Local author Jenny Carlisle is launching her new contemporary Christian fiction novel entitled “Hope Takes the Reins.”
Look for Carlisle’s book events on three upcoming dates. The first opportunity to see her is on Saturday, April 9th from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Downtown Benton Farmer’s Market at 125. W. Ashley Street.
Next, Carlisle will host an event on Saturday, April 30th from 10 a.m. until around noon. This will be at the Rose Garden at White Furniture, 206 S. Market St. Benton.
The third event will be Monday, May 2nd at 6 p.m. at the Saline County Library in Benton, 1800 Smithers Drive. This one will start with a Facebook Live author chat, followed by an in-person meet and greet.
Jenny McLeod Carlisle was born in Kansas, but moved to Saline County just in time to graduate as a Bryant Hornet in 1975. She attended UALR before marrying her best friend James Carlisle in 1976. James and Jenny now live in Benton. They have three adult children, Chris, Jon and Carrie and eight grandkids.
Jenny says she has been writing stories “since she could hold a pencil.” She was a longtime columnist for Ouachita Life magazine. Two collections of her non-fiction columns are available on Amazon.
After years of learning the craft and navigating the ins and outs of the publishing world, her first Christian fiction novel was accepted by Scrivenings Press. She is past president of the Arkansas chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers.
“Though my first book is contemporary, with two sequels are in the works, I am also very interested in history,” said Carlisle. “I am the past president of Saline County Preservation, so there may be a book about the past in her future.”
Read the synopsis:
O.D. Billings has lived in the shadow of his brothers all his life. Even his name brings him down, so he has used only initials for years. Now, his older brother has returned home from the army, rejecting the role his family expects him to assume in their pickup truck dealership, and the younger brother is intent on risking his life on the back of a bucking bull. O.D.’s fans at the rodeo love his confident swagger during tie-down roping competitions, but every trail he heads down on his own seems to wind up going nowhere.
Hope Caldwell’s world is still reeling after her mom’s recent death from cancer. She thrives on keeping the family’s rodeo business going. Getting back to normal seems impossible when she overhears her uncle’s plans to sell out. How can she continue without the only way of life she has known for all of her nineteen years? Can she rely on the help of a big-talking cowboy? Or does he have too many problems of his own?