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Thank you, Cammie, and rest in peace

I might be the only person that Cammie King Conlon ever graced with a jacket endorsement (and I hope someone will please correct me if I'm wrong) - what a wonderful gift and remembrance.

I didn't know Cammie very well, but I admired her greatly. I saw her many times on the "big screen," but I had never met her in person.

As a writer, I had the opportunity to interview Cammie a number of times for different Gone With the Wind-related articles I was writing and she was always accessible, unfailingly kind and generous, sometimes wry and at all times an absolute pleasure to talk with.

As an author, I received a cherished gift from Cammie: She read my book, The Secret of the Belles, while still in manuscript format and offered to write a jacket endorsement for it. Imagine receiving an email from "Bonnie Blue Butler" herself, calling my book "a beautiful read, and another amazing tribute to the phenomenon that is Gone With the Wind." To say I was overcome, humbled, thrilled and appreciative truly is an understatement.

Cammie, what a treasure you were and what an enduring legacy you left.
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Book signing at Belle Brezing's 150th Anniversary Bash

I had a great time in Cheapside Park in Lexington, Ky., recently for the Belle Brezing Birthday Ball. See the photos at TopsinLex and click on Belle Brezing photos. It was a fun time with Read More 
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Belle Brezing’s 150th Birthday Celebrated June 15, 2001 with Cheapside Ball

A Lexington, Ky., event is honoring the madam upon whom Margaret Mitchell modeled “Belle Watling” – and I’ll be there for all the fun, signing copies of my book, The Secret of the Belles, with my friend Sally Tippett Rains, who has her own Gone With the Wind- and Belle Brezing-related book: Read More 
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DATE CHANGE for Belle Brezing event in Lexington KY

The date for the Belle Brezing event in Lexington, Kentucky, is now Tuesday, June 15, 2010. Here are details from the museum:

Belle's Birthday Ball
Kentucky’s most famous madam, Belle Brezing, is being feted at an informal party on Tuesday, June 15, that will include book signings with authors Kathryn Witt and  Read More 
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Belle Brezing event at the Lexington History Museum

The Lexington History Museum is hosting Belle's Birthday Ball, a fundraiser for the Lexington (KY) History Museum, on Thursday, June 17. Windies know that the divine Miss B. was the inspiration for the character, Belle Watling, in Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind.

This bash celebrating Belle's birthday features a taste of Cheapside, local restaurants and silent auction. I will be at the event to sign copies of my book, The Secret of the Belles, along with Sally Tippett Rains, author of The Making Of A Masterpiece, The True Story of Margaret Mitchell's Classic Novel, Gone With the Wind. Read More 
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Ann Rutherford Approves of The Secret of the Belles

Yesterday I had the good fortune to talk with Ann Rutherford by phone. Ann told me that she really enjoyed reading The Secret of the Belles and said that she was very happy that I had written a book directed at teen readers.

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Available Now: The 2010 Bylines Calendar for Aspiring and Working Writers

The new The Bylines 2010 Calendar is now available and I am among the 53 featured writers representing 26 states and 4 foreign countries.

Chock full of inspiration, humor and passion, this calendar is the perfect tool for aspiring and working writers to keep the creative juices flowing and Read More 
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‘Gone with the Wind’ 70-year Anniversary Celebration at the Paramount

Gone with the Wind turns 70 and the Paramount Arts Center is celebrating by showing the film on the big screen, Sunday, January 10, at 4 p.m.

The Paramount’s film committee will enhance the showing of the film by offering a special treat to include Read More 
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Connie Sutherland honored

Connie Sutherland, director of the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum-Scarlett on the Square and organizer of Marietta's celebration of the exclusive 70th anniversary re-premiere of Gone With the Wind that garnered international publicity, was honored recently with an award.

On December 11, Marietta's City Manager Bill Bruton and Mayor Bill Dunaway awarded Connie Read More 
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The Secret of the Belles reviewed again

Robin Jungbluth has reviewed The Secret of the Belles. Robin said she "really enjoyed how the author continuously wove Lanie and Belle’s stories together in many different (and sometimes unexpected) ways." See the full review at Book Pleasures.
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