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Local author releases second serial book; book signing Feb. 2

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Conn Hamlett
Conn Hamlett, known to many area residents as "Billy" Conn, will hold a book signing at the Dunklin County Library for his new book, "John Lee Johnson On The Trail," Feb. 2, 2013.

The book is the second book of a series that Mr. Hamlett has created.

Mr. Hamlett held a book signing for his first book, "John Lee Johnson from Texas," approximately one year ago. The first book takes you through a journey with John Lee Johnson, who is fighting in west Tennessee for the Confederate forces, and faces a series of obstacles when he is called back to Texas where his father's ranch is under invasion by a crooked Union major and his conniving nephews.

During his travels to get back to the ranch and save his father's livelihood, John Lee Johnson makes his way through west Tennessee and part of Missouri, through the State of Arkansas where the challenges he meets provide opportunity for him to seek out both justice and mercy along his way.

As the first book, the fictional "John Lee Johnson On The Trail," is a fast paced western, and centers around the character, John Lee Johnson in the year 1864, directly prior to the Fall of Atlanta. In the new serial, John Lee Johnson is faced with more trials and tribulations, during his travels from Bailey County, Texas to Ironton, Ohio, and is as action packed as the first book of the series. The new book is about Johnson who is mustered out of the Civil War, and is on another mission to "do an act of kindness," according to Mr. Hamlett.

As he attempts to carry out the act of kindness, he is prevented by many people who resent Johnson because of his once riding with Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Lieutenant General in the Confederate Army.

A Brigadier General, located in Nashville, Tenn., is "out to get him, no matter what." Some of the residents of Arkansas and Texas begin to help Johnson, causing the Brigadier General to become very upset, and aims to kill Johnson.

Mr.Hamlett was born in Hornersville, Mo., and graduated from Kennett High School. From there, he attended Freed-Hardeman University; Harding University, and received his B.A. from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.

He then received his M.A. from George Peabody/Vanderbilt University. He held the occupations of both a Latin teacher and a principal while in his 36 years in education. In the 1970's, Mr. Hamlett was a competitive bodybuilder interrupted his teaching career to wrestle professionally in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA).

He has traveled extensively, visiting most of the European and the Mediterranean Sea countries on approximately ten occasions. He also intermixed his teacher career with radio broadcasting and was a sports host on 1510-WLAC in Nashville, where he currently resides, for 16 years.

Following his retirement, he chose a writing career and wanted to write an enjoyable western that was factual, and yet, a fast and enjoyable read that both entertains and informs.

The book signing will take place from the hours of 9 a.m., and will extend through 12 p.m., noon., where both paperback and hardback copies will be available for sale. Paperback copies will sell for $20 and hardback copies will sell for $35.

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