A Handshake with History – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Blog, Blog: The Legacy of Nobody Smith, The Legacy of Nobody Smith | 0 comments

  He said it so casually. I was amazed.   Here at Smitty’s kitchen table I sat next to history. “Does your granddaughter know this about you? That you met Martin Luther King, Jr.?”   Smitty leaned back, a wistful smile on his face. “You know I don’t think I’ve ever told her.”   “Well, please, tell me again.” As he spoke my pen danced over my paper and scribbled notes as I listened.   Smitty cleared his...

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Congratulations, Book Winners!

Posted by on Jul 2, 2016 in Blog, The Legacy of Nobody Smith | 0 comments

Happy July 4th Weekend to Everyone!     And special congratulations to the winners of our 3-free book giveaway: 1.) maemoo1957 2.) tlwilliams115 3.) pbrowne1 (If each winner would please send me their mailing address by using the contact form at http://www.lesliebasilpayne.com/contact/  I will happily send the books on their way!) I so appreciate the interest and support of the many people who signed up for the giveaway, and only...

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Happy Fathers’ Day!

Posted by on Jun 19, 2016 in Blog, The Legacy of Nobody Smith | 0 comments

Dear Dad & Smitty,   We did it! The book is done!  We’re telling the story of your friendship in “The Legacy of Nobody Smith”! (Can you read the Amazon reviews from Heaven?)                 I’m amazed and so grateful to have a part in sharing your story. I miss you both so much. Bet you both are as handsome as ever. Happy Fathers’ Day! All my love until we meet...

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Stormy Beaches and Backstory

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Attitude & Encouragement, Blog, The Legacy of Nobody Smith | 2 comments

As I write this my husband and I are away at the beach, a much needed respite from our role as caregivers. My husband knew exactly what I needed to feel refreshed. For me one of life’s delights is to settle on the beach with a good book, and read for hours with the pounding surf as my background music. Today it’s stormy and raining. While I might not be able to read on the beach, it’s still a good day to curl up with a good...

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A Promise Kept

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Blog, The Legacy of Nobody Smith | 2 comments

Last week I was finally able to present The Legacy of Nobody Smith to the family of the man on whom the book is based. When Smitty was on his deathbed, I promised him I would do all I could to get his story told. I had worked eight years to get to this day. For eight years they had waited. What a special day it was for us...

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At the Foot of the Arch

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Blog, The Legacy of Nobody Smith | 17 comments

  “Can you help me get food, Miss white lady? Can you?” I was ready to cross the street and walk back to the beautiful Hyatt Hotel, at the base of the famous St. Louis Arch. There for the annual conference of American Christian Fiction Writers, I had left the hotel, gone out for dinner, and was returning after a satisfying meal. Recently I completed my novel The Legacy of Nobody Smith. Based on a friend’s life, it takes...

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