WHITE SPRINGS — With the release of his newest novel, “Black Runs the River,” local author Johnny Bullard held a book signing and reading with friends recently at Kendrick’s Cottage.

Several friends attended the Oct. 26 book signing and family, to which also included Vice Mayor Walter McKenzie of White Springs and his wife, as well as family to include Mary Lou Taylor Bullard and Rhett Bullard.

The book signing included a short reading of the novel, read by Bullard.

“Inside the majestic house on the hill, dozens of candles had been lit in each room to provide light,” he read. “The fireplaces in the living room and kitchen were ablaze in an attempt to bring some semblance of warmth to the inside of the home, so that this dastardly deed could proceed as planned. As if it was concocted by Satan himself, tonight’s icy-cold and dangerous atmosphere would be the epitome of the perfect setting to truly define what was about to take place.”

The written words of the book being spoken aloud seemed enchanting to those sitting around the cottage as they listened to Bullard reading his novel. The vocabulary and the intensity of his voice resounded with everyone in attendance, which was met with loud applause from the crowd that was gathered to celebrate Bullard’s fourth novel. His previous works include “Nightshade,” “Secrets” and “Destini.”

Bullard spent the rest of the evening signing his books for those who wished, as well as providing others the opportunity to purchase his newest novel, and have it signed by their hometown author.

Bullard expressed his thanks to everyone for being a part of this wonderful moment, which he came after he encouraged from a young age by his seventh-grade teacher to use his gift of writing.

He certainly has and will continue to do from the Eight Mile Still on the Woodpecker Route north of White Springs.

Kara M. Compo is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government, politics, law enforcement and first responders. ​

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