The Official Pulpwood Queens Newsletter

The Pulp
Volume 1, Issue 2 November, 2010

November Has Lots To Be Thankful For!
Greetings Pulpwood Queens! There are so many exciting things going on in the Pulpwood Queens book club this month! Can you believe the holidays are almost here? I am planning an extraordinary Holiday Open House as well as a delightful Christmas Party. Read more about them in this issue! Pulpwood Queens Founder Kathy Patrick I have lots of fantastic news to share with you in this newsletter. One of the most interesting being the announcement of the To Kill A Mockingbird Film Festival that I have added to the upcoming 2011 Girlfriend Weekend in January! So, what could possibly be the best accessory for any Pulpwood Queen? How about my new line of Pulpwood Queen beauty products! Visit Beauty and the Book to get your own lemon scented lip balm ($2.95) or a bottle of No More Bites bug spray ($8.95). The bug spray is available in three different scents. Lotions and more are on the way! I am thrilled to say that Beauty and the Book has landed a four page spread in this month’s Texas Highways magazine! Writer Kathleen Kaska says these kind words about the shop: “I was as intrigued by the décor as the concept:The shop brims with bestsellers, books by first-time authors, and literary classics, but Patrick also offers rhinestone tiaras, handcrafted jewelry, and vintage clothing for sale, along with hot pink T-shirts emblazoned with her book club’s logo.” Texas Highways is available at most bookstores and grocery stores. Get your copy today to read the entire article!

Upcoming Events
• Nov. 11, 2010—The Writer’s Garden Literary Symposium and Luncheon; 10:00am-2:00pm Rose Hall, Dallas Arboretum, Dallas TX. Tickets $150 • Nov. 12-14, 2010—Books Alive, First United Methodist Church, Jefferson TX • Nov. 20, 2010—Beauty and the Book Holiday Open House, 9:00am-5:00pm. • Dec. 5, 2010—Pulpwood Queens Christmas Party; 6:30pm Austin Street Bistro, Jefferson, TX; dinner $30 per person. • Jan. 13-16, 2011—Girlfriend Weekend Author Extravaganza. Full program in December issue.
December Book Selection: The Imperfectioists By: Tom Rachman

Beauty and the Book: Holiday Open House
Christmas is on the way and it is time for the annual Beauty and the Book Holiday Open House and Shopping Experience! An array of vendors will be in house with beautiful products that are sure to please the ones you love! Nov. 20th 9:00am5:00pm Beauty and the Book 608 N. Polk St., historic Jefferson, Texas The entire day will be full of holiday goodies, hot cider, and of course, free gift wrapping! Door prizes will be given throughout the day. This will be the perfect time to join the Pulpwood Queens book club or pick up some of those books that are on your wish list! Bring your friends!



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The Pulpwood Queens Top 20 Countdown—October 2010
1. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson 2. Dracula In Love by Karen Essex 3. The Pulpwood Queens’ Tiara Wearing, Book Sharing Guide to Life by Kathy Patrick 4. The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees My Orange Duffel Bag by Sam Bracken and Echo Garrett The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman 7. My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliviera 8. South of Broad by Pat Conroy 9. The Big Appetite by Sam McCleod 10. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman 11. The Mailbox by Mary Beth Whalen 12. The Miracle of Mercy Land by River Jordan 13. Goodness Gracious Green by Judy Christie 14. The Cracker Kitchen by Janis Owens 15. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron 16. Ape House by Sara Gruen 17. They Came to Nashville by Marshall Chapman 18. The Killing Storm by Kathryn Casey 19. Hurricane in Paradise by Denise Hildreth 20. Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin

You’re Invited: To A Christmas Party!
The 2010 Pulpwood Queens Christmas Party is just around the corner and you are invited! Join the Pulpwood Queens of Jefferson for an elegant dinner and gift exchange! Sunday, December 5 6:30pm Austin Street Bistro, 117 E. Austin St., Jefferson, Texas $30 per person Dress is Christmas attire. Each person is to bring a handmade gift for exchange, perhaps an ornament or book related! Susan Gregg Gilmore of Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen and now her latest, The Improper Life of Bexelia Grove will be the special guest author!



Call now to RSVP for you and your friends! (903) 665-7520 or email at

Just Announced: To Kill A Mockingbird Film Fest Added to Girlfriend Weekend Line-up!
January 16 2:00pm– 6:00pm Jefferson Tourism and Convention Center $25 members
$75 per person

I am pleased to announce our first ever Film Festival to be held Sunday as the Grand Finale of our 11th Anniversary Girlfriend Weekend Author Extravaganza! Yes, add to your calendar our 50th Anniversary tribute to the classic To Kill a Mockingbird'! Features: Author Kerry Madden of Up Close: Harper Lee; Author and Independent Film and Television Writer/Producer, Mary Murphy of Scout, Atticus, and Boo.

Films include: Hey Boo; On Mockingbird; and the iconic film To Kill A Mockingbird. The First United Methodist Church High School and Junior High Youth Groups will be running a concession stand with all proceeds going to their NEW youth building and The First United Methodist Church will be hosting a Chili Supper at the convention center with their proceeds to go to their mission and outreach programs.



