Meyer’s THE KITTRIDGE MANUSCRIPT Receives Eric Hoffer Honorable Mention

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Author Don Meyer’s novel The Kittridge Manuscript recently won an Honorable Mention in General Fiction for the Eric Hoffer Book Award. The Eric Hoffer Award honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer. According to the award’s site, it is one of the largest international book awards for small, academic, and independent presses.

Don Meyer is a writer and speaker. He is the author of several books, including: Jennifer’s Plan, Winter Ghost, McKenzie Affair, Uncle Denny, the Vietnam War memoir The Protected Will Never Know, and The American War.

The Kittridge Manuscript is an action thriller that follows recent widower Jeff Morgan after he receives a call from an attorney informing him that a fellow soldier from his Vietnam days has died. His old combat buddy willed Morgan a project–a manuscript containing details about a Civil War event. It was the soldier’s dying wish that Morgan complete the manuscript.

However, there are others who are interested in preventing the manuscript’s completion, those who believe that this manuscript might expose an incident from the Vietnam War that must not see the light of day.

Placing his very life on the line, Morgan pores over the notes left behind by the deceased soldier in an attempt to track down more information about the events described in the manuscript. He discovers along the way that his own latest infatuation might hold the keys.

The Kittridge Manuscript is available from book retailers and directly from Two Peas Publishing. You can find more information about Don Meyer and his work at Don Meyer’s site.

Tyler Tichelaar Reviews Don Meyers’ The Kittridge Manuscript

Friday, September 4, 2015

Author and reviewer Tyler Tichelaar recently posted a review of The Kittridge Manuscript (eISBN:9781938271250), a new book by Two Peas Publishing author Don Meyer. The wbook is now available from Google Play, iTunes, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, ans Smashwords. A hardcover edition is also available from,, and other retail outlets.

From Tyler Tichelaar’s review:

Don Meyer’s new book The Kittridge Manuscript exceeds expectations. Since I had previously read his award-winning novel The American War, which blended the Civil and Vietnam Wars into one story, I knew I could expect a similar treatment of both wars in this novel, but that book was very focused on battle descriptions and depictions of the soldiers’ lives, while The Kittridge Manuscript is less about war than about a mystery that concerns some Vietnam soldiers some forty years after their tours of duty and a manuscript dating back to the Civil War that one of those former soldiers possesses. Still, I should not have been surprised by the mystery/thriller aspect of The Kittridge Manuscript since Meyer is also the author of the mystery series, The Sheriff Thomas Monason Trilogy.

Far from being a whodunit, The Kittridge Manuscript is more like a John Grisham lawyer thriller, only the lawyer represents a former Vietnam soldier who possesses a Civil War manuscript with a history-changing revelation. Throw in a sexy fifty-eight-year old college professor and you have a historical mystery reminiscent of A.S. Byatt’s Possession, where the characters discover Victorian manuscripts that shed light on the present, and The Da Vinci Code, where old secrets are revealed that are both shocking and fascinating.

You can read the rest of the review at Blogcritics. More information about Don Meyer is available at

Tyler Tichelaar Interviews Don Meyer

Friday, May 3, 2013

Don Meyer, author of several novels and the Vietnam War memoir The Protected Will Never Know, was recently interviewed by Tyler Tichelaar. Meyer’s latest novel, The American War, recently received the 2012 Tyler R. Tichelaar award for Best Historical Fiction. An excerpt from the interview appears below. To read the full interview see the original article.

The American War is published by Two Peas Publishing and available for purchase in both paperback and ebook editions.


Tyler: Before you wrote “The American War,” you wrote your memoir “The Protected Will Never Know.” What made you decide to write your memoir? Was it cathartic for you?

