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Something About Me and My Book:

I moved to Tn when my oldest son was wrongly convicted and sent to death row. I started writing at this time and wrote our story and then went on to write other books. My life story was the third one published after Death Row, and Victims. Then I wrote From Vietnam To Hell, Congregation of the Condemned, Young Blood, Road Angels, Long Journey Home, The Choice Is Yours and A Mothers Torment.

I wrote articles that were published in magazines and was on Geraldo, Maury, Sally, Jerry Springer, Rolonda and The Shirley SHow in Canada. The BBC then did a documentary on my life that was play ed overseas.

My youngest son and I spoke out on the Journey of Hope each year in a different state. That's two weeks of speaking out against the death penalty and more violence, creating more victims. Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking also speaks out on the Journey as does Sam Shepperd who is the son of Dr Sam Shepherd convicted of killing his mother and sentenced to die. Sam has spent his whole life trying to prove his innocence. The movie, THe Fugitive is based on his story.

I also went on TN death row and five of the guys came out to do a DVD called The Choice Is Yours where they talk to the kids about the dangers of doing drugs, alcohol and hanging in gangs, and wiht the wrong kind of people. The video I take to schools and speak to the kids to try and stop them before they end up in prison, or death row.

When my oldest son was killed in 99, I started the Jeff Dicks Coalition, to save prisoners from medical neglect, and to stop the murdering of these prisoners by being denied their medication.

Last year I lost my youngest and only son left, and since then I haven't been able to speak out. I will be sending out my book to see about getting it made into a movie. I never knew which company took out the option so will just have to send it out blind....
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A Mothers Torment
How far would you go to save your child’s life? Would you write hot checks, sell your home, attempt a-jail break - be on the run for a year with two young children? This mother did.
Fighting the system while running from the law, living on the lam with her eleven year old son, and baby granddaughter, A MOTHER’S TORMENT is a testimony to family love; a system’s indifference; a mother’s desperation; and finally, an unjust death.

Road Angels
Women who ride motorcycles

The Choice Is Yours
Aimed at teens on anti violence, drugs, alcohol and getting into trouble. Prisoners talk to the kids about how and why they found themselves in prison and death row by the choices they made.

A Long Journey Home
Stories by victims of murder who oppose more violence in the death penalty. Sam Reese Sheppard spent all his life trying to prove his father’s innocence, after he was convicted of killing his mother. Dr. Sam Sheppard was the case that The Fugitive movie was based on.

Congregation of the Condemned
A collection of interviews with experts on the death penalty.

Death Row
Tennessee death row inmates, victims of crime and experts on the death penalty

Young Blood - Juvenile Crime in the US

Victims of Crime and Punishment

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Virtual Book Signing

I was reading about the virtual book tours that some authors do and there was an ebook for sale about how to do these and all about them, but it was 29.00 so it was out of my range.

I was wondering how many authors had taken one of these tours and how it worked out for them. Are the book sales good, and how does one go about setting one up. I take it that these tours are done on a blog on someone's website. Or that's the impression I got from…

Posted on March 18, 2007 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Book Signing Tips

I notice others put a link in instead of writing it all out to make the entry shorter, so I put the tips that came from authors all over on book signings. You'll find them at I hope they help....when ever someone sends me something to ad to it, I ad so maybe some of them will seem like the same tip....but I think it's a good listing. SHirley

Posted on March 15, 2007 at 8:49am — 2 Comments

The Choice Is Yours

I haven't figured out this site yet, but working on it. I don't know if the blogs are to put about our books, or to write about what we're doing, or are interested in. At any rate, one of my books is called The Choice Is Yours which is aimed at teens about violence and getting into trouble.

I also went up on Tennessee's death row and did a video and DVD with five of the guys who came out to talk to the kids about how they found themselves up on the row.…


Posted on March 13, 2007 at 3:42pm — 2 Comments


Authors4charity was started back in 93 and this year we're adding a promotions and publishing company for it's members. We're trying to add new things this year as we've not done much promotions in the past years. Just floating along doing our signings together but we decided that this year we'd try to get out to the public and to grow along with adding new things to our organization. Our web site is It used to be but we lost the domain name and… Continue

Posted on March 13, 2007 at 12:09pm

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At 3:03pm on December 8, 2011, Fernando Sobenes said…

Hello Shirley. My name is Fernando Sobenes and I want to invite you to read the prologue and the first two chapters of my novel: "The Evil Visitor" in my blog The Evil Visitor

Also you can watch the book trailer.

Best regards,


At 9:16am on March 26, 2010, Author Collective said…
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Miami Book Festival in Sunny Florida $600
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At 1:00am on July 10, 2009, Freya R said…
Hi Shirley

Do stop by when you have a moment to check out our free book marketing tool - BookBuzzr. (

BookBuzzr is a page-flipping application that is more suited for marketing books online. BookBuzzr comes with the built-in ability to share your book-extract on over 60 social networking and bookmarking sites such as Facebook, Orkut, MySpace, Digg, Delicious etc.

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At 6:20am on March 18, 2009, Bert Martinez said…
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At 1:00am on November 20, 2008, D Tyler Brown said…
I really enjoyed your book trailer and I plan to develop a video for my new book release also. Minister D Tyler Brown,
At 10:00am on July 22, 2008, Petyamarina said…
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At 6:01am on April 27, 2008, Beverly VanBuren said…
Please excuse me for not leaving my name. Please call me Bev. I know you do not want or need my sympathy for your trials; perhaps we can help each other find a way to give you some satisfaction concerning injustice. I know how frustrating and powerless it can make you feel. Bev
At 10:55pm on April 26, 2008, Deborah Rummelhart said…
Hi Shirley: One of the ways I have been successful at getting reviews was to look at the list of top reviewers on, and use the friend's inquiry on to ask if they were interested in reviewing my book. I only contacted reviewers who had in the past done reviews on the topic of my book. I sent out about 30 requests and got 4 reviews. Hope this helps.

Best wishes,

Deborah Rummelhart
At 7:23am on April 25, 2008, Beverly VanBuren said…
Shirley, the name of one of the dearest angels I ever met, a protector of children that were not her own. Now, I am invited to meet another, older, wiser friend of those unjustly accused and punished. My story has never been published but it begs to be told though it is complex and unbelievable. Truth is always stranger. I believe there is a reason why. People will not face it and welcome it because it is dangerous. So is a little knowledge...I DARE to speak for myself.
At 12:38pm on April 21, 2008, Deborah Rummelhart said…
Hi Shirley:

I am happy to be your friend and so sorry to hear about what has happened to your family. I admire that you are taking what happened and doing something so positive. I have a couple of book marketing recommendations. The first is a book about marketing on the internet called "Plug Your Book" by Steve Weber. This is the best thing I have found, and I imagine you could find it used on internet booksites. His website is I hope this helps. Also, I was successful in getting my book reviewed at Bella You might try them. This is a large website for women and has a number of topics with a web editor on each topic. Perhaps there is a topic relevant to your book. Please let me know if I can be of further help.

Best wishes,

Deborah Rummelhart

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