Old Memories with Old Friends

072810 005Last Thursday was a special day for me. It was Adele Mercier’s 95th birthday. The party at the Apple House ran from 11 until 2. Sometimes we don’t realize how important some of our friends are. I arrived early and was able to chat with Adele before the crowd got there. We were reminiscing about when she was new to the area and I was just a child. It’s fun talking to her. Her mind is like a steel trap; she remembers everything and she isn’t afraid to share. Our conversation was interrupted when old friends from South Georgia approached. I was in awe watching her talk to all of the people who came to share the day with her. She was as comfortable talking to a senator as she was with the young boy who grew up in the area and went to school with her son. It’s ironic to think that at one time Bill and Adele Mercier were considered “outsiders” here in Fannin County. Now, years later, people come from all parts of the United States to see the little lady that started Mercier’s Apple Orchards. While doing my book signings I have on many occasions been asked not about my books or the apples, but rather where the little lady is that runs the place. It’s obvious to me that she is still the heart of the operation and I am so proud to tell them to go to the back next to the restored Ford tractor and not only will she talk to them, but she will provide them with a tasty slice of apple. It goes without saying that Adele will be in my next book. See you next week.

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R.J. Patterson

R.J. Patterson

Raland J. Patterson earned his MBA with an emphasis in finance from National University. For the past 18 years he worked as a financial planner.

The last six were spent as Regional Vice-President in Europe, responsible for 20 different offices located in seven countries. He served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot from 1970-1971 with the First Cavalry Division.

When he retired from the Army as a Lt. Colonel, he had logged 22 years of active duty. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star with One Oak Leaf Cluster, and 14 air medals, among other awards.

After travelling extensively, he now lives in his hometown of Blue Ridge, Georgia. He brings an insiders knowledge of detailed military protocol and experience along with small town American values.

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rjpattersonbooks@msn.com or 706-258-3438
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Sugar Creek
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Traditions run as deeply in the North Georgia Mountains as the roots of the massive, old oaks growing in the area.
Families like the Barkleys on Sugar Creek, lived and worked together in order to survive the hardships of the thirties and forties.

Bear Cat
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In route to Vietnam in the summer of 1970, Captain Johnny McKay kept hearing his father’s words in his head, Make them a good soldier, son.
Every soldier onboard that flight had one goal in common – come back alive.

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Hogback is a suspense novel, which explores the age-old dilemma of good versus evil.
As a teenager, Jim Coleman, found himself in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Upon his release he sets off on a trail of vengeance that leads him through small Georgia towns with a mounting body count in his wake.

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Hoverdown is a revenge-driven thriller tracking the lives of three men.
Beginning in Vietnam, a skilled helicopter pilot, Bill Dant, foolishly accepts an opportunity to deal drugs to his fellow soldiers. Platoon leader Captain Sam Wright is instrumental in sending him to prison.

Talking Rock
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Legs, a thirty-something single mother, has had enough of entitled rich men using her for their own purposes.
To match her hot body, she creates a confident, in-charge alter ego determined to turn the tables and exploit them.

Silver Bullets
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For me, managing awesome teams was both rewarding and exciting.
I learned early on that great managers take care of their team members; they do the right things for the right reasons. By helping team members focus on the same vision, they will begin to feel as if they’re playing a championship game every day.

The Ledger
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Throughout a grueling, extended tour in the jungles of Vietnam, Captain Dean Crosby lived for the adrenaline rush.
A born loner, Crosby recorded each mission into a ledger, ranking missions based on the difficulty and the high he felt afterwards. The sum of his emotional life rested between the leather-covered pages of The Ledger.