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Panama City, FL - July 20, 2010 - Morgan James Publishers is delighted to report that its first printing of Miss Hildreth Wore Brown-Anecdotes of a Southern Belle by Panama City, Florida, author Olivia deBelle Byrd, sold out in less than two months and is now on the best seller's lists.

Byrd, a self-described Southern Belle, said the collection of humorous essays that deal with everything from parties where society ladies wear Christmas trees with blinking lights hanging from their ears, to stories about Sunday church, where a mink coat is mistaken for a possum, all come from personal experiences. "After I was telling one of my many stories for the umpteenth time, my long-suffering husband looked at me with glazed over eyes and said, 'Why don't you just write this stuff down?' So I did."

With comparisons to Fannie Flagg, Olivia deBelle Byrd offers up storytelling written in the finest Southern tradition. With wit and amusement, Byrd delves into the world of the Deep South with all its unique idiosyncrasies and colloquialisms.

Essays in the collection include characters who dance across the page from Great-Aunt Lottie Mae, who is as "old-fashioned and opinionated as the day is long," to Mrs. Brewton who calls everyone "dahling" whether they are darling or not, to Isabella with her passion for mint juleps and drama, both in equal measure.

As Byrd criss-crosses the South on a book tour, she says she's tickled that people are connecting with the stories. "I grew up with one of those double Southern names that kids just can't wait to make fun of," Byrd says. "Mine was deBelle. So I guess humor was the way I learned to deflect it. Besides, everybody needs a good laugh." For Olivia deBelle Byrd, the laughter is paying off. Miss Hildreth Wore Brown - Anecdotes of a Southern Belle is now on the best-seller's list with "deBelle" showcased right on the cover.

About the book:

Miss Hildreth Wore Brown - Anecdotes of a Southern Belle by Olivia deBelle Byrd

ISBN: 978-1600377488

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

Date of publish: May 1, 2010

Pages: 176

S.R.P.: $14.95

About the author:

Olivia deBelle Byrd was born and bred in the South. She is a graduate of Birmingham- Southern College and a Kappa Delta. She resides in Panama City, Florida, with her husband, Tommy, and is the proud mother of Tommy Jr. and Elizabeth.

Note: Review copies of this book are available by emailing


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