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Program Announced for the 5th Anniversary of Books Alive: A Christian and Inspirational Book Festival—November 12-14
Friday, November 12 7:00pm—join us for an intimate dinner with the authors . All authors will be introduced and the dinner is homemade by the good ladies of the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson. The event will be held in the church’s fellowship hall. Tickets $25. Saturday, November 13 9:00am— Pastor Allison Byerly will give our opening prayer. Kathy Patrick will be the moderator for the authors. 9:15-10:30am—Texas Poet Laureate, Karla K. Morton of Redefining Beauty; Author Judy Christie of Goodness Gracious Green; Author Missy Buchanan of Living with a Purpose in a Worn Out Body: Spiritual Encouragement for Older Adults. 10:30am—Break for author Karla K. Morton, the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, is also the author of Wee Cowrin Timorous Beastie (2007), a combination of poetry, stories, and original Celtic music by award-winning Canadian composer Howard Baer. Her book Karla K. Morton, New and Selected Poems, is due for release from TCU Press this fall. Morton is a writer, a mother, an entertainer, a cancer survivor, and a Texan and all of that is visible in her collection. (Amazon) visits, autographs, and vendors. 11:00am-12:00pm—Keynote speakers Sam Bracken and Echo Garrett of My Orange Duffel Bag. 1:30-2:45pm—Author Carla Stewart of Chasing Lilacs; Mary Beth Whalen of The Mailbox; and Lisa Wingate of Beyond Summer. 2:45pm—Break for author visits, autographs, and vendors. 3:15-4:30pm—Author Gloria P. Jaggers of Give Me a Broom and Kathy Patrick of the Pulpwood Queens’ Tiara Wearing, Book Sharing Guide to Life. 4:30pm—Closing prayer by Pastor Allison Byerly. Author autograph rooms and vendors will stay open until 5:00pm. Sunday, November 14 11:00am—Join us for Sunday worship service with special author speakers and music. Information: All events will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 305 West Henderson in Jefferson, Texas. Friday and Saturday events will be held in the fellowship hall. Tickets are $50 for the weekend or $25 for Friday night. Saturday events including lunch per person is $25. Student tickets are $10. Scholarships for the event are available. Book clubs, church and youth groups are welcome. Those who pre-register and pre-pay will receive a FREE book! Checks may be made payable to: First United Methodist Church, Attn: Books Alive Tickets, P.O. Box 457, Jefferson, TX 75657 or email Pastor Allison Byerly at

Echo Garrett, has written or contributed to 10 nonfiction books. Her latest include Why Don't They Just Get a Job? and My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change.

Carla Stewart's writing reflects her passion for times gone by. Carla launched her writing career in 2002 when she received the coveted invitation to attend the Guidepost's Writers Workshop in Rye, New York. Her articles have appeared in Guideposts, Angels on Earth, Saddle Baron, and Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine. More recently, Carla received two American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis awards for unpublished authors. (Amazon)

Missy Buchanan's book, Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body: Spiritual Encouragement for Older Adults, is a top-selling book for Upper Room Books. Her next book, Talking with God in Old Age: Meditations and Psalms, will be released by Upper Room Books. She has also written for many publications. (Amazon) Author Judy Christie began her writing career as editor of The Barret Banner in elementary school in Northwest Louisiana and continued as a newspaper reporter and editor, writer of nonfiction books and novelist. Her debut novel, Gone to Green, was released in August 2009 with the newest installment having been released this summer. She has also written the Hurry Less, Worry Less series. The She is a member of the Red River Pulpwood Queens in Shreveport, LA.

Sam Bracken, is the general manager of new media and marketing for FranklinCovey. He frequently speaks to audiences on: Transformational change Leadership Branding/ Marketing/ Creativity Execution/ Implementation Time Management. He is the author of My Orange Duffel Bag.

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Where In The World Is Kathy Patrick?
On October 23rd, Kathy was the keynote speaker at the Fall Gathering of Authors in Texarkana, Arkansas. While in L.A. Kathy gets to have an exclusive interview with the one and only Fannie Flagg!

In October Kathy enjoyed taking in the sights in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California during a filming project. Check out Queen Kathy shopping on Rodeo Drive!

Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, Tennessee—Then on to Graceland in Memphis with author Karen Essex!

Victorian Dinner with Dracula In Love Author Karen Essex
Of all of the places in Texas to hold an authentic Victorian dinner, Jefferson, Texas is certainly the perfect setting. Austin Street Bistro (beside the General Store) opened it’s doors to the Pulpwood Queens alone for a four-course meal with popular author Karen Essex. A New Orleans native, Karen grew up being inspired by the great Anne Rice and the television program Dark Shadows. After many years of working in the film industry, she decided to take the leap and take her newest novel to a whole different level. She had in mind to tell the story of Bram Stoker’s Dracula from the female perspective...and it has paid off! Her novel Dracula in Love has taken the world by storm! On Tuesday, October 12, 2010, Karen joined the Pulpwood Queens, several of whom ventured from other chapters, to celebrate her book and Victorian culture with an elaborate dinner party fit for Dracula himself. Not only did Karen sign books and pose for photographs, but she even wrote a one-scene play inspired by the book. A handful of guests performed this impromptu that no one else has seen before! As Karen narrated, the scene was performed fabulously, enticing everyone to purchase the book.

You can find Karen Essex on Facebook or visit her website at Copies of “Dracula In Love” can be purchased at Beauty and the Book!
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