The book is ready! (almost)

October 30, 2017


The majorettes are back in town - Leslie Anne Tarabella

Well, it’s done! At least, I think it is. At the printer now in Chicago (It was a big deal to keep it in the U.S.A.) the printers are chugging away cranking out billions of copies of my new book (not sure about that exact number). My publisher, River Road Press, is busy making all the details happen.

The cover photo is of the Decatur High School Majorettes in 1961, Decatur, Alabama. I wanted retro-majorettes because they are so gosh-darned cute, wholesome and cheerful. I wanted them to be from the great state of Alabama, and I looked everywhere for images, but couldn’t find anything I liked, until this photo turned up. It was owned by the Decatur Daily Newspaper, and we secured the rights from them. The young ladies are so happy and have that all-American look (with a dash of sass) that was the perfect fit for my stories.

We’ve been assured The Majorettes are Back in Town will arrive in time for the party you are all invited to attend. The book release party and signing will be held Tuesday, November 7th at 6pm at Page and Palette Bookstore. It will be a fun night with drink specials and snacks, and lots of awesome people. I want everyone in our area to attend, and share in this exciting night. Without your readership, this book wouldn’t have happened, so I especially want all my blog-reading friends to be there!


A collection of all the best stories from my blog, Gulf Coast Newspapers and, this is a great book to pick up and read a quick story, then come back later for another dose of cheer! A quick shot of happiness in this serious, strange world — hey, it’s also the perfect gift! — You knew I’d eventually say that. 


shadowy photo, but you get the idea.


I ran by Page and Palette last week, just because its always a good idea to pop into your local independent bookstore every few days to see what is new, and when I was checking out at the register (I bought Martin Luther by Eric Metaxes — totally kidding myself that I’ll actually have time to read it right now), I looked up and guess what I saw? — A poster with ME on it!! I just about cried from happiness and also a little bit of fright.


I have several other signings coming up, and I’ll let you know as they firm up. For now, there’s the party on Nov. 7th, but I’ll also be back at Page and Palette on November 19th for the Downtown Christmas Open House, then at the Junior League of Mobile’s Christmas Jubilee on Saturday, November 11th from 2-4pm. And all you Marietta, GA friends, come see me at The Book Exchange on November 25th from 2-4pm. There are a few other small group meetings and events in-between, but if you want me to speak at your nearby bookstore or event, just send me a note and I’ll see what I can do. Dates for Birmingham and Huntsville are in the works. So exciting!

Amazon will be an option eventually, and if you have a Barnes and Nobles, they will also carry the book – if you request it, so . . . you know what to do. (wink-wink). Independent Bookstores are the most fun and flexible with new authors, so put in a good word for me there while you’re at it. I’ll come arrange your bookshelves or something in exchange for the plug.

Thank you for all of your encouragement, support and feedback. This has been an incredible journey and I still can’t believe it. When I can finally hold a copy in my hand, I’ll be able to relax a bit. Maybe. Okay, not really.





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  1. Leslie Anne… I LOVE the cover! So Fun!!! I can’t wait to read it. Come for a book signing in Beantown. We need your Southern charm and spirit. Good luck and enjoy every moment of this exciting time in your life!

    1. A book signing in Boston! How fun that would be! I don’t know if they would know what to do with me up there. Thanks to you for your help and encouragement along the way.

  2. Wow! It is TIME!!! So excited for you Leslie Anne and even MORE so that we get to claim you as our’s…..a Fairhopian!!! God is smiling that you are sharing one of your gifts he blessed you with. Lol! See ya at the signin’ !

  3. Congratulations Leslie Anne! How exciting for you and I am so thrilled for you! I can’t wait to get a signed copy. Enjoy, you deserve it………PS, I adore the cover, just perfect…..

  4. I know you are so excited over this, and I am excited for you. We cannot be in Fairhope that day so I cannot make the signing, but I hope you come to Birmingham soon. I will definitely see you there. Congratulations! I predict this book will be a big hit!

  5. Congratulations! So excited for you. My daughter works at corporate office of Books A Million in B’ham. If you need help there she may be of assistance.

    1. Thanks for that info. For some reason, my publisher said he works with Barnes and Nobles, not sure why, but that’s part of the behind-the-scenes things I don’t handle. If Books A Million wants to carry it, I’m totally cool with it (of course). They – or any store can contact my publisher, River Road Press at

  6. I am so excited for you!! I hope I can come to one of the signings, I’ll be in Bham all of Dec so hopefully will see you here!! Congrats, can’t wait!!

  7. I AM SO EXCITED! It’s a bit like waiting for your friend to deliver a new baby. Only this one won’t keep you up at night! Can’t wait to buy my first copy. You better come up with something clever to write in mine at the book signing!

  8. I want one! I will try and contact the bookstore. Now, Ms Leslie Anne, I couldn’t really zoom in on either photo of you… but, you do have pearls on, correct? If not, stop the presses!!!! Just kidding, I can’t wait to get my hands on one.

  9. I about died when I saw the cover. The second majorette in line (3rd from the left) is my grandmother. This photo resurfaced in the Decatur news a few years ago and a family friend who still lives in Decatur shared it with my mom on Facebook. My family is now in Fairhope and I follow Page and Pallet. Heaven knows I jumped up and down and started calling the family when I saw this last week.

    I can’t wait to get my hands on it! I’m sure it will be passed around plenty at Christmas when we’re all together again. I love finding new authors!

    1. How exciting! When we purchased the rights to the photo from the Decatur Daily News, we were sorry there were no names attached to the photo. I was hoping we’d hear from someone to let us know who these beautiful ladies are. So classy looking and all-American! Thanks for letting me know and I hope you enjoy the book! I’d love to meet your Grandmother.

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