Friday, October 13, 2017

Your Invitation: A Book Launch for Trapped in the Crossfire!

Author Gladys Hodge Sherrer in Typical Yeoman Woman's Attire

 A few reasons you should attend TRAPPED IN THE CROSSFIRE’s Book Launch at Snead State Community College, Fielder Auditorium, 202 North Walnut Street, Boaz, Alabama, Sunday, October 15, 2:00-4:00 pm:
1) This Book Launch is unique, a one-time event to honor our forefathers, specifically, early North Alabama settlers Sarah and Perry Williams, but representative of many others of that era. All profits from book sales will go to Snead’s Legacy Scholarship Fund in memory of Sarah & Perry Williams. A visual tribute to the couple will be part of the stage scene.
2) The backstory, actual historical events suggested in the book, will be discussed by the author, using a slideshow of period images.
3) If you’ve read TRAPPED IN THE CROSSFIRE, and now have questions pertaining to history, research, writing, and such things, there will be a Q&A session after the reading.
4) To help your imaginations drift back in time, the author will be appearing on stage in the typical dress of a woman of middle class (known as yeomen), but she may never don that heavy dress again!
COME TO SUPPORT EDUCATION!
COME WITH QUESTIONS!
COME TO GET YOUR TRAPPED IN THE CROSSFIRE COPY SIGNED!
COME TO BUY CHRISTMAS GIFTS!
COME FOR THE COOKIES AND LEMONADE!
COME TO TAKE A SUNDAY DRIVE IN AUTUMN!
COME TO LEARN HISTORY!
COME TO HONOR FOREFATHERS OF YOUR OWN FAMILY!
COME TO SEE IF THE AUTHOR TRIPS ON HER LONG SKIRT!
COME TO BE INSPIRED BY THE FAITH OF OUR FATHERS!
COME EARLY FOR A PRIME PARKING SPOT… THE READING STARTS PROMPTLY AT 2:00!

Trapped in the Crossfire is sold online at Amazon, Books-a-Million and Barnes and Noble

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Finding Peace In Stories of the Past


Hurricanes, earthquakes, a madman with an H-bomb pointed at America…and more. Just the evening news. Feeling tense yet? Yesterday, I experienced a trip back into pre-Civil War time in Chelsea, met the original settlers, sat in their pews in an ancient “church in the wildwood”, and sang their hymns.
As Harper Lee said in To Kill a Mockingbird, “You never really understand a person until you climb into their skin, and walk around in it.” We did just that, at the quaint Mt. Calvary on Highway 74 in Chelsea. Jenny Bartlett, Tony Nivens and others shared true stories of the hardships, struggles, miracles and faith of these people. I left with a sense of bonding, a spiritual kinship with these original Chelseanians, and felt that we truly honored our forefathers.
A trip back in time will set your priorities aright, inject a dose of compassion and empathy, foster understanding and unity… and bring you inner peace amidst life’s storms. 
My historical book, Trapped in the Crossfire, is now available online at Amazon, Book-a-Million, and Barnes and Noble. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


CC Event Coordinator Lindsey King with Author at Fielder Auditorium

A Book Launch
The Public is invited:
Sunday October 15, 2017 at 2-4:00 PM
The Commons & Fielder Auditorium
Snead State Community College
102 North Walnut Street
Boaz, Alabama 35956

Please join this casual mix-and-mingle, and the Author Gladys Hodge Sherrer reading from Trapped in the Crossfire. First Edition signed copies will be sold and proceeds donated to Snead State Community College Foundation’s Legacy Scholarship Fund in memory of Sarah and Oliver Perry Williams, whose true life Civil War story is the book Trapped in the Crossfire.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Amazon's Pre-sale Discounts Expiring Soon!




Heads Up, future readers of TRAPPED IN THE CROSSFIRE: on Monday, September 18, Amazon no longer offers reduced prices on their Pre Sale of my book, and will raise the paperback roughly 5.5% and the hardback 12.5%, or to its regular pricing. Order now for a savings, and bring your books to my planned signings for an author signature. I will have copies to purchase on hand at my events at regular pricing. Stay tuned for signing dates/places.

