The Final Salute wins Honorable Mention for Military Fiction in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards

September 1, 2016

kathleenmrodgers The Final Salute Honorable Mention 2016
The little book that grew wings and learned to fly continues to ride the thermals. Many thanks to Readers’ Favorite reviewer Michelle Stanley for thinking my novel worthy enough for a 5-star rating in 2015. 

Publication History:

First edition released from Leatherneck Publishing in October 2008. Thanks to the late Neil Levin for believing in me and this book which won a Silver Medal from Military Writers Society of America in 2009. Thank you to MWSA Founder Bill McDonald for the stellar review. In early 2010, the book was featured in USA Today, The Associated Press, Military Times, and many other publications.

E-Book released from Navigator Books in 2011 with a new cover featuring a missing man formation of A-10 fighter jets affectionately known as Warthogs. Thanks to Maria Edwards and Jeff Edwards for giving the book new life.

Second edition (print and e-book) released from Deer Hawk Publications in 2014. Thanks to Aurelia Sands at Deer Hawk for giving my book a new home.

A huge round of applause to all of my readers over the years who were kind enough to invite my characters into their busy lives and then went above and beyond by posting reviews on Amazon and Goodreads and spreading the word to friends and family.

The Final Salute is the little book that could…

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“Book Club” welcomes author Kathleen M. Rodgers

January 26, 2016

L-R: Susan Wright, Shawna Shlock, Kathleen, Elizabeth Tessler, and Beth Moore.
L-R: Susan Wright, Shawna Ashlock, Kathleen, Elizabeth Tessler, and Beth Moore.

A book club founded ten years ago in North Texas (and still going strong) invited me to their January meeting to discuss both of my novels. Many thanks to Elizabeth Tessler for selecting Johnnie Come Lately and The Final Salute for a two book discussion in the warm surroundings of La Madeleine in Arlington, TX. The group was genuinely interested in my writing process, and they seemed pleased that I’m working on a third novel. When I told them I have a tight deadline, they cheered me on with words of encouragement and asked lots of good questions that will help me as I complete Seven Wings to Glory.

Club member Shawna Ashlock gifted me with this beautiful bookmark at the end of the evening.
Club member Shawna Ashlock gifted me with this beautiful bookmark at the end of the evening.

Our cashier’s face lit up when she discovered I’m an author. Turns out she’s an aspiring writer with dreams to publish one day. I gave her my card and invited her to contact me. We writers need all the encouragement we can get. Thanks again to “Book Club” for investing your time and emotion in my stories.

 

 

 

Johnnie On the Spot: Family Magazine features Kathleen M. Rodgers in the January 2016 issue

January 2016

Terri Barnes, author of the book Spouse Calls and a former columnist for Stars & Stripes Newspapers, was shopping at the commisary this morning at Charleston Air Force Base, SC when she spotted the article in Family. She says she stopped by the peanut butter and jelly section to snap this photo.
Terri Barnes, author of the book Spouse Calls and a former columnist for Stars & Stripes Newspapers, was shopping at the commisary this morning at Charleston Air Force Base, SC when she spotted the article in Family. She says she stopped by the peanut butter and jelly section to snap this photo.

So honored to be featured in the January 2016 issue of Family: The Magazine For Military Families. The magazine is distributed free at U.S. commissaries worldwide the middle of each month (500,000 circulation). Family and I have been around since 1958. In 1988 (the magazine’s 30th anniversary), they published two of my short stories, “Happy Landing” and “On Top Of the World.” In 2009, they interviewed me about my debut novel, The Final Salute.

This past July, my husband and I were thrilled to meet the executive editor, Dina Santorelli, and feature writer, Barbara Jarvie Castiglia, when they came to see some of my work on display at the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island, New York.  I’m blessed to have such support from a top-notch publication that gives back to military families by providing valuable coupons for items in the commissary.  This is another full circle moment in my writing career.Dina and Kathleen

With NJ based writer Barbara Castiglia (L) and Long Island based editor/author Dina Santorelli at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Long Island, NY. Barbara and Dina have known each other for years and we are all Facebook friends, but this is my first time to meet them both in person. Barbara drove two hours both ways to come see me.
With NJ based writer Barbara Castiglia (L) and Long Island based editor/author Dina Santorelli at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Long Island, NY. Barbara and Dina have known each other for years and we are all Facebook friends, but this is my first time to meet them both in person. Barbara drove two hours both ways to come see me.

