Mentone, AL, January 02, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- John Lee is excited to announce that his first novel was picked up for Fall 2009 publication by Turner Publishing of Nashville, TN. Turner Publishing Company is an award-winning, independent publisher of specialty and trade titles. The company is in the top 101 independent publishing companies in the U.S. as compiled by Bookmarket.com and has produced over 1,000 titles since 1984.One of their specialty markets is southern fiction and When the Buddha Met Bubba certainly fits the bill.
John Lee, who has sold more than one-half million non-fiction works published by Random House, Bantam and HCI, says of his first novel, “I created an alter ego with my pen name, Richard ‘Dixie’ Hartwell, so I could finally write the kind of book I’ve always dreamed about.”
When The Buddha Met Bubba is a humorous romp through John Lee’s home state of Alabama, beginning in Scottsboro’s famous Unclaimed Baggage, on to the Tri-Cities and ending in Mentone. The novel is a whimsical fantasy that deals with the integrity and surrender that comes when a likeable redneck (Bubba) meets his magical mentor, Pu Tai (one of the many names for The Buddha), as they set off on an unusual journey. It has at its center a love story. Throw in the struggle to heal a father-son wound, old South prejudice and bigotry, then add a little humor and true Buddhist/Christian compassion, and you end up with a quirky novel that is not only different but just plain fun.
“Dixie Hartwell (John Lee) is the only fellow I know who can get away with a line like, ‘I opened my eyes to see if I was dead,’” said Ceci Miller, author of numerous books and owner of CeciBooks Editorial and Publishing Consultancy.
Miller goes on to say, “Bubba Coker is a grubbier-than-all-get out North Alabama Everyman; the mystic Pu is his enlightened counterpart. I loved meeting them both, and witnessing the discovery of the common ground in which they exist. I will not soon forget the colorful crowd who populate this novel, nor the timeless truths their story embodies.”