Sugar Hill area author will sign her book today

Sugar Hill author Beatrice Smith Samples will sign her new novel, "Maggie McKinnon" (PublishAmerica), from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Borders in Buford.

The book is the story of a girl who was born after the Civil War to a veteran living in the mountains of north Georgia. The story follows the girl as she struggles to make it as a woman in a man's world in the 1800s.

Samples has been writing off and on for about 30 years, and she has written four books, though "Maggie McKinnon" is the first to be published.

Borders is located at 1705 Mall of Georgia Blvd. in Buford. Call 678-482-0872.

Local authors' books published by Tate

Two local authors have recently written and released books published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises.

Patrick Bentley of Winder has written "The Birth of a Song," which is a collection of reflections and lyrics based on his personal experiences and biblical study.

Danny Kofke of Hoschton has written "How to Survive (and Perhaps Thrive) on a Teacher's Salary." The book includes tips for teachers on how to live happily within their means, multiply funds and invest in the future. The book covers topics such as teaching in a foreign country, investing in Roth IRAs and establishing a weekly budget.

Both books are available at bookstores nationwide or can be ordered through, or directly from the publisher at Audio versions of both books are also available.