Don: The Vietnam memoir was actually written back in 1977-on an old Black Royal Manual Typewriter! Starting from a short story I did in a college English class, I had the basis for the idea. In addition, I had a bunch of letters home, notes I salvaged, and of course, my memories that were still fresh, and very raw. It was very emotional to get that all out… and down on paper. From all that material, I started to compile those pieces into what would become a working manuscript. However, as the ’70s came to a close, everyone was done with Vietnam and all the publishers and agents that I sent the manuscript to decided to reject it. I threw that manuscript into a box and forgot about it. Quite a few years later, my daughter found that manuscript and took it to school for a show and tell, and even though I was through with all that, she nagged me to “get it out there,” which I finally did about ten years ago. It was quite interesting to revisit that work so many years later.

Tyler: Do you feel like people are now no longer “past” Vietnam as you said but ready to revisit it? Do you feel the view of it has changed a lot since the 1970s?

Don: Truthfully, I think it is old news, occasionally mentioned when there is an event of some sort. Sure we may have more recognition than we did back then and I’m certainly glad that has translated into better recognition for our current soldiers, but at the end of the day, for most people, it is just a time and place in history. I think you also have to look at the events of the day-not only was there an unpopular war raging, but the county was racked with violence in protest. For many there are lingering wounds, both physically and emotionally, that is best left alone.

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Author Don Meyer Wins 2012 ReaderViews Prize for Historical Fiction

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Two Peas author Don Meyer recently won First Place in the ReaderViews 2012 Literary Award in the category of historical fiction for his novel, The American War. Set both in the American Civil War and in Vietnam, the reader follows Sam Kensington as his soldier duties mysteriously shift between battles in Vietnam in 1969 and Shenandoah Valley in 1864.

In addition to the ReaderViews historical fiction category, Meyer’s novel won the ReaderViews Tyler R. Tichelaar Award for Best Historical Fiction.

The American War is available in both print and ebook formats from Two Peas Publishing.

Middle Tennessee Youth Publishes Children’s Book to Aid Dog Rescue Operation

Saturday, June 30, 2012

My Name Is Walter

My Name Is Walter

Twelve-year-old Laura Rozelle Bagnall and her mother, Paula Rozelle Hanback, stared in horrified disbelief at the Facebook images of a starved cocker spaniel/poodle mix who was thrown from a moving vehicle in the White’s Creek area of Nashville earlier this year. Once her outrage about the abuse of animals set in, the next thing Laura felt was an urgent need to help. She and Paula then combined their creative forces on the development of a children’s book that tells the story of the cockapoo named Walter. The mother-daughter team are donating all profits from the sale of the book to Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue, the organization that tried to save the dog’s life.

“I love drawing, I love books, and I love dogs,” Laura says of her work on the project. “Put the three together and you get My Name is Walter.”

Illustrated by Laura and written by Paula along with her husband James, the book is intended to teach children about responsible pet ownership.
“We wanted to do something to help,” Paula adds. “It just seemed natural for us to use our creative gifts in this way.”

Named Walter in honor of Nashville Councilman Walter Hunt, the man who saved him from the street and turned him over to rescuers, the cockapoo was soon placed into the care of Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue, from where veterinary care was coordinated. Out of that came a WKRN Channel 2 news story, the close involvement of film and television star Ashley Judd, and a massive Facebook following that eventually made Walter a worldwide symbol of the outcome of animal cruelty.

In spite of the outpouring of support from people all over the world, which included children’s drawings, cards, and letters that were taped to the walls of the dog’s room at Animalia Health and Wellness in Franklin, Walter succumbed to his abuse on May 11, 2012, exactly two weeks after he was discovered by Hunt. His struggle has inspired his following, known collectively as Team Walter, to take up the cause of strengthening laws against animal cruelty.

“Walter touched people’s hearts in a special way,” Paula explains. “Together, we can make sure his story leaves a lasting legacy of change for other animals.”

My Name Is Walter (ISBN: 978-1-938271-12-0, Two Peas Publishing) is available in paperback format from,,, and other online retail outlets. Laura, Paula, and James are donating 100 percent of the author profit from sales of the book directly to Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue.



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