Here's you link to my Amazon author page:

https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B074PZB7M5

Tuesday, July 4, 2017



General Sherman Sacks Columbia, South Carolina, 1865

We're on schedule for an October 15, 2017 Book Launch (reading, Q&A, sale & signing) at Snead State Community College in Boaz, Alabama, 2:00-4:00 PM! My reviewers received Advanced Copies of Trapped in the Crossfire, and their reviews are coming in. Below is my favorite:  
  
"The value crafted into Trapped in the Crossfire exists in the overlay of characters Sherrer has achieved, a veritable biography of a family, civilians, and Civil War Confederate soldiers. An entire war washed over them like a repulsive, bloody, persistent tsunami, over homes, towns, villages, through yards, swings, schools, barns and churches… and lives. Sherrer speaks, unapologetically, of these lives. Library of Congress gives of photographs of Richmond in ruins, Charleston and Atlanta where crazed, empty windows look onto shambles. There are no photographs of the debris which razed joy left behind. It takes a writer, not a photographer, to document emotions. Beyond the plot— a family surviving— is what in blazes happened in the South, to the people a war roared over.

"With Trapped in the Crossfire, Sherrer brings us more than a book about the Civil War or battles, far more than the usual fluff on belles and cavaliers. It’s an unexpectedly dense, multi-layered, complex novel with three main characters: a family, an entire war, the South at war. Inextricably interwoven therein is one hero, the family. The war, as are all wars, is the villain. This is a much avoided topic, civilian hardship in the South as a result of war, a mystifyingly untouchable topic. Trapped in the Crossfire reveals a South not frequently seen, and a family moves through this stage.

 "Trapped in the Crossfire is a valuable book. Beautifully researched, in places as detailed as a photograph, fascinating in parts with carefully culled, historically accurate events, Sherrer does not overload the reader nor distract from the story with irrelevancies. The value of the book is where sheer volume of historical content overlays the stories— laid down like colorful tiles in America’s history— a narrative not frequently heard. That much of the story follows a genuine family through well-known events makes it less an historical novel, and more an enthralling drama."


 — Civil War Talk Forum Host, Colonel Annie Lane, Halifax, Pennsylvania

Thursday, June 8, 2017


How do you choose a book? After the front cover entices me to pick it up, I immediately flip the volume over to read the back. Who is this author, and what does the publisher have to say about the story? Next, I will read a few lines in the first chapter, and I'm either hooked or lay the book down.

This is the first time Trapped in the Crossfire's back cover has been made public, except for the reviewers who received galley proofs. Click on this image to enlarge, and read the words of Steve Gierhart of Ardent Writer Press, my publisher's comments. Therein, he captured the essence of my novel. As one of my reviewers stated, the "meat" of the saga is the untold Southern Civil War story.

Trapped in the Crossfire, by Gladys Hodge Sherrer, coming in October 2017 to Amazon. Wait for it!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Publicize, Promote like a Marathon Runner


The Galley Proof Copy


The plot stirs hearts, the scenes take away readers' breath, its characters are bone real. Now, the years of work is warming your hand, in the form of a galley proof. What does a writer do?

While a dozen handpicked reviewers get first dibs and jabs, it's time for this writer to bend, stretch and flex, get mentally (and physically) ready for the coming book promotional marathon.

Methodically and steadily, daily I learn new ways to soon get this awesome new treasure out to its readers, though not like a runner jumping out of the gate, only to fag out before the finish line. In truth, there is no finish line for authors. Our heart tells us to move into writing the next great story. I have in mind a Revolutionary War saga based on true life events, a prequel to Trapped in the Crossfire, but first this Civil War baby must be launched with all of the style worthy of years of research and writing.

Stay tuned, dear readers, while I continue my daily search for Trapped in the Crossfire's perfect promotional path... coming in October 2017 to Amazon.