A Great Newsletter from Mara and Ford Smith

December 6, 2012

Mara took our Craft Lab, “Social Media for the Creative Person.” I don’t know if she learned how to send out a great newsletter in the class, but I certainly hope it helped her produce this one.  I love seeing how artists around WNC use professional practices to do great things. Good job Mara and Ford!


Ford on the Laptop

Season’s Greetings

from the Smiths

What’s New: December 2012

Mara with her Camera

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Upcoming Events

12/7/12 5-8 pm: Booksigning* at The Garden Gallery (inside Thompson Landscaping), 83 Palmer Street, Tryon, NC during Tryon’s Christmas Stroll

12/13/12 11am: Appearance on “Carolina Now”
(Carolinas’ CW Station — Channel 9 on Cable, 62 on Direct)

1/12/13 10am: Photoshow for Pacolet Area Conservancy at Walnut Creek Preserve on “Traveling to Protected Places”

2/15/13 tba: Book Signing at Hub City Bookshop
with Carriage House Wines & Wine Bar, 196 W Main Street, Spartanburg, SC


Since our last newsletter (November 2009), new books include three annual updates of Winning Wines and a novel,Endangered. The 2013 edition of Winning Wines was released nationally on 10/26/12 with a “Wine & Sign” at Tryon’s wine and beer boutique, La Bouteille. We had lots of fun, signing books, pouring wine, seeing old friends, and making new ones. Endangered, our first novel, continues to garner good reviews. Former NC poet laureate, Cathy Smith-Bowers, says: “Such tension is the mark of masterful writing. Bravo to the authors of this stunning mystery!” For our second suspense novel, we traveled across North America this past summer and fall, visiting Native American archeological sites. We’ll start writing after the holidays; its working title is Alternate Route.

*Books Available at This Time

ABC All-American Riddles – $13.95 (good for first – fourth graders, winner of Children’s Choice Award)
Endangered – $14.95 (a suspense novel for adults set in the Sea Islands, winner of Readers Favorite 5-Star Rating)
Focus on the Foothills – $44.95 (a photobook of Polk County, NC and the surrounding area)
Winning Wines: Medal Winners for $15 or Less – 2013 Edition – $9.95 (guide to good-tasting wines —
great for the holidays and the new year!)

Read more about our books at www.endangeredthebook.comwww.winning-wines.com, and www.livesimplywithstyle.com. Our books are sold through us as well as The Book Shelf (Tryon, NC), Hub City Bookstore (Spartanburg, SC), Malaprops (Asheville, NC), Park Road Books (Charlotte, NC).



We continue to take lots of photos! We took several thousand as we traveled approximately 15,000 miles across North America this past year to research our next novel. Many of these will be in a slideshow on our website (www.livesimplywithstyle.com/trip2012). A selection will be shared at the Pacolet Area Conservancy’s 1/12/13 program at Walnut Creek Preserve, “Traveling to Protected Places.” Below are 9 images from our trip.

Of course, we did more than research archeological sites – other places included breweries, wineries, and restaurants. Too, we rendezvoused with our daughter, son-in-law, grandson, and granddaughter in Yellowstone National Park—a special time together in an extraordinary place.

In Tryon, NC, framed photographs and signed notecards are sold at The Garden Gallery (83 Palmer Street). A selection of Western North Carolina imagery is available through Bravo Interior Design (285 N Trade Street). In nearby Saluda, NC, a few images decorate the walls of one of our favorite restaurants, The Purple Onion.

Kokopelli at Toltec Mounds
Capturing the Annular Eclipse
Desert Blooms at Chaco
Impressive Collared Lizard
Bristlecone Pine
Another Dust Storm!
Fort Rock Cave
Pacific Sunset
Duck River, TN

See more imagery in our photo galleries at www.livesimplywithstyle.com/photographs.shtml.


Happy Holidays!



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