Valdosta Daily Times


January 15, 2014

Mockingbird hosts book signing

VALDOSTA — South Georgia author Michelle Akins will sign her book, “Season of Deceit,” Thursday in Downtown Valdosta.

“Season of Deceit” is a historical romance set in 1885 Thomasville.

Book synopsis: “Brooks Mackenzie, noted architect from New York City, has returned to Thomasville, Ga., with two goals in mind — to build the grandest hotel of his career and to take down Duncan Jameson, the man he holds solely responsible for the death of his parents and the loss of his birthright. Brooks isn’t prepared for the complications that ensue when he meets and becomes intrigued by Jameson’s spirited and beautiful stepdaughter. Cassie Johnston has lived her life amid the glorious surroundings of Four Oaks Plantation, trying to avoid the condescension and mistreatment at the hands of her stepfather, Duncan Jameson. Just months shy of her possible escape, Cassie finds herself blackmailed by her stepfather and uncle into agreeing to marry Derrick, her disreputable step cousin, in order to secure her beloved brother’s future. Thrust into the social season to make her courtship with Derrick appear legitimate, Cassie enters society’s balls and cotillions, hoping for a way out before the nuptials take place. When she meets Brooks Mackenzie at one of Four Oaks’ famed hunts, she unknowingly becomes a pawn in two separate and dangerous games of revenge and financial gain.”

Akins is a Thomasville native “but moved here to Valdosta in 1987 where I attended VSU for my undergraduate and my master’s degree,” she says. “I married a local man and now happily call Valdosta home.”

The book signing will be at her mother-in-law’s store, Mockingbird, 117 W. Central Ave., Downtown Valdosta, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to two charities: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the R. Wayne “Bubba” Alexander Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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