Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My latest book is "live".

My latest book, my first true crime book, is "live" at the publisher, meaning it is ready for sale. It went live on Tuesday.
Area stores will be getting orders soon. You may always buy the book on line by going to and searching at the Bookstore. It is also available at, but you will pay more.
The book covers the 2 years I spent covering and writing about the McLean Case. Did he get away with cold-bloodied murder? Was it all Erin's fault? Is Eric dating again? How much did it cost for Attorney, Bruce Poston, to work as Eric's lawyer? Who is paying that bill?
There are things in this book you have not heard anywhere else.
Buy a copy and let me know what you think.

Seven Minutes in Hell; my new book

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Dragnet Schools Obama

9/7 “Dragnet” Gives A Lesson To President Obama : Glenn Beck – The 912 Project

go to and watch the video from is priceless.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Barrett uses the technique of "raised beds" gardens

Since we live inside the city limits, Barrett uses space in our backyard for gardens by making raised beds out of planks, wire, and soil. He builds a rectangular section, puts wire around it, and fills with new top soil. He plants and waters until he sees the results of his efforts.
We have enjoyed cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, okra, zucchini, yellow crooked-neck squash, snap peas, beans, and corn.

Barrett's Bountiful Garden

Monday, June 29, 2009

Barrett loves his pets.


Barrett's gardens

My son, Barrett, is raising cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, snap peas, green beans, zucchini, onions, peppers, and many flowers in "raised bed" gardens. He has turned our back yard into a gardening area.

Barrett's gardens

Friday, May 22, 2009

Lieut. Governor Ron Ramsey is running for governor

Ron Ramsey, the current Lieut. Governor, is seeking the nomination from the Republican Party for the office of governor of the state of Tennessee. Victoria Defreese and the South Doyle Homeowners' Association invited Lt. Gov. Ramsey to speak at their breakfast meeting on Friday, May 22, 2009. Ramsey says he is against a state income tax, for all rights for gun owners, and thinks he has the most experience working in state government of any candidate.
"It is one thing to run a city, quite another to run the state," he said to a crowd of about 30 at Shoney's on Chapman Hwy.

Ron Ramsey speaks at South Doyle Homeowners' Assoc. Breakfast

Sunday, April 26, 2009

You can order a copy of my latest novel from the web site posted above.

Let me know what you think.

Martha Rose Woodward's first novel

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

My first novel is completed

I would never suggest to anyone that they write a book the way I wrote my first novel. Writing Even Wounded Birds Fly took me over ten years--No, I didn't work on it non-stop. Actually, I worked on it for a while, got discouraged, put it in a drawer where it stayed for many years. Off and on I would take it out, type it into a computer and vow to finish it. Then, I would get discouraged again, and go through the process all over again. This happened about four times as I changed computers throughout the years.
It was a conversation I had with a friend that made me determined to complete the manuscript. After hearing about a possible novel, she suggested that I let her read the book, and if she hated it, I could move one, but if she liked it, I promised I would finish it.
My friend thought the book had great potential and I set about working on it. she helped me by correcting my numerous grammar and punctuation errors and by encouraging me to keep working.
Even Wounded Birds Fly is the kind of book that is going to shock a lot of people. You will not believe that a mild-mannered, retiree could imagine such characters and such action.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Even Wounded Birds Fly-a novel by Martha Rose Woodward

When a group of young boys in rural Alabama become aware of the sexual abuse of their most vulnerable comrade, Milton, they decide to take matters into their own hands. At a time when such matters were not discussed openly, the boys scheme to prevent the town’s highly respected preacher from any possibility of furthering Milton’s darkest nightmare.

Are these boys conspiring to commit an act of murder or is the elimination of this spiritual vampire an act of justice? Whatever the truth, the boys decide to bludgeon the preacher and throw his body down an abandoned well. Having also tossed their innocence and youth into that dark pit, they must then live the remainder of their lives burdened with this ghastly secret.

Enter into the picture Rita Belew, a young woman living a fairy-tale marriage until an unexpected revelation shatters her world. The heartbreak of her failed marriage renders her sexually and emotionally vulnerable, and she must somehow fashion a future out of the ashes of this tragedy. It is in this fragile state of mind that she meets Rodney Edgely, a professional speaker who presents himself as a sincere gentleman. However, Rita slowly begins to question the mysterious behaviors of her new companion while struggling to admit what is plainly before her eyes. Could the very person that she should most be able to trust be leading a double life?

