I Stole Lebanon TN

Well, Actually, I Just Removed It
By Jeff Salter

It’s nearing the year end, so I thought it fitting to highlight my two novels which released this year: The Duchess of Earl and Size Matters.
Since both share the same setting — Verdeville… in Greene County TN — I thought it was time I told y’all a bit more about the fictional town and county which I placed over the real city of Lebanon TN (and Wilson County).
After writing three novels — all set in the real location of Somerset KY (Missing Person, Hid Wounded Reb, and Called to Arms Again) — I decided it was too taxing (to me) to keep straight all the history and geography of an actual place and people. So, for my fourth novel, Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold, I scanned the map for a likely site of a completely fictional town.
I wanted my new town NEAR a major city, but not IN it. I wanted it to have plenty of trees and hills and water. Lebanon TN was in a perfect spot!
But I didn’t want to be fettered by anything associated with Wilson County or Lebanon — so I created Verdeville in Greene County. I kept the interstate and major highways, the Cumberland River, and a few other features… but everything else I laid out from scratch.
Lebanon — I mean Verdeville — was also the perfect spot for my fifth novel Scratching the Seven-Month Itch, my sixth novel Rescued By That New Guy in Town, my seventh novel The Overnighter’s Secrets, and my eighth novel The Duchess of Earl.
My ninth novel (The Ghostess and MISTER Muir) moved to Magnolia AL, a fictional town that several authors at Clean Reads Publishing created and refined, but my tenth novel (Stuck on Cloud Eight) returned to Verdeville.
My eleventh novel (in the order they were written) has not yet been published, but it is also set in Verdeville. Then the twelfth — Size Matters — is right back in Verdeville.
Along the way, four of my novellas have also been released. Pleased to Meet Me is set in the mountains of east Tennessee;  Echo Taps  is set in Somerset KY.  The other two — Don’t Bet On It and One Simple Favor — are set in Lebanon (I mean, Verdeville).


The two novels in my series Amanda Moore or Less share a LOT of characters, but the only characters shared by the other Verdeville titles (so far) are a police department corporal (Thomas James) and a man named Prima.

Well, anyway, here are my two Verdeville novels which appeared during 2016:

This is not a Regency… but SHE thinks it is. What if you woke from a traumatic experience and believed you were in 1813 England? Could you trust Dusty Earl in middle Tennessee? An affectionate tweak of Regency novels. http://tinyurl.com/jkq6j5k


Accidentally swallowing a mysterious pill from her eccentric scientist cousin, Emma Hobby shrinks to the size of those fashion dolls she collects and sells in her shop. When she resumes normal size, Emma must track down her cousin, who’s obviously in trouble (based on those crazy messages he sent). Can those sci-fi miniaturization pills help find him? How about Logan Stride, the attorney who wants to handle more of Emma than her case? Size Matters. Novel, $1.99. http://tinyurl.com/SalSizeMat


Do you prefer reading about REAL places? Or do you also enjoy stories set in fictional spots?

[JLS # 311]

About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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11 Responses to I Stole Lebanon TN

  1. Being from Tennessee, albeit West Tennessee, I need to make time to read some of these. (Sorry Jeff, I haven’t read much of anything lately) But one question: what are the football loyalties of the townsfolk?

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    • jeff7salter says:

      For NFL, they like the Titans.
      For NCAA, I’ve wisely steered clear of any fervent preferences…


      • Well, that’s good, they would be Titans fans. But NCAA overrides everything down here. They would be SEC fans, probably Tennessee. But there’s a joke that 90% of the people wearing Tennessee stuff never went there. I’ve probably asked 100 people wearing Tennessee gear what years they went there, and only a handful actually did. There would also be a sprinkling of Bama, Auburn, Georgia and Vanderbilt fans. Kentucky might have some basketball fans. SEC rivalries are part of their DNA.

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      • jeff7salter says:

        good to know in case I ever need a plot or dialog thread about the NCAA


  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    If the book is set in a place I’ve been, and details are incorrect, that bugs me. I’d rather read about a fictional place – and if it’s based on a real place, that definitely gives it the flavor of a particular region. I’ve read four of your Verdeville stories so far, and I like knowing that the setting is realistic.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Thanks, Patty, for your support of my titles.
      I’ve come to love my fictional town. One of these days I hope to tour the real Lebanon and see how much they differ from the town in my head.


    • I totally agree! I have heard of deserts being put in Louisiana, swamps outside of Washington, DC, and states having borders that put them next to the wrong states, or crossing bridges to get to states where there is no river.
      The movie “Elizabethtown” drove me nuts with it making it into a real small town.It isn’t, and never was, as far as I can tell.

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  3. I like how realistic your fictional town is. I think it’s hard to keep things straight when the setting is in a real place.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      thanks, Angie.
      Yeah, for my series set in Somerset, I was pulling out my hair trying to keep straight the history, geography, and generally accurate depiction of what was happening at the time. Just too stressful.


  4. As always, I wish you the best and commend you on caring about being accurate.Easier to make a place up!

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