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CNN reporter Ashley Fantz interviews author Kathleen M. Rodgers about US troops staying in Afghanistan past 2016

October 16, 2015

CNN reporter Ashley Fantz interviewed me about US troops staying on in Afghanistan past 2016. I’m no expert on the military…just a military mama who cares. Click here and scroll past the video to read the entire story.Author Kathleen M. Rodgers interviewed on CNN about troops in Afghanistan

 

 

 

Writing is Messy: Guest blogging for Southern Writers Magazine’s Suite T

Posted June 29, 2015

Many thanks to the editors of Southern Writers Magazine for the invitation to write about my messy process on the magazine’s blog, Suite T. Click here to read the complete essay.

Writing is Messy from Kathleenmrodgers' powerpoint presentation at Houston Writers Guiild conference

Kathleen M. Rodgers signed books at Barnes & Noble, Hurst, TX

Posted June 27, 2015

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Gypsy Muse Studio hosts author Kathleen M. Rodgers for Main Street Days in Grapevine, TX

Posted May 16, 2015

Gypsy Muse Studio 106 E Texas St, Grapevine, Texas
Gypsy Muse Studio, 106 E Texas St, Grapevine, Texas
L-R Literary agent Jeanie Loiacono, Claudia Hackett, Rhonda Revels, and author Kathleen M. Rodgers gather on the lawn of Gypsy Muse Studio in Grapevine, TX for Main Street Days. Kathleen signed copies of her novels, Johnnie Come Lately & The Final Salute.
Jeanie Loiacono, Claudia Hackett, Rhonda Revels, and author Kathleen M. Rodgers gather on the lawn of Gypsy Muse Studio in Grapevine, TX for Main Street Days. Kathleen signed copies of her novels, Johnnie Come Lately & The Final Salute. 
Kathleen with Claudia Hackett, who drove from Memphis, TN to meet Kathleen in person. Claudia and Kathleen met on Facebook years ago.
Kathleen with Claudia Hackett,  who drove from Memphis, TN to meet Kathleen in person. Claudia and Kathleen met on Facebook years ago.

 

 

Johnnie Come Lately’s fictional setting takes place in Portion, Texas, modeled after Grapevine. Anyone familiar with the area will recognize certain locations along historic Main Street, such as the Palace Theater and the corner bank building at Worth and Main. The cemetery along Dooley Street plays prominently in the story, as does the nearby lake.

L-R Claudia Hacket, Kathleen, and Meredith, an aviation mechanic from Savannah, GA who stopped by Kathleen's booth and left with autographed copies of Johnnie Come Lately and The Final Salute.
L-R Claudia Hackett, Kathleen, and Meredith, an aviation mechanic from Savannah, GA who stopped by Kathleen’s booth and left with autographed copies of Johnnie Come Lately and The Final Salute.

 

 

 

 

Johnnie Come Lately deals with the repercussions of a heat-of-the-moment confession, a son’s enlistment during wartime, and many other issues that American families deal with day to day. At the heart of the story is a woman whose mama has been missing for several years and the family secrets surrounding her disappearance.

Kathleen with Faith, the 14 year-old granddaughter of one of the owners of Gypsy Muse.
Kathleen with Faith, 14 year-old granddaughter of one of the owners of Gypsy Muse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former Clovis, NM resident Kathleen M. Rodgers visited Clovis on May 1-2 signing copies of her latest novel, Johnnie Come Lately.

Updated: May 6, 2015

Marquee in front of Hastings Books in Clovis, NM. :)
Marquee in front of Hastings Books in Clovis, NM. 

Kathleen signed copies of her latest novel, Johnnie Come Lately, at Hastings Books in Clovis, NM on Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, 2015. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, she spoke about her writing journey at Clovis Carver Library.

 

Display at Hastings Books in Clovis, NM. Photo courtesy Debi Smith, friend of the author.
Display at Hastings Books in Clovis, NM. Photo courtesy Debi Smith, friend of the author.

 

 

 

Many thanks to Mel Eperthener, Manager of Hastings Books in Clovis, and Margaret B. Hinchee, Library Director Clovis-Carver Public Library, for hosting both events.

Purple PressOn Friday, May 1 at 11:20 a.m., Kathleen spoke with the staff of The Purple Press (the high school newspaper). Margaret Hinchee, Director of Clovis Carver Library, joined her. Margaret and Kathleen, Class of 1976, both served on the high school newspaper, Margaret as editor and Kathleen as student writer.

