.

With the holidays quickly approaching, remember that books make great gifts! Based on online reviews, it appears that Detective Youngblood has a large following of female readers, and the series contains humor and problem solving - not to mention a pet Standard Poodle (Jake). “I found a few books that intrigue me, so I may be one of the first in line today at I Love Books!” said Out & About columnist Katherine Scoggins.

To learn more about Keith Donnelly, his interests and hobbies as well as Detective Youngblood and his “cast of characters,” visit http://www.donaldyoungbloodmysteries.com/ and be sure to stop by I Love Books from 2 to 4 p.m. today to meet the author in person and have copies of the books signed.

And, remember, you can find bargains galore each and every day at I Love Books Bookstore on the second level of the Fort Henry Mall.