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The fifth book, “A Girl from Hometown, West Virginia Essays and Poems,” by Putnam County native Barbara A. Whittington was recently released on Amazon.

The award-winning author’s stories have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Cat Fancy Magazine, Woman’s World Magazine, World Writer’s Magazine Issue No. 4 — UK, The Charleston Gazette, and The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, Dayton Journal Herald, and broadcast on NPR by BBC.

A tribute to the author Erma Bombeck is included in this collection. Through their correspondence, the well-known author encouraged Whittington to continue to write.

The author’s work includes the novels “Vada Faith,” set in the fictional town of Shady Creek, West Virginia, and a mystery “Missing: Sweet Baby James,” which continues the story of Vada Faith and her family of Shady Creek.

Whittington hails from the Putnam County pioneer families of Capt. Philip Null, who fought in the Revolutionary War, and her great-grandfather, George Washington Smith, who fought for the Union in the Civil War. The author resides in Ohio. She speaks at book clubs, libraries and other venues and events. For more information, email with books in the subject line.

Huntington author releases seventh novel

Local award-winning author Claudia Terry Pemberton recently announced her seventh novel, “Come Back to Me.”

A proud lifelong resident of Huntington, Terry Pemberton worked for the Cabell County public school system for 38 years. She is member of the Military Writers Society of America, West Virginia Writers Inc., and is also a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America.

“Come Back to Me” is set in the military town of Fort Benning, Georgia. In this suspenseful and realistic tale, a soldier’s wife is left on her own as her husband deploys to the war-torn country of Afghanistan. What ensues is a beguiling story of mystery, revenge, love, and the indomitable power of the human spirit as a U.S. Army Ranger and his wife face a seemingly insurmountable hurdle.

“Come Back to Me” is available locally at the Inner Geek at Pullman Square, The Red Caboose in downtown Huntington, and many stores online including, Barnes and, and

Visit the author’s official website at

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