Award-winning members of The Purple Press Staff, 1976, L-R: Michelle Williams (1976-77 editor-in-chief), Debbie Wetchensky (1975-76 outstanding typist), Margaret Burns (editor for Best Page), Kathy Doran (most improved writer and best story recipient), and Linda Taber (outstanding typist).
Award-winning members of The Purple Press Staff, 1976, L-R: Michelle Williams (1976-77 editor-in-chief), Debbie Wetchensky (1975-76 outstanding typist), Margaret Burns (editor for Best Page), Kathy Doran (most improved writer and best story recipient), and Linda Taber (outstanding typist).
Poster courtesy Camel Press. Library flyer by Sarah Lewis, Adult Services Librarian, Clovis Carver Public Library.
Poster courtesy Camel Press. Library flier by Sarah Lewis, Adult Services Librarian, Clovis Carver Public Library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Native New Mexican Kathleen Rodgers started writing for the high school newspaper, The Purple Press, her junior year.  She didn’t take the writing gig seriously until she won First Place for Feature Writing from New Mexico Press Women her senior year. The winning story, “Strange Blobs of Light Whiz Through the Night,” was inspired by the UFO sightings over Clovis in 1976. Kathleen is the former Kathy Doran, Clovis High School Class of 1976. Go Wildcats!

Former ENMU Student publishes second novel. Story by Wendel Sloan, Director of Media Relations at ENMU.  

 

Author Kathleen M. Rodgers on Wall of Fame at Tarrant County College/NE Campus

Posted March 18, 2015

What a kick to walk into the library at Tarrant County College/NE Campus and see my mug shot and name on the Wall of Fame. In 2014, I was named a Distinguished Alumna, but I hadn’t returned to campus to see the display until today. To read about the Wall of Fame, click here. In my latest novel, Johnnie Come Lately, my protagonist, Johnnie Kitchen, returns to college later in life. Portion Community College is modeled  after TCC/NE campus.

Kathleen M. Rodgers on the Wall of Fame at Tarrant County College/NE Campus, 2014 Distinguished Alumna Award
Kathleen M. Rodgers at the Wall of Fame at Tarrant County College/NE Campus (2014 Distinguished Alumna Award).

Kathleen M. Rodgers to speak at Houston Writers Guild Pre-Conference Workshop, March 28, 2015

Posted March 9, 2015

Houston Writers Guild announcement for Kathleenmrodgers workshop March 28

Houston Writers Guild March 28 Conference with Kathleenmrodgers

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015

Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Location: Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston, TX  77055

Short presentation about Kathleen’s writer’s journey and how she acquired an agent

For more information, visit http://houstonwritersguild.org

 

Johnnie Come Lately & The Final Salute featured on endcap at Barnes & Noble, Southlake, TX

February 26, 2015 

Johnnie Come Lately and The Final Salute, novels by Kathleen M. Rodgers
Johnnie Come Lately and The Final Salute, novels by Kathleen M. Rodgers

Barnes and Noble, 1430 Plaza Place, Southlake, Texas, Southlake, Texas B&N

www.kathleenmrodgers.com

Johnnie Come Lately published by Camel Press 

The Final Salute published by Deer Hawk Publications 

 

Johnnie Come Lately & The Final Salute are available at Barnes & Noble, Southlake, TX

February 14, 2015

Southlake Barnes & Noble 1430 Plaza Place Southlake, TX 76092 

Johnnie Come Lately and The Final Salute are available at Barnes & Noble in Southlake, TX (located minutes from DFW Airport). Both titles are upstairs in the Fiction and Literature department.

Autographed copies of Johnnie Come Lately and The Final Salute at Southlake, TX Barnes & Noble 2/14/15
Autographed copies of Johnnie Come Lately and The Final Salute at Southlake, TX Barnes & Noble 2/14/15

Johnnie Come Lately is set in the fictional town of Portion, Texas, a North Texas suburb based loosely on Grapevine, TX. The Final Salute is set at fictional Beauregard Air Force Base, based on England Air Force Base which closed in December of 1992.

 

View of the lobby and people waiting for me to sign books

 

A few days after my February 7, 2015 book signing at Barnes & Noble in Southlake, TX,  I received a surprise message from Dr. Cindy Ryan, a minister at First United Methodist Church of Grapevine, TX. Dr. Ryan read about my latest novel in the Sunday book section of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Feb. 1, 2015), ordered the book, then fell in love with the story. She is an active member of her church’s No Stress Book Club, and she’s picked Johnnie Come Lately for their March selection. On March 25th, I will have the honor of attending  their meeting to discuss my novel.

Both books are also available in paperback and e-book at most online booksellers.

Author & Journalist Deborah Kalb interviews Kathleen M. Rodgers about her latest novel, Johnnie Come Lately

February 2, 2015

Author and journalist Deborah Kalb grew up watching her famous father on CBS News, NBC News, and as the moderator of Meet the Press. In 2011, Deborah appeared with her father and co-author, Marvin Kalb, on C-SPAN2 BOOKTV where they discussed their book, Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama (Brookings Institution Press), with moderator and television journalist Ted Koppel.

