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Christmas Market begins with Authors' Day Saturday

A cover from "The Shadow Legacy Series" by local author TJ Perkins is shown.
A cover from "The Shadow Legacy Series" by local author TJ Perkins is shown.(Submitted Photo , Carroll County Times)

The Carroll County Farmer's Market will open its 42nd annual Christmas Market on Saturday with appearances by 16 local writers, who will sell, sign and talk about their books. An array of genres will be available, including children's books, fantasy, inspirational, romantic and historical.

Mary Jane Buettner, author of "A Key to Love," will be one of the writers in attendance for the market's Authors' Day.

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"My goal in writing the book was to do something for charity," she said.

Buettner's book consists of about 450 pages of historical fiction followed by about 70 pages of research and photographs of real artifacts mentioned in the story. She said she often talks about the book and its source material at different charitable events and gives the profits from book sales to the hosting organization.

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Buettner said the plot centers on a woman who collects keys. Whenever she gets a new key, she investigates its origins. The story leads her to investigate the former Westminster property of St. Johns Catholic Church, which was demolished decades ago, and on a search for missing artifacts from the site.

T.J. Perkins will bring books from her Shadow Legacy series to market.

"It's a cross-genre of fantasy that reads like manga," she said. "It has that manga flair."

Perkins said anyone who likes "Final Fantasy" or "Naruto" will probably appreciate her series about modern-day ninjas. She has published 11 books for children and adults and plans to release the last two books in the five-book Shadow Legacy series next year.

In addition to selling the full-length books, she will also sell booklets of the first chapters for 25 cents. She said it's a way to let readers try out the books to see if they are something they might be interested in.

Also at the market, visitors can find fall and holiday decorations, pottery, fabric crafts, purses, jewelry, baby items and wood products. There will be house plants, fresh and artificial arrangements and wreaths. Food items will include baked goods, fall vegetables and farm-raised beef, pork and lamb.

The Christmas Market will be open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. each Saturday through Dec. 14. The next market, on Nov. 8, will feature art work by local artists in the Art Guild Sale.

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