Bill Penley to hold book signing

Sep 04, 2013

Biltmore Forest resident Bill Penley will be signing copies of his book, “A Smoky Mountain Odyssey” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the Mountain State Fair in Fletcher.

“A Smoky Mountain Odyssey” is a historical novel set in the ruins of Post-Civil War western North Carolina. It details a region ravaged by both Confederate and Union troops. The protagonist, Sky Boys, is a young man who escaped the war's carnage, but was convicted of murder and sentenced to hang. His miraculous getaway, his life on the lam, and longing for his betrothed, Willa, will turn a few minutes of reading time into hours.

This fictional novel is geographically and historically correct. In it readers will discover nuggets about the Appalachian heritage flowing like rivulets into mountain streams. Readers will recognize integrity and deceit, daring and cowardice, hatred and love, all woven into a masterful, dramatic conflict.

Foremost, readers will perceive how Sky's Christian faith guarded him in times of danger, and death.

For more information, contact (877) 727-0697 or Michelle Whitman at