Deborah Kalb with her father and coauthor, Marvin Kalb, discussing their book, Haunting Legacy, with Ted Koppel on C-SPAN2 BOOKTV in 2011.
Deborah Kalb with her father and coauthor, Marvin Kalb, discussing their book, Haunting Legacy, with Ted Koppel on C-SPAN2 BOOKTV in 2011.

 Johnnie Come Lately kathleenmrodgers, camel press 300On Monday, January 26, 2015, Deborah called me to discuss my latest novel, Johnnie Come Lately. The first thing Deborah said was, “I loved Johnnie Come Lately. Your characters are so well drawn.” She also told me how much she enjoyed the journal entries woven throughout the narrative. To read our full interview, please visit  Books Q & As with Deborah Kalb.

Marvin and Deborah June 27 2012

 

 

 

Deborah Kalb is a freelance writer and editor. She spent two decades working as a journalist in Washington, D.C., for news organizations including Gannett News Service, Congressional Quarterly, U.S. News & World Report, and The Hill, mostly covering Congress and politics. Besides co-authoring Haunting Legacy with her father, Marvin Kalb, she is also co-author or co-editor of two books published by CQ Press (The Presidents, First Ladies, and Vice Presidents; and State of the Union: Presidential Rhetoric from Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush).

You can follow Deborah on Twitter ‪@deborahkalb‪  or 

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Johnnie Come Lately made the Sunday book section of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

February 1, 2015

Johnnie Come Lately made the book section of the  Fort Worth Star-Telegram on the same day the novel was released from Camel Press, a traditional publisher based in Seattle, WA. While the country was tuned into the Super Bowl, I was still celebrating the official launch of a book that took six years to complete.Johnnie Come Lately in Fort Worth Star-Telegram kathleenmrodgers

 

Book Launch for Johnnie Come Lately, Barnes & Noble, Southlake, TX
Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Where: 1430 Plaza Place, Southlake, TX 76092 (Southlake Town Square)
817-442-0735
I will also be signing copies of the 2nd edition of The Final Salute

Johnnie Come Lately in book section of 2:1:15 Fort Worth Star-Telegram kathleemrodgers

Getting my books in the door at Barnes & Noble…a dream come true

B & N postcard announcing Johnnie Come Lately book launch

  A month before the official book launch of my second novel, Johnnie Come Lately, I stopped by the Barnes & Noble in Southlake, TX, to meet with the Community Relations Manager, Casey Dickey, and go over last minute details for the Feb. 7, 2015 event. Not only was this Casey’s second day on the job (she served as the CRM at the Midland, TX B & N until her recent move back to the Dallas/Fort Worth area), she had things under control and made me feel welcome.

Barnes & Noble Community Relations Manager Casey Dickey (Southlake, TX B & N)
Barnes & Noble Community Relations Manager Casey Dickey, Southlake, TX B & N

What a feeling as an author. To be treated with professional courtesy in a major bookstore, to be considered “good enough” to sign copies of my books, is heady stuff. I’ve been writing professionally for over thirty-five years. For much of that time, I was a frequent contributor to Family Circle Magazine and Military Times. My essays, poems, and short stories have appeared in anthologies published by McGraw-Hill, University of Nebraska Press, Health Communications, Inc., AMG Publishers, and Press 53. Even after my first novel, The Final Salute, won a national book award and was featured in USA Today, I had never been asked to sign copies of my books at a major league bookstore.

Until today.

Kathleenmrodgers signing copies of The Final Salute at Barnes & Noble, Southlake, TX
Signing copies of the 2nd edition of The Final Salute at Barnes & Noble, Southlake, TX

After Casey showed me to a table and provided me with my choice of pens, I signed copies of the second edition of The Final Salute, repackaged and released by Deer Hawk Publications. Then Casey placed an “Autographed” sticker on each cover.Autographed copy of The Final Salute at Barnes & Noble, Southlake, TX

 

 

Copies of Johnnie Come Lately should arrive any day now at the store, and I’m looking forward to Saturday, February 7 at 2 p.m., when I’ll greet the public and sign copies of my second novel, a novel that took six years to write. 

Johnnie Come Lately kathleenmrodgers, camel press 300Book Launch for Johnnie Come Lately, Barnes & Noble, Southlake, TX

Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015   

Time:  2-4 p.m.

Where: 1430 Plaza Place, Southlake, TX 76092 (Southlake Town Square)  

817-442-0735

I’ll also be signing copies of the 2nd edition of The Final Salute