Eventually the past, present, and future collide and expose unimaginable secrets and long-buried fears. The explosive combination of shocking lies and shattered egos fuels a showdown where hasty decisions become a matter of life and death. While the colorful characters struggle with their naked pasts and uncertain futures, in the end, their intertwined lives illuminate the deepest meaning of love.

Friday, March 27, 2009

McLean vs. McLean March 27, 2009

After being awarded primary custody of his two minor sons, Jason Eric McLean returned to court in Knoxville, Tennessee today, March 27, 2009 seeking child support from his former wife, Erin Meyers McLean, who currently lives in Austin, Texas.
Erin did not show up for court, but she did send evidence showing her income which was shown to be $25,000 using W-2 forms obtained from her former attorney, Brandy Slaybaugh.
In another bomb shell, which is what court watchers have come to expect in this case, Slaybaugh sent a message via attorney Steve Sharp that she "no longer represents Erin McLean in this matter." Slaybaugh also said that she "didn't want to get sucked back into the case".
Judge Brenda Lindsay-McDaniel ordered the mom, Erin McLean, to pay Eric $581 per month in child support for the two sons.
McLean paused for a few minutes to comment that he and his sons were doing better. "Things are getting better," and "The boys are having a ball."
Attorney Sharp commented, "And that is what we wanted all along."
Eric McLean is serving a probation period of 12 years; his case is on appeal.

Eric McLean wins $581 per month in child support

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Book Review from Brian's Blog

1982 Knoxville Worlds Fair Book

This morning I read Martha Rose Woodward's book the 1982 World's Fair book. The book published by Arcadia. Brian's Blog previewed this book the weekend prior to the release date. Read the preview, here.

This book is like jumping in the Back To The Future Time car with Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and traveling back 26 years to the World's Fair when our "scruffy little city" hosted the world.

This book was well written from the perspective of someone attending the Fair 26 years after it closed and it is also written with the prespective of both those in favor of the World's Fair and even the group that opposed the World's Fair. It details the bumps in the road like too few bathrooms. The bathroom snafu was fixed with temporary restrooms. But in the end, the World's Fair was successful and this is a good addition to your library to show your children and grandchildren how and when the world came to Knoxville.

Visit the publisher here to buy the book or buy it on Amazon here.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

James A.H. Bell wins, no matter what; he gets paid.

Raynella smiling today, but how many voted guilty?

True Tv has been busy this week in Knoxville, TN with the murder trial of Raynella Dossett-Leath. The jury was hung and a mistrial was declared, but how many voted her guilty? Rumors have it that MOST of the jury thought she shot her husband to death.
Today, Raynella and her high priced attorney were celebrating in front of the cameras, but will she be so very happy the next go around?
Who is celebrating for David Leath who died in his sleep from a gunshot wound that tore his brain away from the brain stem?
Raynella said "David's soul can rest in peace." IF she was so very concerned about his soul, why did she have him creamated against his wishes?
Anyway you look at it, Raynella ia an evil person who gets rid of the people in her life when she gets tired of them.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Book Launch big success!!!

World's Fair Book

Brian's Blog Reviews 1982 World's Fair Book

Sunday, February 15, 2009
Martha Woodward Releases Second Book on Monday

Martha Rose Woodward, local author and former Knoxville/Knox County Educator releases her second book on Monday February 16, 2009. Martha Rose in 2007 authored and published Knoxville's Sunsphere: Biography of a Landmark.

Her second book is Knoxville's 1982 World's Fair. The book chronicles the fair that ran from May 1 - October 31, 1982. There are over 200 images in the book. Images of pre-fair site conditions, construction of the fair site and of course the fair itself.

Martha Rose hopes that the readers of this book "will feel like they've just walked into the front gates and taken on a grand tour all around the 72 acres of the event." The highlights of Knoxville's 1982 World's Fair are the Live Entertainment, Displays and Exhibits, Musical and sporting Events and the Food, costumes, rides, games, arcades and more.

This book is published by Arcadia Publishing. Arcadia is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. The book will be available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers (like Amazon) or through Arcadia Publishing at their website, here or by phone 1-888-313-2665.

Martha Rose Woodward will be making several media appearances and book signings with the release of her book. Here are the ones that we know about as of this posting.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Found an interesting blog today while doing research.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Elected as Education Committee Chairman for Knoxville Writer's Guild

The Board of Directors for the Knoxville Writer's Guild voted to elect me as the Chairman of the Education Committee. I will be responsible for setting up workshops and inspiring members and guests to learn more about the field of writing.