Today is a very special edition of Thursday Doors – I am sharing doors from Atonement, Tennessee, the charming and very mysterious town created by Teagan R. Geneviene in her series of novels. If you enjoy reading Teagan’s serial stories, you will love these novels. Horsefeathers, (as Teagan would say) get on with the news, boy!
Teagan has recently revealed the cover of “Atonement in Bloom” the long-awaited second book in the Atonement series. I had the pleasure of reading an early edition of this book, and I’ve been sitting here ever since, silently chanting “finish the edits, finish the edits…” Well, the edits are finished, Teagan is loading-up a party bus and you should join me in making plans to purchase a copy of this bloomin’ book, later this month.
One of the things I love about Teagan’s writing, is the gift she has for description. Everything Teagan describes is important – a rare quality in books today – but more importantly, Teagan describes things in a way that draws the reader into the scene completely. She touches all the senses, and she uses very interesting techniques to build her description up in layers. She might toss out the facts about a scene, then share someone’s observations, then share someone else’s emotions as they enter the scene, and then Lilith (the cat) might add a different perspective. These may all be dribbled in over time, so that you don’t even feel like the place is being described, but suddenly, you’re there and you realize that you know the place well.
As I read the book, I pictured myself in those settings, I imagined places I’ve been, and since those places have doors, I’m featuring them here today. I am going to take you on a special tour of Atonement, as I saw it. You might recognize some of the photos in the gallery, as a couple have been used before in other posts, but most of them are freshly-gathered for this very special post.
One of the first places I remember from Atonement is “Annie’s Antiques & Consignment Shop.” Some very special information is revealed inside this shop, so pay attention when you get there. I love antique shops, and for me, Annie’s is where I found some hat boxes that I bought for our daughter, Faith. Hatboxes are important later in Bloom, when they’re turn up in a room with some antique dresses. I also found an antique postcard at Annie’s – you know me, whenever I travel, I’m on the lookout for good places to eat and maybe have an adult beverage. I imagine looking for the diner depicted in the postcard but ending up at Adelle’s tearoom instead. Later that day, I rolled into the Rowdy Rooster for a Corona. Note: (all the galleries will open to a slide show if you click).
All that driving around would mean I’d need to fill my tank. There is a ‘Gas n Go’ out on the highway but I wouldn’t be surprised if I needed gas again the next day – these things happen in Atonement. There’s an eclectic old station near town. Then I’d be hungry again. How about some Italian take-out food? “Italian 2 Go” reminds me of the place we go when I’m visiting Faith.
Also important in Atonement are the library and the Sherriff’s station and the bank. The library has a very similar history to the one in the town where I was born. Atonement’s library had some financial trouble. It was eventually turned into the police station and the library ended up being run out of a broken-down school bus / bookmobile. When I was a kid, our town couldn’t afford a library. We had a bookmobile that would park at the train station. The train station ran out of money and was repurposed as a library. The library and police station are next to the Bank & Trust.
You will also meet some interesting people in Atonement, and you might catch a glimpse of their houses. There’s Lacey’s large house and Bethany’s small carriage house. Lilith (remember Lilith the cat) ends up in Esmeralda’s house and then escapes through a vent in a dormer to go exploring. I won’t spoil the story, but you’re also going to visit a very special lodge.
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s doors. I want to thank Teagan for sharing this story with me before it is published and for inviting me to be on the party bus and help with the cover reveal. I also want to welcome Norm back from his recent trip. Norm, for those of you who don’t know, is the beneficent host of Thursday Doors, a weekly gathering of door enthusiasts from around the natural and supernatural world. If you want to join us, click your way up to Norm’s place – look at his doors – and click on the blue frog.